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Good espresso - anytime, anywhere...

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HandpressoCoffee and adventure go hand in hand the world over. Now you can have one while enjoying the other.

Whether it’s a cappuccino at a mountain hut in the Alps, a caffeine-fueled road trip through to the coast or simply brewing a morning cup at base camp, coffee has a way of making everything better. It’s essential equipment for many to simply start the day.

Serving up a quality shot of espresso on your next adventure just got a whole lot easier with the Handpresso Wild portable espresso maker. Handpresso is a truly portable tool that delivers café quality shots in the backcountry and on the road.

The beauty of the Handpresso is its sheer simplicity. This portable espresso maker uses pump action – much like a handheld bike pump – to build up pressure inside a compression chamber.

Add hot water to the small reservoir, place filter basket with espresso grounds, twist on the cap and you’re ready to serve an impressively rich, smooth shot of espresso with the push of a button.

It’s easy to use, quick to deliver and effortless to clean. It’s the ultimate backcountry and travel-friendly coffee tool. There’s no battery or power required, just espresso ground coffee, hot water and a little muscle power.

Handpresso Wild is compatible with ground coffee and E.S.E. pods, and you can accessorize it as you see fit by adding a tamper, travel case or portable thermos-flask. Raise the bar on your next adventure and enjoy a civilized shot of espresso anytime, anywhere.

Not available in SA yet. Retails at about $99. For more information visit www.handpresso.com

Coffee makes you smile...

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Coffee Smiley FaceTwo years after wondering whether coffee has become the new green tea for all its purported health benefits, we’ve come across new research from the Harvard School of Public Health drawing a connection between drinking caffeinated coffee and a lower risk of committing suicide.

The study released last month linked drinking two to three cups of caffeinated coffee per day with a 45 percent lower suicide risk. Those who drank four of more cups had a 53 percent lower risk.

So, can coffee actually make you happier? Or do those who gravitate toward Starbucks tend to be busy social people who are less prone to depression?

The research, which examined the coffee consumption habits of nearly 200,000 nurses and health professionals, couldn’t answer that question. But caffeine is a stimulant that can lift your mood, at least temporarily.

If you already drink coffee, this new finding gives you another reason to feel comfortable continuing the habit. Here are some other things you can try instead to help ward off depression: exercise, meditation, and getting out in the sun for 10 to 15 minutes each day. Or, you could just grab a quick cuppa!

Courtesy:  bostonglobe.com

The yawn-activated coffee machine

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DE Machine OR TamboDutch coffee company Douwe Egberts has invented a coffee vending machine that can be activated by a simple yawn.

According to mashable.com, the vending machine works through facial recognition technology that allows the machine to pour coffee everytime someone yawns in front of it.

Visitors at various airports including O R Tambo were the first to try out this new gadget, according to gmanetwork.com.

The coffee machine, named “Bye Bye Red Eye” rewarded 210 yawns with warm cups of coffee during the course of the campaign.

"From the smiles of those who managed to get themselves a free cuppa, the machine was a hit," DesignTaxi.com wrote.

"Perhaps this technology could be incorporated into a device for the home. You could stumble into your kitchen in the morning, fumble over to your coffee maker, give it a big yawn, and collect your morning brew," cnet.com.au reported.

How to make coffee on your stove

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These days there are so many different types of coffee brewing methods to choose from, with more popping up every month. In this article we will cover 3 types of stove top coffee brewing methods, which include: Turkish Coffee, Moka Pot Coffee and Syphon Coffee.

Moka PotMoka Pot Coffee

Moka Pot coffee emerged as a stove top coffee brewing method in 1933  when it was patented by inventor Luigi De Ponti for Alfonso Bialetti. This brewing method is sometimes referred to as Stove Top Espresso because of the concentration of strength and crema produced. Though Moka Pots have only around 1.5 bars of pressure applied while espresso machines have a minimum of 9 bars of pressure applied during brewing. Moka Pots produce coffee by passing hot water pressurized with steam through ground coffee. The pot should be pulled from the heat before the coffee comes to a boil.

Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is a stove top coffee brewing method that has been around for ages, starting in the 15th century Yemen (when it was, and many times still is, brewed over an open fire). Turkish coffee is prepared with very finely ground coffee and is boiled in a pot with sugar added. During preparation Turkish coffee is brewed on a low heat setting and is removed from the heat just before it comes to the boil (Up to 3 times depending on who is preparing it.) It is then served in small demitasse glasses and is never to be stirred. Be warned, this one will keep you up all night!

SyphonSyphon Coffee

The Coffee Syphon is a unique stove top coffee brewing method. It uses a vacuum, when the water comes to a boil it moves to the top portion of the brewer where to coffee is immersed in water. When the coffee is done brewing the syphon is removed from the heat and gravity pulls the water back down through the filter. The coffee is then ready for consumption!

Which stove top brewing method is your favorite?

Courtesy:  coffeecupnews.org

Cafe Culture - the end of instant in Australia?

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Coffee Cup  BeansA new research says fewer Australians are drinking instant coffee and instead choose to flock to cafes for their daily caffeine fix.

The study also shows instant coffee sales have declined in the last five years since more Aussies prefer their coffee freshly brewed.

However, among instant coffee brands in Australia, Nescafe remains the most popular coffee mix.  The survey covered 12 months to March and research indicates 38 per cent of Australians between the ages of 14 or older have bought instant coffee in a 4-week period average.  The figure has dropped from the 42 per cent in the same study in March 2009. 

More than half of them or 21 per cent of Australians purchased Nescafe.  Despite the brand's declining popularity, Nescafe maintains its market share of 21 per cent as rivals Moccona have 11 per cent market share followed by International Roast with 3 per cent.

Nescafe is the leading instant coffee brand across all states but other brand preferences may vary slightly in between states. People in Queensland are 13 per cent more likely to buy Moccona while 7 per cent of Tasmanians prefer International Roast than those in other states. 

Norman Morris, industry communications director at Roy Morgan Research says fresh coffee sales have remained stable. Morris said the last five years saw a small decline in the number of Australians buying coffee in an average of four weeks.  It is also during this time that more Australians visit cafes to drink brewed coffee.  This has directly affected the sales of instant coffee.  More Aussies have acquired a taste for fresh coffee and are steering clear of instant coffee.

For coffee brands to remain competitive in the changing market, coffee companies will need to understand the changing needs of their customers as well as their differences with rivals.

Courtesy: ibtimes.com