The word organic seems simple enough but can be confusing for consumers. Here is an inside look at the standards and laws governing this important group of products, particularly tea.What exactly determines if a product is grown organically?In 1990, Congress passed the Organic Food Production Act (OFPA) requiring the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop national organic standards. The National Organic Program (NOP) and OFPA developed regulations requiring products labeled organic originate from farms, or handling facilities, that are certified by either State or private agencies that have been accredited by the USDA.The regulations further state that farms, or handling facilities may not use any of the following in production or handling;Genetic EngineeringIonizing RadiationSewage SludgeOrganic crops must be grown without the use of;Most conventional pesticidesPetroleum based fertilizersSewage sludge-based fertilizersHow are imported organic products regulated?The USDA is required by OFPA to review the certification programs under which imported organic products are produced.Certifying agents in foreign countries must apply for USDA certification.In lieu of USDA certification, foreign governments can assess and accredit certifying agents, under NOP requirements, with USDA approval. An equivalency agreement negotiated between the US and a countrys government may also be used in lieu of certification.What are organic labeling standards?Organic labeling is the simplest part of the certification process and the aspect that is most confusing for consumers. While many times organic on a label means you pay more, what is the meaning behind the label? The standards are based on the percentage of organic ingredients in a product, and by law must be identified like this;Products labeled 100 % organic must contain only organically produced ingredients.Products labeled organic must consist of at least 95% organically produced ingredients.Both may display the USDA Organic Seal.Processed products that contain at least 70% organic ingredients can only use the phrase made with organic ingredients.Processed products that contain less than 70% organic ingredients cannot use the term organic other than to identify the specific ingredients, on the ingredients list, that are organically produced. So what does all this mean to US tea consumers? Since tea is grown outside of the US certification is almost always done by foreign agents. It has become increasingly important for consumers concerned about how their teas are grown to be comfortable with their tea supplier. Bio terrorism laws have impacted tea importation by looking more closely overall at what and who are importing products into this country, particularly food products. While these laws can sometimes impede the smooth flow of tea to us from overseas it may be beneficial overall to consumers due to the closer look of the FDA.Converting gardens and estates to organic farming is a costly and lengthy process and sometimes not even a consideration for small farmers. In some cases farmers are already doing a lot right, but lack the knowledge or funding necessary to become certified. There is an effort by the US tea industry to educate growers on the benefit both economically and ecologically for growing teas organically.Quality, from a taste perspective, has been an issue with organic teas. Gardens converting to organic farming have challenges, short and long term, producing teas that taste as good. As processes continue to improve an d farmers gain more experience, quality and taste are improving.As an importer and supplier of premium teas one of our major responsibilities is knowing the production standards and philosophies of the gardens we work with. Securing quality, "organic tea" s with outstanding taste characteristics can be challenging but more become available each season.
A new bread of coffee makers has come to take part in the day to day coffee drinking consumers. Gone are the days of waiting for the coffee maker to heat water and drip unto the coffee for a cup of brewed coffee plus making these where messy. Here comes the Senseo Coffee maker that could make that household coffee maker look like an ancient artifact from the dinosaur era. The acceptance of the Senseo coffee maker by the coffee consuming public has been phenomenal since it has been a long awaited design and concept.Senseos Coffee Maker DesignIts sleek and non-traditional coffee maker design could make you give that second look when you happen to see a Senseo coffee maker at appliance stores. It has a slim and arching main body with two nozzles that resemble a futuristic teapot. Both nozzles are utilized when brewing two cups at the same time. It has a round stable base that balances its sleek body to prevent the coffee maker from tipping off. On the top portion of the Senseo coffee maker is a canopy where the Senseo coffee pod is placed and all you have to do is press the brew button and everything will be ready in less than two minutes. The base of the Senseo coffee maker is a heater that keeps the coffee cups warm. It has three color varieties to choose from including blue, white and black. Senseos Coffee Maker ConceptThe Senseos coffee maker mechanism is a cross between an espresso coffee maker and the common drip coffee maker. An espresso coffee maker uses pressure to squeeze out the coffees essential oils and flavors and the drip coffee maker does not use any pressure at all. The boiler of the Senseo coffee maker heats the water inside its water compartment and induces low pressure to the heated water for it to be injected unto the pre-packed Senseo coffee pods. In this manner Senseos coffee brewing is faster than that of traditional "coffee makers" . The pressure induced by the Senseo coffee machine unto the Senseo coffee pod causes a foam layer on the coffee that resembles the look of an espresso coffee crema. Though it falls short of the coffee crema that an espresso coffee maker does, the Senseo coffee machine still produces way better and faster coffee than that of the traditional drip coffee maker sans the mess.
Enjoying coffee is only the final step of a long process of brewing and selecting perfect raw materials and machines. It has long been a tradition that people get a hint of that kick that caffeine brings to drinking coffee. Freshness of the DrinkA cup of coffee should be enjoyed fresh and if possible it should be as fresh as the day it was grounded. Traditional coffee making involving beans roasted and grounded at home to have that fresh flavor can sometimes turn into a disaster. Coffee beans should never be roasted too long as it can loose its natural flavor and can bring out a burnt flavor instead. When grinding coffee beans, it should be just right so as not to loose the "coffee beans" essential oils that bring out the rich flavor and aroma. K Cup Coffee is packed in single serving containers that go with certain coffee maker machines. The container is carefully engineered to seal in its freshness and flavor. This container also keeps out oxygen, mildew, moisture and light and keeps essential oils inside. The only time that the coffee is exposed to the air is when the spray punctures the foil that is covering the single serve drink and hot water is sprayed inside. After combining the cup with hot water, this can give you a coffee that is fresh in aroma and flavor as if it were right out of the farm.Preparing that Well-Deserved Coffee DrinkGrinding and roasting can be a messy thing for traditional coffee drinkers. With all those steps to be followed in preparing a perfect drink, coffee drinkers may find it time consuming and tiring. At times, it can be a mess in the kitchen and washing all those utensils and equipment can be a hassle. K Cup Coffee is a single served coffee that carries many variants and special brewed recipes. This is an easy to prepare blend that gives the same quality of freshness and flavor as home roasted coffee. A single serving of K Cup Coffee can be done in just under a minute and brewed with the perfect preference of flavor that the consumer wants. K Cup Coffee comes with a plastic container that can be thrown away after enjoying the drink which means no need for washing or cleaning. With the wide variety of flavors that K Cup Coffee carries, you can buy every flavor you prefer to give flavor varieties to your day to day coffee experience.
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The Roll of Oatmeal (Porridge) in a Healthy DietOatmeal, or porridge if you live outside the US or Canada, play a major role in our modern diet yet few seem to know the true health benefits it gives. Oatmeal provides two of the required three daily servings of whole grains required in a healthy and balanced diet and this alone should help convince you to use it. However there is an added bonus because oatmeal (porridge) is the only whole grain recognized by the US FDA to help reduce cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.Cant you imagine all the Scots jumping in the air, waving their Sporrans in glee telling the world: We told you so!!! (Sorry I cant type in a Scottish accent.)There is also a school of thought that claims that by eating filling foods in the morning you actually suppress appetite later in the day and this makes oatmeal an ideal breakfast for weight-watchers. Research clearly indicates:People who eat breakfast, like a bowl of oatmeal for instance, tend to weigh less than those who skip it.Adults that eat cereals, cooked or cold, have a lower body mass index than those who eat a combinations of meat and eggs, or those who skip breakfast altogether.On the subject of healthy eating and weight control - dont forget that you need seven daily servings minimum of fruit and vegetables to maintain health. Again this is also good advice to weight watchers.The biggest problem you are likely to face if you are trying to lose weight is serving sizes. Ive lost count of the number of "weight watchers" who have told me that they follow a strict diet regime but never seem to lose weight, then they serve themselves at least double recommended serving sizes. Hey it doesnt work that way. Serving sizes are the biggest problem that most weight watchers must contend with and when they come to terms with serving sizes they not only start losing weight they keep it off too.Quaker has recently introduced Weight Control instant oatmeal, no doubt there are equivalents in all parts of the world and you can get some good tips at www.weightcontrol.quakeroatmeal.comYou can also find a free "weight control" program at:http://www.recipesmania.com/weightlossprogram.htmlSometimes all it takes is a change in your daily habits to regain health.This article is Copyright David McCarthy 2005. It may only be reproduced in its entirety.