My coffee grinder did a perfect job!

The least expensive “real” burr grinder. Bought a $45 “disk” burr grinder only to find out the motor spins so fast it may as well be a blade grinder. Friction burns make for nasty smells and taste and no matter how fine the setting it will not make the powdery espresso that produces crema. I loved how this product had a description of all their coffee grinder models and this low and slow model does a perfect job of grinding. It helped me understand why the other grinders fail so bad.

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I use this on the second finest setting which works fine with my espresso machine but others have recommended a coarser grind. I’ve allays gone as fine as I can without plugging the machine or getting grounds through the filter. No dust with this grinder, I would NEVER buy one that creates dust. Defiantly read all instructions as it has to fit together a particular way to not break itself.

P.S. I also had a $300 Gaggia disk grinder that worked fine, just had some gimmicky features that only work with other Gaggia appliances. You can tell by the motor pitch that the secret to evenly ground coffee is a low RPM motor, not the type of burr. However conical burrs are considered superior and are more likely to have better motors. I had a $20 hand crank model that worked fine but took forever to make enough for a shot.

Additional reading:
Emelyn Lee: I like this coffee grinder
Death Wish Coffee: 5 tips for strong coffee

Finally a Good Espresso Machine

espresso machinesIts been a month since I have bought this machine. I have not worked every coffee making device out there but I have operated and tasted many. I had just lost my Delonghi magnifica super automatic machine after seven years of use. It was a pretty good machine for being a super automatic. But I have craved to get a real good espresso machine and do a proper cappuccino. I have used french presses, Vietnamese phins, drip, siphon, and single serve keurigs. Being in the Pacific NW you would except awesome cafe’s everywhere, and you would be wrong. To get a good barista that knows what they are doing, is slim to none. So with the exit of my super auto, I shopped for a good one. I kept coming back to the breville. Only knocks it was really getting was that Breville was Australian and new to the game. I took the plunge and bought it, and I do not regret it.

After my full automatic served me for lots of years I wanted to go back to a more manual system that would give me more control over the process and give me the possibility to make latte art. This machine does it all and I love it. Every step in the process of making cappuccino is programmable/adjustable and with the pressure meter you can see instantly when you’re on the spot. The steamer is powerful enough to froth your milk in no time. I only had one incident in the first week of using it. The grinder gave a loud clunk at the end of grinding and after that I had to re-adjust the settings to a coarser setting. Than it worked fine again. I cleaned the grinder but couldn’t see anything wrong.

The quality of the cappuccino is great, much better compared to that of the famous coffee chains. All in all, I love this machine although I’m a little concerned about the longevity.

After four months, I am a very satisfied customer. I’ve had no issues that couldn’t be solved by reading the handy trouble-shooting guide. I highly recommend this machine for the novice barista is you are willing to invest in practice and a little sleuthing to make a perfect cappuccino! I looked at many machines and read many espresso maker reviews before buying, and in the end, this was definitely the right choice for me.

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Fitting Your Own Kitchen

Instead of paying hundreds of pounds to somebody to fit your kitchen, why not fit it yourself?

Most people have the ability to complete this task, and if you need to, you can bring in the specialists as and when required.

Over a number of pages, you’ll find our step-by-step guides and instructions to help you fit your own kitchen. We’ve also included photos of a kitchen recently fitted by Dave.

Once you’ve fitted your new kitchen and your partner’s patted you on the back, you can sit down to a lovely meal and bottle of wine to discuss how you’re going to spend the money saved by fitting your new kitchen yourself!

To completely fit a new kitchen you need to be a competent DIYer, with good skills in carpentry and a good knowledge of electrical and plumbing work. If some of the work needs to be carried out by a plumber, (Gas Safe registered for gas work – use this site to check your engineer) joiner or an electrician then these are costs that need to be considered. Even with these costs you can save a lot of money fitting the kitchen units yourself. I was recently quoted around £1500 to fit a basic kitchen and the quote excluded plumbing and electrical work so there are great savings to be made with DIY.

Fitting a new kitchen isn’t a ‘two minute job’ and requires a lot of tools :-

  • Battery drill / driver plus wood and masonry drill bits
  • Electricians screwdrivers
  • Power / pipe detector
  • Claw / lump hammers
  • Bolster chisel
  • Spirit level
  • Pliers
  • Side cutters
  • Pump pliers
  • Saw
  • Jigsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Sealant gun
  • Square
  • Marker pens

Read the works in detail here.

When finishing off the new kitchen its worth sealing any gaps at the back of the worktops with clear sealant so there is less risk of water damage before the wall(s) are tiled. Any small gaps between the kitchen units and the wall(s) can be filled using cuts of decorative clad end panel, doing this gives the kitchen a more professional finish. As shown in one of the images below I partly filled a gap between a washing machine and a wall using a piece of 75 x 15mm timber with cabinet magnets on the reverse for ease of removal, then simply tiled the timber using liquid nails as an adhesive, it was simple to do and leaves a small gap for washing machine movement. The last job aside cleaning up and telling everyone how hard you have had to work like I do, is to blank any pre-drilled holes in the units with the plastic blanks / caps that come with the units.

More reading: How I Discover the Best Kitchen Knife for My Cooking

The Best Cookware: Everyone Needs It

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Everyone needs it. Everyone has it. Everyone will eventually get it. I am talking about cookware sets. Everyone has had to go out and purchase a cookware set for the house or place of residence. So since everyone has to go and get cookware sets at some point in their life shouldn’t we care more about what we get? This brings me to the question, what is the best cookware someone can get. I will be giving a few recommendations of the best cookware out there.

Let us begin with Cook N Home 15 piece nonstick black soft handle Cookware Set. Right off back I must say Cook N Home has to be considered one of the best cookware options. First and foremost is the price. With this quality and at a price lower than $100 it is an absolute steal. Furthermore is the fact it is a 15 piece set. It comes with each size of pan you will ever need, glass lids for each, and your cooking tools.

Next we have Heim concept 12-Piece Stainless Steel Cookware Set. Just like our previous cookware set one of the major attractions to this set is the affordable price. Each piece comes with its’ own glass lid. A standout for this cookware set is ability to be used with more than one cooking source. This set is also an eye catcher due to its appearance. The Heim Stainless Steel Cookware set definitely deserves to be a part of the conversation of best cookware.

Last, but not least is the T-fal E918SC Cookware Set. It is highly consider the best cookware set. The price is also not so bad at about a little over 100$. This cookware is next level. That is the only way to describe it. It is a 12 piece set including everything you need to prepare yourself a meal. With a heat-indicator pan, to the nonstick of each pan, and most important the fact the cookware is durable it is easy to see why this is considered the best cookware set.

There you have it. Those are a few of your options for some of the best cookware sets on the market right now. Remember to choose wisely and consider this is what you will be preparing your meals with. Hopefully now we will all take a little more time when it comes to our cookware.

How Can You Choose The Best Tent For Your Camping?


Do you enjoy travelling a lot? Travelling is one of the best ways to release stress and it offers unforgettable experiences. If you are a regular traveler, you must be well versed with the traveling destinations, best modes of transportation, and choosing accommodation according to the destination. However, if you are new to the travelling community, it might help to choose a tent for your upcoming adventures. Most of the adventure-loving people prefer staying in a tent as compared to a rented hotel. What could be better than living in the nature and enjoying its various offerings?

Choosing a tent can be tricky, especially if you travel with a group or your family. The good thing is that Internet is full of top rated camping tent reviews to help you make the right choice. You must consider some important factors before choosing a tent. First, you need to choose the size of tent depending upon the average height and the number of people who are going to stay in it. If you have a family of 4, it is best to choose a tent with a sleeping capacity of 6. Why do you need that extra space? Well, it helps in storing your baggage, travel gear, and if you are a photography enthusiast, it will easily accommodate your gears. In addition to the floor space, you need to consider the height of your tent for better sleeping experience.

How are you going to use the tent? Most of the tents are suitable for a national park camping ground but if you plan to use it in the forest, you might want to choose a tent with better weatherproofing and durable material. Tents are available according to the seasons and it is best to choose the one that can work well in moderate conditions. In addition to it, you need to consider the ease of use and the amount of work you need to do before setting the tent. If you travel alone, you should prefer a tent, which you can easily manage without external help. As far as the material is concerned, choose tent made of rip-stop fabric and make sure that the chains are durable. You don’t want to spend a night with cold air brushing through your ears.

Do you enjoy trekking a lot? People who need to travel long distance on foot should choose lightweight tents. These tents are made with aluminum poles and light fabric to avoid that excessive weight. You can easily find special hiking tents in the market. Ventilation is another important aspect to consider and make sure that you have at least two windows for proper air circulation. Make sure that the tent has a rain protection to avoid any condensation. In the end, make sure to consider the price but do not compromise with the quality of the tent. After all, your tent is the only thing standing between you and the external elements. Choose wisely and enjoy traveling.

Staying Fit


Physical exercise is an activity that must be carried out regularly on our bodies to make sure that we are physically fit. Perhaps gaining physical fitness, exercises are required to refresh our bodies after long hours of working either in an office or in the fields. Therefore, any kind of an exercise is required, and most people have chosen to acquire elliptical machines to accomplish this objective. However, it has been realized that elliptical machine customers have been facing some challenges in choosing the best machine and so the best ellipticals for home reviews 2014 must be read.

Before going to the shops or elliptical machine stores to buy an elliptical machine, you must bear some factors in mind, and the following are eminent:

The drive system, do you want the front drive or rear drive?

  • Check out for a high quality machine
  • Let the machine’s value dictates its price
  • Check out for special features
  • Consider a machine with an excellent space efficiency
  • Does that machine have a warranty?
  • Check out for its stride length and its incline
  • What about its adjustability?
  • Consider a machine with various workout programs

Having those factors at your fingertips, then the next step is to choose the best store that has a vast number of high quality, high value, cheap, and affordable elliptical trainer machines. After careful research and satisfied customer analysis, Amazon emerged to be the best place to be for the ultimate elliptical machine purchases. It is the only store endowed with the task of stocking various brands and models of elliptical machines that suits the desires and needs of all sorts of customers.

Some of the best elliptical machines that you must check out for when you visit Amazon are Sole, Lifecore and Schwinn. Therefore, wait no more, order yours today and stay fit for the rest of your life.

I don’t have to skip my precious yoga time when travelling


I started doing yoga 9 years ago while in high school and I have never looked back. For me, yoga is one of the practices that have made me the person I am today. I enjoy great peace of mind, a strong and flexible body, comfortable body weight, good health and a glowing beautiful skin- thanks to yoga. Life always finds a way to make me frustrated almost daily- yoga helps me relax and also brings my sanity back. As a marketer and life coach, am always running on a very tight schedule, but my yoga time is sacred.

The nature of my jobs requires that I travel a lot from one city to another depending on my schedule. Specifically, I go out of town twice or thrice in a week. As stated earlier, my yoga time is very sacred and wouldn’t forego it for anything and when this happens, I find time in the course of the day or night to do yoga even when I am not in my house. In the midst of all these, there is one thing I never leave behind; my yoga mat. It comes in extremely handy in terms of offering comfort and great stability. Eventually, I had problems dragging along my thick yoga mat everywhere because it’s not as lightweight and packable as I would have wanted.

After making several trips and realizing I was torturing myself, I decided to buy a travel yoga mat. I didn’t know exactly what to buy, but even before I started reading the best yoga mat reviews, I already knew the kind of features I wanted in a mat. My travel mat was to be durable, sticky enough and most importantly, lightweight and packable. The fact that I knew what I wanted in a travel made it very easy for me to find a suitable one. If you are planning to take yoga practice on the road do yourself a favor of finding the right travel mat.

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