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Milk in place of water

Attempt 1 For the first attempt, I brewed it exactly like I brew my normal (water-based) coffee. I used a French Press with a light/medium roast, heating the milk in Pyrex in a microwave. The milk ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

Is it possible that you read a few posts on the Internet the wrong way? The grounds will not disappear, if anything they will appear "more", volume-wise because they swell in the hot water. There are ...
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how to make French Press coffee the right way?

How's the mastering coming? Thought I would weigh in to provide a little extra help. I'm a barista and head of customer education at Handground. We are working on a French Press brew guide right now ...
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Is dark roast stronger than light roast?

Strength is an interesting wording, but some people use it. Mostly, caramelized or burnt flavors get visible during the roasting process. Understanding Coffee Bean names as they relate to roast As ...
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Non-plastic version of an AeroPress?

This may be off topic because it is opinion-based and hypothetical in nature. There may be some merit however because it is presented with a "fair and impartial tone" and invites experiences over ...
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Warm Brew Coffee?

Well I'm a chemist, but I can't say I'm an expert at scientific coffee extraction; take what I've got to say with a grain of salt. Whenever you are extracting something into water, the temperature ...
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Coffee ground too finely - how to deal with it?

In this case, my usual pre-coffee tiredness solved the problem: I had planned to mix the espresso grind with my usual grind to minimize the total amount of grounds in the cup. The idea was 1/2 too-...
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Milk in place of water

Milk doesn't work well for brewing, primarily because of the calcium and sugar (lactose). Calcium is one of the minerals in "hard water" that will build up and clog pipes. You're going to be left ...
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Why do I need to warm a french press before using it?

To keep the brewing temperature as stable as possible. When using glassware during brewing as in French-press, V60 or Chemex, it is important to warm up the gadgets prior to brewing. Normally, the ...
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Does the hardness of water matter when making coffee?

Just to provide more information to reaffirm @joshua's answer, there is an entire book that talks about this topic: Water For Coffee - Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood & Christopher H. Hendon with ...
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Adding Cinnamon to Coffee?

I've tried it and liked it, but that's just because I like the taste of cinnamon in general. It doesn't enhance the taste of the coffee itself, per se, but adds its own additional flavor, which does ...
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Milk in place of water

I think it would be harder to extract everything that you would like from the coffee with milk for a few reasons. heat effects the extraction process. For most methods you are aiming for a ...
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Is dark roast stronger than light roast?

Dark roast is stronger taste than light roast, given the same beans. Bitterness tends to dominate the flavors: Original flavors you can feel on light roast usually disappear with darker roasts. Dark ...
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How do I know when to end the bloom?

The bloom should be 30s for V60 and 40-45s for Chemex and Kalita and 30s for full immersion methods (like AeroPress or French Press). Blooming is not just about degassing but also to saturate the ...
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What Type of Coffee Pot is Shown in Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire"?

This is a vacuum coffee maker or siphon. The invention is nearly 200 years old and uses the physical principles of vapor pressure and vacuum. When placed on a heat source, boiling water creates steam ...
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Why can’t I find natural beans easily?

Consumers (and marketers) are expanding their vocabulary for describing coffee. And at the same time coffee producers are improving and refining their methods. Both of these I think contribute to what ...
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How long is brewed coffee fresh for and what does that blinking light mean at Starbucks?

The blinking light means it has been sitting there for 30 mins. Starbucks Baristas do in fact brew coffee every 15 mins and are supposed to dump the coffee when the light blinks. source: a starbucks ...
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Using Nescafe Gold on Espresso Maker

Absolutely not! The Nescafé is not coffee in the sense of coffee beans, ground, ready for brewing. It’s instant coffee, which means coffee was brewed and then freeze-dried. The resulting granules can ...
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Approximately how many cups (by volume) are in a pound of ground coffee beans?

In case the question is relevant to the coffee beverage: The well-known recipe for the ground coffee to coffee beverage ratio is around 1:20. One pound is equivalent of 453.6 grams. Therefore; you ...
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Why are Costa or Starbucks lattes so good?

I'm not familiar with Costa, but I am with Starbucks. Let me offer my ideas in what's different. Starbucks stores use fully automatic espresso machines with semi automatic frothing wands. The espresso ...
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What is coffee bloom

As per Kyle above, YEs coffees fresher to roasting are expelling more gas than older ones that have degassed more. indeed a definition of staleness may include no more CO2 is released. hitting beans ...
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Advantages and disadvantages of French press

Advantages: Inexpensive — a Bodum press will cost you around $35 Easy to use — just add coffee and water Quantity — easy to make enough to share if you buy one of the larger varieties Thicker ...
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Why isn't coffee commonly sold in sachets, like tea bags?

Holy smokes people! Been around for years and years. AMWAY sold it and it was a big hit. Superior Brand Today, Folgers and other brands have sealed in foil coffee in bags. Folgers Classic Medium ...
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Brewing with the same coffee grounds twice?

I think this question has been satisfactorily answered for hot brewing, like in an Aeropress. I think it's worth adding that double-brewing is worth trying if you cold brew. I have recently tried ...
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How long should I stir French press before "pressing"?

Assuming that your grind size is french press coarse, stirring may speed extraction. Stirring is a bit like higher temperature, it moves around the molecules such that you are dissolving soluble ...
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How long should I stir French press before "pressing"?

It's mostly a personal preference Stirring increases the turbulence, which is supposed to help for a more even extraction and change some flavor qualities of your coffee (such as the acidity and ...
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Warm Brew Coffee?

There are a few principles involved here (a chemical engineer's perspective on leaching - essentially coffee brewing is just that). As Eli mentioned, solubility in water for most materials increases ...
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Is this kettle (Moka pot) intended for re-brewing coffee?

The photo you have posted is a standard moka pot (See Wikipedia entry here) by a well-known brand, actually the inventor of the moka pot. You should fill it up to the safety line. You should see it ...
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French-press v.s. manual pour over brewing quality

First things first, let's put the difference between French press and manual pour-over: French-press: Coffee and water stay in the same container during brewing. The water is not very close to ...
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Adding Cinnamon to Coffee?

i think it doesn't make coffee taste better. it's up to you, if you like coffee and like cinnamon - then go for it, why not? generally speaking, adding spices makes the coffee good for you. it is ...
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