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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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            Last Updated on September 10, 2019

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

            Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

            Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

            This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

            One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

            Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

            Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

            1. Gratitude

            Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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            The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

            Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

            So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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              2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

              This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

              For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

              What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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              Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

              3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

              This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

              Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

              An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

              Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

              write down goals

                4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                6. Rise Earlier

                The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                Reference

                [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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