Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Kona Coffee

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100% pure Kona coffee beans; winner of the 2002 Gevalia Kona Cupping Award and 2004 PCCA Coffee of the year, this is the coffee that Forbes said is the "Best Coffee in America"
What and where does Kona coffee come from. It's a Hawaiian coffee company that is ruling the coffee world.
The Kona Coffee Belt is about 1 mile wide by 30 miles long, resting on the western slopes of two volcanoes, Hualalai and Mauna Loa, at an elevation ranging from 500-3,000 feet.
Kona Coffee is made with undivided attention through each processing stage from handpicking to dry milling. The end result is a gourmet coffee, delicate yet with a rich flavor and aroma.
When you drink a cup of Kona coffee, you are drinking an exclusive coffee that comprises only 1% of all the coffee grown in the world.
If you believe that this is an expensive coffee, think again. The average price for a Kona cup of coffee is 25 cents.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Decaffeinating Coffee

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There are two types of coffee. There is the kind that has caffeine while there are those that are decaffeinated. Both these varieties come from the same beans. The difference is in the process of removing it.
The term decaffeinated is a misconception because there is still 3% in the coffee beans. It is like saying cookie companies coming out with products that are fat free.
Farmers produce decaffeinated coffee by soaking this in water. This can even be mixed with a chemical called ethyl acetate. The only way to preserve the flavor without the caffeine is to dry it before this is packed.
Why ethyl acetate? This is because scientists have proven this chemical to be a natural solvent. There was a time that trichloroethylene and methylene chloride was used but studies have shown that these are carcinogens that later on were abandoned.
There is an indirect way of using this chemical, which is known as natural decaffeination. The beans are still mixed in water but ethyl acetate never interacts with the beans.
The key to this process is water. Most farms use pure water and not the filtered kind because tests have shown that it robs the beans of the desired flavor that consumers still like without the caffeine.
Since it is a hit or miss, when this happens, farmers have tried another method and this involves the use of carbon dioxide. This is heated later on to make this evaporate which has proven to be very effective.
Studies have shown that charcoal and carbon are useful in decaffeinating coffee. This practice originated in Switzerland and thus is called the Swiss Water Process.
People will be able to know how the coffee was decaffeinated since this is written in the product label. If there are any other questions that the customer would like to know there is usually a customer hotline printed on the package which can be called to speak to a representative.
The process of decaffeinating has paved the way for more to drink coffee. This has allowed coffee companies and cafes to offer this in cold beverages aside from the warm ones always being served.
Decaffeination does not mean teens can start drinking coffee. This is because as stated earlier, there are still elements of this ingredient in it, which is harmful for the growth of the individual.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Descaling The Coffee Machine

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Coffee machines that are not clean properly will surely experience problems in the future. One method that should be done regularly is descaling which is a term that enables the user to remove lime that may cause damage to either the boiler or the pump.
Normally, descaling instructions can be found in the user’s manual that came with the appliance. If the instructions are unclear, here is some information that the owner will find useful.
Descaling should only be done when the coffee machine is cold. This should be turned off and unplugged for a few hours if this was just used so no one will get burned by performing this chore.
Water is not sufficient to remove the lime. People should not use vinegar but instead try a citric acid solution. This should be mixed with the water and when it is ready, pour this into the water container.
As the coffee machine is turned on, the user should then pump water out of the nozzle for 20 to 30 seconds before switching it off. Not all models have this function so those who don’t will have to pump this through the group handle.
It usually takes about 10 minutes for the lime to dissolve. The procedure should be done again so that the remaining liquid content in the container is pumped out. The entire process of descaling usually takes about an hour since this is done 4 or 5 times.
While waiting for a few minutes to pass, the person can work on other things to keep the coffee machine in good condition. This includes washing some of the parts in warm water while wiping the others with a dry piece of cloth. This will surely remove the stains that accumulated due to the many occasions that it has been used.
The last part of descaling is making a fresh cup of coffee and then throwing it out. This may sound silly since the person won’t even take a sip but this is part of the process to ensure all the lime has been removed and the machine is as good as new.
After all the hard work, the individual can relax and make another cup. The taste should be like when this was first purchased from the appliance store until next month again when this chore has to be repeated.
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