Are you trying to get the ‘the good shot’? Well, in that case, you have landed to the rightmost place. Brewing the perfect espresso shot is not so easy. It really requires the best machine, a perfect grinder, and a foolproof brewing technique. Espresso is a mysterious drink. We’ve all been lured into the haze of misunderstandings and misinformation by the likes of Starbucks, krups, and countless other brands looking to make espresso easy and cheap. Don’t take the bait guys. Before jumping in, let’s make sure that you are wearing the right clothes. There are a handful of things which should be considered while preparing to take a plunge and we call them brewing variables. Most of these apply when making the coffee of any kind but some are unique to espresso. Let’s sort them out.

espresso machineTo extract the perfect shot of espresso, a confluence of events must occur that relates the mechanical precision with human judgment. It starts with the decision of espresso machine. Basically, there are four types of espresso machines available in the market i.e. manual, semi- auto, automatic, and super – auto. But, to brew the perfect espresso, the semi – automatic machine is supreme one. This is the most recommended espresso machine as it can do anything for you. It helps in maintaining the good brewing temperature by turning on the heating element inside when the machine detects the certain drop in the boiler temperature. In the old days, the baristas would have to decide when to engage and disengage the broiler heaters – those days are long gone, thankfully. It also regulates the pump pressure, which means the consistent pressure on the bed of the coffee. Well, it also capable of programming the auto – on and auto – off time. Such a feature would surely permit you to wake up in the morning to a freshly brewed espresso which makes to ready to take on the day ahead.

Having the superb semi – auto espresso machine is not enough to brew the perfect shot. You will also require a good quality grinder. Basically, the grinder is needed to grind the coffee beans finely so that the aroma of the same can be easily flavored your espresso. The grinder has the ability to enhance the surface area of the coffee beans that comes into the contact with water. Through the milling of the ground process, the cell structure of the coffee bean is broken up and the aroma, flavors, and color are easily released. Depending on the preparation method of the coffee, the grind must be specifically chosen so as to get the desired result in the cup.

Now, you are just one step behind from extracting the perfect shot of espresso. Along with the marvelous semi – auto espresso machine and the good grinder, you will need the ideal and foolproof technique to prepare ‘the good shot’. First of all, you should fill the machine’s reservoir with the cold and filtered water. Once you know that you are working with the happy H20, saunter down to the next step. Turn on the espresso machine and give the plenty of time to heat up. Don’t assume that you are ready to go as soon as you’re up to the brewing temperature. Lock an empty portafilter and then run the machine for a few seconds. Then, dose the 18 to 21 grams of the freshly grounded coffee beans in the portafilter. Tamp with your wrist, elbow, and arm which is positioned directly over the center of the portafilter basket. Return the portafilter to the group headed basket begins brewing. Begin infusion and end brew at the pre – determined yield. Before serving, mix crema by stirring and pouring espresso into another cup.

So, with the best semi- automatic machine, the good grinder, and the foolproof technique, you can easily brew the perfect shot of espresso that would taste heavenly. Well, I am going to take the pleasure of the perfect espresso and if you are seeking the ‘the good or the GOD shot’ then you should follow the post right from the top and let me know whether you are succeeded in the same or not.

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Black Fridays are lovely. Right? The long hours of shopping with family or friends and availing goods at promotional prices – They really are good for the ones on a tight budget. I have always been a fan of holidays. The grand menus, lovely meals, happy conversations, late night chats over the wine and the shopping – I mean, what’s not to love. Every year, I go out shopping gadgets or other small items such as furniture pieces and kitchenware on the Black Friday with my mother. We enjoy a lot and roam a lot have a nice coffee and close our day with a dinner at some fancy place. This year I am thinking to buy one of the best bread makers for myself.

fresh baked breadActually, my apartment is at quite a distance from the shopping mall and I am a work from home person. Though you might think that if I work from home, then it is very easy for me to handle my home as well as work. Every time I have to run an errand to the supermarket, I have to have some babysitter as my kiddo is not fond of shopping. Hence, I try to minimize my store visits as much as possible. It occurred to me some days ago that having a bread maker of my own will be helpful in many ways. I won’t have to go shopping for bread in Yakutia, I can make fresh bread daily, I can set the timer at night so that the morning breakfast routine doesn’t get altered and yes, I can save a lot too.

Believe it or not, simple bread can make you dizzy at its cost of ONE YEAR. It gets stale in a day or two at the most and you have to throw away the remaining slices. You will find that buying a bread machine of good quality will come at a lower price with the goodies that you will be able to have fresh baked goodies and you can make more than one types of bread with taste and crust preferences of your own. Hence, I have been hunting down some of the good models that I can buy. I have shortlisted some good models such as Panasonic, Breville, and Zojirushi.

Bread MakersThe Panasonic Bread Makers will be quite in my budget but the fleet of features in Zojirushi are compelling me to buy that one. Breville will also be a good buy as it will actually have both. The price and features will lie in between both of the Panasonic and Zojirushi and I can enjoy my bread with an assurance that the bread maker comes with a good life.

Well, let us see which one I finally lay my hands upon and which one I am able to get. The shopping places are going to get very crowded and it will not at all be easy to get them before the stock outs.

Yakutia Presentation

September 16, 2016

Do you want to travel Yakutia, the coldest populated region in the world? Following is a nice presentation about the Sakha Republic. It will help you know more about Yakutia.

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