Pond Vacuum Cleaner Hacks

Pond vacuum cleaner is the central tool that one would definitely want to clean his pond or pool. Rubble, dirt, leaves and mud get into your pond or pool and make it dirty. Only best rated pond vacuum cleaner can go deep in your pond and clean it for you. You can find best product from your nearby shop by measuring your pond’s depth or read best pond vacuum cleaners reviews on internet. Even you can make your own pond vacuum cleaner that also works perfectly.

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De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker Review

If you want a quick but still extremely delicious cup of espresso or cappuccino, then you can count on the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump to make it. Many customers have bought this bar pump the moment it hit the stores and has been a well-sought coffee machine ever since.

Features of The De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump

We will discuss each feature in detail.

  • The De’Longhi EC155 is a self-priming bar pump. Self-priming allows you to set the temperature quickly so you will not have to wait as a long  for the pump to heat up. That way, you do not have to wait for the pump to begin working. Just set up the right temperature, pour the ingredients and water, and then let the machine handle the rest.
  • The EC155 has a water tank which can be easily removed, a tray for dripping, and a boiler made of stainless steel. Because the water tank is removable, you can clean it with ease. The dripping tray allows you to catch spills properly, thus leaving behind less mess. The stainless steel boiler lasts for a long time and does not rust, so you can count on it to boil your coffee for many years.
  • You can easily prepare espresso and cappuccino with the EC155 bar pump. This gives you the flexibility to enjoy cappuccino or espresso whenever you want. You can even prepare both at the same time! The EC155 has two thermostats – one for espresso and one for cappuccino.
  • If you want to add froth on your coffee, then you can use the swivel jet frother feature. If you want to use coffee pods or ground coffee to prepare your coffee faster, then you can use the filter holder. With these two features, you will feel like you are preparing restaurant-grade coffee.
  • The EC155 is easy to clean. You can remove the tank and the dip tray and attach them back easily. There is an indicator light too, which alerts you when the tank is running out of water already.

The EC155 comes with a one-year warranty, so you can be assured of De’Longhi’s commitment when it comes to your beloved coffee pump and your coffee-drinking experience.

Now, why is the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump well-liked by many avid coffee brewers? Why do people keep buying? Also, does it have any cons, and if so, what are they? Here they are, in turn:

Final Conclusion

After all these, what can we say about the De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump? With its really small price tag this espresso machine should definitely be at the top of your list. You will save plenty of money making your own gourmet coffee drinks in your own kitchen. Maintenance of the coffee pump is a breeze, and so is setting up and cleaning. Many customers are already enjoying a great cup of espresso from the EC155, so you better give it a go too.

Checklist to Traveling with Baby Easier

Frequently, it will have a little difficulty when traveling with the baby. Nonetheless, if you prepare everything a careful way and take what things are suitable for both you and your love baby, you will be experienced a memorable journey. Similar to the adult, the little baby also wants to have the best things during the trip. To get a comfortable traveling, you will need to an amount of stuff for yourself. In the case of packing the equipment for the baby, you need to consider the condition of the climate, age, and hobby of your kid as well as other related factors. Aside from that, the length of the trip and destination also decide what you should bring. If you feel confused, you can consult the below list. It makes sure that you will have an easy trip with your baby with tips for effective packing. Let’s see!


Packing checklist

  • Bottles

In the hot weather, you need to keep your baby hydrated. You should carry a couple of bottles to feed or drink whenever he/she needs. If your baby is still bottle feeding, you must prepare bottles, formula, nipples, bottle brush, and best bottle sterilizer – all are very necessary!

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How to Pick an Espresso Machine


The idea of being able to make delicious cups of espresso from home is an appealing prospect to many coffee drinkers, but with so many espresso machines out there, finding the best one for home use can be challenging, especially for the beginner.

The first step in choosing an espresso machine, is simply deciding exactly what kind you want or need, which usually comes with a decision on how much you are willing to spend. There are a lot of affordable espresso machines available on the market, and a lot of very expensive ones too but, especially if you’re just starting out, you needn’t spend a lot to drink high quality espresso coffee at home.

When purchasing your first espresso machine, I would recommend you pick some kind of pod-based machine or a semi automatic machine. While steam driven machines are generally cheapest, the coffee which they produce is considerably inferior, and while fully automatic or super automatic machines offer many more features than a semi-automatic espresso machine, they come at a much higher price without necessarily giving you a better espresso at the end of it.

If you want to keep things even simpler, and don’t really care what type of espresso machine you get (as long as it’s good), check out my best espresso machines article for the most up-to-date recommendations, or read on for more information on the different options.

Semi automatic Espresso Machines

Semi automatic espresso machines are typically the most common home coffee appliance, striking a pretty perfect balance between price, complexity and quality of output. Generally, with a semi-automatic machine, you will need to grind your own coffee (or buy pre-ground), put it in the filter, tamp it (apply pressure to compact the grounds) and then flick a switch to draw the water through it. Semi automatic espresso machines generally start at around $100, and you can get a good pump-driven product at this price.

Automatic (Espresso Pod) Machines

Espresso pod machines are becoming increasingly popular due to their sheer convenience, cheap price and compact size. Simply stick a capsule in the machine, press a button and you have a coffee! The quality of these machines, and the coffee pods which you use with them, can vary massively but there are some really good options on the market such as Nespresso, Tassimo and Krups. This is one of the cheapest machines to get started with, with prices starting as low as $90 or $100, however typically buying the pods is quite a bit more expensive than just buying ground/whole coffee beans so a pod machine will almost certainly cost you more in the long run.

Super Automatic Espresso Machines

Super automatic machines are relatively uncommon, and typically occupy the very top-end of the market. To get even a half-decent machine, you’ll be looking at around $400 (but you can easily spend a lot more). These machines perform everything for you, from grinding your beans (which live in a little enclosure on top), to tamping, to drawing through the perfect amount of water. If you’re looking for hands-off, amazing quality espresso, this will be a great choice all day, however you better be prepared to pay for it! These machines are also typically very large, so you’ll need a lot of free space in your kitchen.

Stove Top Espresso Machines

The single cheapest way to get into espresso coffee, is with a stove top. This isn’t traditional espresso by any means, and does produce a different flavour from your beans, but if you’re looking for a super affordable ($30 to $40) option, which is also highly portable and doesn’t take up any room in your kitchen, then a stove top (often also known as a Moka Pot) is a great choice.

Air Pump (Aeropress) Espresso Machines

The Aeropress machine is becoming increasingly popular, and evangelists of this method of brewing coffee claim it is far superior to regular espresso. This point is very much up for debate, however it’s undeniable that this is another fast, cheap and portable way to get a great cup of coffee. Prices start at around $30.

I hope you’ve found this guide useful and that it’s helped you get an idea for the kinds of machines which are out there, and what you can get for your budget. As with anything, there are good and bad examples in every category, so make sure you ready plenty of reviews and comparisons before taking the plunge. If you want to jump right in and get started, you couldn’t do much better than one of the machines on my top espresso machines list or, if you’re just getting started and don’t want to spend too much money, see my top espresso machines under $100 list.

Crisis In Your Coffee Cup , Why Now ?

Global warming, rain forest destruction, air and water pollution, genetic engineering, economic globalization and a host of other problems threatening our environment may seem so distant and vast as to be beyond the average person’s control. However there is a threat to our environment and health that is just as destructive and massive but is as close as your cup or kitchen. Coffee, the second most widely traded commodity in the world, has become a major threat to the world in recent times but there is something that every coffee drinker can do.

There are an estimated 25 million people worldwide whose livelihood is dependent on growing and selling coffee. From its humble beginnings in East Africa, coffee cultivation has spread to Central and South America, Southern Asia, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. On the face of it, the cultivation of this tree crop looks like a friendly use of the earth and it was for a long time. This has dramatically changed recently due to two interconnected events that are simultaneously wrecking havoc on the environment; the people who work and live in coffee producing regions and you directly.

The first event is the dramatic increase in cultivation of the robusto variety of coffee trees. As opposed to the traditional arabica trees, these trees can tolerate more sunlight, have a higher caffeine content, grow at lower elevations, are more tolerant of pesticides and chemicals and produce more coffee beans per tree (estimated two thirds more beans than a shade grown arabica tree). Millions of acres of ecologically sensitive lands have been turned into groves for the cultivation of these robusto beans. The flood of these beans into the market place has had a devastating effect on the coffee market and the families who grow coffee. As documented by Oxfam (www.oxfamamerica.org) an internationally recognized organization on global famine and exploitation, Brazil and Vietnam in particular, have flooded the world market with these robusto beans driving down the export price of coffee to 40 year lows and increasing the poverty and misery of the people in the coffee growing regions. Just as devastating has been the effect on the land: The arabica coffee trees were traditionally grown on smaller farms and estates with indigenous shade trees and at higher elevations. The robusto trees are being grown on huge farms that clear the land of all shade trees and indigenous vegetation. This is destroying the habitat for much of the animal wildlife and plant life that inhabits some of the most ecologically sensitive parts of the world: reducing the indigenous plant and wildlife by 75%-90%.

The second event has been the major increase in the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. Coffee is now the third most chemically treated crop in the world, with the large robusto plantations putting huge amounts of dangerous chemicals into the soil, ground and surface waters and the ecology’s food chain. There are at least twelve chemicals (known as the dirty dozen) used on a massive level for coffee growing that are banned or highly regulated in industrialized nations. These chemicals are now being used on both the arabica and robusto coffee trees. The net effect has been the infusion of tons of these harmful chemicals into the ground, vegetation, ground and surface water, the drinking water and food of the people in coffee producing areas and infusing these poisons into the entire food chain including you the consumer of these coffees. These chemicals have been tied to birth defects, cancer and a number of other diseases. Directly ingested, some are toxic enough to kill children and adults.

The effect of this tremendous increase in the use of these chemicals has produced more destruction of the flora and fauna of the coffee producing regions that global warming or any other single factor. Dead streams and polluted rivers are becoming the norm in coffee producing areas. For example, the United States’ birdwatchers started documenting the rapid decline of migratory birds that travel between Central and South America and the U.S. Studies have shown that more than 150 species of birds thrive in shade grown organic coffee farms as opposed to less than twenty five in robusto farms. Discovering that the cause was the ‘double whammy’ of destructive robusto coffee growing practices and chemical use, no other than the United States’ Smithsonian Institute stepped in to both establish guidelines for growing ‘bird friendly’ coffee and to help the coffee industry start producing properly shaded coffee with organic methods. A number of individuals and environmental organizations from the United States have also joined this fight to save our environment and health like the Friends of the Earth, the Fair Trade Assn. and numerous organic-minded groups.

There are 107 million Americans who drink coffee on a regular basis with another 57 million occasional coffee drinkers. They consume an average of 1.7 cups per day. If you are an average coffee drinker you will consume approx. 34 gallons of coffee per year. This is the equivalent of the production of 18 coffee trees. These 18 coffee trees will be treated with 11and a half pounds of chemical fertilizers and pesticides each year. By changing to organic shade grown coffees you can make a big difference!

What you can do:

  • Ask for strictly organic, fair trade and/or bird friendly coffee whenever you buy coffee
  • Drink organic coffee: It tastes better and is better for you
  • Tell your friends to buy and drink only organic coffee
  • Ask the people at work to drink organic coffee
  • Ask restaurants, meetings and events where coffee is served to start using fair trade coffee