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Coffee Culture

Feb 24 2010, 9:15 am

In Hotels, Coffee Damage Control

Stuck in a room with a cheap drip machine? Here are some fixes for a better, maybe decent, brew. read more

Feb 11 2010, 9:20 am

Fahrenheit 200: Coffee's Best Friend

Buying a drip machine? Don't be lured by fancy features—it's all about the brewing temperature.read more

Jan 27 2010, 12:51 pm

Haiti's Coffee: Will it Come Back?

Production has languished, but the island's beans radiate potential—both culinary and economic.read more

Dec 1 2009, 8:09 am

Making the Most of Drip Coffee

Press pots produce the fullest-flavor brew, but drip pots can make a good cup, if you follow these guidelines.read more

Sep 29 2009, 8:19 am

The Right Way to Brew Iced Coffee

Cold brewing--favored by some--creates weak coffee. Why hot brewing is the method for iced coffee.read more

Sep 1 2009, 8:27 am

A Different Kind of Coffee

Qishr, a beverage made from the husks of coffee beans, is a a staple of Ethiopian breakfasts.read more

Aug 13 2009, 8:42 am

Iced Coffee: The Expert's Guide

The secret to making iced coffee is the same as for brewing it hot: start with strong, fresh coffee.read more

Jul 15 2009, 8:28 am

Can Caffeine Prevent Alzheimer's?

A new study says it can help reverse some of the effects of the disease on mice. But what about humans?read more

Jul 7 2009, 9:03 am

In Defense of Decaf

The author defends decaffeinated coffee and discusses the major methods for removing caffeine from beans.read more

Jun 22 2009, 8:25 am

Arabica vs. Robusta: No Contest

A history of the world's two most popular species of coffee--and an explanation of why Arabica is superior.read more

Jun 10 2009, 8:21 am

Where to Buy Fresh Coffee

Advice on where to buy the freshest coffee possible, no matter where you live--and questions to ask the people who sell the beans. Though most Americans buy their coffee at the supermarket, there are two other places to look that offer much wider options for fresh coffee.read more

Jun 2 2009, 8:20 am

Buying Coffee at the Supermarket

The supermarket is where two-thirds of all coffee in the U.S. is sold, despite the rise of specialty shops. With all the options available, it can be difficult to decide which beans to buy. Finding fresh beans at the local supermarket is difficult but not impossible. The author explains how.read more

May 20 2009, 7:50 am

Developing a Taste for Fresh Coffee

Appreciating the distinct taste of fresh, straight-from-the-roaster coffee can be a slow process. The author shows how to train your taste buds to know fresh coffee when you drink it and offers tips for preventing beans from going stale. read more

May 13 2009, 8:12 am

What Health Studies on Coffee Miss

After reading a summary of the latest scientific findings about coffee, the author explains why researchers need standard definitions for the beverage's two most important components. But fortunately, the news about coffee's effect on health is mostly good.read more

May 4 2009, 8:19 am

For Better Coffee, Store Your Beans

Coffee beans are fresh when they come out of the roaster. But if you want your coffee to stay fresh, be sure to buy whole beans (never pre-ground) and store them properly, as oxygen, time, and temperature are a true coffee fan's worst enemies.read more

Apr 20 2009, 8:30 am

Man, That Was Coffee!

Reminiscing about lost coffee blends, the author wonders if memory enhances the perceived flavor of the unobtainable.read more

Apr 13 2009, 8:15 am

For Good Espresso, Insist on Arabica

Espresso makers, here and across the pond, sometimes use Robusta to try to be "more Italian." But the best stuff is all Arabica. Here's why--and what it means about the increasingly large role America plays in coffee.read more

Apr 7 2009, 8:10 am

Press Pots: Coffee Worth the Effort

It transmits oils and sediment, the entire coffee flavor, and--because the filter isn't paper--nothing else. It's a little more work but the resulting flavor is worth it. Once you switch to a press pot, you'll never use drip again.read more

Mar 31 2009, 8:40 am

Don't Be Afraid of Strong Coffee!

How much coffee is in your coffee? We're used to weak coffee but that doesn't mean it's good. A weak cup of coffee is an unpleasant thing. And once weak coffee is brewed there's nothing to be done. Try a heaping American scoop and have a coffee epiphany.read more

Mar 20 2009, 8:45 am

Coffee Leaves: A Whole Different Cup of Coffee

On the prowl for great coffee beans at the market in Harrar, Ethiopia, some familiar green leaves catch a seasoned eye. The evergreen coffee tree produces leaves that can be used in the manner of tea, but there's a reason these leaves are rarely found outside Ethiopia.read more

Mar 14 2009, 12:53 pm

Appreciating Coffee Like Wine

Instead of red or white, Robusta or Arabica. Instead of alcohol, caffeine. As for varietals, there are thousands. As with wine, the more you learn about coffee, the more there complex it will seem but the more enjoyable it will become.read more