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The World Of Coffee Brewing

Brewing with the Moka Coffee Pot

Today I had the idea of trying the Moka coffee pot as I have never tried it out before.

To summarize the experience: “Coffee was not bad at all, I would dare to say it was really good, but the overall experience was not that great because of the work involved.” Not quite the convenience mind set we love with our Keurig machines.

Moka pot on gas stove

The beans I used were a moka blend, finely ground. I used a mill to grind the beans. Note the grind size variation below. This was just for fun, and it is just to show a wide range of grind sizes. For a Moka pot, in fact, we would grind finer than the finest size in the picture below.

coffee of various grind sizes

The Moka pot looks interesting. The pot I bought is very thick – good for any heat source. I paired it with a coffee cup set to match the color, and I am very pleased with the aesthetics of it.

Brown Moka pot and coffee cup

The Moka pot below is one of the best on the market, it is a Bialetti Moka Express, and this model is renowned in the entire world. However, my preference was a model that had some personality and a bit of color.

Here is how brewing a Moka pot coffee looks like. You wouldn’t open the lid, normally, but here is just so you can see the coffee brewing.

I got the recipe from this Moka pot brewing guide. The author seems to understand the process very well, and it seemed one of the best recipes I have read.

I filled the water up to the line. I used pre-heated water, and it started to brew on the stove after 2 minutes. I then added some hot milk and sugar.

The coffee tastes quite smooth – not too bitter with a nice balance of acidity, which is perfect for people like me who don’t like strong coffee. However, I really didn’t like grinding my coffee with the mill; it is too difficult to clean. So I recommend using a blade grinder if you need a little more convenience.

Blade Coffee Grinder

Having said that, for a good cup of coffee it’s worth it! If you are interested in more brewing techniques, check out my French Press Brew guide.

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The World Of Coffee Brewing

Espresso K-Cups I use

As a coffee lover, I know that espresso is what we are really looking for. Yep I know there are many people who like cappuccino; sorry you guys I only collected espresso K-Cups!

1.  Timothy’s Rainforest Espresso

This blend is strong, thick and sweet, with no bitter flavor at all. It sells at $16.49 per 24 cups on their own site www.timothys.com. As always, you can buy cheaper on Amazon.com where you can get a two pack of the blend for $29.95.

It is 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified.

If you need a nice cup of wake-up coffee, this is blend is a great choice. Timothy’s offer decaf and extra bold versions as well.

2. Green Mountain Dark Magic® Extra Bold

This is a very popular blend. It offers you the rich aromatics and flavor qualities of espresso and tastes as delicious as a drip coffee as well. If you add milk and cream, you will get a delicious, different and surprising taste profile. If you like “bold” coffee, this is for you.

You can find several different options on Amazon.com such as a 2 pack, 3 pack or 6 pack of this blend. A decaf version is available too. Just search “Green Mountain Coffee Dark Magic” on Amazon.com and you will find what you need.

Related posts: A review of K-Cup Coffee Flavors,

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New Research Suggests that Coffee does not Lead to High Blood Pressure

I am always keeping an eye on health issues related to coffee and reading every piece of research related to coffee. Today I came across a report that shows coffee does not increase risk of high blood pressure.

Data shown in the research is very persuasive. The study consisted of 72,567 participants and 37,135 incident cases of hypertension, more than enough to be able to draw a definitive conclusion. It turns out we don’t need to worry that we will develop very high blood pressure if we consume more than 3 cups of coffee a day.

As a coffee lover, I have to say this is a good news. I can now enjoy my coffee without worrying about heart attacks and high blood pressure that may be caused by coffee. I love my life.

So now that we know for sure that coffee is healthy, check out some of the best K-Cup coffee flavors or else my pick for the best domestic coffee machine.

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K Cup Coffee Review

Folgers K-Cups

Right now, Folgers Gourmet Selections contains several types of K-Cup. My favorite flavors are Black Silk Coffee K-Cup, Lively Colombian Coffee K-cup, Vanilla Biscotti Coffee K-Cup and Lively Colombian Decaf Coffee K-Cup.

Both Colombian K-Cups are medium roasted and Black Silk is dark roasted, as the name suggests.. It is obvious that Folgers know their beans very well. Colombian coffee beans are not optimally roasted dark, as dark roasting can take away from the natural flavor of the beans. Medium or even light roasting is better for Colombian beans.

folgers k cups

The above picture is of those 4 K-Cup options. If you buy Folgers K-Kups packs, they will look like this.

folgers k cups pack

Folgers K-Cup blends taste exactly the same as their regular coffee. Regardless of whether the coffee is brewed from single serve K or from ground coffee, the taste is always indistinguishable, which is why I like Folgers. You can see the advantages of Folgers designing their coffees like this. Let me explain. I like Black Silk very much, and I have been drinking it for years. When I am travelling, I will take some Folgers K-Cups with me so that I can enjoy my coffee in my car, on the plane or in the hotel. When I am at home, I buy their ground coffee, so that I can brew a cup whenever I am in the mood for coffee. No matter where you are, you can enjoy your favorite cup of Folgers coffee that will give you the same taste experience every time.

If you can’t find Folgers K-Cups at your local store, you can always buy them online. They can be purchased from Amazon or Smucker, Folgers’ online partner.

Check out some other popular K-Cups brands in this post.