My Journey As a French Press Coffee Barista 

Author: Klim Zalabakis , Barista from Portland Oregon

I started my quest to find out the best coffee grinder for French press after I dropped and broke my old French press, and make sure the new one stands the test of time.

In the last few months I have started drinking quite a lot of French press coffee. The reason being this coffee is quick and easy to make, with awesome flavor and taste when brewed with fresh coffee. The cherry on the cake is that I can save a lot of money as I do not buy a latte coffee every-day.

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But I was not satisfied with first French press that I bought initially, which was a cheap glass and plastic French press. Basically the fact is it lasted for a month or less before getting shattered to pieces, so I seriously needed a durable French press capable of withstanding extreme daily use.

My Criteria for selection

I did a lot of research in the beginning, and you can find different kinds of French press coffee makers in the stores. There are so many criteria for a great coffee maker like build material, account volume and filtration systems. I made a list of the negative things that should be avoided in my next buy, such as:

My search has led me to Espro Vacuum Press, which is one of the best coffee presses available in the market, but of course it comes with a premium price tag. It’s my pick as it could solve all the issues with my broken press as the best French press. Some other varieties are also available which are less costly and also durable and has good heat retention capacity.

This press is sturdy, comprises of a great capacity and has sustainable heat retention capacity. It is durable and will not break within a month and leaves no residue grinds in the coffee mug. Only gawking point that may pinch you is its price as it is quite expensive compared to others. But it is worth buying as It may be the last French press that you need to buy, the hardy construction of stainless steel ensures that. If it falls from your hand, you can pick it up from the ground, and again start to brew a superb yummy coffee as if nothing actually happened.

 

My most favorite property of the Espro is that of the pending dual patent micro filtration systems which can produce the cleanest mug of French press that you have ever tasted. The working procedure is similar to a standard French press – just add your hot water, ground coffee and start brewing. But it stands above the rest in the filtration process, where the dual filters plunges to work and filters 9-10 times better than normal French press. It gives the cleanest cup of coffee and you may relish it till the last drop without any nasty sludge or grinds getting in your mouth. This combined with dual vacuum insulated walls for heat retention, BPS and BPA interiors gives you one of the best French press, which will last for years to come.

Fishing at Cape Cod

Are you looking for the perfect destination to spend your next family vacation? Then Cape Cod is one of the best options available out there to consider. It would definitely be a vacation filled with adventure for individuals who belong to all age categories. A wide range of activities are available for the people who visit Cape Cod. Fishing holds a prominent place out of them.

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Plenty of reasons are available out there for the people to go on fishing at Cape Cod. Elbow room, cool mornings and calm conditions hold a prominent place out of them. A large number of fishing spots can be found throughout the entire area and you can engage with fishing as per the way you want. The fine weather conditions that prevail throughout the year would also offer an excellent support to you. Moreover, the calmness of the sea that you can see in Cape Cod has contributed a lot towards its popularity.

Cape Cod can be considered as one of the best destinations available out there in the world to catch Bluefin tuna. You can easily catch a giant tuna within a short period of time. However, it is better to go on a bigger boat if you are looking forward to catch Bluefin tuna as they do not come near small boats. Cape Cod can also be considered as one of the best destinations available out there to catch big striped sea bass. The sea bass come to the shore of Cape Cod during September and it can be considered as the best time available to visit there.

People who go on fishing in Cape Cod will also get the opportunity to experience many other types of scenery and take part in different events. You will be able to explore nature throughout your journey to Cape Cod. If you go there during summer, you will be able to take part in numerous events as well. Many wild places can be found throughout Cape Cod and it will take a lot of time for you to explore them. Most of these places are quiet and peacefully. The underdeveloped natural landscapes that can be found in Cape Cod are icing on the cake.

If you prefer to go on deep sea fishing, you are provided with required facilities at Cape Cod. Tours have been arranged to take you further into the east coast of the Atlantic Ocean. You will also be able to see porpoises and whales on your journey. A large number of suppliers are there on Cape Cod to make the life easy for you. They will provide you with all the facilities that are required to go on a hassle free journey. You just need to visit Cape Cod and get in touch with such a reliable supplier to make fishing an unforgettable experience.

What are the health benefits of fish oil

Even though a large number of supplements are available on the market, most of them are not so affordable and you are not guaranteed to receive the results you desire. If you are looking for a convenient, affordable and effective method to stay healthy, fish oil is one of the best options available for you to consider. It can also be considered as an excellent choice available for the people who are looking for alternate health options.

Heart disease prevention is recognized as one of the most well-grounded benefits associated with fish oil. That’s because fish oil is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. The Omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to reduce bad cholesterol levels in your body while increasing the level of good cholesterol. In addition, fish oil can deliver many other health benefits, which create a tremendous impact on the health of your heart.

From the recent studies, it has been identified that fish oil has the ability to assist people who are suffering from diabetes. That’s because people who suffer from diabetes have lower density of lipoprotein levels and higher triglycerides. Fish oil can reduce triglycerides while increasing the level of HDL. On the other hand, the nutrients that you can see in fish oil can make your blood less viscous. People who have diabetes suffer from dense blood as they have higher sugar levels in it. Therefore, fish oil can assist them to stay away from all the negative health issues associated with diabetes.fish oil

A considerable percentage of the world population suffers from osteoporosis and fish oil has the ability to help them get rid of it. Omega 3 fatty acids have the ability to enhance the level of calcium within your body. In addition, fish oil can support the calcium deposition process within your body. This can improve the overall health of your bones. People who are affected with obesity can also think about consuming fish oil. If they combine omega 3 fatty acids with regular exercises, they will get the opportunity to burn fat in an efficient manner and get rid of obesity.

Fish oil is recommended for the people who have arthritis as well. Omega 3 fatty acids play a vital role in here as well. They have the ability to lessen the pain in joints along with morning stiffness. Fish oil consists of a large number of anti-inflammatory agents as well. As a result, it can assist you to stay away from almost all the inflammatory diseases. Last but not least, fish oil can help people to get rid of their allergies or to control the allergies. That’s the main reason why fish oil is recommended for the pregnant women as they can make sure that their babies are not exposed to any allergies. These are the most prominent health benefits associated with fish oil. You can get more details by going through cod liver oil reviews that can be found at exportingfish.com.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH WITH ORGANIC DIET

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Are you bogged down with stressful daily activities that the last thing you think of is sex? You have to know that physical intimacy and sex is a very vital part of your relationship. If, because of the stress of everyday life, you’re letting the relationship intimacy with your spouse to take a backseat, then you are neglecting an essential means of reconnecting with each another.

Moreover, to feel sensual and sexy is an aspect of the entire human experience, and it enhances the feelings of attractiveness and confidence.

Many years ago, certain substances and diets were said to possess aphrodisiac properties (an aphrodisiac diet is a food, substance or drink that promotes sexual desire). They can lower stress, enhance blood flow or have a positive effect on the neurotransmitters. All these effects can increase libido in the body system. We are going to be looking at some of these aphrodisiac diets and ways by which you can use them to support your sexual health.

Basil: This is a sweet and pungent herb. It can be used to flavor up your diet and your sexual health. Sprinkle a well-chopped basil on top of your vegetable soup. Basil has the medicinal quality of enhancing your sexual desire by improving your blood flow and increasing your heart rate.

Avocado: This fruit is well known as an aphrodisiac fruit way back in the ancient times of Aztec. You can eat an avocado fruit alone or use it in your taco salad recipe.

Honey: Organic raw honey is very rich in vitamin B. It supports the production of testosterone, thereby enhancing sexual desire. It also has a boron content used in the production of estrogen, which is vital for the enhancement of the female sexual desire. You can use the honey in sweetening your cup of tea.

Carrots:  Carrots contains essential vitamins that are highly needful in the production of the sexual hormone.

Coconut water: The Coconut water contains the same degree of electrolytes as the blood of a human body system. It can boost metabolism thereby increasing blood flow. It can also serve as an aphrodisiac fluid. Coconut water has a high content of vitamin C along with minerals.

Watermelon: This fruit is very rich in citrulline. It can increase nitric oxide. It can also open the blood vessels and speed up the rate of blood circulation, thus resulting in an increase in sexual arousal.

Sea vegetables: The Sea vegetable is very rich in vitamin B1 and vitamin B2. These vitamins can help in sex hormone production. This vegetable also contains manganese, selenium, and iodine. These minerals enhance metabolic activities.

The best way to get all the nutrients in your fruits/vegetable is through juicing. This extracts the nutrients and fluids from your raw fruits and vegetables. Ensure that you go for an easy-to-handle juicer . You can find the high quality masticating juicers here. Masticating type of juicer is the best for producing nutritious juices. Continue Reading

SASH Research and Consultancy Projects

Volitional Intervention Development (VoID)

Completed Projects:

Project lead: Dr Katherine Brown

Stage 1: Evidence shows that young people may often hold strong intentions to use a chosen contraceptive method, but fail to consistently translate that intention into action, and thus fail to engage the volitional process of behavioural change. With funding from the British Academy, we developed a prototype interactive intervention designed to help young people who want to use contraception, plan effectively to do so, every time they have sex. Young people and sexual health professionals were consulted on the intervention.

Stage 2: Further funding from Coventry and Warwickshire PCT has allowed us to beta-test the intervention in sexual healthcare settings. This intervention can currently be viewed by clicking here.

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Innovation in Sexual Health Event

SASH are hosting a free event for attendees which is themed ‘Innovation in Sexual Health’ on 12th February 2013 at the techno centre based at Coventry University.We have had several interesting and relevant speakers come forward for presentations and workshops. There has been a positive response from all professionals who have been approached and are in support of sharing knowledge and ideas regarding innovative approaches to improving the sexual health of young people with fellow professionals who are practising in this area. Download the SASH event flyer.

About the event:

Read an article about the event on the Birmingham Press website!

We want the attendees to help us drive the direction of the event by nominating speakers or workshops from local and national organisations, both academic and professionals in practice. We would also like you to tell us the questions you would like to be asked at the event e.g. what is the role of technology in reducing teenage pregnancy? How can parents get involved in helping their children understand what good sexual health is?

NEW: Introductory speaker:

We are pleased to announce that Roger Ingram, Professor of Health and Community Psychology at the University of Southampton, and Director of the Centre for Sexual Health Research, will be joining us for the event and will deliver the introductory address. During his career of over 25 years he has published widely on relevant topics and worked closely with policy makers in this country and abroad. He has been, for many years, a consultant for the World Health Organisation on their reproductive health and AIDS programmes, was a member of the former Government’s Independent Advisory Group for the Teenage Pregnancy Unit and sits on the Teenage Magazine Arbitration Panel. He was also a member of the core group involved in the development of the UK National Sexual Health and HIV Strategy.

NEW: Best Presentation Awards:

The SASH team and our introductory speaker Professor Roger Ingram will be presenting three ‘Best Presentation’ awards at the event. We request that all delegates participate in selecting the winners for these awards on the day. To do so you will be given a voting card in your delegates pack and we have allocated time at the end of the day for you to cast your vote for the presentation or workshop that you thought was best. In judging the presentations/workshops we suggest you consider the extent to which: Continue Reading