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Get advanced with the electric tea kettle

Remember those old fashioned tea kettles that whistled to tell you the water had reached a boiling point? If you are still using such an appliance then it is time you advanced to the electric tea kettle. It will help you get the water hot enough to get the best taste from your tea without the trouble or the wait.

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You can either boil or steep fresh tea leaves to make the very best tea. It depends on what you are after because boiling tea leaves gives it a darker color as well as a stronger taste. With an electric tea kettle you can choose the amount of heat you want so you get perfect tasting tea every time.

Most electric tea kettles feature a temperature control system. It is stainless steal and very durable. There are various designs you can choose from to accessorize your kitchen or to give it a new look. Many of them feature a cord that coils up into the base. This is perfect for storing it out of the way or even being able to take your electric tea kettle with you when you move. In less than five minutes from start to finish you can be enjoying a cup of your favorite tea.

In addition to saving time this type of tea kettle will offer you convenience and the best tasting tea. You will find plenty of different types of teas available for your electric tea kettle as well. This is a fun way to try out new types of tea or to get comfortable with your favorite one. Since electric tea kettles are in such demand you will find various models to choose from as well as a very good price on many of them.

You can find electric tea kettles at retail stores or online. Make sure you take the time to purchase one that has a good reputation for quality and durability. You also want to purchase one that comes with a good warranty so you can be assured the electric tea kettle is going to serve you for years ahead.  Information from

Great Beans Make Great Espresso

Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee BeansI’ve been shopping around for a good medium to dark roast whole bean coffee to use for Lattes and Espresso, and after several misses and near hits, I have settled on this – Koffee Kult Dark Roast Coffee Beans (but will always be keeping my eyes and nose open for other beans to try). I have a semi automatic espresso machine (espresso machine reviews favor this type) that I use from Breville (with the best espresso maker reviews) that allows me to set the grind size, amount, temp, volume…etc and steam the milk.

I have tried coffee from Kicking horse, Lavazza Super Crema Espresso and other Lavazza coffee, illy, and others not worth naming before finding this gem. The care is apparent in the aroma when you first open the bag and view the shiny dark beans for the first time. I like my coffee fairly strong and this intensifies the buttery light flavor of the Lavazza I mentioned above and borders on a darker roast just shy of bitter.

This packs the extra flavor I was missing in the buttery coffee without going overboard to the land of bitter. Grind size and temp can play a roll here but this bean seems to be pretty forgiving. Occasionally when I want something lighter (or straight without milk) , I find I like to mix it half and half with the Super Crema above, but for Lattes and Cappuccinos this product is perfect. By Max C.

How to Drink Espresso: 5 Easy Stepsthecoffeecompass

Order your espresso. “One espresso for here please.” should be sufficient. Most shops worth visiting only serve espresso in ceramic, but asking for the demitasse identifies yourself as a serious customer. You might be asked, “Single or a double?” Unless you’ve already had too much caffeine, make it a double.

Drink your water. The barista will probably serve you a glass of sparkling water. This is to cleanse your pallet. You’re paying a lot for that ounce of liquid, you want to taste it!

Skim the crema (optional). A freshly pulled espresso should have some nice, rich crema floating on top- a by product of escaping co2 and nine bars of pressure. Although thick, reddish crema often designates a good shot, it doesn’t actually taste very good. Some espresso aficionados recommend skimming it off with your spoon. This barista usually can’t wait that long to dig in though!
Give the espresso a stir. Espresso is not homogenous, the thick, syrupy part of the shot tends to sink to the bottom while the brighter notes float on top. To get a balanced tasting experience, give the espresso a good stir with the little spoon. Your taste buds will thank you later.
Take a sip. Let the coffee cover your tongue. Does it taste sweet? sour? Pay attention to the aftertaste. What lingering flavors are still in your mouth? Don’t be afraid to slurp!