This FAQ is dedicated to the coffee and all that goes with it. There are several newsgroups in which these topics may be of relevance, including rec.food.drink.coffee, alt.coffee, alt.food.coffee and alt.drugs.caffeine. I welcome any and all contributions to this FAQ. If you do not agree with the info in here please let me know or write an article for the FAQ. If you feel you can explain something better than I have, by all means rewrite the article and send it in.
Brewing the Ultimate Drink
A few tips and guidelines for getting the most out of your morning coffee, starting with the coffee beans and touching on brewing methods, ratiosm temperatures, water quality and other factors.
What is the best temperature to brew coffee?
Is water important?
Coffee bean quality
What is the difference between arabica and robusta coffee beans?
What are the best coffees?
Just how much ground coffee do I need for x amount of coffee?
Delve into the world of single origin Arabica coffee beans. Coffee beans from different parts of the world all have different characteristics, with some regions sharing specific flavor qualities.
What’s the right way for your to make your coffee? Read up on different methods.
Peripherals and Storage
The lesser considered parts of your coffee experience.
Proper care of coffee makers…
How to clean an espresso machine
How to store coffee beans?
What kind of grinder should I buy?
What is the best way to clean my coffee bean grinder?
Vacuum Bottles and Carafes for storing brewed coffee
Home Coffee Roasting
Want to try your hand at roasting green coffee beans?
Do it Yourself
Often asked questions.
Espresso & Coffee Bean Guide
How do you spell Espresso?
What is a Kopi Luak coffee?
How much caffeine is in decaf?
Why do some people put egg shell in coffee grounds?
When did companies first start to make tinned coffee?
What is “white coffee”?
Does coffee cause cancer?
Coffee Drink Recipes
Learn to make some new drinks, find out the most popular espresso drinks and some twists on your old favorites.
Spice up your coffee with a few changes.
Jargon has you confused? Wonder no more!
Does coffee go bad?
That depends on your definition of “bad”. Coffee can “spoil” – with heat and moisture it’s possible to develop mold. If coffee is stored in a cool, dry location away from sunlight, it can last for years without “spoiling”.
What happens as coffee ages (after roasting), is that it loses the chemicals and compounds that give it much of its flavor. The generally accepted timeframe for peak freshness is:
- Roasted whole beans: 1-2 weeks
- Roasted and ground: 1-2 days
Most non-coffee-snobs will notice very little change within time frames double that (2-4 weeks for whole bean, up to a week if ground). However, after that period the coffee has become a shadow of its former self – not bad, but not a really good cup either.
Most grocery-store coffees are roasted weeks to months prior to being bought, due to the process of going through the supply chain.
Why does coffee make me tired?
Everybody responds different to drugs, and the dominant drug in coffee (caffeine) is no different.
Another potential cause is adrenal fatigue, where the adrenal glands are overworked and respond less to coffee’s stimulation.
More often than not, people think coffee is a magic fix to their poor sleeping habits. It works short-term, but months or years of this simply ruins your body and mind. This is commonly perceived to be “caffeine tolerance”. The correct solution is to get better sleep on a consistent basis – 8 hours per night.