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Tips for choosing the Best Coffee beans

Here are a few tips for choosing the best coffee beans for you.

A cup of coffee in the morning can help you wake up, kick-start your day, and give you that boost to start your tasks. But how do you know what coffee beans will produce a good cup for you? There are plenty of options to choose from when it comes to coffee beans. Some people prefer the brewed variety from their local shop while others opt for instant coffee. To help you make an educated choice, I’ve collected some useful tips on choosing the best coffee beans.

Choose the best type of coffee for you

Coffee may be one of the most popular drinks in the world. It is one of the most important commodity in international trade. The popularity of coffee has spread all over the globe and has given rise to a number of coffee houses. Today, in fact, you can find coffee in almost every corner of the world. You can get coffee from different kinds of roasts. However, they all have their own distinct taste and aroma. For this reason, people should know their preference when they are choosing the best type of coffee.

There are different types of coffee beans that can be bought in the market today. Some are Arabica beans while others are Robusta beans. The Arabica coffee beans have high quality and have a stronger and more complex taste compared with Robusta coffee beans. For people who have no idea what kind of type of coffee they would like to use, it is essential to know their preference when it comes to choosing a type of roast for their cup of Joe or Java. They should consider factors such as price, flavor, bean type and brand before purchasing their favorite brew.*

What Caffeine level do you love

How much caffeine do you want in a cup of coffee? If you are like me, then you’re hooked on caffeine and want as much as possible. But if you’re like my wife, you don’t really need any caffeine, and three cups will give you a headache. The difference is not so much how long we brew the coffee, or how darkly we roast the beans; it’s how finely the beans are ground. A finer grind allows more caffeine to be extracted per unit time. One thing this means is that if your coffee isn’t strong enough, the problem may not be with your brewing technique. You may simply need to use more finely ground coffee. There are two other things that can determine strength:

How coarsely the beans were roasted (coarser roasts allow for stronger brews). How fresh the beans are (older coffees need more brewing time). If your coffee comes from a retail outlet in bags with one-way degassing valves, then most of their “freshness” claims have nothing to do with how fresh the coffee actually is — it’s just a measure of how much air was let into the bags after roasting. The less air that gets in after roasting, the fresher your coffee will be.

Choose the right bean

Choosing the best coffee beans is not terribly complicated. Indeed, it is one of those areas where buying expensive brands and paying attention to marketing is likely to make things worse, not better. The most important thing is freshness. If you grind your own coffee, that’s simple: grind it just before you brew it. But when you buy coffee in bags or cans, how do you know how long it has been sitting around? The answer is roast date. You want to buy coffee that was roasted within the last week or two; anything older than that is stale. Most supermarket brands don’t even indicate roast dates, making you think they have stock from every harvest for the past year or two; avoid them if possible.

If you are looking for a specific roast style (say, dark) you can limit yourself to a particular roaster or brand, but otherwise look first at roasters who indicate the roast date on their packaging. Cherry Street Coffee Roasters in Seattle and Kaldi’s Coffee Roasters in Kansas City are two examples of roasters who print a roast date on their bags; Starbucks often prints a “best by” date but doesn’t list the day of the month—you’ll have to look inside the bag to find out more precisely when.

The only way you will find a coffee bean that suits you perfectly is if you do a bit of tasting. When it comes to coffee, do not be afraid to ask questions and try things out. You might just find that your morning coffee can be even better than you thought before.

The Sunshine Offering smoothie

The Sunshine Offering Smoothie


This smoothie recipes is one of the easiest recipes I have on the blog. And smoothies are also among the most popular items you can find them all in the drinks section. Easy and quick to prepare, you can’t go wrong with a morning smoothie.

In summer, my favorite smoothies are the Gentle Tropical Papaya Smoothie, the Simple Vanilla Hemp the Tropical Flaxseed Smoothie and the Cherry Berry Smoothie.


The Sunshine Offering smoothie

The Sunshine Offering smoothie

This smoothie recipes is one of the easiest recipes I have on the blog. And smoothies are also among the most popular items you can find them all in the drinks section .
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 161 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 3 cups fresh pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons coconut unsweetened flakes
  • 2 cups spinach fresh
  • 1 ½ cups of almond milk
  • ½ cup of coconut water

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend on high until you have a smooth and creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 161
Fat: 13g
Carbohydrates: 11g
Protein: 3g
Keyword coconut, pineapple, smoothie

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Tropical Papaya Smoothie

Gentle Tropical Papaya Smoothie


If you are looking for a nice tropical drink in the morning try this Tropical Papaya Smoothie. You have pineapple chunks, papaya, coconut , yogurt and flaxseed.

Common Mistake to Avoid During Smoothie making: Not sweet enough of tasty, simple to solve add a bit of your desired natural sweetener; honey, dates or maple syrup are good options.


Tropical Papaya Smoothie

Gentle Tropical Papaya Smoothie

If you are looking for a nice tropical drink in the morning try this Tropical Papaya Smoothie. You have pineapple chunks, papaya, coconut , yogurt and flaxseed.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pineapple chunks
  • 1 papaya cut into chunks
  • 1 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed
  • ½ cup crushed ice

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend on medium until smooth
  • Serve cold and have fun!

Notes

Calories: 250
Fat: 22g
Carbohydrates: 13g
Protein: 3g
Keyword papaya, pineapple, smoothie

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Raw Chocolate Smoothie

Raw Chocolate Smoothie


There is nothing tastier than a Chocolate Smoothie. Bananas peanut butter cocoa powder and a little bit of honey. This combination is probably the most satisfying across the board mix it all up and you have your self an amazing smoothie.

Too Thick Smoothie can be a problem. If you see that your Smoothie is too thick, a good idea is to thin it with water, non-dairy milk, 100% juice. Add a little bit at a time, making sure that you don’t overshoot and end up with a smoothie that’s just too thin! Another good alternative is to add fresh fruit, instead of frozen. Fruits with high water content, such as grapes, cucumber, oranges, melon are good options.


Raw Chocolate Smoothie

Raw Chocolate Smoothie

There is nothing tastier than a Chocolate Smoothie. Bananas peanut butter cocoa powder and a little bit of honey.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 217 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 medium bananas
  • 4 tablespoons peanut butter raw
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder raw
  • 2 tablespoons honey raw

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until you have a smooth and creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 217
Fat: 2.8g
Carbohydrates: 52.7g
Protein: 3.4g
Keyword chocolate, Raw Chocolate Smoothie, smoothie

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Coffee Banana Smoothie

Coffee Banana Smoothie


Instead of having your morning coffee why don’t you spice it up a little with this Coffee Banana Smoothie recipe. Not only will you get your caffeine fix you will also have breakfast at the same time. The bananas and Greek yogurt add a nice thickness to the smoothie to keep you satisfied.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During Smoothie Making: If you find that your smoothie is not blending correctly try to cut them into small pieces and add them to your blender. This usually solves the problem.


Coffee Banana Smoothie

Coffee Banana Smoothie

Instead of having your morning coffee why don't you spice it up a little with this Coffee Banana Smoothie recipe. Not only will you get your caffeine fix you will also have breakfast at the same time.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 356 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups brewed coffee chilled
  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt non-fat
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds ground
  • 3 bananas cut into chunks
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon grounded
  • 12 ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until you have a smooth and creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 356
Fat: 18.5g
Carbohydrates: 44.5g
Protein: 11.2g
Keyword banana, coffee, smoothie

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Cherry Berry Smoothie

Cherry Berry Smoothie


If you are looking for something to boost your morning try this Cherry Berry Smoothie. This smoothie has cherry’s, blueberries, honey and kale.

Common Smoothie Problems: Does your Smoothie taste sour? When you are facing this problem, try to add a bit of natural sweetener to your Smoothie, such as honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, raisins, stevia. Try to start off with about 1⁄2 teaspoon, then add more as
needed. A quarter of a banana sometimes helps too.


Cherry Berry Smoothie

Cherry Berry Smoothie

If you are looking for something to boost your morning try this Cherry Berry Smoothie. This smoothie has cherry's, blueberries, honey and kale.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Calories 220 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup cherries
  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 2 cups almond milk

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until you have a smooth and creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 220
Fat: 2.8g
Carbohydrates: 47.7g
Protein: 3.7g
Keyword berry, cherry, smoothie

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The Healthy Yogurt and Kale Delight

The Healthy Yogurt and Kale Smoothie


If you are looking for a nice healthy alternative for breakfast this Yogurt and Kale Smoothie. Its real simple to make with a few healthy and hearty ingredients that will give you that needed energy boost in the morning.

Common Smoothie Problems: If you smoothie is too thick, a good idea is to thin it with water, non-dairy milk, 100% juice. Add a little bit at a time, making sure that you don’t overshoot and end up with a smoothie that’s just too thin! Another good alternative is to add fresh fruit, instead of frozen. Fruits with high water content, such as grapes, cucumber, oranges, melon are good options.


The Healthy Yogurt and Kale Delight

The Healthy Yogurt and Kale Delight

Common Smoothie Problems
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 329 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup baby kale greens
  • 1 cup whole milk yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon MCT oil
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 pack stevia

Instructions
 

  • Add listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until smooth and get a creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 329
Fat: 26g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Protein: 11g
Keyword breakfast, eat healthy, smoothie

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Tropical Flaxseed Smoothie

Tropical Flaxseed Smoothie


Who doesn’t love a tropical smoothie to start the day. Add a little Flaxseed for an extra boost and you have your self an amazing smoothie. Combine pineapple, carrots, flaxseeds, oranges and spinach and enjoy.

Common Smoothie Problems: If you find that your Smoothie is Too Thick a good idea is to thin it with water, non-dairy milk,
100% juice. Add a little bit at a time, making sure that you don’t overshoot and end up with a smoothie that’s just too thin! Another good alternative is to add fresh fruit, instead of frozen. Fruits with high water content, such as grapes, cucumber, oranges, melon are good options.


Tropical Flaxseed Smoothie

Tropical Flaxseed Smoothie

Who doesn't love a tropical smoothie to start the day. Add a little fladseed for an extra boost and you have your self an amazing smoothie.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 151 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup pineapple
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds
  • 2 oranges peeled
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 2 cups of water

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until you have a smooth and creamy texture
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 151
Fat: 2.5g
Carbohydrates: 29.4g
Protein: 4.1g
Keyword carrot, flaxseed, pineapple, smoothie

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A Breakfast Egg Smoothie

A Breakfast Egg Smoothie

A Breakfast Egg Smoothie

If you are looking for something a little protein packed try this Breakfast Egg Smoothie. This smoothie is chalked full of healthy ingredients that will start you day off right.

Some Common Smoothie Problems: If you smoothie is too Sour try to add a bit of natural sweetener to your Smoothie, such as
honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, dates, raisins, stevia. Try to start off with about 1⁄2 teaspoon, then add more as needed. A quarter of a banana sometimes helps too.


A Breakfast Egg Smoothie

A Breakfast Egg Smoothie

If you are looking for something a little protein packed try this Breakfast Egg Smoothie. This smoothie is chalked full of healthy ingredients that will start you day off right.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 266 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ounce egg substitute dry powder
  • ½ cup coconut milk unsweetened
  • 4 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup organic whole milk kefir plain

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend on high until smooth and creamy
  • Enjoy your smoothie!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 266
Fat: 17g
Carbohydrates: 7g
Protein: 22g
Keyword egg, egg smoothie, smoothie

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The Ultimate Mocha Milk Shake

The Ultimate Mocha Milk Shake


Everyone love a treat for breakfast in the morning. This Mocha Milk Shake will hit the spot. Combine coffee, milk , cocoa powder and a couple of other ingredients and you have something special.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During Smoothie: If you find that you smoothie is a little to frothy take these steps. Add a little less liquid and not blend it for too long. Alternatively, you may withhold a portion of the liquid and gradually add it later on once the other half of the Ingredients are properly blended. Keep in mind that when using base ingredients, such as Avocado, banana, etc., you won’t need much liquid as they already have a fair amount of liquid on their own.


The Ultimate Mocha Milk Shake

The Ultimate Mocha Milk Shake

Everyone love a treat for breakfast in the morning. This Mocha Milk Shake will hit the spot. Combine coffee, milk , cocoa powder and a couple of other ingredients and you have something special.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 293 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup brewed coffee chilled
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 packs stevia

Instructions
 

  • Add listed ingredients to a blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 293
Fat: 23g
Carbohydrates: 19g
Protein: 10g
Keyword cocoa powder, coconut oil, coffee, Dulce de Leche Coffee Milkshake

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Vanilla Hemp Smoothie

Simple Vanilla Hemp Smoothie


If you are looking from a nice healthy morning treat try this Simple Vanilla Hemp Smoothie. Take leafy greens, unsweetened hemp milk vanilla, some frozen mixed blueberries, flaxseed and  almond butter. Mix it all up and you have a great tasting and healthy smoothie.

Common Mistakes to Avoid During Smoothie: If you smoothie is to too bitter, reduce the number of greens and add some fruits.


Vanilla Hemp Smoothie

Simple Vanilla Hemp

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Servings 1
Calories 250 kcal

Equipment

  • blender

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cup leafy greens kale and spinach
  • 1 cup unsweetened hemp milk vanilla
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries mixed
  • 1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil unrefined
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 cup of water

Instructions
 

  • Add all the listed ingredients into your blender
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve chilled and enjoy!

Notes

Nutritional Contents:
Calories: 250
Fat: 20g
Carbohydrates: 10g
Protein: 7g
Keyword Coconut Coffee Smoothie, hemp, smoothie

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Fresh Herb Falafel With Garlic & Dill Yogurt Dressing

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