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    How To Clean a dirty Coffee/Spice Grinder

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    What you may not know, is even that small amount of residue builds up over time and taints the flavor of each new product you grind. Well, here’s a quick fix to clean and shine your grinder by removing all that icky buildup!

    Espresso Jazz! Have You Danced to It Yet?

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    First, many mistakenly pronounce or spell espresso incorrectly. The term “eXpresso” is totally wrong. Placing or saying the “x” sound in the word may be common where you are from, but it can be a bit of embarrassment if said around those in the know! Espresso hails from Italy and has spread throughout the coffee-drinking world with at least 26 different variations (not counting those with alcohol)!

    The Real Deal on Acid in Coffee

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    Have you ever heard a non-coffee drinker say they would drink coffee but for the “bitter” taste? In certain professional circles, coffee also takes a lot of heat for stomach maladies by being branded as an “acidic” drink. Facts are it rates a five on the pH scale, bringing it below common drinks such as soda, beer and even orange juice! When we study the chemistry of coffee, we quickly see a complex array of compounds that shed light on what is really meant by words commonly attached to this mistakenly maligned beverage.

    Find Out How Many Cups Of Coffee You Should Drink Per Day

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    Today, it seems most of the world runs on coffee, and most likely, it’s the first beverage the majority of Americans drink each day! With this nectar from the coffee fruit being so highly consumed, it’s only natural to ask: How much coffee should we be consuming each day?

    For example-- the amount of caffeine

    One of the main factors people think about when drinking coffee is caffeine. The acceptable amount for adults is around 400 milligrams/day, which is about 4 cups of black coffee (pregnant women should not exceed half that amount). The overdose amount for caffeine is around 75 cups of coffee, so it seems most avid coffee drinkers are safe! In addition to this, each person’s body processes caffeine differently; therefore, the effects of caffeine will vary accordingly.

    How to stop 9 billion K Cups from going to the landfill

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    Continuous use of these K Cups present an impending crisis and subjecting our planet to it is just plain WRONG! Combined with other non recycled plastics, we are emptying tons of cups into the trash with no end in sight.  You have seen news about the current havoc our environment is experiencing from non-recyclable, non-biodegradable k cups and we know you do NOT want to be part of this ever-growing, world-wide problem.

    Making Iced Coffee Cold Brew Coffee With An Aeropress

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    As the fresh, crisp air of Autumn is about to blow in, we need something equally fresh to help close out the present heat of Summer. Thankfully, the Aeropress-over-ice provides a speedy, yet tasty way to help quench the heat! The Aeropress method is much quicker than cold brewed coffee, or even Japanese-style iced coffee. Also, it simply relies on the science of steeped brewing and air-pressure extraction, so no need for a fancy kettle pour, just hot water and a little muscle power will do! Since the technique of iced-brewing helps to preserve coffee’s acidity, it always makes for a consistently bright cup. Read More...

    4 Best Ways To Store & Keep Coffee Fresh

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    Just like any other work of art, roasting coffee takes time & careful attention to detail. Therefore, creating an excellent cup of joe starts way before the brewing method; it begins with roasting. In order to conserve the freshness & quality of well-roasted coffee beans, until they become the sweet nectar that is coffee, there are several helpful guidelines to go by.

    5 Ways You Can Use Coffee Grounds

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    Anyone with a healthy coffee making habit will find himself or herself with a lot of used coffee grounds by the end of each week. Though the grounds have done their job in giving us our delicious java, some of us still find them too precious to just throw away. So one begins to think Are there are other ways to use them? Well in fact, there are and I’m pretty sure you, your kitchen, and your garden will love them.

    See Ya Later Bitter Coffee --5 Reasons Why Your Coffee is Bad

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    Hey Gang, Christopher here.  Most people chalk up bad, bitter coffee to poor preparation. They might think they used too fine a grind. Or that they used too much. Or maybe they brewed too long. While coffee prep plays some role in how your coffee will taste like, bad coffee begins even before you start brewing. Heck, sometimes even before you start grinding it. And because nobody in this life deserves bad coffee, here are the top five reasons why your cup isn’t as fantastic as it should be, and how to fix it.

    The Secret to the Best Iced Coffee You've Ever Had

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    Hey Gang, Christopher here, If you like iced coffee from popular coffee chains but hate the ridiculous prices (especially if you have them every day), then chances are you have attempted to make your own iced coffee at home. And if all you did was dump ice cubes on coffee that you prepared hot, then you were probably very disappointed with how it turned out --watery, bland, flavorless. You start thinking, maybe the guys over at the coffee shop really know what they’re doing (they do) and I should just let them do their job and pay the price. Well you can but you don’t always have to. Especially when you know what they know about making iced coffee.


    So what’s the big secret?

    Whats The Deal With Butter Coffee

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    Butter and coffee often are staples in a lot of people’s morning meals but never together in the same cup. When I first heard of buttered coffee, I immediately thought it was a bad idea. I had no doubts that it could make my cup of black coffee more delicious but the image of a pat of fat wading in the center of my cup made me queasy. And fat makes fat, right?

    A Coffee Brewer That Will Change Your Coffee Life

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    Preparing coffee in the morning is sacred ritual for all coffee lovers. We relish every step that brings us to that perfect cup that will jumpstart our day. However, the ritual sometimes just takes a bit too long for our liking --traditional drip coffee makers take forever to make a single cup while the pour over method sometimes feels like it takes a thousand steps and a half a lifetime for a cup (yes, time in the morning drags  before you’ve had your coffee).

    A Guide to Making the Perfect Pourover Coffee

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    More and more people are learning how to brew their own coffee at home and frankly, it is becoming easier as more coffee brewing apparatuses arrive in the market. If you are one of them and you are considering your options, then you are in the right place. Today, we are going to talk about one of the most popular coffee-brewing methods: the pourover.

    Start Your Morning Right With an Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

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    This innovative gadget awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils. Picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up to enjoy.

    Indonesian Bali Blue Coffee

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    Exotic mornings with the Bali Blue Moon

    What is it about island cofees that make them so outstanding? Maybe it’s their unusual combination of flavors, their satisfying texture, or perhaps their intoxicating aroma… whatever it is, Christopher Bean’s latest offering does not fall short of either one of those qualities.

    For The Love Of Decaf

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    Great mornings with coffee from the Santa Barbara Estate

    Cocoa, caramel, and black cherries, all in one steaming cup of Joe. Start your mornings with the exquisite yet well-balanced flavors of the Colombian Santa Barbara. Available decaffeinated, you can now enjoy the same great flavors with a smoother edge.

    Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

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    Real good coffee is good on its own. And that is what Christopher Bean Coffee’s latest offering from the African region is --the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

    Can Coffee Be Good For You?

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    Coffee as a Health Drink?

    A lot of people think of coffee as a booster – nothing more than a cup of energy and alertness to rev up their mornings (or afternoons). However, there is more to Java than caffeine. Coffee is a wonderfully complex drink that can bring you a lot of health benefits… IF you prepare it right – that means if you don’t bomb it with sugar and cream (Starbucks, I am looking at you).

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