Hawaii, the only state in the United States where coffee is grown commercially, produces the amazing Kona coffee bean, known for its unique gourmet quality and flavor. In fact, Kona coffee thrives only in a tiny region on the western slopes of the Big Island where it has, over 175 years, been highly developed using heritage trees that do exceedingly well in the rocky volcanic earth. Sunshine, rainfall and soil strike a perfect balance in this small, fertile locality where the harvests are bountiful. The areas exquisite Kona coffee is world renowned and emerging boutique-like coffee flavors are earning their stripes.The prized Kona trees are never touched by mechanical harvesting equipment. Instead, families and workers from six hundred private estates gently pick by hand, so youll never find a combination of ripe and unripe beansindividual inspection of each coffee cherry assures you of a perfect cup of coffee every time. This naturally high quality coffee can only get better with the special care it receivesthe higher the level of care, the better the coffee.Rather than comparing the growing of Kona to other types of coffee, a closer parallel can actually be made by comparing it to how the grapes for fine vintage wines are nurtured and harvested. The majority of Kona coffee earns the grade of Prime or better due to the excellence of the climatic conditions, the labor-intensive hand cultivation, and wet-method processing used throughout the region. The Kona growing region has produced world class coffee continuously since the early 1800s and the name Kona only applies to beans grown in North and South Kona. Coffee grown elsewhere in Hawaii cannot be called Kona.So valued is the Kona growing region of the Big Island that the plantations in the area have their own organizationThe Kona Coffee Councilwith a special green seal of approval that vouches that each bag of coffee it adorns is true and genuine 100% "Kona Coffee" and helps you, the coffee lover, discern between 100% Kona and lesser blends. 100% Kona has its own distinctively delicate yet rich aromatic flavor that can be overpowered if it is blended with harsher coffees.Most Kona coffee (there are more than 100 private label brands) is graded Prime or better. Picked when bright red and fully ripe, the Kona coffee cherry is first pulped to remove outer flesh. Next is the fermentation step which is credited for giving the coffee its bright, clear flavor. After a thorough washing in clean, fresh water, the coffee beans are laid out on large decks for natural drying by the sun, a step during which they are raked regularly to facilitate even drying. It is then that the beans are graded to Department of Agriculture standards. Afterwards, the dry beans are milled to remove parchment and silverskin and then they are ready to be sold to roasters or, as is the trend by some Kona coffee estates, custom-roasted by the farmer to produce a truly unique coffee flavor. Due to its excellent quality, Kona coffee is regarded as one of the most highly valued coffees in the world.
Cocktail is a type of mixed drink which is consumed in many countries. It's a type of liquor with flavouring agents. It contains fruit juice, sauces, honey, milk, cream or spices. The cocktail had become popular after the prohibition in United States . The disadvantage in buying cocktail is that many bar owners mix both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages with the drink. This is very hazardous to consume. The olden day's cocktails were made in combination with gin, whisky or rum and with a small amount of vodka. Many cocktails were made traditionally by mixing it with gin which is called as gimlet or martini. This type of mixed drinks was introduced after the period of 1980's. The word cocktail was determined by Dr. David Wonderich in October 2005. A benefit of drinking a sip of cocktail is that it will keep you relieved from head aches. Cocktail is liquor composed of sugar, water and bitter agents. It is also called as bittered sling. And it is also supposed to be an electioneering potion, since it keeps the heart stout and bold. It is said that a person who swallows one sip of cocktail is ready to swallow anything else. There are several cocktail recipes; they come in different compositions according to the bartenders. In addition of Punches, Sours, Slings, Cobblers, Shrubs, Toddies, Flips, and a variety of other types of mixed drinks were 10 recipes for drinks referred to as "Cocktails". The quality and quantity of alcohol present in cocktail is very less when compared to the other alcoholic drinks. The cost of the cocktails also has a big difference when compared to other drinks. So, nowadays bartenders have started preparing cocktails. They are mixed with different types of other drink such as gin, whisky, milk and cream. It is not mixed with water. The ingredients mixed depend upon the region from where you get the drink. While serving cocktails, it is to taken care that you serve the drink in the appropriate glass. The cocktail glass is of a shape with a wide, shallow bowl, on a stem above a flat base. The cocktail glasses are designed in such a shape that the temperature should not change.
Antioxidants are substances that help our bodies fight free radicals-natural but toxic chemical reactions that occur in our bodies and damage our cells. Different antioxidants combat different free radicals, so it's wise to know and use a wide range of antioxidant foods and vitamins that help preserve health and vitality.Vitamin C is a well-known antioxidant vitamin. Foods that contain the antioxidant properties of Vitamin C include oranges, lemons, grapefruits, cantaloupe, many leafy greens, broccoli and peppers. Beta carotene, found in carrots, is another antioxidant nutrient.Garlic is another food known for its antioxidant properties. Garlic actually has many healthy properties and can even be used as an antibacterial.Berries of almost every type are excellent antioxidants. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries all have antioxidant properties.Although cooking can dilute the nutrients in food, most foods have more than enough to last. The antioxidant properties of red grapes are even found in wine, so it's not necessary to eat raw foods in order to get antioxidant benefits.And speaking of antioxidants that you can drink, don't forget about tea. All different kinds of tea have these good-for-you properties, not just green tea, as was originally thought.While nutritional supplements are available to help us get the nutrients we aren't getting from food, the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day (especially if those vegetables are broccoli and spinach) should provide most of the antioxidants you need. Especially for children, it's wise not to get in the habit of relying on supplements when a naturally varied diet can provide for most nutritional needs. As we get older, however, it may become necessary to supplement certain vitamins and minerals; for example, some older people lose the ability to naturally synthesize enough Vitamin B12. Vitamin D is another vitamin that may need to be supplemented in older people. Your doctor can do blood tests to determine if you could benefit from vitamin supplementation.
White tea is gaining popularity in the Western world very rapidly. Renowned for its mild, sweet flavor and enormous health benefits, white tea appeals to a whole new crop of tea drinkers. White tea has a mild flavor that attracts those who might find black teas too bold and green teas too grassy.The flavor of "white tea" is described by most tea drinkers to be light, airy and a bit sweeter than black or "green tea" . It is rarely bitter, even when over brewed and is best enjoyed without sweetener or milk. It brews to a paler color than black or green tea and has a very delicate aroma.One of the finest white teas available is a blend called white Persian melon tea. This tea is a delicious blend of the finest white tea with the addition of refreshing melon.Like other white teas, white Persian melon tea comes from the camellia sinensis plant. But, white teas are harvested much earlier than other teas, before the leaves are fully open and while they retain fine white hair on the buds. White tea is also processed differently than black and green teas, in that it receives the very least processing of all the tea varieties.The leaves are simply dried and steamed. The steaming prevents the leaves from oxidizing. This protects the delicate flavor and helps the tea leaves retain their natural anti-oxidants. The anti-oxidants in white tea make it one of the healthiest drinks you can find.For centuries, the Chinese have used tea for medicinal purposes, but the modern world seems to just be beginning to understand the healthful properties that a regular diet of tea can afford. The anti-oxidants in white tea have been shown to fight cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol. White tea has also been shown to improve the immune system, too.In particular, white tea seems to have the ability fight off bacteria and viruses. White tea is also high in fluoride, making it great for preventing tooth decay and inhibiting the formation of plaque.White Persian melon tea gives you the sweet flavor and enormous health benefits of all "black tea" s. However, White Persian Melon tea has the added flavor and benefits of the melon. Melons are a powerful source of anti-oxidants in their own right, and the combination of the two may make White Persian Melon tea one of the healthiest you can drink.Melon contains an anti-oxidant known as GliSODin. This particular anti-oxidant is known to neutralize some of the most destructive free radicals in our bodies. However, GliSODin also has the power to stimulate our bodies to produce its own anti-oxidants, and has been clinically proven to help maintain cellular health and protect against oxidative damage in several studies.In fact, GliSODin is so powerful that it has even found to be effective when used topically. Its likely that well begin to see black tea and melon used together for skin care products as well as for drinking! The ability to make our body produce its own anti-oxidants may mean that consuming melon has a longer lasting health benefit than many other high anti-oxidant foods.Brewing and Enjoying White Persian Melon TeaAll black tea should be brewed using water that is heated to just below the boiling point. Let it steep for about 5 minutes before drinking.Youll find that White Persian Melon tea has a bit more flavor than plain black tea. The melon adds a fruity flavor and enhances the sweetness, making this one of the most exotic black tea flavors.White Persian Melon tea is a favorite for making iced tea. The addition of melon makes it one of the most refreshing teas; perfect for a hot day. To make iced tea, simply brew several servings of tea at once and allow to cool.Since black tea is so delicate in flavor, its not wise to make black tea and then pour it over ice while hot. Doing so may dilute the flavor of the tea to a point that it tastes too weak. Instead, allow the pitcher of tea to cool before serving. This keeps the original flavor of the tea by not allowing the ice to dilute it too much.White Persian Melon tea is, of course, wonderful taken hot, as well. Because it is very fluffy, it requires a bit more tea per cup to brew. Begin by using about two teaspoons per cup and adjust to your taste. The best loose black teas can easily give you two good infusions. Always use fresh cold water and bring it to a boil. Then let it cool for a minute or two before pouring over the tea leaves.White Persian Melon tea makes a relaxing cup for drinking just before bed. Because green tea has far less caffeine than black or green tea, it wont interfere with your sleep.White Persian Melon Tea can be difficult to find. White tea in general is rare; far less of it is grown each year. And, because White Persian Melon tea is just one blend of green tea, there is even less of it available. But, when you can find White Persian Melon tea, it is a treat, indeed.
They say alcohol is the devils best weapon against mankind. Its not a surprise, considering the evils brought about by the potent liquid. Many crimes are committed under the influence of alcohol. Lives are ruined, dreams are shattered, and families are broken apart when alcohol is taken in irresponsibly in large quantities.But looking beyond the damage brought about by booze, alcohol can also be quite delightful, especially for those who take it seriously. Alcohol was the nectar taken with the ambrosia by the gods of Mount Olympus. Fine liquor tickles the senses and brings euphoria when consumed. True alcohol connoisseurs appreciate that fact, and with pewter flasks in hand, they would argue that alcohol is not as evil as were all made to believe.Drink ModeratelyAlcohol aficionados and their pewter flasks are everywhere. It is an insult to label them as "drunks" because drunk, they are not. Alcohol aficionados strive with moderation in mind. A sip from a wine glass here and a gulp from pewter flasks there and theyre quite satisfied. True aficionados accept that the affinity to alcohol requires responsibility. They know their limits and never venture to cross the line. To them, the taste of alcohol, the slight buzz, and the play of flavors in their palate is more than enough to satiate their thirst.Alcohol As An ArtAlcohol aficionados are experts in many a form of alcohol and consider the consummation of such as an art. They can pinpoint liquor age and quality without the aid of labels. A sniff through pewter flasks can usually do the trick. True aficionados know the best mix and the best concentration of certain alcohol combinations to achieve the best buzz and the best taste. It is not a simple matter of putting several kinds of liquor in pewter flasks and hoping for the best. It is an art that has been in existence for hundreds of years and can only be honed and perfected after years of discipline and moderation.Spot The MastersTrue alcohol connoisseurs are easy enough to spot as it is. They are the ones luxuriously swirling the liquid in a wine glass right under their noses before they venture to take a sip. They carry around a delightful concoction of a mixed drink or an age-old whisky in pewter flasks. They can even be found in your friendly neighborhood pub. Thats right bartenders. Imagine working behind a bar all night in close proximity to every liquor known to humankind. A lesser man will succumb and will probably be in Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) faster than you can say "scotch on the rocks". Bartenders are the creme de la creme of alcohol aficionados. They know their liquor and can make magic out of it, as many an alcoholic can confirm.The True AAIndeed, alcohol art has survived over centuries to torment the weak mortals of today. But for the chosen few connoisseurs, it is simply a matter of being responsible for that next sip from pewter flasks. It wont hurt to learn a thing or two from them.