How to grind coffee beans without grinder

Having a bad day because you didn’t get your morning coffee today?

A cup of coffee becomes a necessary fuel when it comes to giving a kickass start to the day. The trouble-free method to get the best taste of a coffee is to grind the coffee beans in a proper grinder. But what if your coffee grinder stops working or you are somewhere out where there is no excess to it?

Not to worry, you still have got a number of ways to grind the coffee beans so that your daily routine of ‘First I need coffee’ doesn’t break. So let’s have a look at some alternate methods you can apply to get a freshly prepared coffee.

Below are several ways to grate coffee beans without a grinder.

  • Blender
  • Hand mincer
  • Food processor
  • Mortar and pestle
  • Rolling pin
  • Hammer
  • Meat tenderizer

Method 1: Using a Blender

A blender is largely used for blending vegetables, for making shakes or soups. But this is not the only use of it. You can use it to grind the coffee beans as well.

Put a small amount of coffee in the blender and blend it. Cover the lid of the blender so that beans don’t come out with a bang. Start blending the beans after every 10th second because continuous blending can overcook the coffee beans.

Blender is usually used to bring off coarse grind but you can grind it till you get the right consistency of your choice.

Always remember to wash the blender thoroughly after the use to remove the aroma of the coffee. Wash out with water properly and carefully. Most of the blenders can be washed in the dishwashers as well.

Method 2: Using a Hand Mincer

Hand mincers may not be common as these days but you can find one for sure in olden times. Hand grinding is really a simple method to grind coffee beans. First, put some beans in the hopper and try-out the settings with a few starts so that you’re able to adjust according to the consistency you want for the coffee beans. Start rotating the crank until you get the perfect evenness. The method surely needs some extra effort and one has to do it a number of times to get the desired grind.

Because of its small and easy to carry feature it makes hand mincers a perfect choice for the travelers. Though they don’t give the evenest uniformity comparable to the automatic grinders but is ideal for those who still want to enjoy a quality cup of coffee.

A little slow process which may take time than the automatic one but with a little patience and ease you can have the grind of your choice. Remember not use the product if the glass portion gets cracked. Rough mesh cleaner is harsh to the glass, so try to avoid that.

Method 3: Using a Food Processor

A food processor is something which is found in every kitchen nowadays and is primarily used to save time and workload. To start with the process first make sure that your food processor is designed to grind coffee beans (read the manual instructions).

A food processor is best used to grind coffee beans for making a French Press. Measure the beans and grind at a count of every 10-20 seconds. A food processor is ideal for a coarse grind.

Method 4: Using a Mortar and pestle

This tried and tested method was earlier used by pharmacists to grind medicines, herbs, and spices but also helpful in grinding coffee beans. It’s beating and swirling motion helps to get the most consistent texture of the coffee beans.

Put a few beans in the mortar, with one hand covering a side of the mortar and pestle in the other start crushing the beans otherwise beans would start flying in the other corner of the room.

Once done with crushing begin with rolling of the beans in a clockwise direction to get the correct texture. With a fine and extra fine grind, mortar and pestle are best used to make an espresso or a drip coffee.

So if you are thinking of buying a mortar and pestle, put money into one made of ceramic material because it will help grinding beans quickly and is easy to clean and use.

Method 5: Using a Rolling Pin

Rolling pin can be easily found in every kitchen for sure and because of its circular surface, it makes the crushing bit easy. With a right amount of coffee beans put them in a ziplock bag. In case you don’t have ziplock bag use sheets or parchment paper.

Keep the bag flat on the table and start hammering the beans. Once crushing is done, with a little more pressure begin rolling the pin back and forth until desired consistency is met. If you don’t have a rolling pin, solid glass bottle or a food can also work.

Method 6: Using a hammer

Grinding coffee beans with the help of hammer is quite similar to the rolling pin method. To begin the process, put a right amount of coffee beans in the plastic bag and put the bag between two towels.

Allow little amount of air to enter the bag so that it can form a flat surface easily. Start hammering the beans in a downward position and crush them till you the right texture of the beans. Once done with one side, flip it to the other side to get a consistent grind.

Because of the shaky movement, this method is unable to give a fine mixture so if you are looking to get coarse grind, hammering can help.

Method 7: Using a Butcher Knife

A large butcher knife with a wide and sharp knife can also be helpful for crushing the beans in case you are having no other options. Put some beans on the wooden cutting board.

Lay your flat palm on the knife press it to crack the beans. Continue to apply pressure on the beans to get a medium or medium-fine grind. This method is proved helpful in making a good drip coffee.

Steadiness in grinding the coffee beans can help you to get the best possible flavor of the coffee.

So if you believe that you have a bad start to your day because your coffee grinder is not working, don’t panic, these alternate methods can be a helpful source.

Verdict

For a good coarse grind, the blender can be of the best use because grinding in small gush can get you the finest grind for your coffee.

For fine grind, mortar and pestle can be best used to get the same consistency that a grinder can give.

22 Best Coffee Subscription Services for 2018!

Here’s a fact: over 200,000 people suffer from an anxiety attack every year due to running out of coffee. While that might not be true, all coffee lovers feel the pain of running out of coffee just when you need it.

A weekly or monthly coffee subscriptions is a great way to ensure that you’re always stocked up with a good variety of coffee to give your day a great start.

Fortunately for us, there have been a LOT of new players joining the specialty coffee subscription business which gives us, the coffee lovers, a huge choice to pick from at competitive pricing…..but then which one is worth your love?

We’ve tried and reviewed the top 24 coffee subscription services so that you don’t have to!

Atlas Coffee Club

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you do when you visit a new place is taste their coffee and keep a mental note of it. Tasting coffee is one of the top things I look forward to doing whenever I visit a new culture.

Atlas Coffe Club brings you the same experience without doing all the tiresome travel. The coffee subscription company curates single origin fresh coffee beans from around the world, batch them according to tasting profiles and ship them to you either on a bi-monthly or a monthly basis.

You can pick how much you want, how often you want it, roast of your preference and finally you can choose whether you want whole beans or ground coffee.

A 12oz single bag (which will give you around 30 cups) costs around $14. They currently have a promotion code going on “atlasholiday10” that will give you $10 off on your first shipment, so basically, you can test them out for just $4.

Crema.co

If you’ve ever searched for coffee subscription services on Google, you’ve probably come across Crema. Everybody recommends them and for all the right reasons.

Crema is itself a love child of a coffee lover, Tyler Tate who teamed up Bryan Rehbein and Emily McIntyre to create a brand that not only sells fresh single origin coffee but also the story that’s behind the coffee that’s being delivered to you.

I believe that this concept resonates with people who care about their coffee and brings them closer to the people who work hard every day to bring it to them.

You start by choosing the kind of roast and flavors you prefer, and then you’re presented with a menu of coffee that matches your selections. Now, from that selection, you can pick either one or multiple coffees to try out.

You can set the delivery frequency for set intervals between every five days to a month depending on your preference.

A regular single coffee delivery would cost you around $16-20 for a 12oz package.

Starbucks Reserve Coffee Subscription

I’m not a big fan of Starbucks, and maybe it stems from just my aversion to the big corporates but I know we have a lot of Starbucks fanboys, and if you’re one of them, then this is for you.

Starbucks brings you hand-selected coffee beans at a flat price of $19 for an 8oz package which is delivered fresh, under 48 hours of roasting them in their base roastery in Seattle. The price is a notch up from the other services that we have reviewed, a lot of which give you the option to customise your coffee as per your palate.

Moustache Coffee Club

The Moustache Coffee Club is serious about their coffee, and it shows. They claim to bring you the BEST coffee from around the world, roasted at one of the most premium roasteries.

Their pricing is on the more premium side, i.e., $19 for a 12oz bag but they’re one of the few subscription services that ships internationally.

At the moment, you can pick coffee from 6 different origins that were in stock, but overall they seemed to have over 65 single origin coffee beans to choose from.

If you’re an international coffee lover, Moustache coffee club is an excellent option for you.

Angels Cup

Angels’ Cup is probably the biggest collection of specialty coffee you’ll find from a subscription company. At this moment, they have over 330 coffee options to pick from, but they don’t say much about what you’re bound to like, and it’s a game of trial and error. Honestly, that’s a turn off for me; it’s a lot of work to pick the one that I’m more likely to love.

However, they do offer sample mini packages for tasting, but I think Crema and Atlas Coffee Club do a better job of delivering coffee that suits my taste without the hassle of multiple shippings or playing guess.

You can get a 12oz pack of your selected coffee for $20 and it ships within 3-4 days of roasting. If you know what you want and Angels Cup has it, it’s probably one of the better services out there to get you what you want, on time, fresh.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

BlueBottleCoffee is one of those companies who know their business inside out. The best part of their service is that they offer a multitude of options from which you can pick your favorite ones.

From geography curated collections to single origin beans to specialty blends, if you’re looking for something new and refreshing, then Blue Bottle Coffee has a lot to bring to the table.

However, if you’re planning to go with Blue Bottle Coffee, I’d recommend you get going with their starters kit. Yes, it’s $100, BUT you get six bags of whole bean coffee and everything you’ll need to brew it at your home followed by six weeks of fresh coffee delivered to you at $15 per package.

If like me, you already have a brewing kit, it makes sense just to get the subscription straight away.

Roast Coffee and Tea Company

The Roast Coffee and Tea Company bring you medium roasted single origin coffee and blends from Kenya and Guatemala.

With pricing starting from just $14 for a 1 pound bag, they’re one of the budget options out there.

We didn’t find them as fancy or customizable as the other services out there, and if you’re looking for a no-hassle service and just need your coffee delivered to you for cheap, these might be the guys for you!

CitizenBean

One of the better brands we came across during our research, CitizenBean has received positive feedback from both critics and users alike.

The monthly subscription will bring you both single origin beans and blends and contains a one-pound bag of coffee and a variety of gifts like herbs, food samples and coffee accessories that accentuate your buying experience.

However, they only have long-term subscription plans that start from 3 months and go all the way for 12 months, but it is priced as a premium coffee subscription service. You can expect to pay at least $80 for your first three months (3 pounds) of subscription.

CraftCoffee

CraftCoffee is probably the oldest player in the specialty coffee subscription business and for all the right reasons. They’ve been operating since 2010 and that gives them a lot of cred and experience when it comes to bringing you a great selection of freshly roasted coffee beans every single month.

The pricing is set to be competitive, with their samplers priced at just $24.99 for three 4-ounce sample bags and the 12 oz bags priced at a modest $6-12. Their most expensive single origin coffee is priced at $20.

When you sign up with them, you get to pick your favorite roasters and your favorite coffee and with that information they provide you with the best match for your taste which contains both blends and single origin coffees.

You can pick up to 3 different coffees for a single order and then choose whether you’d like to receive whole beans or grinds for french press/cone filter/flat bottom filter. Once done, you’ll be asked to decide how frequently you’d like your coffee to be delivered.

BeanBox.co

BeanBox is a no-hassle coffee subscription service that delivers you one of their hand-picked gourmet coffees roasted by Seattle’s best roasters.

You can pick what sort of a roast you like and how frequently you receive your coffee. Also, you get an assortment of varieties to choose. You can find most coffee subscriptions between $15-23.

If you don’t know what you’d like to get, I’d recommend going through their best seller list(insert link here) to see what’s popular among their users or you can go to their single origins section and read through the reviews of individual coffees to find the best one for you!

Gradys ColdBrew

Fan of Cold Brew? Grady’s Cold brew is a fun, hip cold brew coffee subscription service that brings you strong cold brew coffee in a beautiful packaging.

They offer 3, 6 and 12-month ColdBrew Kits starting at around $85, which is relatively competitive pricing.

They’re the only ColdBrew coffee subscription service we came across, and it’s probably the only one worth noticing.

Driftaway Coffee

If you’re new to the world of tasting coffee, Driftaway Coffee is the best way to get going.As a start, they’ll send you a set of four sampler with different taste profiles which you can taste and take a note of what you prefer.

Once you have your selection in place, you can subscribe to coffee of that flavor profile.

The best part is that they add a new coffee to every flavor profile, so you get to taste something new every single month.

For your weekly, bi-monthly or a monthly coffee subscription, you can pick from two shipment sizes, a 22 cups package that costs $16 or a 32 cups package that costs around $19 per shipment.

Once done, you can select the shipment method to suit your budget.

However, they offer whole beans only so you’ll have to arrange for the grinding of those beans yourself.

I prefer to grind them myself because I’ve found that way the freshness is maintained for a little longer.

MistoBox

Mistobox is one of our top recommendations. A simple, no-bullshit coffee subscription service that allows you to customise everything while simplifying the options as per your needs and budget.

For example, you can pick your coffee from four different options, i.e., Single origin, Espresso, Blends or have them pick the best one’s for you.

Furthermore, you can even have them sent over to you by your budget. So, if you don’t mind spending a little more for great coffee, then you can go with the luxury pricing tier and have gourmet coffee which matches your preferences sent to you instead of a generic variation.

Given the different pricing tiers, the basic tier will cost you $16, the Deluxe tier will cost you around $18 per shipment (which is competitive), and the exclusive tier would cost you $22.

Brothers Coffee

If you care about the environment and the people behind your cup of coffee who cultivate and roast your coffee for you, then you’d love Brothers Coffee.

They just as much pride in bringing a positive social impact as they do in bringing you a great coffee experience month after month.

They offer a pretty straightforward service where you pick how much coffee you need, roasted just the way you like and how often you’d like to get it.

Counter Culture

Another popular coffee subscription service that allows you to pick your preferred coffee to be it single origin (which they change every four weeks) or a blend based on the flavor notes you like.

You get to select how much coffee you need to be delivered, and the term and you’re done. The pricing starts from $13 and goes up from there.

Counter Culture also offers one-off purchase options where you can buy your favorite coffee directly from their store.

Heart Roasters

No customisations and a weekly subscription for a minimum of 3 months, I’m not sure how they’re planning to compete with the plethora of competition that offers a lot more value to their clients.

But if you have tasted their coffee and you know what you like, they offer a quick way to get the job done.

Collected Coffee

Collected Coffee is more targeted towards a coffee connoisseur than a regular consumer.

Every month, they go scouting all around the world to find a coffee that brings an intriguingly new experience.

Then they experiment with different brewing methods to select the one that’s then sent to their roasters to be prepared for you.

Their subscriptions start at just $23 and for a truly rare experience, it’s a price worth paying for. At the moment, they aren’t taking up any new subscriptions but do check them out, in case you’re in luck.

Phil & Sebastian


Started by a couple of coffee nerds who care about their primary source of caffeine, Phil and Sebastian have built a business that understands your needs because it serves theirs.

They take pride in picking the right coffee for you, roasting it just the way you like and getting it delivered to you every month.

While priced at $26 for a 12-ounce bag of coffee, they’re one of the more premium priced services out there.

However, if you know what you want and you don’t like to be surprised, you can also purchase your favorite coffee directly from their store.

Nomad Coffee Club

Love surprises? Nomad Coffee Club brings you a different whole bean coffee every single month, roasted in the heart of Los Angeles.

There’s nothing really special about their brand, but they do care a lot about sustainable sourcing, and they do ensure that the farmers behind your coffee get their fair share of the profits.

The subscription is priced at $18 for which you get a 12oz bag of whole bean coffee delivered to you every month.

Angelino’s

If gourmet coffee is your thing, then you have to checkout Angelino’s. They bring you a huge variety of flavor profiles for you to choose from, at a competitive price.

Starting as low as $.39 for the fine gourmet coffee they offer, it’s hard to complain about the bang-for-your-buck you get with Angelino’s.

However, they’re only a good fit as long as you own a keurig coffee maker. In case you don’t have one, read our keurig coffee maker reviews before getting a subscription.

White Tale coffee.

The team behind White Tale Coffee cares about what they deliver. About their subscription offers, while they do not let you pick the exact coffee you’d like (I’d recommend Crema.co if that’s what you’re looking for).

White Tale coffee eases off the decision making the process by letting you decide what kind of a roast you like, what flavor notes tickle your taste buds and the type of ground you need to suit the way you want to brew your coffee.

And finally, you get to pick whether you’d like your coffee to be delivered weekly, twice a month or once a month.

Their subscription payments start at $20 per delivery which is higher than the norm.

Mix Cups

Just as the name suggests, Mix Cups brings you an assortment of coffee varieties to try out every single month.

We’d suggest you go with the 30 single-cup package that will cost you around $30, so that’s just a dollar for a cup of hand-picked gourmet coffee.

You can make your picks from two options; the first one is a flavored assortment and the second one is an unflavored assortment.

Once you’ve made your pick, then you have to decide how frequently you’d like to receive your coffee.

However, What we don’t like about this service is the sheer lack of customisability that it offers.

We don’t know what to expect in our delivery, and the minimum supply we can order is monthly.

5 Coffee Myths Busted by Science

The coffee world is full of myths and often the wrong ones influence our choices. In this article, we’ve covered the 5 worst ones debunked by science.

One of the few drinks to be accepted and loved in all nook and corners of the world is coffee and why not, in the right amounts it’s got tons of health benefits but like all good things even coffee has a lot of myths going around which tends to influence our choices. So let’s skip the jibber-jabber and straight jump onto righting the wrongs. Here are 5 coffee myths proven wrong by science.

Coffee is dehydrating

If studies are to be believed coffee isn’t the reason you’re feeling dehydrated because a cup of coffee is made up of 97-98% of water and while even 10 cups of coffee may not be a substitute for plain drinking water it certainly isn’t dehydrating.

The myth mainly exists because of the diuretic nature of coffee and no neither are you dehydrated because of frequent bathroom visits it may cause.

It has a sobering effect

Forget this being a myth, under certain circumstances, it’s even life threatening because no coffee does not sober you up. All coffee does is make one feel energetic because of the adrenaline boost it provides.

This is turn makes the person feel alert and focused. It has no direct impact on the alcohol level in the body and neither fights off any alcohol-induced inability.

hangover

Coffee can be brewed only in boiling water

Most coffee aficionados will suggest you brew your coffee in hot boiling water but any temperature above 205 degrees means your coffee beans are simply BURNT whereas with temperatures lower than 195 degrees results in a bitter taste.

If you want to extract the right flavors from the coffee beans, ensure your water is heated to 195-200 degree Fahrenheit.

For instant coffee, we’d recommend water heated to about 203 to 210 degree Fahrenheit. Check out our range of the best home espresso machines for the perfectly brewed morning coffee.

Espresso contains higher caffeine levels

Well we understand the urge to add an extra jab of caffeine to your morning joe by switching to espresso over regular coffee but truth be told, it’s not the case and that’s because of how espresso is consumed.

Yes, in equal proportions an espresso is more caffeinated but do you know anyone who consumes about 12-15 oz. of espresso which is actually the amount of coffee you’re likely to consume early morning.

Coffee beans retain freshness when stored in the freezer

Yes, it’s true the quality of coffee beans starts to deteriorate as soon as it’s roasted but throwing it into the freezer is the worst methods to preserve freshness. That’s because freezers tend to be humid which creates moisture in the bean bags.

Also, the beans are more likely to absorb the smell of the other raw food around it. If you really want to preserve the beans ensure you keep them away from excessive heat, light and most of all, moisture.

Here are a few tips to save coffee beans correctly

 

How to clean your Keurig?

Not sure how to clean your Keurig coffee maker so it once again produces lip smacking coffee? Here’s everything you should do.

Does your coffee not tickle your taste buds like it did when you first bought your Keurig? Has your coffee lost the refreshing aroma? Well, it’s not the beans or your taste buds that are the problem but rather your coffee maker itself.

But no, you don’t need a new keurig coffee maker yet, you simply need to clean your machine and here are the different ways to clean it.

General Cleaning

  • For this, you need to disassemble the brewer which you can learn in the video given below.
  • Once you’ve disassembled it you need to give each part like the K-cup holder, funnel, drip tray etc. a thorough wash.
  • While the K-cup holder only needs to be rinsed with hot water the drip tray, funnel etc. can be dipped in soapy water but ensure they are cleaned and dried well before reassembly.
  • Ensure the holes of the exit needle are free from all debris using a paper clip.
  • Give the exterior parts of the coffee maker a good wipe with a damp and dry cloth.
  • Reassemble the machine correctly. Next, here’s what you should do.

Learn to disassemble your Keurig the easy way

 

Descale the coffee maker

One of the most effective ways to clean your Keurig coffee maker and ensure long lasting performance is to descale it every 2-3 months using vinegar or a descaler solution.

Descaling helps removes the grime and residue stuck on the interior of the coffee maker which in turn lowers brewing and heating efficiency.

  • Fill the reservoir with about 300-500 ml vinegar depending on the size of your machine and start the brewing process.
  • We’d suggest you use ceramic cups rather than K-Cups for the descaling process.
  • Once you start the brewing process turn off the machine and let the vinegar rest in the brewer for about 20-25 minutes. Turn it back on and hit the ‘Brew” button again.
  • Drain the hot vinegar down the sink.
  • Once that’s complete perform another rinse using vinegar.
  • This time when your coffee maker shows the ‘add water’ indication pause the brewing and let the vinegar rest in the machine for about 5-6 hours. Clear off the remaining hot vinegar once done.
  • After the second rinse, clear off the vinegar residue by running the brewing process using clean hot water. Again, avoid using the K-Cup. Brew 3-4 times and then 2-3 times with cold water to get rid of the vinegar taste.

Still confused? Check out the descaling process in detail in the video below

Brew Coffee like Never Before with These 7 Hot Tips

Whether you have the most expensive of brewers or the best of coffee beans there’s always a few tweaks that’ll help you make your coffee bolder and tastier. So throw that yucky cup of caffeine out of the window, hold off the barista equipment you’ve been brooding and follow these 7 hot tips about for a better cup of morning joe.

Buy the right beans

Beans and I’ll repeat the BEANS play the most important role in the taste of any coffee cup. Get cheaper beans and your coffee is bound to taste bleh even with the fanciest of coffee makers and grinders.

Not sure how to find the right beans? Well first and foremost check the place of origin on the bag. Also look for the roasting date. Most experts suggest consuming the beans within 14-15 days of it being roasted.

Apart from that ensure no oil on the bean surface and if you’d like a little more of the coffee taste we’d recommend you switch to medium roast beans. Here a few more tips to help you find the perfect beans.

 

Keep your coffee maker clean

Your coffee maker plays an important role in the grinding and extraction process but even the best of coffee makers tend to hold on to grime and residue with each brewing process which tends to alter coffee taste over time.

Thus regular maintenance of your coffee maker is a must. Make sure the filter, drip tray, drip dish etc. are given good wash end of each day and also descale the machine every 5-6 months with lime and vinegar solution.

 

Talk to coffee fanatics

Whether it is your nearby coffee shop or another coffee enthusiast like you people are always up for a conversation. From the beans to the coffee maker, grinder etc. you should be using, find the right people and you’ll have a completely different outlook about making coffee at home.

Most coffee shops such as Starbucks etc. sell their coffee beans. Get in touch with them about it, the machines and gear they use and if you’ve got a friend, maybe, you could also get a demo.

Switch to a cold brew

There’s a cold wave taking over the coffee world. In other words, it’s the age of the cold brew and no we aren’t talking about iced coffee. In fact, a cold brew is a completely different process.

Here the mixture of coarsely ground coffee beans and fresh water is set to rest for about for about a day before it is filtered. This results in a coffee that is less acidic, bolder and awesome than before.

cold brew

 

Grind it right

Once the beans are ground it starts to lose its taste and aroma so if you’re looking for the perfect cup of coffee, grind your beans just before brewing. Most coffee aficionados will recommend using burr grinders.

That is because these grinders tend to grind coffee uniformly especially if you prefer a coarser grind and provide you with greater control over the process as compared to a blade grinder. Check our range of the best coffee grinders to know more about these grinders.

5 Signs you’re hooked to coffee and can’t live without it

Caffeine addiction isn’t something new and unlike most drug addictions isn’t exactly dangerous to health or life threatening either but that thought of needing a substance to function right may not be the best feeling either and being addicted to caffeine is easier than you’d imagine.

So how do you know if you’re addicted? Here are the signs to watch out for.

Missing the early morning cup gets your head banging

If the first thing you wake up to the soothing aroma of the coffee, dealing with an agonizing headache is the worst thing on days you miss it. It’s actually a withdrawal symptom and according to experts is experienced by more than 50%-60% of coffee lovers on days they skip their early morning cup of joe.

This is mainly because of the variation in blood flow to and from the brain. To be precise, lack of caffeine heightens blood flow.

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Missing it makes you a grumpy a**

Have you ever been in one those moods where you simply hate everything and anything after waking up? Is the reason not getting your coffee dose early morning? Well then yes you’re addicted.

This is because caffeine stimulates the dopamine receptors aka the pleasure center of your mind and not getting the daily dose means the body now the body depends on the regular functioning to do so which then results in the grumpy and irritated mood.

It hampers your concentration

Have you ever felt lethargic or experienced a ‘brain fog’ at work without coffee? Concentration and alertness are important to succeed and for any coffee addict even getting out of bed may seem impossible on days the coffee goes missing.

Lack of focus or lethargy occurs because caffeine provides an adrenaline boost which in turn helps with better focus and alertness.

Your coffee intake has increased significantly

Be it coffee, tea, drugs or even food, the more the intake the more your body grows tolerant to it and thus to feel the satisfaction you did before you need to increase your consumption.

Is one cup of coffee not enough to wake you up anymore? Do you not feel the same alertness or focus like before? If yes, what do you do, face the withdrawals or just give in to your cravings?

Thought of giving it up scares you

Goodbyes are tough, especially to things you love or in this case addicted to and often tend to freak us out. So don’t give up just yet but instead slowly cut back your consumption.

Coffee, as compared to many other beverages, is healthier when consumed in the right amounts and thus not something we’d recommend you give up on completely. Experts recommend 8 ounces. Understand your body and if needed get expert help.

Here are a few tips to help you overcome withdrawal symptoms

How to Pick the Right French Press Coffee Maker

Looking for a french press? Before you do so do check out our tips on how to pick the right French Press Coffee Maker.

In the earlier times, the French Press was used to be made of glass or plastic pot and even of the same size, but nowadays we are having all sorts of options. French press is not of the coffee methods that many of the people happen to know widely.

Of all the wide range of articles and equipment like home espresso machines, keurig coffee makers available for coffee making, French press still happens to be one of the easiest options to select after all these years. The coffee making method is the easiest to make in French press we believe.

For this article, we have divided the French press into three categories: The Road Warrior, The Traveler and the Glass and Steel French Press.

People can have a large French press for the guests coming over and a smaller one which will serve you for smaller needs like a cup of coffee for your own and even for an office desk.

Despite the sizes of the French press might differ but the taste of the coffee by these is pretty much the same all along. We can tell you from the experience that no matter how many people made coffee in your French press, it will taste quite the same for everyone unless the filter seal of the press is tight.

The quality of the coffee, the consistency of the grinding of beans and the water to coffee ratio are very important things to consider.

When you have a French press which doesn’t make the coffee quite what you like, we recommend you to see the articles for troubleshooting of press first before you decide to buy a new one.

#1 : The Road Warrior

The Road Warrior

This is the small form of the French press which you can carry while you are on the road. May be to keep one in your car. A classic one is an all-in-one French Press travel mug.

The only negative thing about these is, it doesn’t have a good seal. Some of the ground coffee might come into your coffee mug once the seal is loose. And the next thing you know, you will be spitting those out.

Thankfully, a company named Bodum has done the work for you. Their French press not only keeps your mug hot but also keeps the ground coffee out of your drink. You can check out the other company’s product as well if they offer the same deal.

The only negative side to this is, you cannot brew more than 15 ounces of coffee at once. If you have to take more than that amount of coffee, you probably should brew it on a bigger one at your home and carry a thermos.

#2 : Glass and Steel French Press

Steel French Press

The most important and the most widely used French press is for your domestic kitchen. Everyone obviously wants the ideal French press for their kitchen or office where they spend the maximum time. First thing is first, pick whether you want a stainless steel or a glass brewer.

If you like to see your while its getting brewed, pick the glass press. But you also need to consider that is there a child or a pet at your home that can shatter the glass press. If so, you might want to reconsider as glass can and will break someday. If that’s fine with you, go ahead!

On the other hand, you won’t be able to see your coffee getting brewed in a stainless steel press and the positive side it that it would not break or shatter.

Go, brew that great cup of coffee!

Glass French Press

#3 : The Traveler

When it comes to traveling, you need to consider that the French press you consider should have the most important qualities of durability and portability. The last thing that you want is the broken pieces of glass in your luggage.

The road warrior is a good option if you are traveling alone whereas if you enjoy a big mug of coffee then you can consider taking the press which has a higher volume.

 

Brand Alert: 7 Commercial Espresso Machine Brands making a dent in the Coffee Industry

Need an espresso machine for your cafe or restaurant? Take a look at the 7 brands that have been creating waves in the coffee industry.

 If you are a small restaurant and cafe owner and looking to buy a commercial espresso maker for your cafe, then you are at the right place. There are so many stores and websites selling espresso makers of one or another kind.

When you need a perfect machine for your cafe or bistro, it can be hard to know which machine to buy. Sometimes a best home espresso machine can be used for commercial purpose, but many times it’s not.

If you have a small bistro or coffee shop, you will be able to get by with less flashy or smaller devices than the bigger companies would use.

It all comes down to what you need while you shop. Here we have listed down the top brands of coffee machines for commercial purposes.

#1 : Gaggia

Gaggia is an Italian company that makes espresso, cappuccino machines and also small kitchen appliance. The company is owned by Saeco International group, a division of Dutch electronics giant Philips.

#2 : Rancilio

Rancilio has an extensive range of commercial espresso machines that offer different features.  From the fully loaded feature rich Classed 10 model that is ultimate in functioning, to the simple semi-automatic Epoca pour over the model, there is a Rancilio espresso machine suited to any coffee shop.

The Rancilio line of espresso machines offers many options including compact versions of some machines, tall versions and removable side flaps to optimize the use of counter space.

#3 : Astoria Commercial Espresso Machines

General espresso equipment was incorporated in 1995 to become the most reliable supplier of commercial espresso in America. The company has a modern facility on over five acres with distribution warehouse, training center, testing department and a showroom with a working cafe.

Astoria Commercial Espresso

All espresso machines are built to US specifications with ETL and UL listings for sanitation and safety under NSF listing. The espresso machines are offered in different models from manual to semi-automatic, automatic volumetric and fully automatic in varying sizes from compact to one, two or three brewing heads to fit all applications.

All espresso machines are built to US specifications with ETL and UL listings for sanitation and safety under NSF listing. The espresso machines are offered in different models from manual to semi-automatic, automatic volumetric and fully automatic in varying sizes from compact to one, two or three brewing heads to fit all applications.

The espresso machines are offered in different models from manual to semi-automatic, automatic volumetric and fully automatic in varying sizes from compact to one, two or three brewing heads to fit all applications.

#4 : FAEMA Commercial Espresso Machines

FAEMA was founded in 1945 by Carlo Valente in Milan, Italy. FAEMA is famous for constant technological innovation and uncompromising craftsmanship and quality in commercial espresso machines. The

The FAEMA compact line features machines with smaller footprints when space is less. This line includes the smallest

This line includes the smallest FAEMA  Enova espresso machines and new FAEMA Smart Automatic which are a newly restyled version of FAEMA Smart Espresso Machines.

#5 : Cimbali Commercial Espresso Machines

Cimbali is building machines since 1912. Cimbali has a strong reputation for very high-quality solid espresso machines. Cimbali has a full line of equipment from elegant, innovative machines to patented one’s super automatics.

Cimbali provides espresso machine line to meet the needs of any market from moderate volume coffee shops, to large volume restaurant service.

 

#6 : La Pavoni Commercial Espresso Machines

La Pavoni started commercial espresso machine industry in 1905. La Pavoni supplies the same Italian commercial espresso machines in the U.S.

The La Pavoni Espresso offers different models like ‘Compact’ line comprises of original La Pavoni Pub model made for constrained space, for moderate espresso business.

‘Bar T’ series of La Pavoni is traditional full sized espresso machine. Bar Star is thy newly updated and fancier updated model of original T-Bar series, including several new features, sexier lines, and beautiful old school look.

#7 : Grindmaster Cecilware Commercial Espresso Machines

There are three commercial espresso machines from Grindmaster Cecilware. These espresso machines are rugged machines called ‘Venetzia II’ espresso machine. All the espresso machine connect to

All the espresso machine connect to the plumbing of building and runs at 220 volts. The group 1 espresso machine also works on 110

The group 1 espresso machine also works on 110 configurations. Note that espresso machines from this brand are fully automatic.

How to Brew Filter Coffee

We can give you one of the best cups of coffee that you ever had. There is a famous café where we happen to have had a cup of fantastic coffee. This coffee was prepared by the method which is called “The Pour Over Method.”

This method gives your coffee a robust and smooth flavor, that too without any acidity. It is not difficult for to do it at home. Try it out!

On an average, anyone drinks a cup of coffee per day. It’s obvious if there are complex coffee equipment which crowds the counter it’s not a good thing.

Adding to the trouble for a cup of coffee if your gear requires specially ordered filters that are a big turn off. If all the above sounds much like you, this pour-over method is perfect for you.

Filter Coffee

The following method should be taken with a pinch of salt. Because some of the ‘experts’ might disagree with about the details. We recommend you to measure your grains and grind them thoroughly if you’re not a trained by barista. Many people don’t prefer to follow the advice circular pouring motions.

The things that you need:

Ingredients

  • Roasted coffee beans: 28 grams or 1 ounce
  • Cold water: filtered if possible

Equipment

  • A coffee cup
  • A single-cup paper coffee filter
  • Coffee grinder
  • An electric scale
  • A single-cup drip coffee cone (see product link below)
  • A measuring cup

Procedure

Setting up Equipment and boiling water– First, the kettle should be filled with cold water and let it boil.

Take the paper filter and make it to a conical shape and put it inside the cone. After that rinse this paper with the tap water or drinking water as per your choice (doesn’t make any difference). This step helps the coffee filter easily, and any taste of the filter is not retained in your drink.

Now for the next step put this cone in a measuring cup and put the whole setup on the electric scale. For warming up the ceramic of your cup, put hot water in it and set it aside.

Grinding of the Coffee– Now this is one of the most important steps. For you to correctly grind the coffee, you should understand that the coffee beans are done grinding once it attains the shape of the grains of the sand. Many people grind it too much, and it becomes powder. Once you grind the coffee beans, put it into the filter and make sure that the scale is at zero.

Blooming of the Coffee– Use a circular motion to pour 60 grams of hot water into the coffee beans which are once ground. The circular motion ensures that the ground beans becomes evenly saturated. This step is also critical as it allows you a cup of coffee to have an excellent flavor. Allow it to sit for 1 or 1,5 minute.

Coffee should be continuously brewed after that – Once it has settled for a moment, it is then required to add more water till it reaches the weight of 415 grams in total. There is a scale which shuts off 355 grams as it has the maximum weighing capacity of 355 grams.

If it is the case, you might have to do it again. One thing that you should keep in mind is that you should pour the stream of hot water directly on the grounds of the coffee beans.

Wait till it gets filtered– The average time coffee takes to get filtered two-two and a half minutes. Once the coffee stops to drip from the filter, consider that your coffee is made and ready to have. Pour the cup of your perfectly brewed coffee and enjoy all its glory!

And if you’re still confused here’s what you need to do

 

How to Make Cold Brewed French Press

Craving for a cold brewed french press? Here’s a simple method to make it at home.

Most of the people love having a cup of good cold brewed coffee, especially when it’s the time of summers. Do you hate to either go to a local coffee shop or spend $4 for every small carton of cold brew of coffee? It might have happened to you also that when you asked for a cold brewed coffee, the barista just pours hot coffee over ice, this is the worst for those who love cold brewed coffee.

There is a very simple solution to this problem that is to cold brew your coffee using a French Press. You can very easily get a French press, and we would even say that it’s the easiest process to brew your cup of coffee using the French Press.

French Press

Here is the most natural process through which you can have a cold-brewed cup of coffee using your French press:

Get your French press get started!

What’s needed?

– plastic wrap

French Press

– recycled glass bottle to put all of your delicious coffee concentrates into once you’re done

– coffee creamer (optional)

– Filtered water (you can use just tap water, but coffee is 99% water, so ya might as well use the best tasting water you can get your hands on)

– coffee: coarsely ground!!

– coffee creamer (optional)

– measuring cup

– coffee creamer (optional)

– sugar (optional)

Let’s BREW that cup of coffee!

First, you need to add about two cups of ground coffee beans to you French Press. Make sure that the grinding of the coffee beans is the size of sand rather than very finely ground beans (it shouldn’t be like powder).

Now you need to add water. It’s important to add the right amount of water to your brewed coffee because if you add too much water, the flavor of coffee will not be prominent enough. And too less of the water will make your coffee too hard. You may add about four medium cups of water to it.

Stir the mixture properly until you see that everything looks homogenous. That is, everything has formed one same color in the coffee. Ideally, this stirring should be continued for a while after it appears to give a uniform color.

Now at the last step, you need to place a plastic wrap on the top of the French Press, and with the help of a stretchy rubber band you can seal it off. This will give the right flavor to your coffee and also the time to absorb the flavor of the ground coffee in your drink.

Give it TIME and then go on to PRESS it.

There are different times that different sorts of people and websites will recommend you but the ideal time for the cold brew of your coffee should be anywhere between 12 hours to 18 hours. We have tried to brew it for 18 hours, and the coffee turned out to be on point!

We recommend you to wait patiently for this while as it’ll make your coffee worth it. Once the coffee has waited long enough, go on and press it.

Excellent cup of COLD BREWED COFFEE

You can dilute the above cup of coffee in the ratio of 1:1. That is one cup of water with one cup of coffee.

The above coffee will be strong! If you like your coffee to be a bit light, simple add more water.

We recommend you to serve your coffee with some cream over the top, sugar, and ice. It’ll make you feel empowered. Really! You can store the brewed coffee inside a glass bottle, and you’ll have the concentrate with you whenever you need to prepare your cold coffee. The coffee grinds can be used as compost in the garden.

Enjoy every bit of that cup of cold brewed coffee!