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Do I Need An Automatic Coffee Maker?

What is so special about an automatic drip coffee maker?

The Automatic Drip Coffeemaker has been around for a long time and continues to be the most popular type used in the USA today. Pretty well everyone has had one or more of these at one time or another and they are easily the most regularly purchased coffee machines ever made.

This is largely because they are easy to use, the coffee tastes great, and they come with all sorts of features and abilities.

Automatic Drip Coffee Makers
Automatic Drip Coffee Makers

Why are they so popular?

Price, of course, affects your decision and you can buy one of these machines for as little as $10.00 (Euro Ware Kitchen Genie 1 Cup Espresso Maker) to more than $5,000 depending on the type, which options you most want, and what their specific role will be.

On the subject of price, it’s worth remembering that a standard 10-cup automatic drip coffeemaker will cost considerably less than both larger and smaller coffee makers since those are less plentiful in the market and tend to serve a more precise purpose.

Basically, how do they work?

Drip coffee makers have a cold-water reservoir into which the water is poured. From the reservoir, the cold water goes through a non-return valve and on via a heating tube, which heats the water to the required temperature, and is subsequently distributed (dripped) over the coffee grounds before draining through the grounds into the cup or mug below.

This ease of use is what makes these automatic drip machines so popular. Anyone can use them and they are so easy to maintain.

Today, most automatic coffee makers come accompanied by a broad assortment of extra options and features; especially those costing the most money. You need to spend time checking exactly what you want so you get the best coffee machine for your needs.

The commonest feature by far is the humble timer. Before going to bed the night before, you can fill your drip coffee maker with water and coffee grounds then decide the time you want your coffee maker to start brewing your coffee the next day.

It can be both time consuming and frustrating to have to prepare your cappuccino or latte coffee every morning and it is easy to do it the night before.

Where can I buy one?

Automatic drip coffeemakers are readily available across a whole range of stores throughout the country. From supermarkets, to retail stores, to thrift shops, you will invariably find a good selection from which to choose.

In addition to this there are many online websites that specialize in automatic drip coffee makers. So! If you are comfortable shopping onine, this can be a very cost-effective option for you. The great thing about on line shopping is that you are usually presented with many different deals, which you can weigh up almost simultaneously.

They may often sweeten the deal by giving you a bonus supply of coffee, or get a free coffee of the month trial, or you might be able to arrange to upgrade your coffee machine at a reduced price later on.

The types of coffee beans you use in your drip coffee machine, where they were grown and how they were treated will make all the difference to the taste of the coffee you brew. If that’s not important to you, and you just want a cup of coffee, you can use any type you like.

For those that love a specific coffee taste, they will probably buy a specific roasted bean and grind it themselves, or use a grinder at the supermarket.

There is a huge range of coffee bean types available for you to try with your automatic drip coffee maker. You’ll get a lot of pleasure from experimenting with the different types of coffee bean. You have an interesting journey ahead and I’m already feeling a little envious!

Would You Be Able To Recognize Black Mold in Your Home?

Symptoms of Black Mold – Know What To Look Out For.

When black mold first ‘invades’ your home it can be tricky to identify because the symptoms of black mold show up in numerous different ways. It’s vital you learn what to look for because black mold can be seriously detrimental to the health of those living in its proximity. At the very least this type of mold can cause mild allergies, and if ignored can lead to more serious medical problems such as Asthma or sinus infections.

Toxic black mold and spores
Fungi Aspergillus, black mold which produce aflatoxins and cause pulmonary infection aspergillosis.

This article will identify the worst of the symptoms for you because the sooner you recognize the symptoms of black mold the easier it is to quickly take action and remove the source of the problem.

You should always be aware that black mold exists and be on the lookout for its symptoms. You need to understand that you may not even realize that there is toxic black mold in your home until someone starts showing regular signs of illness. And even then the symptoms are often so similar to asthma or a sinus infection that you might not even consider the symptoms of a toxic mold.

Dampness (high humidity)

An early warning sign is if there is a persistent high level of dampness (humidity) in an area of your home. Should the humidity level in your home exceed 55%, then this is the prime environment for the growth of black mold spores. Probably the easiest way to test your home’s humidity level is to purchase some sort of indoor humidity monitor or hygrometer from your local drugstore. Position the hygrometer where you suspect the problem lies, keeping it out of the sunlight, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for measuring the humidity level. The hygrometer will display the resultant humidity level as a percentage.

The place in your home where black mold usually strikes first is where most of your water pies are located. If you have a basement it’s worth starting here since this likely where most pipes will be. If you do have a damp basement it’s worth considering installing a basement air purifier to minimize the likelihood of mold infestation

When the temperature of the water inside the pipes is different to that outside the pipes, condensation will form naturally and often goes unnoticed for lengthy periods of time. In fact you may never realize that there are symptoms of black mold present if you rarely see the pipes. When a leaking pipe is discovered, homeowners tend to concentrate on repairing the leak and never consider that dampness caused by the leak can quickly lead to an infestation of toxic mold.

Can you smell musty odors?

Further symptoms of mold are when you become aware of strange smells or musty odors. This is because black mold usually grows in places that are out of the way and so you don’t normally see them, or sometimes in places that you can’t clean or maintain easily, places such as cracks and crevices or behind sinks and basins.

Of course, smelling an odd odor in an area of your home does not necessarily point to you having black mold, but it is certainly one of the early symptoms that can alert you to the need for black mold testing.

Be aware though that a serious black mold symptom is if you can smell musty odors when your air-conditioning system is running. This is because if the odors are caused by black mold, the many toxic spores are circulating in the air you and your family are breathing.

Further symptoms

Another symptom of black mold is when pale yellow stains appear on the walls. Although, black mold itself tends to be dark green in color, it reveals itself by stains starting to appear through the paint on your wall or from underneath the wallpaper. By the time this happens you should suspect you have a serious mold problem and take steps to check it out.

Further symptoms are when paint starts flaking and peeling off a wall because of moisture present. A check you can do here is to shine a black light on any suspect wall. Should you see a yellow glow, then you know it’s very probable you do have black mold in the wall. Get it checked out as soon as possible.

The purpose of this article is to make you aware that toxic black mold is nasty stuff and you should always keep your eyes open for it.

Half Full or Half Empty, Which Are You?

We all know bright, cheerful people who nearly always seem to look on the bright side of life. And we also know people who are invariably down-in-the-dumps, miserable and tending towards fearing the worst. We consider the former to see life’s glass as being half full, while for the latter it is rarely better than half empty.

transform your thinking positively
… to positive thoughts!

The major difference between the two comes down to the power of thought – positive in the case of the “half full” brigade; decidedly negative in the case of our “half empty” friends.

It would be great if positive thinking was something you could switch on and off when you felt like it – but unfortunately it isn’t. You’re either a positive person the majority of the time or you aren’t. But you can change and there are many benefits to becoming a person who looks at the world through positive eyes.

Positive thinking has been a major factor in the success of countless people around the world; myself included. If you go back in time and look at the lives of some of the most successful people in history. People who have achieved greatness in their respective fields, you’ll see they all had a positive approach to life and believed in themselves and their eventual success.

They also put in the energy and effort to make sure what they wanted to achieve became a reality. So yes it really does work but only if you are willing to put in the effort.

Fortunately, if you fall into the ‘negative’ camp, there is much you can do to permanently change your outlook on life.