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More than a morning brew

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Table of contents Introduction

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Chapter 1: Finding Your Flavor

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Chapter 2: Get a Great Mug

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Chapter 3: Travel Mugs Get You Going

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Chapter 4: Is A Manual Mill Right For You?

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Chapter 5: The French Press Experience

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Chapter 6: The Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

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Conclusion

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Introduction

Coffee is an important part of a daily routine for many individuals across the world. Whether it is called a cup of joe or java, this liquid goodness helps many to get the day started or rounds out a conversation date with a friend. It is a drink of memories. With caffeine packed versions available, you can use these drinks to energize the spirit and give you a jolt of excitement that can help you push through those last few hours of work or helping children with their homework. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 4


But, coffee is not just important because of the energy boosting properties available in the caffeinated versions. It is a drink that is about sharing and enjoying. Coffee is a beverage that invites conversation and welcomes discussion. Served at group meetings, family get-together and a wealth of other locations, it is a liquid that heightens the enjoyment of a moment and instantly warms the body as it is consumed. The smell and the flavor alone can evoke a feeling of excitement or remind someone of something special that has years passed. For that reason, coffee should be savored and it should be enjoyed. Unfortunately, many coffee drinkers stick with what they know, even if they do not always enjoy it. This is because with so many different options on the market, navigating the road to finding that perfect flavor or new blend is difficult. This read will help you narrow down your choices and get you an enjoyable drink that you can truly savor for years to come. Whether it is a dark roast or something packed with flavors, your perfect cup is just a few selections away. Allow us to help you find it. Did you know that there are numerous options in how you drink your coffee? Of course there is the standard mug that you have likely senor may have in your cabinetry there are other great options as well. If you need just a little bit of coffee to get .................................................................................................................................................................................... 5


you through the day, there is a great coffee cup for you. If you need a lot because the day is sure to be a long one, than there is a mug for you. Your options are as diversified as the product itself so be sure to explore and find that perfect mug for your life. If you need help in choosing your perfect coffee mug, this book will help you to do that. We will examine some of the features that you want to get out of your mug and what to look for in your next purchase. We will walk you through the things to consider and how to make that selection that will leave you happy and your coffee tasting just perfectly. Seriously, the coffee is in the mug. Let us help you find the perfect one. Just as with the perfect mug, it is also important to focus on how you are grinding your coffees. Different coffee makers and dispensers can literally change the flavor of the drink. The time and dedication spent on roasting beans to perfection can be washed away in moments if the coffee maker is not the right size, style, or choice for your lifestyle. Therefore, trying new and different ways of preparation can be something that is important to getting the most from your beans. Yet, where do you begin? Coffee makers that are electric and sit on your counter are likely to be something that you are familiar with and there is nothing .................................................................................................................................................................................... 6


wrong with that. For several different coffee drinkers, this option is the best for their lifestyles and their particular needs. Yet, it may not be the best for your coffee choice or may not enhance the flavor to its fullest potential. There are other options and to know and understand what their value is and what they can bring to your coffee is important. This book will focus on two often under-utilized but beneficial coffee preparation tools: a manual mill and a French press. A manual mill is one method of coffee preparation that can greatly enhance the flavor of your drink. Yet, too often the device is seen as archaic or even too difficult to manage. This book will expand upon the benefits of using these types of mills in your coffee preparation and how it can enhance the flavor of your product. The French press, too, is a tool that is not fully understood in relation to coffee and the flavor punch that it can help bring to a drink. Therefore, we will look at this device and the different features that it brings to a coffee drink. Also analyzed will be the components and how to properly and effectively use the device in your life and for your choice of coffee. Finally, we will wrap up this discussion on coffee with an explanation of more than just what the drink can bring in the .................................................................................................................................................................................... 7


way of flavor. Rather, we will look at the way in which coffee can bring true and tangible health benefits into your life. From the food we eat to the drinks we drink, knowing how healthy a product is before we put it into our bodies is not only important. It is vital to keeping us healthy. Therefore, from the different nutrients to the other beneficial properties, knowing why and how coffee can add to your quality of life is important to staying informed about your body and how you are benefiting from this tasty drink. From the flavor to the mug to how it is brewed to the health benefits, we hope that when reading this book you will better understand the amazing aspects of coffee in a whole new way. No longer will you look at your favorite drink as just something to get your day started. You will understand your favorite drink in a whole new way. You may even find a flavor that suits your palette a little better in the process!

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Chapter 1: Finding Your Flavor

One of the most important decisions that you can make it when it comes to your coffee is just what flavor to choose. There are so many on the market today that finding that perfect blend of flavors and spices can seem like a job in itself. To help get you started, though, the following are some tips and tricks that you can use to narrow down your flavor choices and choose the perfect blend for your lifestyle.

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A. Understand Your Goal When it comes to choosing shoes or a purse, it is likely that you consider what the end goal or purpose that item is supposed to serve in your life will be. Maybe it is an accessory for an evening out or comfortable shoes for the gym. You may want a purse that suits that little black dress or one that can carry all of your children's toys. Regardless, it is likely that you consider the end goal of that item and this same thought should be put into selecting your coffee. Consider what you want from your coffee in the way of a “pickme-up.�Do you want a highly caffeinated drink that will keep you on your toes or something that brings comfort? Do you want a coffee that is perfect for your evening in or one that brings a conversation to life? These may seem like unimportant questions or something that does not jive with a coffee selection, however, choosing the end goal of the coffee is something that can greatly narrow your scope and help you to find your perfect flavor. B. Strength Another characteristic that you want to consider when choosing a flavor for your coffee is just how strong you want it to be.

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Some people enjoy a light and smooth taste to their coffee while others like it to wham them over the head with a punch of flavor. Still, others enjoy a middle of the road or medium strength coffee. Regardless, this is important to understand before choosing because not only will it impact the type of flavor that you get but also the bean type. The bean type is important and can greatly impact the flavor of the coffee. Darker beans tend to provide a stronger flavor punch, like the French and Italian Roasts as well as some African beans. As you would expect, lighter beans tend to pack a lighter flavor punch. Therefore, knowing what strength of coffee flavor you want will help you to decide which type of bean and thus, narrow down the choices. C. The Smell When it comes to coffee flavors, the aroma matters. You need to consider what smells you enjoy and what you can’t stand before choosing a flavor for yourself. For instance, dark beans tend to smell richer and stronger than lighter beans, just as the way they taste. If you like a light aroma, then, the darker brews are not going to be your best selection. But, if you enjoy a more pungent odor wafting from your mug, then, it may be a suitable choice. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 12


The same can be said for the gourmet styles and flavors of coffee. If you hate the vanilla smell, for example, you will want to avoid a vanilla infused coffee even if you do not mind the taste. Coffee as it is brewed will release the smell into your home or space, so consider the strength of smell that you want when choosing a flavor, especially if your coffee maker is in a small or confined space. D. Your Favorite Flavors When you peruse the coffee shelf or view coffees available for purchase online, you will notice that there are numerous options in flavors. There is literally something to fit every palette and flavor want. Consider the general tastes that you enjoy in your foods and other consumables when choosing. For instance, if you like a sweet flavor or rich nutty taste, a hazelnut coffee may be a suitable fit. If you like something purer in your coffees, then, a traditional roast will likely suit you better. Your palette will determine whether or not you enjoy a food and it plays the same role when choosing a flavored coffee as well. E. The Amount of Flavor You will also want to consider the amount of added flavor that you want in your coffee. For instance, maybe you want a lightly infused flavor in your traditional coffee drink. A heavy syrup .................................................................................................................................................................................... 13


added to a coffee blend, then, is likely to be too strong or overly flavorful. On the contrary, if you like a lot of flavor in your drink, then consider something that offers that stronger flavor. The packaging should help you to differentiate between the two and make the decision a bit easier. Smelling the package can be an indication, too, as these aromas can waft even from the package think of the strength of smells in the coffee aisle at the store! F. Acidity There can be a high acidity level in coffee that will greatly impact the taste. Those that are coffee aficionados will likely know this but newbies to the coffee world and flavor selection may not. Regardless, the acidity level can affect the taste of the product and can give a different reaction on the palette. Coffee grown at higher elevation levels have a higher acidity level and the higher the acidity, the more likely the coffee is to take on a cleansing taste. That means, these coffees tend to be brighter, lighter, and refresh the palette. It can also lighten the overall flavor of a drink and is a great addition to a menu between courses. If looking for something a bit less harsh on the palette, then, consider the acidity level in the coffee flavor you are choosing. G. Your Creamer Finally, if you have a go to or flavored creamer that you love, this .................................................................................................................................................................................... 14


can greatly change the level of taste in your drink. It can also overcomplicated an already rich and flavorful drink. If you are using a creamer that has a high flavor level, then, you will want to ensure that you consider this when picking out your base coffee flavor. The mixing can change both and enhance or detract from your flavor goals.

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Chapter 2: Get a Great Mug

Typically brewed in a pot or per cup, coffee is a drink that requires something to hold it. That is to say that you cannot enjoy a great mug of coffee without the mug! But, not all mugs are created equally and some are better than others. If you want to choose the perfect mug, the following are some tips that you can use to choose one from among the great line of products available on the market today!

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1. Size One of the most important considerations that you need to think about when choosing a perfect mug for your drinking needs is the size that you want. A standard mug holds about one cup of coffee. While this is great for the casual drinker or the individual that wants a little bit of coffee at a time, this is a great fit. But, the mugs that hold this tasty drink are much like the coffee flavors themselves and are not one-size-fits-all. Mugs can come in a wide variety of sizes. There are those that are tall with a narrow base. There are those that are wider and shorter. There are those that fit in a vehicle cup holder. There are those that do not. There are numerous different sizes of mugs that are available to the coffee drinker and the best way to choose the right one for you is to think about your drinking habits. If you are constantly refilling your single cup mug, then, you may want to invest in a bigger one. If you are okay with the slow sipping style that you enjoy, then, a single standard mug may just be your perfect pit. Think about it and choose your mug accordingly. 2. Words Have It Mugs today can come in a wide variety of designs and aesthetics. This includes several mugs on the market that have .................................................................................................................................................................................... 17


cute sayings or pictures. You can even personalize a mug with your own pictures! As such, you want to consider what it is that you want your mug to say or if you want it to say anything at all. Remember, a cute, funny, or inspirational saying can get your day started on the right foot and may remind you of a special moment each time you drink out of it! 3. Lids or No? More and more mugs are being made with optional lids. This is important for many reasons. Firstly, mugs with lids add another layer of protection. They help to protect when travelling as will be discussed in another chapter but also from particles entering into the drink. A lid is something that can be added to the top of mugs to help ensure the liquid inside stays protected as well as adds a level of insulation, too. For that reason, many individuals want a mug with at least the option of an added lid. For others, though, they want their coffee exposed. The aromas are better lifted from the liquid and can waft through the air when the top is uncovered. Mugs without a lid also seem to be a better fit at indoor gatherings and adult parties. It is one less item to clean, and it allows for quick drinking at get-together. Many individuals that live in homes that do not have to worry about little kids and their sticky fingers getting in the drink or .................................................................................................................................................................................... 18


those that enjoy entertaining find that uncovered mugs are a great fit for their life and lifestyle. 4. Insulation There is a reason that individuals do not put their coffee in thin cups. Unless an iced version, coffee is by nature a drink typically served very hot. Therefore, you want to make sure that your mug has some level of insulation. This is important for two reasons. Firstly, an insulated mug helps to keep the drink warm for a longer period of time. This means that the first sip and the last have the same chance of being the same temperature. Another reason that insulation is important is because of the aforementioned nature of coffee itself. As a hot drink, your mug needs to protect more than just the temperature of the drink. It needs to protect your hands as well! Be sure that you protect yourself by choosing a mug that will keep the heat in while protecting your grip from extreme temperatures. You will thank yourself for it later! 5. Color Your mug does not have to be bland. Just like you, it can stand out in a crowd or sea of cups. Therefore, consider the color that you want in your mug and look for an ideal hue match. There are hundreds of mugs available that make choosing the right one .................................................................................................................................................................................... 19


both exciting and a bit overwhelming at the same time. By knowing what color you want, you will better narrow down your choices and more quickly find that ideal match. For instance, if you want a calming environment, then, you may want to choose a mug that has softer hues. Light blues, sea foam greens, and pale pastels are a great way to elicit that feeling of relaxation. For others, though, the mugs that they need to match their personalities are bright and bold. There is nothing wrong with standing out and shining even with your coffee mug. If this is what you want from your mug, then choose your favorite bold color. Reds, yellows, and blues each can bring a sense of whimsy and excitement to your life all with a coffee mug! Choose one color or mix and match. It really is that simple and yet, fun! Why It Matters Believe it or not, the size and shape of your coffee mug can impact the flavors inside. A larger mug without a lid allows more air into the drink creating an aerated sip that can actually beautifully absorb the flavors of the atmosphere. Those with a lid or those that make the drink more concentrated in the mug can provide a pack of flavor that is a bit stronger. Therefore, consider what type of mug best suits your needs utilizing the .................................................................................................................................................................................... 20


above tips and you are sure to get the type of cup that you want. You may just make a fashion statement in the process, too!

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Chapter 3: Travel Mugs Get You Going

While certain mugs are great for the casual or at-home-drinker, more and more individuals are looking for a mug that they can take with them on the run. Many at home mugs that are perfect for a dinner party, however, do not easily make the transition to a busier lifestyle. Travel mugs, though, have many great features that make them perfect for a day on the run or night of traveling. So, just what makes a great travel mug and why should you consider adding one to your collection of drink holders? This chapter explores just that. 1. Heat Retention One of the most important aspects of a travel mug that you will want to consider when evaluating its success is the heat .................................................................................................................................................................................... 22


retention level. You undoubtedly will want your coffee to stay hot or at least warm over time. This can make the drink more enjoyable and help to keep the palette happy when you are drinking it. Many individuals dislike cold coffee. Because travel mugs are meant to be used on the go, chances are that the drink will need to stay hot over time. Depending on the mug, the time of heat internalization can vary. Some travel mugs will keep the drink warm for an hour while other outdoor designs can make the heat last at least ten hours. The longer the heat is promised, usually, the higher the price. Therefore, know and understand your expectations from your mug as well as your needs, and narrow the field accordingly. 2. Size As noted, a travel mug is something that needs to be adaptable to a life on the go. Whether it is hiking through the mountains or taking your children to school, keeping your coffee as mobile as you is important. Therefore, you need to understand how you will be transporting this coffee and where you will be carrying it. For instance, a coffee mug that you want to put on your bike may need to be a certain size while your van’s cup holder may demand something different. Consider the size of the travel locale before choosing a mug. If it does not fit snuggly it may spill easily while if it is too big, it may not be able to be secured. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 23


3. Materials The materials utilized in a travel mug are important as well. Because the coffee tends to be in a travel mug generally tends to be in the container for longer periods of time, there is an increased chance that seepage will occur. This means that there is more time for the materials in the mug to seep into the coffee and, thus, can become a health hazard if said materials are not good. You will want to find a travel mug, then, that is made from quality items that are not high in chemical and harmful content. This will help to protect your health while still keeping your coffee warm. 4. The Style of Drink When it comes to a travel mug, there should be some form of a lid on top. This lid helps to protect from splashing and spills when you are on the go. The lid, though, is more than just about protecting the drink. It is also the mechanism through which you will access your coffee. For example, some travel mugs have a lid that has a sliding lid that essentially opens up through an easy mechanism that allows for gulping. Others, however, also have a straw opening where a you guessed it, straw can be inserted. If you prefer drinking from a straw, make sure that your travel mug selection has a straw hole in the top. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 24


5. The Amount of Coffee Just as when choosing a normal mug for your kitchen use, the amount of coffee that you drink matters when choosing a travel mug. Travel mugs come in a wide range of sizes, allowing for the toting of different amounts of coffee. If you only drink a small amount while you are rushing around, then, you will want to get a smaller coffee mug. If you drink more than one cup, however, you will want to choose a mug that can handle what you want. Though it seems like an obvious attribute to evaluate, but it is often overlooked when an individual picks up a travel mug. 6. The Liners Often times, travel mugs will come with liners that are meant to keep the coffee warmer and protect wear and tear on the main structure of the mug. These can be very helpful in ensuring that the temperature remains warm. However, they can also be problematic. For example, if your travel mug uses a plastic liner that breaks down over time, it can cause damage to the travel mug and actually change the flavor of the coffee. In contrast, many other travel mugs use stainless steel liners. These liners tend to wear better over time and may actually protect the integrity of the drink for longer. Consider using a stainless steel .................................................................................................................................................................................... 25


liner, then, in your next travel mug purchase. 7. Security As mentioned previously, the lid is an important part of a travel mug and your selection. You want to ensure that you get a mug that has the lid that you want and that is conducive to your drinking style and needs. Yet, something even more important

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when considering a lid is how secure it makes your drink. For example, a pop on top and a twist off are two different options in securing your drink. While a pop off lid is great for those that want to easily open their drinks on the go, a twist on lid tends to make the drink more easily secured. If you are very worried about spilling or know that your drink may get bounced around a bit, consider opting for a more secured lid. If you are less concerned, than the often cheaper version of the pop off variety will likely work for you.

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Chapter 4: Is a Manual Mill Right for You?

When it comes to grinding coffee for brewing, there are several different ways that this can be done. Some individuals choose to buy their coffee beans already ground, usually in plastic containers or in cans that can be quickly grabbed from a supermarket shelf. Others, however, find that utilizing a grinder is more suited for their particular coffee drinking needs. For those that want to learn more about the value of grinding beans .................................................................................................................................................................................... 28


on site and why it can bring value to their coffee drinking experience, the following expounds upon this topic by explaining the value of the manual mill coffee grinder. While it is not right for all coffee drinkers, knowing its value and its drawbacks affords you the ability to decide if it is a good fit for your lifestyle and coffee needs. Flavor Enhancer The flavor of coffee comes from the bean itself. To make coffee, these beans require being ground down and used in a coffee machine. Yet, when coffee is purchased in the aforementioned forms packaged usually in a container or jar there is something lost in the process: the flavor. This is because the coffee spends a great deal of time in this ground form, moving from packaging plant to transportation to store shelf and then to your home. Coffee beans pack the most flavors when they are freshly ground. This means that you can expect the best drink when you move from bean form to ground to coffee maker with the least amount of elapsed minutes between each phase. A manual mill can quickly grind the beans that you have, making that perfect cup of coffee more accessible. With a few quick turns of the device, you can grind enough coffee by hand to make a cup that

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is satisfying, refreshing, and packed with different flavors. If you value flavor over convenience, then, the manual mill may be perfect for you. Time Crunch If you are someone that enjoys their coffee but does not have a ton of time making each cup, then, the manual mill may not be right for your lifestyle.While it is sure to pack a more powerful flavor burst, this may be negated by the amount of time that you spend actually making the cup. If you have a busy lifestyle that requires coffee to be quick, a manual mill is not going to be your best solution. It will take time to make each cup and that just may not be the best for a busy lifestyle. Single Serve If you are someone that likes a single cup of coffee at a time or someone that only wants enough coffee for a few cups, then, a manual mill coffee grinder may be a perfect choice. You can make a few cups of coffee quickly by grinding just enough beans for your glasses. Quick, easy, and with a bit of elbow grease, you can turn the raw form into something “brewable�and create that perfect cup.

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Need More If you, however, rely on a good amount of coffee in your daily routine, a manual mill may not be your best choice. Grinding can become an inconvenience if you have a lot of cups to make and may take more time than you want to invest. If this is the case and describes your coffee drinking behaviors, then, choose a method of grinding beans or purchasing them that provides you more drink creating capabilities quickly. Hands On If you feel that the hands on experience in making your edibles is important, then, you will likely find a manual mill to be a great fit in your life. This type of coffee grinder is not necessarily physically demanding in creating a drink, but it does get you into the process. It allows you to see coffee change from the aromatic grounds to the brewing capable grinds that you need for that perfect cup of coffee. A bit of involvement in the preparation often tricks the mind into thinking the creation tastes a little better, too. Therefore, if you are a hands on individual looking for that hands on cup of coffee, the manual mill grinder is perfect for you.

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Trying New Things Coffee beans in their roasted form can be purchased from many different coffee shops. These specialized coffees can be expensive so purchasing a single cups worth is something that may be budget friendly and yet, seems unrealistic if you have no way of grinding them. Therefore, if you want to try new things or a variety of different flavors of coffee, then, a manual mill may be a great fit for your life. A manual mill is perfect for those who want to try new things because it allows them to essentially make a cup at a time in the flavor that they want. If you like to create your own combinations or only want to make a small amount of that specialty coffee, you can do that through this mill. You can grind a cup, brew it, and move on to something new. You can also get creative! Different bean combinations make different flavors that are not necessarily easily accomplished if you have a single box, bag, or can of pre-grinded coffee. There is more option in creativity and trying new things when you use an individualized manual coffee grinder. Consider this, then, when you choose your grinding mechanism.

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No Space Coffee grinders like the manual mill can be very small but they do take up some space in your kitchen. They need to be used in conjunction with a brewing mechanism, therefore, you will need at least two devices to make a single cup of coffee. If space is an issue, than a manual mill may not be your best choice in a grinder. Though small, they are an object that has to exist in order to grind the coffee. Consider the amount of room that you have for a new device or appliance in your coffee room.

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Chapter 5: The French Press Experience

If you are still unsure about the options that you have beyond your coffee pot, consider the French Press. This is another option in the making of coffee and may be more suitable for your lifestyle. Though the name sounds fancy, it is a relatively easy use to use device that is perfect for many coffee consumers. This chapter delves deeper into the French Press experience and how it may be incorporated into your drink. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 34


The Design The French Press is a device that includes certain pieces of equipment that combine together into a complete device. The main parts of a French Press are the base also known as a beaker that includes a mesh filter inside. There is also a plunger and a lid. Usually the materials aside from the filter are made of glass, metal, or plastic. The presentation of this coffee is beautiful and can be easily added to a table setting or even carried from location to location for mobility. The Grounds The main difference between a traditional coffee maker and a French Press design is in the type of filter and grinds that are utilized in the making of the drink. The French Press has a filter that has bigger holes than a traditional filter. That means that you need to have a thicker grind than a traditional coffee maker. This is because if you do not have the thicker grains, there is a greater chance that the coffee will drip through the filter and directly into the drink. Thickness is usually labeled on the can or the container in which the coffee comes or you can manually grind them so it is the perfect size for the French Press. Hot Water When the grinds are placed in the filter, there is a drip brew that .................................................................................................................................................................................... 35


allows the coffee liquid to pass through. This, again, reiterates why larger grounds are necessary. Hot water is added so that this process is facilitated and the coffee brews as it passes through the device. The top of the device where the liquid is inserted should be covered with a lid so that said liquid and steam stays in for the brewing process. This allows for a full roasted taste and for the full coffee flavor to be absorbed into what will be the coffee. The Plunger The plunger is inserted into the device to press the coffee through after the water is added. This pushes the grounds down and allows for the coffee to take the flavor without the grounds. The process usually lasts about two to four minutes. The plunger pushes the grounds into a container at the bottom of the device. This is where the grounds are held for what should be a short amount of time. The grounds must be removed right away so that the coffee can become ill-tasting and almost bitter. Manual Mill Capability If you are considering using a manual mill, the French Press can be a great addition. This is because you will actually get to ground your coffee grounds to the right texture and size that you wish to achieve. You will have control over the fineness or .................................................................................................................................................................................... 36


thickness so that means you will not have to worry about them seeping through to the actual coffee liquid below. For that reason, consider this in conjunction with a manual mill for a truly unique and fresh coffee experience. When to Not Choose If you are thinking about getting a French Press coffee maker, there are some things that you will want to consider that may not make it a good option. Firstly, if you are looking for mass amounts of coffee at one time, this is not the right style for you. These are not the pot sizes you are used to if you use a traditional coffee pot and may not give you the amount that you want for a full day. Consider how much you want from your coffee maker and then alter accordingly. If you want a quick and easy device to clean, the French Press can be a bit more complicated. There is an inherent need to clean the product regularly so that the device does not see coffee grounds remaining in places that could impact the next cup. Therefore, it is important that anyone that utilizes this device take the time to know and understand how to properly clean the containers out. It will help to preserve the longevity of the French Press as well as keep it functioning for years to come.

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If you are used to the finer grounds and are not looking to change, then, you will not want this addition to your coffee regimen. The thicker and coarser grains as aforementioned can create a stronger brew that is perfect and packs a powerful punch, for some. Others want their traditional varieties and that is okay, too. If you have never tried a cup of French Press coffee, however, it is worth trying and may surprise you in how delicious it really is.

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Chapter 6: The Health Benefits of Coffee

For a long time, it was thought that the main health benefit of coffee was an increase in energy that would allow a coffee drinker to push through the day. This is assuredly the case with a caffeinated version of the drink, but, the benefits to consumption do not stop there. There are many other benefits that are just now being explored and expounded upon. This chapter focuses on these benefits and how they can increase the health of an individual consumer. .................................................................................................................................................................................... 40


1. Battling Diabetes Diabetes is a serious issue that can cause both primary and secondary health issues in those who suffer from it. There are two main types of diabetes: Type I and Type 2. Both can be devastating to the body if not maintained. Coffee may be able to help in battling the type 2 version of this condition. Coffee may work to help diabetes, according to medical studies done at UCLA, by facilitating the growth of a hormone known SHBG. Specifically, it works to promote the plasma associated with this protein that works to promote testosterone and estrogen levels in the body. So, how does this help with the battle against diabetes? Well, according to studies by accredited physicians, increased levels of these hormones can counteract the impact of diabetes on the body. Therefore, consuming coffee may help to promote the body's natural defensive chemicals that help protect against the progression of diabetes. 2. Antioxidants Within Oxidation of the cells in the body can be very problematic. This occurs when oxygen adheres to the cells, and push out what are known as free radicals. Free radicals are harmful if they go unchecked and can cause health concerns that range from the .................................................................................................................................................................................... 41


routine to the severe. One way to combat this problem in the body is to consume products that contain antioxidants. Antioxidants work to stop the process and thus, combat the presence of free radicals. Coffee is a huge source of antioxidants. In fact, a recent study of health professionals showed that coffee was the number one source of antioxidants in the US. Therefore, consuming coffee can actually work to combat free radicals in the body, helping to promote an individual's health. 3. Heart Help Heart disease is a leading killer of women and men throughout the US and the world. There are many different foods and consumables that have been shown to have a negative impact on this severe and fatal condition. Coffee is showing promising results in this area as well. Though not definitive, Harvard researchers have suggested a negative correlation between coffee consumption and heart disease. Of course, this is when coffee is consumed in moderation but the results are promising in suggesting that there is a tangible and beneficial link between coffee consumption and heart disease prevention. 4. Cancer Prevention Cancer is a real and tragic disease that does not discriminate in .................................................................................................................................................................................... 42


its impact. Individuals young and old can be afflicted by cancer and the progression of this horrible disease. Some cancers, however, are prevalent in certain demographic arenas when compared with others. For instance, endometrial cancer impacts female sex and reproductive organs in a way that it simply does not impact men. While the research is still being investigated, there is promising evidence that there may be a connection between reduction in the risk of endometrial cancer and coffee consumption. No, it is not definitive, as much in medicine is not. However, the results of this research suggest that adding coffee to the diet in a moderate amount can have a positive impact on the health of females. Specifically, it may aid in the prevention or progression of this devastating disease. 5. Sexual Function in Males Males have a unique sexual organ that defines them, arguably, as men. This organ is the penis. The penis is a part of the male body that aids in urination and in sexual intimacy, both of which can be highly impacted by a condition known as erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction can be devastating to the psyche and intimacy level confidence of a man. Therefore, more and more research is being promoted in this medical arena to .................................................................................................................................................................................... 43


help find the causes and remedies of this condition. Coffee, once again, is showing promising results. Studies have suggested that coffee consumption by males can stimulate the activity of the penis. It can help to cause erections more regularly and aid in intimate actions. As aforementioned, coffee has been linked to the development of sexual hormones such as testosterone. This hormone is needed in order for male sexual performance. Therefore, consuming coffee may help to stimulate the body in such a way that it aids men in their intimate relationships, an important and hopeful medical revelation. 6. Energy Boost Of course, no conversation on the health benefits of coffee would be complete without a discussion on the energy boost that can come from it. Specifically, the energy that is associated with the caffeinated version of this drink. Even the slightest of caffeine boosts can help enthrall the senses and get the heart pumping a bit faster. This facilitates metabolism and allows for that extra push that is needed to get through the day. Coffee can accomplish just that. This energy boost can help battle fatigue and everyday tiredness .................................................................................................................................................................................... 44


as well. On the job, lethargy or exhaustion can lead to safety risks to the individual and to others. If these cases of low energy levels are not associated with a bigger health problem, which only a doctor could diagnose, that extra bit of energy that can derive itself from the consumption of coffee can be very helpful in creating alertness. Therefore, those that want a minor energy boost can see their health and safety increase, arguably. A caffeine boost from coffee, in moderation, does more than just create an influx in the body's energy systems. It can impact the help and positive attitude of an individual as well. Research has shown that those that feel energized tend to have a more positive outlook on life. They tend to have a happier disposition and feel more accomplished because higher energy levels help to increase productivity. Of course, it is again important to note that not every individual will respond to coffee the same way and each should speak to a physician about increasing any amount of consumable in their diet. In general, though, coffee can help to increase energy levels and increase the mood of an individual, too! It really is a win-win. Things to Consider When it comes to coffee consumption, as with any food or drink, moderation is key. No one benefits from a coffee diet alone no .................................................................................................................................................................................... 45


matter how good it may be and how many flavors there are. Instead, a balanced diet and listening to a physician has the most beneficial and controlled impact on health. The above linkages and potential health benefits, however, demonstrate that coffee is more than just an energy booster. It has the potential to increase the overall health of the body in numerous different ways. Do your research and find which combinations of coffee have the most health properties and be sure to stay up to date on the changes that are occurring in this area of research. With so many positive results, however, you may want to Therefore, consider adding a few cups of coffee to your diet if not prohibited by a physician and see what the world of medicine is now starting to notice.

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Conclusion

Coffee is a drink that has many facets that only consumption and exploration can really expound upon. It is a drink that can be individualized and perfected to suit every different palette, as well as can be fun to figure out and understand. This book should serve as a guide to your journey with this amazing drink as well as heighten the want and desire you have to explore it further.

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For instance, finding your flavor can be fun and exciting. It is a chance for exploration and identification of what makes you happy. Be sure to use the tips highlighted in this book to challenge your palette, engage your senses, and find the flavor that is right for you. The process of trying, even if you do not enjoy a flavor, can be eye opening and challenge what your current norm is. Do not be afraid to branch out! Do not forget that mugs are an important part of your coffee experience. Too often these cups are seen as just drink containers. The truth is, they can greatly impact the flavor of your drink and the way in which you enjoy it. With different sizes, shapes, colors, and designs, finding that perfect coffee mug may be just as exciting as finding your perfect flavor. The only way you will know is to explore and look for the one that suits your lifestyle needs and your personal tastes. Have fun trying your new favorite flavor in a beautiful new mug, too! Maybe your perfect at home mug is not right for work or for traveling on family vacations. That is okay, too! You have options in mugs with the different travel containers that are available. These insulated and mobile mugs will keep your drink fresh and warm while you are taking the kids to soccer or running to the office to finish up a last minute report. Be sure to take note of .................................................................................................................................................................................... 49


the materials that work best and the notes on care given above and your travel mug will last you many cups of coffee to come! Further, if you have only created your coffee drink in a particular way, consider exploring something new. A manual grind will provide you with a hands-on process that allows you the opportunity to really get your hands dirty proverbially of course and experiment with more than just drinking coffee, but making it, too! Remember that a manual mill can be useful when you try new beans or new flavor combinations. Do not be afraid to mix and match until you find your perfect combination. In addition, using the manual mill in connection with a French Press will create new coffee experiences that may be out of your norm, but nonetheless enthralling. Though, to some, it is just a drink, others find their cup of coffee processed in this more personalized way to be more than a beverage but an experience. Try these new ways of processing and you may find a bolder, more perfected drink that will become your favorite. You may also love the new presentation option, too. The health benefits of coffee are being expounded upon and researched daily. As such, there are numerous new and positive connections being made all of the time. From heart health help .................................................................................................................................................................................... 50


to reproductive aiding to antioxidant stimulation, research is suggesting that the once thought of energy boost could be so much more. Of course, as with anything, there is a downside to overconsumption of this caffeinated beverage. However, in moderation and with a bit of research, you can find the perfect flavor that will boost your health, too. Now that you know more about coffee and all the great things that it can offer, you may be excited to get started and find that perfect drink. Just make sure, though, that when exploring, you find a legitimate and trusted company that can help you throughout the process. LifeSky can offer you just that. LifeSky is a trusted brand in the area of kitchen appliances and products. They know and understand coffee and can help you to get started. With depth of product and knowledge, you are in charge of your drinking experience. Consider LifeSky brand of products, and you are likely to keep drinking that warm cup of joe for years to come! What are you waiting for? Start exploring today!

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