Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

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Well-known coffees are characterized by the regions where they are grown. Climate and soil qualities can make subtle changes to the flavour of the resulting coffee.

The tropical island of Jamaica has ideal conditions for growing coffee. Much of the island is covered with mountainous regions, including the Blue Mountains which is the tallest range on the island. The Blue Mountains are a perfect blend of rich, hot climate, plenty of rainfall and high altitude.

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Loose or Bagged Tea

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If your idea of a good cup of tea starts with plain tea bags from the grocery store, you are likely missing out on truly superior tea.

Before I explain why loose tea is better, I just want to let you know that I am mainly talking about generic supermarket tea bags. There are some excellent bagged teas out there, made up of whole tea leaves. Quality tea merchants often carry bags as well as loose.

The main difference between loose teas and bagged teas is the size of the leaves. That’s what effects the resulting cup of tea. Tea leaves contain chemicals and essential oils, which are the basis for the delightful flavour of tea.
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Blade or Burr Coffee Grinders

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coffee grindersGrinding your own coffee beans is a fairly easy way to ensure freshness in your cup of coffee. Grinders can be inexpensive, and some coffee makers or espresso machines even have them built in. If you want to add a coffee grinder to your collection of kitchen equipment, here are the basic things you need to know.

There are basically two different kinds of grinders: blade or burr.

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Coffee Grinding Guide

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How you grind your coffee beans is the first step influencing the final brew. Some machines will brew better if you make sure to grind your beans to the optimal size in the first place.

Cheaper coffee grinders don’t always have coarseness settings, so you will have to experiment a little to establish how long to let your machine grind to achieve the right coarseness (or fineness, depending on your point of view). Continue reading »

Rich Milk Chai

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rich milk chai recipe

Condensed milk makes this a very rich version of chai

A traditional spiced tea (or chai) recipe. It’s rich and creamy, and spiced just right. Add as much honey as you like for some extra sweetness.

  • 4 cups water
  • 8 tbs loose black tea
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1/2 pint condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom, ground
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, ground

Heat water to almost boiling, and steep tea leaves for 5 minutes. Strain out tea and add remaining spices. Simmer for 7 or 8 minutes. Strain again. Add condensed milk and sweeten with honey.

Serves 8