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Choosing the Right Coffee Grind Size

Discount Coffee - Fast shipping , K cups and more The way you grind your coffee has a huge effect on the way it tastes. If your coffee is ground too fine, however, the coffee can be over-extracted and bitter. The ideal fineness (or coarseness) of your ground coffee depends mainly on what type of brewing method you are going to use.

TOrganic Kona Coffeeypes Of Coffee Grinds
Coarse- Distinct large bulky grounds of coffee, much like heavy grained kosher salt.
Medium – the coffee feels and looks much like beach sand.
Fine – Smooth to the touch and a little finer than sugar and table salt.
Extra Fine – Finer than sugar, but not quite powdered.
Turkish – The finest grind yet which looks like flour.



Grind Size versus Brewing Method

Grind Size Brewing Method
Coarse Grind ·         French Press (press or plunger pot)·         Toddy Makers (cold brew method)·         Vacuum Coffee Maker·         Percolater
Medium Grind ·         Drip Makers with flat bottom filters (like Bunn, Newco, Fetco)
Fine Grind ·         Pourover Cones·         Vacuum Pots·         Siphon Brewers·         Moka Pots
Extra Fine ·         Espresso Machines – pump or steam
Turkish ·         Ibrik·         Cezve·         Briki·         Mbiki

·         Toorka Coffee Makers


Burr Grinder Vs Blade Grinder

Royal Kona CoffeeBurr Grinder
The burrs are the part of the grinder that crushes the coffee beans into a uniform size which is essential for creating an awesome coffee. The distance between the surfaces can be changed, which in turn will change the size of the grind. Consistency is very important to the process of making good coffee. Burr grinder will not overheat coffee like a blade grinder therefore preserves flavor.

Burr grinder gives you the flexibility to grind beans to the fineness that best suits the kind of coffee or espresso maker you are using. For instance, when using a French Press, you want a extra fine grind. But when using a drip brewer you’ll set your grinder to give you medium grind.
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In the burr category, there are two different types.
Wheel Burr – The less expensive of the two burr grinders. The higher rotation speed of the wheel can make these grinders a little more messy and noisy, however.
Conical Burr -The best grinders you can get are conical burr grinders.. The burr spins slower than the wheel model, which makes them quieter and less messy. Also, conical grinders are not likely to clog when grinding oily or flavored coffee.

Blade Grinder
Blade grinders are less expensive than burr grinders. Blade grinders use a sharp metal blade to literally chop up your coffee beans and you control the fineness by how long you let the grinder run. After loading the beans into the chamber and grinding, you decide when to stop grinding the beans based on personal experience. Blade grinders don’t grind consistently for making quality coffee drinks. If you are making a fine grinding, you will need a longer grinding period and coffee tends to overheat while grinding, adversely affecting flavour.


Coffee Roast Levels

Kona CoffeeRoasting is a heat process that turns coffee into the fragrant, dark brown beans with which we are most familiar. Before being roasted, the beans were stored green, a state in which they can be kept without loss of quality or taste. The degree to which coffee beans are roasted is one of the most important factors that determine the taste of the coffee in the cup. There are various levels of roasting, from light to dark. The lighter ones are more acidic and sharper.



 100px-75_degrees_green_coffee 22 °C (72 °F)Green Beans
Green coffee as it arrives at the dock. They can be stored for approximately 12-18 months in a climate controlled environment before quality loss is noticeable.
 100px-330_degrees_drying_coffee 165 °C (329 °F)Drying Phase
During the drying phase the beans are undergoing an endothermic process until their moisture content is evaporated, signifying first crack.

Light roast

 100px-385_degrees_cinnamon_roast_coffee 196 °C (385 °F) Cinnamon Roast
A very light roast level which is immediately at first crack. Sweetness is underdeveloped, with prominent toasted grain, grassy flavors, and sharp acidity prominent.
 100px-400_degrees_new_england_roast_coffee 205 °C (401 °F)Light Roast
Moderate light brown, but still mottled in appearance. A preferred roast for some specialty roasters, highlights origin characteristics as well as complex acidity.

Medium roast

 100px-410_degrees_american_roast_coffee 210 °C (410 °F) American Roast
Medium light brown, developed during first crack. Acidity is slightly muted, but origin character is still preserved.
 100px-425_degrees_city_roast_coffee 219 °C (426 °F)City Roa         st
Medium brown, common for most specialty coffee. Good for tasting origin character, although roast character is noticeable.

Dark roast

 100px-440_degrees_full_city_roast_coffee 225 °C (437 °F)Full City Roast
Medium dark brown with occasional oil sheen, roast character is prominent. At the beginning of second crack.
 100px-450_degrees_vienna_roast_coffee 230 °C (446 °F) Vienna Roast
Moderate dark brown with light surface oil, more bittersweet, caramel flavor, acidity muted. In the middle of second crack. Any origin characteristics have become eclipsed by roast at this level.
 100px-460_degrees_french_roast_coffee 240 °C (464 °F) French Roast
Dark brown, shiny with oil, burnt undertones, acidity diminished. At the end of second crack. Roast character is dominant, none of the inherent aroma or flavors of the coffee remain
 100px-470_degrees_italian_roast_coffee 245 °C (473 °F) Italian Roast
Nearly black and shiny, burnt tones become more distinct, acidity nearly eliminated, thin body

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Degree of Roast, by Dan Bollinger,

Save of K- cups coffee, Up to 50% of original price Whatever level roast, it is important the beans are not burned or over roasted, which covers up the bean’s natural flavor.

How to Choose An Ergonomic Office Chair

White collar people spend 8 hours or more sitting in an office chair every day. That’s why it’s important to find a chair that offers the right combination of support features to suit your needs. Ergonomic office chairs should help you to increase back and neck support and also help to improve your posture and help prevent slouching. They make it easy for you to work by supporting your lumbar, back, and arms.norton3002501

How to Choose An Ergonomic Office Chair
The ergonomic chairs you select should have multi-functional controls, contoured seat and back, built-in lumbar support, seat and back adjustments, seat slider adjustment, forward tilt, adjustable tension tilt, and even adjustable arms.

Ergonomic office chairs with lumbar padding provide targeted support to help ease stress to this area of the body, helping you remain comfortable throughout the day. Contoured padding provides enhanced support by conforming to the natural curve of your spine. Many employees of the office often experience back pain because they sit in their chair for extended periods of time.  Doing this will increase stress in the spine, neck, arms, shoulders, and even the legs. While many office chairs provide padding on the seat, some provide additional padding on the arms, headrest, back and more. High-back chairs may  offer extra padded support.

The ergonomic chair you select should be an inch wider or more than your hips or thighs on both sides of the chair.  The seat pan on the chair should be contoured for equal weight distribution and also to provide maximum comfort.  You should also make sure that your  back arches against the chair, as this will help to prevent slumping.

A helpful feature to ergonomic office chairs is the  adjustable height mechanism. This can be a great essential for busy office meeting rooms or conference rooms where different people use the same chairs.

Ergonomic Office Chairs

Many employees of the office often experience back pain because they sit in their chair for  extended periods of time.  Doing this will increase stress in the spine, neck, arms,  shoulders, and even the legs. The lower-back area may be particularly susceptible to the pain caused by sitting unsupported for hours on end. Therefore, to avoid developing or compounding back problems, it’s important to have an office chair that’s ergonomic and that supports the lower back and promotes good posture.

Ergonomic office chairs are ideal for those who are at their desk extended periods of time.  They will provide you a lot in terms of comfort and support. The right ergonomic chair with the proper ergonomic training can help reduce injuries. They not only protecting your back, providing pain relief but also facilitating proper blood circulation to aiding in concentration and comfort.

Ergonomically designed office chairs offer a number of features to accommodate the human body’s shape, size, capabilities, limitations. Minimum features of an ergonomic office chair are

•     Appropriate lumbar (lower back) support with at least one axis of adjustment
•     Vertically adjustable armrests with adequate padding
•     Synchronous recline with tension adjustment and back/lock settings
•     2″ seat depth adjustment
•     5″ seat height adjustment Desirable features include:
•     Adjustable lumbar support (height and amount of support)
•     Fully adjustable armrests (pivot and width or 360° rotation)
•     3″seat depth adjustment
•     Forward tilt

An ergonomically designed chair has a solid, safe, and stable 5-post chair base.  It should be made of strong materials to support up to five times the body weight. Ergonomic designs optimize human interaction and preserve health and well-being.


Comparing Online Stores And Retailers


Online to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice. There are, however, risks associated with online shopping and you need to take care with what you are buying, from whom, and how you pay for your purchases. This is important because not all retailers are created equal. The same product offered from two different online retailers may be more expensive from one retailer, have a higher shipping cost from one retailer and may be subject to different return policies. All of these factors can contribute to the consumer’s overall satisfaction with the product even when we are discussing identical products because these factors influence the purchasing experience. Additionally, the reputation of the online retailer can also help to influence the consumer’s decision of whether or not to make a purchase from a particular consumer. This article will discuss comparing online retailers using factors such as price, shipping and return policies.

Using Price to Make Comparisons
Price is one of the obvious factors which consumers often use to compare retailers whether they are considering shopping online shop (ecommerce) or in physical stores. This is a very important consideration because not all retailers sell the same products for the same price. While, in general, the prices will often be similar simply because retailers are in direct competition with each other for a consumer’s business there are occasions in which one particular retailer may be offering a product at a discounted price. These price deviations typically occur when a retailer is attempting to reduce inventory to either make room for new products or because the retailer is closing its operations. Regardless of the reason for the price reductions, consumers can benefit by purchasing items from this retailer and a lower price than they would pay with other retailers.

Consumers who are relying on price to decide between two online retailers should also verify the reputation of the online retailer before making the purchase. This is usually not an issue when the consumer is making a purchase from a well-known chain of stores. However, when the consumer does not know much about the online retailer it is wise to investigate the retailer to ensure it is a legitimate and reputable company. Consulting the Better Business Bureau is one way the consumer can learn more about the reputation of the company.

Comparison shopping engines (CSE) collect product information, including pricing, from participating retailers and then display that collective information on a single results page in response to a shopper’s search query. In this way, shoppers can compare each retailer’s price, shipping options, and service on a single page and choose the merchant that offers the best overall value.

Considering Shipping in the Comparison
Although cost is often one of the first factors consumers consider when comparing online retailers or even traditional retailers, shipping must also be considered carefully when comparing two or more online retailers. This is because the cost of shipping as well as the shipping options can both influence the consumer’s decision. Two retailers may offer products for the same price but the shipping prices may differ from one online retailer to the next. In some cases this difference may substantially change the total price of purchasing the item.

Online retailers also sometimes have to consider the shipping methods available. This is especially important if the consumer needs to have an item arrive quickly. In these cases a consumer may opt to choose one online retailer over another if only one of the retailers offers express shipping options such as overnight shipping or two day shipping.

The Importance of Return Policy
Online shoppers should also always be aware of the return policies when they are making purchases online. This is important because the cost of returning an item can be expensive in some cases especially if it is a large or a heavy item. While some online retailers will bear the cost of shipping when they make mistakes or items are defective, returns for other reasons may result in the consumer being responsible for shipping charges. For these reasons consumers should always carefully review the return policies when comparing two or more online retailers.

Porsche 64

porsche 64Many consider the Porsche 64 (also known as the VW Aerocoupe, Type 64 and Type 64K10) as being the first automobile by Porsche. It was built mainly from parts from the Model 64 VW Beetle and there comes the model number. Its flat-four engine produced 50 bhp and gave a top speed of 160 km/h.

Porsche Burro designed the body after wind tunnel tests made for the Type 114, a V10 sports car that was never produced. Dr. Porsche wanted to enter the car in the 1939 Berlin-Rome race. The bodywork company Reutter built three cars in shaped aluminium. Out of the three, one was crashed in the early World War II by a Kraft durch Freude (Volkswagen) bureaucrat. The two remaining were used by the Porsche family. Later on, they put one of them in the storage and used only one. In May 1945 American troops discovered the one put in storage, cut the roof off and used it for joyriding for a few weeks until the engine gave up and it was scrapped. Pinin Farina restored the remaining Porsche 64 in 1947, as it was owned and driven by Ferry Porsche. In 1949, the Austrian racer Otto Matte bought it and won the Alpine Rally in 1950 in it.

Porsche Cayman

Porsche-CaymanThe Porsche Cayman is a rear mid-engined, rear wheel drive 2-seat sports car produced by Porsche AG of Germany. Like all other Porsche, the Cayman is not very big, which makes it very practical and usable. And for all its obvious Boxster genes, the Cayman is very much its own car with its curvaceous rear wings and neat fastback roof. As with other Porsches, there’s a movable rear spoiler, which deploys above 120km/h.

The Cayman has 3.4-litre engine, a mix of the cylinder barrels of a 911 with the crankshaft of a Boxster. A 911 engine is of 3.6 or 3.8 liters and a Boxster S has a 3.2-litre engine. It’s a strange thing, but even though today’s Porsche  engines are water-cooled, they still overlay their intake and exhaust notes with a breathy whine like that of the giant air-cooling fans of old.
Basically, the Cayman is a mix and it doesn’t have a huge number of new and unique parts. In short, the Cayman is a structure two and a half times stiffer because it’s just a Boxster with a roof. In turn, that means that the driving experience becomes much more focused because its suspension can have tauter, sportier setting.

Porsche Cayman reaches a maximum speed of 275 km/h and gets from zero to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds, even if the fuel thirst is low for such pace. The Cayman is especially good with the optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), but unlike a 911, it works well enough without it, thanks to a ride that’s firm but seldom turbulent. PASM makes the Cayman sit 10mm lower, and in its Sport mode it tautens the damping. And it feels absolutely fantastic when you have the Chrono option (complete with stopwatch for timing your hot laps).

Porsche Cayman is a remarkable illustration of a rigid, solid-roofed body-shell’s advantages. The Cayman S has all the positive Porsche attributes you could want, and none of the snags. It’s not the fastest Porsche, not the fiercest, not the most breathtaking. It is a pooling of other Porsche parts, which means that the Cayman is not expensive to develop but it will generate big profits. The new car, by the way, takes its name not from a tax-haven archipelago, but from a type of crocodile.

Baritone Ukulele

hao handbuilt guitar effects pedalsThe baritone ukulele is the biggest of the ukuleles. The baritone ukulele is usually around 30 inches long, and has only 19-21 scale length depending on model.  Baritone ukuleles are commonly tuned in standard D-G-B-E, tuned the same as the top four strings of the guitar, giving a deeper sound. While you can still strum it like any other ukulele, you’re going to really lose the bright, snappy tonal qualities that you do get from the soprano. Because it’s tuned a fourth down, the baritone is like a small guitar missing the two top strings. This makes it a popular conversion instrument for guitarists looking for some of the ukulele sound.

The baritone ukulele is the most expensive ukulele to buy, because of its larger body. Baritone ukuleles are great for blues players and fingerpickers, or those who prefer that deeper and fuller sound. They tend to suit male singers better than the others.

Most well-known Baritone Ukulele brands

  • KALA Baritone Ukulele
  • LANIKAI Baritone Ukulele
  • OSCAR SCHMIDT Baritone Ukulele

Tenor Ukulele

The tenor ukulele is just a little bigger than the concert ukulele. The tenor ukulele is usually around 26 inches long, and has only 17-19 scale length depending on model. Tenor ukuleles are commonly tuned in standard re-entrant G-C-E-A, but some will choose to tune it lower like a baritone ukulele to D-G-B-E.

Tenor ukuleles are becoming more and more popular as people get used to the less-traditional sound. The Tenor is also popular for performances, because of the tonal qualities and the capabilities to reach higher notes on the fret board. However it is used more often in acoustic sessions and recording. Their larger scale makes them an easier adaptation for guitar players, and their large bodies produce warmer, more complex tones that are desirable for any genre of music.

Most well-known Tenor Ukulele brandsVirtual Sheet Music - Sheet Music Downloads

  • KALA Tenor Ukulele
  • MELE Tenor Ukulele
  • MAKALA Electro-Acoustic Tenor Ukulele
  • PONO Tenor Ukulele


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