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Month: May 2019

Palm Wine and Its Importance In Traditional Igbo Society

Palm wine in Igbo land comes in two sources: nkwu (palm tree) – the source of the palm wine known as “Mmanya Nkwu”, and ngwo (rafia palm tree) – the source of the palm wine, known as “Mmanya Ngwo”. Each of the palm wine categories are regarded with different respects. Each has different functions in different occasions, depending on of course, how that particular area or village regards it. In production, they are tapped in much the same way, by climbing to the required height or to the neck of the palm tree and cutting ducts, under which are placed local mugs (calabashes) or plastic gallons. In some areas, the “Mmanya nkwu” is tapped also from a fallen palm tree. However, it is worth mentioning that the quantity of “Mmanya ngwo” obtainable from the palm tree is usually about thrice that of “Mmanya nkwu” within the same time limit. In taste, they are also different while “Mmanya ngwo” tastes very sweet (sugary) but goes sour (fermentation) within a shorter duration. The “Mmanya nkwu” has a unique sweet, but pleasant taste which it maintains for a longer duration. Some areas in Igboland regards “Mmanya nkwu” better than “‘Mmanya ngwo”. This preference sometimes depends on the availability of one over the other in that area. Hence in some areas, traditional marriage and bride price ceremonies are not honoured with “mmanya ngwo”,...

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How Do You Use Maxtrax?

Maxtrax is a brilliant way of recovering a stuck four wheel drive quickly, safely and easily. I've seen far too many recoveries that could have gone wrong to recommend using alternatives. Maxtrax is a form of sand ladders, which are put underneath the vehicles tires to give additional transaction. They are made out of a special engineered plastic which is UV resistant and extremely strong. If you are stuck in sand, simply remove them from their storage location (a lot of people mount them on roof racks with the supplied mounts), dig some of the sand out of the way and put them as far under the wheels as possible. Maxtrax have the ability to be used as a shovel, making life very easy. Once you have a pair (make sure they are used on the same axle or you will get crossed up) under the wheels, gently accelerate until the vehicle grabs the Maxtrax and goes forward. These can be used in forward or reverse motions, and if you have a second set can be used together (1 on each wheel). There are a number of alternatives to Maxtrax, but you get what you pay for. In mud, Maxtrax also works exceptionally well. Simply move a bit of the mud out of the way (or just jam them under the tires) and you are set to go. The...

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Best Coffee Beans in the World

There are different types of coffee beans. Due to the influx of its varieties, the reviews and suggestions from consumers have become helpful. Regardless of these feedbacks however, it is important to note that taste is a matter of individual preference. There are those who prefer the stronger drinks, others the flavored ones. There are also those who prefer their coffee hot while others prefer it cold or chilled. There is sure to have one distinct taste of coffee that will delight your taste buds and match your personality. Along the shores of the beautiful Lake Victoria within Rift Valley in Kenya, coffee farmers nurture the best coffee beans producing coffee trees in the world. Graded as AA, these finest beans are usually sold during weekly auctions by Kenya’s esteemed Coffee Board. It is noted that one factor why coffee plants produce the best coffee beans is due to the regional climate. This results to the distinctive and aromatic flavor seen in coffee cherries. If you want gourmet coffee, it is best to purchase Arabica coffee. The edible beans of Arabica are reported to have the best aroma and most spirit. Robusta, on the other hand, offers an Earthier olfactory taste. It has fewer flavors because it possesses more caffeine content. As compared to other types, Arabica coffee has superior flavor, being more aromatic and richer. These plants actually...

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Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee – The Best Coffee in the World?

Before delving into the history and lore of Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee, we need to review the main types of coffee, which are predominantly either Robusta or Arabica varieties. The difference stems from the type of coffee plant. Robusta coffees are easier to cultivate – and its production exceeds that of Arabica coffees — but are less flavorful and less consistent in quality. Accordingly, Robusta coffees are considerably less expensive. Most national coffee blends available through retailers and supermarkets are Robusta coffees. Arabica coffees, on the other hand, are well known for consistent quality, bold flavor, and intense aroma. Premium coffees marketed as single origin coffees – Kenyan, Costa Rican, Sumatran, for example – are almost universally of the Arabica variety. Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee is an Arabica coffee. Coffee found its way to Jamaica in 1728 when Sir Nicholas Lawes, Governor of Jamaica, imported Arabica seedlings from the island of Martinique. The new home was a natural and coffee production expanded. Unfortunately, Jamaica coffee productions also has its origins – as with other plantation crops – with the abhorrent practice of slavery. This extraordinary coffee is grown in the majestic Blue Mountain range in Jamaica reaching approximately 7,402 feet at the highest peak. The Blue Mountains dominate the eastern third of Jamaica, located between Kingston to the south and Port Maria to the north. The upper reaches of...

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Top Health Benefits of Coffee

Most people start out their mornings with a cup of coffee to help them wake up and prepare for the day and it now looks as if people have another reason to make sure they start their days with this tasty hot beverage; the nutrients inside it that bring the health benefits of coffee. The Legend of Coffee Legend has it that goats discovered the wonders of coffee in the Arabian peninsula. Kaldi, the goats' shepherd, found them joyously dancing around after having ingested coffee beans, so he decided to try them himself. Then Kaldi discovered what most people in America know about coffee; it helped to wake him up. From then on, the monks in the area began to take advantage of its effects for keeping them awake during their extended prayer sessions. It worked so well that the monks began to offer it around to all of the other monasteries. That's an interesting story about the goats discovering coffee, but the truth is a bit more mundane. Coffee actually was believed to have been discovered in Ethiopia. Someone took it to Yemen where the people began to grow coffee extensively in the 6th century. Then the coffeehouse first made its way into the world in Cairo, Egypt and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Now they are everywhere, practically on every street corner. Two Main Coffee Species The two main...

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