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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.

            How does coffee compete with these ‘naughty’ foods and drink?: What Drinking Coffee Does to You

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            Last Updated on January 15, 2019

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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