Decent Coffee Needed

For a true coffee connoisseur, it goes without saying that it is absolutely necessary to have a great press coffee maker if you truly value taste. My love for coffee has involved me working hard to find the best brands out there which offer the ultimate machines that retain the flavor I crave. I have had years to explore the various types of French press coffee makers out there, and for aficionados, you can be assured of a great press with any of the following machines I have recommended. What I love about some of these options are the possibility to carry it around with you on your daily commutes.


Frieling French Press

Frieling French Press

This stainless steel French press produces a distinct flavor once brewed that true lovers of coffee will automatically detect. There are three factors that I suggest everyone look at when selecting a press maker – heat retention, brew quality, and of course, durability. The Frieling model ranks high across the board in all of these and that is the reason I have placed it on my list. You will not be disappointed in its execution.

Having tested several types of French press machines, the Frieling stood out with its double wall and stainless steel components which improve insulation and translates to your coffee staying hotter for longer than many brands. The longer your coffee remains hot, the more flavorful it remains, and another plus to this device is that it transforms into a carafe.

Made in the USA, the highest of quality standards are assured, and with the right technique, you never have any concerns with acidic or bitter coffee. All parts of this French press are safe for the dishwasher, and I suggest filtered water to reduce scaling. This machine will give you a lifetime of service after years of brews.

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KONA French Press

KONA French Press

As far as a glass French press goes, the KONA French Press is a classic coffee maker that leads the industry for many reasons. Using this machine, you get strongly brewed coffee with maximum flavor each and every time. This model has been made to withstand shocks, and a thick lid so it won’t break easily, another important reason for its durability. Better designed than most comparable brands, the KONA is at a clear advantage and will outlast most in the industry.

You will have to clean this model regularly, as well as rinse it out thoroughly after every brew. The coffee grounds have the potential to get stuck in the filter, and this is one of the drawbacks but still quite easy to maintain.  

Final Considerations

Finding the perfect French press machine for your countertop won’t take you too much time, is affordable, and enables you to brew flavorful coffee that will save you money in the long run. It may take you a bit of time and practice to perfect your cup of java, but once you get the hang of making a great brew, you will never look back.

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Ingredients for Mystery

As a book buff and a writer, I am inclined to say that I know what are the necessary elements to creating a good mystery. I like all types of genres, but there are some that pull at my heartstrings more than others. Writing any kind of book can be challenging, and involves a great sense for picking the plot, creating suspense, and characterization. Having a story that engages readers and encourages them to solve the mystery requires several elements.


First and foremost it’s a fresh cup of coffee.




Constructing a Strong Hook

man typing

Any novel requires an effective hook: your reader should be invested from the first page to the last. The hook of the book is usually an image or line used to create questions and curiosity to make readers want more. Someone once recommended to me that a great hook should be in the first sentence, paragraph, page, and chapter, paying close attention to the minute details. You should also ask yourself the following:


Are you grabbing the interest of the reader with a tease of more?

Are you posing a question the reader strongly wants to be answered?

Are there any potential conflicts to turn the protagonist’s world around?


But, I must stress that at the end of the day, rules are meant to be broken and if you can manage to set up mysterious tones in other ways, you have carte blanche to do so and attempt to gain the interest of your readers. As you begin to look beyond the initial sentence, your first paragraph introduces more of the atmosphere, mood, and setting. During the first chapter, buildup the mystery with brevity. If you give the reader everything at the beginning, it may not leave them wanting more.


Make Your Readers the #1 Detective of Your Story


With a good mystery, the reader should be trusted enough to cobble the pieces together to gather the information necessary to solve the caper. Assume that your reader is fairly intelligent enough that you won’t need to hold their hands through each chapter and risk over-explaining. Make the readers an active part to solving the riddle. Ways to do that include:


Leaving clues throughout the story

Mixing trustworthy characters with sneaky ones and letting the reader decide the integrity of each

Provide multiple explanations as a possibility. In short, that means you should have a few suspicious characters thrown into the mix. For certain types of adventures, you can even have supernatural elements as part of the plot.


Using Red Herrings

 Agatha Christie novel

The term refers to a piece of information that is intended to distract the reader and is a term borrowed from training dogs to hunt by using dried herring that turns run upon smoking. You can place them anywhere you want in your mystery to keep the readers slightly thrown off the scent and to make it all the more riveting. In one classic Agatha Christie novel, ten people are left to die one after the other on a remote island. At the end, one member that disappeared is accused of being the murderer, but there are plot twists along the way. For example, the following can be a red herring:


A character perceived as more suspicious than the reality

Anything that seems to carry more significance than it actually does or will

An event that seems important to the story, but later is deemed secondary or tertiary

A clue left by the villain that leads readers potentially astray


Suspense is one of the key elements to writing a mystery because nothing can increase a reader’s anticipation and curiosity more.

Storing the Beans

As a coffee aficionado, I take great pride in taking care of things from head to toe, which extends to the storage of the coffee beans I invest so much time in. if you want to truly have great coffee every morning, you have to invest in not only buying great coffee beans but storing them as well. If you’re the type of person that pays up to $20 for a bag of couture beans, then you’d better be able to properly store them. It goes without saying that the better the beans, the more flavorful the coffee. Beans don’t always keep as long as promised, and there is also the option to freeze them to prevent staleness.

coffee beans

For quality cups of coffee, you may want to refrigerate them for the best taste possible. Most people don’t realize that coffee beans are the first and best vessel in protecting the quality of coffee. Once the beans have been broken, the coffee quickly oxidizes. You will want to grind the beans right before brewing for a livelier cup. When it comes to top-rated coffees, that is essentially what you are paying for.


Optimally, coffee needs about two days to rest once it has been roasted, akin to letting a fine wine breathe before tasting it. Lots of gas gets trapped up in coffee, making these two days necessary. But for espresso, up to five days rest are needed, plus a bit of additional salt because of the release of carbon dioxide. Depending on the way beans are packaged, they will stay more flavorful for longer, but only for about a week or it starts to get a bit stale. Coffee that comes in a plastic container can be stored away in a cupboard at room temperature and away from the light.


One of the most important things to avoid – if you can – is placing your coffee in the freezer or refrigerator. In this way, coffee is a bit similar to bread as it doesn’t taste as good once frozen. Plus, the coffee changes cell structure and will absorb aromatics around it. That means if you place it next to garlic, don’t be surprised if your coffee clinches a bit of that flavor. That’s not exactly the flavor you want to drink early in the morning, if at all. And if you place coffee in the fridge, it ages even faster. But if you absolutely have no choice, ensure that the bags are properly sealed and also unopened.

coffee jar

Before drinking, leave the beans out at room temperature. Another way to extend the life of coffee beans is to use them in a cold brew that will taste better than a heated version. My recommendation is to buy smaller sized coffees in containers that are airtight and stored at room temperature. Or the other alternative is to drink up all that coffee really quickly. Because at the end of the day, coffee doesn’t wait for anyone.