A Few Tips Will Help You Enjoy The Great Taste Of Coffee

Did you know that experienced barista who know how to properly prepare coffee, do not bring it to a boil, that is, do not heat it to one hundred degrees. Maximum 98. Boiling kills the taste of coffee! In order to prepare aromatic coffee in accordance with all the rules, you will need a conical shape of a Turk or a small cezve. The narrow neck of the dishes contributes to the formation of airy foam, which is a sign of good, finely ground coffee. There should be a little foam, as its large amount can reduce the aroma.

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There are a large number of ways to make coffee. Let's consider in more detail the most popular.

In Turk 

For brewing coffee it is best to use cupronickel or copper Turks.

Recipe for making coffee in a Turk: 


  • Calcify the Turk on fire;
  • Pour ground coffee into it, counting 1-2 teaspoons per cup;
  • Then we add sugar to your taste;
  • Pour cold water into future coffee. Do not forget that the quality of the water will determine the taste of coffee. Therefore, it is better to use purified water to brew coffee. For a richer taste, water should reach only the narrow neck of the turk;
  • Then we put the Turk on a small fire. With a catastrophic lack of time, you can put more on the fire, but you just need to prevent the drink from boiling.




Probably the most difficult thing in making coffee is not to let the coffee run away. And for this, he needs constant monitoring, and as soon as foam forms on the surface and bubbles appear on the edges, we can safely say that the coffee is ready. But if you, after the foam appears, hold the coffee on the fire for several minutes, not allowing it to boil, then this will be called the art of making coffee. In order for the drink to be clear without impurities, it is necessary to use a sieve.

Features of making coffee in Turk 


  • It is important not to miss the moment of maximum heating of water, since coffee should not boil. Focus fully on making the drink.
  • Pour ground coffee into the Turk, add sugar and put on fire. You can also add a pinch of cocoa or cinnamon, they definitely will not spoil the drink, but will give strength and taste.
  • Usually one teaspoon is filled up per cup, but there are coffee lovers stronger. They brew 3-4 tablespoons of coffee, but they should think about the nervous system and heart.
  • If you want to save money, then do not mix expensive coffee with cheap coffee. All the same, the taste of the drink will not improve, and you will not get part of the aroma and pleasure from expensive coffee. In this case, it is better to add cocoa or cinnamon.
  • Real coffee connoisseurs do not brew it in an ordinary enameled coffee machine, but in a copper one. They also do not have an ordinary stove, they make coffee on a special hot stove with sand. But these conditions for making a good drink are not necessary.
  • If you are too lazy to stand above the stove and wait for the preparation, you can simply pour the right dose of coffee in a mug, and pour boiling water over it like tea. Wait ten minutes until it brews, and enjoy a cup of coffee.
  • If there is absolutely not enough time, then you can use instant coffee. At work, everyone drinks such a powder that greatly simplifies the cooking process, but it costs less than regular coffee. But the taste of such a drink will not always meet the expected

In The French Press

Coffee brewing in a French press is a popular way to make this drink. This method is used when tasting several types of coffee, because it extracts all its delicate taste and aroma from coffee grains quite well. This method is popular not only because it produces a natural taste, but also because the cooking process is very easy. Consider how to brew coffee in a French press:



  • Rinse the french press with hot water to slightly warm it;
  • At the rate of 1-2 teaspoons per cup, pour ground coffee into it. To prevent the mesh from clogging, choose coarse coffee;
  • Pour coffee with water, best of all hot, but not boiling in some cases;
  • To get a more intense aroma of coffee, you need to mix everything thoroughly;
  • For better brewing coffee, leave it for a couple of minutes;
  • Pour the drink into cups, lowering the piston of the French press.


In The Cup

Ground coffee can be brewed directly in a cup. Moreover, brewing in a cup is used during professional tasting to determine the organoleptic properties of the drink. How to make coffee in a cup?




  • First of all, the cup must be heated. To do this, it can be rinsed with boiling water. Preheating is necessary to reduce the temperature loss for heating the cup itself, all the heat should go to brewing coffee.
  • Pour finely ground coffee into a cup. Coffee beans should be ground almost “to dust”.
  • Pour coffee with hot water at a temperature of 96-98C. This is the temperature taken a minute ago from the fire of boiling water.
  • Cover the coffee cup with a saucer or other coating of a suitable material and let it brew for 2-3 minutes to settle the grounds and brew the coffee.

With proper brewing of coffee, its taste will be rich and velvety, with a wonderful and persistent aroma.

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DK Canada Life Stories: Black History (Review & Giveaway)

On May 25, 2020 George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during an arrest for allegedly using a counterfeit bill. Since then the last month and a half there has been a demand for justice world-wide in regards to police brutatlity and systemic racism that not only happens in the United States, but all over the world. These last few weeks have been a rollercoaster of emotions as I am a Black American who resides in Canada, but I have family in the states and it's been hard to not be able to be there with my family physically during this time with borders still closed because we are still living in a worldwide pandemic with COVID-19.

One of the things I've noticed on social media is people having uncomfortable conversations with people of colour so that we all can talk about and agree that racism is everywhere and in order for us to move forward, these conversations need to happen so that we can understand one another a bit better and agree that everyone should be treated with equality no matter the race, gender or sexual preference of a person because at the end of the day, we are all human-beings. I've been having conversations with friends and family members of different race as well, sharing my stories, my encounters with racism and trying to figure out a way I can use my voice on this platform to help share and spread information the best way I can, in a safe way.

I reached out to our amazing friends over at DK Canada and they sent me some of their DK Life Story books on a few black leaders in our history to add to my library for my kids to read and learn more about. We already had the DK Life Stories of Martin Luther King Jr. and were sent DK Life Stories on Harriet Tubman, Katherine Johnson and Nelson Mandela.


Martin Luther King Jr., will always be remembered for his famous "I have a dream" speech, which he gave during the March on Washington in 1963. But his life before and after that big event, and his other enormous contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, largely go unspoken. In this biography for kids ages 8-11, learn all about MLK - from his early family life and experiences in education, to his untimely death and the worldwide mourning and riots that followed.



Nelson Mandela became the first black president of South Africa after spending 27 years in prison.
In 1964, Nelson Mandela was sentenced to a lifetime in jail. His crime? Attempting to overthrow a government that openly discriminated against its black citizens. After spending 27 years behind bars, Mandela was released, allowing him to continue his struggle for equality in South Africa-and to become the country's first black president. In this biography book for kids ages 8-11, learn all about Mandela's incredible life, his fight against apartheid, and how he helped bring peace to his nation.


Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in c.1820 and would later run away and help scores of other African American slaves escape to freedom in the North using the "Underground Railroad." A nurse, scout, and advisor during the American Civil War, Harriet co-led the Combahee River Raid, in which 700 slaves were liberated. After the war, Harriet became involved in women's suffrage, or the right to vote, and opened a retirement home for sick and elderly African Americans. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Harriet Tubman's fascinating life, the hardships she endured, her visions, the people she helped and rescued, the battles she fought, and how this American icon of justice and strength continues to inspire so many people today.


Katherine Johnson, famed NASA mathematician and one of the subjects of the award-winning 2016 film Hidden Figures. It was an incredible accomplishment when the United States first put a person on the Moon - but without the incredible behind-the-scenes work of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, such a feat could not have been possible. Follow her remarkable journey from growing up in West Virginia, to becoming a teacher, to breaking barriers at NASA and receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

All four books are filled with great photographs of each of these black leaders who made history. Not only are they filled with pictures, but they also give a timeline of each person's life, as well as a quiz at the end of the book so that your child can test their knowledge of what they read. I also love that each book has a "Who's Who," section that shares information on who and what these leaders came in contact with during their lifetime. I absoutely love having all four books in my home library so that my kids can read about these amazing black leaders who made a difference in the world. Also be sure to click the link for a free Teacher's Guide to the DK Life Stories of some of history's extrodinary people. The guide includes lesson plans, discussion questions and more!


GIVEAWAY!

I'm very excited to share that our friends from DK Canada are teaming up with us to host a giveaway that includes all four books! All you need to do is comment below on which book you think your child and/or you would like to read first. That's it. The giveaway is open to our Canadian readers only. DK Canada Life Stories books are retailed $7.99 CAD ($5.99 US) For more information on the DK Life Stories be sure to head to DK Canada.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received the above mentioned books at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received

Trolls: World Tour Blu-ray Review & Giveaway


Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that’s bigger—and louder—than ever before! In TROLLS WORLD TOUR, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms—Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock—that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind, before the songs in their hearts are lost forever! The film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.


MY REVIEW
Queen Poppy, Branch and the rest of our favorite Trolls are back at it again for another great adventure filled with lots of new catchy songs and new colorful characters to love! My five year old and I were so excited when we received a copy of Trolls World Tour on blu-ray. We both absolutely loved the first movie and were so excited to see the movie in theatres when we first saw the trailer for Trolls World Tour earlier this year. As we all know, due to COVID-19, movie theatres were shut down, so Trolls World Tour became available to us to rent on demand. 

I have to say I was very impressed with not just the new storyline for our favorite Trolls, but the way it's told is so relatble to what's going on in the world right now and I believe would be a great movie to introduce kids to celebrating how unique and different everyone is. When we open up to the movie we see Queen Poppy being happy and excited, like always, ready to start her day being the Queen of her kingdom. When she receives an invitation from an unknown troll, Queen Barb, letting her know that Rock Trolls should be the main music for all trolls. Poppy is then told the story from her dad, King Peppy, that their kingdom isn't the only one of its kind, that there are six musical realms of other genre's of musical trolls. 

With this news, Poppy decides to make her way to visit the other kingdom before Queen Barb does to warn them of what she wants to do, but she's also Poppy, and very optimistic about what Queen Barb's true intentions are. What Poppy doesn't know and what Branch tries to warn her of, is to be careful of strangers. Throughout their mission to warn other kingdoms, they are introduced to so many different trolls along the way and what they try to make Queen Barb realize is that being different and unique is what makes us all special. Why not celebrate our differences and still love one another and be happy. 


I have to say I was very impressed with this movie. From the storyline, the amazing new colorful characters we were introduced to, to the catchy songs, my family and I absoultely loved this movie and I promise if you loved the first one, you'll love this sequel as well. 

Join Poppy, Branch, and the rest of the Trolls in the all-new Dance Party Edition exclusively on Digital June 23, 2020 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray™, and DVD July 7, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.

The Dance Party Edition includes an interactive dance party mode where viewers are introduced to dance moves to learn while they watch the film, lyrics to sing along, and surprises featuring their favorite characters! This special Dance Party Edition includes bonus content, such as an exclusive original short film starring the unforgettable Tiny Diamond, deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes exclusives with the power-house musical cast of Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, George Clinton and many more. This fun and entertaining family film is the must-own movie of the summer.

GIVEAWAY!
Thanks to our friends at Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, we're giving away a copy of Trolls World Tour (Dance Party Edition) on blu-ray to one of our lovely readers. Open to both US and CANADA, to enter, comment below sharing yours or your child's favorite character from Trolls! 

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Trolls World Tour at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

Celebrating 20 Years of Gladiator (4K Blu-ray Steelbook Anniversary Review)


Originally released in May of 2000, director Ridley Scott’s GLADIATOR celebrates its 20th anniversary. Also a winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, the film is an unparalleled combination of vivid action and extraordinary storytelling. Russell Crowe won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of a Roman general who is betrayed by a corrupt prince (Joaquin Phoenix) and comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and both theatrical and extended versions of the feature on 4K Ultra HD, along with two separate commentaries. The two Blu-ray Discs included in the set boast over four hours of previously released bonus content, including commentaries on both versions of the film, a comprehensive documentary about the making of the movie, featurettes, deleted scenes, and more.

MY REVIEW
I can't believe it's been 20 years since I first saw Russll Crowe on screen portraying the strong, skillful and handsome, gladiator, Maximus. This was a film I remember so well and another film that was played in our house very often as my dad was and still is a fan of action/war/battle movies. 

A man robbed of his name and his dignity strives to win them back, and gain the freedom of his people, in this epic historical drama. In the year 180, the death of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Richard Harris) throws the Roman Empire into chaos. Maximus (Russell Crowe) is one of the Roman army's most capable and trusted generals and a key advisor to the emperor. As Marcus' devious son Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) ascends to the throne, Maximus is set to be executed. He escapes, but is captured by slave traders. Renamed Spaniard and forced to become a gladiator, Maximus must battle to the death with other men for the amusement of paying audiences. His battle skills serve him well, and he becomes one of the most famous and admired men to fight in the Colosseum. Determined to avenge himself against the man who took away his freedom and laid waste to his family, Maximus believes that he can use his fame and skill in the ring to avenge the loss of his family and former glory. As the gladiator begins to challenge his rule, Commodus decides to put his own fighting mettle to the test by squaring off with Maximus in a battle to the death.

One of the biggest memories I have when I was a teen and watching Gladiator for the first time, I remember watching Maximus rush to return home to find his family, wife and son, murdered and his town burned to the ground. I remember crying when I saw Maximus finding his wife and son and how he broke down. That was such an emotional scene. Tears filled my eyes then as they did recently when the husband and I watched the movie for the first time in over 10 years. I remember being a  teen and being so invested in watching Maximus fight his way back to face Commodus and when we finally see them reunite, the expression on everyone's face when they realized Maximus is still alive and was the gladiator to beat, is priceless. Throughout the movie we see Maximus at his strongest and weakest and when the fight is finally over, we see him getting to reunite with his loved ones.

Celebrating Gladiator's 20th anniversary this month, now available for purchase, you can add this steelbook copy to your movie collection as well. For more information about Gladiator, be sure to head over to Paramount Pictures Canada.

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Gladiator at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received. 

Celebrating 25 Years of Braveheart (4K Blu-ray Steelbook Anniversary Review)


Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020, BRAVEHEART won five Academy Awards®, including Best Picture. The richly detailed saga of power, passion, and the fight for freedom stars Mel Gibson (who also took home the Oscar® for Best Director) as William Wallace, a bold Scotsman who rallies his countrymen to liberation from oppressive English rule. The 4K Steelbook includes access to a digital copy of the film and previously released commentary by Mel Gibson on both the 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray presentations, along with more than two hours of previously released bonus content, including interactive timelines, a making-of documentary, multiple behind-the-scenes featurettes, and more.


MY REVIEW

"Tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take... OUR FREEDOM! "

One of the most famous quotes in movie history, June 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the movie Braveheart! Braveheart is the 1995 film that stars Mel Gibson, who plays plays William Wallace, a Scotsman who leads a revolt against the British during the 13th century.

I remember being a teen and watching this movie with my family and it brings back so many memories as this was a movie my dad would watch often. Not only did my dad love the movie, but I married a guy that loved it too. So when we received the steelbook anniversary movie of Braveheart, earlier this month, my husband was pretty pumped to watch the movie on 4k as the picture quality would be even better than before.

I hadn't watched Braveheart in years, so watching it again after not seeing it for so long, I rememberd the plot of the movie, but not every detail. I forgot how much blood and gore are in the battle scenes and how intense they are. If your family has never seen Braveheart before, be prepared because it gets bloody and you see lots of characters die. There are also a few scenes that will make you uncomfortable as rape was a form of oppression to women and is shown in this movie as well as a bit of nudity. 

Overall, this is a great movie to watch and the actors did a fantastic job bringing this story to life. As of June 16, 2020, you can now grab your own steelbook anniversary copy of Braveheart. For more infromation on the 25th steelbook anniversary copy of Braveheart, be sure to head over to

Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received Braveheart at no cost for the purpose of this review. No other compensation was received.