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7 Best Coffee Makers that Brew the Best Cup

7 Best Coffee Makers that Brew the Best Cup

Enjoying a cup of quality coffee is one of life’s little pleasures, and one which many coffee aficionados take really seriously. There are those that swear by their chosen method of brewing and what they perceive to be the perfect way to brew the best cup of coffee. For them, the idea of drinking a cup of ‘instant’ is a sacrilege and an insult to the glorious coffee bean! For them, the only way is properly ground coffee, a carefully selected choice from the numerous blends to choose from, originating from many different parts of the world. So, how do you decide on the best way to brew your coffee? Here are seven of the best coffee makers for a perfect cup of coffee:

French Press (cafetiere, coffee plunger pot or press pot).

The French press is an inexpensive and simple method of making a good cup of coffee. All that is needed to make coffee with a French press is hot water and coffee; no filters are required. The benefit of using a French press is that you are able to regulate the strength of your cup of coffee by having control over the length of brewing time that you allow. There is a certain enjoyable ritual to making coffee with a French press. Once the hot water has been added to the coffee, it can be taken to the table and allowed to brew while you relax and enjoy good conversation, or while reading your newspaper or a good book. When the appropriate brewing time has elapsed, pressing slowly down on the press and then pouring it into cups is all it takes to enjoy your coffee.

1. One of the best traditional-style French Press coffee makers on the market is the Bodum Chambord. It comes in a variety of sizes, has a quality chrome covered brass frame, and a removable and replaceable glass carafe. All pieces are safe to clean in the dishwasher.

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Bodum Chambord

    2. Another traditionally-styled model is the Stoneware French Press from Le Creuset. It is available in several different color choices, and does have a much different weight than glass and metal varieties. The Le Crueset is ideal for that rustic country look and will staying looking good for years.

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      3. For a modern take on the French Press, the Frieling French Press fits the bill. Made from double-walled, polished stainless steel, it retains heat, prevents accidental burning of hands, and is tough and durable, as well as looking stylish enough to suit modern contemporary living.

      Frieling French Press

        The Moka pot.

        The Moka pot is a coffee maker you use on your stove or cooker. It works by using steam, under pressure, to pass hot water through ground coffee. It’s another traditional style of coffee making, originating from the 1930’s. Compared to some other coffee makers, a drawback of making coffee this way is having to have a stove to use it on, but the quality of the end result is said to be similar to coffee made in an espresso machine, and due to the way it extracts the flavour, can produce a stronger cup than by drip brewing methods.

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        4. The original, and regarded by many as still the best, is the the Bialetti Moka Express. Its design has allowed it to become a stylish icon, the original design being made of aluminium, and it comes in a variety of sizes.

        Frieling French Press

          5. Another quality moka pot is the Moka Pot Top. This is made by the Italian company Moka Pot. A significant difference between this and the Bialetti Moka Express is the titanium-alloy base, and the Moka Pot Top will work well on any cooking surface, including the modern induction hobs. They come in a range of different colors to complement your kitchen.

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          Pour-over coffee maker.

          The pour-over method is a simple way to produce quality coffee. The pour-over cone system was invented by Merlitta Bentz in 1908 and is regarded by many coffee aficionados as the best way to make coffee. A cone is placed in the top of a cup or carafe. A paper or material filter is placed inside this cone, and coffee is added. Water is slowly poured over the coffee grounds and the resulting coffee flows through a small hole in the bottom of the cone.

          6. The Chemex coffeemaker is an elegantly designed vessel made of high quality, heat resistant glass, with a heat resistant collar that acts as a handle. It was selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best designed products of all time.

          The Chemex coffeemaker

            7. The Hario Cafeor Stainless Steel Dripper is different in that it doesn’t use filters that need replacing. Instead, it has a fine metal mesh that allows more of the coffee’s oils to pass through, giving the resulting coffee more body than can be achieved using paper filters.

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            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

            Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

            But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

            Sight – Visual Stimulation

            The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

            1. Maximize your exposure to light.

            Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

            Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

            2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

            Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

            Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

            Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

            3. Take note of your environment.

            Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

            By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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            Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

            What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

            4. Engage in conversation.

            Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

            Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

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            5. Listen to upbeat music.

            Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

            Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

            Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

            If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

            6. Work your nose.

            Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

            If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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            Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

            Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

            If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

            7. Have a good breakfast.

            Start off with the most important meal of the day.

            Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

            Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

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            8. Drink lots of water.

            Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

            So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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            9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

            Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

            Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

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            Touch – Tactile Stimulation

            Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

            10. Splash cold water on your face.

            Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

            This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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            11. Use acupressure.

            Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

            Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

            12. Get moving.

            Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

            And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

            You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

            Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

            Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

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