How to choose the best charcoal grill

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August 26, 2017

With so many different grills available in the market it’s often tough to choose the best type of grill. Gas and electric grill have their benefits over a charcoal grill. They are quicker, easy to use and heat up quickly but nothing adds the smoky flavor with the char on the meat like a charcoal grill.

So if the flavor is of utmost importance here’s how to choose the right charcoal grill.

1. The Price

For most buyers, the budget is a priority and even when not it does play an important role in any buying decision. Value for money is what every consumer looks for. For those on a tight budget, the kettle charcoal grill offers a neat solution.

For those that need to cook for large crowds the barrel charcoal grill is the best choice on a budget. Higher costing grills tend to be sturdier, offer easy cleaning options, are portable and require less maintenance.

2. Convenience and Maintenance

As I mentioned above, cleaning or starting a charcoal grill is tougher when compared to other grill types but putting in the effort is worth it as it produces the best tasting food and once you’ve got the hang of using it you can get it started within minutes.

Some of these grills come with additional doors or cooking grates that make adding more charcoal in between the cook easier. Also, most grills come with an ash catcher that can be removed and cleaned post very cook thus reducing cleaning burden.

3. Safety Provided

As for safety, most grills only offer certain basic safety features such a sturdy build, wheels for greater portability etc. and it largely depends on how you use the grill. So before you turn up the heat to read the manual provided and always keep a small fire extinguisher nearby.

Also, in the case of charcoal grills do not empty out the ash catcher till it’s fully extinguished and ensure the exhaust damper is open throughout the cook.

4. Durability of the grill

My last charcoal grill lasted for 10 years but not every grill is guaranteed to last that long. That mainly comes down to maintenance, brand, construction material etc. Opt for a brand like Napoleon, Char-Broil if you’re looking for durable grills.

Stainless steel tends to be more durable as compared to steel grills and is also lighter and easier to clean. Look for grills with a longer warranty period and do check out online reviews before you get one.

5. Temperature Control provided

For the perfect cook having temperature control is important which in a charcoal grill is achieved using the lid thus ensure your grill comes with a lid that fits in tightly.

Apart from that the dampers to play their part. Any grill should have minimum 2 dampers to let in oxygen and get rid of the exhaust.

For the best heat control opt for Kamado grills. These grills come with thick ceramic walls and have an oval shape which helps keep internal temperature in check.…

Tips on Grinding Coffee

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April 12, 2012

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The more uniform the grind, the better the extraction of the essence of the coffee bean. This is why grinding coffee becomes such special point in the coffee enjoyment. One of the oldest ways of grinding coffee was the simple mortar and pestle approach. It was all based on a quite simple system. The coffee to be ground was just placed in the bottom of a bowl, and the blunt end of a stick was used to ground the coffee along the bowl’s bottom and side. Nowadays we rather us a more mechanical way to ground our coffee. The mortar and the pestle have left their place to the mechanical moving disc and created a new term we carry into the present, the grinding force we know as milling.

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So milling becomes very efficient and common with the use of electrical motors. Maybe we should bring up the blade styled coffee grinder at these points. This type of coffee grinder is practically available in every houseware store in the world. The blade-style coffee grinder works simply with two high-speed spinning metal blades and a universal electric motor. The Blade type coffee grinder chops the beans up. Many models of this type can be had for a very cheap price.

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But there is a second common type of coffee grinders. This is the grinder called a Burr grinder, and these can be broken down into cone or plate burrs. These use two bits of metal really close together to break the beans apart. Kind of like millstones. Usually, they are called Coffee Mills. We prefer the second type of coffee grinder; the Burr-Mill type grinder. First of all; it does not alter the flavor of the coffee beans. The blade type will actually scorch the beans adding a burnt taste. So it’s often preferred to choose a coffee mill if you don’t want to spoil the flavor of your coffee enjoyment.…

Essential to brewing a great cup of coffee

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April 8, 2012

Everyone strives for what they believe is “The Perfect Cup of Coffee”. But perfection in coffee means a different thing for everyone. Like appreciation of art or music or food, it comes down to individual taste.

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Origin Coffee’s master roaster Roger Sheppard has this advice:

“If You believe the Taste matches the promise of the aroma, then you have achieved the perfect cup.”

Essential to brewing a great cup of coffee is the following important steps:

  1. Make sure you’re using clean, fresh water every time.
  2. Clean your brewing equipment regularly and if your machine is equipped with a water filter, change regularly.
  3. Select the correct grind of coffee for your machine. A fine ground is best for filter coffee. Always use unbleached paper filters.
  4. Don’t rely on long holding times for brewed coffee. Quality and taste will deteriorate after 30 minutes plus.
  5. Store ground coffee in a vacuum tight container, some recommend the fridge (not in the freezer, there are many people out there that had a bad experience with frozen coffee), for an optimum time of two weeks. It is best to grind enough for two to three days usage only. Obviously freshly ground coffee tastes the best. Roasted beans will stay fresh for four to five weeks if stored in a similar container.

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Filtered coffee is still the most popular brewing method although occasionally frowned upon by some aficionados. Either a paper or metal filter is placed in a cone-shaped holder with medium to fine coffee and hot water drips through. Most machines are automatic. Filters from unbleached paper produce the best results but remember that leaving the coffee on the warmer too long will result in a ‘chemical’ taste. Fresh-brewed coffee always has the best taste.

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Espresso is gaining popularity all over the World. It’s a black, Italian-style and means “made to order” on the spot. In an espresso machine, hot water is forced through coffee at high pressure for maximum flavor. The coffee should dribble out slowly and a foamy golden brown crema is the sign of a good cup – especially if your sugar floats for a few seconds. Use 1 to 1-1/4 oz of espresso and serve in a demitasse cup.…

The most common Coffee Blends

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April 5, 2012

Here we have tips and detailed information about the most common coffee blends. Coffee grows in many different regions of the world. That is why some coffees are known for full-bodied coffees and others for their deep flavor or aroma. In fact, everything that happens to the Coffee tree, weather conditions throughout the life of the plant, and throughout the growing season altitude; impacts the flavor of the coffee it produces. While the aroma of one may inspire poetry, its flavor may be noon too special; no one coffee will be considered “perfect” by everyone. On this site, you will find a brief description of the taste characteristics of the four major coffee growing regions of the world. Of course, there are much more different coffee blends but these are a good start for a beginning.

1.Ethiopian Coffees
Since Antiquity Ethiopia, once known as Abyssinia, has produced a rich variety of coffees – from the floral, wineyness of the Harrars in eastern Ethiopia to the fragrant and spicy Yrgacheffes in the south. The heritage of Ethiopian coffees is unsurpassed in the world.

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2.Indonesian Coffees
This island region of the world, nestled between the Indian and Pacific Oceans and part of the Malaysian archipelago, produces coffee characterized by a heavy bodied, earthy, yet mellow smoothness. The lush volcanic soils of Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, Timor and Papua New Guinea yield a variety of complex coffees worth taking a time to explore. Many of our favorite dark roasts are Indonesian coffees, particularly our Golden Aged Sumatran – a perfect complement to any meal.

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3.Central & South American Coffees
From Mexico through the Isthmus of Panama to the Andean highlands of Peru, the Tropical Americas offer a varied, excellent selection of coffee. Mild, medium bodied, even flavored and bright.

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4African Coffees

We round out our world tour of major coffee growing regions with the African countries of Kenya, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Burundi. The coffees from these countries have a medium density, highly aromatic quality and a lively acidity which ranges from citrusy to berrylike.…