Home Coffee Roasting – Makes all the difference

Written by Hilda Maria Sigurdardottir

Go Ahead---Have Some Coffee--- It’s Not JUST COFFEE Anymore!

As I sit here onerepparttar deck with my daily morning cup of coffee, I realize… just a few years ago I’d have had a cup of dark strong, stovetop brew with some milk to easerepparttar 145508 taste. No more!! Now there’s almost every kind of coffee available that you can imagine.

Roasting Coffee at Home

First, we’ll start withrepparttar 145509 fact that you can buy green coffee beans and roast them to your liking right in you own home. One way to roast coffee beans at home is to skillet fryrepparttar 145510 beans until they are brown. They need to be cooked somewhere between 460F degrees and 530F. Beans must be kept moving so it won’t cook them unevenly. The roasting must stop atrepparttar 145511 right time and cooled down quickly. This isrepparttar 145512 old method but definitely won’t taste like today’s methods and needs proper venting.

Another way to roast coffee beans is with a hot-air corn popper. Hot-air poppers roast pretty quickly causing a bright, medium roast and strong flavored dark roasts. Giving a clear-cut taste opposite of beans roasted in a gas oven or in a stovetop popper. This may be a little easier than other methods. There is less to worry about, such as settingrepparttar 145513 temperature just right. Although a great taste, there is a down side to using these poppers. First of all only not all poppers are designed to roast coffee. You should only userepparttar 145514 ones withrepparttar 145515 proper roasting chambers. This way makes a less amount each time than other methods. Roasting withrepparttar 145516 popper will also cause smoke to be more difficult to vent. Most of these poppers can be used to make French or Espresso coffee, which is darker but are not recommended. This may cause your popper to be over worked and shorten its life.

Roasting beans in a gas oven was also popular. You could roast more at a time andrepparttar 145517 oven didrepparttar 145518 venting for you. Just setrepparttar 145519 ovens temperature like baking. This had to be a much easier way andrepparttar 145520 results were rather good. Don’t forget,repparttar 145521 timing and cooling process for all roasting is very important and may be different in other blends to achievingrepparttar 145522 goal for a great cup of coffee.

The only way you are going to find out which technique you might enjoy to use is to find a whole bean coffee roasted style that you already like, then try to make it yourself at home. Do a little experimenting!

Brewing Methods

Next let’s move on torepparttar 145523 many different brewing methods. There are several different ways in which to brew coffee. Before you choose a coffee maker you need to understand first what you demand out ofrepparttar 145524 machine. It will be a question onlyrepparttar 145525 person using it can answer. Let’s examinerepparttar 145526 differences a little closer.

The filter drip isrepparttar 145527 most popular method used to brew coffee because it is easy to operate and consistent. Water is poured in a chamber where it is heated and slowly poured overrepparttar 145528 ground coffee. This can be done two ways. It can be electronically dripped or manually poured overrepparttar 145529 grounds. Some electric machines can be preset to haverepparttar 145530 coffee ready for you when you wake up inrepparttar 145531 morning. Others may preferrepparttar 145532 taste of hand-brewed coffee for a different flavor.

The French drip is another form of drip coffee making, which is made without paper filters. A separate top sits aboverepparttar 145533 porcelain coffee pot and acts asrepparttar 145534 strainer asrepparttar 145535 water soaks intorepparttar 145536 grounds. Working its way throughrepparttar 145537 strainer, coffee liquid makes its way torepparttar 145538 bottom pot for hot steaming coffee.

The Rise of Rioja Wines

Written by Fraser Neilson

For many people Spanish wine either means cava - their excellent local sparkling wine made byrepparttar same traditional method asrepparttar 145432 finest champagnes – or Rioja,repparttar 145433 famous red full of ripe fruit flavours and delicious creamy vanilla.

The name itself refers to wines grown inrepparttar 145434 Rioja region of North Eastern Spain which is nearrepparttar 145435 River (or Rio) Oja, hencerepparttar 145436 name. Few other wines getrepparttar 145437 same exposure asrepparttar 145438 Riojas so it is easy to forgetrepparttar 145439 number of other great Spanish wines that there are available, which is not surprising really as Spain hasrepparttar 145440 highest acreage under vine inrepparttar 145441 world and consequently a number of very different and very interesting wine regions.

One ofrepparttar 145442 main selling points of Rioja wines are their consistent high quality. It is probably a testament torepparttar 145443 Rioja Regulatory Council thatrepparttar 145444 quality control is generally so good that people know if they spend $13 or $14 on a bottle that they are pretty much guaranteed a good one.

Rioja wines are made fromrepparttar 145445 Tempranillo grape, which is sometimes supplemented with Garnacha, Graciano, or Mazuelo andrepparttar 145446 actual wine is divided into four main categories based on whole longrepparttar 145447 wine is aged for.

Afterrepparttar 145448 most basic version ofrepparttar 145449 wine, simply called Rioja,repparttar 145450 categories are as follows :

Crianza : Spends at least one year in oak and several months inrepparttar 145451 bottle. Reserva : These wines are aged for a minimum total of three years which includes at least one year in oak. Gran Reserva : Aged for at least five years with a minimum of two years in oak and three inrepparttar 145452 bottle. And despite these old classifications ofrepparttar 145453 wine, Rioja is adapting torepparttar 145454 impact and competition of New World wines from places such as Chile and Australia.

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