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7 Reasons Why You Should Invest In Espresso Machines

Consumer culture in the western world is developing rapidly and is getting to the point where purchasing a single coffee in the morning on the way to work isn't enough. The feeling of the caffeine of a single coffee coursing through our veins isn't substantial enough to get us up and running, the need for more is essential to get us through the first 4 hours of our day. We can, of course, turn around and go and buy another coffee, but if you're on the side of the fence that self proclaims being a coffee snob then the money is going to be a huge factor. Third-wave specialty coffee shops are expensive and will quickly run your bank account thin, luckily, with the development of home espresso machines we can fill the majority of our needs before leaving the house. If that's not a good enough reason, here are some more as to why you should invest in an Espresso Machine.

1. Your Morning Fix

I'm someone that loves a coffee and there aren't many days I can go without one. When I wake up in the morning, it's the first thing I think about and my brain won't function until I sip the sweet nectar of the gods. The good thing about having an espresso machine at home is that I don't have to wait in line at my local coffee shop and wait for something that has the potential of being either delicious or subpar. I know what I like and I know how to make the perfect espresso for my flavor palette, and that's something you can learn as a home barista, you just need the equipment first.

2. It's Fun

When you enter the world of the home barista it can seem pretty intimidating, there's a lot of different coffee to try and even more to learn about where it's from, how it's processed, and the different factors that affect flavor. If you truly get into it, then there's a whole world just waiting to be explored and it's a lot of fun. Each recipe you try will give you a different flavor, the difference in the beans will become apparent very quickly and you'll learn what your favorite is. Next time you step foot in a coffee shop you'll be armed with a little more knowledge to impress your barista.

3. They're Beautiful

Most people that choose to have an espresso machine at home will make it a bit of a centerpiece and it's for good reason. Many home espresso machines are drop-dead gorgeous and will be the talking point of any social gathering. This does, however, depend on the amount of money you spend and if you're looking for something serious to invest in you could be parting ways with thousands of dollars, these machines not only look the part they also perform better. If you're looking at spending a little less then you compromise the looks and some of the quality, but it will still do a decent job. Reading real-world reviews from other home baristas is a brilliant source for consumers when choosing what's going to be the best choice for them. Having the inside knowledge before parting with a considerable amount of money is most certainly the best way to go.

4. You're In Control

If you choose to fully submerge yourself in the world of coffee, then you'll soon find out that the more control you have over your coffee during the brewing stage the better. This is because you can tweak, twist, change, and correct anything that's happening during the process, ultimately leading to a much better cup of coffee. You're better off being in control than letting an automated machine make what can only be described as an attempt at a milky coffee.

5. It's Sustainable

Big coffee drinkers will get through a fair amount per week when it comes to coffee bought from a supermarket and if you think about it, that's a fair amount of packaging. This is even worse when you think about the number of pods that are being used in the new coffee pod revolution. The majority of roasteries will use environmentally friendly packaging and you even have the choice of buying in larger quantities to reduce waste.

6. Save Money

Yes, to begin with, you will be looking at a fairly hefty outlay for the machine itself, but when you put it into perspective you'll end up saving money in the long run. If you go to work every day and spend $3 on a coffee 5 days a week, taking into account the amount of holiday you will get, you're looking at spending at least $650 a year on coffee alone. And that's only 1 a day! You'll be saving money before you know it.

7. Save Time

If you're leaving for work early in the morning just to get your coffee fix, you might not get as much time as you'd like with your partner or family. You might get to work a little late most days because the coffee shop you like is so popular it takes a while for your non-fat cappuccino to come out. Having a coffee machine at home will save you so much time, as soon as you know how to use it.

Investing in an espresso machine for your home is a brilliant move, especially if you're a coffee addict. The benefits that end up being important are surprising, like saving money and giving your morning more routine. But none of that matters to a seasoned coffee drinker, the ability to create your masterpiece at home is a feeling like no other. So if you're even considering buying one, I say you should do it, you will not regret it.

How to Learn Much More From the Books You Read

It is one thing to read and another thing to understand what you are reading. Not only do you want to understand, but also remember what you've read. Otherwise, we can safely say that if we're not gaining anything from what we read, then it's a big waste of time.

Whatever you read, there are ways to do so in a more effective manner to help you understand better. Whether you are reading by choice, for an upcoming test, or work-related material, here are a few ways to help you improve your reading skills and retain that information.

Read with a Purpose

Never has there been a shortage of great books. So, someone recommended a great cookbook for you. You start going through it, but your mind is wandering. This doesn't mean the cookbook was an awful recommendation, but it does mean it doesn't suit nor fulfill your current needs or curiosity.

Maybe your purpose is more about launching a business. Maybe you're a busy mom and can't keep office hours, but there's something you can do from home to help bring in more money, so you want information about that. At that point, you won't benefit from a cookbook, but you could gain a lot of insight and find details here on how-to books about working from home. During this unprecedented year, millions have had to make the transition to work from home, and millions more are deciding to do that. Either way, it's not a transition that comes automatically or easily, but reading about it will inform you about what working from home entails.

Pre-Read

When you pre-read it primes your brain when it's time to go over the full text. We pre-read by going over the subheadings, for instance, the table of contents, and skimming through some pages. This is especially useful when you have formal types of academic books. Pre-reading is a sort of warm-up exercise for your brain. It prepares your brain for the rest of the information that will come about and allows your brain to be better able to pick the most essential pieces of information you need from your chosen text.

Highlight

Highlighting essential sentences or paragraphs is extremely helpful for retaining information. The problem, however, with highlighting is that we wind up highlighting way too much. This happens because we tend to highlight before we begin to understand. Before your pages become a neon of colored highlights, make sure that you only highlight what is essential to improve your understanding and not highlight the whole page.

Speed Read

You might think there have been no new ways to read, but even the ancient skill of reading comes up with innovative ways; enter speed reading. The standard slow process shouldn't affect your understanding, but it does kill your enthusiasm. The average adult goes through around 200 to 250 words per minute. A college student can read around 450 words, while a professor averages about 650 words per minute, to mention a few examples. The average speed reader can manage 1,500 words; quite a difference! Of course, the argument arises between quality and quantity. For avid readers, they want both quantity and quality, which leads us to the next point.

Quality Reading

Life is too short to expect to gain knowledge from just one type of genre. Some basic outcomes of reading are to expand your mind, perceive situations and events differently, expose yourself to other viewpoints, and more. If you only stick to one author and one type of material, you are missing out on a great opportunity to learn new things.

Having said that, if there's a book you are simply not enjoying, remember that life is also too short to continue reading it. Simply, close it, put it away and maybe give it another go later on, or give it away. There is no shame or guilt in not liking a book; even if it's from a favorite author. It's pretty much clear that you won't gain anything from a book that you don't even enjoy, let alone expect to learn something from it.

Summarize

If you're able to summarize what you have read, then you have understood. When you summarize, you are bringing up all the major points that enhance your understanding. You can easily do so chapter by chapter.

Take a good look at your life and what's going on in it. Accordingly, you'll choose the material that is much more suitable for your situation and circumstances. When you read a piece of information that you find beneficial, look for a way to apply it to your life. Knowledge for the sake of knowledge isn't all that beneficial. But the application of knowledge from a helpful book is what will help you and make your life more interesting and more meaningful.