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I have taken coffee for many years now, ever since I was a teenager. But then, my dad also loved coffee and I guess that’s where I got this trait from. Today, I try my best to make the best cuppa in the morning and it helps me start off the day on a high note.

Besides freshening up my day, I have also learned that drinking coffee at least once in a day has many health benefits. It puts at bay many types of conditions and illnesses. Stroke and diabetes’ risk can be lowered by drinking coffee regularly. That is why I like doing myself a favor all the time by getting out that mug, and sitting down to a fresh cup of my favorite brew.

Like every other coffee drinking enthusiast, I know one thing for sure, that to make the best brew, you must have the best coffee maker or the best budget espresso machine. I did have one, but after serving me for many years honorably, she gave up the ghost on me recently and so I have to get a new one. However, this time around I have decided that I will not get just a plain coffee maker. I am going to look for one that has a coffee grinder.

And so after giving myself a couple of days to lament the retirement of my former coffeemaker, I was in the market looking for the best all-in-one coffee maker. I buy all of my stuff online because things are cheaper there and there is more variety. However, this variety means that at times, it can be hard to get the best especially if it is the first time to buy. Thankfully, resources like hand coffee grinder reviews help newbies to make the right choices. If you need a grinder-coffee maker, you should check it too.

After some time, I made up my mind on what machines I would buy. I needed two of them, one as the main machine for daily use while I would keep the other one for backup. Here are two reviews of the two best all-in-one coffee makers that I decided to buy.


Cuisinart DGB-625BC Grind-and-Brew

Cuisinart DGB-625BC

Cuisinart is one of the most respected names in coffeemakers world and for that alone, I would recommend this one to anyone. The DGB-625BC is one of those machines that come as a godsend as the quality and durability is assured and at the same time, you can make up to 12 cups of coffee with this one. It is good for making coffee for the entire family or for guests when you are hosting some. Coffee is an all-time favorite drink and the DGB-625BC will help you serve it in style.

The bean grinder is in-built as you must have guessed from the name and it is automatic. This means that it will only grind the amount of beans enough for the water that you have measured. No wastage at all. With a charcoal filter for the water, well, you are assured of the best, freshest and most amicable cup of coffee that you have ever taken.

From a casual glance, this coffee maker looks like it can take a good beating. It looks so sturdy and compact. It also looks very stylish, you know, the kind of coffeemaker you would buy to just look good on the kitchen counter when you are not using it.


  • Large – 12 cups of coffee capacity
  • Settings for keeping coffee hot for hours
  • Carbon filter for fresh coffee
  • Looks very stylish
  • Has option to use old coffee


  • A bit pricey


De’Longhi ECAM23260SBDe'Longhi ECAM23260SB

Buy this coffeemaker and you will be glad you did because it will allow you to make one at home, drink up whenever you feel like and your mug of coffee will always be fresh and charming. It packs so many features. For example, it has options for whole beans as well as a chamber for already pre-ground coffee. With a large water tank, you can be able to make 60 oz of coffee. With an auto-clean function for the milk carafe, this is one good coffeemaker to invest in.


  • Has good filtration system
  • Very easy to maintain
  • Customer care is very supportive
  • Burr grinder has 13 settings
  • Large


  • Too large
  • Expensive
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Choose to Be Happy

People have different definitions to happiness. I have struggled for many years to find happiness. I have chased it all over the world, to only come home and figure it out. Fortunately, I found helpful tips on how to unlock happiness in my life. I decided to fall in love with the world and life I already had.

Here are a few secrets to how you can stay happy:

Prioritize on contentment

happy girl jumping

Having high expectations from people is dangerous, and very disappointing if they fail to deliver. The best thing to do is to be satisfied with your current situation. Contentment is a source of motivation in life. This entails creating feasible goals to boost your happiness. External success does influence our happiness. If we value success more than happiness, we become unhappy. Instead, we should recognize what we own, value it and we will find happiness.

Be passionate about your work

Have you ever come across people who are stressed by their work? Aren’t they supposed to enjoy working? Such people only report to work for money instead of satisfaction. In addition, it is impossible for them to be happy.

If you enjoy what you do, happiness will flow naturally. If you hold an unsatisfactory job, you might eventually resign regardless of how well paying it is. It is possible to enjoy your work while at the same time earn good money. Do not settle for an abusive job position.

Value the present

We all face challenges in life. These challenges happen to give us lessons to learn. They are not supposed to hinder us from enjoying our current situation. We should acknowledge that the past belongs to the past. Having gone through tough situations does not mean great things will never happen in future. Therefore, you should bury your worries and enjoy the present. Focus on the bright future ahead.

Fight for your happiness

Adapt the act of positive thinking and open-mindedness. This will help you to keep a flexible strategy to attain your goals. These goals should not be your primary priority, happiness should be. If you fail to achieve one goal, be positive. Life is not about goals, it is about how happy you are.

Socialize a lot

Our brains have mirror neurons, which help us see people’s behaviors as our own. We bond with others unconsciously. For instance, we yawn when we see others do the same. Isolation creates room for negativity. Socializing allows love and happiness to flourish, which is essential for our wellbeing. Look for opportunities for enjoying a hot of coffee with friends. That helps!

Do not envy others

Ambition is healthy, but envious is harmful and will result to unhappiness. As much as we would admire some role models, we should not compare ourselves to them. If we concentrate too much on people’s lives, we are likely to lose our vision.

Do not worry – be happy

pretty girl enjoying her drink

Worrying about our present or future circumstances will not change anything, anyway. Instead, we should live one day at a time. Live each day as if it were our last. Be happy; tell your friends and family you value/love them while enjoying a hot drink. Eat and drink healthily as if there is no tomorrow. Most importantly, do not try to please others. Pleasing others sacrifices our happiness.

Be optimistic

Negativity only attracts unhappiness. Instead, we should be positive in case of an unfortunate event. For instance, if your boss fires you, consider it as a chance to get a better job. At times, we go through tough times to open our eyes. Take each life situation optimistically and you will find happiness.

Perhaps we can sum up this article by stating that there is no single key to happiness. In most cases, we are unhappy because we do things that we do not like. The only solution to happiness is to cease doing them.

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Why You Must Grind

Nothing can ruin your day like taking horrible tasting coffee. Such coffee is simply not fresh enough because you have not ground your own coffee beans. Since I learned the secret of grinding fresh coffee beans, I ceased buying ground coffee from the stores. You should also begin grinding your beans today. You will taste a significant difference in your brew.

Still not convinced? Here are a few reasons for this:

Freshness is enhanced

ground coffee

The already ground coffee you see on the store shelves do not indicate their ground date. Coffee beans do change in taste as time goes by. But, when you grind your own beans, you will be certain of taking fresh coffee. You will save your beans from going stale. The depletion of CO2, moisture and oxidation are major factors that make coffee beans go stale. How is this?

Moisture – The oils found in coffee beans dissolve in water. The water solubility makes the coffee you take smell good and taste delicious. These precious oils in coffee beans can easily dissolve even in the air moisture. So, it does not mean you must have lots of water for the oils to dissolve. Grinding coffee beans forms a large surface area. This area is suitable for moisture to absorb these oils. As a result, the dilution process speeds up.

CO2 depletion – In absence of carbon dioxide, the oil from coffee beans could not transfer to your coffee. The best thing with grinding coffee beans is that it forms an added surface area for carbon dioxide to evaporate. Naturally, beans are highly porous. This is not a great thing if you grind your coffee and fail to brew it immediately.

Consequently, if you keep your coffee beans improperly, they might lose their CO2. Most essentially, you should not let your ground coffee sit for days. If you do, the coffee might lose a major element behind its great flavor and aroma.

Oxidation – Oxidation is a process whereby compounds connect with molecules in the air to form distinct molecules. Coffee beans also have similar complex compounds. These compounds are responsible for the flavor and aroma in ground coffee. However, some of these compounds are unstable. This lack of stability does make these compounds to change easily.

Oxidation helps in releasing the desired aroma and flavor compounds from coffee beans. Grinding the coffee beans will speed up the oxidation process. This is beneficial if you brew your ground coffee immediately. Waiting too long might interfere with the aroma and flavor of your ground coffee. Your coffee will get its unique aromas and flavors from oxidation. Nonetheless, oxidation takes place whether you brew your coffee instantly or later.

coffee beans

I love grinding my coffee beans because of the authority I get in terms of grind size. Grind size has a great effect on coffee flavor and aroma. Brewing superb coffee is fully in your control. Great command over every step in your brewing process affects the quality of your coffee. Therefore, you should use the right grinder to get top quality ground coffee

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