How To Store Coffee Beans or Grounds – To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

Freezing Coffee Beans – Is It Good or bad?

coffee beansStoring coffee is probably one of the least researched domains. If roasting, grinding and brewing have evolved into great sciences, storing is still debated and each person has their own opinion. Many of the opinions though, are just unfounded, and are pure speculations pushed with confidence, but no real evidence, by coffee connoisseurs.To freeze or not to freeze coffee, this is probably one of the most controversial questions in the coffee world. I freeze coffee, I always did as my tasting buds and my nose told me.

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How to Tamp Espresso – The Perfect Espresso Tamping

Ristretto Espresso ShotEspresso tamping is one of the most important steps when pulling a shot. If you get the tamping wrong, your espresso is ruined, because the water will pass through the grinds too fast, and the result will be a beverage close to drip coffee. Here are are a few tips to ensure a perfect tamping every time.

How To Tamp Espresso – Techniques, Tips and Tricks

Ground coffee in portafilter
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Tamping Pressure

The pressure for tamping the ground coffee into a filter-basket is 30 pounds of pressure.

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What is Coffee – Coffee Facts, Statistics and Effects of Coffee on Health

What is Coffee and Why do We Love It?

Do we love coffee because we are addicted to it, or because coffee’s chemical makeup makes sense for our body. Coffee is not a pleasant tasting experience for almost anybody at the first try. Most people just hate the taste. However, coffee contains a lot of antioxidants, and caffeine, the much needed “pick-me-up”. Could this be the reason we end up “loving it”? Or is just the addiction?

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Coffee, the beverage, is the result of brewing the roasted and ground coffee beans.

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Pros and Cons of Drinking Coffee

Coffee Cup and BeansWhen I was younger, I used to drink a lot of coffee, I mean a lot. Not a lot of cups, the weak drip you would get in the coffee shops, I could never drink that stuff. Even at work, the drip machine was operated by folks who needed tea, and not coffee, so I had to make my own. When I passed by with my Turkish coffee style concoction, all heads turned around looking at the black thing in my mug. And that happened a few times a day.

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The Best Grind and Brew Coffee Makers

Grind and Brew Coffee Maker
Cuisinart Bean to Cup Coffee Machine (photo credit – Amazon)

Grind and brew coffee makers are relatively new on the market, but the demand for them is growing because of the convenience of these machines. This type of coffee makers has a few advantages over a regular pair of separate grinder and brewing machine.

  • Grind and brew coffee machines are more compact than the pair grinder – brewer
  • In the brewing process there are less steps to do, you only put your beans and press the start button
  • They can be programmed to brew a cup 24 hours in advance, and unlike with a regular set of brewer grinder, you don’t have to grind your coffee the night before, the machine will do it at the brewing time.
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Coffee Makes Me Poop – Why Does Coffee Make Me Poop

Is It Just Me, Or Coffee Is Really Laxative

Coffee Makes Me Poop Coffee MugIf you ever asked yourself: “Coffee makes me poop, how come?” you are not alone. It turns out there are about half of your office coworkers that need to go to the loo for the same reason as you, they drank their coffee. You must be wondering why are you going for number two every time you drink a cup of joe. First of all no, it’s not your imagination, it is reality, and it’s backed by science. However, not everybody benefits the laxative effects of coffee, you are one of the lucky 30%, or maybe unlucky, because for some the laxative effect of coffee can be a bit too much.… Read more

Rancilio HSD Silvia Espresso Machine Review

Rancilio HSD-Silvia
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine photo credit Amazon

Like any semi-automatic machine, Rancilio HSD Silvia, targets the home brewing sector, the espresso enthusiasts, that love to tweak their espresso to perfection. These people take espresso brewing very serious, and a few stumbles will not scare them. If you are one of these people, then this machine is definitely for you. You can tweak your espresso to perfection, and get most of that perfect African bean with your Silvia.On the other hand, if you like convenience, and consistency, and you’d rather have your shot the same every time, then you would like to look at other espresso machines.… Read more

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker – Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition

Keurig Single Cup Coffee Maker – Keurig K60/K65 Special Edition Review

Keurig k60You might ask yourself if you really need the Keurig single cup coffee maker K60, or you can stick with your old and dear drip coffee machine.

Let me ask you a couple of questions, that will help you answer yourself that question.

  • Do you love drinking coffee, or tea every morning, or every time you need something hot during the day?
  • How many cups per day do you make? I drink a few cups per day, and every time I need it fresh and hot.
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Hamilton Beach Scoop vs Keurig

Use Ground Coffee with Single Serve

Keurig and Hamilton Beach Scoop are probably the best coffee machines that allow you to use your own ground coffee to brew a cup. The single serve is the best coffee machine invention, that allows you as a coffee lover to brew only what you drink, and to have it always fresh, and fresh is everything for your cuppa Joe, as you already know.

Why would you want to use your own ground beans with a single cup coffee maker? If money sounds too trivial for you, (even if we are taking big savings), then maybe I should mention the ability to use whatever exotic beans you want.

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Espro French Press Coffee Maker Review

The Espro Coffee PressThe French press is one of the best coffee makers options for a few reasons. It is a simple, easy to use device, that delivers a great coffee despite the simplicity. But the French pot has also its design flaws, which puts off a lot of coffee lovers.

The folks from Espro looked at all of the flaws of the regular glass French press, and they created a coffee maker that fixes all these flaws. Read on to see how they corrected these problems.

Regular French Press vs Espro French Coffee Press

One of the press pot’s flaws is the pot itself, the glass walls will allow the coffee to lose temperature very fast, and that is bad in two ways, when water cools down the extraction is slowed down to a minimum, so flavor and aroma extraction virtually stops after the first 5 minutes.

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Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker – Bodum vs Frieling vs Espro

Best Stainless Steel French Press Coffee Maker

The Best Stainless Steel French PressYou are looking for a stainless steel French press, and you want to know which one is the best. Not an easy task , because most of the brands on the market are pretty good. You will need some serious decision making to choose one. But that a good thing, isn’t it?

If you used a French press in the past you probably know all the flaws of a glass pot. Unhappy press pot customers complain about these:

  • The glass breaks with sudden temperature changes
  • The glass breaks if handled improperly, (it’s way too fragile)
  • The worst thing is that coffee gets cold too fast. 
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What Is a French Press Coffee Maker and How to Choose the Best French Pot

Bodum French press Amazon

What Is a French Press Coffee Maker

The French press coffee maker is a simple coffee brewing machine designed by Attilio Calimani in 1929. The machine is also known as coffee plunger, coffee press, press pot, cafetière a piston or cafetière (UK). The simple coffee maker brews a surprisingly great coffee, which makes it the prefered brewing device of many coffee lovers. Despite the simplicity of the device, the possibilities of modifying your brew are endless. The taste of each brew is unique, and that’s why it appeals to so many people.

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