What new at CoffeeGiftsMagic!

Well, it has been a busy few weeks at coffeegiftsmagic.com. We have been adding new products to the website getting ready for the Holiday Season. We have added four more Herbal Teas for your enjoyment. We have also added several more Flavored Coffees to our line up. And we have decided to offer you some gift collections of several different gourmet coffees and flavored coffees. We are still looking to come up with the right collection of gourmet teas for your enjoyment. Hopefully here soon we will be able to offer a gift set for our tea lovers out there.

It’s in the works at coffeegiftsmagic.com is Hot Chocolate, we have been searching for the right Gourmet Hot Chocolate for your enjoyment. We have been looking at Lake Champlain Chocolates out of Vermont for their Gourmet Hot Chocolate. We are very close to the end of negotiations on their products.

Some of the Gourmet coffees we have added for your enjoyment included Organic Dominican Republic ‘Santo Domingo, Espresso Prima, Sumatra Mandeling, and Galata Kulesi Coffee Cuvee.  The Flavored coffees added over the past few weeks Cinnamon Hazelnut, Pecan Pie, Southern Pecan Pie, Nutmeg Spice, and Egg Nog Rum. In our Tea Department we added Rooibos African (Red Bush) tea, Chamomil Tea, Emperor Ying’s ‘Feel Better Tea’, and Yerba Mate Tea.

We hope to see you soon.

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Chamomile Tea Benefits

Chamomile is one of the oldest herbs, whose reputation as a medical plant shows little signs of abatement. The ancient Egyptians, used Chamomile to treat several medical problems which are still used today. Chamomile is used to fight illness, promote calm and relieve anxiety at bedtime. As a tisane (herbal tea), it is naturally caffeine-free. The premium varieties of chamomile tea still continue to come from Egypt. If you have yet to try this amazing tea, you will be pleasantly surprised by its superior flavor. Chamomile is still one of the most important medical and aromatic plants grown in Egypt. The sweet calming taste of Egyptian chamomile helps to ease the mind and soothe the soul.

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So what are the health benefits to chamomile tea?

·         Better sleep, great relaxing and soothing properties.

·         Stomach soother, eases the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, promotes elimination and assist overall digestion.

·         Menstrual cramps, raises the urine level of glycine, a compound that calms muscle spasms.

·         Cold Fighter, when it is consumed regularly.

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So how does one make a great cup of chamomile tea?

We suggest you use 1-2 teaspoons of herbs per serving. Before infusing, moisten the flowers with a few drops of hot water to release their aroma.

Fill either a pot or a cup with boiling water (195F) and allow too steep for 2-3 minutes. Egyptian Chamomile may be infused several times by gradually increasing the steeping time. It is a great treat for you right before bedtime because it will help reduce anxiety. It is also a great Caffeine Free drink to have.

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Why Does Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Taste So Good

The peaks of Jamaica Blue Mountains are raised 7,402 feet above sea level, it is the highest spot in Jamaica. It is also the fifth highest mountain in the Caribbean. The lush vegetation gives the peak a greenish blue hue. The mountains rise up above the Kingston and overlook the eastern part of Jamaica. It is within these mountains that the world’s finest and best known, single origin coffee grows.

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In the world of coffee, very few coffee drinkers have ever tasted any single origin or estate coffee. Most coffee drinkers consume blended coffee or better known as graded coffee. A very lucky few have tried Jamaica Blue Mountain or Hawaiian Kona coffee and knows that the coffee’s origin makes a world of difference.

So why is Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee so great? There are several factors, Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee is exported by the Coffee Industry Board of Jamaica. They certify what is called Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee actually comes from the legally designed growing area for the coffee. They also inspect each barrel for quality, checking the bean size and color. Qualified professional tasters roast a small samples and “cup” the coffee to certify it was properly processed and has the aroma and taste that distinguishes Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee.

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But it is the exclusive location and microclimate that makes the coffee great. The area where Blue Mountain coffee is grown is high in the mountains. The mountains are mostly covered in forest, which provides shade in which to grow the coffee. The area in which Blue Mountain coffee is grown because of the altitude, climate, and forest cover provides the best conditions for growing the finest coffee in the world.

All of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is grown from the Arabica species of coffee. Many of the Arabica trees are descendants from the first trees imported from Martinique, where coffee was first introduced into the Caribbean. There have been some planters starting to experiment with some new varietals, but Arabica is far away the most planted coffee tree.

The elevation is one of the most critical aspects to be certified as Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee. All Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee must be cultivated at an elevation between 1,800 and 5,500 feet. The higher elevations makes significant differences in the quality of the coffee. The higher the altitudes produce a denser bean, which makes a richer cup of coffee.

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Jamaica Blue Mountains climate is cooler than the rest of Jamaica, the Blue Mountains are located on the Eastern end of Jamaica. Which exposes the mountains to moisture laden North East trade winds. These winds hit the coast and rise up into the mountains, generating significant cloud cover and mist as they hit the cooler air of the higher elevations. Due to the cloud cover it slows down the development of the coffee cherries. The long ripening has a very positive effect on the aroma and taste of the coffee produced from these trees.

Jamaica has some of the richest and most fruitful soil in the Caribbean, but not in the Blue Mountains. The soil there is lacking from both metamorphic and igneous rocks and is quite porous and prone to leaching. The soil in the Blue Mountains is very low in many of the nutrients, especially phosphorus and nitrogen. The coffee trees grow slowly and the production is lower than any other coffee producing area of Jamaica or the world. It is not known why the soil in which Blue Mountain coffee is grown, has produced an exceptional tasting coffee, but maybe it has to do with the extra stress from growing in soil with little to no nutrients.

All the factors combine has created a very rich, smooth cup of coffee. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is generally low in acid.

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Why is Hawaiian Kona Coffee; Considered the Best Through-out the World

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Hawaiian Kona Coffee has a rich, vast bodied taste that you can’t find in any other coffee. Kona is grown on the largest Hawaiian island. Most of the coffee farms located in Kona are referred to as the Golden Coast of Hawaii. These farms are run locally by families that have been farming for generations.

There are several different grades of Hawaiian coffee to select from, depending on the class and size of the beans harvested. Several companies will offer 100% Kona coffee, but you should be careful when selecting your coffee. One of the Kona coffees is a Kona Blend which usually only has about 10% Kona coffee beans in it. The rest of the blend comes from other coffees from Africa, Brazil, and Indonesia, which are a lower class of coffee beans.

Kona coffee is sun dried right on the island, and then it is shipped to Roast Masters through-out the world. The coffee is either roasted to a perfect light, medium, and dark roast. The beans are freshest right after roasting, but purchasing coffee in air tight packages and then freezing them will provide for a longer shelf life. Just remember once you take your coffee out of the freezer do not re-freeze. This will destroy the coffee taste.

Medium roasted coffees tend to take on a robust, spirited flavor. Some call medium roasted coffee full city or Vienna roast. Darker roast are more full bodied in flavor and usually contain less caffeine than their counterparts. Dark roast is considered French or Italian roast methods.

Whether you visit the Big island of Hawaii, or not there is several different ways you can enjoy the rich flavor of 100% Kona Coffee. You might not be able to find a full Kona blend at your local store, but you can find 100% Kona Coffee on the Internet.

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Tea Press VS. Tea Steeping

Although using tea bags may be convenient, many tea enthusiasts agree that quality loose-leaf tea taste better. In addition to standard teapots, there are now several option for conveniently brewing loose-leaf tea, including teapots with infuser baskets and stand-alone infusers and then there is the tea press vary similar to the French Press for coffee.

Loose-leaf tea often taste better than bagged tea because the leaf is allowed to expand fully in the hot water, infusing a tea with a richer, more nuanced flavor. It is also more cost effective, as you are not paying for the materials that go into producing tea bags.

Using a standard teapot allows tea leaves to expand completely and to move around the pot, which allows for maximum flavor infusion. The biggest problem here you will need to separate the tea to prevent over-steeping and unless your pot has a built in strainer you will need a strainer to separate your tea and tea leafs.

Many new tea pots come with a removable infuser basket that rest on the mouth of the teapot. You simply add tea leaves to the basket and pour hot water into the teapot. Teapots with infuser’s baskets do not require you to have a separate strainer for pouring tea out of the teapot. One of the advantages to this type of teapot is once you can remove the infuser basket to prevent over-steeping. The disadvantage is in an infuser basket may not allow the tea leafs to fully expand while the tea is steeping. The one thing you will need is a separate dish for your infuser basket, because it will be dripping when it comes out of the teapot.

If you are only making a cup of tea a great way to do this is to use a stand-alone infuser, which sits on the rim of the teacup or mug. Just put your leaves in the infuser, pour hot water over the leaves, and steep. When the tea has infused, removed the basket and enjoy your tea. These teacup infuser are very portable, which makes them great for traveling.

A tea press works like a French press coffeepot; just put in tea leaves in the pot, add hot water, place the lid on the top, and steep. When it is time to decant the tea, push down the press and pour out the tea. Make sure you don’t squeeze the tea with the press, as this will release bitter compound into the tea which will give it a bitter taste. Just push the press to just above the tea leaves.

The advantages to using a tea press: You will not need a separate strainer for the tea, the mesh screen on the tea press is fine enough to strain out very small particles, you don’t have to remove dripping infuser baskets, and there is no concern about spout clogging. A tea press is usually made out of glass, however they do not travel well and are best saved for using at home. Although you can use your French press coffeepot for making loose-leaf tea in the press. Make sure you clean out the coffee residue from the pot, as it will spoil the scent and flavor of your tea.

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How to Measure Coffee for a French Press

French press coffee gives you some of the best tasting coffee. These coffee makers, also known as “plunger” or “press pots,” come in sizes ranging from single cups to 12 cups.  The French Press coffee maker has begun to become popular in North America. With large coffee chains now offering the pots for sale. While the brewing process may take a little more time, coffee fanatics swear by the rich taste of a French Press cup.

 

Instructions:

Things you will need;

·        Coffee Grinder

·        Fresh coffee beans

·        French Press Coffee Maker

·        Kettle

·        Water

·        Measuring spoons

The first thing you need to do is place two tablespoons of coffee beans into your grinder and grind them to a coarse powder. French Press posts work best with coarsely ground coffee so that mesh filter strains properly and does not get clogged. Second step is to fill a kettle with water and place it on the stove on high heat. Bring the water close to a boil and remove. The measurement of the coffee is based on (6 oz.) of coffee you want to make, you will need two rounded tablespoons of freshly ground coffee per 6 oz. of coffee. You can adjust this measurement to your taste. You will then add the coffee to the French Press carafe quickly. Coffee loses its flavor rapidly so you need to move fast for the best taste. Slowly pour the hot water over the coffee grounds, filling to the desired cup measurement, and replace the lid. Allows follow the directions of your French Press coffee maker to plunge and filter the grounds which should assist you in making a great cup of coffee.

We recommend that you make only the amount of coffee you can consume with in ten minutes or so. It is not good to leave coffee in the press for any length of time, because the coffee will continue to brew and become stronger.

 

 

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How to Grind Your Own Coffee at Home

Grinding coffee beans moments before brewing creates the freshest and most flavorful cup of coffee. Grinding your own coffee beans at home requires only a few seconds of time and a bean grinder, which makes the process just as convenient as buying pre-ground coffee at the store.

Things you will need:

  • Coffee Grinder (either blade or Burr)

Buy whole coffee beans: Select the type of coffee beans that suit your taste. Some blends offer a mild flavor, while others pack a bolder taste. The package of coffee beans typically identifies the beans flavor intensity.

There are two types of coffee grinders on the market to grind your coffee beans. The blade grinder has metal blades that rotate at high speed to grind the beans. The more expensive burr grinder crushes beans between a immobile surface and rotating grinding wheel. The burrs, which can either be flat or cone-shaped, produce a more consistent grind, then blades. Burr grinders often offer up to 16 grind sizes from which to choose.

Determine grind coarseness based on coffee maker type. If using a french press, grind beans coarsely or grinds will disperse into the water. If using a drip coffee maker or espresso machine, grind beans more finely. The more fine the grind, the stronger the flavor.

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Grind beans, If using a blade grinder, press the start button. Continue pressing the button for the duration of the grinding. To create coarsely ground beans, grind for approximately 30 seconds. For more finely ground beans, grind for a bout a minute. If using a burr grinder, set the desired grind consistency. Press the start button and allow beans to grind to the selected size.

Remove grounded beans from grinder and place in coffee maker if brewing coffee immediately. Store ground beans in a tightly sealed container if using at a latter time. You can freeze your coffee for up to two weeks, but once it has been taken out of the freezer don’t place it back in. Never store your coffee in the fridge, unless you are conducting a science experiment on how long it takes to ruin perfectly good coffee. The fridge is one of the worst places to put coffee.

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Remember grinding your whole bean coffee is easy, and just as convenient as getting it done at the store. Only when doing it at home you get a great cup of coffee from the freshly ground beans.

 

 

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