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Why do some people sneer at Starbucks coffee?

In order to maintain consistency, Starbucks roasts their coffee a tad bit longer than many might prefer. The espresso you get in New York is going to taste exactly like the one you got in Hong Kong, ...
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Why do some people sneer at Starbucks coffee?

Starbucks is a coffee-chain, but "It's not about the coffee". Their main focus is actually the personal experience of going there. They train their employees to remember regular's names (and not only ...
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How do I brew french roast coffee, so that it doesn't taste like ash

Starbucks' dark roasts are very dark. It tastes like ash because it contains ash. There's no way around that. That said, you can minimize the ashy notes in your brew by using the below suggestions: ...
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How to order Caffe Macchiato and be sure you get one?

The problem with ordering a "Macchiato" is that it's only half of the name of a traditional coffee drink. "Macchiato" means "stained" or "flecked" and not more. In Italy, you have either Latte ...
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Why do some people sneer at Starbucks coffee?

I like the answers already here, but want to add on a bit. Coffee freshness is an extremely important variable when selecting coffee. There are roughly 800 volatile molecular components found in ...
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Why does some coffee "hit me" harder than other coffee?

There are a number of concrete factors that will impact the stimulation you get from a cup of coffee, but it probably boils down to the amount of caffeine (and any other stimulants) that are in your ...
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Triple venti meaning at Starbucks

Refers to those shots of espresso. You have 2 in there by default. (The iced Venti drinks typically get 3, because the cup is a little larger (24 oz.))
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How do I brew french roast coffee, so that it doesn't taste like ash

I use a French press. I never really got on with them before - the coffee always tasted burnt. Then I found out about not using very hot water and scalding the grounds. I now put some warm tapwater in ...
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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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Which Starbucks coffee have the least amount of caffeine?

Very probably any single-shot espresso beverage (tall Americano or latte?) prepared with decaffeinated beans or the regular decaffeinated filtered coffee is a good choice of you are looking for the ...
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History of short and tall sizes

The Short, Tall, and other sizing names are adopted by Starbucks to denote their own serving sizes. Any use in terms of coffee-serving sizes were coined initially by Starbucks which subsequently led ...
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Which Starbucks coffee have the least amount of caffeine?

Regular decaf coffee from Starbucks has approx. 15mg according to this link here. I believe you can get espresso made with decaffeinated beans, which will be lower than that due to the small amount ...
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Is Starbucks a fast-food like coffee company?

As far as actual speed, that based mainly on the barista working shift, the load, and amount of available equipment. Starbucks does not have any patented magic equipment that lets them pull shots ...
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Starbucks® Keurig® pods "ZPCK 44088544" meaning?

It appears to be a natural key (human readable) form of the ID found in Keurig products' matrix code. The matrix code decodes to 5000362049 (50 being a constant across products), when in binary share ...
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How do I brew french roast coffee, so that it doesn't taste like ash

Former world barista champion James Hoffman actually looked at this question in his YouTube video entitled How To Brew Better Dark Roasts. A summary of tips regarding dark roasts used for non-espresso ...
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How long is brewed coffee fresh for and what does that blinking light mean at Starbucks?

The blinking light is set on a timer for 30 minutes. Unlike many coffee shops and pots there is no heater. Heating is not good for coffee freshness and this is another reason the coffee should not ...
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"Untwist" the triple-shot program?

I had an idea. It hasn't worked yet, but based on my theories, it ought to work. To calibrate the triple-shot button when the single part is too long for the double part, Queue-up several triples. ...

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