Top Ten Espresso Machines Under $100 Along With Its Purchasing Guidance

It is good news for coffee lovers as they can buy espresso machines at nominal rates. Some people think that coffee machines are quite expensive, so they change their mind from buying them. But let me tell you many companies manufactures high-quality coffee machines at affordable prices. You all will be wondering that buying a semi-automatic espresso machine under a hundred dollars is not possible. Having a cup of coffee in the morning makes the day beautiful.

Now let’s discuss some of the best espresso machines

If the rate of the device is less, it doesn’t mean that it has terrible functioning. The manufacturers produce all types of products at lower prices also so that everyone can easily buy them. So now, we are discussing the features of espresso machines in detail.

Hamilton coffee maker

Hamilton is a very renowned electronic brand name. The coffee makers of this brand are quite cheaper in prices but give outstanding results. If you’re looking to buy an automatic coffee maker, you should go for Hamilton espresso machine. This machine can be easily washed and cleaned. In this coffee maker, the coffee gets ready within a minute. Moreover, it requires less human efforts as the machine has an automatic system.

Phillips espresso maker

 Another famous brand of coffee maker is Philips, which offers different models. If you are a brand conscious person, then you should go for the Philips brand. This brand offers a wide range of models so that the person can choose the one out of all. The best thing about this coffee maker is that they consume less electricity. If you are looking to buy a coffee maker for your family, you should go to Phillips. It takes a little space so you can easily place it in your kitchen.

Did Coffee And Popcorn Keep My Hair From Turning Gray?

Long before Joe Vinson Ph.D. published his study confirming coffee as a powerful antioxidant, I joked about coffee being the wonder beverage that kept my hair from turning gray. I’d inched toward age 50 and beyond, and still, I had no gray hair. I decided there had to have been some reason for that, and coffee was the only thing I consumed to excess. Except for popcorn.

Now I realize my obsession with my favorite dark, rich beverage may have been only half of the story. Dr. Vinson and his researchers recently determined that popcorn is also pretty good at chasing away free radicals. Now I know my junk food of choice may not be so junky after all after I find about that online. Click here to see what I came across.

Free radicals do what?

Imagine an army of naughty toddlers running through the house, getting into everything until Mommy makes them stop. That’s what free radicals do inside the body. They are molecules that run around your body, attacking healthy cells and causing oxidation that does damage and triggers the disease. Antioxidants are like mommy molecules. They chase after the naughty free radicals and stop them before they do any damage.

My Coffee Obsession

My belief in the connection between coffee and no gray hair was my little joke, but now I’m beginning to wonder if it’s a joke after all. For decades I’ve consumed coffee obsessively. As a little girl, I learned to make it hot and strong when I sometimes prepared morning coffee for my father. I drank gallons of coffee in college to keep me awake after extended nights… studying. When I was a young wife, I relied on daylong coffee infusions at work after long nights spent mothering my kids when they were sick.

My Popcorn Habit

In my very large family of origin, popcorn was the perfect economical snack. My mother cooked it in a great big kettle, and I continued that just-like-mom popping tradition as an adult. Popcorn.org Industry Facts says producers started selling microwave popcorn in the early 80s. That was around the time that I bought my first microwave, so I made the switch. By the time I pitched my oven about 16 years later, I’d popped hundreds and hundreds of bags of popcorn.

I’ve consumed microwave and traditionally cooked popcorn the way some people smoke cigarettes: at least a pack a day. I bought it from vending machines at work. I kept bags of it at home, and I snacked late into the night after the kids went to bed. When I taught jewelry classes at an inner-city ministry a few years back, I was known for my jewelry making skills and the popcorn I ate during class. I’ve popped my corn in kettles with olive oil, in pots, in stylish domed electric poppers, air poppers, and one funny little cone-shaped plastic device that melted in the microwave one day.

Gotta love those antioxidants

Imagine my joy when I found out that coffee had more antioxidants than pretty much anything. Then a few days ago at a meeting of the American Chemical Society, Joe Vinson Ph.D. gave his antioxidant blessing to popcorn. The ACS press release: “Popcorn: The snack with even higher antioxidants levels than fruits and vegetables.” stated that it may offer protection from such diseases as “… liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s disease…” They didn’t say anything about gray hair, but I know better.

I Still Like Popcorn and Coffee

I am so close to 60 now, if I stood on my tippy-toes I could kiss it on the cheek, yet I have so few gray hairs I can count them using my 10 fingers. I can’t say for certain that coffee and popcorn are the reason. Heredity certainly played some part in my gray-less state. Still, I have to pat myself on the back. For decades I thought I was consuming way too much coffee and popcorn, only to find out they were exactly what I needed.

How To Make a Great Iced Mocha At Home

Like many other people around the world, I love Starbucks. Many hate Starbucks, but I can tell by the long lines at the many Starbucks that many people still do love their daily fix. When things get tight financially, though, it’s very hard to justify spending over $3 for a beverage – no matter how good it is. My weakness is an iced mocha. It can be freezing cold in the dead of winter and I’ll pick an iced mocha over anything else. So a few months ago I decided to play around in my kitchen to see if I could come up with a decent alternative to Starbucks. After a few failures I finally got it right and ended up with a very good version. It’s not quite as good as Starbucks, but for only pennies a cup it’s a small sacrifice to make.

Start off by brewing strong coffee. I eyeball it (like everything else I cook) but it’s about a heaping tablespoon for every cup. Once the coffee is made, I take it off the coffee machine and put it on the counter to cool for a little while. After 20-30 minutes, I start assembling the drink. You don’t have to wait… I’m a busy mom with 3 young children so I rarely have time to wait like this… I just think it’s a bit better when I do. Anyways… after letting the coffee cool a little bit, pour 1 cup into a shaker container or small pitcher. You could use a tall glass, too. Add 3/4 cup of milk (I use skim milk) and 1/4 cup of liquid coffee creamer. I prefer French Vanilla but I’ve also used other, including plain, and they turned out alright, too. I really enjoy the Peppermint Mocha flavor the stores carry this time of year. Then I add a few tablespoons of chocolate syrup. I just eyeball it “until it looks right” so I can’t give an exact measurement here. Start by adding a little because you can always just add more until you get the taste you desire. After mixing it up very good, I pour it over ice in a tall glass or 4-in-1 5 cup and enjoy! And guess what, it was one of the best I have ever tried!

You can always adjust the milk/creamer ratio if you’d like. There have been times I’ve left out the creamer completely because we ran out and it still tasted good. I’ve also used whole milk and soy milk. It’s a very forgiving recipe so just change it up depending on your tastes and what you have. I like experimenting with the different flavors of coffee creamers, too. Even if you end up not liking your creation, you can always start again — and it’ll still be cheaper than a fancy coffee house!