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Why would anyone want to hand grind their coffee?
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Hand grinders will work without electricity. You can generally get a conical hand grinder cheaper than you can get an electric one. They also create less noise than a electric grinder. Hand ...

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What is a shot?
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They are referring to a "shot" of espresso. The Italian standards are that it is a volume of 25 mL plus or minus ten percent. Additional shots in a drink indicate more espresso flavor and ...

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Why isn't coffee commonly sold in sachets, like tea bags?
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Because coffee is an agricultural/baked item and like bread, goes stale. Between roasting, grinding packaging and shipping the bags, you'd ensure the coffee was never fresh and will never taste good. ...

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What are the reasons to roast coffee yourself?
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You have already listed most of the main points and hit them correctly, but I'll add some additional. Pros: You can get things not available commercially, and generally a much wider variety of coffee....

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Is there more caffeine with an AeroPress?
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Aeropress coffee (hearby called Aerpresso in this post) is more concentrated than regular drip coffee. However, if you are using similar amounts of grounds as you would in a drip machine, you shouldn'...

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How do I get started in roasting my own beans at home?
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By far the easiest way to start at home roasting is with a hot air popcorn popper. You can get a used one for $5 at a thrift store or pay approximately $20 new for one. Or perhaps you already have ...

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Procedure for making a Caffe Americano
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Yes. Adding water to Espresso is considered an Americano. Doing it the other way around is called a Long Black. According to that article and below sources, the Long Black preserves the crema, ...

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Home Roasting with Fresh Roast SR500
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There is a goodish guide for your roaster here. I'd also keep in mind that coffee has a cooling period after you "stop" roasting, where it will generally still roast to a darker level (or two). You ...

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Is coffee really useful for alcohol hangovers
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No. Coffee is often offered to people perhaps about to pass out so that they will stay awake long enough that they can be kicked out of an establishment. Alcohol causes dehydration, electrolyte ...

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How much does keeping beans vacuum sealed matter?
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Coffee beans are freshest from about 12 to 48 hours after roasting until maybe one or two weeks later when stored properly in an airtight container. During the early portion of this period (...

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Are there health risks to eating coffee?
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No. Not any substantial ones. There are several listed questions around the topic of eating coffee beans. Ingesting roasted coffee beans without grinding/brewing them in some manner is quite common....

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Storing cream in my office
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Companies (including Nestle) make creamers that do not require refrigeration. They are likely available in your local grocer, you just need to check the label and make sure refrigeration isn't ...

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Why does coffee heal headaches in some people but causes it in others?
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Different people react to chemicals and stimulants in slightly different manners. It's entirely possible that the raise in blood pressure caused by caffeine may be exaggerated in some individuals (...

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Will coffee taste different from a cup with lid (blocking the smell)?
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Yes. You should remove the lid for maximum effect. Somewhere around three quarters of our perception of taste comes from smell. There are varying figures out there, but most are fairly high. ...

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What do all the symbols on my coffee lid mean?
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I am pretty sure it says NO TL316 LID. That's the item/stock number for that particular size lid (based on a Google search, also available in black!). There are basically two sets of initials for the ...

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How V60 and Aeropress affect flavor
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That sounds like the generalization that drip or pour over brewing is better for light roasts and stronger brewing methods are better for darker roasts. I'll counter that by saying that I often use ...

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What coffees are the least acidic?
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I find that most of the Brazil dry processed coffee I get is very smooth or "low acid". However, in general coffees that are darker roasted will have less acid as the acids are destroyed in the ...

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Why do some grounds float and others sink when brewing by pour over
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Bean density varies dramatically with roast level. The more roasted a bean is, the less dense it becomes. My guess would be that less dense beans would have more of a tendency to float and more ...

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What do producers usually mix ground coffee with to make it cheaper?
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On the less conspiratorial side of things, the problems you are describing can also be explained by less sinister circumstances. Coffee that has been roasted too dark is often bitter and somewhat ...

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Should coffee be regulated?
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Generally, governments find it necessary to regulate addictive substances due to quality of life or health issues that stem from abuse/addiction. While I will neither support or attack this kind of ...

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Is preparing instant coffee a brew?
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I'd agree with you. There isn't a brew happening because the solution was already created. What you are performing is a rehydration. However, "let me rehydrate some coffee" is a pretty awkward turn ...

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Kopi Luwak - real or not?
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I'll say yes it's "real" and it's "clever" marketing. If one had a coffee plantation with wild palm civets running about, it would be easy enough to have some folks collect some "civet processed" ...

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Is it possible to burn coffee while brewing?
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It depends on the method of brewing. Brewing methods where grounds are exposed to a heat source directly (Turkish, for example) could allow the grounds to be heated to the point that they started to ...

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Is it necessary to sort beans after roasting?
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Sorting done during the processing phase of coffee production (prior to roasting) is done in many places and can produce lots of coffee that look very different, but taste almost exactly the same. ...

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Roughly how much caffeine am I ingesting when I eat chocolate coffee beans?
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This seems to suggest that there is approximately 7mg of caffeine per coated bean. I've no idea how much those weight per piece, or how many are in a bag, but the math should be fairly easy if you ...

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Why does instant coffee have a poor reputation?
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Instant coffee suffers from a number of drawbacks that put it on the far end of the spectrum from well raised and processed, properly roasted and freshly ground coffee. To start with, instant coffee ...

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Bulletproof Coffee - Is There A Good Replacement For Grass-Fed Butter?
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I have seen folks use coconut oil as a substitute for grass fed butter (or organic butter, or Irish butter or many other variations I have heard). Almost all of the substitutes I have heard are fat ...

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What was the cause for the current overwhelming popularity in the brighter, more acidic coffees?
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I think there are a number of factors influencing the current situation. The rise of micro/small and home roasters. This allows people access to fresher coffee. The acidic and bright notes in ...

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What makes Brazilian coffee unique compared to coffee from other countries?
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Brazil is unique in that it is the largest producer of coffee, but it is also unique in that it produces a huge volume of dry processed coffee. Dry processing is not unheard of, but is much rarer in ...

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If I leave my brewed coffee to rest, will it lose caffeine?
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Yes, but not in any significant or noticeable amounts. Caffeine is stable in solution for quite some time. Considering a average cup of coffee (~100mg of caffeine), you may lose a few milligrams of ...

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