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Did people actually drink coffee off the saucer?

In fact, it seems that people would drink both from the cup and from the saucer: After being served a hot beverage (e.g., coffee or tea) in a cup on top of a saucer, some would pour a small amount of ...
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What's The Difference Between Paper and Long-Lasting Filters

tl;dr: Permanent filters win on cost over time. Paper filters win on performance, clean-up, and health. Flavour is personal preference. Composting paper filters and spent grounds alleviates most of ...
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What's the difference between a percolator and a moka pot?

A moka pot is what some call a stovetop espresso maker; I find this to be a bit of a misnomer, because the result is rather different than proper espresso. Water is put into a bottom vessel; coffee ...
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How does Nel Drip compare to paper filtered Pour Over?

Lets answer this question with some data! My company uses machine learning, data science, and sensory science to build flavor profiling and quality control tools for the craft beverage industry. ...
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How to (re-)calibrate an espresso machine and grinder setup?

This answer addresses a "standard" semi-automatic espresso machine with a separate grinder. Specifically the LaMarzocco and Astoria grinder, but the ideas should generalize to other machines ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

I tried making cold brew for the first time recently and I just poured the whole mess through the reusable metal screen filter that came with my cheap drip coffee machine. My drip machine is the ...
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How can I make filtering my cold brew easier?

Use a tea infuser! I got a tea infuser with a very fine mesh and put my grounds in that. It holds fewer grounds than I used with the "raw" plunge, but it's much more pleasant to use: I just pluck the ...
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Did people actually drink coffee off the saucer?

This oddity of yours isn't really an oddity. The drinking from the saucer is actually a Swedish tradition. According to this site, it says that: Certainly it's an old tradition in Sweden. You pour ...
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How do I make that frothy milk that coffee shops use to make lattes?

They aren't just frothing the milk, they're also stretching the milk. Stretching it is what gives a latte its unique texture (though the micro bubbles add to that). If you want a good latte, focus ...
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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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Brewing 900 Cups of Coffee (In 24 Hours)?

Your problem depends more on the shape of the data than the raw quantities. 900 cups in 24 hours is one cup every 40 seconds or so, which isn't so bad, however I doubt that's the distribution of ...
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What is the purpose of a coffee press?

It's a French press. Put ground coffee inside it, pour hot water, stir a little bit, and then wait for 2 to 4 minutes (or longer if you want a strong and bitter coffee). After waiting, use the pump ...
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Typical set up/menu for farmer's market coffee stand?

Off the top of my head (by no means exhaustive): A two-group double boiler espresso machine You want two groups in case something goes wrong with one of them, you're not out of business. You also want ...
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Should I rinse paper coffee filters before use?

Do you have maker with a removable filter basket? (Like the photo I attached below.) If so, then you might try what I've done: removing the basket placing the filter then running water through it ...
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Home roaster cleaning and/or seasoning

The roasting chamber of your Gene Cafe is made of Pyrex (heat-resistant tempered glass), and leaving the old oils to accumulate and burn will cause the the inside of the drum to turn black. The darker ...
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Why are commercial coffee machines significantly more expensive than consumer machines?

Disclaimer: I have no coffee maker designing or manufacturing experience. This answer is based on internet research and professional experience. This answer addresses some of the product design ...
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Make my coffee stronger without equipment

I see only one possibility to make your turkish brew stronger and that is using more coffee beans per serving. You are using boiling water and long extraction time so almost everything from the coffee ...
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What is the purpose of the crimp on a moka funnel?

The crimp is there to support the reducer! The reducer slots into the funnel, and sits on the ridge. You then put coffee on top of it, allowing you to use less coffee in larger pots.
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Actual Cezve: advice for buying

There are many things to consider. It is not really important whether it is copper or not. (Copper is for tourists in Turkey and generally of bad quality.) I advise you to choose a stainless steel ...
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Coffee Grinder vs. Spice Grinder - What's the difference?

(Note: With a general perspective, you may classify coffee as a spice.) I imagine you mention the hand grinders. In that case, the main difference is the size of the canals of the grinders. E.g. in a ...
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Aluminium moka pot put through dishwasher and then polished - would it alter taste?

As you suggest and note in your question, and it deserves repeating: Aluminum of any kind is generally not recommended for the dishwasher: it is likely to corrode / oxidize like your pot did. Keeping ...
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How should I clean a stainless coffee carafe?

Tannin is a chemical contained in coffee and this is what normally stains your coffee making / drinking equipment. When using an espresso machine it is advised to 'backflush' your machine with ...
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What equipment do I need to make espresso at home?

Easiest thing is a bean to cup machine like any of these, these will grind a pre-measured amount of beans, heat water and pump through into your cup and dispense the used grounds into a grounds bin ...
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Should I rinse paper coffee filters before use?

I learned in a chemistry lab that a paper filter does not "work" i.e. "filter" if it is not wet. If you put a paper filter in the cone and wet it before putting the coffee in the filter works better ...
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What quantity of ground coffee should I use for an automatic drip machine?

I think you have already listed the "industry standard" that is the answer to your question. It is a good starting point for anyone and the amount can be adjusted by taste afterwards (more grounds ...
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How do I heat this very old vacuum pot?

Great find! How fun. You do indeed have a vacuum coffee maker -- a.k.a. vac-pot, syphon, or siphon. This style of vac-pot is intended to be used on a stove-top (specifically: having a flat bottom, ...
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What's the basket/tamper size for Gaggia Classic?

Actually the most common and widely used basket/tamper size is the 58mm. It also seemed, from a quick Google, that the Gaggia Classic does indeed use a 58mm portafilter basket so you'll want to find a ...
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Is there a difference in quality of using a plastic/wood/metal stirrer?

I'm just reasoning... Polished gold or porcelain must be the ideal stirrers as they won't chemically react. I opt for porcelain as it may also help keeping the coffee warm as its thermal conductivity ...
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Do the size and shape of a cezve matter?

In short: Using a cezve of the correct size works better. The situation is similar to using appropriate equipment size in other coffee preparation methods (other examples at the bottom). That said, ...
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Should I rinse paper coffee filters before use?

Let's answer your first question first: What's the best way to rinse a paper filter? Inside, outside, both? Soak? Hot or cold water? You can't really rinse only the outside/inside of a paper filter. ...
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