Coffee hacks

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  • If your coffee pot tends to burn the coffee within an hour or two, place three pennies on the hotplate. It will keep the coffee warm and not scorch.
    • Even better, get a thermal carafe pot. My wife regularly wakes up with my son at 6 AM, but I don't get up until 8 or so. Coffee is still hot and no burned taste. -- Douglas Welch 8:33, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • I agree, I love my thermal carafe!! Keeps coffee hot all day without turning it into toast scrapings AND when I am running late I can just grab the whole pot and haul it into work with me. --Mose 10:55, 24 Mar 2005 (CST)
    • The Hamilton Beach BrewStations have a warming plate built into the thermal carafe portion of the maker. Single mug at a time dispensing, holds the coffee warm for at least two hours after the warming has turned off.--ACGelwicks 13:58, 13 Jul 2005 (EDT)
  • If you're a cream or sugar person, first put those in the cup, then pour the coffee. No stirring required. --Mrbbking 13:24, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • I'm a cream and sugar person. Try a strong espresso made with a stove top espresso machine if you can't afford the real thing (real espresso machine that is). Fill a clear glass with condensed milk and pour the espresso in on top. This is called a "bombon". Observe the beauty before stirring!--LuLu 17:44, 7 Apr 2005 (EDT)
    • Actually, with cream stirring is usually a waste of valuable energy prior to that all-important first sip. Pour cream into hot coffee in a clear glass mug sometime, and watch the results. Convection is your friend. --Jeff Porten, 03/26/05 01:05 AM EST
    • In the case of milk and/or cream, after dosing your mug, put it in the microwave for ~10-15 seconds to warm it up, then swish it around a bit before adding the coffee. Makes for a warmer cup'o'jo! --AP 17:50, 7 Apr 2005 (EDT)
      • In the case of sugar, it can be worth getting in the habit of picking up extra sugar packets in coffee places and leaving some in the office and at home for those emergancy run out of sugar moments. - Noise
  • A $10 Moka Pot, such as you'll find in any Italian kitchen, makes better espresso than any but the most expensive machines you can have in your house. Yesno 14:33, 24 Mar 2005 (EST)
    • Every house we visited in Sicily (wife's relatives) had a tiny burner on the range top specifically for this use. Remember, Fiamma Bassa (low flame) gives the best results and keeps the coffee from shooting out all over the stove, floor and you! If you like Latte, simply heat a bit of milk in another pan on the stove. This, and a little briochini, was breakfast, every day for 2 weeks on our last trip. Douglas Welch
    • If you're going to get a Moka pot, spend a bit more and get one that is stainless steel. The aluminum pots get "growths" after a while and you'll end up getting a new one anyway... best coffee money I ever spent!
    • Making gourmet coffee? You probably know that the quality of the espresso depends greatly on the size and consistency of the grind. Some like to grind their own beans, which is only recommended if you own a high-quality burr grinder (heaven forbid a blade grinder) and can calibrate it often. Alternatively, get yourself a vacuum canister (plastic) and a hand-operated plunger from a specialty coffee shop. These items aren't that expensive (I got mine as a gift so I don't know exactly). Every week or so, go to your favorite coffeehouse and fill up on pre-ground coffee. Order a grind that's suitable for your machine (this is important), and have them grind it right into your canister. Plunge away, and watch them stare in amazement. Remember, oxygen is what destroys the delicate chemical structure that makes coffee what it is. Oxygen is your arch-nemesis; pump away as much air as you can. Make sure you keep the canister clean between coffee loads, and watch out for particles of ground coffee that can sabotage your vacuum. Now you can enjoy near-fresh-ground coffee at a perfect grind, without having to deal with the upkeep and complications of an industrial grinder. --Coldphage 08:52, 27 February 2007 (EST)
  • Want room for milk in your coffee, or to just keep your coffee from sloshing around? Order a medium coffee in a large cup, or a small in a medium, or a grande in vente. Another method is simply to ask for space for milk - Starbucks-speak for this is "with room" as in "Swiss Vanilla BooBoo with room"
  • Coffee: Working at a coffeehouse, I know a little. And to me, the best way to prevent burnt coffee, cold coffee, etc, is to brew it one cup at a time. Get a French Press, and have your local coffeehouse (Not grocery store or Starbucks) grind your coffee coarsely. Purer, flavorful, and quality coffee.
    • But if you find yourself at a Starbucks (my tech leads group meets there once a week) they will make a French Press out of pretty much whatever beans you want (except the ltd. edition ones, natch) for the same price as drip. That's the most acceptable coffee option for me when I'm trapped at a Starbucks. Takes about five minutes so it's not good if you're in a rush --Cody
  • Travelling with a hot cup: ask your barista for a flat lid to go under the standard arched lid, to prevent spills in transit. A standard Solo lid fits under the regular lid. Alternately, ask for a sticker to wrap around the sipping aperture; apply before the lid gets wet. --Jeff Porten 03/26/05 01:05 AM EST
    • Sometimes you find you get two cups together when you take-away from coffee places, if practical save the second and use it at home to save a little washing up or dishwasher space at home. If you ask, Barristas will often glove your first cup in a second anyway. - Noise
  • French presses made of tough Lexan polycarbonate for camping use are handy to take to work. -- GH 26 Mar 05
  • Rinse out your French press with boiling water before putting coffee into it for best taste. -- Edward Vielmetti
  • If you're like me and need a cup of tea or coffee before you are near human in the morning, make it easier for yourself but putting the right amount in a clean cup the night before with a spoon, and filling the kettle up with enough water. Even when at your most sleep-addled all you need to do is turn the kettle on and pour. --Sophia 03:07, 1 Apr 2005 (EST)
  • The hole in a roll of duct tape laid flat on the floor of your car makes a handy extra coffee cup holder. -- GH 8 Apr 05
  • I recently discovered a "filtre Belgique" where you have a filter on top of a single cup (Bodum makes them) for filter coffee. I've got one for my boss who takes it to meetings where they just have instant coffee and a pot of hot water - he fills it up with the proper coffee before he goes and then adds water when he gets to the meeting. [1]
  • Starbucks also makes a portable cup with a built in french press. It works extremely well, although spilt coffee will never ever come out of the stainless steel. Mark Cutler 05:04, 8 January 2007 (EST)
    • There is also the Melita style cone filter that sits right on the cup (or, better, a SwissGold style that has multiple outlets and no paper filter at all) will let you brew one large cup at a time using grounds and some boiling water. No fuss, no muss.
  • If you ever have to deal with poor-quality coffee, or just want a little extra kick of flavor, mix black pepper in with the grounds before brewing. A quarter to a half teaspoon per cup of water might be a good place to start, but you'll have to experiment to taste. This might be a good solution for those who don't like the taste of black coffee but want to cut back on their sugar/creamer intake. Pepper is easy to find in packets or shakers. At home in my french press, I use McCormick Coarse Ground Black Pepper. -- DavidEyk 15:28, 29 Apr 2005 (EDT) Ground cardamom seeds are also very tasty. --sckot 11:02, 2 May 2005 (EDT) I find that just a bit of pre-ground pepper--cupping my hand and pouring a bit in the bottom of my hand--is more than enough. I pour this amount into the bottom of my coffee filter (a funnel-style filter in a drip-coffee maker.) It does indeed improve the flavor of the coffee. --Regeya 01:09, 9 May 2005 (EDT)
  • If you're too decaffeinated to make or get coffee, take 200mg of caffeine ( NoDoz and Vivarin are common brands in the US). It has the same effect as a large coffee and you can drink it with juice as a healthier alternative.
  • To avoid coffee-stained teeth, drink your coffee iced, with a straw. (Vanity hack!)
  • To really clean out a grungy coffee pot, dump in about a tablespoon of salt and add a few ice cubes. Swirl around for a minute or so then clean thoroughly. Gets rid of all the yuck that builds up. I find that kosher salt works a little better for this, as it's large, irregular crystals are more abrasive. --sckot 11:02, 2 May 2005 (EDT)
  • Caffeine can lessen the effects of novacaine after you visit the dentist--but you'll need to drink through a straw. :)
  • If coffee fresh from the coffee maker is too hot for you, but you don't want to dilute it with cold water or cream, freeze some coffee in an ice cube tray and add a coffee cube to your cup. --Otterbyte 14:26, 6 May 2005 (EDT)
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