Category: Living

Make Barista-Quality Coffee Without Leaving Your Home

Some would argue that coffee is the lifeblood of the city. It gets us out of bed in the morning. It warms us up as we turn to face that brisk winter air. It even brings us a sense of rebirth as the clock inches past the thirteenth hour of the day despite the fact that we still have many hours of work ahead of us.

How do you like your coffee? Some like to keep it simple, perhaps accompanied by some cream or some sugar. Others may fancy something a bit more sophisticated like a cappuccino, a latte, or perhaps even a twenty-three word from the Starbucks on the corner. Personally, I drink it black.

However you take it, there are tools you can use to whip up your favorite pick-me-up right in your own home. These are some of my favorites.

Fully-Automatic Espresso Machines

If you’re adventurous with coffee and you like to drink it any way you can have it, you may just want to spring for a fully automatic espresso machine. They are the top-of-the-line when it comes to making professional quality coffee at home. From something as simple as a shot of espresso or a regular cup of ‘Joe (most likely referred to as an Americano) to the more complex drinks that you’d usually reserve for orders from the coffee house, these machines do it all. No grinding, milk steaming, required. Just feed it what it needs, press a button, and you’re good to go.

AeroPress

For the purists among us (not pointing any fingers, but you know who you are), one of the most practical ways to make a super aromatic cup of coffee without all of the bells and whistles is to use an Aeropress. It’s a simple system that yields surprisingly good results, but it’s really only designed for making a single cup at a time. If that doesn’t bother you and you’re looking for an affordable way to get the best, unadulterated brew from your beans then this is the way to go.

Chemex

While we’re on the topic of purity, a Chemex is a great way to brew up a batch that’s made for more than one serving at a time. It’s a great way to get the full richness of your beans, and it takes a few minutes for the extraction so you can whip up some frothed milk on the side if you’d like. Mix the two hot liquids together for a round of lattes, and you’re sure to have a crowd-pleaser on your hands.

Percolator

If you’re a simpleton and you just want a reliable cup of coffee from a reliable coffee maker that will work day in and day out, then just get yourself a stainless steel percolator. Our grandparents had it right, why overcomplicate it? They are easy to clean, easy to use, and about as affordable as it gets. They keep the coffee hot as your power through your workday. Better yet, there are no consumables aside from the coffee beans. What more could you ask for?

I’m sorry to say that I just don’t fancy myself a Keurig. You can make a far better cup of coffee in so many ways. When it comes to something so important in life like coffee, I just don’t see the point in cutting corners.

How To Pump Up The Bass on Your Car Stereo

Traveling and long drives always capture attention. These moments are incomplete without music. As music has become an essential luxury, therefore, it is important to be of high quality and resolution. However, most of the times, people are unaware of the strategies of upgrading car stereos and audio system. They want to enjoy the music at its best but also want to avoid a piece of low-quality music. In such cases, it becomes necessary that you know about pumping up the bass in the car stereo. 

People misinterpret that pumping up bass means getting an additional bass which means exposing off your wallet and money. However, this wrong. Getting new stuff is neither the way to fix a bug nor a proper strategy of sorting it out. If you possess certain things, like subwoofer and amplifier, you can easily tune up your system and can pump up the bass in your car stereo. You have to set up certain things on your own as the built-in speakers and amplifiers of the car are very small and not powerful enough to generate a bass which is distortion free. 

However, if you do not have a subwoofer and want to add an additional one, the method is very simple. A powered subwoofer can easily be installed by tapping into the built-in speaker wires. Split those wires and connect them to the subwoofer. Afterward, the unit will be wired into the electrical system. You do not need to worry about the money as cheap car subs are available in the market, and they are stout as well. 

Sometimes, settings of the audio system have also been changed without your knowledge, and that’s why the sound of bass appears less than normal. Before doing anything, just make sure about its settings. Open the menu and check tone controls. If you find it difficult to adjust, get the manual of your car and look for tone controls. 

Treble in sounds control is sometimes adjusted too high, turn it down a little. Moreover, you can also check fade and adjust it according to the rear speakers of the car stereo. This will yield the bass quality. Moreover, if you feel like settings and controls are perfectly adjusted, and the bass is still low, try giving a tweak to your car stereo. Most of the times, tuning modifies the bass sound and boosts it up very neatly. Other basic steps of improving the bass sound in car stereo are also present. 

Completely turn down the subwoofer amplifier gain whereas completely turn up the low pass filter. Also turn off the bass boost. Open up the head unit and go for tone controls. Now bring all the sound controls to the middle of their settings. Play a soundtrack that you listen quite often and also the one which has the range of all notes, i.e. high, mid, low. Now start adjusting the sound controls and set the volume between 25 percent and 75 percent. Now slowly, start turning up the gain present on the amplifier. Keep doing it until you listen to the sound of clipping. Turn back the amplifier gain till the moment you do not experience distortion anymore. 

Next step involves the adjustment of the low pass filter. For this purpose, bring down the low pass filter and wait till the time you do not experience sounds based on mid-frequency as well as high frequency. These include sounds of guitar or vocals, most probably coming out of the subwoofer. Tune up your subwoofer. One thing must be kept in mind that if you have an audio system in your car stereo, then it would also be tuned separately. Making changes in the adjustment of sub inside the car and, in some cases, even turning it around making a huge difference which can be easily detected. 

In this way, you can enjoy your favorite music in high quality while driving on your most favorable track.