Coffee substitutes

I wonder if anyone, with experience, can make Instructables explaining how to make coffee substitutes. I understand that coffee substitutes have been made from different sources: chicory, dandelion roots, coffeeweeds, garbanzo beans and, grains. Cassia occidentalis is known as Coffeeweed in some parts of the United States and as Hedionda in Puerto Rico. The Cassia occidentalis and Senna occidentalis produce a very aromatic brew. It was used once during a coffee shortage. 

Topic by blkhawk 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What's the best way to store fresh coffee beans? Answered

I'm typically using the beans for espresso. I have found that freezing them reduces the crema I can get out of them.

Question by lebowski 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What do I need to do in order for my coffee beans to become ready to be roasted?

Here is a picture of my coffee beans. I got them, but I think someone missed a step in the cleaning process. Let me know if you have any ideas about what I should do. https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/OjOmf7eDQCaCun41z1I0HQ?feat=directlink Thanks, J

Question by jonnyarmony 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How to make green coffe bean extract?

Greetings, I would like to see an instructable on how to make green coffee been extract. I am guessing it would be a lot cheaper than buying bottled capsules of it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lyai2fcMS7Q Thanks

Topic by NeuroPulse 6 years ago


Do you have any ideas for a coffee flavour room gift? Answered

I had this idea coming up for a gift: -grounded coffee beans in a can or something like this, which is making the room smelling of fresh coffee. It shouldn't be that the room always smells like coffee, just if you feel like it should. - I thought also of a coffee candle, but candles as gifts are so boring, I want something more exciting ...I am stuck right now, can you help me out with some inspiration? Thanks a lot!!! ps: the person I want to give it to, adores coffee :-)

Question by jarneola 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago



Question : Can you build a cheap Moisture meter for grain

Hello I'm a Peace Corps volunteer working with coffee. I'm helping farmers improve the quality of their coffee. To do this they need to dry their coffee very well. It is hard to tell if the coffee is dried enough without a moisture meter, and a moisture is very expensive. Does anyone know of how to build a moisture meter? this tells what percentage of the weight of the coffee bean is water, I believe. Or if anyone knows where to get one inexpensively, that would also help. Many thanks

Topic by eddieobrien 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Play a Collaboration Game?

Oh my... Coffee beans!.Let's try this again! ..Challenge: Oh my! I lost my precious special coffee beans! I need to travel around the world searching for them. Will you help me stay awake for that? I will need loooots of coffee for my mission ;)Design a new coffee filter! Collaborate and innovate together - find a new way to filter coffee. Do not use anything expensive and try not to create too much waste ;) Let's go!... How does this game work: 1) First collect ideas for a coffee filter here under this thread until Monday, March 04th midnight PST - write down what you think would work, freely. (Add in to the already collected ideas - challenge yourself!)2) Look at and discuss others' ideas here, while they are being collected.3) Select one idea that you like, and form teams - prototype together, form an Instructable, make it Collaborative. Or alternatively, just add in your existing Instructable and make it Collaborative. Innovate together! A very rough prototype that shows the principle is sufficient. The time limit for this step is to be announced - not more than several days. 4) Collect the 'ibles here under this thread (or I could make a collection of 'ibles if possible) 5) Let's vote and see which new coffee filter is the best! Try to win the most votes and be on the 'podium'!...I will always be around here - you could ask me anything and also give feedback :).Disclaimer: This is part of a research for my PhD at Istanbul Technical University, department of Industrial Design. The research is strictly non-commercial, only for academic purposes and not financed in any way. The only objective of this game is to encourage collaboration and innovation in communities, in a playful and fun way. Your ideas and identity will not be used or revealed, and your privacy will be protected. Thank you. e-mail: meric.taylan@gmail.com.

Topic by merictaylan 2 months ago  |  last reply 7 weeks ago


Best motor for speed control - ( low rpm - spin 1Lb of coffee)

I'm looking for a motor can have its speed varied, down to 1 rpm if needed and that can be done with a simple circuit. I'm building a coffee roasters. I hear that AC induction motors are hard to have their speed changed. The load will be about a pound or so and the motor will spin a cage full of beans over a heat source.  I dissasembled a bread machine and the motor is induction which I have heard is not able to be accurately speed controlled.  DC or AC?  I've seen electric drills used to spin the bean cage. What about a treadmill motor?   

Topic by fizzzbang 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago



Want to play a Collaboration Game?

Oh my... Coffee beans!(Sorry - had to create a new thread, would not let me edit)Challenge: Oh my! I lost my precious coffee beans! I need to travel around the world searching for them. Will you help me stay awake for that? Collaborate and innovate together - find a new way to filter coffee! Do not use anything expensive and try not to create too much waste ;) Let's go!... How does this game work: 1) First collect ideas for a coffee filter here under this thread until Sunday 24th midnight PST - write what you think would work freely!2) Discuss the ideas here, while they are being collected.3) Select one idea and form teams - prototype together, form an Instructable, make it Collaborative. Or alternatively, just add in your existing Instructable and make it Collaborative. Innovate together! A very rough prototype that shows the principle is sufficient. The time limit for this step is to be announced - not more than several days.4) Collect the 'ibles here under this thread (or I could make a collection of 'ibles if possible) 5) Let's vote and see which new coffee filter is the best!...I will always be around here - you could ask me anything and give feedback, too :).Disclaimer: This is part of a research for my PhD at Istanbul Technical University, department of Industrial Design. The research is strictly non-commercial, only for academic purposes and not financed in any way. The only objective of this game is to encourage collaboration and innovation in communities, in a playful and fun way. Your ideas and identity will not be used or revealed, and your privacy will be protected. Thank you. e-mail: meric.taylan@gmail.com

Topic by merictaylan 2 months ago  |  last reply 8 weeks ago


graphics card

All right i have a PCI graphics card and was wondering; if i purchase a card that has a VGA port and a TV-out/s-video will it work if i don't have a hole for the TV-out? Here are pics Current: http://img263.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04899nr8.jpgFuture: http://img260.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tvoutexamplesvideocardskb4.jpg

Topic by Coffee bean 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Shaping Cupcakes

Hello all! I need some guidance.   I am trying to bake cupcakes, but I want to bake them in the shape of coffee beans. I was considering using egg shaped pans (that usually sell around Easter), but unfortunately, it is not Easter, so they are not selling... Any advice on how to make baked goods in the shape I need? The image came from here.

Topic by Flintlock 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Not sure where to find a 60 to 120 rpm AC motor

I'd like to add a small motor to a hand cranked coffee grinder (Hario Skerton Coffee Grinder).  It's conical burr style grinder that produces a consistent particle size (much more so than the mini blender, whirlly style grinder).  I'll expand on why that's important when I build the thing.   My problem is that is takes 10 minutes or so to grind enough coffee for two people. I'd like to put a motor on it.  I tried spinning it with a battery powered drill, but the RPMs were too high.  The burr spun faster than coffee beans could feed.  I'd like a motor in the 60 to 120 rpm range.  I still need to determine the torque required.  Additionally, I'd like to plug this right in to a 110 outlet.  Does anyone have a suggestion on an appliance I could scavenge or the type of motor I should look to buy?   Thanks, Mike

Topic by MikeM50 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


The Most Useful Machine, Air-Quality Balloons, Bookshelf Bed

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Topic by randofo 8 years ago


How do you re temper a spring? Answered

I have and old shotgun that has a worn flat spring. It's a hardware store brand so i can find a replacement part . If i could re temper it to a better springiness it would have the power to in engage the primer.As of now i get about 12 good shots before i have to stop and let the spring recover.

Question by Coffee bean 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Has anyone hacked a bread machine controller circuit?

I've got an old Breadman (TR333) bread machine and it's still chugging along.  The newer models have more useful programs (like Jam and Pasta) but have horrible flimsy baking pans.  What I'd like to do is reprogram my old solid bread machine to do these new programs.  I've seen the hacks to roast coffee in the bread machines but I don't think they mess with the controller circuit.  I think they just re-wire them to mix constantly and point a heat gun at the beans.

Question by tewharau 9 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


English Spiderman climbs walls with vacuum cleaner

Jem Stansfield is a great guy. He cobbles together a Spiderman suit with some vacuum cleaners and climbs the outsides of buildings with it. That's just awesome. From the article: "I hope activities like this teach children that if you understand the world around you, you can make it work for you," he said. "Normal boring day-to-day objects can do exciting things for you." This dude is my new hero. And it gets better. His future plans involve driving a car powered by coffee beans. He's like an alternate universe version of Tim Anderson. The first video covers the making of the gloves and the second is a climb up the outside of a building. Link via gizmodo

Topic by fungus amungus 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


[newsletter] RC Ducks, Bath Bombs, Espresso...

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Topic by fungus amungus 10 years ago


Fireball Bomb that works like an A bomb

This is an improved version of lemonie's Instructable Big explosion, bang, fireball, so hoorah to him for it. But any way, my idea is that I wanted to control the exact moment it went off, so this brought me to my first idea, just put black powder and a fuse in the lid of a butane can. Well this didn't work, I just got a jet of flame, plenty cool, but no fireball or musroom cloud. I realized I lacked the essential ingrediants of compression and rapid combustion. So I made this. It's literally a firing mortar for the can, the idea is a non-explosive shell (a coffee can filled with cement with a large bean can set inside to make an orofice) filled with an explosive, with the can of butane in the middle, and a cement stepping stone on top. The idea is that the explosive, when detonated, implodes the can, thus pressurizing it, then ignites the butane, thus decompressing it, A.K.A BOOM. The stepping stone by this point would have come of, thus allowing the expanding hot gasses to disperse. For saftey, the entire contraption would be put in hole in the ground, with no green grass growing all around. The reason I haven't tested it is that I had a very close shave with the cops for the butane can incendierary grenade. Disclaimer, I am not liable for what you do with this information, nor am I responsable for any damage to person or property, in other words, it's your problem if you kill your self. If you haven't yet noticed why this works like an A bomb, what in tarnation are you doing on this site? But, for credebility, I'll say. The main method of detonating a fission weapon is the implosion method. Prior to detonation a nuclear weapon consists of one or more pieces of weapon-grade fissionable material which are subcritical in configuration.The implosion method is when one sphere of material is compressed (through an explosion) to make it supercritical, which leads to a chain reaction, which results in the destruction of the atom, leading too duh, a big explosion.

Topic by KentsOkay 12 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago