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Vaporizer – Electronic Nicotine Cigarette Vaporizers

January 26, 2014 by  
Filed under Electronic Cigarettes, Vaporizers

Vaporizer Cigarettes

In the last few years, many cigarette smokers have switched to using electronic equivalents of traditional cigarettes. Electric nicotine vaporizer devices are rapidly becoming more popular, with million being sold every month in the UK alone.

Vaporizers are devices that deliver nicotine vapour by heating a nicotine infused liquid to create a steam vapour.

Unlike electronic cigarettes which tend to look like and resemble tobacco shaped cigarettes, vaporizers are more like a pen shaped device. They have a  battery, heater element, reservoir and a mouth piece. The problems with cigarette shaped electronic cigarettes are that they are limited in size (by the very nature of trying to be the same shape and size of a cigarette) and by the limited nature of the cartridges that they offer.

With an electronic cigarette, you can only buy the ‘cartomizer’ cartridges that are supplied for the specific type that you buy. With a vaping pen, you have far more choices because you can add any eliquid of your choice to the reservoir tank and therefore smoke any blend that you choose.

Because of the size issues, you also have far more flexibility with battery life because vaping pens have larger more powerful batteries than are possible within the size confines of an electronic cigarette.


Vaporizer twin pack



There are a huge selection of different eliquid flavours and strengths available, and because you are not tied to a specific manufacturer  you are free to choose from any e-liquids from any manufacturers you prefer.

E liquids have three main ingredients, Propylene Glycol, Nicotine and Flavourings. You can read more about the contents of vape eliquids here.

There are increasingly more and more different flavours of e juice on the market, offering virtually every flavour imaginable. This massive choice of colours provides something for everyone meaning that no matter what your personal taste preferences, you will always have the taste you want at any particular time.


The term vaporizer covers mains powered humidifier devicesmains powered humidifier vaporizers as well as hand held nicotine vaporizer pens. The term vaporizer describes any device that creates steam by heating a liquid using a heated element.

Cigarette vaporizers consist of several components, a battery, heater element, eliquid reservoir tank and a mouthpiece. They come in many shapes and sizes, however, they all work in the same fundamental way. When you press a button, the heater element turns the eliquid into steam which is emitted through the mouthpiece.

The two most important factors that affect performance are the reservoir size and the battery size. These are the biggest advantages that vaporizers have over cigarette shaped electronic smoking devices. Because they are not limited by their size and shape, vaporizers have a larger e-liquid reservoir tank as opposed to a cartridge that is usually only the size of a traditional tobacco cigarette filter and is preloaded with a small quantity of eliquid.

The batteries of cigarette shaped electronic cigarettes form the white paper part of the cigarette, and are also limited in size because of this. Many cigarette shaped devices have short battery life because of this and are not capable of lasting for a whole day on one charge. Vaporizer pens have more flexibility as they have larger capacity batteries with a longer lifespan. While small batteries are available and offer 8 hours of usable time depending on the level of usage. These 8 hour batteries are compact and very useful for reducing the size of the device if you require a compact pen for an evening out for example. Larger capacity vaping pens are more practical for a whole days reliable usage. Bigger batteries typically last in excess of 24 hours easily offering even heavy smokers with long term vaping from dawn til dusk.

Many batteries now include a charge indicator, as well as a heater control so you can adjust the heat used to make your vapour. Some flavours of eliquid can sometimes taste a little burnt if heated for too long, and an adjustable heating element gives you the control you need to create your perfect vapor time after time.

Health and Vaporizer Safety

Many smokers want to know how safe vaporizers are to use? Obviously compared to cigarettes they are a much less harmful way to get your nicotine. The ingredients in eliquid contain none of the 70 cancer causing carcinogens found in tobacco such as tar, arsenic, carbon monoxide (see full list of all 70 here), so compared with tobacco, e cigarettes and vaporizers are a much safer alternative.

Because electronic cigarette devices have only been in use for a few years, it is very early to say that there are absolutely no negative effects related to vaping, but the ingredients are a much safer alternative to smoking tobacco.

It is safe to say that not using nicotine in any form is the safest thing to do, but if you want to use nicotine then a vaporizer or e-cigarette is a far safer way to do it.

Choose from the best value vaporiser devices at and make the switch to tasty, flavoured nicotine and save up to 80% on the cost of smoking.



All About Coffee – Espresso Machines and Reviews

January 12, 2014 by  
Filed under Coffee Machines

Espresso Coffee

For coffee drinkers in the UK there are three basic options in terms of the quality of beans and grounds you can drink. We are not going to even discuss ‘instants’ as I don’t believe that anyone really considers any instant to be anything other than a cup of ‘hot brown’.

coffee beans for grinding

The three basic options for anyone looking for a real cup of coffee are as follows;

1 – High street mass market beans and grounds.

2 – Specialist Importers of Hand chosen beans for the ultimate experience.

3 – Quality pods offering convenience and practicality as well as taste and flavour.

High Street Mass Market

High end everyday beans and grounds, available on the high street include Lavazza, Illy, Douwe Egberts, although, manufacturers better known for producing instants are also trying to muscle in on the growth in the ‘proper coffee’ sector. Large high street chains including Costa and Starbucks also sell their popular beans both online and on the high street too.

Specialist Importers

At the top end of the coffee drinkers menu are the more exclusive importers who usually hand select their stock from smaller, less well known, fair trade sources. Some specialist beans can be expensive, but that doesn’t appear to deter their growing market share.

Coffee Pod Machines

Imagine if you will, a large range of carefully selected beans from around the world. Grind and package those beans into individual pods, sealed for freshness, consistency and convenience and you have an individual pod system. A selection of different Ristretto’s, espresso’s, lungo’s and decaffinated’s ready to use with no mess, no waste and no hassle.

History of Coffee Drinking in the UK

Coffee was introduced into Europe in early 1600’s, brought back by merchants visiting the Middle East, first into Venice and then, rapidly spreading throughout Europe. Coffee houses soon sprung up, especially in London, which back then had more than it does today. These houses were often the centres for business, with The London Stock Exchange for example, originating in Jonathan’s Coffee House in Change Alley which was frequented by many stockbrokers of the day, and likewise, in Lombard street, Edwards Lloyds coffee house eventually became the headquarters of what we know as Lloyds of London.

edward lloyds coffee house lombard street

These shops were (and still are) popular because of the preparation required to make a good espresso. The ultimate reason for the success of instants was the removal of the inconvenience, mess and time associated with preparation. Today if you want to enjoy a quality bean at home, you first need to grind the beans, and then use one of several different methods for passing hot water through those grounds at the right speed.

Hence, many keen coffee drinkers chose a miniature version of the larger barista machines found in commercial shops and cafes. These do the same job as professional machines, but can be considered overkill if you are only planning to brew in small quantities.


The Barista

Although in literal translation, Barista in Italian means “Bartender” or “Bar Person”, in English our translation takes it to mean a trained Espresso machine operator. In addition to having a very detailed knowledge of espresso coffee preparation, a Barista must also be familiar with all the different drink recipe preparations from cappuccinos, Viennese, latte’s, and all the other different coffee drinks listed here. A Barista is to coffee what a Sommelier is to wine.

Popular Machines

Moka Espresso Coffee Maker

moka coffee machine

Moka Coffee Machine

These are great pots for use with your favourite beans or grounds. Just add the grounds of your choice, fill with water and heat on a gas or electric cooker ring for great result in a few minutes.

While being an old school way of making your favourite brew, these Moka pots are simple but effective for all loose grounds.

Dolce Gusto Machines

Dolce Gusto Coffee machines

Dolce Gusto Coffee Machines

The Delonghi Dolce Gusto is a very compact and neat little machine. It takes pods that come in a large variety of different flavours and bean varieties. Personally I am not a fan of the Dolce Gusto milk pods which come with the milk based latte pods. I prefer to use fresh milk and a milk frother such as the Aeroccino that is available from Nespresso.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Pod Flavours

Lungo Intenso, Espresso Caramel, Choco Caramel, Espresso Macchiato, Espresso Macchiato Decaf, Grande Mild, Espresso Decaf, Caramel Latte Macchiato, Café Au Lait, Espresso Barista, Vanilla Latte Macchiato, Grande Intenso, Grande Caffè Crema, Americano, Cappuccino Ice, Espresso Intenso, Espresso Ristretto, Skinny Cappuccino, Skinny Latte, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Latte Unsweetened, Chococino, Mocha, Lungo, Lungo Mild, Lungo Decaf.

Prices start from £0.23 per cup

Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

Nespresso Pixie

How to use the Nespresso Pixie;

The Magimix Nespresso Pixie Coffee Machine is one of our favourites for a couple of reasons. Firstly they are lightweight and compact machines that still have a good sized water tank and secondly, the choice of different grounds is extensive and the quality is consistent and above average.

These machines are made by Krups and Magimix, with DeLonghi manufacturing some of their larger machines.

Nespresso provide free recycling bags so you can easily store all your used nespresso pods which Nespresso will then collect when they deliver your new  pods. It is a very good system which we have found works very well.

Nespresso Pod Varieties

Intenso: Kazaar, Dharkan, Ristretto, Arpeggio, Roma.

Espresso: Livanto, Capriccio, Volluto, Cosi

Pure Origin: Indriya, Rosabaya, Dulsao

Lungo: Fortissio, Vivalto, Linizio

Decaffinated: Decaffeinato Intenso, Decaffeinato Lungo, Decaffeinato

Additional Flavours: Caramelito, Ciocattino, Vanilio

Prices start from £0.29 per cup

Francis Francis X7 Machine

Francis Francis X7 Coffee Machines

Francis Francis X7 Coffee Machines

How to Use a Francis Francis X7

We love Francis Francis machines. Not only are they beautiful sculptures that are stylish additions to any kitchen, but they let you play at being a real Barista with the whole, bang, grind, scoop, press, experience. These are heavy weight, high quality gadgets that you will love to own.

The only fly in the ointment that we have found is that they seem to be more sensitive to limescale build up than some other machines and if neglected then the heater element will fail. If you buy one of these and live in a medium to hard water area then be sure to descale monthly and you will have years of pleasure from this delightful product.

Senseo Machines

Senseo coffee machine

Senseo Coffee Machine

Douwe Egberts – Senseo Pod Flavours

Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Decaffeinated, French Vanilla, Vienna: Hazelnut Waltz, Sumatra Blend, Colombia, Kona Blend, Espresso, Breakfast Blend – 4 Pack of 18ct Pods.

Prices start from £0.15 per cup

Coffee Machine Maintenance

Whatever machine you decide to choose, the one thing that they all have in common is that over time they will need to be descaled. If you don’t descale your machine, then two things will happen, firstly you will find that slowly, over time, the quality of the coffee your machine produces is affected. Secondly, if left to scale up then in time the heater element in your machine will fail and need to be replaced. Depending on the hardness of the water in your area, you should descale every 30 – 90 days for best results.

How to Descale your Machine

Choose from the best coffee machines available online today;