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Archive for October, 2010

TIP OF THE DAY: A Clean Coffeemaker

It will make your coffee taste better. Photo
courtesy Heinz.

You should clean your coffeemaker every 2-3 months. So admit it: When was the last time you cleaned yours?

If your home-brewed coffee doesn’t taste as good as it should, it may be due to coffee oils and mineral deposits from the water that build up. Fortunately, it’s easy to remove them using a time-honored technique with distilled white vinegar.

1. Fill the glass carafe (or whatever receptacle your coffeemaker has) to the maximum cup level, using one part white vinegar to two parts water. If the carafe makes 12 cups, that’s 24 ounces of vinegar and 48 ounces of water, since coffeemaker “cups” are 6 ounces, not 8 ounces.

2. Pour the solution into the water reservoir of the coffeemaker. Turn on the appliance and let the solution run through (the basket that holds the ground coffee should be in place).

3. When the solution is completely back in the carafe, turn off the appliance. Allow the pot to cool for 20 minutes. Then pour the solution down the drain and rinse the carafe well with water.

4. Next fill the carafe with cold water, pour it into the reservoir and run it through the coffeemaker. Pour the cycled water out, rinse the carafe well, and repeat this step with a second pot of cold water.

5. Go to the kitchen calendar and write down the date of the next cleaning—in two months if you use the coffeemaker daily, in three months if you use it less often.

If you use a single-serve coffee system with pods or cups, read the product manual to see how often (and how) it needs to be cleaned.

How To Make A Great Cup Of Coffee

 

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OPPORTUNITY: Your Own Coffee Franchise Shop

Do you love coffee? Want to be your own boss? Want to own a coffee shop? Are you fitness conscious?

BikeCaffè, a franchise opportunity, wants to make it easy for you. You get to work outdoors, bike for exercise, and please hundreds of people daily with a great cup of coffee or tea.

BikeCaffè is a uniquely-designed quad bike—a four-wheeler. It’s a full-service mobile “coffee shop” serving up the same high-quality, tasty beverages that fine coffee shops offer: Fair Trade organic coffee blends, cappuccino and latte, chai, hot chocolate, smoothies and the muffins and croissants to go with them.

Any good pedaler/peddler can operate a BikeCaffè as a full time, part-time or seasonal enterprise, anywhere in the country. The concept, which was created in London and launched outside Shakespeare’s house in Stratford-On-Avon, promises an affordable investment in an eco-friendly business.

Ready to roll? Learn more at BikeCaffe.com.

Your own coffee shop on wheels. Photo
courtesy BikeCaffè.

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FOOD VIDEO: How To Carve A Pumpkin

 

Halloween is just around the corner, and this week’s video features tips on how to carve a festive pumpkin. Design and lifestyle expert Bruce Littlefield shares step by step tips on the best way to carve the top, using stencils and more.


After you’ve scooped out the flesh and seeds of your pumpkin, why not try one of these recipes? There’s more to pumpkin than just pie!

  • Make Pumpkin Soup with Pernod and Herbs, perfect for fall.
  • If it’s sweet you’re craving, try this recipe for Caramel Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars.
  • No time to prepare your own? Take a look at this list of artisan pumpkin treats we loved.
  • And if carving a pumpkin isn’t your preferred way to celebrate the holiday, you can always enjoy a good pumpkin ale like Buffalo Bill’s, one of our favorites.
  • See more videos in our Cooking Videos Section.

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    PRODUCT: ALEX Stainless Water Bottle

    The ALEX water bottle comes apart for easy
    cleaning—or to fill with Halloween or Christmas
    candy as a gift. Photo by River Soma | THE
    NIBBLE.

    There’s something truly new in water bottles: ALEX. The patent pending technology is a leakproof silicone seal in the middle of the bottle that allows you to take the bottle apart for a thorough cleaning.

    With their small mouth openings, most reusable water bottles require special cleaning tablets; bottle brushes aren’t that effective. Bottles can build up unhealthy bacteria and odors.

    Now there are no more worries about what lurks in that reusable bottle. You can wash ALEX in the sink or pop it into the dishwasher.

    Since you can clean ALEX thoroughly, you also can use it to carry iced coffee, juice or other cold drinks and powdered drinks. (Hot drinks aren’t recommended because the bottle isn’t insulated.)

    ALEX is made of premium grade stainless steel and is 100% BPA Free.

    And here’s another benefit: For traveling, you can unscrew the center and nest the bottom half into the top half.

    ALEX stands for “Always Live Extraordinarily.” Figuratively, ALEX stands for making sustainability simple. Fifty percent of the steel is recycled and the strap is made from recycled water bottles.

    Help keep those 38 million annual unrecycled water bottles out of the landfill and waterways. ALEX is available in two sizes—20 ounces and 32 ounces—and three colors: black, white and stainless steel (silver). The black and white versions have a choice of contrasting-color silicone bands.

    Get yours at AlexBottle.com.

     

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    HALLOWEEN: Great Chocolate Eyeballs

    These white chocolate eyeballs are sure to make your Halloween celebration memorable.

    They’re available from Woodhouse Chocolate, a NIBBLE Top Pick Of The Week, on a chocolate hand ($10) or a chocolate spoon ($6), in milk or dark chocolate.

    Woodhouse has a large selection of artisan Halloween chocolates, including adorable bats and spiders. See them all at WoodhouseChocolate.com.

    Mmm, eyeballs. Photo courtesy Woodhouse
    Chocolate.

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