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    Can I drink coffee
    at a non-kosher
    It is not possible to
    make one universal
    statement about the kashrus of coffee
    prepared in a non-certified restaurant because
    each establishment is unique. Investigation
    has shown that theoretically, coffee served
    in a restaurant may be kosher even if the
    equipment used to prepare the coffee is washed
    in a sink together with other non-kosher
    items. However, there are numerous variables
    which impact the halachic status, such as
    the introduction of soap, the temperature of
    the water, the method of washing (kli rishon
    versus kli shaini) etc. Due to the uncertainty

    and ambiguity of each situation, as a general
    rule, the OU does not recommend the

    consumption of coffee prepared in a non-
    kosher restaurant.

    Coffee at Convenience Stores,
    Rest Stops, and Kiosks
    Can I drink coffee while on the road? In
    contrast to the response given regarding coffee
    prepared in a non-certified restaurant, it would
    be permissible to purchase a cup of coffee from
    a convenience store, rest stop or kiosk. This is
    due to the fact that the kashrus concerns noted
    for the restaurants are not applicable to an
    establishment that does not make its own food
    or use industrial cleaning devices which tend
    to reach very high temperatures.

    What is the OU’s Opinion on Dairy
    Breads and English Muffins?
    Dairy bread was prohibited for consumption
    by a Rabbinic injunction enacted over 2000
    years ago. The Rabbis feared that since most
    bread is parve, a person might mistakenly
    eat dairy bread with meat products without
    realizing the dairy status of the bread. (Meat
    bread is also restricted because it may
    accidentally be consumed with dairy items.)
    There are two exceptions to this rule:

    Dairy bread that has a unique shape is
    permissible because the shape will serve
    as a reminder that the bread is not parve.
    One may bake a small portion of bread
    which will be consumed in one meal,
    as it is assumed one will remember the
    meat status without difficulty.
    There are several brands of English
    muffins labeled OUD because they
    contain dairy ingredients. How does the
    OU justify the certification of a dairy
    bread item?
    At one time it was argued that English
    Muffins have a unique shape and
    therefore the first leniency applies. While
    this explanation may have been true at one
    time, the OU no longer considers this valid.
    At the present, both dairy and parve English
    Muffins are commercially available. As such,
    the unique shape of an English Muffin does
    not currently alert one to the dairy status.
    Others have suggested that a single muffin is
    generally eaten in one sitting, and the second
    leniency above applies. This reasoning has
    been rejected as well because muffins are
    typically sold in packages which should be
    viewed as one unit. A package of muffins is
    certainly more than one serving.

    Currently, the primary justification to
    certify dairy English Muffins is that the
    dairy component is less than one part in
    60 which is halachically insignificant (bitul
    bishishim). Ordinarily, the OU does not
    certify a product that contains a non-kosher
    ingredient, even if used in small proportions
    because, halachically, we are not permitted to
    intentionally nullify a non-kosher entity. (This
    is known as bitul issusr lichatchila.) Dairy
    English Muffins are not comparable because
    the milk component in of itself is permissible,
    and when it is mixed in the batter at low levels,
    the milk does not attain a prohibited status. As
    such, preparation of dairy English Muffins is