How Many Tablespoons of Coffee Do You Use Per Cup?

tablespoon of coffee

QUESTION: – How many tablespoons of coffee do you use per cup? – Katrina M. 

ANSWER: – There’s a pretty general consensus among coffee drinkers that one should use one to two tablespoons of coffee per six ounce cup. Whether or not you like your coffee strong should determine whether you use one teaspoon or two per six ounces of coffee. 

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Is Nitro Cold Brew in a Keg?

pouring nitro cold brew coffee

QUESTION: – Is nitro cold brew in a keg? I want to try it, but I don’t want to buy that much. – Jimmy L. 

ANSWER: – Nitro cold brew coffee needs to be stored in a keg in order to serve it on draft whenever you want to drink it. Nitro cold brew coffee is made by pressurizing the coffee by infusing it with nitrogen. Nitrogen + Cold Brew Coffee = Nitro Cold Brew. The foamy head of a nitro cold brew coffee imparts a deep, rich flavor similar to Guinness. It’s smooth and sweet, with a nuanced creaminess from the foamy head. You’ll find you get more caffeine bang for your buck compared to regular coffee, too. Nitro cold brew contains 30 percent more caffeine than your standard cup of coffee.

In order to keep it pressurized and pouring with a nice foamy head, or crema, the nitrogenized cold brew must be stored in kegs so that it can be enjoyed fresh from the draft, or in cans. Finding nitro cold brew coffee in cans is becoming more common, as people seem to always enjoy the convenience of taking their beverage of choice on the go. So try out some local convenience stores and you can probably find it there in the form of a can.

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How Many Ounces Is a Serving of Coffee?

measuring coffee beans

QUESTION: – How many ounces is a serving of coffee? I’m confused about how much coffee is actually in a cup. Is it the same as a regular cup? – Joseph A. 

ANSWER: – Six ounces is the standard serving size for one cup of coffee, when it comes to how it is measured with a coffee maker and how you brew it. Though it varies a bit from country to country, coffee is measured in six ounce servings. In America, coffee can be purchased in various sizes, all the way up to 32 and even 44 ounces, but is most commonly served in eight to 24 ounce cups. 

At Starbucks, coffee sizes vary pretty widely. The smallest size is eight ounces (short), and the next step up is double that size, for a whopping 16 ounces (Grande). The Venti size is regularly 20 ounces, while the iced Venti size holds an extra four ounces, though it is typically used for ice. 

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What Is Coffee Kombucha?

QUESTION: – What is coffee kombucha? Is it really coffee, or something else that they are just calling coffee? – Autumn C. 

ANSWER: – Coffee kombucha is a fermented coffee beverage with tons of health benefits and an incredible taste. Coffee kombucha is very similar to regular kombucha, but instead of being brewed using a kombucha SCOBY and green or black tea, coffee kombucha is made with a kombucha scoby and brewed coffee. 

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Is Coarse Ground Coffee Better?

coffee beans in a grinder

QUESTION: – Is coarse ground coffee better? There’s a setting on my coffee machine that grinds beans before it brews and I wonder which setting I should use. – Lily W. 

ANSWER: – Coarse ground coffee is better for certain brewing techniques, and fine ground coffee works better for others. The key to figuring out which grind size is best for you is to determine your preferred brewing technique and then experiment with different grind sizes within the recommended range for your device. 

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Is Coffee Bad for Your Stomach?

cup of coffee on a table

QUESTION: – Is coffee bad for your stomach? I have a sensitive stomach and my mom keeps telling me to stop drinking coffee because that’s what is behind it, but coffee doesn’t bother my stomach. – Renee P. 

ANSWER: – Coffee is not necessarily bad for your stomach if consumed in moderation. However, it does contain compounds that can cause stomach irritation if consumed in large quantities or put onto an empty stomach. Don’t worry, if your coffee is causing you stomach distress, we have outlined all of the ways you can avoid it without having to give up your coffee. Considering coffee has many beneficial qualities as well, it’s an important part of many diets, and to most coffee drinkers, it’s an essential morning ritual. 

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Do Coffee Beans Lose Caffeine Over Time?

can of coffee beans

QUESTION: – Do coffee beans lose caffeine over time? I have this kind of old can of coffee and I sure don’t want to bother drinking it if it doesn’t even have caffeine anymore. – Garrett P. 

ANSWER: – Yes, coffee beans lose caffeine over time, and they can deteriorate very quickly if not stored properly as well. Freshness is synonymous with greatness. Fresh baked bread, freshly picked fruit, and freshly roasted coffee beans are all excellent examples of how the freshness of a product also affects its taste. 

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Is Drinking Coffee with a Straw Better for Your Teeth?

ice coffee with a straw

QUESTION: – Is drinking coffee with a straw better for your teeth? I don’t want my teeth to get yellow. – Aliesha B. 

ANSWER: – The answer to this question is a bit tricky. You can make a case for both a yes or a no answer to whether drinking coffee and other dark, teeth-staining liquids through a straw can help prevent teeth staining. Using a straw while drinking coffee and other dark liquids can help you avoid submerging your front teeth, which can help lessen staining on the most cosmetic areas of your mouth. However, using a straw doesn’t guarantee that the liquids you are drinking through it don’t touch your teeth. Depending on how you use the straw, the drink can still touch your teeth unless you are shooting it down your throat, which is not how most people use a straw. 

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What Temperature Should Coffee Be Served At?

steaming cup of coffee

QUESTION: – What temperature should coffee be served at? – Angela V. 

ANSWER: – The ideal temperature for serving coffee varies greatly depending on who you are asking. Many old school coffee drinkers believe that coffee should be served at piping hot temperatures, very similar to the temperature at which it is brewed, or just below. The ideal temperature for coffee brewing is pretty universal, give or take a degree or two, at around 203 degrees Fahrenheit.

The more standard answer is between 195 and 205 degrees F, but 203 degrees F is considered the sweet spot, which is just barely below boiling. For serving, most fast food restaurants and breakfast spots serve their coffee between 180 and 185 degrees F, which is the recommended serving temperature for coffee from the National Coffee Association of the United States. 

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Are there mycotoxins in coffee?

roasted coffee beans

by Matt Gibson

Mycotoxins are toxic compounds that are present on coffee and other dried goods that come from mold. Mycotoxins are present in lots of different foods, but are especially significant in dry goods, such as grains, nuts, cereals, and coffee. Mycotoxins are responsible for causing all kinds of health problems, including cardiomyopathy, brain damage, kidney disease, cancer, and hypertension. Coffee with high levels of mycotoxins can often taste bitter, causing drinkers to add flavoring agents to their coffee to offset the bitterness, such as sugars and creamers. 

Mycotoxins are mostly found in low quality coffee brands. Cheap coffees are available at cut rate prices because they are made with low quality beans. Many budget priced coffee brands make blends which are composed of different kinds of coffee beans, sometimes mixing beans that are grown in many different parts of the world. When companies are sourcing their coffee beans from a variety of different countries, there is a much greater chance that some of the beans they are using contain mold. When coffee is stored in damp conditions, especially in buildings with poor ventilation, it is much more susceptible to mold formation. 

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