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Why do most coffee shops use such dark roast?

Roasting coffee dark may be used because it is easier to create a consistently flavored bean, with less monitoring and concern for flavor profiles. In the case of Starbucks they are shipping so much ...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Here's an opportunity to start refining your brewing process. Coffee brewers, including myself, tend to use weight as our measuring unit as opposed to volume since bean sizes vary significantly ...
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What does the 'strength' mean (in numbers)?

Coming from Germany myself I have seen this rating only on a single brand of coffee. There is no standard for this (even though us Germans seem to like standardizations), but basically strength of the ...
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What do the terms extraction and strength mean?

Though I don't generally like to cite Wikipedia as my primary reference, it does in this case have a pretty good overview of terms related to coffee extraction, re-summarized here: Extraction: The ...
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What does the 'strength' mean (in numbers)?

When people talk about strength they often confuse different things like the flavor intensity, caffeine concentration, roast grade, how full bodied a coffee tastes or how much bitterness it contains. ...
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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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Is there a "standard" ratio of espresso to milk in a latte?

It varies by shop and order. For instance, order a latte at Starbucks, you have a selection of sizes, and then variance in the number of shots (or espresso) you order in the drink. Since the sizes ...
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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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Make my coffee stronger without equipment

There are a few things you can do. 1) More beans. More beans = more surface area = more extraction. 2) Grind finer. It's tough to control grind size with a blade grinder, so if you really want a ...
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What does the 'strength' mean (in numbers)?

It's marketing jargon. In this case, it likely refers to the darkness of the roast, as there is often confusion about difference between darkness of the roast and the strength of a cup of coffee. In ...
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Are coffee enhancers bad for you?

That site that you linked (from www.buismaningredients.com, and this one) suggest that the main ingredient is caramelised sugar. The claim is simple enough: "caramelised sugars enrich the taste of ...
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Does using two paper filters in a drip machine strengthen flavour?

Yes, because it allows more time for coffee to be extracted as it stored in a longer time for coffee to drip. However, other parameters also have effect regarding this issue (such as, type of bean, ...
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Why do most coffee shops use such dark roast?

In addition to what have been said: easier to maintain consistency as quality is lower. longer preservation. It could be added: it gives more intensive taste (possibly local market demand and ...
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Can I make coffee taste better while I recover from COVID?

Great question! Here are some ideas to try. Sometimes I add unsweetened cocoa powder (Dutch processed or not) to my coffee. (I add it to the concentrated AeroPress brew before adding the rest of the ...
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Is there a "standard" ratio of espresso to milk in a latte?

From what I have found the only rule to make latte macchiato is to use at least 200ml of milk for a 30ml espresso shot. Clearly this is mostly defined by the volume of the glass the coffee is served ...
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Are coffee enhancers bad for you?

There are two sides to the answer. First, there is the sugar aspect. In moderation, sugar is a critical part of our diet. If you are combining it with two doughnuts and two further teaspoons of sugar ...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Tip 1: Measure the volume after grinding (again) so the change in packing density of grinding won't be a factor. At a medium grind as suitable for a drip coffee maker (Baratza #20), I find the pre/...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Could it be possible that your previous ground coffee was finer than how you grind your coffee now? Try a finer grind with your usual measurement, and see if you can improve the strength.
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Based on my own experience, ground coffee or coffee beans are more or less have the same volume per gram. The author also shares the same experience with me on his blog here with some experiment and ...
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What does the 'strength' mean (in numbers)?

The Starbucks-owned brand "Seattle's Best Coffee" uses numbers on its bagged supermarket coffees, too. I equate it to the stars you can use to order Asian takeout with more or less spiciness. There's ...
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How to make stronger drip brewed coffee

It will be close to four times as strong. I say "close to" because the amount of coffee can influence some other things. How long the water is in contact with the grounds affects the ...
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How to reduce acidity (and increase strength) of moka pot coffee?

Both issues you're describing, high acidity and weak body, are most probably a result of under-extraction. To increase the balance of the brewed coffee and get a more intense body by increased ...
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How to choose coffee that's the most stimulating without the anxiety

Have you tried mushroom coffee? It has the effect you're looking for. 4 Sigmatic have a good range to choose from with varying effects. I find the ones with lion's mane mushroom help with focus but ...
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Help me determine the strength of my coffee

The Lungo option is a weaker setting and is still meant to be run ONCE. You run the Lungo option and use a coffee cup slightly larger than the Expresso cup. Nespresso is NOT meant to make a regular ...
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

Uh the top post is awesome. By the way, if you have define how is your ideal coffee taste is like you might find this compass helpful.
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What volume of beans yields a tablespoon of ground coffee?

A good rule of thumb is to follow a 1:15 ratio of coffee to water. So for every 1 gram of coffee, add 15 grams of water, which coverts to about 3 tablespoon of coffee for every 1 cup of water.
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