The 11 Most Common Coffee Questions

common coffee questions

Our aim is to help people understand absolutely everything about coffee.

So, we’ve scoured the web to figure out people’s most commonly asked questions about coffee and have put together the following list of the 11 most common.

1) How to make special drinks like lattes or cappuccinos?

If you’re looking for a new drink to spice up your morning coffee ritual, there are a wide variety of different coffee drinks to experiment with, from lattes, cappucinos, iced coffees, or espressos: check out our list of the 15 most popular coffee varieties and see what suits your fancy.

2) What exactly is fair trade coffee?

“Fair trade” generally refers to coffee produced by cooperatives of farmers, distributors, importers, and exporters that adhere to the standards laid out by the Fair Trade Organisation.

These standards include fair wages and safe working conditions for famers, a ban on child labour, and environmentally responsible practices like reducing chemical fertilisers and preserving forests.

3) How long does caffeine stay in your system?

Generally speaking caffeine has a half-life of about 4-6 hours, meaning that – once the caffeine kicks in during the first half hour after drinking your coffee – the caffeine in your system will drop by half after 4-6 hours.

This is the reason why many people feel the need for a second cup sometime during the day, when their caffeine level has dropped down. Smokers tend to get the craving more frequently since the half-life in their case will be more like 3 hours.

4) How is decaffeinated coffee made?

There are a couple of different ways of decaffeinating coffee, all of which take place before roasting the beans. Some processes are solvent-based – including both direct and indirect solvent processes -, and others are non-solvent based like the carbon diozide process or the Swiss water process.

The solvent-based methods use chemical solvents to remove the caffeine from the coffee beans, the carbon dioxide method injects liquid carbon dioxide to extract the caffeine from the beans, and the Swiss water method soaks the beans in hot water and removes the caffeine via osmosis.

5) How many cups of coffee can a person safely drink per day?

Generaly speaking, the average person should be able to safely handle 3-5 cups per day. This, however, is only a general outline, and each person should become aware of how their own body responds to caffeine.

Even if you are drinking the recommended amount of even less, if you find yourself feeling jittery, getting headaches or stomach pain, or having trouble sleeping at night, then you should cut back regardless of the number of cups you are drinking.

Keep in mind however that even if you can handle large amounts of caffeine without getting any of these side effects, more than 5 cups per has been found to raise cholesterol, so it is recommended to stick to the 5 cup threshold.

6) Why does coffee make you feel tired sometimes?

Some people are confused because they experience the opposite effect of what they expect from drinking coffee: it actually makes them feel sleepy rather than waking them up. One reason for this may be because of dehydration (which can leave you feeling wiped out despite the caffeine in your system). Another reason could be because you’ve developed a tolerance to caffeine and the kick that used to pep you awake is no merely bringing you up to par.

7) What kind of coffee has the most caffeine?

This depends partly on the beans used, and partly on the brewing method. Robusto beans generally have the highest amount of caffeine (about twice the amount of Arabica beans).

Also a long brewing time can get more caffeine out of your beans, so for example a french press which brews for around 4 minutes will be extra peppy. Espresso shots, on the other hand, although they are brewed quickly they are very concentrated so they also have a higher-than-average caffeine content.

8) What are the different varieties of coffee beans?

There are two major varieties which we mentioned above: Robusta and Arabica. The former are grown at a lower altitude, and contain a larger amount of caffeine. The latter, more popular variety, are considered to be higher quality although they contain far less caffeine.

9) How did coffee become so popular?

Coffee has become the most popular drink in the world, and many people wonder how it became so. The history of coffee goes back centuries, and has its origin in Ethiopia and the Arabian Peninsula. Around the 17th century, coffee houses started to become popular in Europe, and in 1773 the Boston Tea Party made the switch to coffee which led to a rise in it’s popularity in the US as well.

During the Second World War soldiers became addicted to coffee which they used to keep their energy high. The television and advertising also led to an increased popularity in coffee drinking, and the trend has been on the rise ever since.

10) What distinguishes good coffee from bad?

This is to some extent a matter of personal taste, but there are a few key factors that will lend themselves to better coffee for everyone. Grinding your own beans as you go is essential, since your coffee will go stale over time and the quality of the flavour of your grounds will lower over time.

Another important factor is fresh water, so if you live somewhere that has hard water, a water filter could make a big improvement in your morning cup. Other important factors are not letting your coffee brew for too long as it can get burned, and keeping your machine nice and clean to get rid of any old oils or grinds that will worsen the taste of your coffee.

11) What is the difference between instant and filter coffee?

Whereas filter coffee is made by slowly pouring hot water over ground beans, instant coffee is made from already-brewed, dehydrated coffee that requires only adding hot water to it to re-hydrate it. The former is generally speaking much better coffee, but the latter is quicker and easier.

Pierro coffee are an Australian owned company manufacturing commercial coffee machines and supplying office coffee through Australia.

If you are  looking to buy or rent a coffee machine for your work environment which is simple to use and produces 100% pure espresso then our Pierro corporate coffee machine range is perfect for you.

For more information on The Pierro coffee machine range, for purchase or rental,  please contact us direct or feel free to visit our Sydney head office and showroom at 8 – 12 Robert Street, Rozelle NSW 2039.

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