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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.

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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.

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Where to find K-Cups online, at the right price

Are you looking to purchase K-Cups so that you can make coffee with your new K-Cups brewer, but you don’t know where to buy affordable K-Cups? If you compare products sold in brick and mortar stores to online K-Cup options, you will notice a big difference when it comes to price. However, there are so many options online, it is difficult to know where to look. If you have decided to purchase your K-Cups online, how can you find the right K-Cups for you? Here are some suggestions:

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1. At Coffeeforless.com you can get 5% off with the Coupon Code: CFLESS. This online store stocks many flavors.

2.  Amazon.com sells the Coffee People K-Cups 50 pack for only $27.75. With 800+ reviews of this product, you can be sure of its quality.

3.  On Coffeecow.com you can find some good flavor blends a a great price: only $12.99 for a pack of 24.

On top of these recommendations, here are some tips that could help you to save some money while buying the cups that you need:

Online Coupons

You might notice that there are lots of stores and other businesses that offers discount coupons. The same is true when purchasing products online. Therefore, if you are thinking of buying K-Cups online, it is likely that you can get them cheaper than in traditional stores. Simply search the net for K-Cup coffee coupons. There are lots of online coupons out there. There are actually lots of websites that provide discount coupons for any product, so you can simply find one of these sites that offers discounts on your K Cups. 

MY K Cup

If you want to be clear and specific when choosing the right K-Cup for you, purchasing the MY K-Cup is one of the best options for a cost and environmentally effective K-Cup, rather than having to print or cut out coupons. My K-Cup is actually a re-usable cup, so there is no need for you to worry about disposal. By nature, disposable cups will not be as cost effective as reusable cups. Therefore, choosing My K Cup is the right choice if you are on a budget. Price aside, My K-Cup is of excellent quality and is easy to use .

So there you have it. There are actually lots of ways to get K-Cups at the most affordable price. There are several methods that you can implement when searching for the most cost effective cups, both online and in your local stores. You don’t have to travel far and wide and there is no need for you to purchase expensive cups; it is possible to find excellent, affordable cups that will work for you over a long period of time. Now you can experience aromatic and perfectly roasted K-Cup coffee each and every morning when you wake up.

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A Review of K-Cup Coffee Flavors

Timothy’s World Coffee

The breakfast blend from Timothy’s was the first breakfast blend I tried. It is quite smooth but I wouldn’t highly recommend it. I would suggest trying other breakfast blends on the market which seem better than this blend.

Caramel Vanilla Nut is the worst coffee I have ever tried. I couldn’t pick out any caramel or vanilla flavor. Don’t buy it.

Columbia Decaf is a blend I like to drink at times – it has a pleasant tasting profile.

I have tried two other Colombian coffees from Timothy’s, but they tasted completely different. The first was Colombia La Vereda. I like this one very much and have listed it on my favorites. It is medium roasted and has a very smooth mouthfeel. The other Colombian coffee I tried was the Colombian Dorado FT. This was a disaster – it had no identifiable flavor. Those Colombian beans were very poor.

Standard French Roast – a good tip is to add cream to this roast. The subtle sweet and smooth flavor is really enticing and I love drinking this coffee in this way.

Kona Blend – this blend is pretty nice choice if you are tired of your current morning blend and are looking for something a little different.

Italian Blend – this coffee isn’t special at all for me; I’m not a fan of it. I do like Italian coffee, but not this blend.

Midnight Magic Extra Bold – you can find this on my favorites list. Not bitter at all and very rich. You will love it.

Morning Blend – although it is too light for my taste, it is still good quality. Give it a try, but not in the morning.

Nicaraguan FTO EB – This coffee is medium roasted. I love the sweet but subtle mouthfeel.

Parisian Nights Extra Bold – If smokey coffee is what you like, this blend will be your favorite, as this blend really is dark, complex and smokey.

Private Blend – This coffee is a medium roast. Its fruity flavor was a surprise for me and I really love it. The only thing I don’t like about this coffee is the acidity which I only notice in the aftertaste when I have finished drinking my coffee.

Rainforest Expresso EB – this disappointed me. It didn’t hold up to their advertizing claims on their site and I won’t buy it again.

Another blend I don’t want to buy again is the San Lorenzo Dark blend: there are loads of better blends out there.

Spanish Sol – not a coffee flavor for daily consumption. With its spicy flavor it is a nice treat once in a while.

Sugar Bush Maple – when it is brewing, the aroma of this coffee is unbeatable. It is very nice I have to say. However, when you drink this coffee with cream the flavor is lost, which is not a good coffee quality for me. You may also want to try tasting this coffee after it has cooled a bit as the thick sweetness left in your mouth then is wonderful.

Sumatran Gold – I don’t recommend this one – I hate its woody taste. Even adding cream doesn’t do much to improve it.

Emeril’s

Emeril’s Big is also on my favorites list. Some people say it smells like burning rubber but I haven’t found this to be the case. I think this is perhaps due to poor roasting. However, I love it and for me, the coffee is decent.

Emeril’s French Quarter Roast – pretty good although not as good as some other french roasts. This one is on my occasional order list.

Caribou Coffee

Caribou Blend – This is a good option for breakfast. There is little bitterness left in your mouth when you finish drinking.

Mahogany – this coffee is on my favorites list; it is an outstanding cup of coffee. I like the chocolate and sweet notes in this blend. It tastes really rich and smooth.

Coffee People

The best blend that I love from Coffee People is the Tree Hugger FTO which is a perfect medium roast and is not bitter at all, but rather balanced and smooth. Cream is a must for this blend as it brings a mouth sweetness after drinking. You will also experience some chocolatey notes.

The worst coffee, which I wouldn’t recommend at all, from Coffee People is Jet Fuel. Choose another dark roast instead of this one. The third Coffee People blend I tried was their Organic blend – pretty nice and smooth. Although not ideal for daily drinking, it is still a good blend.

Diedrich 

Not the brand I usually buy, but I got a sample from a friend.

Second Cup

Paradiso Medium/Dark – If you want to fully enjoy this blend, cream is recommended. However, I experienced an unpleasant bite after drinking this coffee, which I didn’t enjoy.

Gloria Jeans 

I only tried 2 blends. Here they are.

Black Gold – do not expect cream to change the flavor; this is a very intense cup but all in all, still a good coffee.

The other coffee from Gloria Jeans was Hazelnut – far too weak to get my attention.

Take a look at my post about the best K-Cups for espresso here.