The Secret To Great Fancy Coffee

Posted by sunshinedaygreen in 15. May, 2012, under Coffee

Fancy CoffeeCoffee is a very popular drink, of course, and some people enjoy it with sugar and/or cream while others enjoy it black. Many people also enjoy the fancy coffee drinks you buy at places like Starbucks. Those coffee places are expensive, though. Did you know you can make your own delicious fancy coffee drinks at home? Well, of course you can! Here are some of my favorite recipes, both for hot and cold coffee drinks.

Iced Vanilla Latte (This recipe makes one serving; you can double the recipe if you want to make lattes for two.)

You don’t have to be a barista behind the counter surrounded by stainless-steel equipment and rows of glass syrup bottles to make a great iced coffee. In fact, iced coffee is better when made at home, if you know the right method.

The secret to an iced coffee that has delicious flavor without the bitter taste or over-sweetness is to make it the night before using the cold-brew method. Instead of making the traditional pot of hot coffee and then chilling it, you soak the coffee grounds overnight in cold water. It makes a tremendous difference in flavor: it’s smoother and easier to drink, so you don’t need to add extra sugar to cover up any acidic taste.

Once you make iced coffee at home and realize how easy it is and how much better it tastes, the idea of spending cash at a coffee shop each morning seems disappointing. This iced coffee recipe makes two glasses for less than fifty cents, and that’s with the good coffee.

It’s super-easy to make in the French press, but you could also use a glass jar and sieve.

The night before, start with 1/4 cup of coarse ground coffee, and add 1 cup of cold filtered water. Let it overnight.

The next morning add 1 more cup of fresh cold water.

Strain and pour into a chilled glass over ice (makes two glasses).

I add a generous amount of milk and a spoonful or two of raw sugar. You could even make a simple syrup with a little vanilla. If you like extra milk, add less water. Freeze leftover coffee in ice cube trays for next time.

Ingredients:

8 ounces skim milk

one single-serving packet of General Foods International café mocha mix

a few ice cubes

Directions:

Combine milk and café mocha mix in a blender and blend for a few seconds. Then add ice and blend until smooth and frosty.

Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee (This recipe makes 6 servings.)

Ingredients:

6 tablespoons coffee grounds

6 cups water

½ cup caramel syrup

½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

Combine coffee grounds and cinnamon in coffeemaker’s basket. Add water and brew. Stir caramel syrup into hot coffee, then chill in the refrigerator. Serve over ice cubes.

Tasting Coffee Is An Art Form

Posted by sunshinedaygreen in 11. May, 2012, under Coffee Taste

Best coffee tasteCoffee is a great beverage – one that’s been used over the years and also has a fair share of romanticism attached to it. But the next time you decide to gulp down some caffeine – be it to stay awake before an exam, to get back to piled up work, to improve athletic performance on the track field, or just to get a high – do it in as healthy a way as possible.

Coffee beans have up to 800 flavor characteristics that our senses can detect. Red wine, by comparison, only has 400. Most coffee connoisseurs prefer mild roasts because the longer a coffee bean is roasted the more characteristics that are burned off.

Tasting coffee is an art form. To detect the most amount of tastes from the coffee bean, it must be tasted properly. Coffee tasting works much like wine tasting. As in wine tasting, coffee tasting has special terms, used to describe the taste of coffee and to find the perfect balance.Espresso

Espresso has no milk, just pure coffee. Most traditional coffee recipes revolve around a single or double espresso shots. If you are a coffee connoisseur then you should try and learn how to make one.

It is generally made from a single 1 oz shot of coffee made with 7 Gms of finely ground coffee extracted at between 18 and 25 seconds. There are many recopies and this is small selection to choose from –

Americano (American) – This is espresso shot that is diluted to taste with hot water. The name was given to insult Americans who the Europeans believed were not up to drinking full espressos.

Black coffee: Coffee served with no milk.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino usually consists of equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk. All this makes the coffee taste more diluted and weaker. Some coffee shops will sprinkle cinnamon or flaked chocolate on top and other will add more milk than others. All shops make some variance to suit the taste of regular customers.

The Cupping Method of Coffee Tasting

Coffee tasting, or cupping as it is called, has to be done the same way every time to ensure that the difference in the taste of coffee beans is not due to outside factors like amount of coffee and water temperature.

The cupping method works in the following way.

Choose the beans that you want to taste.

Take a quarter ounce of coarse ground roasted coffee.

Heat 5 ounces of water to just below the boiling point.

Pour the water over the coffee in a circular motion.

Dip a spoon into the cup (with your nose close to the cup) so that it breaks the top layer of that coffee grinds that floated to the top.

Take approximately half a spoonful of the liquid from the cup.

Quaff it with a loud slurping noise. The noise is made so that you can mix the liquid with the air, spraying it directly over your tongue.

“It would be difficult to sell a small 6oz cappuccino, the traditional Italian size, for much more money, so to make a viable business out of it, they started to make the drinks bigger. And how do you do that without overdosing everyone on caffeine? You add more and more milk.”

The Responsible Choice To Buy Organic Coffee Beans

Posted by sunshinedaygreen in 02. May, 2012, under Coffee Beans

Organic Coffee BeansWith the millions of coffee drinkers worldwide there is a rise in demand for not only organic coffee but also for organic flavored coffee Many coffee growers have discovered alternative and safe ways to improve the growing process. They now use organic fertilizer and other earth friendly ideas to enhance and protect their plants.

An organic coffee bean means that only 100% natural flavorings (fruit & nut extracts) are used to produce flavored organic coffees. Certified organic coffees must be grown, harvested, and processed without chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Farms that grow the certified organic coffee bean are tested for chemicals by an independent certification agency for three consecutive years.

Natural and organic are not interchangeable. Other truthful claims, such as free-range, hormone-free, and natural, can still appear on food labels. However, don’t confuse these terms with ” organic ” Only food labeled “organic” has been certified as meeting USDA organic standards.

Why buy organic flavored coffee that may be a little more expensive? By buying organic you are taking into consideration it’s growth and production and how it has a great effect on the Earth’s ecology. Coffee is one of the world’s most heavily traded commodities, second only to oil. It is the world’s largest agricultural commodity. A beverage enjoyed by people the world-round,

By using medium roasted beans this allows the coffees’ distinct, delicate flavorings to blossom on the tongue. You will enjoy the perfect meld of rich organic coffee accentuated by the delicious whisper of soft flavors of Dutch chocolate, hazelnut, Macadamia nut and vanilla .

Organic coffee growers in other countries are free from the dangers associated with working and living in chemically polluted regions. In organic farming cooperatives, streams and underground water supplies are not polluted with chemical fertilizers. Coffee growers do not suffer from chemical poisoning – an all too real side effect of growing coffee the traditional way.

Organic Coffee BeansIs it worth it to buy organic coffee beans? There are lots of things to be said for buying organic products, and coffee is just like any other organically grown product. If you ask me, organic farmers and harvesters are paving the way for the future. Farming practices that are feasible and sound without using chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and other harmful agents are quickly becoming very popular, and for good reason. We all need to be conscious of the health risks that chemical farming poses to our own bodies, to wildlife, and to the environment. Whenever we can, it’s the responsible choice to grow organic.

U.S. organically grown coffee beans have to go through a detailed certification process by an agency under the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture.) Organic coffee has to meet a number of criteria before it can get certification. For example, to get certification a crop must grow for at least 3 years without synthetic and chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The field also has to follow a crop rotation program that is sustainable in the long-run to avoid soil depletion and erosion, as well as deterring pests from eating crops.

Anybody can vouch for the fact that seeing organic products-especially food products-in the grocery aisles is more and more common. Any truly healthy diet should contain as much organic food as possible. This includes organic meat, eggs, dairy, and produce. Take any steps you can to reduce your ingestion of potentially harmful chemical additives. If you are a coffee drinker, the coffee that you drink is no exception.

Your first thought is probably how expensive you think organic coffee is going to be, but think again. Browse the Internet for “organic coffee” and you’ll see that many online retailers sell organic coffee for about the same price as traditional coffee full of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. And some organic growers even grow their beans under rainforest-preserving shade trees that promote the vast array of bird life in the skies.

Even if the idea of saving the rainforest and endangered bird species doesn’t matter to you, it’s still important for your own health to go organic. Organic food is natural and good for you. And it taste great too. We can play a part in acting responsibly toward Mother Earth and drink our coffee in a more healthful way by buying organic coffee beans. Just make sure that your coffee is certified organic by an independent organization.

 

To Know More About Coffee Cultivation

Posted by sunshinedaygreen in 25. Apr, 2012, under About Coffee

Coffee CultivationFrom the lush green coffee cultivation of Colombia to the misty mountains of Coorg and South India, coffee producers all over the world practice coffee production as an art, rather than a discipline of science. Coffee production can be classified into three distinct phases, namely, one cultivation, two, the processing and roasting and three, the preparation of the beverage. Coffee cultivators who are found in handful of regions, pride themselves to be master artists of the process that gives us the small two sectioned brown bean, often crushed to powder, which we dearly enjoy and are addictively temped by. Folklore places the origins of coffee in unknown period, but we do know it was discovered by shepherds in modern-day Ethiopia, following which it traveled to the Arab world, Central Asia, India and on the other side to Europe and then Americans.

‘It is an art! No stupid machine can do it, especially those idiotic metal boxes that you use nowadays!’, such an outburst from Ishmael, a Dutch-Indian coffee grower in the Kodagu (Coorg) is quite common. Ishmael is no fan of commonly found coffee machines. The enormous disapproving frown from his shiny bald head vanishes and is replaced with a fond, loving look as he described a fairytale of how coffee is grown. The wrinkled 80-year old man is an encyclopedia of information on coffee. ‘Cariappa (Legendary Field Marshall of the Indian army from Coorg) would declare war on coffee machines if he saw how you drink it now. Mechanical nonsense! Ha!’.

Coffea: Growing Coffee

Coffea is a genus with more than 90 species within it, two of which are prominently used to harvest coffee beans which we use today. These include Robusta and Arabica. Coffee plantations are disciplined plantations which are used to uniformly plant the coffee shrub and properly harvest it. Now several time frames regarding coffee cultivation are not exactly precise as the natural conditions such as weather and soil are not the same throughout the world.

  • Conventionally coffee plants thrive the best in tropical and equatorial regions and accept monsoon prone climate as ideal.
  • From the physical geographical point of view, regions with an elevation between 3,600 feet to 8,000 feet are most suited for its growth.
  • The soil structure which suits any coffee plant the best is igneous or any kind of volcanic soils.

These exact conditions are found in very less regions of the world and owing to the dissimilarities and non-congruency in the conditions, coffee from almost different plantations tends to have certain different characteristics. The usual process of growing coffee goes as follows.

  • A coffee plant is principally a shrub which can potentially grow into a large tree of well over 10 feet height. In fact a naturally growing coffee plant on an average touches the benchmark of 10-12 feet. In the plantations however, coffee plants are continuously cut short and kept down to a height of about 6 feet or so in order to facilitate harvesting.
  • After being planted coffee plants take about 3-5 years in order to reach a level of growth or maturity upon which they can start bearing fruit.
  • On an average, coffee plants start bearing blossoms sometimes at the start of spring. These blossoms are white in color having a strong resemblance to jasmine flowers, however the volume of white blossoms is much more than that of the jasmine flowers. These flowers which have a life of about a day or two, eventually give away or get converted into coffee cherries.
  • Coffee cherries are chiefly red or green and they are from miniature to quite a big size, ripening completely at the end of about 9 months in the fall/Autumn. In fact these drupes are very similar to our normal cherries, even by size.
  • Once the fall starts, and the ‘cherries’ start to ripen, plantation owners and cherry growers hire ‘pickers’ to harvest or rather pick the cherries. In case of coffee cherries, picking, though slow is the preferred form of harvesting as cherries need to be picked only once they are sufficiently ripe. Coffee pickers surf around the plantation looking for perfectly ripe cherries, continuing the process till the plant bears new flower or fruit. On an average a single pickers accumulates about 6 baskets or so. Though mechanical harvesting is possible, growers of coffee, choose to use manual labor, as growing coffee, is an art of the man’s hand.Coffee

Please note that in some regions larger and taller trees are planted to protect the coffee plant. Depending upon several factors such as elevation height, plant and even the geographical features, coffee beans can be processed into several types of coffee.

After the coffee fruit is picked, the bean within is brought out. For this two methods can be used, namely dry and wet. The dry method, of course means drying off the fruit along with its pulp, skin and on the other hand, the wet method means washing off and fermenting off the same. Following this, the coffee beans are roasted and then ground up. The bean is actually a legume and not a bean. But this very legume is very precious as annually a plant yields about single pound of coffee beans, which are later ground up to give you the coffee powder that freshens you up in the mornings and gloomy evenings.

Be Careful Of Your Sip Of Coffee

Posted by sunshinedaygreen in 18. Apr, 2012, under Coffee

Be Careful Of  Your Sip Of Coffee

Coffee ArgumentsIs coffee healthy? How many of us ponder over this question every morning while sipping the first cup of pure and unadulterated bliss? Coffee is the driving force of millions of people at present, with nine to five office goers topping the charts. There is some ingredient in this naturally occurring bean triggers the sudden shift of mood to sheer sluggish to instant fit-and-alert. Is it something similar to prescription drugs? Should this explain the reason why people get dependent on it over time? Does this mean that coffee drinkers will quite inevitably meet with disastrous health effects in the near / far future? So many questions and the answer to all is not in the affirmative.There exists many coffee arguments.

First of all, sweetener argument which declares coffee as the drug due to the drug like qualities such as addiction, stimulant, as well as mood altering. The things will get the problem without any moderation the discipline however coffee being the healthiest beverages, I will rather have the people to drink coffee than sugar drinks or soda pops. Thirdly, excess of the coffee increases the urinary secretion of some important minerals like potassium, magnesium, as well as sodium and uses the fair amount of the vitamin B1. The vitamins and minerals are important to body’s health however for this reason, I love to bring up many tests that are conducted that must clarify some things. The test proved that many people who hat drink coffee generally consume average of eight to fourteen % of more vitamins and minerals than the people who do not drink coffee. I do not know in case,  eat very healthier and what however there vitamin and mineral loss is actually made up by the consumption of the food & daily multi vitamins.

Secondly two-thirds of the world’s population, regardless of the ethnographic problems, drink espresso for these causes. enjoyable, stimulating and reinforcing effects of espresso extends to many physiological manifestations of man, especially for the duration of physical fatigue. Then, the stimulating impact of coffee has almost magical effect on the human body, giving it a short time power and courage.

Last but not the least although caffeine stimulates the trade of certain ingredients in the body and normalizes the individual glands. but just like one coin has two sides ,to much caffeine may make you relied on it just like drugs ,and may have bad effects on your sleeping , so i suggest that drink coffee in a limit .