Proposal: Coffee

Brewing coffee and brewing tea requires a lot of overlapping skill sets and interest. A lot of people who are coffee lovers are also tea lovers and most cafes sell both.

Or better yet, it could be things like "brewed beverages". Otherwise there's only a limited number of questions for both.

  • No matter your position in this discussion (in favor or against a separate SE site), I have created a Tea proposal for it in Area51 several months ago. If you think it's a good idea to have its own site, please feel free to join the proposal and bring your comments to the table - thank you all.
    – jimm-cl
    Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 16:45

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Coffee and Tea should not be combined, as the advantage of focus would immediately be lost. The major components of coffee include:

  • Bean Selection
  • Roasting
  • Grinding
  • Brewing
  • Finished Beverage

Of those major categories, the only potential for overlap is in the brewing section. Pour over and French press methods can be used for both. Espresso, however, which is the more complex and therefore more knowledge intensive method, has no overlap.

That being said, coffee and tea should not be combined.

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    There is some overlap of knowledge in the scientific foundations, even between espressos and tea. But I guess it's more like overlap in electrical and mechanical engineering. One learns the other faster than average because of the foundations, but it's still separate applications. You make a good point about most of the other major components not overlapping.
    – Muz
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 2:30
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    The electrical and mechanical engineering analogy is an excellent one.
    – jlbnjmn
    Commented Jan 18, 2014 at 2:39

I think it would be beneficial to include Tea. It broadens the user base without going too far. Often, but not always, people interested in coffee are also interested in tea, but are not always the same people. Including Tea in the proposal definitely widens the user base without widening the scope of the site to all beverages. I think it would remain sufficiently focused that way.

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    +1 "Coffee and Tea." I don't think combining is harmful; it would certainly only increase the content. I see no advantage in singular focus on coffee, and it would divide the areas of overlap (gear, culture, coffee cherry tea). If together, you'd rally the preliminary site support of tea-only people, and would be able to rally the enthusiasm of a wider audience for comparative discussion and experimentation. At very least, I think it will increase the readership of the eventual site; there are LOTS of sites already.
    – hoc_age
    Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 13:09

Tea and coffee share much in common. I recommend combining the sites for several reasons:

1) Popular flavored teas (like Chai) share a lot in common with coffee in terms of additives and flavors.

2) Both are warm beverages that serve the same social function. Every restaurant and social event serves both together (despite not serving other beverages like beer or lemonade).

3) A new method of making tea popularized by "The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf" uses a espresso-like procedure to make their tea. So procedurally, coffee and tea are beginning to have more in common.


While both arguments are correct, we need to keep in mind the differences as well: history, culture, cultivation and preparation methods, ...

I would keep them separate.

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    Of course they're different. The question is whether coffee and tea could both benefit from joining. Many sites have related but different topics under one roof. It can help make the site big enough to succeed, especially if a decent number of people are interested in both topics.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 15:14
  • I am interested in both topics. Yet, I'd prefer two SE sites, with links between related matters. It seems clearer and more focused this way. Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 4:05

Tea, Coffee, Cocktails, and Beer should be merged to make one Beverage SE. I've created it here:


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