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Coffee is a daily fix, that many can't live without. It's that thing we crave first thing in the morning to wake up. That caffeinated goodness helps us feel more awake and can get us through a hectic day.

When it comes to coffee you have a myriad of choices. From different types of coffee, roasts, flavors and of course coffee beans.

A coffee bean that is grown in Hawaii will have a very different taste from one grown in Colombia. Of course, that is part of the fun of being a coffee drinker. You can sample and enjoy unique flavors from around the globe.

Just like there are connoisseurs of fine wine, there are many similar types of people when it comes to coffee.

Some times called "Java" or "Joe" coffee is a daily staple in many of our lives. While it is a stimulant, it is readily accepted to be a safe one when used in moderation.

Coffee chains have exploded in recent years and the competition among them can be fierce. Our website is dedicated to all things Coffee, Cafe and the like.

We offer a list of different types of coffee drinks and how they are made.  That way on your next trip to the cafe, you can dazzle the barista with your coffee knowledge.

Here you can find lists and reviews for coffee brands, coffee chains, coffee makers and even coffee grinders.

We even offer advice on things like, how to brew your coffee and even how to clean a coffee maker.
 
The types of coffee drinks

If you have been to a café recently, then you probably noticed a large selection of different types of coffee drinks.  That’s great news for coffee drinkers, as it means we have a wide range of options when it comes to selecting our favorite coffee beverage.  Here’s a list of some of the most popular coffee drinks and how they are made.

Americano-take a shot of espresso and then add more hot water to make it slightly weaker.

Cappuccino- mix 1/3 espresso, 1/3 hot milk, and 1/3 milk froth which is made by passing steam through the milk to make it slightly bubbly.

Café latte-you take a shot of espresso and topped it off with a small glass of steamed milk.

Café mocha-this one is slightly sweet.  Make by mixing 1/3 espresso, combine with one 3rd steamed milk, now add another 3rd hot chocolate.

Café con panna-espresso topped off with cool whip cream.

Doppio-this is a double shot of espresso.

Espresso-the choice of many coffee drinkers throughout the world, especially in places like Italy.  A rich full bodied coffee is achieved, by forcing boiling water and steam through finely ground coffee beans.  This produces a small quantity of highly concentrated coffee which tends to be quite flavorful.

Espresso Romano-a shot of espresso and served with a twist of lemon peel.

Espresso macchiato-a shot of espresso serve with a small dash of milk.

Latte macchiato-a glass full of hot milk, touched off with a dash of espresso.
 
How To Brew Coffee
The secret to the perfect cup of coffee is all in the way you prepare it! Follow these simple tips to brew the best cup of coffee humanly possible.

Coffee tastes best when you grind the beans just before brewing. You can grind coffee and keep it to save time, but the freshly ground stuff just tastes a bit better.

Buy your coffee in bean form and keep it in a tightly sealed container. You can store it on the counter, you don't have to freeze it or refrigerate it.

When you are ready to brew, grind the beans yourself using a coffee grinder. You don't need an expensive one, the cheap ones work just fine. Use a fine grind for vacuum pots and one-cup cones (around 25-30 seconds) . Use a little coarser grind for your drip brewers (about 15-20 seconds). Use a coarse grind for cold water extractors (about 10 seconds).

I prefer to use filtered water for brewing my coffee, it justs tastes better. Water from a Brita filter pot works just fine.

When you are ready to brew use about 2 tablespoons of your ground up coffee for each 3/4 cups of water. For the optimal taste, drink your coffee soon after brewing.
 
K-Cup Reviews For Keurig Machines
Over the last few years we slowly morphed from a family that brews our coffee in pots, to one that brews our coffee by the cup. The Keurig Brewer, with their famous K- cups, allows everyone in our family to enjoy their favorite cup of coffee.

There are so many choices, I can drink whatever I'm in the mood for at the moment. My taste buds crave variety and the K-cups are perfect for that. I can drink a different variety of coffee every time if I so choose. Here's a review of some of the K cups I've been drinking lately, hope that it helps in your quest for that favorite cup.

Caribou Blend: medium roast coffee (Caribou Coffee) - this is a really nice smooth medium coffee. Really nice flavors, perfectly blended and a good choice for me. Rating 9/10

Cinnamon Roll: light roast coffee (Donut House Collection) -
this one didn't really remind me of a cinnamon roll. I have to say they miss the mark on this one, just kind of sweet syrupy tasting for me. Rating 4/10

Coconut Mocha: medium roast coffee (The Original Donut Shop) -
Who knew that Coconut and coffee blended really nicely together. Well color me surprised but they do, a great treat when I'm in the mood for a little bit of sweet coffee. Rating 8/10

Colombia: medium-dark roast coffee (Barista Prima Coffeehouse) -
Coffee was a bit strong for my liking, a little bitter tasting. Rating 5/10

Costa Rica: light roast coffee (Van Houtte) - A nice light coffee, with a bit of a fruity taste. If you like light and smooth coffee, Costa Rican coffee is a good choice for you. Rating 8/10

Donut Shop (Original, Medium Roast) - A medium, bold taste good for everyday drinking. Rating 9/10.


Hazelnut (Timothy's World Coffee) - this one has a nice hazelnut flavor, not overbearing. If you like hazelnut this one's a winner. Rating 8/10

Hawaiian Blend: medium roast coffee extra bold (Tully's Coffee) - Maybe this is just a personal preference of mine, that i've never been a fan of Hawaiian coffee. The taste is quite earthy and bitter to me, this one was no exception. Rating 4/10

Highlander Grogg (Door County Coffee and Tea Company) - This one is supposed to be Irish cream and something else, it's sweet but not overly sweet. If you're looking for something sweet maybe, but the blend is just a little off for me. Rating 6/10

Nantucket Blend: medium roast coffee (Green Mountain Coffee) - Another house favorite of ours, a nice balanced medium blend. Soft and smooth on the palate, overall excellent taste. Rating 9/10
 
Coffee Beans
If there is one single thing that is essential to great coffee, it is great coffee beans. The coffee bean is the life-blood of the coffee.

The climate where the beans are grown and the soil they are grown in, will determine much about the bean itself. This will affect the acidity, flavor and aroma of the coffee. With coffee grown in different parts of the world offering different characteristics in taste, texture and flavors.

It is essential that the beans are picked at the right time, when they are at the peak of flavor. The roasting process is another key step in the production of coffee. Roasting the beans releases the flavor from the coffee beans.

Just as there is an art to making great wine, there is also an art to roasting great coffee. Roasting is the most important step in the process of producing gourmet coffee.

Selecting the highest quality, best roasted beans to brew. Will result in the best taste experience from your fresh cup of coffee.
 
Coffee Mugs
It seems as though everyone has their own personal style when it comes to coffee mugs. Coffee mugs range in sizes from large to small, fat to skinny and many places in between.

Many people like logos, pictures or designs on their coffee mugs. A favorite hobby, pet, family member or sport adorns many coffee mugs.

Some people do opt for the more bland, solid colored black, white or brown. Yet, they seem to be in the minority.

Many coffee drinkers own more than one coffee mug and many have over 10 in their cupboards. Some people even like to collect coffee mugs.

Coffee mugs make good gifts, especially if the person is a coffee lover. A popular souvenir to bring home from a trip, is a coffee mug.

Advertisers will often use logos on coffee mugs to promote products.

Travel mugs, can keep your coffee warm while you are on the go.

You can clearly see, that the coffee mug often makes a statement about the coffee drinker. Which coffee mug will you choose?
 
How To Clean A Drip Coffee Maker

Cleaning your drip coffee maker, will ensure that your coffee tastes fresh. It's also a good idea because it will disinfect and keep any nasty things from growing inside the machine. It will also flush out any trapped Coffee grounds.

Using vinegar is a great way to go, it's a safe and natural way to clean your coffee machine.

Mix 2 cups of water with 1 cup of vinegar, now pour this mixture into the water chamber of the coffee machine.

Place the coffee pot into the machine. If the machine uses a screen filter, place it inside as well.

Don't use any of the paper filters or actual coffee for this cleaning method.

Switch on the machine.

You are not actually making coffee but you are flushing out the machine, which is a good thing.

Once all water has been transferred to the coffee pot, pour it out.

Now run the machine again, using only fresh clean water.

This will ensure that you don't have any vinegar taste with your coffee.

There you have it, a simple and safe way to clean your drip coffee maker.

 
Coffee Grinders
Coffee grinders are an important part of the process of turning coffee beans into your favorite cup of coffee. Coffee grinders have been around for hundreds of years and they come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.

In fact the 1st US patent for a coffee grinder was issued in 1798, to Thomas Bruff, he also happened to be Thomas Jefferson's dentist.

Serious coffee gourmets believe in grinding their own coffee beans, this ensures the maximum quality and also produces the best tasting coffee.

If you are looking for the best grind possible, try using a using a Burr grinder.

A fine grind is preferred for the best results, the finer the better.
 
Did you know that contrary to popular belief, you should never store coffee in your refrigerator. Refrigerating your coffee will dehydrate your coffee, instead store your coffee in an air-tight container. Keep your coffee in a cool, dark place for maximum freshness.
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