A Guide to Hookah Smoking

The slow and relaxed experience of smoking a hookah, which includes preparation of the hookah and the tobacco, is the whole point of hookah smoking. It’s not about a buzz or a nicotine fix, it’s about the relaxed space, among friends and out of time, that is created by the hookah and the act of smoking it. Typically, a hookah smoking session lasts somewhere between 30 and 60 minutes.

After carefully preparing a clean hookah with cold water, selecting a flavorful tobacco for the bowl, lighting and adding the charcoal, the aromatic hookah smoke is drawn bubbling through the water. Cooled and softened after being filtered by the water, light, pleasant smoke infuses the senses, lingering on the air, encouraging slow meditative breathing and sweetening conversation, games of dominoes, or quiet contemplation and study.

Some techniques used to enhance the experience of hookah smoking are adding ice to the water and chilling the hoses beforehand. The lush fruit flavors of hookah smoke can be heightened by the addition of fruit juice or wine to the water in the base, and both customers and proprietors of hookah smoking lounges regularly combine tobacco flavors to come up with their own special blends.

Some tips and warnings given by veteran smokers include the following: always use the proper charcoal, specifically made for hookah smoking-regular charcoal briquettes cause carbon monoxide poisoning, and charcoal which isn’t low-smoke will overwhelm the hookah smoke; only a very small amount of hookah tobacco is needed in the bowl, since a little goes a long way; if the smoke or flavor are lacking, it’s probably because the coals aren’t hot enough-when smoking for more than half an hour or so, fresh coals will be needed.

Because hookah smoking is, and has traditionally been, a social activity, the etiquette which attends it is important. Some of the rules of etiquette are never to light cigarettes using the charcoal that heats the hookah tobacco; avoid blowing smoke in the face of another person unless they ask–so they can taste the flavor being smoked; since the point of the individual plastic mouthpiece is health and safety, don’t share them; when one person is done smoking but the hookah is still in use, setting a hose directly on the table signifies that smoker is finished and another person may use the hose; when a hookah smoking session is completed, the hoses should be wrapped around the stem; finally, don’t smoke anything but tobacco out of a hookah.

A Guide To Coffee Makers

Many people are dependent on their morning cup of coffee and the aroma of freshness that it brings to “perk” them up. The National Coffee Association has reported that coffee consumption has increased by more than 9 percent in the past six years.

A modern coffee maker is relatively a simple device with a reservoir that heats water, a tube to carry hot water to the drip area where it falls on the ground coffee and a container to hold and warm the coffee. The coffee maker has a resistive heating element, a coiled wire, similar to a light bulb. The heating element boils the water and also keeps the coffee warm after it is brewed. The heating element presses against the warming plate so that the heat transfer is uniform on the plate. The switch turns the power to the heating element on and off. A temperature sensor prevents the heating element from overheating and turns the coil back on, when it drops below the desired temperature. The coffee maker also has a one-way valve. The one-way valve allows cold water into the aluminum tube and forces the bubbles of boiling water to flow up the black tube.

When cold water is poured into a coffee maker, it flows from the bucket through the hole at the bottom into the tube. Due to gravity, the water then flows through the one-way valve into the aluminum tube in the heating element, and then partially up through the black tube. When the switch is turned on, the heating element starts heating the aluminum tube, and eventually the water in the tube boils. When the water boils, the bubbles rise up in the black tube. The tube is small enough while the bubbles are big enough to allow a column of water to ride upward on top of the bubble. The water flows out of the end of the black tube to drip into the coffee.

For a coffee lover, a coffee machine is an essential kitchen appliance that allows him/her to savor the pleasure of a refreshing cup of coffee with no fuss.