January 11, 2017
It’s morning and I long for my cup of coffee. After all it gives me the right kick to start my day. A few days back I came across someone who told me drinking coffee could lead me to lots of health problems. And, I wondered whether such a horrendous claim could be true! So I did some research and found out something that I wanted to share with all coffee lovers – like me.
The first thing I would like to say is that you don’t need to worry, especially if you are consuming a moderate amount of coffee. Some feel they are addicted to coffee because of the energy ‘high’ it provides. The reason for this energy boost is because coffee prevents the chemical adenosine from telling the brain it is time to relax. However, with time the body and mind gets accustomed to the caffeine and so, you need to drink more coffee to feel that same energy rush. This is the reason why it is said to be addictive.
Coffee in its natural form, which means without milk and sugar, can be good for you. On the other hand, if you add lots of milk and sugar to your coffee, you are doing more harm than good to your body. In any case, drinking one or two cups of coffee is not going to harm your system. Just keep in mind that coffee has been praised and heckled for centuries. If there are disadvantages of drinking coffee, there are health benefits also. Here are some facts about coffee and the caffeine intake.
One of the facts is that drinking high quality coffee shows some health benefits.
Coffee apparently does not contain any nutrition. Although there are some minerals, protein and vitamins found in coffee, most of them get destroyed while it is prepared. Also, since a very small quantity of coffee is taken in the cup and is diluted, even if there are some nutrients available, they do not have any positive effect on your body.
Consider the facts and findings mentioned above and analyse. If you are pregnant or you are cholesterol sensitive, you should avoid drinking coffee especially in large amount. Also, make sure you choose filter coffee to drink.
For others, reasonable amount of coffee daily is not going to do any harm to you. In fact, if chosen sensibly, it can prevent many illnesses, help you lose weight and also help you boost body and muscle building efforts. Just buy good quality coffee and brew it to taste and you should be fine if you don’t drink it in excess.
So, if you are still confused and wondering if coffee bad for you, I can help you come to a conclusion: The quantity of coffee or caffeine that you digest is a deciding factor in whether coffee is good for you. So, keep the quantity in check and switch to good quality coffee. So, don’t worry you can still enjoy your morning cup of hot coffee now!
January 10, 2017
Many of you must have a coffee as something of a morning ritual. As we’re half asleep we measure the water, milk and coffee and put them as you have been doing for, perhaps, many years. However coffee, its preparation, and the taste has gone through a lot of change through years. Roasts, brewing techniques and brewing gear can now offer you the chance to take advantage of the taste of ‘real’ coffee. Once you know how to brew, you will love your coffee even more.
In order to understand good coffee, you will have to first understand how the professional coffee makers measure the brews. Measuring the quality of coffee can be traced back to 1950s. In fact, despite popular beliefs, strong coffee has no relation to the bitterness or the caffeine content. It is about the ratio of coffee and water in the cup – thats what makes a good cup of coffee.
Here are some steps, you can use to make great coffee today.
Once you choose a method, you simply need to keep in mind the above points and tune your coffee by adjusting some variables:
Pay attention to the grind size of your coffee beans and make sure they are finely grind. Secondly, the temperature of the water can also affect the taste of your coffee. Make sure the water you use for brewing coffee is not very hot because it will make the taste bitter as unpleasant acids are released from the coffee beans when very hot water is poured on it. You should measure the water after pouring it in the cup to stay assured that the measurement is right.
If you are still working on finding the perfect method or perfect taste, work on any one variable at a time. Measure the result and see whether it fits in your taste and quality or not. Just keep in mind that when you are working on making great coffee, you should give it some time. In fact, this is the beauty of coffee. It takes time to get that perfect flavor and taste. Do not get disheartened if you make any mistake because this is what leading you towards progress. Since you are preparing and drinking coffee for years from now, the basic knowledge actually exists. You simply need some modification.
So, participate in the journey of making great coffee – enjoy your next cup.
March 15, 2016
In my last post I spoke about how much I love the coffee shops and how I wanted to make my own coffee at home. Well, I thought I’d continue this theme and let you know some of the top tips I use to improve the quality of my coffee – still without a coffee machine!
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against these devices and they can do some pretty amazing things. In, fact you can read a bit more about coffee makers with this guide, if you’re a bit curios about what they can do. You can also find a guide on the same site for milk frothers on the mainpage. But, I also know that most people don’t have around £200+ to pay for one. So here’s few sneaky tips you can use to improve your coffee!
March 4, 2016
OK, I lied. I’m not the new Starbucks (All Starbucks lawyers please back away). I’m a fan of the coffee shops. I enjoy socializing in them with my friends and they’ve became a nice part of my life – I enjoy the coffee and the company. So, I wanted a little bit of that in my home and thought about making my own cappuccinos. I’ve tried the sachet cappuccinos, you know the one’s which self-froth when you pour water on them? But to be honest they’re crap. They’re bland and there’s no foam (which is my favourite part!).
So, off I set on my own home-made-cappuccino making journey. I didn’t have too much money to spend and wanted to keep this as cheap as possible – which ruled out the the all-in-one coffee machine things, like the ‘dolce gusto’ et al. Don’t get me wrong they do make really nice coffees, but they’re still not authentic tasting. Tasty, but clearly artificial.
I did a bit of research online and found that using a cafetiere (which you can pick up for a fiver) and a milk frother you can get an authentic cappuccino at home. I did deliberate over some of the slightly more expensive milk frothers like those made by Dualit or Krups, but settled on a cheap hand held version. All in all the whole set cost me about £15, so I was quite happy
No armed with everything I needed I set off very optimistic I could make a great cappuccino! Well, it wasn’t quite so easy. It wasn’t rocket science or anything but it took a bit of time to get the espresso part right. The frothed milk was easy, just turn the milk frother on and let it do its thing. But I needed some help, luckily a few searches on youtube provided me with the answer:
Pretty cool, huh? Well, it is to a coffee lover! Once I got the coffee portion of the drink right, the rest followed. I have to say I was quite impressed with myself and enjoyed the results. I just wish I had taken a photo. Maybe next time…