BLOG
Apr 29 2016

Gardening with Compost 101: Making Compost and Storage

garden-compost-gardenLast time, we here at Crucial Vacuum talked about how to get a garden up and running if your space is limited. This time, we’re going to discuss a way to make your garden better than you ever thought it could be. This doesn’t just apply to apartment gardeners. If you’re starting a backyard (or front yard!) garden, these tips will come in handy for you as well. We’re talking about compost, or Black Gold. Continue reading »

Apr 26 2016

Making the Perfect Cup: The Coffee Beans

coffee-bean-mugTo the average person, making coffee is simple. You open the can, measure some coffee out into the filter, pour the water in the reservoir, press the ON button, and wait for that delicious brew to perk up your morning. For others, the process becomes much more complex, involving scales, thermometers, strange looking carafes and exotic beans until the process becomes as much science as it does art. Thankfully, there’s a middle ground, where we can venture and explore how varying things affect the taste of our morning brew. In general, there are four primary factors in determining how your coffee ends up: the bean, (both the roast and the grind), the water, and the ratio. This week, we’re going to discuss coffee beans, both the roasting and the grinding and how the differences make a distinct cup of java. Continue reading »

Apr 20 2016

DIY Apartment Garden: The Essentials

apartment-gardening-mainOne of the great joys of summertime is going out to your own tomato vine, pulling a fresh fruit from the plant and devouring it with a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Couple this with a few other select vegetables, and your summer meals will forever be changed. Of course, before you can harvest anything, you must plant it. That’s where Crucial Vacuum wants to help you. Over the next couple of months, we’ll be talking about how to set up a garden, dealing with common garden pests in safe and organic ways, and some great ideas for garden crops you might not have thought of. We’ll also cover how to store crops for the cold winter and getting a jump on next year’s garden. This week, we’re going to discuss the challenges and opportunities for creating a new apartment garden. Continue reading »

Apr 7 2016

Coffee Brewing 101: What’s Hot and What’s Not!

coffee-brewing-main

Ah, coffee. The ways in which we drink it are as varied as we are: cream, sugar, half-and-half, a dot of chocolate, or just black, the variations are endless. And for those of us who enjoy a cup of joe at home, there are multiple ways to create that perfect cup as well. Today we’re going to look at and compare the four most popular methods: standard drip, pour-over, presses (including Aeropress and French presses), and percolators. Continue reading »

Apr 5 2016

Spring Cleaning Tips pt 4: The Finishing Touches

Spring Cleaning 4 mainLast week we at Crucial Vacuum, covered tips on how to clean some of the toughest spots in your house. This week, we’re going to get you going on how to move from room to room like a cleaning dervish, leaving behind a clean streak in your wake. With these spring cleaning tips, your annual cleaning spree should go off without a hitch. Just remember that having your spring cleaning go smoothly lies in having a plan and using the right tools for the job. Running in with a bucket of water and a sponge will only lead to frustration. That isn’t to say that cleaning requires hundreds of dollars in expensive gadgets either. Here are some things to get you started. Continue reading »