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The Secret to Brewing the Best Cup of Coffee

When it comes to making a cup of coffee, there are some essential secrets that can elevate your brew to the next level. From selecting the perfect coffee bean to choosing the right roast, each step in the process plays a crucial role in determining the flavor and quality of your coffee. Here, we will delve into the key aspects of brewing a great cup of coffee and how you can achieve the perfect blend every time.

Selecting the Perfect Bean

The first step in brewing a great cup of coffee is to choose the right coffee bean. Quality coffee can only come from a quality coffee bean that has been properly roasted. The roasting process is intricate and can significantly impact the flavor profile of the bean. For a strong, intense flavor, opt for a dark roast such as French Roast. If you prefer a lighter, less intense flavor, go for a lighter roast.

Grinding Your Beans to Perfection

One crucial tip to ensure the freshness and flavor of your coffee is to never use pre-ground coffee. Grinding your coffee beans just before brewing guarantees that none of the flavor is lost over time, preserving the essence of the bean.

Importance of Filtered Water

The water you use in brewing your coffee makes up 98% of your cup, making it a crucial element in the process. Always use cold, filtered water to remove any impurities that could affect the taste of your coffee. Filtering the water is especially important for older homes with aging pipes, as they can introduce an off flavor to the water.

Choosing the Right Filter

When it comes to filters, opt for gold-plated stainless steel filters over paper filters. Paper filters can negatively influence the flavor of your coffee, while gold plated filters allow natural oils to infuse into the brew, enhancing its flavor and aroma. Additionally, gold plated filters are eco-friendly and can be reused multiple times, making them a sustainable choice.

Minimal Add-Ins for Maximum Flavor

To truly savor the essence of your coffee, consider reducing the amount of sugar, cream, and other add-ins. Masking the natural taste of the coffee with too many flavorings can diminish the true essence of the brew.

Enjoying the Perfect Cup

Part of what makes a great cup of coffee is the experience of savoring it. Whether it’s a morning ritual or a way to unwind in the evening, the time and setting in which you enjoy your coffee can greatly impact your experience.

In conclusion, brewing a great cup of coffee is an art that involves attention to detail and quality ingredients. By following these steps and incorporating these tips into your brewing routine, you can elevate your coffee game and enjoy a perfect cup of coffee every time.

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Different Kinds of Costa Rican Coffee

How would you know that your cup of coffee is perfect? Is there such a thing as perfect coffee?

Many consider Costa Rican coffees to be perfection in a cup! They typically describe their  coffee as being the classic cup, and as being the traditional balanced coffee that has no defects or flaws. But there’s more to the Costa Rican coffee than that! They are prized for their exceptionality- bright citrus or berry-like flavors. Some have described the flavor and in the best cups they fade into chocolate or spice flavors in the aftertaste.

Costa Rica sets the standards for fine wet-processed coffee for the rest of Central and South America. The most famous Costa Rican coffees by region are Tarrazú, Tres Rios, Herediá, and Alajuela. Most Costa Rican coffees come from a hybrid called caturra, a mutation of Bourbon discovered in Brazil. It is characterized as bright and full bodied. Other popular varieties are Mondo Novo and Catuai. The best coffees that are grown above 3, 900 feet are designated or classified as strictly hard bean, while the good hard bean are those grown from 3,300 to 3,900 feet.

The Tres Rios region near the pacific coast produces coffees that are mild sweet and bright. The Tarrazú region, which is situated in the interior mountains of Costa Rica, produces a fairly heavy coffee with more aromatic complexity. The La Minita estate is the most much loved coffee in all Costa Rica. What about the kinds of coffees that Costa Rica is so proud of?

The different kinds of coffee in Costa Rica are characterized by their type and from what zone they are harvested from. Let’s take a look at the different kinds of Costa Rican Coffee:

Cafe La Carpentira- This coffee is strictly classified as hard beans grown in La Carpentira Hill, Tres Rios, where perfect for producing the best quality coffee possible.

Cafe Atarazu- This bean comes from the volcanic mountains of Dota off the Great Mountain Range named Talamanca with rocky ladders and fertile valleys. It is classified as strictly hard beans from Tarrazú region.

Cafe El Gran Vito – This coffee has a string taste, and at the same times it is light and grateful like the mountains and forests that surround the city. It is classified as medium hard bean for Coto Brus region.

Cafe Zurqui- This coffee is cropped in one of the oldest plantation areas due to kindness of the soil and the excellent bean quality that it produces. On the slopes of Zurqui Hills is where this unique coffee with high acidity, very good body and aroma in produced. It is strictly hard bean from Herediá.

Cafe Ujarraci- This coffee grew on a beautiful landscape, fertile valley, and a lake with crystal clear waters near the zone of Cachí in the reventazón River Basin. This type of Costa Rican coffee is classified as High grown Atlantic from Cachí zone. Cafe Buena Vista- This coffee has good aroma and body with a delightful acidity form San Isidro Del General and is a medium hard bean type.

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Coffee Cake Recipe

strawberry-rhubarb-coffee-cakeAre you one of those who can’t live without coffee? Does a day without it seems to be incomplete? Most people who really love coffee just can’t seem to get enough of it. In fact, the many coffee drinks are the result of these coffee lovers that are obsession with coffee. In addition to the love of ‘coffee derivatives’, coffee cakes are popular. However, what you may not know is that there coffee cakes that are available in different flavors as well.

Sure… I have had coffee cake before, but what I didn’t know is that there are lots of flavors that I have never heard of. Actually, you can find a number of coffee cake recipes online! Here is one that caught my interest- Strawberry rhubarb coffee cake. Since I love strawberry and obsessed with coffee (like you!), I wanted to check it out!

Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe:


For filling:

  • 3 cups sliced rhubarb, (1-inch pieces) fresh or frozen
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, mashed
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch

For Cake:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup butter or margarine cut in small pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

For Topping:

  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar

In a large saucepan, combine rhubarb, strawberries, and lemon juice. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

Combine sugar and cornstarch; stir into strawberry rhubarb mixture.

Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

In a separate bowl, beat together buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla. Stir into crumb mixture.

Spread half of the batter evenly into a greased 9x13x2-inch baking dish. Carefully spread filling over the batter.

Drop remaining batter evenly over filling with a tablespoon.

Direction for topping:
In a small saucepan over low heat, melt batter.

Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in flour sugar until mixture is crumbly, and then sprinkle over batter.

Lay foil on lower rack to catch any juicy fruit spillovers.

Bake 350? for about 45 minutes or until cake is done. Let the cake cool down in pan on rack.

Cut strawberry rhubarb coffee cake into squares to serve.

What a better way to sit and relax while enjoying a cup of coffee and a slice of strawberry rhubarb coffee cake! It seems like coffee and coffee cake makes a perfect combination, don’t you think? For more coffee cake recipes, visit Search for other coffee cake recipe to pair off your cup of coffee.

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Easy to Prepare Coffee Drinks

Coffee-DrinkCoffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages and is also one of the most diverse. There are actually a lot of coffee drinks that differ in presentation, such as black coffee, white coffee, lattes, espressos, and many others. In addition, there are different coffee drinks that differ in terms of recipe and flavor that are perfect for different moods and different situations. If you think you have tried all kinds of coffee drinks, thing again. Because of its wide varieties, there are some names that you have never heard before.

Coffee shops are making more money in coffee industry due to many reasons. For one, more and more people prefer to have coffee than any other drinks. Since coffee drinks cover a lot of different choices, coffee lovers never get tired drinking one coffee drink to another. As a coffee lover myself, I never thought there’s much more about coffee than just the classics, which most people including me knew of.

I conducted some research about coffee drinks, and guess what? I was in awe to find out the many ways a coffee can be presented. To give you an idea what I am talking about, I’ll give some of the recipes of coffee drinks that interest me.

Coffee Drinks

After Eight Coffee

Ingredients: Equal amounts of cocoa, creme de Menthe and Whiskey Espresso or hot, strong coffee Warm milk

Preparation: Stir the cocoa with the mint liqueur and the whiskey. Put a spoon in the glass and add espresso and warm milk. If you prefer sweet taste, just add a little more sugar.

American Coffee

Ingredients: 40-60 ml bourbon, Brown sugar (loosely shaken), whipped cream

Preparation: Build as an Irish Coffee in a coffee glass or wine glass.

Cafe Parisienne

Ingredients: 2 oz. Grand Marnier Rouge, Hot coffee, Cream

Preparation: Pour Grand Marnier into a coffee glass or a wine glass with extra thick walls. Fill up with coffee and top with loosely shaken cream. Sprinkle with a freshly ground coffee on top.

Bailey’s Coffee

Ingredients: 40-60 ml Bailey’s,  Hot coffee, Loosely whipped cream

Preparation: Pour in a coffee glass or wine glass with extra think walls. Put a spoon in the glass and first add Bailey’s, followed by coffee, and last loosely whipped or shaken cream.

As you may have noticed, these coffee drinks are very easy to make and can be done at home. Actually, most of the coffee drink recipes that I’ve researched are easy to prepare, so don’t just limit your knowledge with the samples above.  Imagine, most coffee drinks that are sold in coffee shops which are highly priced, don’t take a lot of sweat to make. Just make your own coffee drink and you will save money; that I can assure you.

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Organic Coffee

Coffee-OrganicHeard about organic coffee? Want to know what an organic coffee is? Well, according to several researches, the concept of organic coffee has long been considered in the coffee industry as a special practice. The concept actually holds the idea of protecting the environment from harmful chemicals and pesticides that may pollute and destroy the groundwater and may cause erosion in coffee farms when the farms are cleared. Also, it goes beyond protecting the environment as the organic method may help protect the coffee farmers from degenerative diseases like cancer.

With such reasons, many of the coffee farms these days highly prefer the organic method of coffee farming. They cultivate their coffee plants by organic means – producing coffee without the use of pesticides and other chemicals. The coffee is grown and cultivated purely and naturally and this practice is deemed by many as beneficial to coffee producers and to its consumers as well.

In the organic coffee industry, much emphasis is given to the way the coffee is produced. The emphasis may extend to the recycling process, composting, health of the soil where the coffee is grown, and even to the biological activity that takes place in the coffee farm. All of these are maintained for the long term protection of the coffee farm and the environment. It’s no wonder then that in this kind of environment, synthetic chemicals are highly avoided.

For the farmers knowledge, to market a highly organic coffee is to pass certain laws maintained by the Department of Agriculture. In the United States, for a coffee company to be able to market a certified organic, the farm from which the coffee is taken must be inspected first to receive the so-called certification. What usually happens during this practice is that in every step of the processing chain, the inspectors work to track the coffee beans as they are transferred from the source to the cup.

In addition to that, it is maintained that to protect the integrity of the process, the organic coffee must be sold to the certified importers and roasters. Well, the advantage of this process on the part of the consumers is that people who love coffee will then be guaranteed for the purity of the coffees they buy. And, to make the organic coffee obvious to the consumers, the USDA has announced that 95% of the organic products must bear the label “organic”.

With certain laws and rules passed, several organic coffee products are now marketed free from pesticides and herbicides. They are now marketed anywhere in the world and it was noted that about 50% of the products bear the organic label with the organic ingredients. So if you want to help protect the environment and yourself from synthetic chemicals, the organic coffee products will surely fit your needs.

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Coffee Beans

Coffee-BeansChoosing good coffee beans has a lot more to do with art than with science. And those who know how to, will spare nothing just to find the best coffee beans that money can buy. But why should you care? Coffee beans are just coffee beans, right? And coffee is just…coffee. What’s the big deal?

Well, if you’re fond of the common supermarket variety of coffee beans, then chances are that you’re right. It isn’t such a big deal. But once you have tried the real good coffee beans you will understand why so many people go to such lengths just to find the perfect beans for the perfect cup of coffee.

So where do you start?

When it comes to good coffee, there’s no better place to start than what the experts say is a good place to start. But make no mistake. Their words are no bible. However, they do give you some idea on how to go about taking your first tentative step towards genuinely good coffee.

First, you need to learn that freshly roasted and ground coffee beans are what make a superior cup of coffee. You can never go wrong with fresh beans. In fact, the underlying philosophy is: the fresher the beans, the better. Just try it and you’ll be surprised to find how a few fresh coffee beans can transform your favorite cup of java into a fantastic gastronomic experience.

Next, where do you find fresh coffee beans? You may get lucky and stumble upon a few bags in the supermarket. But if you want to be certain that you are getting fresh, good quality beans, then start at your local specialty or gourmet stores. The salespeople at these stores are usually very knowledgeable about coffee and helpful to the extent that they may allow you to taste before buying anything.

But how do you know if they’re good?

Well, for one thing good coffee beans are never splintered or broken. They should be whole and well-shaped. If you encounter a bin or bag of splintered or broken beans, then put it right back where you found it and look for another.

It’s quite possible that you won’t find any helpful salesperson around, especially if you’re in a large shop. If that’s the case, then you have to learn to trust your own eyes and nose.

Okay, so now you know that good coffee beans are whole and well-shaped, but what about the smell? They smell good, period. That’s all you need to know. It has to do with gut instinct, similar to how you’d know right away that the milk has gone sour when you smell it.

Coffee beans that have gone bad will smell just a bit off and you’ll recognize that smell, even if you’re a novice.

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Gevalia Coffee

Gevalia has partnered with coffee producers in Colombia, working with international development agencies and the national coffee federation on a multiyear program to upgrade coffee handling and processing, strengthen water quality and enhance living conditions for small coffee farmers.

Gevalia also been working with Peruvian coffee farmers, government institutions and development organizations to establish internationally recognized quality standards for Peruvian coffee exports. This program is now being extended to educate farmers on how to best achieve these standards and gain the market benefit that flows from higher-quality products. This partnership also resulted in the introduction of their Peruvian Organic Coffee in 2002.

Gevalia supports small farmers and cooperatives that are working to demonstrate sustainable growing practices. For example, Gevalia’s Karoma Estate coffee is sourced from a single estate in the Dominican Republic. Karoma not only produces a high-quality coffee which is grown at 4,000 feet, but does so while protecting the environment: The farmers have set aside 25% of their land for ecological reserves and for the protection of sources of both water and wildlife.

Other programs supported by Gevalia include:

  • Sponsoring education programs to provide general educational opportunities, as well as education on specific sustainable agricultural and environmental techniques in technical colleges
  • Direct feeding programs for rural communities
  • Provision of food staples and medical aid to needy families

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Caribou Coffee

CaribouCoffeeHeard about Caribou Coffee? If not yet, then you might not be a coffee addict. Caribou Coffee is one of worldly known coffee shop with corporate headquarters in Minneapolis metropolitan area. The company was founded by the newlyweds John and Kim Puckett and since its opening, the Caribou chain has expanded to about 415 locations in fifteen states in the US. This degree of expansion is what actually makes the company second to the largest operator of non-franchised coffee shops in the United States.

Now what makes Caribou Coffee best?

There are a lot of factors that make Caribou coffee one of the best. Included in the list are the company’s dedication and the production.

Caribou Coffee is in the first place highly dedicated to providing the best in quality and taste coffee. An evidence for this commitment is their partnership with the Rainforest Alliance, as well as its participation on the Specialty Coffee Association of America’s Producer Support Fund in which Caribou volunteer itself as one of the sponsors. According to certain reports, Caribou has donated at the highest level to the fund founded by the SCAA to help growers of delicate coffee who do not have the funds to take part on the meetings and functions of the SCAA. All of the company’s hard work and efforts are exerted just to provide the public the best coffee possible.

In terms of production, the Caribou coffee is treated with the best care. The company has placed special attention to selecting the best green beans, and even to creating the blends. The way they roast the coffee beans also play a great part in making the Caribou coffee one of a kind. And, much to your surprise, this company accepts only the highest in quality coffee beans and they employ the highest standards in the coffee industry regardless of the overheads.

Today, Caribou Coffee offers only the best in taste coffees. All of their products are named after the country where the coffees were grown. There are also some products that bear names that are made up of a number of words. The words even embody the coffee grade, other than the region in which they were cultivated. It is further interesting to know that the Caribou coffees are highly noted and valued for their strong taste and aroma. Well, this notable strength is actually a product of the company’s ultimate brewing process which aims to make a brew that possesses the best characteristics.

One of today’s prides of Caribou Coffee is their decaffeinated coffee which is 100% caffeine free. This product is produced out of the company’s ultimate steaming and drying process. The coffee beans are actually steamed first to open up the pores of the beans. This is considered to make the beans vulnerable to the solvent that will remove the caffeine. Once steaming is done, the decaffeinated coffee is dried and repackaged. Perhaps what makes the Caribou Coffee decaf is that it is prepared all natural and chemical-free.

With all the efforts and dedication, it’s no wonder that Caribou Coffee has topped the list in 2004 edition of Consumer Reports, beating brews from Starbucks and Seattle’s Best.

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Slimming Coffee

Have you heard about a coffee that makes you slim? Well, slim coffee is not a new concept in the coffee market. It has been marketed throughout the world for decades now and that many people believe that these products can greatly aid you to lose weight and maintain your slim figure.

If you find yourself a believer of that hype, then I bet you would be happy to know that a number of slim coffees are available in the online market nowadays. All you need to do to find them is to know exactly where they can be found and purchased. But, this too is not a big problem as with lots of sites out there on the web featuring slim coffee, finding your best choice is highly possible.

Below are some of the most marketed slim coffee products available at online stores. Please read on.

JavaFit Diet Slim Coffee

Marketed under the brand name Javalution, JavaFit Diet is a gourmet slim coffee that is proven to help you stay fit. You can use it like any other gourmet type of coffee and let yourself enjoy its rich flavor and aroma. According to several claims, this product is highly considered as a slim coffee knowing that it helps to boost your metabolism with every cup you drink. Also, many of the consumers prefer this product for its being hand roasted and full-bodied. The coffee used in the formulation of this product originates from Latin America and is a coffee Arabica. You can enjoy a good cup of this product one cup in the

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How to Make Turkish Coffee


What more can you ask for in an early morning with a mug of coffee in your hand watching the sky as the sun shines out? Sounds like a movie scene, doesn’t it? That is the perfect way to start your day. Are you one of those people who can’t let a day pass by without having at least a cup of coffee? Well, same here. Coffee is one of the things that can’t be missed out every single day. Your day wouldn’t be complete without it. It’s like you have not take a bath kind of feeling.

I bet most people want their coffees specifically the way they wanted it. I remember one time when I was working in a restaurant, one of our regular customers always orders the same black coffee every morning of every day. When he comes in, we no longer ask for his order. I, too specifically want my coffee with less sugar and cream. But, h ave you tried other taste or flavor for your coffee, like a Turkish coffee?

Turkish coffee is a very flavorful and normally strong coffee. It is prepared in an ibrik, a small pot that holds either one or two servings of coffee. Traditionally, the ibrik was placed in the hot sands of the Mediterranean for cooking. If you want to try making Turkish coffee at your home you won’t need Mediterranean hot sands because you can use your stove. All you will need are an ibrik, finely ground coffee, water, sugar, and a teaspoon. You can use any roast coffee that you like. Besides, Turkish coffee is about the specific way of cooking and not the brand of coffee for as long as you use the finest grind. If you have everything you need, you can start making your own Turkish coffee.

The first thing to do is add fill the pot with water up to the neck. For each cup, use one or two heaped teaspoons of coffee. In turkey, four degrees of sweetness are used. The coffee grinds should float on the water and do not stir. Next is heat your coffee in medium heat. Do not let your sight away from the pot if you don’t want to mess everything up.

After a few minutes, if the water boils it means that you have not used the right amount of coffee. It should never boil, but rather foam will form. You have to start again if you have not done it the right way. Don’t worry these things really happen! If you happen to be on the right track, you will notice the foam grow from around the coffee and start to fill the neck. Again, don’t keep your eyes away from what you are doing. When the foam starts to fill the neck and works its way up, remove the pot if the foam reaches almost at the top of the pot. Remove the pot from the stove only for stirring and do it slowly. This is done to let the foam settle down and after it does, put the pot back to the stove and the coffee will start to foam again, but this time more quickly. Don’t let the foam over flow and before the foam overflows, remove it again and stir down the foam. Put the pot back again on the stove for the third time, when the foam rises, remove but this time do not stir.

To serve your Turkish coffee, scoop out the foam and place an even amount in each cup (if you made two servings). You should know that not all loves the foam, so if you have companion and doesn’t like it, you can have it all in your cup. But, if you don’t like it either, place it in drain of your sink. Let the pot sit for about 30 seconds to let the grinds settle before serving, and then you can now enjoy your Turkish coffee with or without milk or cream.

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