FAQs

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.

Our friends at BenjiMan TV decided to help us with a visual FAQ

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?

COFFEE BEANS

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.

About Coffee Beans
What are Bourbon Coffee Beans?
Espresso Beans
Best Coffees in the World

PREPARATION METHODS

What’s the right way for your to make your coffee? Read up on different methods.

Drip coffee
French Press aka Press Pot aka Cafetiere aka Bodum
Espresso Machines and Makers
Vacuum Coffee Makers
Percolator
Ibrik aka cezve
Moka Pot aka Mocha Pot aka Stove Top

ESPRESSO

How many ounces in a shot of espresso?
How to Pull an Espresso Shot
What are the most popular Espresso Drinks?

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?

Why roast green coffee beans at home?
How do I roast green coffee beans at home?
More home coffee roasting information
Degassing/Storage
Green Coffee Bean Vendors

DO IT YOURSELF

Growing coffee trees
Processing raw coffee beans

MISCELLANEOUS

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.

Making chocolate covered espresso beans
Cappuccino
Caffe Latte
Frappe
Turkish Coffee
Irish Coffee
Thai Iced Coffee
Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Melya
Vanilla Sugar
Italian Soda

FLAVORING

Spice up your coffee with a few changes.

General Flavoring Notes
Chicory Coffee
Italian Syrups
Other coffee Flavorings
What are the Ingredients in Whole Earth Sweetener?

COFFEE TERMS

Jargon has you confused? Wonder no more!

Espresso drink names and terms
Roast Names
Roast Related Terms
Varietal and Processing-Related Terms
A few more terms
Peaberry
Monsooned
Aged Coffee beans

ADMINISTRIVIA

List of Contributors
Copyright
Trade Associations

FAQ

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.