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Jun 8 2016

All about Tea: Types and the Process

tea-set-imageWe at Crucial tend to talk a lot about coffee, mainly because we love the stuff and want to pass on that love to any and all readers. However, there is another caffeinated drink that is extremely popular and we felt it was time to talk about that as well. It’s as versatile as coffee; it has as many different preparations as java for sure, and is just as nuanced in flavors and notes. We are of course, speaking of tea.

Tea is the second most popular drink in the world, falling in line right after water. It has gained popularity in the past decade because of its health benefits and that it doesn’t have the acidity that troubles so many coffee drinkers. Tea does have small doses of caffeine, about one-half of an equivalent amount of coffee, which makes it a more suitable night cap for some. Green tea is high in antioxidants, particularly polyphenols, which helps combat the signs and symptoms of aging. There is also a study that shows that drinking green tea daily helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. 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 7 2016

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

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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 »

Sep 8 2015

Pour Over vs French Press, Which One is for You?

Pour over vs french press coffee introThere comes a question that all coffee aficionados must ask themselves: “Pour over vs french press? Which should I invest in?”

These two brewing methods are the most popular ways of concocting the perfect cup of coffee however; each is catered to two different audiences. One isn’t necessarily better than the other but there may be one that is more appealing to you.

Are you a pour over person, or a French press person? Let’s find out.  Continue reading »

Aug 25 2015

Six Health Benefits of Coffee Drinking

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Most of the world enjoys coffee, and more than enough of them drink it daily to get them through the day, but did you know that there are health benefits of coffee?

From numerous doctors and collegiate studies, there’s a flood of benefits by having your daily brew!

Coffee is a Healthy Source of Antioxidants

According to researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is actually the number one sources of antioxidants in the United States.

What this means is that antioxidants in your cup of coffee provides oxidation for the cells in your body, keeping your body healthy.

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