Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Blue Mountain Coffee


One of the few pleasures in life comes from food and drink. Coffee is certainly one of the things at the top of the list for a lot of people. And when you have a really good cup of coffee, you can certainly see why so many people love it so much. For those of us that need a good kick of caffeine or those that just like to have a good cup of coffee over a conversation with a long time friend, you want to make sure you are getting the best coffee there is, and for that, you need to get Blue Mountain Coffee. 

What is Blue Mountain Coffee?  Well it hails from the Blue Mountains of Jamaica and it is known for having a very mild flavor and a lack of bitterness. This is great because that is what turns a lot of people off of having coffee is that strong bitter flavor. Well, with Blue Mountain Coffee, you needn’t worry. It has quickly become one of the most sought after coffees on the planet. With, believe it or not, over 80% of the coffee grown is flown to Japan. The important thing to remember though is that not all coffee grown in Jamaica can be considered Blue Mountain Coffee. Customarily, only coffee that is grown at elevations between 3,000 and 5,500 feet can really be called Jamaica Blue Mountain. So when you go shopping for coffee, make sure you know what you are getting. 

Here at Scotty D’s Jamaican Coffee, you are able to get the best of the Blue Mountains without leaving your house. You can order 100% Blue Mountain Coffee from Jamaica and have it shipped right to your door. And you can thank Damian Scott for that. Following in the footsteps of his grandfather Walter Scott, Damian is dedicated to bring the best coffee in the world to some of the country’s biggest coffee drinkers. And he does not fail to disappoint. Carrying pure Blue Mountain coffee and a variety of different blends, you can choose just what kind of coffee you want to start your days with, with the help of Scotty D’s. 

Never drink bad coffee again. Indulge yourself in a good cup of Jamaica’s finest when you wake up in the morning. Get yourself some of the best coffee beans that money can buy and tell all your friends about Blue Mountain Coffee. You will not be disappointed when you take your first sip! 

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Why Does Italy Makes the Best Bed Linens and Duvet Covers?

Italy has long been associated with the weaving and production of fine textiles since hundreds of years. Time honoured traditions have been handed down through the generations with globally recognised brands having their roots deeply seeded in Italy.  Those who have been lucky enough to sleep in Italian Duvet Covers and bed linens know what quality means. Over the last 40 years as the Far East and other low cost destinations flourished servicing the mass market, mass produced volume business, Italy suffered with many smaller factories and weaving mills going out of business, driven by this culture of low cost manufacturing.

However, as consumers become more and more selective as to what products they want to buy, how they are made, what materials are used and the brand associated to those products, Italy still provides the leading hub for manufacturing quality products. With a large percentage of luxury textiles woven in the North of Italy, and areas such as Como, Bergamo and Torino renowned for fabrics such as silks, fine cottons and wools, Italy is still considered the home to the best brands in home textiles and bedding.

In addition to the knowledge and craftsmanship of Italian textile mills, the physical aspect of weaving bed linens and bedding means the looms to weave the fabrics has to be extrude wide – 120” or 300 cm or more. These Italian looms have the ability to weave very fine cottons as example including the highest blends of Egyptian, Puma and Sea Island Cottons. This knowledge of weaving has been passed down generations within family businesses, leaving fascinating archives of fabrics that have been produced over the last 100 years.

The term thread count is widely used by companies to say they have a quality product ( the higher the thread count the better ) but in fact this is not true as its dependent of the quality of the yarn and the fabric itself. So you can have a super high quality 300 or 600 thread count fabric that feels better than a “ 1000 + thread count. Italian woven fabrics have what is called a nice hand to them, they feel right on the skin, they feel high quality and you can easily feel the difference between a cheap satin cotton and a quality one.

The Italian mills also have specialty finishing and dyeing techniques on fabrics that can give as example a soft vintage finish on Egyptian cotton by taking the fabric and washing it in old Italian hot baths to yarn died fabrics that have incredibly rich and deep colours and more. This craftsmanship is what Italy became famous for.

The pride of the skilled workers and weavers in Italy are a far cry from the mass-market Far East production lines. The skill in finishing and sewing goods in Italy is so different, often handmade depending on the product. Many in fact consider the skills at a artisan level. From simple details of quality of zips to embroidery to the standard of how it’s folded and packed, everything is focused on quality.

This concept of industrially handmade, where small sewing rooms focus on smaller production runs means the bed linens and bedding almost have a personal touch to them. And importantly, knowing the conditions of which are produced and the materials used in the production has become more and more prevalent to consumers.

If you ask any leading retailers who are the top brands in duvet covers and bed linens, most of the Italian manufactured brands will come up. Indeed many of the top USA designer brands, source their fabrics from Italy, again moving production out of the Far East as consumer habits change.

Italy itself has severe financial problems as a country, but the traditional Italian textile industry is trying to adapt, adopting new working methods, faster times to market and more competitive pricing combined with the still present Italian design and quality ethos. Indeed the “ Made In Italy “ line has long been associated with quality and style, perhaps now consumers start to value it more than ever.

With the advent of direct to consumer home textile ecommerce businesses, cutting out middle men, offering a unique product range that is both quality and design led whilst fair value for money, means once again Italy will hopefully be on the lips and bedrooms of all customers – Lovingly Made in Italy.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Finally A Gym That Fits Around Your Lifestyle

A new mixed martial arts and fitness facility is in town offering monthly memberships, no contract to discounted short contracts at an amazing facility. With a throw back feel to training, open from dawn to dusk and personal coaching without the extra personal cost; now there can be no excuses not to get fit.

Childs Play Fight & Fitness Gym does exactly what it says. Offering a comprehensive range of the most up to date training techniques with old school coaching, cardiovascular and strength training equipment. We have fully qualified staff on hand to help members achieve the most from each and every visit, our facility will appeal to anybody with health and fitness goals.

Vern Earwood, CEO of Childs Play Fight & Fitness Gym, says: “Personal training cost is constantly quoted as a reason not to work with a trainer. We have removed this hurdle, offering personal coaching with little to no extra cost. We also recognize that people sometimes need to adjust their fitness activity to fall in line with other events and circumstances taking place in their lives.“

For example, a wedding or a vacation may prompt a desire to lose weight; while a hectic schedule may make it difficult to workout on a regular basis. To accommodate personal needs, we hold early riser and night owl workout sessions; allowing guests to workout with a trainer at their leisure.

“The icing on the cake is dawn to dusk workout programs, with our trainers. There is a huge number of people in the local area, that have work schedules and family commitments which make it difficult for them to visit a gym during the regular day. To make it easier for these people to get and stay fit and healthy, we make our facility available with extended hours and personal coaching.”

Childs Play Fight & Fitness Gym makes gym membership and personal training, accessible to almost everyone. Getting fit has never been so affordable, safe and accessible.
Vern Earwood