Mr. Coffee Versus Bunn-o-Matic - The Coffee Maker Battle Heats Up

Written by Jon Butt

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Timer If having your coffee pre-made for you when you wake up is important, then a timer is going to be key! Timers allow you to setrepparttar time when your coffee maker will start doing its thing and brewing you up your beloved coffee.

Space If you have unlimited counter space, then this criterion might not matter much to you. But, for those of you for whom counter space is at a premium, deciding upon a model that fits your space as well as your décor might be an important consideration.

But, to truly separaterepparttar 148175 two competitors, our judges will also be looking closely atrepparttar 148176 following four areas:

Ease of Use This is self-explanatory - at 6 a.m., you want a machine that is easy to use!

Durability As you know, coffee makers aren'trepparttar 148177 most pampered of home appliances. They can get pretty banged up with daily use. Choosing a hardy model is essential.

Ease of Cleaning Starting with a well-maintained and cleaned pot is one ofrepparttar 148178 best ways to assure yourself of a great cup of coffee day after day.

Style Yes, inrepparttar 148179 end, many of us like our coffee makers to look cool. Sure, while it's true that they are simply functional machines, we want these machines to represent our love for coffee.

The fight is on betweenrepparttar 148180 top coffee makers inrepparttar 148181 world. So, who winsrepparttar 148182 home coffee maker battle? Bunn-o-Matic definitely has significantly higher priced models and less of a home-based selection, but is known for superior performance and durability. Mr. Coffee has a wider range of home models to choose from and most of their machines are significantly less expensive than evenrepparttar 148183 lowest priced Bunn-o-Matic.

Inrepparttar 148184 end, it's a personal choice for you to decide. Remember, a great cup of coffee ends up being more than your coffee maker. Quality water, beans, andrepparttar 148185 proper grind for your machine all make a big difference in whether your coffee maker and first cup of coffee are winners. Good luck!

Jon Butt is the host of The Coffee Guide, an innovative website dedicated to all things coffee. From beans to gourmet, espresso machines to coffee makers, or just great tasting coffee

Mindfulness and Eating: Divine Desk Dining

Written by Maya Talisman Frost

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Even if you don’t have an eating disorder, chances are you’ve had more than a few meals onrepparttar go. Perhaps you are a practiced drive-and-diner, grabbing your order fromrepparttar 148174 drive-thru window and perfecting your food balancing technique. More likely, you’ve eaten an entire lunch while simultaneously answering phones and typing out email messages—and not really tasting a single bite.

Don’t curse your go-go lifestyle. Instead, choose to savor a slow-slow moment—even if it’s just a two-minute yogurt break.

Your divine desk dining experience starts with a couple of deep breaths and a commitment to focusing for two—count ‘em, TWO—minutes. Feel your belly, and pay attention to any hunger pangs. Check in to see if you are eating now because it’s lunch time, because you are ravenous, or because you know you won’t get a chance to eat for several more hours. Take note.

Then, take a bite. Put down your fork, spoon or sandwich, and simply chew your food slowly, relishingrepparttar 148175 flavors and textures, just like Mom taught you. Do this for one minute, and then pause. Feeling better now? Sometimesrepparttar 148176 simple act of chewing mindfully for just a moment can help us slow down enough to recognize that we’re not that hungry.

Savor another minute of mindful mastication without getting wrapped up in thoughts of work or anything else. Come back to “just this bite” until your two minutes are up. After that, feel free to eat at your normal pace, and even if you get caught up inrepparttar 148177 type-and-swallow routine, simply note it.

We spend a lot of time and energy bemoaning our busy lives. Instead, spend two minutes tasting mindfulness right there at your desk.

It’s simply divine.

Maya Talisman Frost is a mind masseuse in Portland, Oregon. Through her company, Real-World Mindfulness Training, she offers creative eyes-wide-open alternatives to meditation. To read her free special report, "The Dirty Little Secret About Meditation" visit

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