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Choosing a Personal Fitness and Nutrition

  • Posted on July 24, 2017 at 1:58 pm

A personal fitness and nutrition trainer can help you enter a race where there’s no engraved cup or money award at the finish line. Unlike the Thoroughbreds racing at the local park, you will be running for your very life instead. Fitness and nutrition are the keys to a quality long life.

Racing for Fitness

Almost 60% of people in the United States are overweight or obese. The consequences of having too much fat on your body can be severe. Obesity is a major cause of many serious illnesses including Type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure and even certain forms of cancer.

Discovering Organic Coffee

  • Posted on July 13, 2017 at 10:05 am

Many people have turned to organic fruits and vegetables (and even meats) in recent years, striving to live healthier, longer lives. You may be one of these people. But did you know that organic coffee is now available, too? If you can’t find it at your local health food store, then you can definitely find it online.

How Organic Coffee Differs From Traditional Coffee

The coffee plant has traditionally been grown in the company of shade trees and other food and cash crops. This approach made for healthier soil and prevented water contamination. Unfortunately, many coffee growers have abandoned this approach in favor of larger crops and hence larger profits. However, synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers have become necessary to maintain these crops, and along with them the taste of the coffee has suffered, the soil has suffered, and no one knows the potential impact they may have on the future health of the coffee consumer.

In addition, the loss of the shade trees has had a direct impact on migratory song birds. While an obvious connection may not immediately come to mind, the relationship has actually been symbiotic. These birds used the shade trees as their habitat as they migrated, and as a result they provided a natural defense against many of the bugs and pests that can ruin a coffee crop. Without them, pesticides must be used to do the job.

Unlike the large, commercial coffee plantations, organic coffees are generally grown on small farms with plenty of shade cover. There are plenty of migratory birds to control insects, and pesticides are unnecessary. In fact, the United States requires that organic coffees be grown on shaded land and be completely chemical free for three consecutive years.

Tips For A Great Cup of Organic Coffee

Whole beans should be used within a week of purchase in order to enjoy the full flavor of the coffee.

Avoid vacuum-packed coffee, even organic vacuum-packed coffee. The process of vacuum packing cannot be done immediately after roasting. The coffee must sit for nearly a week before it can be vacuum-packed. This degrades much of the flavor.

Coffee beans should be stored in an airtight container, not on the shelf in the paper bag you brought them home with from the store. And in order to enjoy the full flavor of the coffee, you should grind only the amount you intend to use just before brewing.

Whole coffee beans that will be stored longer than a week should be placed in an airtight glass container that’s kept in the freezer.

As with any coffee blend, organic or not, grind the beans according to the brewing method you intend to use. Keep in mind that if you grind your beans too fine your coffee may end up bitter and muddy; if you don’t grind them enough, your coffee may end up flavorless.

Often overlooked, many people consider the most important step toward a good cup of coffee to be the proportion of water to coffee. Experts recommend 2 tablespoons for every 6 ounces of water.

Jazz Composer Rock The Party With Top Class Jazz Music

  • Posted on July 6, 2017 at 2:36 pm

Jazz music is one of the most famous and to be listened pop music in the world. Jazz composer has big hand behind jazz music being so popular across the diverse communities all over the world. The history of origin of Jazz music goes back to the date of 20th century. It is believed that it was originated in southern United States. Although, it is famous across the world and has seen several jazz composers who have greatly contributed emerging from across the world. It is due to some imminent musicians who made effort from tow to head to spread the essence of the music across the globe.

There is great uproar about the origin of the jazz. There is not any definite proof which strongly support its origin. Yet it is thought that it is the result of infusion of European-African classical music. As the music developed and spread across the world, it developed various sub-types. And each sub-type is famous in a particular place. Thus, it from its inception in the early 20th century till the present, it has developed various sub-genres such as new Orleans jazz in 1910,swing, Kansas, city and gypsy jazz in 1930 and 1940. from the mid 1940 onwards, west coat jazz, cool jazz, jazz fusion, funk jazz, rock, smooth, indo, urban, cyber and rapp and nu jazz have emerged as different forms of jazz.

With its diverse forms, it is very difficult for jazz composer to create an appealing and melodious jazz music. However, with constant practice and a good knowledge of every sub-genre of the music one can become a renowned jazz composer. There have been several jazz composers who have given their best to take the music to a new height. With their painstaking effort jazz music today has been so famous across the world. Like other music composers jazz composers too, are music composer. So they must have all that a music composer has. They have good knowledge of music and demand of people. For every music has room for the change or innovation.

Thus, to become a jazz composer it requires a lot of dedication to learn and you should have creative bend of mind as well. Jazz music is quietly affected by its composer as its every performance is sung in a different style. Thus a jazz composer must have ability to give distinctive touch to the music they compose. In jazz music a vocalist is accompanied by either guitarist or pianist or bassist or saxophonist or trumpeters. Thus, a jazz musician is highly skilled in and well familiar with every sub-genre of jazz music.

History of Coffee: Part IV – Commercialisation of Coffee

  • Posted on June 24, 2017 at 1:33 pm

For many connoisseurs, the period from the mid-19th Century to the late 20th Century is the ‘Dark Age’ of coffee. During this era, coffee lost its Middle-Eastern mystical charm and became commercialised and, quite frankly, ordinary.

When coffee was first introduced into Britain during the 17th Century, it was a drink enjoyed by every social class. While the rich would enjoy coffee almost ceremonially in their social clubs, the poor saw coffee as an essential nutrient, a hot drink to replace a hot meal, or hunger suppressant. It was only a matter of time, with the advancement of technology, that large companies would form to take advantage of the coffee commodity.

Traditionally coffee was roasted in the home or in the coffeehouse. A practice imported from the Middle-East was to simply stir-fry green beans in an iron pan over a fire till brown. Some coffeehouses used a more sophisticated method of a cylindrical unit hung above a fire with a handle to rotate the beans inside. Both these methods were only capable of roasting small batches of coffee, a couple of kilos or several pounds at most, which ensured that the coffee was always fresh.

However, with the onset of the industrial revolution and mechanisation, coffee roasting technology soon improved. Commercial coffee roasters were being invented which were capable of roasting much larger batches of coffee. It was now possible for the few to meet the coffee needs of the masses.

It was in the United States where coffee initially started to be commercialised. In 1865, John Arbuckle marketed the first commercially available packages of ground, roasted coffee. His brand, ‘Ariosa’, was sold over a far larger area then any other coffee roaster. Instead of being confined to a small area close to his roasting factory, Arbuckle was able to establish his coffee as a regional brand. Others soon followed suit and, by World War I, there were a number of regional roasters including companies such as Folgers, Hill Brothers, and Maxwell House. These companies offered customers consistent quality and convenient packaging for use in the home, but at a price: freshness. It could be several weeks, or even months, before the end product would reach the customer.

One approach to prolonging the freshness of roasted coffee was to glaze it with a glutinous or gelatinous matter. After the coffee beans had been roasted, a glaze would be poured over them, which would form a hard, protective barrier around the bean. Once such glaze patented by John Arbuckle in 1868, consisted of using: a quart of water, one ounce of Irish moss, half an ounce of isinglass, half an ounce of gelatine, one ounce of white sugar, and twenty-four eggs, per hundred pounds of coffee. Arbuckle experimented with many different glazes over the years, eventually settling on a sugar based glaze. In fact, Arbuckle became such a prolific user of sugar that he entered into the sugar business rather then give a profit to others for the huge quantities he required.

So why were customers willing to buy this coffee? Once ground, coffee quickly loses its flavour and therefore should be consumed as soon as possible (at the very latest within 48 hours). But this was the age of the brand, where consistency ruled king over quality. Local roasters would often produce excellent coffee, but they could also produce foul coffee, occasionally containing a number of adulterations. Customers wanted to trust what they were buying. They wanted their coffee to taste exactly the same, time and time again.

The first coffee brand to come to Britain was Kenco. In 1923, a co-operative of Kenyan Coffee farmers set up a coffee shop in Sloan Square (London), called the Kenyan Coffee Company, to distribute high quality coffee beans around Britain. Their shop proved very popular and their brand of coffee (renamed Kenco in 1962) soon spread throughout the UK.

Worse was to come to the brew known as coffee. As regional roasters grew into national roasters and then into international roasters, their pursuit of profit intensified. Traditionally coffee came from the ‘arabica’ variety of coffee bush. But in the 1850s, the French and Portuguese began to cultivate a different variety of coffee bush, known as ‘robusta’, on the west coast of Africa between Gabon and Angola. Robusta beans were (and still are) cheaper then arabica beans as they are easier to grow and have an inferior flavour. Coffee roasters looking to minimise their production costs started blending robusta beans with arabica beans in increasing quantities. They also used shorter roast times, to reduce weight loss stopping the coffee from fully developing its complex flavour.

However the lowest point for coffee comes with the introduction of instant coffee – a drink bearing little resemblance in taste to actual coffee. Although the first commercially produced instant coffee, called ‘Red E Coffee’, invented by George Constant Washington, an English chemist living in Guatemala, was marketed in 1909, it is Nestlé who are generally attributed with the invention of instant coffee. In 1930, Nestlé were approached by the Instituto do Café (Brazilian Coffee Institute) to help find a solution to their coffee surpluses. They believed that a new coffee product that was soluble in hot water, yet retained its flavour, would help stimulate World coffee sales. After seven years of research and frequent tasting, scientist Max Mortgenthaler finally achieved the desired results and, on 1st April 1938, Nescafé was launched, first in Switzerland and then later in Britain.

Some claim that it was the introduction of commercial television in 1956 that acted as a catalyst to the success of instant coffee in Britain. The commercial breaks were too short a time in which to brew a cup of tea, but time enough for an instant coffee. There is probably some truth to this claim as, by the 1960s, the majority of the tea industry started producing tea bags, an invention by Thomas Sullivan over half a century earlier (1904). Tea bags were seen as more convenient, simpler and quicker to use then traditional loose leaf tea and so could compete against instant coffee.

The coffee industry soon realised the association between commercial breaks and coffee drinking and started investing heavily in television advertising. Probably the most famous series of coffee advertisements were made for Nescafé Gold Blend. First aired in 1987, these advertisements focused on the sexual chemistry between a couple, played by Anthony Head and Sharon Maughan, acted out in a mini soap opera. The advertisements gripped the whole nation, featuring as frequently as Eastenders or Coronation Street as topics of conversation. This original series of advertisements ran for ten years, increasing sales of Gold Blend by 40% in the first five years (there were two further, less successful, sets of advertisements with different actors). Such was the profile of these advertisements, that they even featured as a news article on the ‘News at Ten’.

With the coffee industry focused on price rather then quality, it was little wonder that coffee sales became stagnant. Coffee drinking was now more about a caffeine fix rather then about savouring the taste, to be drunk in a break from work, rather then to be enjoyed over conversation or while reading the newspaper. Unsurprisingly the younger generations born in the 70s and 80s turned their back on bitter coffee, preferring sugary soft drinks such as Coca Cola and Pepsi for their caffeine kicks.

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Fresh Roasted Coffee Facts

  • Posted on June 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Depending on the day, coffee is either the number one or two most consumed beverage in the world. It is enjoyed daily by hundreds of millions of people in virtually every country around the globe.

Many fresh roasted coffee lovers have no idea how their favorite morning cup of coffee is ‘made’. This article briefly explains the process of roasting gourmet coffee beans and how those wonderful flavors and aromas’ get into your morning cup!

It takes around fifteen to twenty minutes to roast gourmet coffee beans using a typical small commercial gas roaster. The usual rule-of-thumb is the quicker the roast, the better the coffee.

Short roasting retains the largest percentage of the gourmet coffee bean’s aromatic properties. Slow roasting gourmet coffee beans results in the beans baking and usually prevents them from developing fully. Also slow roasting normally won’t produce bright roasts and typically makes the beans hard instead of brittle even after the color standard has been attained.

Gourmet coffee beans have varying degrees of moisture when they are green or raw. The best fresh roasted coffee is created by first starting the roasting process with a slow fire until some of the moisture has been driven out of the bean. If too much heat is used at the beginning of the roasting process there is a high risk of “tipping” or charring the little germ at the end of the bean which is the most sensitive part of the bean.

Kissing The Cheeks” of a gourmet coffee bean is caused by loading too many beans in the roasting cylinder at one time and revolving the roasting cylinder too fast. This causes some of the beans to ride the cylinder walls for a complete revolution instead of falling off the sides into the cylinder as it revolves. As a result one face of the gourmet coffee bean gets burned or ‘kissed’.

There are no universal standards for coffee roasting. Because roasting is part ‘art’, a roaster will develop a personal blend and roast combination and establish that blend/roast combination as a sample ‘type’ to be used as the in-house standard the next time a batch of that blend/roast is roasted. Coffee drinker’s tastes run the entire gambit of roasting possibilities, from light roasted to extremely dark roasts.

Many roasters use the following roasting classifications:

  • Light
  • Cinnamon
  • Medium
  • High
  • City
  • Full City
  • French
  • Italian

A city roast is a dark roasted bean. A full city roast is a few degrees darker yet. A French roasted bean is cooked until the natural oil appears on the surface. And an Italian roasted bean is roasted until it is carbonized so it can be easily powdered.

In the United States, lighter roasted beans are favored on the west coast, the darkest roasts are enjoyed in the south and a medium-colored roast is the primary roast enjoyed on the east coast. Coffee drinkers in Boston especially enjoy cinnamon roasted coffee.

Coffee loses weight during the roasting process. The amount of weight lost varies according to the degree of roasting and the nature of the bean. Green beans, on average, loose sixteen (16%) percent of their weight during the roasting process. Typically one hundred pounds of coffee in the cherry produces twenty-five pounds in the parchment. One hundred pounds in parchment produces eighty-four pounds of cleaned coffee. And one hundred pounds of cleaned coffee produces eighty-four pounds of fresh roasted coffee.

During the roasting process the gourmet coffee bean undergoes both physical and chemical changes. After it has been in the roasting cylinder a short time the color of the bean turns a yellowish brown which gradually darkens the longer it is cooked. Likewise as the beans heat up they shrivel up until they reach the halfway point of the roasting process called the “developing” point. At this stage the beans start to swell back up and “pop open” increasing their physical size by fifty percent. When the developing point is reached the heat is turned up and the roasting is finished as quickly as possible.

“Dry” and “Wet” Roasts

A coffee roaster uses a utensil called a “trier” (it looks like an elongated spoon) to check the progress of the beans often during the roasting process. The trier is slipped into the cylinder taking a sample of the roasting beans and compared to a type sample. When the coffee has reached the desired level of roasting the heat is shut off to “check” or stop the cooking by reducing the temperature of the coffee and roasting cylinder as quickly as possible.

In the wet roast method the coffee is sprayed with water while the roasting cylinder is still revolving to cool the beans and stop the cooking.

In the dry roast method the beans are poured out of the roasting cylinder into a large colander type basket where they are stirred rapidly while air is blown through the beans to cool them down as quickly as possible to stop the cooking.

Excessive watering of coffee in and after the roasting process to reduce shrinkage is typically frowned upon. “Heading” the coffee or checking the roast before removing it from the roasting cylinder is considered a legitimate practice.

When water is used to quench the roast and stop the cooking most of the water turns to steam and does not get absorbed by the beans. However the beans do tend to swell slightly and brighten the coffee. Even though some water is used to check the roast it is still considered to be a “dry roast”.

It is doubtful that more than a handful of American coffee roasters use an absolutely “dry” roasting method – it is difficult to maintain consistent results from one batch to another and usually doesn’t provide the best possible product. The term “dry roasted” has been abused for years by coffee company marketing departments. Of course “dry roasted” coffee as described above will always make better coffee than beans that have been soaked with water but the word “dry” needs to be defined as to what exactly that means among roasters before the term can provide any real meaning or value to consumers.

Five Most Awesome 70’s Singers

  • Posted on March 26, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Some of the most memorable artists of that time are Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Diana Ross, Carly Simon, and hard rock star Van Halen. These singers made the 70’s an important era in the music industry where younger and newer singers look for inspiration. Because of this, modern singers are able to bring in fresh music as inspired by 70’s artists. All of these artists have albums where you can download free music MP3s and iPods.

Best Male Performers

Sir Elton John was catapulted to fame in the 70’s and is still famous until today. He is known around the world to write his own songs. He is known to be one of the greatest English artists of all time and extended his popularity all throughout the United States. Elton John has 6 Grammy awards under his belt and has sold more than 250 million copies of his albums throughout the world. Go to websites to download free music. He has been knighted by none other than Queen Elizabeth for his significant contributions to the music industry and became a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer in 1994. He continues to tour both the United States and Europe.

Another great singer of that era was Stevie Wonder. Stevie Wonder created great music although he lost his sight after he was born. Stevie Wonder created great music and has 22 Grammies won throughout his entire career and he was one of the five “All Time Top Artists” by Billboard Magazine. On the other hand, Van Halen who entertained the world in a different genre became successful with songs like “Dance the Night Away” and “Runnin like the Devil”.

Top Female Performers of the 70’s

In the case of female singers, Carly Simon is truly the best. She wrote many of the most sought after songs during the seventies. Carly’s popular hit songs included “You’re so Vain” and “Nobody Does it Better”. It is worth having, you can download free music MP3. Carly Simon was sworn in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1994.

Diana Ross is another great woman singer. She became Female Entertainer of the Century by Billboard Magazine. Her popular hit “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is still being played in today’s air waves which can be found on websites to download free music. Diana Ross ventured into film and the theater beginning in the eighties. The seventies was a special era of free love and rebellion. All of these advocacies went on through the creation of great music.

Concert Tickets Online

  • Posted on March 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

You have the paper in the entertainment section, and found that your favorite singer or musical group comes to town for a concert. Now begins a very funny, because you’ll have to find a way to get the tickets you want. If the group or singer is very popular, it may mean that you actually go to the execution ground and stand in line to the cashier to buy tickets. If you do not have time for it, still want to get Front Row concert tickets, there is an easier way, which is to buy concert tickets
tickets online with concert ticket broker. Concert ticket brokers make it easy to find and purchase Front Row concert tickets you want in a nice price with no fuss.

Once you reach your concert ticket broker website, there are several ways you can find concert tickets there. Tickets for concerts are usually sorted by the name of a musical group or artist, as well as in cities in which they occur. This is a big time saver for you, because you can quickly jump to the group you want to see, and what their concert schedule for every major city in the United States.

Tickets for concerts are also listed in order of performance at each location. The best concert tickets brokers will offer seating charts so you can see exactly where the location, helping you make a good choice for the seat.

You can also search concert tickets for the number of tickets you want. Number of tickets varies depending on each proposal, so you’ll be looking at an offer that meets your needs.

Ticket prices are also available when searching for tickets
tickets for a concert ticket broker’s website. Famous ticket brokers have no hidden fees, so the price displayed on the ticket is the price you will pay. Ticket prices vary, so you can easily comparison shop for the best seats at the best prices on easy-to-use ticket broker web directory.

To save your credit card information safe, you want to make sure that when you buy concert tickets online, that site is encrypted and secure online shopping. The ticket broker must also guarantee that you’ll get the real tickets, which will arrive in ample time for you to use them.

You can spend time and effort trying to buy the tickets themselves, but why bother? It’s much easier to buy concert tickets online from your ticket broker.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Software Will Increase

  • Posted on February 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Kansas – Some telecommunications companies in the United States, such as Verizon, AT & T and Sprint are currently in the process of major reform efforts on a smart phone that is now being loved, Samsung Galaxy S4. Although there is no official announcement from them, any reports from various sources stating the same thing.
According to a report quoted by CNET site, with updates on Samsung Galaxy S4 users can move apps from internal storage to microSD card. This capability can empty the internal storage. So that the performance can be optimized.
Other updates to security software yitu Samsung Knox and bootloader. Developmental changes are also located in the settings are easy to apply and other additional software.
Users of Samsung Galaxy S4, just need to wait for an official announcement about this renewal. Sprint and AT & T amid spreading rumors this renewal. While Verizon is working on desktop software via Samsung Kies.

Future related, Crutchlow Five Team Approach

  • Posted on February 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

Cal Crutchlow. (Foto: Getty Images)

CALIFORNIA – Cal Crutchlow said that he would not be too hasty in making a decision about his future in MotoGP next season. Although, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was approaching five teams.

Crutchlow are confident that the results on the mat finish seventh MotoGP race at Laguna Seca United States did not change everything. Because the performance is currently still making interest other teams to sign him.

“I think we were at Laguna Seca result does not change anything about my future. Thing is clear so far I always go faster and be a tough challenge rivals. Though the race at Laguna Seca goes bad, it is not changing anything,” he said.

Drivers who currently lie fifth MotoGP standings states would take a decision after Indianapolis MotoGP title, next August. Although, he admitted that he is negotiating with five teams.

“I’m not going to rush to make a decision and I’m also not going to make any decisions at Indy. I still need time to think about it. I was talking with five teams, and not just from this championship. So we’ll see,” he said as Crash reported.

British rider claimed it wanted to move to a factory team in order to achieve maximum results. Ducati itself be the strongest candidate for him, following the departure of Nicky Hayden certainty to the Superbike arena.