3 Must-haves to Make that Perfect Cup of Coffee!

While coffee machines can simplify your work you won’t really get the kind of control that a manual setup offers. With a manual coffee setup you can do things the way you want to, right from setting the temperature to the consistency and even the flavour!

Adding a scaler to the setup helps you measure out exact quantities of coffee beans used, you can even experiment a bit tampering the conventional ratios to something that is more according to your taste.

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Also coffee lovers appreciate the time taking but as a ritualistic process of manual brewing unlike the mechanical coffee makers where one can get a cup of coffee with just the push of a button!

For Coffee Machine’s, Freshpresso’s roundup of the best single serve coffee makers is a more indepth guide to buying coffee makers.

All about grinders, kettles and scales

People who prefer the pour over method of brewing must be familiar with the other machines without which the setup is incomplete. This includes grinders for grinding the coffee beans to powder, kettle for boiling the mixture and scale for measuring the exact amount of ingredients to be added.

Grinders

Grinders are necessary for the uniform grinding of coffee beans, of course the texture and consistency can be controlled by the user but grinding the beans increases the flavour of the beverage tenfold. Go for a burr grinder than a blade one as they are more powerful and reliable. A compatible grinder brand recommended by most customers is Baratza that has a solid track record for delivering only the best.

The conical burr design is extremely compatible with the pour over methods of brewing. It has even proved its mettle in the comparative study involving some of the best brands conducted by Prima Coffee. Baratza is an ideal choice for users who want fine grinding, and if you want coarser and larger lumps go for the Baratza Virtuso model, these go really well with Keurig’s k-Cup coffee maker series.

Other popular options include Rancilio Rocky and Breville smart Grinder. And for people looking for something cheaper there’s Hario Coffee Mill Slim Grinder. However it is not as powerful and consistent as its peers.

Kettles

The only two things you need to look for in the kettle are its temperature range and length of the spout. A long gooseneck spout is preferred as the user then is more in control of where and how much water should be poured. Among the many brands of kettles available Bonavita is the best because of its speed of operation, power and solid structure. Also the insulated handle and spout is just right, and with the auto shutdown feature and high capacity it sure is a keeper!

According to Sam Lewontin, winner of the Northeast Barista Champion, a temperature controlling system only simplifies coffee making. There are some versatile kettles as well that allow brewing of both tea and coffee, these kettles usually contain a regulator to control the temperature accordingly. The Bonavita kettle is one such versatile product that reduces the acidity and bitterness of coffee effectively.

Bonavita however has a weak structure that might fall off any moment; Hario Buono is a much better and cheaper alternative. Ambitious coffee lovers can also check out the commercial quality names such as Takahiro and Kalita.

Scales

Scales help you measure out the exact quantities of ingredients to be used in the coffee making process. A conventional scale is not only easy to read but can accurately measure 1/10th of a gram. The American Weigh SC-2KG pocket scale is one such reliable scale and is a rage among coffee lovers all over.

Combining everything together

The ideal setup would include a Baratza grinder, Bonivata Encore kettle and an American pocket scale for brewing that perfect cup of coffee.

Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

A lot of people are crazy about the amazing and mesmerizing taste of chocolates and strawberries. These two things together can create magic. Well, lets just say I have created that magic in my own way. Chocolate strawberry smoothie. Yes, I admit it taste more amazing than its sound. So if you are looking forward to having an amazing summer this year, then just add this piece of magic in your everyday bucket list. This blend of chocolate and strawberries will taste like a whirlpool of flavors in your mouth.

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After working for days, I was finally able to create this amazing chocolate strawberry smoothie. You must be thinking how difficult would it be to make something so amazing. Well, let me just tell you it is one of the easiest things you can make. All you need to do is to add the ingredients in almost right amount. Well, don’t you worry I am going to help to get the drink right. Well just follow my lead. Follow all the steps and instructions written below in a proper way and enjoy the amazing drink for the whole summer. So let begin.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup strawberries (frozen)
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Whipped cream
  • 1 cup frozen banana
  • 1 cup milk chocolate cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

STEPS TO PREPARE CHOCOLATE STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE

  • Take out a large size blender to perform the task.
  • Pour in 1 cup frozen strawberries and 1 cup frozen banana in the large blender.
  • Before starting to blend or crush the frozen fruits, allow both of it rest in the open at room temperature (i.e. 37 Celsius) for at least 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Keeping it out will allow the fruit to thaw and hence make the blending process easier.
  • Now add 1 – 2 cups of silk chocolate cashew milk in the blender along with the fruits.
  • For more flavor add some cocoa powder to it.
  • Turn on the blender and let it crush the fruits and mix in the entire ingredients well.
  • Hold on the lid of the blender tightly. Continue to blend the ingredients until they mix well. Keep the blender on for at least more than a minute.
  • Repeat the blending process for at least 3 – 4 times to make sure that all the ingredients are evenly combined together.
  • Pour the smoothie from the blender into a large drinking glass.
  • For better taste add whipped cream, some chocolate chips or chopped strawberries over the smoothie.
  • Add some ice cream to it. Garnish it well and serve or drink it for a refreshing experience.

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Strawberry Cinnamon Roll Muffins with a Cream

After hard work of weeks and days, I finally came up with a perfect recipe for these amazing muffins. The strawberry cinnamon role muffins i.e. my newest (and one of the best) creations. These muffins are rich in the fresh strawberry flavor , moist with the drizzle of cinnamon sugar and topped with  glazed cheese cream. These richly flavored muffins are gonna drive you crazy. People are simply unaware of the fact that how amazing a blend of cinnamon and strawberries can can taste.

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These ingredients together are just like a magical spell. I can enjoy these delicious sugar devils at any time of the day. The swirl of strawberries and sprinkled cinnamon are my favorite part.the I am sure by now you must be dying to know the secret behind it. Well, don’t you worry then , I am going to let you sneak into my secrets recipe. I think it’s evil to stop people from enjoying such an amazing food. So just follow my steps and instruction to get your tasty muffins. So let’s begin. I hope you enjoy it.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR THE MUFFINS

  • 2 cups of chopped and hulled fresh strawberries
  • 1 – 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 3 teaspoon baking soda
  • Lemon juice (1 /2 lemon)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoon butter (melted)

LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR STREUSEL THE TOPPING

  • 7 drops of lemon oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 3 -4 tablespoon butter (cold)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR THE FROSTING

  • 1/2 cup vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

HOW TO COOK SWEET AND TASTY STRAWBERRY CINNAMON ROLL MUFFIN

  • Turn on your oven and allow it to preheat.
  • Heat it at a temperature of 350 F for 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Simultaneously take out a 12 cup muffin tin.
  • Gently grease the muffin tray.
  • Take a large size bowl for mixing of ingredients.
  • 1 st take all the dry ingredients present. The all-purpose flour, baking soda sugar and cinnamon etc.
  • Star to mix it. Stir and mix the components well.
  • Simultaneously take out another large size bowl.
  • Use this bowl to mix all the wet ingredients. Continue to mix it well until the products are completely combined.
  • Now simply make a well in the center of a dry ingredient mixture.
  • Pour in it the wet ingredient mixture.
  • Stir and mix the mixture well. Make sure all the ingredients combine together.
  • Gradually add the chopped fresh strawberries to it.
  • Now it’s time mix in all the filling and topping ingredients.
  • You can also use your hand to break the mixture into coarse crumbles.
  • Into each muffin tin pour almost 1/4 cup of muffin batter.
  • Top the batter with streusel. ( press it gently)
  • Bake the muffin at a temperature of 400 F for at least 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Take them out of the oven, and allow them to cool down.
  • Transfer it carefully to the wire rack.

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Toffee Almond Scones Recipe

I am sure you must be tired of having the same and boring breakfast every day. Well now is the time you bring the change. I have this amazing recipe to help you cook a tasty and delicious morning meal. So today I present to you Toffee almond scones. Well yes, you read it right; these toffee scones are going to give you a nice kick start for the day. These taffy almond scones are richly flavored, and the buttery and creamy effect are going to make you fall in love with these. So now it’s time for you to start your morning with this wonderful breakfast.

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Well just like chocolates, I also love to eat toffee. And being able to enjoy its flavor during the breakfast is amazing. There could be nothing better to start a chilly winter day than toffee scones. I know scones may sound difficult to be cooked but in reality it’s very easy process. You just need to know what not to do, and I am going to help you with that. So let’s start to cook some scones. Just follow my steps and instruction and I promise to make your breakfast experience magical. Do no miss this morning drizzle, it is a killer. So let’s begin.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR SCONES

  • 3 -5 tablespoon coffee bits
  • 3 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 cups almonds (sliced)
  • 8 ounces of all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (pure)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 small eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup baileys coffee creamer toffee almond cream
  • 1 up of frozen butter (unsalted)
  • 5 tablespoon of sour cream.

LIST OF INGREDIENTS FOR SWEET DRIZZLE

  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup melted butter (unsalted)
  • 2 tablespoon baileys coffee creamer toffee almond cream
  • 1 cup sugar (powdered)

HOW TO COOK SOME TASTY TOFFEE ALMOND SCONES

  • Turn on the oven and allow it to preheat at 350 F temperature for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Now take a separate bowl. It’s time to mix all the dry ingredients i.e. sugar, baking soda , flour, salt and baking powder.
  • Continue to mix and stir them until they combine properly.
  • Add some grated butter in the dry mixture and mix it well using your hands. Continue to mix until the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Now take another large size bowl to mix all the wet ingredients like sour cream, vanilla extract, eggs and baileys creamer toffee and cream.
  • Whisk in the entire ingredients well.
  • Finally, make a well in the center of the dry ingredients mixture and add to the wet ingredients mixture.
  • Mix them well until they form large dough.
  • Continue to mix it (give it a form of a ball). The mixture may be sticky first, but as you continue its all fine.
  • Now add some almonds and toffee to the dough.
  • Mix them properly with the mixture using your hands.
  • Now pat the cooking surface with a little flour and 7 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick dough circle over it.
  • Cut down the dough in triangular shapes ( 8 pieces) using a sharp knife.
  • Now take the baking sheet you prepared and place over the triangular dough pieces. Keep them at least an inch apart from each other.
  • Bake them in an oven at a temperature of 400 F for at least 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Take them out of the oven and allow it to cool f0r 10 minutes. Make sure the scones are all golden brown and crispy.
  • Now it’s time to prepare some drizzle.
  • Take another medium sized bowl and start to prepare the topping.
  • Mix in together all the ingredients i.e., baileys coffee creamer toffee almond. The powdered sugar melted butter and some milk.
  • Whisk and stir until it turns all smooth.
  • Now simply drizzle the toppings over it. (Use a pipe for precision.)

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Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Have you ever felt the urge to eat something sweet in the middle of the night? And what if they seem like chewy chocolaty snacks, yes I am talking about chocolate chip cookies! If you’ve never been able to get the Choco chip cookies exactly the way you like, we’ll guide you to perfect chocolate chip cookies. We are talking about cookies that are crisp around the edges and have butterscotch aroma that spreads around the house like a forest fire.

The formula that makes the cookies soft and chewy are high moisture content, baking time and the temperature which must be set to be able to retain moisture. Cookies taste cake like from the extra liquid in the cookie dough from water, egg or milk, so be careful to add the right amount of everything in order to maintain the shape of cookies so they can be baked to perfection.

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Now let’s get down to the ingredients which make these cookies heavenly.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (coarse)
  • 2 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup milk

For Street Bar (in addition to above ingredients)

  • Crushed walnuts
  • Preparing container

EQUIPMENTS

  • Microwave
  • 2 big bowls
  • Mixing spatula
  • Weighing cups
  • Measuring spoon
  • Baking sheet
  • Cooling rack
  • Wooden spoon

DIRECTIONS

  • Evenly position 2 racks amidst the stove and preheat to 375 degrees F. (on convection setting in the event that you have it.)
  • Line 2 heating sheets with material paper or silicone sheets. (In the event that you just have 1 heating sheet, let it cool totally between groups.)
  • Pour the butter in a microwave safe bowl, cover and microwave on medium force until softened. (Then again soften in a little pan.)
  • Cool marginally. Whip the sugars, eggs, spread and vanilla in an extensive dish until smooth.
  • Whip the flour, soda and salt in another dish.
  • Blend the dry fixings into the wet fixings with a wooden spoon; take care not to over blend. Blend in the chocolate chips or lumps.
  • Scoop stacking tablespoons of the mixture onto the readied pan. Wet hands marginally and roll the mixture into balls.
  • Space the treats around 2-inches separated on the container. Heat, until golden brown, yet at the same time delicate in the inside, 12 to 16 minutes, contingent upon how chewy or crunchy you like your treats.
  • Exchange hot treats with a spatula to a rack to cool. Serve.
  • Store treats in a firmly fixed holder for up to 5 days.

Now, you are prepared to make choco chips on your own, let me treat you to one more amazing recipe which will satisfy your sugar cravings, but mind you it is a tough one and tough in chewing also.

  • For a Rough Street Bar:
  • Gently spread butter by a 9 by 13-inch preparing container.
  • Prepare the batter according to recipe and fold in 1 glass slashed walnuts alongside the chocolate chips.
  • Lay out the batter in a pan. Heat until the edges are light cocoa and the mixture sets, it will take around 45 minutes.
  • Cool marginally and spread surface with 4 containers marshmallows and 1 glass chocolate chips.
  • Sear no less than 8 inches from the warmth until marshmallows turn cocoa in color, around 2 minutes. Cool, cut and serve.

EXTRA TIPS

  • If you don’t like Choco chip cookies, add raisins or dried cherries, almonds or blackberries
  • Butter is essential for the essence for the cookies and substituting butter with margarine will yield sub par cookies. So don’t put away that butter.
  • Use ice-cream scoop to form the cookies faster.
  • The dough can be refrigerated for days before baking as it will enhance the flavors of the recipe.