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Manual Coffee Grinder

October 10th, 2009 Guest Posted in Drink Comments Off on Manual Coffee Grinder

One of the key elements in preparing a good cup of coffee is through the use of a coffee grinder. This is due to the fact that the fundamental process in brewing a cup of coffee is the freshness of coffee.  Therefore, a coffee grinder is a critical part in the preparation of brewing this beverage.

This is due to the fact that once the coffee bean has been ground in preparation for brewing, it begins to lose its freshness and taste.  Generally, this breakdown in freshness and flavor begins following two days after being ground.  Subsequently, to maximize freshness and flavor is important to delay the grinding of the coffee bean if the individual wishes to maximize the taste of their coffee.

Therefore, if looking for a coffee grinder, it is important to know that there are a number of products on the market.  Specifically some of those products can be powered through electricity and some grinders are called manual coffee grinders.  Subsequently, if considering a manual coffee grinder it is important to know how this particular grinder works and features that may one may want to consider before purchasing.

What Is A Manual Coffee Grinder?

One of the grinders that an individual may wish to consider when thinking about grinding their whole coffee beans, is the purchase of a manual coffee grinder.  Specifically, a manual coffee grinder is an old time looking coffee grinder in which the whole beans are placed in a bowl that is affixed on the top of a small wooden cabinet. There are grinding burrs in this bowl which help to granulate the whole coffee beans. 

Once the whole beans are placed into the bowl then the handle that is attached to the top of the bowl is moved by hand in a circular fashion.  Subsequently, as the handle is turned the coffee beans are broken up and ground so that they are ready for brewing.

In addition, as the coffee is ground-up, it then filters down beneath the grinding bowl into a drawer which captures the grounded coffee.

Benefits of Using a Manual Coffee Grinder

When considering a manual coffee grinder, there are a number of benefits to consider.  Some of those benefits include the fact that this process can take considerable time when compared to the use of electric coffee maker with grinder or other electric coffee grinder..  Specifically the benefit to this is that the coffee drinking process is prolonged and therefore becomes more enjoyable because of the smells released and anticipation of brewing a fresh cup of coffee.

As electricity is not needed in this type of coffee grinder so it can be taken anywhere and utilized.It is best for camping trips or for a power outage area.

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Melt Someone’s Heart Today – Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles

October 10th, 2009 Guest Posted in Drink Comments Off on Melt Someone’s Heart Today – Easy Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Cooking Chocolate Chilli Cheesecake

One of the easiest ways to let someone know you’ve been thinking of him or her is to bring a gift of food. I, for one, always love to get something that will satisfy my sweet tooth. Foolproof Chocolate Fudge is the perfect gift.

Foolproof means exactly what it says. And this fudge is so easy to whip up. Only you will know just how easy it was. I’d like to share this great recipe with you now.

I always think of my sister any time I see chocolate truffles on display. I have given these as a gift to her many times and she’s always thrilled when she opens the package. I, however, wanted to try my hand at making a batch of easy homemade chocolate truffles and get her opinion, since she’s the number one chocoholic that I know. I took them to her for a taste test and needless to say, I didn’t get to bring any home with me!


In a heavy saucepan melt chocolate chips and milk over low heat to prevent scorching. When thoroughly blended and melted, remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and nuts.

In a heavy saucepan on low heat, melt butter. Add cocoa powder and stir until blended. Mix in sweetened condensed milk. Stir until thick and shiny – around 4 minutes or so.

Remove from heat and stir in the extract. Chill around 3-4 hours. When cool shape into balls. You may roll the balls into either the cocoa powder or chocolate sprinkles for an extra chocolate kick.

Fall is upon us. Thanksgiving and Christmas truly are just around the corner. In order to make someone’s day special and not break the bank in the process, shop around at the dollar stores and such for beautifully decorated holiday tins. They would make the perfect packaging for your handmade food gift. The tins are reusable and keep the fudge fresh and delicious.

Simplify your gift giving by mixing up a couple of batches to have on hand. You never know when you’ll need an impromptu gift. Attach a hand-written note with a pretty ribbon and you’re all set. Giving a homemade gift really does set you apart from all the others

Resource Author Francisco Rodriguez H.
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Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer With Chocolate

October 10th, 2009 Guest Posted in Drink Comments Off on Reduce Your Risk of Getting Cancer With Chocolate

In one of those health and nutrition stories that make you think “when are they going to tell us to start smoking because it’s beneficial”, Chocoholics around the world can quite literally take heart from research that shows chocolate can help you live longer.According to US research, people who eat chocolate and sweets up to three times a month live almost a year longer than those who eat too much or those who avoid the stuff altogether.Scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health studied almost 8,000 American men aged 65 for a five-year period. The results were adjusted for other risk factors, including smoking.

Chocolate, which was the obsession of the Aztecs (even today chocolate is used as a routine ingredient in Latin American cooking) was brought to Europe after the Conquistadors’ conquest of South America.Chocolate is big business with a global market value of around billion, so this research is excellent news for the manufacturers.

It’s great news too for the British, who consume on average 14 kilograms per person of sugar confectionery each year.OK, that’s not just chocolate, but includes chocolate biscuits, Jaffa cakes, chocolate digestives, Easter Eggs etc. In contrast, and not as you would expect, the average American only eats around 6.5 kilograms of the stuff in the same period.

Although the test included both chocolate and sweets, the researchers believe chocolate is the key life extender because it contains substances that protect against heart disease and cancer. Chocolate, like red wine, is believed to contain chemicals called phenols. These can also be found in strawberries, and is why people first started putting them in champagne glasses as they counteract the harmful effects of alchol. They reduce free radicals that damage cells and DNA. The process of chocolate making from the cacao plant may also restrict the formation of the type of cholesterol which damages the heart as well as boosting the immune system.

However, as most food books will tell you, chocolate is high in calories and eating too much can make you fat, thereby actually increasing your risk of heart disease. So the startling truth, as with all these medical/diet/nutrition scare stories, appears to be “moderation in everything” is the key to a long and happy life. For crystal vases and the very highest quality glassware visit Forever Crystal.

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