Eight Simple Tips for a Perfectly Brewed cup of Coffee

Can’t imagine to kick start your day without a cup of coffee? Hmm… Coffee has become an indispensable part of our lives. We can’t imagine our lives without it. Not only at homes but when it comes for an office discussion, a get together or your first Date, café is the first place which strikes the mind. And why not!!! It is the best place indeed for building and strengthening relationships.

Here are some secret tips which if followed will guarantee a coffee which is not only perfectly brewed but is also rich in aroma and satisfies your caffeine cravings. So Let’s get down to each tip one by one.

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Tip1: Always buy fresh coffee

Always buy fresh coffee. If you unable to visit the market due to some pre-occupancy then let the internet do it for you. Select an online coffee shop and select your favorite coffee and buy coffee online by placing an order. The bag will be delivered right at your doorstep. Some even offer cash on delivery which means you can do the payment when you receive the packet.

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One more thing, if the coffee usage is less at your place then do not buy large bags else you have a large vacuum container to store it.

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Tip2: Store in an air-tight container

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Never freeze the powdered coffee or coffee beans as it affects the taste of the coffee. Store your coffee beans in an air-tight container so as to prevent them from getting stale.

Tip3: Try different variants of coffee beans

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While going to buy coffee beans or ground coffee, try some different coffee flavors. Make sure you buy them in small quantity. Check out if it is Robusta or Arabica or a mixture of both.

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Tip4: Grind yourself

Try to buy coffee beans and grind them fresh. A cup of coffee brewed from fresh beans is more aromatic and tastier than brewing from pre-packed grounded coffee.

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Tip5: Go for correct measurements

Always remember to have a fair amount of ground coffee while brewing. A lesser coffee will not have the desired taste. If you are preparing an espresso coffee at home, use 7 grams for every shot. Coffee is all about flavor and taste.

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Tip6: Avoid Reheating

Coffee loses its flavor on reheating and will result in a foul taste. Also, don’t add boiling water after the coffee is brewed; this can result in burning and changing the taste of the original coffee.

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Tip7: Use a thermometer

140o F is perfect for steaming the milk. If the temperature exceeds, it may lead to burning of milk leading to a foul taste.

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Tip8: Try different flavors

There are many different flavored syrups available in the market like caramel, vanilla, popcorn, strawberry etc. Try adding them to get an opulent coffee experience. You can try with different ice-creams and chocolates too.

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4 Remarkable and Impressive Coffee Recipes: Espresso Martini, Mocha Margarita, Mint Mojito and Horchata Coffee Cocktail

Gone are the days when a simple cup of hot coffee was served after the meals just like Classic Mexican Coffee, Spanish Coffee and Irish One. People are still fond of them but the new generation is more attracted over cocktails. Cocktails are special kind of Alchemy which creates a smooth and magical effect when coffee and alcohol get engaged over ice. Coffee does the work of adding a bitter yet chocolaty effect to the iced-alcohol. This refreshing drink is responsible for the resurgence of coffee cocktails in the coffee market. Initially, cocktail was used by college students for late study nights but now this trend has turned into an entirely new genre of libations which ranges from cold brew concoctions to spiked espresso shots.

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I will share with you three cocktail recipes and one Iced Coffee Drink. Horchata Coffee, Espresso Martini and Mocha margarita are shaken Cocktails while Mint Mojito is a perfect iced coffee for non-alcohol drinkers.

Shaker

Before moving ahead I would like to tell about equipment used for shaking. You can use a cocktail shaker or a sturdy jar. I prefer using cobbler-style shaker set as suggested by Mixologist website. As the shaker is made from stainless steel, there is no risk of breaking the glass and above all, steel helps to chill the drink incredibly fast.

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Coffee

Regarding which coffee to use, I would recommend using an espresso or extremely strong coffee. It is indeed the quality and flavor of coffee which can drastically enhance the flavor and taste of final product.

So, Let’s Begin exploring the delicacy of coffee.

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1.     Horchata Coffee Cocktail: A refreshing mix of rum, Horchata, coffee and cinnamon.

Taste of Horchata is more like sweet coconut milk. Yes!! It’s a milky drink made from ground almonds, rice and tigernuts.  It is available easily in the grocery stores and is found in both liquid and powder form. You can make it at home as well.

Ingredients:

2 ounces Horchata
1 ounce rum (either white or dark)
3 ounces of espresso or strong coffee
Grounded cinnamon
Crushed ice
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Combine all the ingredients except cinnamon powder in a cocktail shaker and SHAKE!!! SHAKE!!! SHAKE!!!! Now strain it in a glass (6-8 ounce capacity) over ice. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder over it and serve Chilled.

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2.     Mocha Margarita: An energizing combination of tequila, espresso and chocolate Ice cream

This is again a very easy recipe and is prepared in just 3 minutes. Let’s look at the ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee
1 ounce white tequila
½ cup softened chocolate ice cream
Crushed Ice
Salt and sugar mixture
Procedure:

Take a 6 ounce glass and rub its rim gently with tequila. Now invert it and dip it in the mixture of salt and sugar to coat properly. Now take all the ingredients in the cocktail shaker (except sugar and salt mixture) and shake it well until the ice cream gets lump-free and is in a pourable condition. Now serve it chilled in the Margarita Glass you prepared.

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3.     Espresso Martini: Fell in love with this classic combination of coffee and vodka topped with java with a touch of sweetness.

This classic recipe is well known in creating a refreshing impact on the drinker. Espresso Martini requires a perfect blend of vodka, espresso and coffee liqueur. People on diet or who are saving calories can even enjoy this with or without sugar. This cocktail serves as a base for various variations of cocktail recipes made by adding different flavor syrups or chocolates or ice-creams.

I fact, if you are not having a simple syrup, you can easily prepare it at home. Quickly mix hot water with equal parts of sugar and allow it to cool. Syrup is ready!!!

Ingredients:

2 ounces espresso or very strong coffee
1 ounce coffee liqueur
3 coffee beans (for topping)
1 ounce Vodka
Crushed Ice
½ ounce simple syrup
Procedure:

Combine all the ingredients in the shaker except the three coffee beans. Shake it vigorously and strain it in a martini glass. Top it with three coffee beans and serve Chilled!!!

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4.     Mint Mojito: A perfect cup of iced coffee for non cocktail drinkers

Well I use some specific tools for making this magical drink. These are:

Equipments:

Chemex 6 cup
Pour over coffee maker
Water kettle
Coffee filter
Muddler
Gram scale (to get the precision of ingredients)
Ingredients:

60 grams medium roasted freshly ground coffee
2 cups of ice
500 ml water
Fresh mint leaves
4 tsp sugar
Milk
Procedure:

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Add ice to your mug
Add coffee to the filter and shake the coffee dripper for even settling of coffee
Pre-infuse the coffee and finish off the brewing process.
Muddle together mint leaves (say 10 leaves) and raw sugar until they are crushed and fragrant.
Add coffee into a pitcher and then add sugar and mint concoction and stir it continuously.
Add ice and top it with a creamy layer of milk and few mint leaves.
Serve Chilled.
To make it tastier you have to be a little patient then. The more the coffee stays in the mug, the more delicious it turned out to be. In fact, keeping the sugar and mint concoction for few minutes in the refrigerator is worth a try.

I hope you enjoyed all the four recopies and Let me know in the comment section below.

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Cool Coffee Facts for Cool Coffee Enthusiasts

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Coffee is the considered one of the best food and beverage in the world and is one of the world’s most consumed beverage as well. It’s like the “National Beverage” of every nation on the planet. But there are some fun things about coffee which only a small amount of people know. So here I have compiled a list of some of these cool coffee facts various sources on the internet which will make your jaw drop!

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New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than people of any other city in the US. Hit the brake fellas, excess of anything in BAD!

Coffee is psychoactive! It can make you see things at high doses. If went further along…It can even kill you! As I said earlier, excess is BAD.

Putting a number on the previous one, roughly a 100 cups of coffee adds up for a lethal dose of caffeine. Again, BAD.

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People believe that French Philosopher Voltaire 50 cups of coffee per day. HOLY CRAP that’s a big number! I bet he saw a hell lot of things.

Because it is considered an essential part of the lives of the Italians, Espresso is regulated by the Italian Government.

The Ancient Arab Culture advocated that the only way a woman could legally divorce was because of the inability of her husband to provide enough coffee. No offense but that’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard.

Brewed Espresso has 2.5% fat content while filtered coffee has 0.6%. Choose wisely from next time.

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The word “Coffee” comes from Arabic word “qahhwat al-bun” meaning “Wine of the Bean”.

There was a controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee in 1600s. It was resolved with Pope Clement VIII being cool with it. The guy’s a hero, saved the day!

There’s a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee, tea, or even wine. What….Seriously?

Beer was the breakfast drink in US before Coffee.

Teddy Roosevelt used to consume a gallon of Coffee per day. He surely is the greatest American coffee drinker.

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Coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world. Shocking, isn’t it? Can you guess the first one? It’s petroleum. Again, SHOCKING!

Coffee is most effective if you have it between 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM. I can’t see any logic for that.

If consumed in right quantity, it reduces the risk of Diabetes and Heart disease. Not at all surprising as chocolate does the same thing.

About 2.25 billion cups of Coffee is consumed each day around the world. Boy that’s a biggie!

Black Ivory Coffee, which is prepared from Elephant dung, is the world’s most expensive coffee in the world standing around $50 per cup. WOW! People pay a hell lot more for Elephant poop.

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As saliva wipes out half the flavor of the coffee, it’s smell doesn’t align with its taste.

Coffee can be helpful in weight loss as it can boost your metabolism by 11%. It is bad for health but helps reduce risk of some dangerous diseases. It makes you fat but also helps you lose weight. Is it some kind of a vicious circle?

New York Stock Exchange was once a coffee house. Well that’s interesting.

Caffeine exists in the form of highly energetic micro-crystals.

So that’s the 21 Cool Coffee Facts for Cool Coffee Enthusiasts and if you ran out of coffee while reading this article, then hop on to a Cool online store Java Times Caffe and buy some Cool coffee in a Cool fashion like a Cool person. Till then, keep drinking (Coffee), keep rocking…

Some baking doubts cleared: Don’t forget to look at 4th question

There are certain questions which keep bothering your mind while baking. Rather which creates a baking phobia in you? Don’t worry this article is all there to help you. I will be covering maximum doubts which you encounter while baking like substitute for eggs, correct temperature, chocolate or cocoa etc. Now days there are a lot of online Bakery products which offer very delicious and yummy cakes. But certainly at some corner of your heart you definitely want to bake one yourself for your loved ones. Let’s start picking your problems one at a time and discuss them.

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Which flour is best for baking?

Choosing good flour is very important part in the baking process. Flour acts as the backbone of the cake providing it the correct flavor and texture. There are essentially four kinds of flours available in the market for baking namely bread flour, All-purpose flour, pastry flour and cake flour. Cake flour when mixed with all purpose flour is best for baking. Cake flour is prepared by finely milling the soft wheat. The best answer would be mix cake flour and all-purpose flour for best results.

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How to make a chocolaty cake by using cocoa or chocolate?

Many a times this questions arises whether to use cocoa, chocolate or a combination of two. The cake prepared by using only chocolate had a milder chocolaty flavor and after baking turn out light brown in color. Using only cocoa powder will have a deep dark color and had intense chocolate flavor loaded. Rather it is like overdose of chocolate. Coming to conclusion, a cake made from a combination of cocoa powder and chocolate is the perfect in all terms of color, flavor, texture and taste.

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What is the accurate baking temperature?

Temperature can make or break the cake. Most of the culinary experts ask you to bake at 350ᵒ F. If your temperature is low, then all the process of cake formation will be delayed and may not get completed resulting in the cake being soft and smooth but gummy. If you go for a higher temperature, it is likely that the crust of the cake is baked for quickly than the internal batter. So the best temperature is 350 degrees resulting in a soft, smooth, well caramelized and fluffy cake.

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What are substitutes for egg?

Eggs provide the required moisture to the cake and also act as binding agent. Some people are allergic to eggs or are vegans who do not want egg in their cakes. There are substitutes available in the market for that. You can use flaxseed meal. For one egg it is used in ration of 1 spoon flaxseed meal to 3 spoons of water. It provides the necessary stability, moisture and a pleasant wheaty flavor to the cake. Next you can also opt for Tofu. ¼ cup of tofu for each egg. Other substitutes include applesauce and Ener-G egg replacer.

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