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Eleven Steps to a Better Cup of Coffee

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 5:22 pm

If you are like most coffee drinkers, you probably think you are already getting an awesome cup of coffee. However odds are that you can probably still improve the quality by following these eleven steps:

1. Use Quality Coffee Beans

Stay out of the grocery stores! OK that is a serious statement, but seriously do not buy coffee beans at the grocery store. No one knows when it was roasted and that is a critical, key point in coffee freshness. These beans are known for being stale, whether they are in the gravity bins (especially stale!) or bagged (usually stale!). No one really knows how long the beans have been in the bins or bags. Buy your coffee from an area independent coffee shop or artisan coffee roaster that can verify the roasting date. This is the only way to know you are buying freshly roasted coffee beans of gourmet quality. Their reputation is on the line so they strive for the best quality coffee freshly roasted.

2. Store Properly Remove your beans from the original bag and put in an airtight container like Tupperware or Glad Ware. The more opaque the container, the better to keep harmful light out. Extreme light like keeping coffee in a glass jar on the sink can cause deterioration of your beans, allowing your final cup of coffee to taste flat or stale.

Do not store in the freezer or refrigerator. Keep them in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place like a cupboard or pantry. Refrigerators harbor many odors and coffee is very porous. It will act like a sponge to odors whether it’s ground or whole bean. Freezers can cause freezer burn, and the flavor oils to crack and lose flavor. These oils are where the flavor is. Storing in the freezer freezes the surface condensation each time the coffee is taken out of the freezer.

Excess moisture will cause your beans to stale faster and shorten the life span of your coffee so a cool, dry and dark place it recommended for storage.

3. Proper Grind and Grind Just Before Using

The grind of the coffee matters. Your coffee should be ground for the type of brewing method you are using. Coarse for French press and single serve, fine for espresso. The in between matter but for most auto-drip makers your grind should be just finer than coarse meaning that when you rub it between your fingers the grinds should feel similar to typical bread crumbs. Espresso grinds should feel like somewhere between sugar and powdered sugar. Also, by using a burr grinder your coffee will receive less friction than a typical blade grinder giving your grinds less chance to get scorched during grinding.

Coffee is very porous and will absorb odors and air (oxygen) very fast. Oxygen will make your coffee taste really bad! So, the longer your coffee is ground and not used the longer it has to stale and make a bad cup.

4. Measure Properly

Weigh your coffee before you grind it. To make a good, well-rounded cup of coffee you should use approximately.75oz (22g) of coffee beans to every 8oz of cold water. You can +/- to taste but this is a good starting point.

5. Purified Water at Precise Temperature

Fresh, clean tap water (purified is best) or quality spring water is recommended. Do not use mineral water, distilled water or tap water with any type of odor. It will make your coffee taste bad. The water should be between 195-205 degrees when ready to brew. At this temperature, the coffee will get proper extraction to optimize the flavor oils and caramelized sugars inside the coffee bean. This is hard to accomplish with most home brewers as the heating elements are not heat adjustable nor are they reliable to heat to the proper temperature at all. Good home coffee brewers will cost about $200 but are well worth it and last a lot longer. If you can, try the single cup pour over methods available or other brewing methods such as French press or siphon. The taste difference is remarkable. Google search each method for more information.

6. Brew Just Enough to Drink

Letting your brewed coffee sit waiting is not a good idea. And more so please do not let it sit on the hot plate! This is a good way to cook your coffee. Constant ‘keep warm’ mode like this will make it taste bitter. If you have to brew more than one cup and are not going to finish is right away, get an airpot of air tight hot container to keep it in. Still drink it within an hour or so but it will buy your more time.

7. Let it Cool

By letting your coffee cool to about 170 degrees (for black coffee) you will not only avoid burning your mouth, you will also get a more enjoyable coffee experience because you will taste the true essence of what coffee is all about: the brightness, the chocolaty notes, the citrus notes, the spices. It’s all there, get a little geeky! If you insist on pouring cream and sugar in your coffee, forget #7 and for #8 respectively!

8. Drink it Black

This is the coffee geek purist in me coming out! I used to drink my coffee with cream and sugar all the time until I got into the coffee business years ago. Society decided cream and sugar was the norm because of bad tasting coffee, not because coffee tastes bad. Coffee used to be bitter as a rule, but that was your father’s cup! Most likely the canned stuff from the grocery store. Ick! That is the old-school coffee made from Robusta beans, a low-grade coffee. Today the high quality coffee beans are called Arabica and you get them from coffee houses and artisan coffee roasters. When beans are blended and roasted properly black coffee is not bitter. It may take some getting used to but I assure you that you are missing a lot of great tasting coffee by adding cream and sugar!

9. Throw Out Any Leftover Brewed Coffee

This is part of #6 above, but deserves its own number. If you have brewed coffee left over past an hour in an airpot or air-tight container, throw it out. Brewed coffee has a life span as well and letting it cook itself in a container is not part of it.

10. Throw Out Any Leftover Coffee Beans

OK let me clarify! By this I mean the coffee that is left over after 21 days. Coffee beans have a life span of approximately 21 days from the day it is roasted. I prefer to drink mine within 10 days but that is just the coffee geek again. If you can span your coffee for use within 21 days of the day it’s roasted you will get a better tasting and far more superior cup. I know, you are asking “how do I know when my Seattle’s Best or Newman’s Own coffee beans were actually roasted?” Well, see #1 above for your answer.

11. Rinse and Repeat

That says it all! If you follow these steps I promise you will notice a more flavorful and tasty cup of brew!

Web designers Cardiff Process of designing website simplified

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 4:52 pm

Every business needs a website and for this reason there is a load of work for web designers Cardiff. Demand for new websites is growing with new businesses being launched every day. Everyone wants his website to be ready soon but the reality is that making a website involves innovation for which you might have to wait for some time.

Most of the business owners don’t know what kind of websites they need as they don’t find it necessary to update their Internet marketing knowledge. It seems they are only concerned with their websites but they want the sites to be fully functional. They are right in their thinking that a site must be fully functional in order to get some quality traffic from search engines.

One looking for a professional, who could make a fully functional website on short notice and at no extra cost, should first determine his needs like what he wants his site to do and who is targeted audiences are. A professional can’t make a site without getting any information on the kind of business the site is expected to do. Also he has to analyze the behavior the targeted audiences to make a user-friendly design.

There are web designers Cardiff that could make websites within hours but they use templates for making sites. A template based site could be as functional as unique site but former has some limitations. Ideally your designer should brief you on how he is going to work on your site and when you could expect to get a fully functional site. Making a site is a two-way proves. First you would provide necessary information to the professional, who would in turn make a blueprint of the site on the basis of the information.

There are many web designers Cardiff and each professional has his own way of working on sites. Also fee for making sites differs from one professional to another. You can’t expect two professionals following similar process and charging similar fee, if they are not using templates.

Prior to starting looking for web designers Cardiff, one should determine one’s needs. If it is your first website then you should ask the leading Internet marketing firms to give quotes and also ask them to explain the process they use for making sites. In this way, you would be able to find a reliable professional to work on your site.

About the Author

Tim Solem is a renowned personality who has a vast experience in digital marketing. The author has also worked with several popular companies which deal in web design and development and bespoke web solutions.For more information please visit Web designers Cardiff .

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  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 3:31 pm

At 3dAnimationIndia.com we provide a vast range of animation services. We take the pleasure to introduce ourselves as a dedicated team comprises of well experienced and highly creative freelance cartoon animators from India. Our freelance animation artists specialize in advance animation technology to make it easier for our clients to obtain studio quality animation works at a very reasonable price. Our team of cartoon makers have a highly successful track record of 2d and 3d cartoon animation, 2d game development, flash presentation, cel animation, commercials, 3d modelling, illustrations and freelance animation projects. In this competitive world we realize the importance and impact of providing quality work with full satisfaction and within the client’s budget and requirements.Children have always been very attracted to cartoons. Our 2D Cartoon Animation artists, utilizing 2D Animation innovatively for creating 2d cartoons. 2D Animations is a series of images viewed in a very short span of time that creates an illusion of movement. 2d animation makers add motion and music to your message making it more interactive and interesting. 2D has helped to simulate actions and movements that give the viewer an entertaining experience. At 3d Animation India we provide a vast range of cartoon character animation services. Our highly skilled creative team of freelance cartoon animators offers professional 2D flash cartoon services for entertainment, educational, 2d games, corporate presentations, multimedia services and other media. Our creative cartoon character animation company in delhi consists of freelance animation makers, designers and multimedia specialists and are experienced in video and audio production based animation projects. Our freelance cartoonists provide freelance animation services to our regular clients globally. Our artists create interactive and stunning digital animations for the entertainment, architectural, educational industries, advertising agencies and commercial production houses to give your product a high-tech edge in today’s competitive marketplace. Our 3D Animation makers aim to provide rich visual high-end technologies solutions for e-commerce and online marketing for online brand marketing solutions that turn the interactive experience from ordinary to extraordinary. We are committed to making a long-term relationship with our clients. We are concerned for our client’s specific needs and therefore provide high quality work with 100% satisfaction. Our freelance cartoonists manages the state of art infrastructure, delivers projects on time and within the client’s budget and requirements. we are very flexible in our approach and are ready to maintain a dedicated team for your organization so that you can just concentrate on your business and we look after the production part. To help our prospective customers/clients understand the process we follow, we’ve defined a few stages of our work process and have explained them on our website. Reading this will help you understand our work process. For more information, visit:

Make Money Online Free Without Risk

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Everywhere you look online there are ads telling you that you can make money online free. We’ve all seen them, flashing in banner ads and posted all over the web, even in places that didn’t seem appropriate for such an advertisement. We’ve gotten spam in our e-mails that tells us we can make money and retire within the next year by just following a simple plan. Unfortunately, the majority of those types of ads are nothing but scams. And the majority of people who are looking for a way to make money online free have also fallen for at least one of them.

The lucky ones are the ones who only lost $10, $20 or $30 to such a make money scam. But there are plenty of people who’ve lost hundreds and even thousands of dollars on get rich quick schemes and scams. The general rule is that if it sounds like it’s too good to be true, you should always assume that it is. But aren’t there ways to actually make money online free without risk?

There are some ways you can make money without spending money or being scammed. One of the top ways to do that is by filling out surveys. You should never pay a company for the privilege of filling those surveys out, however. There are many companies who want to sell you a package to teach you how to make money filling out surveys. Those companies are taking money from you for things you can do for free.

Companies regularly offer surveys and are willing to pay people to fill them out because that information is valuable to them. So you should only ever try to make money online free by filling out surveys that don’t cost you anything, otherwise you’re spending money you don’t need to spend.

Shrine Bowl Of The Carolinas

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 2:48 pm

The 76th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is scheduled for December 15 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. First held in 1937 in Charlotte, the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is the oldest and most prestigious high school all-star football game in the country. In the 75 years of Shrine Bowl history, South Carolina teams have won 41 times, North Carolina teams have won 30 times, and there have been 4 ties. The game raises more than one million dollars each year for the Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children and 21 other Shriners Hospitals in the nation.

Shriners Hospitals provide the highest quality care to children with burns, spinal cord injuries, neuromusculoskeletal conditions, cleft palate, and other special healthcare needs. The philosophy of care and treatment is family centered. Children are generally referred for treatment by their primary care physician. Treatment is based strictly on medical need rather than the patients ability to pay for services. The Greenville Shriners Hospital for Children is located at 950 Faris Road. This hospital specializes in orthopaedic and neuromusculoskeletal care.

Five Shrine Temples in North and South Carolina are involved in this enormous fundraising effort. The players on the two teams are selected by Shrine Bowl coaches, and rosters are announced in October. The teams consist of 44 high school players from each state who have been nominated by their respective high school football coaches. The players must be graduating seniors and must meet academic and attendance requirements of their school systems. Each year the players and coaches visit patients in the Greenville Shriners Hospital to take gifts and play with the children. This is a way for players to give back to the community.

The game day schedule begins at 10am with a parade from downtown Spartanburg to Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College, site of the game. The parade route begins at Church and Kennedy Streets and heads north up Church Street to the college. Parade units include high school bands and various Shrine units. A King and Queen are selected each year from children at the Greenville Shriners Hospital and the Cincinnati Burn Center. The stadium gates open at 10:30am, and pre-game activities begin at noon. Coaches and players are introduced during this time. Game kickoff time is 1pm. Gibbs Stadium is located at 429 N. Church Street. Stadium parking is located off N. Pine Street. Tickets to the game are $15 if purchased in advance and $20 at the gate.

How To Find Kitchen Remodeling in Marietta

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 2:35 pm

If your counters stain easily, cupboard doors won’t close, and the floor just won’t stay clean, it may mean your kitchen is wore out and you’ll need to do a bit of kitchen remodeling in Marietta. The question is not so much that you need it, but can you find a good contractor and can you afford it.

First of all, finding a good contractor isn’t that hard, but you’ll want to make sure they are licensed and bonded as well as a registered business owner. You also want to make sure they are paying all taxes and don’t have someone working under the table for them. This not only can cause problems if an injury occurs but you also may have trouble if something is done wrong, or doesn’t stay together.

Once you’ve decided to do it, start researching. By knowing what things cost, you’ll be able to figure out a design, and a budget. While you may have many choices as to quality, make sure it’s the best price for the quality of materials. Then it’s on to color combination.

Color is important, it shouldn’t stress you out, irritate you or otherwise make you uncomfortable to be in the kitchen. Remember, that our kitchen is usually the gathering spot during family time as well as social events. So not only do you need to choose a color you like, but once you do, you may have to deal with that color a lot.

So make sure you really like the color scheme you choose, in fact, if they don’t offer the color you want in the material you want, keep looking. You might be able to live with a different material, but it’s going to be awful hard to deal with the wrong color no matter how much you like the material.

Floors are another area to research carefully. There are many flooring materials to choose from, make sure the one you want will hold up to the type of traffic you have. The last thing you need is for a dog’s nails or even cleats to mar a beautiful floor. Durability should be one of your concerns.

While finding a contractor for your isn’t difficult, making sure you like your new kitchen may be. Choose colors you like, research the materials and then set a budget.

New Law Makes Drug Rehab A Better Choice Than doctor-shopping In Tennessee

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 1:45 pm

Doctor-shopping for prescriptions in Tennessee can get you one to six years in jail if you try to do it under TennCare, the state-run Medicaid insurance program. A new state law makes it a crime for TennCare enrollees to fail to disclose a similar prescription obtained within the past month. As well as reducing crime and its associated costs, the new law could have an added benefit: People suffering from prescription drug addiction might decide to avoid the risk of jail time and instead apply for state-funded or private drug rehab.

Although TennCare could prosecute people for selling drugs, until now soliciting fake prescriptions hasnt been illegal in Tennessee, and theres been no easy way to stop the practice. People not currently enrolled in TennCare cannot be charged for doctor shopping under the new law, but state lawmakers are working on a bill that would apply to everyone. And the state’s Controlled Substance Database, in which pharmacists record every controlled substance purchased whether it is through TennCare or not, will help catch them. The database identifies drug abusers, doctors who over-prescribe and pharmacists who over-dispense.

In addition to the health risks of drug addiction and abuse, TennCare patients who doctor shop often receive unnecessary medical exams and unnecessary medications, all paid for by taxpayers. Most doctor-shopping involves controlled substances drugs such as opiate pain relievers that easily lead to abuse, addiction and the need for drug rehab.

Toothaches, back pain, migraine headaches people fake all kinds of illnesses to try to get narcotics from doctors and emergency rooms. Some people have gone so far as to prick their finger to bloody their urine sample to convince doctors of kidney stone attacks. Emergency room physicians are seeing an increase in the number of youth who have been taking these drugs. Vicodin, Lortab and other hydrocodone products, along with Percocet, OxyContin and other oxycodone products, and benzodiazepines and codeine products are the most abused prescription drugs and are the major problems for many seeking drug rehab.

One former TennCare recipient who sold and traded prescription painkillers with other TennCare enrollees said prescription drugs have replaced methamphetamines as the most popular drugs. Hes been off drugs for two years now, having completed a successful drug rehab program, but many of the people he used to associate with are still using, and others are dead. He says hes glad hes not up there in that funeral home.

Leveraging Current Technical Advances for Education

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Today’s technical innovations, found in your favorite wholesale electronics shop, is giving exposure to new possibilities in a surging and affordable way that we have never witnessed to this extent. Merely look at the newest gadgets advertised by your favorite wholesale electronics store and this will be obvious. Quick access to music, video, and travel information is laying the groundwork for what will be a technological revolution. Some think the renaissance has already subsided; however, the revolution is just getting started.

The devices that you see at your neighborhood electronic wholesaler(s) are more than mere toys; they are not just items of entertainment. Instead of being the end in themselves, the gadgets will be utilities with which giant advances in modern learning should be achieved. How can this be? In some ways, this is analogous to the creation and proliferation of the personal PC. At first, the home PC only supported light entertainment and rudimentary financial software. Very quickly though, the personal computer became the lifeblood of the home, with a plethora of educational and mail and messaging software available.

In the current electronics arena, one of the low hanging first steps to be taken is in music exposure. For the first time in the history of man has so much music been made available to so many people. Understandably, the initial inclination is to decide to listen to music that one has listened to all his life. Consider the possibilities though. This could be an opportunity to teach and expose people to all music styles – not just modern pop charts, but classical, jazz, ethnic, and other genres. Having a better grasp of the history of music will add more richness to the development of new music in the future. Kids now have an opportunity to become easily well versed in the music of Bach and Beethoven, for example; they have the tools available to learn and leverage the music from the masters in ways that earlier music buffs could never do.

Check out the latest offerings in wholesale electronics. At your favorite electronic wholesaler(s), the products that use mp3 and other music formats are cheaper than ever before. The gadget, naturally, does not have to be just for music enjoyment. Classroom presentations, discussions, dissertations – all that and more can be stored and played back on a portable, affordable gadget. Leverage the possibilities

Aspirational art helps hotel owners!

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 12:25 pm

Aspirational art helps hotel owners!

It is becoming increasingly evident that good interior design, with the right , can play a massive influence in the success of a hotel. Whether its walking into reception or spending time in their room where they feel comfortable, if customers have their expectations exceeded and receive a feeling of aspiration and perceived value, this can really drive huge benefits in terms of return visits and networking to other potential customers. >

Until recently, hotel owners have had to spend a small fortune on if they wanted to stand out from the crowd and impress their clientele. The alternative was ending up with cheap prints that never did their surroundings justice or inspired their clients to tell their friends.

However, yourwhitespace.com have burst onto the scene by providing Interior Designers, hotel proprietors and home owners a completely new service that supplies unique, high quality, contemporary and that is highly desirable, even collectable but at very affordable prices.

David Ralph, MD of www.yourwhitespace.com said We know there is a massive potential for us to supply original art to people that want good quality but dont want to pay the earth for it Too good to be true?…..amazingly not! Cleverly, they have a range of European artists who create the work. However, their Creative Director and primary designer Mike Dethick, lives outside Shanghai where, in his fluent mandarin, he organises the framing using the best materials and forms. They then ship the product into Southampton. This allows Your White Space to provide exceptional but at a fraction of the price you would expect. The art is then available for next day delivery.

Along with the collection of canvas art, the most ingenious form in the www.yourwhitespace.com range includes a genuine world-exclusive form of wall art developed by Mike. An image is printed onto the rear of a perspex block, and then mounted and traditionally framed to make a stunning piece that you cant fail to admire. The response from interior design professionals has been overwhelming.

Original and unique contemporary art, at a fraction of the cost and delivered to your door next day. What more could anyone ask for?

Have A Great Experience With Outdoor Tv Enclosure

  • Posted on October 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

Nothing can be fulfilling like spending summer afternoons in the backyard, patio or pool barbequing and socializing with friends. Even when you are visiting a local bar or restaurant, spending time in an outdoor location with a group of friends can be very rewarding. And there is no better way to enjoy moments outdoors than with your television set. This is where weatherproof TV enclosure come in. With this outdoor TV enclosure, you can have great entertainments without worrying about your TV getting spoil by rain and other weather elements.

Most home and bar owners are making their outdoor locations more comfortable by installing outdoor TVs. These TVs are truly handy, especially during sporting and other entertainment events. However, installing a TV in an open area can be a huge challenge. You have to start off by finding the right screen, choose the right size for the location and then figure out how to protect it.

Your outdoor TV option

Modern flat screen TVs come in two types: liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and plasma TVs. Both types come in a variety of sizes from 20 to 70 inches. Most people prefer plasma to LCD TVs for outdoor usage because of their high contrast levels. However, the modern LCD TV come with backlight technology that give them high quality outdoor digital signage.

options does not just stop with LCD and plasma. Some manufacturers produce brands that make great outdoor TVs more especially because they are waterproof and can operate in a wide range of temperatures. However, such screens come with a huge price tag than the conventional systems.

Any screen placed outdoors need protection from the elements. This is where outdoor TV enclosures come in. These enclosures are protective cabinets designed to accommodate standard flat screen elements (both LCD and plasma). The TV enclosure is waterproof, ensuring that no rain or water elements can get into the contact with your screen. But, their protection does not stop with this.

Within the , climatic systems ensure a stable internal temperature, thus no matter how hot or cold the location is, your screen will still remain functional. In addition, these enclosures are manufactured using steel, thus providing strong protection against vandalism while providing protection against elements.

Outdoor TV covers or enclosures are designed to house standard devices. They provide cost effective solution for outdoor TVs as the combined cost of plasma or LCD, on top of the cost of enclosure usually equates way lower than the price of an expensive outdoor TV.

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