How to properly descale your Nespresso Machine, and why it's Important

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You might have noticed that your Nespresso machine has started to smell or stopped working completely. In such a situation, we apply different methods and even clean it from time to time, but nothing seems to work. All this happens because we do not know the right way to clean it. As a result, the coffee residue remains there, which later create problems in your beloved coffee maker.

To make sure that the Nespresso machine in your room completes its lifespan, you need to know a thing or two about descaling your Nespresso machine.

What is Descaling?

The act of regularly descaling your Nespresso machine tends to remove any harmful bacteria that might be cultivating in it. Therefore, it is considered to be a lot better than cleaning the machine. It is further recommended to descale it every three months. In case you use your Nespresso machine a lot, you need to clean it after every two 2 weeks or one month.

Why is it Important?

If you will not descale your espresso machine, you might start to experience some change in the quality of the coffee. In addition to that, the machine might also start to produce an acrid smell in extreme cases.

Tips on Descaling your Nespresso Machine

Here are few effective tips you can follow that will keep your espresso machine clean and that too, for long term.

In order to thoroughly clean your Nespresso machine, you will need a descaling solution kit. You can easily find it on an economical price form any departmental store or even online. 

  •  You should remove every used capsule from the machine and empty the container.
  •  Then take a container with fresh water and put it under the machine.
  •  After making necessary adjustments turn the machine on. You might be required to press a button or two before initiating the descaling process. Remember that every machine has a different model and you have to read the manual before you start descaling.
  •  Furthermore, you might also have to refill the water container, but again, this is not essential in case of some models.
  • Once you have completed the first cycle, you can repeat the process so that no junk remains in the machine.
  •  In the end, you just have to rinse the water container and add little fresh water to it. You should wait for least 15minutes before finally draining the solution.
  •  After it is done, you are then required to turn the machine on by pressing the same button. This final act will let the Nespresso machine dry and it should last for at least 10 minutes.

A Final Word

There are countless benefits of descaling and some of them are mentioned in the article. With the passage of time, all coffee machines store up the residue of calcium as well as lime. Therefore, it is quite pivotal to seriously take out time for your Nespresso machine maintenance. You should descale your machine so that it can strip away the deposits from the surface of the machine. This way you can ensure that your Nespresso machine keeps working properly for an enhanced period of time.

What is the difference between flavored coffee and added flavor?

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Flavored Coffee Vs. Added Flavor. Which one is best?

 

One beautiful thing about our world is its variety. There are so many people and none of them have exactly the same face, personality or taste. Owing to this fact, in possibly every commodity we have added something new – coffee is one of them. If you thought that coffee had only one flavor in the market, then you were wrong. There are hundreds of flavors out there from French Vanilla to caramel.

But how is coffee flavored?

If we delve into the processes through which the ordinary signature coffee flavor is altered, then we find two of the major ways.

1) Flavored Coffee

As the name implies, flavored coffee is basically the addition of different tastes to the beans of the coffee. This is done through the addition of “flavor oils” after the beans are roasted.

However, even before that, the amount of the flavoring oil to be used is determined. Generally, this amount varies from 2-3% depending on the weight of thecoffee beans taken, and also on the desired intensity of a particular flavor.

In the process of the addition of flavors through flavoring oils, the beans are put in a large rotating mixer which rotates at a rate that could not cause the beans to break up. Afterwards, flavor oils are introduced to the mixer through pressurized spray so that its tiny droplets can mix well with the beans. Normally in this process which takes about 15 to 30 minutes, the beans are preferred to be crushed.

In another way, instead of adding the flavors to the coffee beans through the mixer, the flavors are ‘blended’ with crushed coffee. Dry flavors are encapsulated in some kind of powdered mixture. Since the coffee already has enough natural moisture, the flavors from the capsules are facilitatively transferred to the beans.

This is how coffee is flavored.

2) Adding flavors

As opposed to the process explained earlier, coffee can also be flavored by adding substances before or after the brewing process. Through this way, coffee shops have been presenting the customers with the type of flavors they want without having to use the flavored beans.

So, which way is the best for flavoring?

To answer the question asked, let us see what is the similarity between the two ways we explained and what is different. After that, we should be able to reach a conclusion.

Differences

1) It is the core process which separates the two ways. One involves flavoring after the beans are roasted, the other one is a kind of a DIY flavoring that can be done by everyone.

2) Flavored coffee is made by the addition of chemical compounds which mimic the natural tastes. So, if you think you are drinking the Irish Cream, you are actually consuming ethyl alcohol with dimethylamine-D1 and formamidine acetate. While the other type of flavoring is just addition of natural compounds. For example, if a chocolate flavored coffee is to be made, it could be done by adding cocoa nibs to the coffee before or after brewing it.

3) Since we told you about the plethora of chemicals that are used in flavoring oils, thus, the health risk cannot be ruled out. Coffee has numerous benefits in its original state. It is beyond our minds to answer why would anyone want to consume loads of chemicals which are added to it? As opposed to this, the added flavors can be thought of having less to no health effects.

Similarities

After knowing about the differences let us see what the two flavoring ways have in common.

Pointing out the similarities cannot be so difficult since both are just meant to add flavors to the coffee. Both of the ways are intended to give the coffee drinkers something extra than just a cup of plain regular coffee.

So, these were the differences and the similarities.

It is clear from above that the winner is definitely the flavoring of the coffee through additives.

If you like to add surprises to your coffee then you should do it by adding natural substances depending upon the type of flavor that you want.

However, having said that, you must know that no matter what you add or subtract to the conventional coffee, it is going to remain hazardous to your health because of the way it is grown and roasted. This is because when this conventional coffee is just in the fields, they are treated with numerous fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to increase their yield.

Thus, if you want to stay on the safe side, then you need to consume organic coffee from the house of Artizan Coffee which is grown in shade and without the usage of chemical fertilizers. By having this type of coffee in your cup, you can then enjoy it either flavored with natural additives or unflavored.

Light Roast vs Dark Roast

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“Coffee is confusing.”

You might say that when you read all these beleaguering posts about the coffee roast. Yes, there is somewhat confusionconsidering the fact that the industry is producing many coffee varieties through different roasting techniques, and nearly each of the types has some kind of anomaly associated. For example, there are two types that are most commonly debated over by the people in terms of strength, taste, and caffeine content. These two types are:

1) Light Roasted

2) Dark Roasted

As the names imply, the beans of coffee in both these types see roasting at different temperatures. If you are wondering why we have used the word “temperature”, then let us tell you that we have because roasting involves heat.

Coffee Roasting Explained

The process of roasting the beans sits in the middle of the fresh beans obtained and the beans that we brew. It is worth noting here that the fresh beans are green and the beans which we hand over to the coffee brewing machine can be of any color ranging from light brown to black.

The change of color is attributed to the heat involvement where beans are subjected to temperatures depending upon the roast types. However, no matter what the final color, coffee beans are roasted for the purpose of eliminating the signature grassy taste from it, and inducing the rich coffee taste in the beans through the help of Maillard and another plethora of chemical reactions.

Having explained the process, we should get back to clearing off the confusion we mentioned above, and in order to do that, we'd have to explain the two types in the light of the roasting process.

1) Light Roast

You might have guessed by now why coffee beans are termed this way. If not, then let us tell you. It is called that way because the temperatures which are used to roast the beans are just enough to bring about the coffee taste. Some people do not prefer this type because of it’s fruity, florally, cocoay, peanuty or citrussy taste. Let us see two examples of light roast.

a) Cinnamon Roast

The roasting carried out at a temperature of 197°Ccreates light roast. These beans are light brown and have a bit of the grassy flavor.

b) English Roast

At a temperature of 205°C, English Roast is created. These are moderate light brown and have a citrusy taste.

2) Dark Roast

This type of coffee is produced by roasting the original green beans at a temperature higher than the ones used for the light roast. It is because of this elevated temperature that the coffee color changes to black. Not just the color, the taste of the coffee also sees a shift from fruity, grassy to rich chocolaty. However, if the beans are roasted for too long, a burnt flavor is introduced to them.

Examples:

a) City Roast (225°C)

b) Vienna Roast (230°C)

c) French Roast (240°C)

d) Italian Roast (245°C)

 

Alright, here we conclude elaboration of the types. Now, it is time to get to the real deal.

Which coffee has more caffeine?

So, we know that both the coffee types are roasted differently. But does that affect the caffeine content?

Yes, it does.

Explanation:

When coffee beans are roasted for longer, they lose their caffeine content because the heat keeps on deleting the flavor. Thus, this means that light roasted coffee has more of that sugar-pop than the dark caffeine. 

However, this increase in caffeine is only because of the volume of the grains. Since the dark roast experience more temperature, they are reduced in size. Thus, smaller the size, lower the caffeine levels.

Coffee Density

This might be a new term for you. But to put it simply, the coffee density largely affects the caffeine level. If we use more coffee grains in brewing, we will get more caffeine.

Final Verdict

The final verdict would be that light roasted has more caffeine content, but the taste of the dark roasted is stronger. This is the main reason that people call the later as more caffeinated as they mistake the color and the taste for more caffeine.

Whether you like light roasted or dark roasted, you should always drink organic coffee because it doesn’t contain the harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that the conventional coffee does. The best place to get it from is the Artizan Coffee. They have both the light and the dark roasted varieties.

Why Organic?

Why Organic?

 

In the U.S. alone, approximately 150 million people consume 400 million cups daily, making it the top consumer in the world.

To meet these numbers, the coffee business is in an ever-increasing demand of coffee production, and thus, farmers are forced to use farming practices that are not only detrimental to the quality of the coffee but also to your health.  

However, there are some folks who are producing Organic Coffee for the good of everyone.

Why is Organic Coffee Better than Conventional Coffee?

Organic Coffee is better than the conventional coffee in a number of ways.

No Synthetic Fertilizers, Chemical etc. are Used

Although the coffee market in the U.S. alone is $48 billion, this doesn’t mean that you have to compromise on your health.

Organic Coffee is the better option which is farmed with no synthetic fertilizers, chemicals etc. in use.

The organic fertilizers used (chicken manure, bacochi, coffee pulp, and compost) are the basics of a healthy organic coffee because they do not inject the beans with chemicals such as nitrogen, phosphorous and ammonia, and also are one of the deciding factors in the organic certification by United States Department of Agriculture.

Environmental benefits of using Organic Nespresso Compatible Capsules

In the organic farming practice, we talked about above, the coffee is shade-grown. This results in added aroma and taste and also you don’t have to clear a forest for growing coffee.

When we preserve forests through growing organic coffee, the chances for the ecosystems preservation increase. For example, the bird populations bloom which can also help in getting rid of the pests and insects.

Another environmental benefit that it renders is that the soil erosion is minimized so that it can take heavy rainfall without any harm.

Benefits for farmers

The farmers are directly exposed to herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that they apply to their crops and thus are susceptible to receiving harm more than everyone.

When they practice organic farming of the coffee, not only do they save themselves, but also save the consumers from the harm.

Health benefits

Coffee, in general, possess many health benefits:

·        It increases cognitive thinking,

·        Helps in weight loss,

·        Prevents diabetes,

·        Enhances metabolism,

·        Protects liver,

·        Reduces mental stress,

·        Detoxes your body.

However, these benefits come with loads of health risks if we use  conventional or non-organic coffee. For example, you are susceptible to Parkinson’s disease, Dementia and Alzheimer’s because of their excessive chemical content which we talked about above.

Organic Coffee eliminates these risks and also amplifies the benefits stated because of their increased nutrient levels.

So, the crux of all this discussion is that if you want to gain health as well as help preserve the environment, your pick should be Organic Coffee over Conventional Coffee. Artizan Coffee provides Nespresso Compatible Capsules of as a healthy alternative to Nespresso with a 100% guarantee and certifications from FairTrade, RainForest Alliance, UTZ and Bird Friendly. Their coffee beans are freshly roasted and ready to deliver maximum taste and health to you.

 

Espresso vs Lungo

Espresso vs Lungo

 

Coffee is the reality no one can deny no matter how much he or she tries. Whether it is the Espresso Coffee or the Lungo Coffee, or any other type, there are lovers for each of them. If you are new to this love, then you must know the difference between two of the most wanted coffee types: the espresso and the lungo.

So, for this purpose let’s plunge deeper.

Preparation

Similarity:

An espresso is prepared or brewed by letting near-boiling water through finely ground coffee beans. The water is forced through the powder with the pressure that is normally higher than the pressure applied while brewing normal coffee, normally being 30-40 pounds.

When it comes to lungo, it is also prepared in the same machine and with the same amount of pressure.

Difference:

If you compare espresso with the lungo, the difference is mainly in the amount of water used for the preparation of the two.

Unlike espresso, the lungo is brewed with a higher content of hot water. The result of this is actually a larger cup of coffee that can be savored for long while the espresso can actually be consumed in “shots”.

Flavor

Similarity:

If we talk about flavor, both the types have the same flavor or aroma. Just because more water is added to the lungo, it doesn’t make the flavor any different.

Difference:

The difference, however, comes in the intensity of flavor.

While the espresso might give you a burst shot of flavor, the lungo gives you a slower and steadier taste. In other words, the flavor of the coffee in lungo is not stronger than the one in espresso.

Caffeine content

Difference:

What you read above must have put you in a position to decide that the espresso would be stronger than the lungo because of more water in the later. This is not the case, however.

There is no difference in the amount of caffeine that they both have.

Similarity:

The caffeine content in both the types is the same because they are brewed from the same capsule or in other words the powdered mash of the beans. So, they are similar in the caffeine content.

Layers

Similarity:

Both types of coffees have a relatively higher concentration of coffee particles both suspended and dissolved. When you observe your cup or glass, you would see three different layers in the espresso. 

The first layer, the frothy one is called crema layer. The second layer is called the body and the final one is the heart. The second and third layers can be differentiated by their colors.

Difference:

The only difference in the layers of the two is the length. In lungo, the length of the layers is more than the espresso.

Artizan Coffee Provides Both, Espresso and Lungo

Now, that you know about Lungo Coffee and Espresso Coffee, we recommend you the organic alternative which doesn’t contain any of these chemicals. Both the types are provided by the Artizan Coffee in the form of the high-intensity pods called Cuba Mia.