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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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The Best Iced Coffee Options

Compared with traditional hot coffee, iced coffee has become more and more popular among young people lately. On a hot summer afternoon, what could be more cool than a cup of iced coffee?

Basically you have 4 choices when it comes to iced coffee.

  1. Buy your cup from Starbucks
  2. Buy an iced coffee maker
  3. Buy Instant Iced coffee
  4. Make it at home by yourself

I think there is no need to explain the first method, we all can do it: pay the money, get your coffee. So let us move on to the next choice – an iced coffee maker. You can buy a coffee maker with an iced-beverage function or buy an ice coffee maker, which is specifically used to make iced coffee.

For a general coffee maker with an iced-beverage function, I suggest you check out the Breville Bkc700XL Gourmet Single-Serve Coffeemaker with Iced-Beverage Function. However, I don’t want to buy an expensive coffee maker for $200 just to make iced coffee. That is unless the coffee maker I have breaks, in which case I will look for this function when buying my next coffee maker.

In fact, I really like those cheap, cute little machines that are just for making iced coffee or cold brewing only. There are a bunch of them out there. For 30 dollars you can pick up a good brewer such as the Hario V60 Iced Coffee Maker. Watch the video below to see how it works.

Another option is the Toddy Cold Brew System. Watch the video below to see how this coffee maker works.

The 3rd choice is also popular because it is cheap and easy. As I have said before, amazon.com is the best place to buy things like instant iced coffee. Amazon is cheap, high quality and sells some products you can’t get at local stores. If you need some instant iced coffee suggestions, some good options are the Cappucino Coolers French Vanilla, Starbucks iced coffee, Maxwell house iced latte and so on. Have a look for yourself; they are easy to find. In fact, instant iced coffee is my favorite way of drinking iced coffee in the summer. It isn’t the best brewing option for flavor, but sometimes we don’t just concentrate on flavor.

If you are ready to make iced coffee at home, it is best to start with the easiest recipe. All you need is coffee, sugar and ice. Things you have to pay attention to are:

Adding more ground coffee than you usually do. For example, if you use one tablespoon for your hot coffee, use 2 tablespoons for iced coffee.

If you want to add sugar, add it when the coffee is hot. When the water cools down, the sugar won’t dissolve as well.

Don’t pour hot water directly over ice. Leave it to cool for a while or you will end up with a weak and flavorless iced coffee. If you watched the Hario V60 video, you will have seen that the coffee maker has ice in the middle section. This is a fast and convenient solution for cooling coffee down faster, without ruining it by pouring it directly over ice when it is still hot or waiting for hours to let your coffee cool down in the summer.

For other recipes choices, it is easy to search for homemade iced coffee recipes online. I am sure you will find plenty of options as well if you want to pick up an ebook so that you can read it when you are not online. Check out some other home brewing options such as Moka Pot and French Press brewing on this site.

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Coffee Joulies – Keeping Your Coffee HOT

I came across an article in Gizmag today which I found interesting and I wanted to share this really great product with you.

Unless you’re someone who drinks their coffee fast, you likely face a bit of a conundrum when it comes to temperature – either you start with your coffee at the perfect temperature which ends up getting cold, or you have to let it cool down to the perfect temperature by starting with coffee that is too hot. Two young entrepreneurs, however, have created a product that they claim quickly cools your hot coffee to the right temperature, but then keeps it at that temperature twice as long as normal. Their product is called the Coffee Joulie.

Mechanical engineers Dave Petrillo and Dave Jackson grew up together in New Jersey, but have since ended up on opposite sides of the U.S. That hasn’t stopped them from collaborating on the Coffee Joulies design over the past nine months.

Each Joulie contains a proprietary, non-toxic phase change material that is sealed within a polished stainless steel shell. The product is placed at the bottom a coffee mug (or other container), to which hot java is then added. The secret internal material is designed to melt at 140F (60C), absorbing heat energy from the coffee as it does. This reportedly allows the Joulie to cool coffee three times faster than normal.

Once the Joulie has cooled down past 140 degrees, however, it starts to solidify again, thus releasing the energy it stored while melting. This is what keeps the coffee warm for twice as long as a non-Joulified beverage.

Best results are obtained with a covered, insulated container, while heat-absorbing ceramic mugs offer the poorest performance. Users need to experiment with different amounts of Joulies and/or with pre-heating them, depending on the size of the container and whether or not an individual cools their coffee by adding cream.

Needless to say, the product does take up room that would otherwise be occupied by liquid. It pretty much comes down to a question of coffee quantity versus coffee temperature.

The two Daves have been making limited numbers of Coffee Joulies by hand, but are currently trying to raise funds to start automated production at an existing silverware plant. They are doing so by offering Joulies in exchange for pledges on the Kickstarter fund-raising website. $40 will get you five, $100 will get you five Joulies with a custom Thermos travel mug, and the $500 Coffee Shop Pack will score you 20 sets of five.

Check out the project information on their Kickstarter page.

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A Guide to Burr Coffee Grinders

Burr Coffee Grinders are known for their better flavor, more even grind and their ease of use compared to blade coffee grinders. If you follow this blog, you have likely already read How to Choose a Blade Grinder and A Comparison Between Blade Grinders and Burr Grinders where I talked about how burr grinders are superior to blade grinders.

Coffee lovers all know that a cup of freshly brewed coffee needs to be brewed with freshly ground coffee beans. If ground beans are not used within minutes of grinding, the flavor is very quickly lost. That is why it is really important to have a coffee grinder at home.

Before getting into more detail about grinders, let us look at some basic information regrding different grinding levels.

There are three main grind sizes: course, medium and fine. Turkish grind is also often discussed as a fourth grind size. Course ground coffee has the largest coffee granules while the Turkish grind is the finest.

Apart from espresso, medium grind works well with most coffee makers. For espresso machines, a fine grind is necessary. Course grind is recommended for coffee presses and percolators.

You don’t need to buy an expensive burr coffee grinder with loads of different settings, a simple grinder will do the job. If you are grinding for less than three people, a blade grinder will be fine.

Turkish grind is the finest of the four grinding levels mentioned above and is used with Turkish coffee brewers. Turkish grinding requires a particular type of grinder and generally won’t be achievable with a domestic coffee grinder.

Types of Burr Coffee Grinders

There are 2 types of burr coffee grinders:

  • Flat Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Flat Burr grinder vs Conical Burr grinder

Conical grinders are quite popular right now, but flat burr grinders are also great. With so many makes and models out there, it is difficult to say what type of grinder is better. So here we are not going to compare these two types of grinders, we are just going to list some features of both so that you can buy the grinder that best suits your needs. It really does not matter whether you go for a conical or flat burr grinder as long as you get the grinder that is right for you.

The Speed – there are two standard grinding speeds: high and low, powered by either a high or low speed motor. The price for high speed grinders is similar to that of high-end blade grinders. The motor is smaller than low speed grinder motors. As the motor in these grinders is required to operate at a pretty high rate, some heat may be created and transferred to the beans which isn’t good for optimal coffee extraction and can result in bitter coffee. Low speed grinders produce less heat and are also more quiet. Choose a low speed grinder if your budget allows for it.

Noise level – the quiet the better. Burr grinders are quieter than blade grinders and lower speed grinders are quieter than fast grinders.

The design – there are three points we want to pay attention to when it comes to design: how the grind is adjusted, whether or nor the grinder has a doser and finally, whether or not the design fits with your kitchen decor.

Personally, I prefer stepless grinders (grinders without reference options) as they give complete control over the size of the grind. Stepped burr grinders are good too, as it is easy to remember the exact setting for your coffee grind. This is particularly useful for espresso machine owners.

A doser automatically measures out a portion of ground coffee. Non-dosing grinders are not ideal for espresso but are fine for all the other brewing methods such as a drip coffee or French press.

No matter what kind of Burr Coffee Grinder you choose, there is no need to over-complicate things. A cup of fresh coffee is all we want.

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Bunn NHBX-B Contemporary 10-Cup Home Coffee Brewer

If you are ever in need of a 10-cup coffee brewer, you should consider the Bunn NHBX-B Contemporary brewer; especially for occasions like Christmas. This brewer is fast. It will brew plenty of cups quickly for all your family members.

When I say fast, I mean fast. 50-oz of coffee brews in just 3 minutes; that’s amazing. On top of that, the stainless steel tank keeps the water hot for whenever you need it. So how has Bunn delivered such a fast brewer?

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This is primarily achieved with two water tanks: one you fill, and the other is preheated. The water in the preheated water tank is delivered to the spray head and, because it is preheated, it doesn’t require any time to heat up. Another way that Bunn have achieved fast brewing is by increasing the amount of water that pours into the filter basket, which is a far greater compared to other coffee makers on the market.

If you are looking for a brewer that works perfectly and won’t just last for a six months or a year, but rather for five years at least, then you should choose this Bunn BHBX-B coffee brewer. Bunn builds coffee makers to last, unlike other coffee makers that usually wear out after a year or two. Virtually all programmable coffee makers seem to only last a short time. So, by buying a Bunn, you’ll save money on coffee makers.

If you still need to buy your friend a gift for Christmas, you really need to look no further. Of course, K-Cups are also always a fantastic gift option.

I forget to mention that there is a 3-year limited warranty, so buying this machine is risk free.

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A Comparison between Blade Grinders and Burr Grinders

Making a choice between a blade coffee grinder and a burr coffee grinder is not that hard, you just need to know the differences and what it is you’re looking for. For example, what type of brewer do you intend to use? A blade grinder is generally only suited to automatic-drip coffee makers whereas a burr grinder is better for espresso machines, French press or Turkish coffee brewing.

Let’s go into more detail.

Price is something you should consider when buying a grinder

Let’s be realistic; it may not be your first consideration, but the most important factor is going to be PRICE. Generally speaking, you can get a blade grinder for as little as $20, whereas you’ll have to pay at least $80 for a burr.

The flavor is the next factor to consider

When you brew your coffee, the extraction rate of the coffee grounds depends on the size of the granules. When the coffee granules are uniform in size, the extraction will be steady and uniform during the brewing process. A burr grinder produces a very uniform grind due to the space between the grinding surfaces. Coffee beans are fed between the burrs and crushed into uniform grind particles when one of the burrs rotates while the other is stationary.

blade grinder On the other hand, by chopping the beans, the blade grinder is unable to cut the beans into consistently sized pieces or grounds. The result will be relatively large grounds mixed with small grounds. When brewed, the bigger granules will under extract and the smaller granules will be over extracted, leading to bitterness in your coffee.

Besides, the blade also tends to burn the coffee grounds due to the high heat produced during the grinding process. This will also add to bitterness.

Counter space should also be considered

A burr grinder is much bigger than a blade, so assess your counter space when you make your choice. Generally a burr can be 14.6 x 9.6 x 7.8 inches and a blade measures 3.5 x 3 x 6.8 inches.

Grinding spices

If you want to grind spices, the blade grinder is your only choice. A burr grinder is not suitable for this task.

To sum up, if you are not a coffee addict, you want to grind your coffee beans (and sometimes spices) in a fast and easy way, and you want a grinder that is easy to clean, the blade coffee grinder will always be your best choice. If you really are a coffee lover and are looking for a developed coffee flavor, go for burr coffee grinder.

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How to Choose a Blade Grinder

The perfect way to jump start your day is with a cup of fresh coffee. Buying yourself coffee beans as opposed to pre-ground coffee and grinding in your own house is the perfect way to ensure fresh flavor. This means having a grinder is essential. If you haven’t yet decided which type of coffee grinder to choose, check out this Comparison between Blade Grinders and Burr Grinders.

In this post I will talking about choosing a blade grinder, using the following three grinders as examples.

  • Krups Fast Touch Coffee Grinders
  • Proctor Silex E160B Fresh Grind Coffee Grinder
  • Mr. Coffee Electric Coffee Grinder with Chamber Maid Cleaning System

What to look for when buying a blade grinder

How easy is it to clean ?

There are several types of blade grinders. Some grinders, such as the third option above, have a cleaning system and some don’t. Here are some tips for how to clean those grinders that don’t have cleaning systems.

  • The first tip is to use a piece of bread. Check out this video to find out how.
  • . The second method is to use a brush, as demonstrated in the following picture.

When you clean your grinder, be careful not to use salt or liquids. Salt can produce dust as well as a salty aftertaste – not a desirable quality in coffee! Water is not recommended as most grinders are not designed to withstand water.

Does it have grind settings?

For example, the Mr. coffee grinder has 3 grind settings, whereas the other two grinders don’t have any settings; the Proctor Silex has a Safety on/off button instead. Make your choice depending on your budget and whether or not this feature is important to you.

How much power do you want?

The higher the power in your grinder, the faster it will grind. Blade grinders are not that powerful, so as much power as possible is good for this type of grinder. For example, the Krups grinder has a 200-watt motor, which is good for a blade grinder. Make your choice depending on your need and budget.

The last factor to consider is the warranty

Both the Mr. Coffee and Krups grinders provide a one year warranty, whereas the Proctor Silex does not.

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Hawaii Kona Coffee Beans – Some of the World’s most Attractive Coffee Beans

The world famous “Hawaii Kona Coffee Beans” come from some of the oldest Arabica coffee trees. They are among the finest coffee beans because of their delicious acidity and unique flavor – the flavor of Hawaii beaches, monsoons and volcanos. They are also physically perhaps the most beautiful coffee beans the world. Each bean is plump , shiny and perfectly uniform, with a impactful flavor and oily taste. These properties are attributed to the volcanic climate where the beans are grown.

Coffee made from Kona coffee beans tastes fresh, medium bodied and a little acidic, with a strong aroma and a long-lasting but pleasant aftertaste. Compared to other single origin coffees, the Kona coffee flavor is considered to be quite mild. Some people even say it is too mild, with a flavor profile that is too simple. However, if you are someone who gets in the coffee mood by experiencing the aroma of coffee before tasting, than Kona coffee is for you. Kona coffee is not as mellow as Indonesian coffee, not as strong as African coffee and not as robust as South America coffee. It tastes almost like Hawaiian sunshine: fresh and natural.

Hawaii is the only coffee growing U.S. state. Coffee is grown on the five major Hawaiian Islands. These are Oahu, Hawaii Island, Maui, Kauai, Lanai and the MaunaLoa Island. The coffee produced on each island has its own characteristics. For example, Kauai coffee is soft and smooth, MaunaLoa Island produces almost alcoholic tasting coffee with a low acidity, Maui coffee has the strongest flavor and a moderate acidity. Native Hawaiians are very proud of their one hundred percent Arabica coffee beans.

Hawaii Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands, so called the Big Island (theBigIsland). Kona coffee is grown in the western and southern areas of Kona on the Big Island. On Hualalai, a volcano on Hawaii Island as well as on the island of MaunaLoa, coffee trees can be found on every hillside. The altitude there is between 150 meters and 750 meters, which is perfect for coffee growing.

As early as the 19th century, Kona coffee beans have been cultivated. Only coffee produced in Kona can be called the “Hawaiian Kona.” Kona coffee beans are often mixed with coffee beans produced in other parts of the world to produce a Kona coffee blend. However Kona beans usually only make up about 10% of these coffee blends. Therefore, unless you are living in Kona, Hawaii, it is very difficult to get pure Kona coffee beans.

Never tried 100% Kona Coffee?  Now’s your chance.

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A Review of the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200

The Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200 could be considered the best standard coffee brewer, according to reviews. Critics believe this automatic-drip machine is much better than a standard, low-priced coffee machine because of its stability, fantastic coffee and impressive features, which include a small-batch setting, a programmable timer and a great, temperature-adjustable hot plate. Keepers coffee mention discuss in their review how the three colour finish looks great on the Cuisinart. Additionally , this coffee maker comes with an uncommonly long, three-year guarantee. As an aside, if the Cuisinart Brew Central is a little out of your budget, have a look at the Mr. Coffee JWX27info (*Est. $45). This coffee maker is a standard programmable coffee machine that has a plastic casing (rather than stainless-steel) and has no small-batch setting.

Pros and Cons of the Cuisinart Brew Central DCC-1200

The pros are:

  • Great-tasting coffee
  • Three different color options
  • The small-batch setting
  • The three-setting hot plate
  • A three-year warranty

The cons are:

  • The clock isn’t backlit

The amount of water shown in the carafe is also the exact amount of water in the water reservoir, which is a FIRST for this type of machine. The easy-pour feature couldn’t be easier to use. This feature causes the carafe to be balanced while water is being poured into the reservoir; I have yet to spill water while pouring, which is very unusual for me! The coffee is brewed much hotter compared to my older coffeemakers of the past. I consider this a big plus. The charcoal filter is easy enough to use. This consists of a separate compartment with a long rod. There is a small plastic piece on the bottom of the rod which opens up and houses the filter. I use filtered water (not tap) so I cannot give an accurate statement regarding the quality of this filter.

There are more than 2000 owners of this machine who have left product reviews on various sites such as Amazon.com, cook.com and so on. They give this product an average rating of 4.5 out of 5.