Don’t be a Chicken, Try the Turkish Method of Brewing Coffee

Turkey (the country, not the Thanksgiving bird) isn’t necessarily known for their delicacies to the general population.

For connoisseurs, however, Turkey is known as one of the original coffee brewing countries. The people of Turkey have so much know-how, in fact, that they have their own method and serving style.

Turkish coffee is different than all other kinds (save a few primitive recipes for Cowboy Coffee) because there is no filter involved. Instead of filtering the grounds, Turkish coffee is ground to an almost-powder consistency and allowed to settle after brewing.

Like an espresso a Turkish coffee will be very strong and full of flavor. It is typically served with sugar and the spice cardamom, something the espresso-drinking French simply abhor.

How to Make Turkish Coffee

Start with super fine coffee grounds, even finer than espresso. The grounds should almost be a powder consistency. Use flavored beans if you like, or try a purist cup.

Next, you need an ibrik or another small metallic pot, preferably one with a narrowing at the top of the pot.

Turkish Coffee Pot

This should have a long handle and not be too wide (it’s better to have a tall, skinny pot than a short, fat one.)

You will also need a heat source (stove), some quality water, sugar that dissolves easily and the optional spices like cardamom, anise or cinnamon.

Finally, you’ll need a coffee cup.

Sprinkle between two and six teaspoons of sugar into the coffee cup. Alternatively, you could add a helping of sugar-free sweetener of your choice.

Add very finely ground cardamom, anise or cinnamon to the cup as well.

Add a little water and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

Add water to your pan or up to where the ibrik’s neck begins, careful not to fill into the neck.

Grind one heaping teaspoon of coffee grounds for each ounce of water (10 ounces of water would require five teaspoons of grounds.)

Place the grounds ON TOP of the water, do not stir them, even a little.

Turn the heat on your stove to medium-low and place the ibrik onto the burner. Stay with the coffee, as the magic happens very quickly.

It will begin to foam and the foam will start to crawl up the neck of the pot or ibrik. Just before it reaches the top of the neck, remove from heat.

Stir the coffee now then bring back to the heat source to foam again. Do this once again, for a total of three foams. The final foam should not be stirred but rather spooned into cups or dumped down the drain if you don’t care for it.

Let the coffee settle for up to a minute and then pour your Turkish coffee into cups.

Recipe for Turkish Coffee

Conclusion

As you can see, the process of making Turkish coffee differs greatly from the standard American drip or French espresso. It should come as no surprise that the resulting cup of liquid gold is unlike either of those. Rather, it is a savory-sweet cup of rich java.

Turkish coffee is a great choice if you want to experiment or enjoy a very strong cup of Joe with the chance of some floaties.

Look at second hand stores for an ibrik before shelling out the thirty or so dollars most sell for in Turkish and Russian specialty stores in large cities and online.

As you sip your Turkish coffee, remember this old saying about the beverage:

“Coffee should be as black as hell, as strong as death, and as sweet as love.”

Most purists would not even consider adding milk or cream to Turkish coffee, but it’s your cup, so do as you wish.

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Buddhism and the Mysticism of Emptiness

Buddhism is historically, doctrinally, and philosophically diverse.

Theravada, Mahayana, Zen, and other forms of Buddhism all have different ideas on life, death, the cosmos, and even the nature of the Buddha.

Monks in these traditions live by different monastic codes, practices, rules, and philosophies.

So what makes all of these traditions Buddhist?

One could perhaps point to many different examples, but the strongest element tying all of Buddhism together is its deep mysticism of emptiness.

Buddhism is an intensely mystical religion. It is based on the mystical experience and revelation of one man, the Buddha.

This experience was one in which he attained nirvana, an indescribable and fundamentally empty state. Nirvana is empty because it is unconditioned and free of all distinctions.

In nirvana, the self is released of all desires and thoughts. All Buddhist mysticism, no matter how diverse, stems from this one initial mystical impulse, from the quest to emulate the Buddha and find emptiness.

Theravada

Theravada continued on this initial quest for nirvana, presenting it as the ultimate goal for Buddhist monks.

Monks strive to attain the supreme enlightenment so that they may finally bring an end to the conditioned existence of desire and suffering.

Once they have reached this stage they may be called “arhats,” meaning that they have become “perfected ones.” One can attain nirvana through meditation and “right concentration.”

In other words, a monk must cultivate the correct mystical consciousness in order to realize a perfect state of emptiness.

Monks Strive for an End to suffering

Mahayana

Mahayana Buddhism changed the ultimate goal from nirvana to attainment of Buddhahood itself.

Important Mahayana literature such as the Perfection of Wisdom texts focuses on the Suchness of the Buddha, and describes it as the ultimate reality, the inexhaustible essence within each and every single one of us.

Most importantly, this Suchness is also “empty.”

Emptiness is neither existent nor non-existent. It is nothing and everything at the same time. It is paradoxically only attainable by Buddhas, and yet each and every single being is at every single moment already fundamentally empty.

Japanese Zen Buddhism

Japanese Zen Buddhism takes this one step further by arguing that the desire for enlightenment, whether as nirvana or Buddhahood, must ultimately be abandoned as well.

The pursuit of emptiness means that one must be willing to let go of absolutely everything. Depending on or following the words of the Buddha will not lead one to true emptiness.

Zen does away with all logic and reason and instead attempts to provoke in the mind a sudden moment of illumination through the use of paradoxical sayings.

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Different Buddhist would disagree on where and what emptiness actually is.

Is it nirvana, Buddhahood, or can it be found only by letting go of these sorts of concepts?

The answers to these questions vary, but in whatever way it is conceived it is emptiness that drives Buddhist mysticism.

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Explore History and Nature at Mesa Verde National Park

Home to 4,500 archaeological sites–including the 600 cliff dwellings that have made it world-famous–Mesa Verde National Park offers visitors an unparalleled opportunity to step into the past.

Located in southwestern Colorado, Mesa Verde is easily reached via U.S. Highway 160 either from Cortez to the west or Durango to the east.

Because Mesa Verde mixes both a treasure trove of archaeological wonders with natural splendor, it is unique in the National Park System and does require a fair bit of planning in order to be enjoyed fully.

Visiting the Famed Mesa Verde Cliff Dwellings

The highlight of any trip to Mesa Verde National Park is a visit to the cliff dwellings, built by the Ancestral Pueblo People during the 13th century.

The most famous cliff dwelling, the Cliff Palace, is a sprawling complex of sandstone walls, rooms, and towers nestled precariously underneath a massive overhanging cliff.

During the summer months, visits to the Cliff Palace–as well as to the Long House and the nearby Balcony House–are by ranger-guided tours only, which require a ticket that can be purchased at the Visitor Center at the park entrance.

Since the drive from the park entrance to the cliff dwellings can easily take an hour depending on traffic, be sure to purchase these tickets beforehand.

best preserved cliff dwelling

Not all cliff dwellings require a ticket, however, and some are open to self-guided tours.

Spruce Tree House, for example, is the best preserved cliff dwelling in the park and is free to visit as is the Step House, which includes a restored pit house.

Other archaeological sites are strewn throughout the park, including the Square Tower House and the Sun Temple.

The latter site, in addition to being an impressive archaeological site in its own right, also gives visitors exceptional views of the Cliff Palace.

Timing your Visit

Also remember that although the park is open 24 hours, the cliff dwellings and many archaeological sites are not, with most closing before dusk. Also, the Wetherill Mesa area, which includes the Long House and Step House, are closed October through April.

The rest of the park is open all year.

What else?

While the cliff dwellings are the main draw of Mesa Verde, it quickly becomes apparent to most visitors that history isn’t the only thing this park has to offer.

Welcome to Mesa Verde

The road from the park entrance to the cliff dwellings, for example, snakes its way over mountains and through canyons, affording visitors spectacular views of the Mancos Valley and Montezuma Valley to the north.

Bicycling is also permitted on the main park road between the park entrance and Chapin Mesa, although it can be grueling even for experienced bikers and the narrow and twisting road make distracted drivers a problem.

While Wetherill Mesa Road is closed to bicycles, the Long House Loop, located at Wetherill Mesa itself, is open to bikes and, thankfully, closed to motorized vehicles.

Hiking is also a popular activity in the park, with many trails taking hikers through scenic landscapes and past historic sites.

Although many trails are relatively short, most of them include steep elevation changes that can make them difficult in hot weather or after rainfall.

Because of the sensitive archaeological nature of the park, hikers are required to stay on marked trails at all times.

Two trails, the Spruce Canyon Trail and the Petroglyph Point Trail, require hikers to register beforehand either at the trailhead or at the Chapin Mesa Archaeological Museum.

Accommodation in Mesa Verde

While the main sights can be done in one day, those looking to visit at a more relaxed pace will probably want to stay a night or two.

Far View Lodge is the park’s only hotel and has restaurants, gift shops, groceries, and other amenities. Located at the junction of the main park road and Wetherill Mesa Road, it is also a prime spot for exploring the various attractions in the park.

The park also has a large campground, Morefield Campground, located near the park entrance, which has hookups, a gas station, grocery store, RV dump station, amphitheater, and laundromat.

Camping in Mesa Verde

Many of the park’s best trails are also located here. While the campground is first-come, first-served all year round, space is almost always available. Both Morefield Campground and Far View Lodge are open only from spring to fall.

Backcountry camping is not permitted.

Mesa Verde National Park is one of the few places where history and nature combine to provoke awe and wonder in visitors.

One of America’s first World Heritage Sites, Mesa Verde continues to be an inspirational place entirely unlike any other in the world.

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Cappuccino Coffee: A Rich & Colorful History

Cappuccino coffee is one of the most popular coffee drinks in the world.

It’s made from a freshly prepared espresso that has its flavor enhanced with hot milk and steamed milk foam. Then, more often than not, cappuccino is topped off with a sprinkling of chocolate or cinnamon.

Yet, the drink so many people know and love has not always been served the way it is today and the true origin of cappuccino coffee remains unknown.

double sided coffee glass with cappuccino and spoon

A History Shrouded in Mystery

Cappuccino coffee originated in Italy and is believed to be named after the “cappucio” hoods worn by Franciscan monks.

Cappuccino translates as “little hood” and the color of the monks’ hoods bears a striking resemblance to the shade of brown that results from the mixing of coffee and milk in a cup of cappuccino.

Although there can be little doubt about the reason cappuccino coffee received its name it is unclear how long ago the drink was invented.

One popular story states the drink is the invention a Capuchin Monk called Marco d’ Avaiano and that he produced the world’s first ever cappuccino coffee in 1683, after the Battle of Vienna. It’s a great story, but there is no historical evidence to back it up.

Capuchin Monk & Cappuccino

Cappuccino From a Machine

Cappuccino coffee drinking grew in popularity in 1901.

Up until then coffee was made in small batches.

This changed when a young man from Milan, called Luigi Bezzera, decided the coffee making process was too slow and invented the world’s first espresso coffee machine. Bezzera’s machine made it easy to make a cup of strong, black espresso in around 30 seconds and the fact that an espresso could be produced so quickly made it easier to produce other coffee drinks, including cappuccino.

Bezzera’s creation may have made it easier to make a cappuccino, but early cappuccinos lacked the thick texture that modern-day coffee drinkers know and love.

The milky foam was a later addition that came about when enterprising coffee machine manufacturers decided to add steam wands to their machines.

After the foam was introduced to the drink adding sprinkles of cinnamon or chocolate was an easy next step.

la marzocco coffee machine

Cappuccino Coffee is Introduced to America

By the 1950s, Cappuccino was a firm favourite with coffee drinkers all over Europe.

The drink did not become popular in America until the early 1980s.

Drinking coffee was already an important part of American culture, but many Americans preferred to take their coffee black and a visit to a coffee shop was often more about the food than the drink that accompanied it.

Things changed when a few entrepreneurs noticed how things were done in Europe, where coffee drinking was as much about the experience as the beverage. This was very different to America and the entrepreneurs realized coffee had a potential that was yet to be taken advantage of in America.

However, when it came to coffee drinking, the cultural differences between America and Europe were significant. It was the norm for American’s to pop into a coffee shop, grab a quick coffee and then go, only staying longer if they wanted something to eat.

The entrepreneurs needed a way to encourage customers to stay longer and order more drinks. They achieved this by offering a wider variety of options including lattes, caffè cremas and, cappuccinos.

One only has to look at the present popularity of Starbucks to see how successful the move turned out to be.

American Coffee Culture

Cappuccino: A Coffee Conclusion

These days anyone who wishes to do so can pop down to the local supermarket and buy a sachet of cappuccino coffee to prepare at home and the hardest part of a coffee shop visit may be choosing to opt for a cappuccino or taking one of the many other coffee options that are on offer.

Enjoying a cappuccino has become so easy to do it has become equally easy to take the drink for granted. That is a pity because the beverage has a long and interesting history.

The modern-day cappuccino is not just the result of a monk’s experimentation with coffee beans, water, and milk; or a Milanese man’s desire to speed up the coffee making process.

Cappuccino is a drink that has evolved and improved over the years. In fact, the history of cappuccino is as rich and colorful as the drink itself.

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A Short Guide to Hiking in Slovenia’s Triglav National Park

The best of Slovenia’s Alps are contained within Triglav National Park, which is named for Mt. Triglav, the park’s highest peak (2,864 meters).

The mountains in Slovenia’s borders are somewhat smaller than those found in Italy or Austria. However, they are no less scenic.

There are plenty of challenging climbs and breathtaking viewpoints that will satisfy the most avid hiker.

Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of a trek through Triglav National Park.

Church of St John the Baptist

Church of St John the Baptist, Bohinj Lake, Slovenia

Plan at least two days on the trail to reach the summit.

Slovenians consider it a rite of passage to stand atop the country’s highest peak.

The summit can be approached from several directions, but in most cases, a round trip will take an experienced hiker 16-18 hours.

Basically, hiking Triglav in one day is doable, but you will wear yourself out.

Do yourself a favor and plan to stay overnight in the park.

where to stay when trekking in park

Julian Alps in Triglav National Park

You will enjoy the hike a lot more since you won’t be rushed.

Make reservations beforehand at one of the mountain huts. Camping in the park is illegal, so you’ll need to reserve a spot at the Alpine Club’s mountain huts to stay overnight.

A dorm bed will run you 20 euros (less if you can show an Alpine Club card). Hot food is available, but generally expensive. It’s a good idea to bring extra snacks.

You can obtain a comprehensive list of hut phone numbers from any tourist office. You will need to reserve by phone at least a few days in advance for the more popular huts.

It’s often easier to get a spot mid-week as more locals head to the park on weekends. Some hikers show up without a reservation, which is risky and tends to annoy the hut managers.

Ascend by way of  Voje Valley towards Mt. Triglav and descend through Seven Lakes Valley.

If you want to ascend Mt. Triglav and get a proper tour of the park, this is by far the most scenic route.

When you take this route, plan for a two-night trek.

The best hut to stay at for the first night is Dom Planika pod Triglavom (aka “Planika”).

You can check in, drop your bags and ascend Triglav on your first day, or save the ascent for the morning of your second day.

Reserve your second night in one of the huts in the Seven Lakes Valley region.

From Seven Lakes Valley, you will descend into the Bohinj Lake Valley on your third day.

Breaking up this route into three days will give you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery.

waterfall in Triglav National Park, Julian Alps, Slovenia

Pericnik waterfall in Triglav National Park, Julian Alps, Slovenia.

Check your shoes before commencing your hike.

The alps contain rocky, steep and difficult terrain. When your shoes fall apart mid-hike, you may have a very difficult time continuing your journey and getting back to town.

If your shoes are more than a few years old, you may want to consider replacing them before taking on the Alps.

See how to break in hiking shoe to prepare for better comfort during your Triglav National Park hike.

Bring hiking poles.

Even if you’re young and spry, poles can help enhance both safety and stamina.

Hiking poles are useful for traversing slippery rocks and steep slopes. They will also greatly ease the strain on your knees during steep descents. The alps are serious mountains, so bring serious equipment.

Don’t Forget a Good Map

Buy a good map.

Topographical trail maps are easily purchased from the tourist offices.

A map with full detail will help you plan your route, learn more about the area, and locate nearby huts should you find yourself in an emergency.

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Chill Out with Iced Coffee from Around the World

No matter the season, no matter the reason, iced coffees always hit the spot.

Americans aren’t the only ones enjoying iced coffee beverages, around the world iced coffees and espresso drinks are popular. There’s more to an iced coffee then, well, ice and coffee.

In the northwest, where American fascination with coffee was born, an iced coffee includes very little flavoring or sweeteners. Seattleites will pour a shot of hot espresso over a cup of ice and add a bit of coffee to fill it to the top.

In California, iced coffee drinks are often created by filling a cup with ice, adding milk about half way up the cup then topping off with strong coffee. A squeeze or two of caramel and whipped cream topping finishes it off.

Ice Coffee California Style

Coffee lovers on the east coast dig coffee martinis. Cold brewed coffee is mixed with vodka and a splash of coffee liquor, shaken in a martini shaker and served in an iced martini glass.

Italians have been known to serve iced coffee drinks on hot days by placing a cup filled with ice under the espresso maker nozzle. They claim espresso begins to turn bitter if cooled slowly.

In France, they like their iced coffee sweet and syrupy. After brewing a strong cup of Joe, they add sugar cubes and spices before stirring and adding ice.

Iced Coffee 101

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to know that if you add something hot, like coffee, to something cold, like ice, they both end up diluting and becoming lukewarm. There are a couple ways to counter this rule of science.

Making cold brewed coffee is one way to combat the ice melting issue.

Don’t confuse the cold brewed coffee described below for cold, brewed coffee – the leftovers from this morning’s pot.

Ice Coffee and Straws

When made properly, cold brewed coffee serves as a refrigerated coffee concentrate that can make hot beverages as well as cold.

  1. Start with a pound of freshly roasted, high quality, coarsely ground coffee beans.
  2. Place the beans in the bottom of a one gallon pitcher.
  3. Fill the pitcher with ten cups of filtered water.
  4. Leave at room temperature for twelve to fifteen hours.
  5. Place folded cheesecloth or other fine mesh filter over another pitcher that is one half to a full gallon in volume. Secure cheesecloth with a rubber band around the lip of the pitcher. It doesn’t have to be tight, just secure.
  6. Pour the cold brewed coffee and sludge over the filter, filling the bottom pitcher with a filtered concentrate.
  7. Squeeze the remainder of the essence from the beans by wadding the cheesecloth or filter around the beans and compressing tightly over the pitcher.

Cold Brew Recipe

You can use cold brewed coffee to make a plethora of iced coffee drink favorites.

Fill a glass one quarter full of milk. Stir in two tablespoons of chocolate beverage syrup or Ovaltine. Fill with ice. Pour concentrated cold brewed coffee to the top of the glass. Substitute strawberry beverage syrup or protein shake powder to make a tasty iced coffee treat.

Another way to combat the melting issue is to use the low temperature of your other ingredients to temper the coffee or espresso, making the melt far less obvious. When you will be using milk in your iced coffee drink, you can mix the shot, milk and anything other than the ice before adding your ice cubes.

With a little forethought, you could also place your iced coffee drink glass in your freezer until you’re ready for it. Pour the hot coffee or espresso shot into the frozen glass. The liquid from the coffee or espresso will absorb the cold temperatures, making for a cool cup of coffee in just a minute.

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What You Need to Know About Italian Coffee Culture

I’m sure you are already familiar with the words espresso, cappuccino and latte by now, as are most people around the globe.

Italian coffee drinks have now gained worldwide popularity, especially because of international coffee shop chains such as Starbucks, Lavazza and Costa Coffee.

But when you travel to Italy, will you be enjoying your daily brew in the same way as you would back home? Chances are you won’t. Italian coffee culture is unique to the world, and an integral part of Italian everyday culture.

Before you go and sip an espresso in a Milan coffee shop, there are some very interesting things you should know about Italian coffee culture:

The origins of Italian coffee culture

How did coffee become so popular in Italy in the first place?

Coffee was first introduced to Italy in the 16th century via Venice from Istanbul. It was at first only consumed by the wealthy, who viewed it as an exotic treat.

However, coffee was seen as a subject of controversy for religious reasons, as it had originated from Muslim countries. Only after being reviewed and approved by Pope Clement VIII, did it see a large boost in popularity.

Coffee houses started to pop up in the late 17th century, and it became more and more common to go out for coffee.

Italians only consumed regular brewed coffee until the evolution of the espresso in the early 20th century.

visual of consistency percentage of whats in a cafe latte

The espresso machine was patented in 1903, and since then the modern day coffee culture has evolved and flourished throughout the 20th century until today.

The common Italian coffee drinks

Italian coffee drinks are limited to a few fundamental choices.

These are the most common choices:

  • Un caffè – A shot of espresso served in a small cup.
  • Caffè corretto – A caffè which has been ‘corrected’ with a shot of liquor.
  • Cappuccino – Made up of ⅓ coffee, ⅓ steamed milk, ⅓ foam.
  • Macchiato – Consists of one espresso shot with an added few drops of milk and some foam.
  • Marocchino – Espresso combined some type of chocolate (hot chocolate, cocoa, etc.).
  • Caffè latte – Made up of ⅓ espresso, ⅔ steamed milk, and a small amount of foam on top.
  • Shakerato– A shot of espresso shaken on ice.

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Some unique aspects of Italian coffee culture

Drinking coffee standing by the bar.

Italian coffee shops include both a bar area and a seating area, and the price you pay for your coffee will depend on whether you sit down at a table or have your coffee standing by the bar (by the way, the word barista literally means bartender!).

Sitting at a table will incur a higher price than standing, so if you’re a budget conscious person you might consider sipping your coffee by the bar. But, why standing you might ask?

This brings us to the next point about Italian Coffee Culture:

Fast consumption.

Unlike the typical Italian food culture of slow and relaxed eating, it’s coffee culture emphasises finishing your drink quickly and moving on. So if you’re standing by the bar while having your shot of espresso, you’re likely to finish it in 2-3 sips and be on your way.

No “to-go” coffee.

While the culture of international coffee shop chains has enabled you to bring your coffee with you out in a paper cup with lid, the coffee in Italy is meant to be consumed in the coffee shop.

Since it’s also meant to be finished quickly anyway, there would be no point of bringing the same cup of coffee around all day.

Only one coffee in one sitting.

According to Italian coffee norms, you’re only supposed to consume one coffee during your visit to a coffee shop. If you crave more caffeine later in the day, you can just have another coffee then.

Milk only in the morning.

Coffee drinks that contain milk, such as cappuccinos and caffè lattes, are usually only consumed in the morning. Ordering one of these drinks in the afternoon might be seen by the locals as a bit unusual.

Lattes.

While we’re on the topic of milk: If you want to order a latte, make sure you specify that you want a caffè latte, as the word ‘latte’ by itself in Italian just means milk. If you actually do want a cup of milk, feel free to just ask for a latte.

Milk Pouring into Latte creating leaflike design on froth

When in Italy don’t forget latte means milk, while caffe latte is espresso with milk.

Italian coffee in the 21st century

People around the world can’t get enough of Italian coffee these days, which is why we now have a growing number of coffee machines for home use.

Why go outside (or travel to Italy) to get a great cup of coffee, when we can now get it as soon as we roll out of bed and step into our kitchens?

Modern coffee machines, such as the Nescafè Dolce Gusto have made coffee preparation even easier, with the use of coffee pods or capsules instead of ground coffee beans.

When you’re travelling somewhere where you do not have easy access to a good caffè, there are now portable, travel sized espresso makers you can bring with you on your travels!

An example of this is the NowPresso, which is compatible with Nespresso® capsules (and other reusable coffee pods) and can boil water during coffee making.

The NowPresso is the the world’s first portable coffee machine that runs on a rechargeable lithium battery, which is detachable for air travel. The battery takes 2.5 hours to fully charge, and one charge can make 100 cups of espresso when using hot water and 3 cups when using cold water.

Italian style coffee is here to stay, and it’s now accessible almost anywhere in the world. No matter if you’re lucky enough to be in Italy to enjoy a caffè corretto standing by a bar, or when you happen to be somewhere else in the world where they only drink tea, a good cup of Italian style coffee is something to be enjoyed every single day.

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Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle Review

Whether you spend long days in the office, go on your routine runs in the morning or hike trails, a quality water bottle is an excellent companion. It will keep your hydrated all day long and you will be assured that the water you drink is safe.

There are water bottles which are insulated to maintain the temperature of the H2O or beverage, and that is always a good feature to have especially for cold or hot locations. If you are on the lookout for a functional, excellent insulated water bottle, you can check out reviews to narrow down your choices better. Here is a review for Polar Bottle’s Insulated Water Bottle.

Features

  • Complies with the CPSIA or Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and California 65
  • Free from BPAs and phthalates
  • Does not have leaky lids
  • Has ergonomic design—lower segment of the bottle has 8 rounded-off sides while middle has hollows for a non-slip grip
  • Easy to clean and maintain—dishwasher-friendly
  • Does not impart odd plastic taste or smells even with H2O

Advantages

Polar Bottle’s Insulated Water Bottle model is made with plastic with a good give and flex, which means it will be easier for the item to be contained in kind of cage made for a water bottle. This can be singled out from the rest of the insulated water bottle bunch due to its triple-layer built. This means it has an insulating foil layer that is located between two layers of pliable plastic and this retains the cool temperature of the content much more than other like models.

Another advantage of this construction is that the foil allows for customization. Its foil can be printed with logos, graphics or any kind of artwork you wish. There is also a customization program that can be performed on the company’s site. All you have to do is attach an image, a logo or a customized background. The graphics are then printed on the foil liner then placed inside the water bottle. How cool is that? Multiple orders are also made possible since the program provides customized OEM projects.

The bottle can be packed with your choice amount of beverages and ice cubes. If you are going to use it for traveling, you can place the bottle in the freezer for the night. Because of the high-quality plastic that was used to make the bottle, you do not have to worry about the item becoming brittle and breaking down when it’s frozen. Although you can also dispense hot liquids on it like coffee or soups, it is not suggested due to scalding risks.

Its capability for maintaining the temperature of its content is decent at best. Just remember to pack the item with ice before you venture out so you can get an extra hour out of the item. Among the water bottles in the Polar line, the Platinum water bottle is still considered the best. If you do not plan on staying outdoors too long this particular model will be enough. Its triple-wall insulation managed to keep the heat away and retain the cold properly.

Months after use, this product is still completely functional and looks new. They are easy to clean and maintain and it does not impart a rather odd plastic-y taste to the liquids as other water bottles did. Plus, you can customize the graphics, which is an excellent bonus.

You can change the graphics according to your mood or current state of mind. It is also free from harmful chemicals like BPA and phthalates and instead made with low-density polyethylene which is FDA food-grade certified and complies with the California Prop 65 and Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. It can fit regular water bottle cages as well.

Disadvantages

While its insulation performs nicely, the bottle is not tall enough for use in current bike bottle cages.

Verdict

The Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle is a good buy despite its setbacks. This is a great insulated water bottle which will keep you hydrated at all times. It is a safe plastic water bottle due to the absence of harmful chemicals and complies with the CPSIA and California 65. It is also made with durable, high-quality plastic, so it will not crack or break if frozen overnight.

Swig Savvy Bottles Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle Review

Guaranteeing that you will get proper hydration every day is important for every consumer. Accessible water is even more important especially if you are outdoors. Any physical activity entails constant hydration, so you need to replenish lost fluids that were lost during rigorous activities.

A water bottle is the answer for accessible, safe drinking water, and to keep you hydrated no matter where you go. There are lots of water container types, but if you are concerned about its ability to retain the temperature of the beverage or want something eco-friendly and durable, then you should check out an insulated stainless steel water bottle.

Reviews make for great reference if you are looking for a quality insulated stainless steel water bottle. Here is a review of Swig Savvy Bottles’ Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle.

Features

  • Has dual wall vacuum insulation for better temperature preservation
  • Made with high-quality stainless steel material
  • Can maintain cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours and hot drinks for up to 12 hours
  • Comes with twist-open sports cap
  • Includes bonus click cap
  • Dishwasher-safe

Advantages

A stainless steel insulated water bottle similar to this model from Swig Savvy bottles is the top pick among lots of consumers. Many like the material for a number of reasons. It delivers profoundly when it comes to temperature preservation, they are lightweight and durable plus they are free from dangerous chemicals that are usually found in plastic materials.

This Swig Savvy model is made with high-grade stainless steel which means it will not easily succumb to rusting or corrosion. This is the reason why stainless steel is a food-grade material. Stainless steel is also easier to clean and maintain. Even though it is a kind of metal, the material is surprisingly lightweight.

It will not shatter or crack once it gets bumped or dropped and can withstand extreme temperatures too. Many insulated stainless steel water bottles are often dishwasher-friendly, so cleaning them will not take loads of effort.

Stainless steel also maintains the safety of the water. You do not have to concern yourself about dangerous chemicals leaking into the water or beverage, since the material is always free from those contaminants. Stainless steel comes from natural elements, so making and recycling it is safer compared to plastics.

Swig Savvy is a company trusted for its lineup of water containers. This particular product has gathered some choice positive feedback from consumers due to its ability to retain the temperature of hot or cold drinks for a longer period of time. Since it is made from stainless steel, trust that the beverages you put in the item will retain their flavors. Stainless steel does not take on the odors and tastes of the beverage it contains so you will get drinks that taste the way they are supposed to taste.

The product has a distinctive design and temperature control which makes its job of preserving temperature a breeze for most consumers. It has interchangeable caps as well, so drinking from the bottle will be more convenient. When it comes to maintaining coldness or warmth inside, the unit performed well. It did not reach the 24 hour/12 hour mark, but it retained the drinks at their prime for a longer time compared to many similar models.

Disadvantages

The company claims that the product includes an easy-to-open click cap so refilling, pouring and cleaning the item will be made easier and is leak-proof to boot. However the caps it seems did not secure itself enough, hence it is not really leak-proof. While the item is dishwasher-safe, you cannot clean beneath its rubber O-rings if you decided to clean the item manually instead.

Verdict

The Swig Savvy Bottles Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle is a durable model that can easily tolerate the brunt of extreme temperatures. When it comes to doing its main function of temperature retention, it did very well. You will get cold or hot drinks anytime you need for a good while.

The exteriors of the bottle did not succumb to condensation as well and are quite durable too. It is a non-slip model that can resist scratches and rust. A highly recommended product, especially if you are looking for an environmentally-friendly item which can do its primary function exceptionally well. This is recommended not only for people with an active lifestyle, but students and office folks as well.

Glacier Point Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle Review

You may have noticed that constantly buying bottled water can be an expensive feat. This is where an insulated water bottle comes in. The insulated water bottle comes in a variety of types, sizes, and shapes. They can be made from different materials too. Some prefer non-toxic plastic while a number of consumers are more into the stainless-steel kind. Why do some people favor stainless steel containers? You will find out through this review of Glacier Point’s Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle.

Features

  • Has 25 oz. double-wall vacuum insulated properties
  • Construction prevents condensation
  • Can keep cold drinks chilly for up to 24 hours and hot drinks warm for up to 12 hours
  • Made with quality durable BPA-free food-grade 18/8 stainless steel
  • Can fit majority of cup holders
  • Can keep away odors and tastes
  • Has stainless steel cap for top notch insulation plus bonus sports cap for flip and drink method
  • Has medium mouth opening
  • Powdered finish is trendy and makes bottle durable and scratch-resistant
  • Backed by limited lifetime warranty

Advantages

The Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle from Glacier Point includes double-walled vacuum insulated features and due to its construction, will not easily succumb to condensation. This is a product capable of maintaining the coldness of frosty drinks for up to 24 hours and the warmth of hot beverages for up to 12 hours. This is a long time compared to other stainless steel models.

It provides users the convenience of including a strap which can make carrying the item easier for any kind of activity, whether you go to the gym and undergo physical routines, hike trails, go cycling, running or just simply doing work in the office or school. The bottle features a lovely sleek and modern design too which makes it a good bottle for display apart from it being a functional insulated container.

The item has a sufficient size—it is not too large or too tiny to contain beverages. It can fit the majority of cup holders and it also prevents condensation. The cup will never perspire, so you won’t be obligated to use coasters or leave unappealing water puddles on the table. You can have it on your office table without ruining your things.

The product has a double-walled construction, which guarantees controlled temperature of the drink. The exteriors of the bottle feature a durable, hardwearing powder finish plus a striking logo design which contributes to the overall excellent design of the product.

The item also comes in a wider range of colors from black to purple. You can choose whatever color scheme you are into. It has an opening with a medium mouth and is made to put up with the majority of ice cube sizes. What you drink in this beverage will have a solid flavor since it will not be contaminated by a metallic aftertaste.

Another great thing about the item is that is made with BPA-free, non-toxic 18/8 premium stainless steel. Stainless steel material is known to have the ability to tolerate bumps, hits, and extreme temperatures. It cannot be cracked or scratched easily which is why they are a popular choice among athletes and hikers. The material is also known for its ability to insulate its liquid content for longer hours.

This Glacier Point model can, in fact, retain the coldness of a drink with the ice not thawing for a good 18 hours. Stainless steel containers that are insulated are also good at keeping hot drinks hot. Due to its insulating abilities, you will get to take in cold water for the whole day without refilling from a cooler.

All in all, the Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle has a great appearance and exceptional functions. It is also priced lower compared to other insulated stainless steel bottles.

Disadvantages

The Glacier Point stainless steel water bottle delivered exceptionally well when it comes to the most important function: maintaining temperatures. However, it has a rubber grip located at the top of the lid, which kept slipping all over in a spherical fashion and is not at all secure. The product will also benefit from a handle. It will make the item more portable and easier to carry around.

Verdict

The Glacier Point Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle is a remarkable product due to its ability to retain temperature. If you want constantly cold or hot drinks, you should remember to check out this container. You will be glad that you did.