5 Steps To Brewing The Best Cup of Coffee You’ve Had!

There is no such thing as the singe best cup of coffee because individual preferences vary so much. This article is aimed to help you perfect your personal favorite coffee and be able to rinse and repeat the process each and every time you prepare it.

 

It is not only about how your coffee tastes, but as much about when you drink it, what is the environment and so on. When you have slept well, are amongst people you love and at a location that you really enjoy, have a good cup java from a nice cup can feel like the best cup ever. When you drink that exact same coffee some other time or at another place, it might not be that great. The key word here is good.

 

Most of us can easily spot the difference between good coffee and bad coffee. There can be a lot of different brews that are good but you can’t make the difference which is the best, and there can be a lot of coffee that is brewed with too hot water to make it bitter, used a poor filter which leaves a taste on it, or just made from a grind that is not suitable for that particular brewing method.

 

This article is not meant to be the final word on brewing coffee, but the purpose here is to get you thinking about how you are making your coffee, and how you can easily improve your “Joe”. Here are laid out some of the most important things that affect the quality of your coffee.

 

Coffee Beans

 

I find it quite interesting that most of us don’t really think that much what type of coffee we buy. We usually buy something that we are used to purchase, something that our mother of father always bought, or something that is on sale.

 

The world is revolving around coffee these days, and you can easily find all kinds of varieties of beans online, or even from your local stores. Merchants and roasteries have noticed an uptrend around coffee, and are providing us with ample varieties of beans from around the world available at different roasting levels. Every single choice you make has an effect on how that cup of coffee will eventually taste, and choosing the main ingredient correctly makes a huge difference. Though some might argue that water is the main ingredient, since the end product contains mostly just water, but we will get to water later.

 

The environment in which the coffee bean grows has a huge effect on how it will taste. How much sun is it exposed to, how is the humidity, what are the nutrients that the plant absorbs from the soil, all make a difference in the nuances and if you pay attention you can start to notice these small differences.

 

Different plantations around the same area might even produce beans that have different tastes due to the way that they grow their coffee plants. I recommend being explorative and open to new brands and different varieties, since there are so many options to choose from you most likely have not yet found your favorite. Just something that you like a lot.

 

Below you will find some of the most popular coffee varieties and a small description of each. Some of the varieties originate from selective breeding and some from simple natural selection as the plants have been accommodating to the environment in which they are growing.

 

Most of the coffee that you are able to find around the world are either Arabica or Robusta. Robusta is mostly grown around Vietnam and in the Philippines from where originates the legendary and fancy  coffee that is passed through the digestive track of a civet cat called Kopi Luwak.

 

The Colombian Arabica is one of the best known varieties of Arabica, and it is well known for the intense aromas and light acidity. Popular ready made grinds include such as Sello Rojo

 

Ethiopia is another large produces of Arabica and three varieties originate from that region. The Ethiopian Harar,  Ethiopian Sidamo and the Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. They all come from different regions of Ethiopia which is where the names derive, and are known for their complex and fruity flavors.

 

A complete and detailed list of all the kinds of Arabica known to man can actually be easily found from Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coffee_varieties.

 

Once you find the types of beans you like and find a the perfect roast for your preferences, you need to store the beans correctly. Moisture and air do not do good things to your coffee beans, so you want to store them in a cool, dry and air tight place.

 

What we do here is quite simple and doable. Just get mason jars for each type of coffee you have, and store them in the fridge. That way you can have plenty of different varieties and roasts at hand, and you can be quite sure that they will keep for a long time. You want to grind them just before the use, so you’ll need a grinder too.

 

The Grind

 

Now let’s see… You have your coffee beans in order, and you have been storing them the right way. And you got yourself a good grinder? First taking the coffee beans from your mason jar, and pulling out your coffee grinder will really impress your friends if you know what I mean.

 

You don’t need to have a high tech super expensive grinder to get your coffee beans the way you like, but you need to be able to tweak the settings. The grinder has to be able to produce consistent granule size and you don’t want it to heat when you use it. Low noise is just a bonus here, but great if you have kids who are still sleeping when you are preparing your morning coffee! We actually recommend that you don’t get one with an electric motor. They are fast, but fast means heat and noise when it comes to a coffee bean grinder.

 

Basically you want a conical burr grinder, and not one of those that have spinning blades or any other way of grinding the beans. This type of grinders will produce the most consistent results and often you are able to change the coarseness of the grind in very small increments to get the right one for you.

 

If you are using a dripper, you usually want a relatively small, fine granule size. Not as fine though as you would want an espresso grind to be or for turkish coffee. For a french press you can use a bit coarser grind, but we do recommend using the finest possible to make sure that as much of the coffee is surrounded by water as possible.

 

Peugeot actually makes some of the best coffee mills  in the world, but for example the Hario hand grinder does a good job too. Both of these are of a good size for grinding a few cups at a time.

 

For espresso the game is completely different though. Trying to save money can actually bite back quite easily. At around $200 you start to get machines that can do the job quite well and also are very handy and easy to clean, but we’ll get to the grinders in another post you wait for that!

 

Water

 

After all, your coffee is mostly water. Water actually makes a big difference in how your cup of coffee tastes, since it too can have some tastes of its own. We recommend filtering your own water if you live in an area which has a water supply with a notable taste to make sure that you get a neutral tasting base for your coffee. You can of course use neutral bottled waters.

 

The taste of the water is not the only thing that affects your drinking pleasure, but the temperature makes an even bigger difference. If you are using a chemex, presso pan, high quality espresso machines, vacuum brewers,  or even an Italian mocha pot, you are able to control the temperature.

 

If the water gets too hot, the end result will be a bitter coffee as the fatty acids in the coffee bean will start to oxidise.  One excellent way to avoid this is to actually cold brew your coffee for around 10-16 hours in the fridge. Cold brew coffee will have a very different taste to other ways of brewing and you might even get hints of cola and beer from the brew.

 

The perfect temperature for your coffee when brewed with hot water is between 193 F (89,5 C) and 205 F (96 C) and never ever use boiling water. Some will argue that the closer to 205 F you will get the better, but all in all it is easy to understand why you need a reliable thermometer in hand when you are making your coffee. If you don’t want to use a thermometer or don’t have access to one when brewing, we recommend boiling water, removing it from the heat and adding 4-5% ice cold water and mixing it quickly before pouring it on the coffee.

 

This is a very handy method as not all thermometers are that reliable either, but honestly you should be able to get a reliable thermometer quite cheap off Amazon if you are serious about perfecting your cup of coffee. You will also need a really good quality scale to be able to accurately measure the water to coffee ratio correctly an reliably.

 

Brewing the coffee

 

Now let’s talk a bit about the actual brewing. Above are listed a lot of things about making good coffee in which you have very little control over. The things that you have a lot of control over are choosing the type of bean, grinding it to the perfect level of coarseness, having the right temperature water, perfect water to coffee ratio, and last but not least the brewing time.

 

Water temperature here is pretty much the only thing that is relatively constant, but the rest vary quite a lot depending on the brewing method. Typically you would use around 0.38 ounces (10.6 grams) of ground coffee to 6 ounces (or 177ml) of water. But like we have gone through above, these figures can vary on individual preferences.

 

When you are dripping coffee, you want the water to drip through the coffee grind in about 5 minutes. If you are making just a single cup of coffee, this can be quite difficult to achieve though so slightly less might be accepted. When you are using a french press you can deduct 1-3 minutes from this time. Cold brewing coffee can take easily up to 16 hours of you want to, and making a cup of espresso will actually require a very short time to brew. It takes longer to heat that 25-30ml of water to 190-192F (88-89C) than it takes to pass through the coffee in high pressure.

 

As you might realise from the brewing times. the smaller the grind the less time it usually takes. That is why you should actually try to use a grind that is as fine as possible for the method you are using and try to shorten the time, since almost all of the water soluble components are extracted rather quickly.

 

It might seem trivial, but we recommend setting a timer for your brewing. water temperature can vary a few degrees and it will not make a big difference, but brewing for a few minutes too long can make huge differences in the taste, as now different components of the coffee bean are starting to dissolve and can produce unwanted tastes.

 

Our Favorites?

 

To be honest… Those single serving french presses are probably the best things known to man. Even if you have more than one person drinking coffee at your house, you can get more than one and each of you can drink their favorite coffee. And if you want to have more than just one cup, it honestly takes 2-3 minutes of maceration and you are good to go for another cup.

 

Also a small one is very easy to clean by hand as you can rinse all the coffee crumbs and fat under hot water. Every now and then you should wash it thoroughly with dish washing liquid.

 

But basically you are done here. No matter which way of brewing coffee you choose, you need to keep an eye out for grind size, coffee bean freshness, water cleanness, water temperature, coffee-to-water-ratio and brewing time. Also choose your favorite coffee beans and have them roasted to the level you like to enjoy your coffee.

 

 

 

 

One Cup Coffee Maker – The Best One There Is

Some people don’t need a huge 12 cup coffee maker to make their single cup in the morning. Using a one cup coffee maker is enough, and that is when you need to find the good coffee maker to avoid the hassle the comes with impractical kitchen appliances. These machines aren’t meant for single people only, but sometimes you definitely don’t need to make that much coffee, or you might be the only coffee drinker in the house. Just brewing one high quality cup is enough!

What most people don’t realize is that when you use a large coffee maker to make just one cup, it isn’t as good as it can be. That is why the baristas in coffee shops often just brew a single cup at a time. It makes just good coffee, and they don’t want to have a lot of java laying around and starting to taste bad.

What makes this the best one cup coffee maker?

If you haven’t already studied the amount of singe serving coffee makers here is it simple. Keurig produces the most popular, and the best ones around. The price range is very good for the quality. Many professional machines cost several hundreds of dollars, and if you are looking for a real barista quality brewer, you will most likely have to pay almost a thousand dollars for it.

There are others like Tassimo and Senseo which also produce these small coffee makers, but based on what we have tested, seen and heard, the Keurig doesn’t only look the best, but it works the best as well. The pumping mechanism is very high quality which will allow the water to be pumped efficiently and fast – you don’t want to wait several minutes for a single cup of coffee. A high quality pump is what you need.

Besides just the great looks and the good pump of the Keurig it has other features that makes it better when compared to others. The most important factor is the amount of kCups available – for this one, there is simply the largest amount of coffees and teas available for you to brew. Because, let’s face it, we will all get bored to the same single cup of coffee, and it can make a huge difference in your day if you choose to have a different, more exciting cup of coffee every now and then!

The build quality is one of the most important things that we look at when we review products, and when compared to its competitors, the Keurig is the sturdiest machine there is. From other brands it can be hard to find metal in the construction whereas this one cup coffee maker has a really solid construction, with brushed metal inserts and nice modern led lights that make this coffee maker look really good.

Some of the great features that we like in this one is the fact that it has a 48 ounce water tank that can be removed. Also the drip tray is removable whereas in other brands it is sometimes solid that can make the cleaning process quite tedious. It is 1500 watts which means it will brew quickly, and on the top of that it has an automatic 2 hours shutdown. So if you are in a hurry when you are leaving the house in the morning to get to work, you don’t have to worry about whether you left the coffee maker on by accident!

At first when we started looking for one cup coffee makers to review, we found quite a lot of Keurig reviews, and we understood that it was going to be a brand that should be taken in to account. We don’t usually want to believe hype, but we want to see it for ourselves, and that is where this one blew us away. Not only did it match the hype, but we actually thought that it was better than we had expected or could have expected from all the positive reviews.

One of the nice features that we found was that if you don’t want to drink coffee, you can use it to make tea if you have tea bags. It will boil a cup of water in 20 seconds – so just put the tea bag in the cup and let it rip. Most likely you will not use your kettle ever again because it can boil three cups of water in a minute – something that a regular kettle will usually fail in.

In the end, it might seem like a lot to spend over a hundred dollars on a coffee maker. If you use it once or twice you will realize the difference. The quality of coffee is good, and if you choose to buy the kCups in bulk, you will end up spending less than .40$ per cup – that’s a lot less than you would pay for take away coffee!

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain

Have you been looking for a juicer machine that could take care of all your juicing needs? To make our review short and simple, this is one of the best juicers we have tested, and definitely worth the purchase no matter what type of use you are planning for it. Should you be juicing daily, or less frequently, this machine is cost effective with a price tag of under $100 which is definitely the best price for Breville BJE200XL you can find on the internet.

This machine will meet the needs of someone who juices on a daily basis, and even for someone who doesn’t want to use the juicer every day. It can be difficult to get to the habit of drinking a fresh glass of vegetable or fruit juice on a dialy basis, but this machine is here to help you get there. Because of its sheer power it is far better than many more expensive juicers we have tried so far, and it even beat the Jack Lalanne juicers we have tried before – this is how good of a machine it is.

The motor of this compact juicer is powerful enough to relief you from the need to push down the fruits and vegetables when you are making the juice – simply drop them in the shaft and they will be juiced to bits. We recommend that you use the cover on the shaft since the speed might shoot the bits and pieces upwards and result in you having to clean up the ceiling.

The juicer itself is indeed very compact just like the name suggest. Most people don’t realize that this is a machine that will easily fit on your kitchen countertop – unlike most machines that can end up taking more space than you have for it.

When we first received the box to review this machine, we were surprised because it was so small. At first we thought the juicer was in parts, but when we opened it we noticed that this Breville Juice Fountain is actually quite small even when it can produce 8 ounces of juice in a matter of seconds.

What we usually like to take in to account when reviewing juicers is the ease of use.  This one has one easy to use control where you can set it to juice. After use, you don’ have to worry about taking tens of minutes to clean, but for our test crew it took about 1-2 minutes to make it perfectly clean. That means we took it apart and cleaned it by hand! It is dishwasher safe so you don’t have to worry about cleaning if by hand if you don’t want to.

One thing that we noticed was that it didn’t produce as much juice as the Jack Lalanne machine. We mean that the pulp was very slightly wetter, which means that the centrifuge wasn’t able to get all the juice out but some was still left. There isn’t much of a difference, and to be honest no-one will ever notice that – it might even be that we just had some bad luck with it. Like we said before you don’t have to be looking for the cheapest price for Breville BJE200XL 700-Watt Compact Juice Fountain as we have already been able to track it down for you!

There are many reviews out there, and we must say that the majority of them are right about one thing – they have the best value. Their prices are within a reasonable range for most consumers, and the quality is high which guarantees a long life.

We have actually been reading quite a few different reviews on centrifugal juicers and especially the Breville BJE200XL  juice fountain when we were expecting the shipment of the juicer. We do this to make sure that we can pay attention to stuff that other find annoying. We even found reviews which said that this juicer has been used for over 2 years daily, and still shows no signs of fatigue. Generally one can expect that their kitchen appliances last for about 2-3 years without problems, and if there are no signs after two years of heavy use, the BJE200XL is definitely a good machine.

One of the reasons for it lasting so long might be the ease of cleaning. Many people are lazy in cleaning their juicer, and to be fair, the dishwasher always tends to wear down the parts. If the machine is as easy to clean as the BJE200XL , you can be sure that you are cleaning it more often by hand which will eventually lengthen the life of the machine.

Many of you don’t know where to buy this juicer, and that is why we have provided you with easy to access links at the top of this page. You simply have to click either the image of the juicer or the text below it to find yourself to Amazon. We recommend you use it for the sheer security of the purchase – they are a much more secure seller than most you can find!

DeLonghi DHB723 380-Watt Tri-Blade Variable Speed Handblender

Looking for a hand blender which will do it all for you? If you want it to be more than just an immersion blender, this is what you need  – yes it is that simple.

DeLonghi DHB723 380-Watt Tri-Blade Variable Speed Handblender

Many people who are looking for a machine that can do a little more than just work as an immersion blender, find that the DeLonghi DHB723 is way more than they were looking for – and they love it for it! The common scenario is to move in to a new apartment and not having a blender or a food processor which could do what you need, and basically you want something that is worth the money, and will get you all the things you need. Delonghi is a very popular manufacturer in kitchen appliances for many reasons, but on big one is the simple fact that they produce high quality appliances that last long and look good.

When the blender arrived, we were surprised at the size of the box that it came in! A probably 21″ wide, 15″ tall and six inches deep box arrived, and it had everything in it. We didn’t realize that it really came with all the attachments that you could ever need – it is not just a blender with one blade, you get the whole set with the price of one!

The blades were individually guarder with a plastic film which is quite good – it keeps the blades sharp during the shipping and handling. This way you can be sure that you will be getting a high quality machine right to your doorstep!

When we first started using it as a hand blender, we noticed that the handle was very comfortable and you could get a good grip from it. It is made of rubber, and you can hold it even if the going gets tough – this is actually more important than you would think, because when you are using it for a longer time, you notice that your hands start getting weaker. As usually this DeLonghi DHB723 had a power button which you have to hold down – this is a safety measure which is implemented in almost all hand blenders. You don’t want the blender to run if you accidentally drop it, since there is only the small blade guard protecting anything from getting in there.

There is a two button power settings and you have a top dial which alters the speed of the blender. The speed selector has 5 different settings in it, and in total there are 6 speeds. Thanks to the very long cord, you won’t have to worry about it running out. When compared to the Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick this one has definitely more power, even though we kind of were under the impression that was a really powerful model. Well for the slightly bigger price tag, you are getting way more power and a lot of nice attachments.

The attachments are attached with a two button system – you have to press both of them to release the attachment. You will have to twist them to get them on and not just push it. These are the attachments you get with it:

  • Stainless Steel Tube Tri-blade; This is a very god attachment to puree anything. The blades are slanted and they will cause a nice whirl in the liquid, but even if you are going for frozen fruits you will get the job done – remember to add some liquid though. Because of shape of the blades it is supposed to not suck the blender to the bottom of the container.
  • Plastic Tube Tri-blade; The same thing goes here as above, but the whole thing is made of plastic. So you can use it even in metallic bowls and don’t have to worry about braking the thing. One thing that we found especially easy to do was making soups from steamed vegetables.
  • Blending beaker; 24 ounces plastic container that you can wash in the dishwasher. You can use it with any of the other attachments.
  • Food Processor; The cap is attached to the blender, and to the bowl which has the food processor blades in it. Everything snaps on nicely and you can be sure that they stay locked. It is a really powerful food processor, but keep in mind that it is only a hand blender, and even if the DeLonghi DHB723 has a 380-Watt engine, it won’t match a big food processor. But you can do quite a lot of things with it that you would usually need a food processor for.
  • Whisk: If you like to make whipped cream, crepe batters mousses and everything that will end up looking like a foam, this is what you want to have. You don’t have to get a separate whisker, but you can use your DeLonghi DHB723 to do all of that action. Don’t try it for too heavy stuff though, as I am sure it won’t take it.
There are a lot of hand blenders out there, but if you don’t know which one to buy, read our other hand blender reviews. You might be surprised just like with the DHB723 that you don’t necessarily need to get all the kitchen appliances you thought you might need  – one machine could be enough!

KitchenAid KHB100 OB Hand Blender

Looking for a hand blender now are you? One of the best hand blenders available, is the KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender. We have been reviewing quite a lot of hand blenders, and this is perhaps the best immersion blenders that we have found.

If you go through the internet and find some information about this blender, you will find one thing. A lot of people think that you can’t go wrong by buying a KitchenAid. They are well known to make products which not only are easy to use, functional and durable, but also they look good. These are all things that are important for many consumers these days.

When you have a stick blender like this you really want it to work just like one. If you haven’t got one, then I really suggest you get one, perhaps the KitchenAid KHB100OB as it is a really good one. These appliances have been designed to give you fast blending in any bowl or glass, or even a bottle which has a wide enough mouth for you to fit the head in.

KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender

Because they are loaded with power, and the KitchenAid KHB100OB Hand Blender does not make a difference in this area, you will get a fast chop of anything you put in there. Consider you want to make a nice tomato soup for your family. You need a bowl, where you will add the tomatos, and simply put the blender on an squish all the juices out. Add some spices, some cream and you are good to go!

These are things that can be quite inconvenient to do with a food processor, and an immersion blender is superior in these things. If you have a regular blender, you are familiar with the fact that every now and then, everything just sticks in there, and even if the blades are moving there is nothing happening. You had to put a spoon or a knife in there to make it happen once again. With the KHB100OB, this is no longer a problem as you can keep the blades moving all the time. You can control the angle at which you blend, but it is suggested that you keep it quite horizontal to avoid having to wash your kitchen walls afterwards.

In this particular KitchenAid KHB100 OB (Onyx Black), our test group found out that the blender is very precise. The speed control is accurate, and you can just apply short pulses in order to get just a rough blend of something. This way you won’t have to liquify everything you put in there, but you can actually just chop things roughly.

The shaft comes off nicely and it is easy to clean. Many hand blenders have a plastic shaft, and this is not the case in this machine. We have reviewed other hand blenders in the past where we had a metallic shaft, and we have come to the conclusion that it’s better. You will have to sink the shaft in the liquid you are blending, and in some cases the plastic might absorb colors and aromas. This doesn’t exist with a metallic hand blender shaft. We actually think that once you get this KitchenAid KHB100, you are going to enjoy using it for decades to come. It just feels that solid.

When comparing to many others, this machine is a step up, and even if the price isn’t that big, it really fights with the big boys of blending. We might even say that it comes close to being a professional level blender. Some people might be frightened because of the size – this can be a bit bigger than your average immersion blender, but it is packed with features, and does every job you can think of throwing at it.

Because this KitchenAid KHB100 is so easy to use, we think that many people will find themselves using it quite a lot, and finding new ways to keep in in their hand! Just keep the blender on the countertop – it looks good enough for that – and pick ip up when you feel like blending or chopping something up.

You can even buy sets which have additional attachments for you to enjoy. This way you can basically do anything effortlessly, should it be whipping cream, making a soup, or chopping stuff. Just with the cup and the standard blades though, you will still be able to do quite a lot!

Often you find that a hand blender makes quite a bit of noise, and thai is where the KitchenAid KHB100 makes a big difference. You can be absolutely sure that is one of the most silent ones we have ever tested!

Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick Hand Blender

When we first received this hand blender for testing, we were quite excited because we had heard so much good about it. It costs under $30 but it acts like many immersion blenders which cost double – that is why we wanted to see if all the attention it had been getting, was worth it. If you are a lazy person and don’t like to read through the whole review, I will break it to you right here. This blender is definitely way more valuable than it costs – you will only pay under $30 for it but you are going to get a $60 hand blender.

The way we are going to test these hand blenders is that we put them through a series of mundane tasks and see how they perform. We will be making soup from different vegetables and we are going to crush ice, frozen fruit, onions, garlic, nuts, seeds and so on. We are also going to test the durability, and see how long it really takes to overheat one and have it automatically shut down. All these are signs of build quality and the level of the parts used in it. Also we are going to do basic cleaning on them and see how easy it will actually be to use every day. Many people have these huge food processors that they never use because they are hard to clean, a hand blender like the Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick can do many things like a food processor, but requires very little maintenance or even preparation. It is quite small so you can keep in on your kitchen countertop at all times and then just pick it up when you need it.

The Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick hand blender comes packed with a stainless steel blending shaft, which is exceptionally good for a lot of reasons. First of all, it’s stainless steel, it’s forever and it’s recyclable! Plastic will start getting stains and you will soon notice that they white plastic is not white anymore. The blending shaft is the part in all immersion blenders which you put in the liquid you are blending – it is bound to get dirty. In this particular machine it can be washed in the machine, but honestly you rarely need to. Most of the time we noticed that just running it under some hot water was enough to clean it – talk about easy to clean! We used broccoli, carrots, tomatos, potatoes and made a soup of everything. Just using water we could clean the blending shaft very well – if you are worried about bacteria you can always use a mild dish washer when you do this, but most of the time this isn’t necessary.

The power in the Cuisinart CSB-76BC Smartstick is quite remarkable as it has a 200watt motor. Some people find it even too powerful, but we recommend that you use a deep bowl or the nice and handy cup that comes with the blender to make whatever you are using it for. Keeping the blade near the bottom of the cup will make sure that you get all the solid parts to get through the blade, and that none of the liquid sprays out of the cup. The cup is especially handy with this as you can support your arm on the edges of the cup – because of the powerful motor in the blender there is quite a bit of suction towards the bottom of the cup.

There are two minor things that we don’t like about this blender, but all in all we are very satisfied with the quality and the price. First is the fact that the upper part of the blender is made of plastic. So the housing for the motor is plastic, and when you have a 200-watt motor which could probably mow your lawn, I would like a heavier case for it. This isn’t a problem though and you will most likely not even notice it unless you were expecting it to be stainless steel as well. The blending shaft is stainless steel though, and that is the part that is the most important.

Another thing is we would have liked to see at least two different speeds. Since some of our test crew didn’t like the all so powerful motor on it, they would have liked a slightly slower speed for less demanding tasks in the kitchen. For example it is a quick tool to mix your hot chocolate, but you don’t really need all that power to do that. Just a small twirl will be enough for those minute things.

Even so, overall this is one of the best hand blenders we have ever tried, and it definitely combats some of the much more expensive appliances.

Hand Blenders

Probably the most used kitchen appliance in the world is the hand blender. Most people use it on a regular basis, and attach different heads to it to spread its uses even more, but if you decide to get one, you should make sure that it is of a high quality. Many people end up purchasing something that doesn’t really work as they expect it to work, it ends up breaking in a few years and then they don’t really want to buy a new one as they have had bad experience with the device. This doesn’t really make sense, and if you would have not bought a cheap hand blender in the beginning, you would have been enjoying it for a few years and you would still have it.

The very first thing that I would look for is a stainless steel blending shaft. This makes it also BPA free, which is not only a healthy choice but also a smart choice. When it is made of stainless steel, you will be certain that it will not start coloring and it won’t start looking like it has been used for ages. The most common problem with small kitchen appliances is that they lose their white color quite fast, and after that they will start looking like a mixture of the color of the foods that you have been using it on. So if you have been hand blending carrots, you can be sure that your hand blender looks orange.

These machines are used for quite a lot of different small and even larger tasks in the kitchen, and even if you don’t think that you will be doing anything else but crush ice, don’t be too cheap and spend that extra $10 or so to get a good hand blender. Sooner than you notice, you will be using it on various tasks anyways, and you might even start baking or cooking more than you do right now. You might feel like you want tomato soup, and all you have to do is take a few tomatos, throw them in a bowl and puree them with the blender – it’s that simple! Now that you have the machine, you will start finding way more uses for it, and you might be baking a cake and mixing the batter with it, making cocktails and using the hand blender to mix the drinks and crush the ice in them. There are virtually endless possibilities.

Things that you should be looking when you decide to buy a hand blender

Many people go their local kitchen appliance store and have a salesman pick their appliances for them. They might feel like they made the final decision, but actually they only saw machines that the seller wanted them to see. It is usually a good way to get decent appliances as you will be shown some of the most expensive models that they have, and even though expensive isn’t a synonym for excellent, the chances are bigger that you aren’t buying rubbish.

What I suggest is that you find out a few high quality models in advance and try to read a few reviews about them. The internet is quite a large place and today you can find reviews on almost anything – even on something as simple as a hand blender. On this website we are reviewing all kinds of equipment, ranging from juicers to blenders, and we will also be doing hand blender reviews so we are able to give our readers exactly what they are looking for. When we are testing the devices we will pay attention to such things as the smoothness of the soup that you can make with it, the noise it makes, how easy it is to clean, how powerful it is, and how many uses does it have. These immersion blenders have quite a lot of uses, and if one is exceptionally powerful, it will be able to do a whole lot more. Some even come with attachments which make it possible for the hand blender to be used like a juicer, a food processor or even more.

Below you will find reviews on individual blenders.

Here Are The Top 3 BPA Free Coffee Makers

In the past few years, BPA (bisphenol-A) has become a popular subject and as recently as the beginning of this year EU has banned this plastic poison from being used in baby bottles – a good gesture but since we have been aware of the possible dangers, if should have been done years ago. BPA is a compound which has been linked to a lot of different diseases such as various forms of cancer even when ingested in very small amounts (1/100 000 of a gram per kilogram of bodyweight on a regular basis), and it can be found in almost everything that is made of plastic. It will leak from the plastic to whatever you have in contact with the plastic and when heated it will leak even more. This has many people looking for BPA free coffee makers and water boilers.

BPA also acts as a xenoestrogen causing for example feminization amongst men, but the most alarming thing is that BPA is always found a lot in the placenta. This means that it can terribly harm an unborn child. So if you are pregnant, planning to be or want to be, you should eliminate all sources of BPA from your life immediately!

Many companies have already started manufacturing their coffee makers from plastics that don’t contain BPA, and for example Cuisinart makes BPA free coffee makers. Even though they are free from BPA they aren’t necessarily free from plastic, and there might be still other compounds used which haven’t been discovered to be as harmful as BPA, so many coffee drinkers are looking for a more traditional way of brewing coffee. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce you a few ways of brewing your coffee without plastic.

Bodum Chambord 34-Ounce 8-Cup French Press Coffee Maker with Insulating Coffee Coat

The French Press is a very popular coffee brewer, and in most cases it is BPA free. The problem is that many manufacturers have started using plastic instead of glass to increase the durability. When you are looking for a BPA free coffee maker, this is exactly what you want to avoid – I have chosen this particular press to display here as it has metal parts and glass instead of plastic.

Most people who tried making their coffee on a French Press never got back to drip brewing. The taste is a lot thicker and smoother, and honestly you will just make better coffee. I personally always use the Bodum Chambord, and every time I have friends over they are telling me how good my coffee tastes. They want to know what kind of beans I am using, but I always say that it is not the beans but the maker. When you use a coffee filter, you will filter out some of the fat in the coffee and leave a bitter taste to the coffee. Also some coffee makers make you actually taste the plastic in the brew.

Another thing that you should notice when using a French Press is that you don’t boil your water in a plastic water boiler. I recommend that you use a regular stainless steel whistling kettle on your stove.

Farberware 50124 Classic Yosemite Stainless Steel Percolator

I know a lot of people who don’t like the coffee that comes from a percolator, but then again I also know few who are very passionate about the brew they get from their percolators.

I always recommend to get stovetop percolators and water boilers because many independent units have rubber or plastic washers that might leak to the water. If you want a BPA free coffee percolator, you should make sure that there isn’t any plastic that gets in contact with the water.

To describe the taste of the brew that comes from a percolator… It is sort of between espresso and regular coffee. It is definitely more bitter than the brew you get from a French Press, but it is still very good.

Many people don’t really care how their coffee tastes, as long as it gives them the caffeine that they are looking for. If you want to make coffee which is loaded with caffeine and really kickstarts your day, then the percolator is the brewer you want to get! Because the water is boiling all the time when in contact with the coffee grind, it will dissolve the most caffeine from the coffee.

Chemex Eight Cup Handblown Glass Coffeemaker – 8 Cup Coffee Maker

If you still prefer drip brew over anything else, the Chemex coffee maker is for you. These nice little BPA free coffee makers have been made for ages, and the best part is that they are still made from glass! Many of them are still hand blown and because of this they are also quite durable.

Because there are no parts that can break  (except the glass) you will have this brewer for as long as you drop it accidentally – or on purpose. Unlike the two different brewers that I mentioned above, you will need to use filters with this, and if you don’t like the bitter taste that a filter paper adds to the coffee, then don’t get this but use one of the above. Many people use cheap coffee makers and high quality coffee, and always wonder why it tastest so bad.

If you are ready to invest $10 for a quarter pound of coffee grind, you should at least be ready to invest $100 to ensure that you are brewing it correctly! The best thing is that the best ways to brew coffee, always have a BPA free coffee maker – you can’t make good coffee with a cheap drip coffee maker!

What Is The Best Wheatgrass Juicer?

One of  the most common questions I get asked these days is which juicer do I use. This isn’t a simple question to answer since I have two juicers, and I use them for very different purposes and at different times. Some juicing machines can do pretty well with everything, but I do like to get a really high quality juice when I make it myself, so I have a masticating juicer (which can actually do more than just that), and I have a centrifugal juicer which I use to make fruit and vegetable juice. When you are looking for the best wheatgrass juicer, you need to know that you are actually looking for a masticator. These machines have been designed to grind the grass that you put in them, and get every little drop of water out of them to make the juice. They will break every membrane there is, unlike centrifugal juicers, which mainly try to pull all the water out.

Do you need a manual wheatgrass juicer or an electric wheatgrass juicer?

Some people like to electrify each one of their kitchen appliances,  but me, I have come back to the basics with some. You can find some really high quality and durable manual kitchen appliances that will definitely last with you for life. The best part is that they never need to be repaired, and they don’t make any noise when they are in use. Juicers are known to make a lot of noise, some of them are even compared to vacuum cleaners. I usually make my wheatgrass juice in the morning, so I don’t want to wake up the rest of the family if they are still sleeping, and for those days (this is usually during the weekend) I have a manual wheatgrass juicer (Z Star Manual Wheatgrass Juicer) also known as a hand crank juice extractor. It’s a little bit of work, but not as much as you would think – the handle rotates smoothly and doesn’t really take much effort. Even when used with vegetables (if you chop them first) this can make quite a good juice with not much effort from your part!


The biggest benefit that you get from a juicer like this is that it doesn’t make much noise, it doesn’t break, it is easy to maintain, and it is for life! You will get juice that has pulp and small bits and pieces of the vegetables and grass you are juicing, so you can be sure you are getting all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you should. That is the manual juicer I suggest for wheatgrass, or any other type of juicing, but if you are certain that you want one with an electric motor, then here is my recommendation. Omega J8006 Nutrition Center Commercial Masticating Juicer is the juicer you want to get if you want one with a motor! Sure, you will pay more than for a manual juicer, but you don’t want to be cheap, as the motor is another part which will likely break. Saving $50 and getting a cheap electric wheatgrass juicer will bite back in a short time. And just when the warranty runs out you will notice that your juicer also ran out and left only a big cloud of smoke behind.

For long term usability, you will always want to go with commercial machines, especially when we are talking about electric kitchen appliances. I used to buy cheap kitchen appliances, until I noticed that I was regularly buying new ones every two years. That doesn’t really fit my mind properly, and I had to think how I could choose kitchen equipment which will last for a longer time. Going commercial was the best way to go, as they have been designed for a longer minimum usage time than the non-commercial models.

Masticating Juicers

If you are new to the world of juicers, you need to first figure out what type of juicers you are looking for. There are masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers and triturating juicers, which all produce a slightly different end product. Depending on what you are trying to achieve, you should choose the juicer accordingly. So for example if you are looking to create juices from such as wheatgrass or any other kind of grass, you would not go with a centrifugal juicer as these are very low in water and they will require more of a masticating to get the juice out from them.

What is a masticating juicer?

The biggest difference that is between centrifugal, triturating and masticating juicers is the way they produce the juices. What you think of fruits and vegetables that need to be ground in to pieces and mashed to get the juice out from them you are going to need a masticating juicer. What it does it takes your wheatgrass, barleygrass or any other dryish and firm grass or vegetable that you are juicing and puts it under quite a beating.

When you eat something, your mouth is masticating the food, and you usually notice that quite a few things that seem to be dry, end up releasing quite a lot of water after all. It isn’t just your saliva there! Spinach is a very common leaf which is considered to be quite dry, but ends up releasing quite a lot of water when it is masticated. It doesn’t matter whether you are chewing it or using a juicer – but if you would put it in a centrifugal juicer you would not get much out of it, as it doesn’t break the structure so efficiently.

Some people also prefer the type of juice you get from a masticating juicer because they get so much pulp in it. A lot of people prefer a nice and smooth juice, but if you don’t mind the pulp you should go with a bit rougher juice. Kids usually detest the pulp and want a very smooth juice, but grinding in all the bits and pieces that contain a higher amount of vitamins and antioxidants is also very important. If you can get your kids to drink a masticated wheatgrass juice every morning, you are doing a really good thing for their long term health.

Which masticating juicer to buy?

There are quite a lot of different options when it comes to choosing your masticating juicer, and that is why I have made a short list here that shows you some of the models that I have tested and found to be good. I have used quite a lot of different ones, but these made it to my top list for a reason.

Omega 8002 Nutrition Center

Honestly. There isn’t an easier way to incorporate more vegetables in to your diet. This machine is one of the highest quality juicers I have ever tried, and not only one of the best masticating juicers around. When you order it, it will be in a few pieces that are very easy to put together. When I opened the package I was a bit overwhelmed, but after reading the few steps on how you put the juicer together I realized that it is a very simple process. After that it was ready for some heavy duty juicing! This is still my juicer of choice and I have it in my kitchen in use on a daily basis – sometimes twice a day. It is silent, sturdy, effective and easy to use. The reason for all this is that it doesn’t use that high speed motor that most of the masticating juicers use. Instead it has a low velocity motor which doesn’t make as much noise, doesn’t heat up, and it gives you a better end result. Click here for more information…

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Samson GB-9001 in Black – Wheatgrass Fruit and Vegetable Juicer

The reason why I like this juicer as well is that like the Omega juicer above, it isn’t just a grass juicer. Even though it is a masticating juicer, you will be able to juice all kinds of vegetables and fruits with it as well. Most of the people who I know have this Samson, have thrown away their other juicers because this was able to take care of all the juicing that they needed to be done. Click here for more information…

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