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Steel replacement parts for aluminum coffee percolator? 
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Nabob's flavour from around 1980. 
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What is a Flat White coffee? 
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Is it safe to keep coffee in the fridge for a few days? If so, for how long? 
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Are some brands of instant coffee better than others? 
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Static shock "killed" my Keurig! 
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Which is the smoothest coffee? 
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Which is the best inexpensive coffee? 
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Why do most frac packs contain less coffee than they should? 
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What is the strongest type of coffee bean? 
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Can I drink coffee while I'm pregnant? 
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Ceramic vs Steel burr coffee grinders. 
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Why do coffee store coffees taste different when brewed at home? 
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Can I reuse my Tassimo T-Discs? 
QUESTION: I have a Tassimo coffee maker and I love it. I use it to make regular coffee and also cappuccinos, lattes and even tea. But I don’t …

Fleming's Steakhouse Coffee 
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What is the difference between Arabica coffee and Robusta coffee? 
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Auto Coffee Makers - First Cup the Strongest? 
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What is the origin of free coffee refills? 
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Tap water or in-line filter for my Bunn coffee maker? 
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How long will my coffee maker last?  
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How much does a cup of coffee cost when I brew it at home? 
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Why does liquid coffee creamer coagulate in iced coffee? 
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Can vinegar get coffee stains out? 
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Tall, square vintage MJB coffee can - How much is it worth? 
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Stale coffee beans 
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Fully immersible, fully stainless percolator 
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Are Nespresso capsules safe? 
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Help identifying a possible, antique coffee maker. 
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Where have the Arabica coffee beans gone? 
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Did Yuban Original Medium Roast Formulation Change Its Flavor? 
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Who invented the paper coffee filter? 
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History of "King (brand) Coffee Filters" 
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How much caffeine is there in a cup of coffee? 
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Does Yuban use a non bean 'filler'? 
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How long will a coffee maker last? 
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Do some coffee makers extract more caffeine than others? 
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Flavored coffee leaves bad taste. 
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Dolce Gusto vs Keurig 
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How long does packed, blended coffee stay fresh? 
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Chicory coffee doesn't stain the pot? 
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Espresso Blend for Home Roasting 
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How to maintain coffee flavor all day in vacuum thermos 
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Coffee Maker smells like.. b.o. (body odor) 
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Can you tell me how to make Senseo type coffee pods? 
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Need help identifying a antique Coffee Maker 
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Coffee and stomach trouble. 
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Plastic free coffee maker? 
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How many cups of coffee can one drink in a day? 
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How many times can I use the same K-Cup? 
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What artificial sweetener tastes best with coffee? 
QUESTION: I've tried Splenda, Equal, and Truvia, but none taste very good in coffee. I always end up going back to good old sugar. Is there an …

How much sugar in coffee for Movarian Love Feast? 
QUESTION: How much sugar and how much cream should I use in making coffee for a Movarian Love Feast at church? They serve a bun and sweet coffee. …

Melitta Mill & Brew Coffeemaker 
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Can I make regular coffee with an espresso machine? 
QUESTION: I was wondering if I could use my espresso machine to make a single regular cup of coffee. I have a Cuisinart EM-100C espresso maker. …

Making regular coffee low acid? 
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How can you have great coffee brewed in your kitchen all day long? 
QUESTION: I work at home, and I like to have a cup of coffee at intervals throughout the day. However, since it's recommended to drink brewed coffee …

Grounds in my Coffee - Autodrip 
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After coffee is brewed, how long does the caffeine stay, and how long is it good for? 
QUESTION: I want to know how long caffeine stays in the coffee once it is brewed. I was told it last only 20min. after it is brewed. Also there …

Does coffee stunt your growth? 
QUESTION: My mom says I shouldn’t be drinking coffee because it will stunt my growth. I think that’s BS, but can’t find anything to show her that …

Manual single cone filter or healthy coffee pot, no plastic 
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Different coffee strength preferences 
QUESTION: My wife and I prefer our coffee with different strength. And, since the first one up makes the coffee, one of us is always disappointed …

How to make my own Keurig coffee cups? 
QUESTION: I have a Keurig B60 coffee maker and buy boxes of K-Cups most of the time. But it can get pretty expensive. Also, there are times when …

Cappuccino - What beans? 
QUESTION: We have a DeLonghi EAMS3500S (Very erratic, wouldn't buy it again. However, we have spent a fair bit of money and are stuck with it). …

Question about filtering my espresso. 
QUESTION: How should I filter an espresso machine coffee drink? I know the coffee goes through a metal filter, but studies show that it is the …

Coffee maker filter needed? 
QUESTION: Does my coffee maker need a filter? It’s a Cuisinart DGB-600BC 10 Cup Grind & Brew Coffee Maker it looks like it has one built in. …

A debate about coffee storage! 
QUESTION: My friend and I have a long standing debate! Do Coffee Beans loose flavour rapidly if not stored in the fridge? I have recently opened …

What's the brand of Coffee with the Highest Caffiene Content?  
QUESTION: What brand of coffee Folgers, Maxwell House, Chock full of Nuts, White Castle, etc., has the highest (or strongest) caffiene content? …

Making coffee for a large group? 
QUESTION: I will be making coffee for a large group of people and hate the way coffee tastes when using a big coffee urn. Any suggestions? …

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Dying your hair with coffee 
QUESTION: I have heard of people dying their hair with triple strength coffee and want to make my light brown hair darker but keep it natural. …

My Coffee Looks Brown 
QUESTION: We brew Yuban or Folgers coffee in a Mr. Coffee brewer at work. After the coffee is brewed, it looks more brown than black--like liquid …

Unique Coffee Maker 
QUESTION: I saw this coffee maker (well I think it's a coffee maker) at the Kitchen and bath industry show in Chicago. It's a large convention …

How do I make "coffee shots"? 
QUESTION: I am new to wanting to make my own coffee at home like the ones u buy from the coffee shops. I know that it takes shots I was just wondering …

Where can I find Fair Trade instant coffee in the USA? 
QUESTION: I enjoy coffee, but I am by no means a connoisseur, and prefer the convenience of instant coffee over brewing or going out. But I am …

Why would our favorite coffees have no taste when using the Keurig My K-Cup? 
QUESTION: We recently purchased a mini Keurig single serving coffeemaker & a couple of My K-Cups so we can use our favorite coffees instead of …

Were can I buy Cuban coffee? 
QUESTION: Can you tell me where I can order Cuban coffee online in Canada? I live in Nova Scotia. ANSWER: Most Cuban coffee is grown …

Coffee Filter Disk 
QUESTION: Hi, Back in the early 70's, my mom made percolated coffee using a coffee filter disk that was already filled and ready to pop in the …

Buying berries or dry-processed coffee beans in Montreal 
QUESTION: I live in Montreal and would like to obtain beans that have not been wet processed or gone through fermentation. Is there any place …

Why does coffee taste bad in a 100 cup coffee maker? 
QUESTION: What can be done to make coffee taste better in a 100 cup maker? ANSWER: A couple of things jump to mind. First, someone …

Have you tried Community Coffee from New Orleans? 
QUESTION: Have you tried the blends from Community Coffee in New Orleans? My friend who brokers yachts out of Annapolis gave me some made with …

What is the correct temperature for serving coffee? 
QUESTION: Can you tell me what is the proper temperature to serve coffee? Thanks! ANSWER: Coffee is best served at a temperature between …

Is there a coffee maker that makes both regular coffee and espresso? 
QUESTION: There are so many coffee and espresso machines out there. And when I look at the single-serve brewers, the choices make my head spin. …

How come there’s no crema on my espresso? 
QUESTION: Dear Coffee Detective. I watched your video review of the Breville Duo Temp Pro and bought one. I’m not saying you steered me wrong or …

Can I use Keurig 2.0 Cups in other Keurig brewers? 
QUESTION: I just mistakenly ordered some K-cups for a Keurig 2.0. I am clearly challenged, as I have a Keurig K45 Elite. Is there any way I …

Help with Keurig 2.0 and shipping disc error. 
QUESTION: I got a Keurig 2.0 and out of the box removed the disk before I plugged it in. I then set it up and now am getting "remove the shipping …

What's the best coffee to water ratio when using a French Press? 
QUESTION: Hi. I guess this is a newbie question. I have been using a drip brewer for years and just know from experience how much water and ground …

Steamed milk for latte and or cappuccino? 
QUESTION: Do you know of a good milk steamer for making Latte or Cappuccino's? I normally grind my beans daily to use in my French Press. However …

What is the most unknown region for great Coffees? 
As the "The Truth" I will post my knowledge of Specialty Coffees I've tried.I've spent 1000's of Dollars looking for the best Coffees on the Planet! I've …

What's the value of this vintage coffee pot? 
QUESTION: Hello: Not sure you receive these kind of questions, but attached is a copy of what I think is a vintage coffee pot. I am trying …

Are mold and bacteria growing inside my coffee maker? 
QUESTION: I was talking with someone at work yesterday who said she had watched a segment on her local news station about how mold and bacteria …

What's an espresso coffee pod? 
QUESTION: Mainly I'm a regular coffee drinker, but sometimes I would like to make myself an espresso or espresso drink, like a cappuccino. I feel …

More questions about brewing gourmet coffee at home 
QUESTION: My husband and I have different coffee makers. He has a Bunn Coffee Machine because he likes to grind his own coffee. I have a Cuisine …

How much coffee is too much? 
QUESTION: I have heard the latest reports about coffee and how it not only isn't bad for you, it can actually be helpful to your health. It's kinda …

A number of questions and answers about brewing gourmet coffee at home 
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Questions and answers about making gourmet coffee 
QUESTION: Is it the Machine, Coffee Beans or Barista that make the best cup of coffee? ANSWER: This feels like one of those trick questions …

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