Surely one espresso maker is much like another, and it doesnt make a difference how much you spend on one right? Well that depends very much on what you expect from your espresso maker. There are an ever growing number of machines on the market and it may be hard to decide between them. In the coffee industry, buyers rely on word of mouth, trade press and the experiences of their colleagues to determine the best espresso machines to invest in, but if you are simply buying one for your own personal use, there are a few things you might want to consider. Your main concern will be the coarseness of grind that the espresso maker requires. Some machines have built in grinders which are ideal but a little pricier. These are set to grind the beans to exactly the right consistency for your machine. If you already have a separate grinder, you will need to calibrate this to produce grinds that are the appropriate texture for your espresso maker. It may take you several; attempts to achieve the perfect grind, by which time your head will be spinning from espresso tasting. If you are buying ready ground coffee, check which is the most suitable for your machine and buy a small amount of a couple of types to be sure to find a good one. Of course if you already have a favourite ready ground coffee, you can buy your espresso maker to match this. Although espresso makers have an optimum thickness of grinds, a really good machine should be able to work with grains that are a little too coarse or fine. That is one of the benefits of investing in a really high quality machine. Poor quality espresso makers will become jammed with the wrong texture on grinds. However, you should note that using the wrong grinds for your machine can cause a less than perfect taste to your coffee; it might be a little bitter. This is because the water has to be more highly pressurized to get through the coffee and this will result in an inferior end result. One further consideration when you are buying an espresso machine is the noise it makes. A really high quality machine should not make very much noise, and you should still be able to chat to your friends whilst making that perfect brew, and tell them what an excellent investment your espresso maker was.
Did you know that coffee is the primary part of dietary antioxidants? Now let's be clear: that does not mean that your morning coffee is a substitute for fruits and vegetables. But serious java drinkers will surely get a jolt from the news that coffee is a top resource of disease-fighting antioxidants. Current analysis reveals that, taken in moderation, coffee is a safe beverage that may even offer some health benefits. You may see some additional coffee related information at http://www.fmcoffee.com.Coffee is one of the few beverages that is consumed world-wide. It is consumed in most countries of the world and coffee is the second most widely traded commodity in the world (behind petroleum) and one of the most widely consumed beverages. It may be a world commodity that is second only to oil, but an excellent cup of coffee tastes a lot better than an excellent cup of petroleum. And, in today's world of high fuel prices, a lot more fun to consume.So, can we call coffee a health foodstuff? Well, that may be stretching it! Caffeine, which is the "guts" of the coffee, is one of the world's most widely used drugs, and it has been part of the human diet for centuries.Caffeine is one heck of a stimulant and is the element that gives coffee and many other beverages their jolt. It is definitely a central-nervous-system stimulant. It acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system and both regular and decaf coffee can irritate the stomach. Drinking caffeine in boundless amounts as coffee or tea (which may actually have more caffeine than coffee) over a short period of time has been shown to raise blood sugar. So if you are prone to blood sugar issues, beware! And, if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, lower your current caffeine intake to less than 300 milligrams a day or three cups of coffee. Or, to be safe, cut it out altogether.But you should be able to look forward to a early-day cup for reasons beyond the caffeine rush. The general conclusion is that moderate amounts of caffeine do not lead to arrhythmias and drinking a modest account of coffee should not increase your risk. Check with your health professional to be sure, though.So, is coffee injurious? Surely you should be aware that some experts argue that coffee is bad for you. And nobody is saying coffee is entirely benign. But if you have reasonable health and enjoy drinking coffee, an excellent cup of coffee is worth it. But remember, coffee is not for everyone.Well, I must go. I need to refill my cup of coffee.
White tea is fast becoming a very popular drink in the Western world. Once consumed only in China and Japan, and only for the most elegant of occasions, white tea is now being consumed as an everyday beverage for people all over the world. White tea is special because of its very light and delicate flavor and fragrance. Its far milder and less astringent than black teas, and lacks the grassy flavor of many green teas. In addition, "white tea" has all the health benefits of "green tea" , and possibly even more benefits. Like black and green tea, white tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. But, white teas are harvested much earlier than other teas, before the leaves are fully open and while they retain fine white hair on the buds. White tea is also processed differently than black and green teas, in that it receives the virtually no processing. The leaves are simply dried and steamed. The steaming prevents the leaves from oxidizing, protecting the delicate flavor and helping the tea leaves retain their natural anti-oxidants. These potent anti-oxidants have been shown to slow down the aging process and prevent serious illnesses like cancer and heart disease. The catechins in green and white tea have been shown to help speed up the metabolism and oxidize fat, promoting weight loss. In addition, white tea in particular seems to improve the immune system, helping your body fight off bacteria and viruses. Like other teas, white tea is high in fluoride, so it helps keep your teeth healthy, too. One of the finest white teas available is a blend called white Persian melon tea. This tea blends the finest white tea with melon nectar for a refreshing and fruity taste. Not only does the addition of melon enhance the flavor of the "black tea" , but it enhances the health benefits, too. Melons are also a potent source of anti-oxidants. Melons contain lycopene, vitamins A and C, beta carotene, and potassium. They also contain an anti-oxidant called GliSODdin, which has the power to eradicate some of the most destructive free radicals in the body. In addition, GliSODin stimulates our bodies to produce its own anti-oxidants, and has been clinically proven to help maintain cellular health and protect against oxidative damage in several studies. These anti-oxidants produced by our bodies are far more powerful at neutralizing free radicals than the anti-oxidants we consume through diet. So, now that Ive convinced you that white Persian melon tea is a beverage you simply must add to your diet, youre probably wondering the best way to drink it. First, its important to begin with high quality loose tea. White tea is the rarest of all teas, which also means that its the most expensive. However, even the finest black tea is affordable, costing less per cup than most sodas and gourmet coffees. Choose your tea from a reputable tea purveyor to ensure that youre getting only the best tea. White tea is less compact than other loose teas, so you will need more per cup than with many other loose teas. Next, its important to use fresh cold water anytime you brew tea. Put the water in a clean tea kettle and bring it to a boil on the stove. Put hot tap water in your teapot to warm it up while the water is heating. Once the water boils, remove the tap water from your pot and add your tea leaves. Use about 2 teaspoons per cup for white Persian melon tea. Let the water sit for a minute or two before pouring it over the tea leaves. This assures you that the water has cooled to between 170-185 F, the perfect temperature for brewing black teas. Steep your white Persian melon tea for about 5-8 minutes, depending on your tastes. The tea will be pale with a golden color. Expect a sweet and fruity flavor with just a hint of smokiness. You should be able to get at least two infusions from high quality white Persian melon tea. On those warm summer days, youll find no better tea blends for iced tea than white Persian melon. The melon flavor, somewhere between the taste of honeydew and the taste of cantaloupe, is very reminiscent of summer and very refreshing. To make iced tea, simply brew several servings of tea at once and allow to cool. Since black tea is so delicate in flavor, its not wise to make black tea and then pour it over ice while hot. Doing so may dilute the flavor of the tea to a point that it tastes too weak. Instead, allow the pitcher of tea to cool before serving. This keeps the original flavor of the tea by not allowing the ice to dilute it too much. You can also use your white Persian melon tea for cooking. In fact, one of the best ways to poach fish is in black tea rather than water. Make about 2 cups of white Persian melon tea. Add other seasonings, such as lemon, salt and pepper as desired to the tea. Sear the fish fillets slightly in a pan on top of the stove. When seared, add the seasoned black tea and allow the fish to cook until done. Try salmon, sea bass or tilapia with this recipe for a mild and delicious fish dish. Experiment and youll likely find many other ways to use white Persian melon tea, both for drinking and for cooking. Youll soon find out why this delicate black tea is one of the most highly prized in all the world.
Chardonnay is a thousand year old small village in Mconnais in the southern portion of France's burgundy region. The famous wine Chardonnay most likely originated here and was then spread throughout France by the monks. The earliest recorded reference to Chardonnay occurs in 1330 when Cistercian monks built stonewalls around their 'Clos de Vougeot' vineyard exclusively planted to Chardonnay grapes. There is another hypothesis that points towards Lebanon when it comes to the origins of Chardonnay, but with no written references. Another direction points to an Austrian vine very similar to Chardonnay, called Morillon. The name Morillon has been used during the middle Ages in the region of Burgundy and was an old name for Chardonnay in the region of Chablis. Murray Tyrrell from Australia changed the course of history for Chardonnay by bringing the HVD vineyard in 1982. Chardonnay is the most widely planted variety in Australia and also in NZ. There is more Chardonnay than Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz. Lately Chardonnay has become a common girls name and has had a terrible press starting with the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) movement. Critics are making case of Riesling and other people are finding Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc or Viognier worth drinking. But Chardonnay consistently makes better wines in a wider range of climates than any other white variety. It is also responsible for the majority of the world's finest whites. Chardonnay is a vigorous, heavy cropping variety with medium sized bunches. Bunches have tightly packed berries forming a single cluster not like loosely spaced Shiraz bunches. A ripe Chardonnay berry is gold yellow in colour with plenty of juice. Berries are small, fragile, thin-skinned and require care during harvest to avoid oxidization. Chardonnay is very sensitive to winemaking practices. Cool climate Chardonnay produces an abundance of fruit flavours. The warmer climate Chardonnays may have less of the fruits but develop wonderful honey, butterscotch, buttery and nutty oily flavours that really fill the mouth. The trend of fermenting Chardonnay in oak barrels and then storing it in new oak can kill the fruit characters. You know there's too much oak when all you get is vanilla and cinnamon and no fresh fruit.The new worldwide winemakers have increased the freshness and acidity by sourcing grapes from cooler climates such as Marlborough (New Zealand), Russian River (California), Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula (Australia), Constantia and Walker Bay (South Africa), Casablanca and Leyda (Chile), and Agrelo and the Uco Valley (Argentina). This doesn't mean that Burgundy is forgotten. Whites from Chablis, the Cte Chalonnaise and the Mconnais are very good value. Chardonnay is back on top and as Tim Atkin, in an Observers article advises He had more exciting Chardonnays in the past 12 months than in the previous 12 years.
Wine tasting is simply a process applied to distinguish the taste of fine wines. One must be able to note the differences between different types of wines and for expert tasters, also the differences between the vintages of the same class of wine. Sometimes the tasting is called wine de gustation. The most important part of any tasting is the 'what and How'. The what, refers to what you're looking for, the brand and type. While the how determines origin and fermentation process.The first thing to do in any wine tasting is to look. Always start by pouring the wine into a clean clear glass, then taking a few minutes to look at the color. You should know that the color for white wine is not white, but actually yellow, green, or brown. On the other hand Red wines are normally a pale red or dark brown color. Red wine taste better with age, while "white wine" stale with age.The next step is the smell. A good whiff will give you an impression of what to expect from the wine when you taste it. Please take note of the aroma, is it fresh or foul? And again does it smell like wine. Take time to think about the smell before tasting it.The first step in tasting is to take a small sip. The small sip allows our mouth to get a quick preview and some expectations. Only after the sip approval do we take in a mouth full and swish. Swishing gives a better full taste of the flavor of the wine. It is normally during swishing, that you discover if the wine is bitter, salty or sweet. Severe cold do affect your taste bud and tasting under the influence of one will make the taste appear different.The last step is to decide if you want to spit or swallow the wine. Personally, I swallow the wine considering all the efforts. If this is the only wine or one of two or three you will sample at the event, swallowing is definitely an appropriate option. But on the other hand, if you are at a winery and going through 5 or 6 wines, spitting is usually your best option.Otherwise, every wine is going to start tasting funny because of all the different brands and you might end up drunk as well. Remember when you drink different types of alcohol like mixing vodka and rum, you get drunk faster, same theory applies here.Tasting will also reveal other pertinent nuances about the wine. You should be able to tell if the flavor is derived from the aging barrel or oak chips. You also can tell about the sweetness or bitterness.Wine tasters do follow some general guidelines and rules that judge how great a wine is. It is these techniques that can help you bring the most out of your wine, providing you follow them and know how to bring out the taste.After all, the real test is did you like it. Tasting wine requires some protocols as listed above, but the most important part is for you to enjoy yourself.