Archive for December, 2009

ABC Of Coffee Machines

December 29, 2009

A lot of people just cannot get going in the morning without their daily shot of coffee. There are several different types of coffee machines that can you make that first pot of coffee and they all have their good sides and not so good sides.

Types Of Coffee Machines

Probably the most basic type of coffee machine that many will remember from their childhood is the percolator. This machine isn’t really complex. There is a pot, with a small built in metal filter and basket with a tube going from the bottom of the pot up into the basket. When the water in the body of the pot boils, the water is drawn up the tub into the basket of coffee. As the boiling water rolls through the coffee grounds, coffee is made. These were originally built to be placed directly on a burner on the stove but today they are built for counter top use and are plugged in.

An automatic drip coffee machine is probably the most common today. These sit on your countertop and include a glass carafe for the coffee to drip into. There is a warming plate under the carafe to keep the coffee warm. Water is placed into the reservoir, and after the coffee machine is switched on, the water is forced through the basket area where the coffee grounds are placed in a filter. These are very simple to use and make a decent pot of coffee.

The newest coffee machine on the market today is the pod system. Each coffee machine has its own specific brand of pod and that is the only type of pod that can be used in that specific machine. The pods themselves come in a fairly wide variety of flavors so it is not hard to find the coffee you like. Often a pod will produce one cup of coffee, which is great if you only want a single cup of coffee. If you like having an entire pot at hand, a pod coffee machine may not be the best machine for you.

Finding a coffee machine that works best for you won’t be very hard. There are a fairly wide variety of coffee machines on the market and many have very nice features that you may pay extra for, but are probably worth it. Imagine waking up in the morning to a fresh, full carafe of coffee just waiting for you. All you have to do is find a good coffee machine and you’ll be all set.


Personalized Coffee Mug For Christmas Gift

December 24, 2009

If you need a simple and affordable Christmas gift idea for a coworker, friend, or family member, try a personalized coffee mug. Instead of settling for “World’s Best Dad,” or “Class of ’99,” here are some fresh ideas for you to use.

Photo Memory

We’ve all seen the kiosk at the mall that will snap a picture of you and immortalize it on a mug, which is a great idea in theory until your mug shot truly looks like a mugshot. Why not use that picture of you and your friend giggling over margaritas at your last birthday party instead? Give a personalized coffee mug that can also serve as a memory holder. With a little planning, getting an existing picture on a mug is just as easy, and actually more convenient, than trekking down to the kiosk at the mall. You can upload pictures right from your computer, and with a few simple clicks your personalized coffee mug is on its way to you.

Inspiring Words

If a picture isn’t appropriate for the recipient of your personalized coffee mug, try some textual enlightenment instead. Don’t worry about finding the perfect quote, why not just find a really great word instead? Be creative. Use a word to describe your favorite attribute of the recipient, like “fluidity,” or something nice you wish for them, like “ovation.”

Original Artwork

Another option for you personalized coffee mug is original artwork. You don’t have to be Picasso, just have fun. You can find kits at places like craft stores that allow you to draw or paint your own artwork and insert it into a tumbler-style coffee mug. This is a great option if the personalized coffee mug is a gift from a child, as it’s a project they can complete independently with many chances to finalize the artwork before it’s inserted into the personalized coffee mug.

If you prefer a slightly more refined finished product in this category, try going to a pottery studio, where you can still paint a personalized coffee mug, but the finished product will be professionally fired in a kiln. You can choose to paint a stenciled design, or choose a plain mug to have complete design freedom. There are a number of these studios popping up nationwide, the most well known probably being Color Me Mine. Visit their website to find a location near you.