Coffee & Tea

Get tips on where to buy coffee beans or loose-leaf tea, how to make the best espresso or chai, who has the best afternoon tea or cappuccino, and other caffeinated topics.


What's your favorite specialty coffee roaster in OC?

by choopark 13 days ago

Where do you get your coffee beans from? I've mainly got mine online(Parlor Coffee, The Morning Movement Coffee, etc.) but I wonder if I there are good local coffee roasters. Thanks.

Twinings Earl Grey Tea Leaves

by walker 19 days ago

I've been buying this for years; I brew about a pot a day, steep for 4 minutes. For about a year, I've really noticed a big decline in quality. Tea is full of dust/bits, not nice tea "strings", r...

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Where to buy loose leaf tea?

by snewdl 3 months ago

During isolation, I've transformed into a tea snob. Do folks have a favorite store carrying loose leaf tea in SF or on the peninsula? I'm particularly looking for wulong, e.g. nantou county tea or ...

Does coffee affect health?

by UrsulaSneathen 3 months ago

I'm fond of coffee. I drink it every morning. Does it damage health?

How to Make a Classic Latte at Home

by NickolasCastagna 3 months ago

Ingredients 2 oz. freshly brewed espresso (2 shots) 8 oz. whole milk Directions Add the espresso into a 12-ounce mug. Set aside. Pour the milk into a frothing pitcher large ...

Florence - Firenze - Best Cappuccino

by dvyne 4 months ago

I was just in Florence for 30 Days - the best coffee is in the Piazza Santo Spirito @ Ristorante Ricchi

Is boba tea a girly thing?

by stratford 6 years ago

Was wondering if boba/bubble tea, the Taiwanese cold sweetened tea drink with tapioca balls, is considered a girly drink? I've mostly seen a lot of young women have it in NY and CA, but I'm not su...

Twining’s Earl Grey Loose Leaf Tea

by walker 5 months ago

I make a pot of tea nearly every day, steep the leave for 4 minutes. I used to buy the tins from Cost Plus World Market but have been buying 6 big cans at a time from Amazon, better price, convenie...

Broken rice plate at Kim Son, and bubble tea at Purple Kow [San Francisco]

Dave MP
by Dave MP 9 years ago

Went to Kim Son in the Outer Richmond tonight for the first time, and it was very good. Dining companion had the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong (broken rice with pork chop, baked egg, and shredded pork), a...

Next food supply shortage: Boba on the West Coast

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

"Shipping containers from Asia are piling up at West Coast ports, delaying the arrival of much of the country’s supply of chewy tapioca balls. Boba wholesalers say their orders of boba just aren’t ...

The Former Jefferson Bowl Coffee Shop?

by Clinton 10 years ago

I remember back in the 70s when Gene Sing and his wife owned and ran the former Jefferson Bowl Coffee Shop in Culver City. Gene used to whip up an off-the-menu dish called beef lo mein which was ba...

New green coffee order arrived!

by Eiron 7 months ago

Always exciting to get a new order of green coffee! Six different varietals -- four to drink as Single Origin (SO) and two to blend as a modern-day Mokha Java. Also included in this order of mostly...

Where in NYC can I find Mariage Freres tea?

by Bluecrabaddict 11 months ago

Hi, I’ve been purchasing the tea online but would like to know where it’s sold in NYC? Preferably Brooklyn or Manhattan. Thank you!

Recs for Bubble tea /boba tea on Bloor or south of Bloor

by prima 1 year ago

So many choices. Which are your favourite shops for bubble tea? What are your favourite orders? I've enjoyed some passionfruit bubble teas, royal milk tea bubble teas, and a mango bubble...

Has anyone tried Beaumont Coffee at Aldi's?

by paulispumonti 12 years ago

Another potential recession hedge manuever......Should I spend $4.99 for 34.5 ounces of this or pay the xtra $2-3 for Maxwell House

Best Loose Leaf Green Tea

by BeeRich 3 years ago

Hi folks. Had some excellent Chinese green tea at Wok & Roast and realized the type I'm purchasing is sub-standard. So I wanted to ask to see what I should be buying for that Jasmine aromatics. ...

Interesting espresso interview from 2018/2019

by Eiron 10 months ago

I was looking for info specifically on pre-infusion and came across this article. I was glad to hear his description of the process matches what my Heat Exchange boiler machine provides, but also f...

Bidding on Cup of Excellence coffee beans

by eugenep 11 months ago

I read that Cup of Excellence awarded beans were pretty much off limits to the normal purchaser bc you have to buy it in bidding auctions where only big time roasters bid for hundreds of pounds. ...

Cheez-wiz in coffee

by Alan Divack 23 years ago

I read recently in a book on marketing that Cheez wiz is marekted and used as a coffee flavoring in Puerto Rico. can anyone confirm or deny?

How "pretty" do you like your espresso?

by Eiron 12 months ago

I think James' comments are missing the correlation between visual (and audible) cues and flavor. Without the computer-regulated controllers (e.g., temperature PIDs) now commonly available on espre...