There is one kitchen appliance that comes to mind perhaps more than any other in the morning: the coffee maker. No matter if it's drip-brewed or espresso that is doing the calling, the allure of that particular machine leads us out of bed and down the hall, where we contend with sleepy motor skills as we prepare our morning caffeine fix. For a moment, all attention is focused on this one undertaking, one that requires a trip to the sink for water--and that's where we run into last night's dirty dishes. Suddenly, the coffee maker isn't … Read more
Coffee drinkers know what they like. Walk into any coffee shop for a demonstration. As the line moves forward, patrons order their favorite beverages with more precision than that of a fine steak. Rare, medium, and well done are the basic gradations for steak; but when it comes to coffee, numbers come into play. In the past, one lump or two was suffice enough to determine coffee preferences. But in today's world, a dozen different sweeteners and creamers are available--not to mention temperature-specific preferences. As diverse as the world of coffee (and caffeine in general) has become, there is … Read more
Tea drinkers understand the art of brewing tea. Though coffee drinkers do appreciate interacting with their favorite beverage in order to make it, the vast majority of coffeemakers are automatic drip machines. They quite often make a fine cup of coffee, but after the initial choices of beans and grind are chosen, the actual brewing process is automated. The same cannot be said for brewing tea.
Different types of tea require different brewing temperatures; hearty black teas do well with a high brewing temperature, and green and herbal teas benefit from brewing at a lower temperature. The Capresso PerfectTea Cordless 48-Ounce Electric Glass Kettle … Read more
After all the shopping and cooking and traveling, the end of the year can be a real time crunch, and it's easy to overlook the little day-to-day things we regularly attend to without a second thought. Thankfully, when it comes to the most basic consumables of our daily lives (coffee), there is a product designed to help those of us who need to save every minute (or are incredibly absent-minded).
Serious coffee enthusiasts will agree that coffee is both an art and a science. Time and temperature play crucial roles during the roasting process of the raw bean. While we may not usually be able to control what comes out of the bag, we can control what happens after that point. Just as time and temperature determine what kind of bean you get, the variables also come into play during the brewing process. Of course, there's the grind to consider: coarse, medium and fine. However, an additional factor for the coffee lover to consider is how to grind the … Read more
Last year around this time, it was still a challenge just to get a Wii. Now that everyone's got one, let's take a look at some inexpensive gift ideas for the Wii people ("Wii-ple"?) in your life.
1. Buy.com has the Wii AirCharge Inductive Charger for $17.99 shipped. "Inductive" means you just lay the controllers on the charging base and presto: they recharge. It even works through the silicon sleeves and with the new MotionPlus connected. The package comes with the base and a pair of rechargeable batteries. I'm getting one.… Read more
CoffeeCup Shopping Cart Creator is an intuitive, easy-to-use program that creates shopping carts for e-businesses. For retailers with little knowledge of Web design who want to take their business online without a lot of fuss, this program is a great choice.
CoffeeCup's interface is sleek and intuitive. It's surprisingly easy to add products and enter their descriptions and prices. Large graphical buttons represent the program's major functions. You can easily switch back and forth between the Products view, which lets you manage your merchandise, and the Pages view, which manages your Web site's individual pages. The … Read more
What's the first thing you do with a new kitchen appliance? In our house, I go for the instruction manual, but my husband tends to plunge right in. This has resulted in more than a few mishaps over the many years of our marriage.
The Primula Speak n' Brew, the world's first talking coffee maker, aims to simplify the coffee brewing process and eliminate the need to push a dozen buttons to program the machine. Instead, you can just tell this 10-cup stainless steel coffee maker when you want your coffee made.
It's pretty straightforward: press Talk, … Read more
They say a watched pot never boils, and in the morning it is especially true. Waiting for the water to get hot enough to pour over coffee grounds can feel like an eternity. If you are using a French press for your morning brew, you know exactly what I mean. But it is not just the coffee addicts who must wait to get into hot water; tea drinkers suffer the same fate. Either way, in the end it comes down to needing hot water for your beverage. But what about the people who prefer coffee and tea?
More water means … Read more
It's a good feeling when at the end of the workday all that is left to do is to go home. While a pile of completed tasks and jobs may appeal to our inner need to check things off of a list, our productivity needs fuel to sustain its drive. Hunger can be a powerful distraction, as well it should be. But sometimes, its too powerful. A 2-hour lunch break is nice, but sometimes you've just got to bear down and plow through the day. Next time, don't settle for a candy bar to power your way … Read more