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Bought Rice Cooker for our Survivor Corps Office

old rice cookerI had to replace the old rice cooker in my office as it had turned into just a soup making and slow cooking machine. The rice had started to get stuck to the bottom of the rice cooker even when partially cooked. Every time the rice turned out to be half burnt. Sometimes, it even bubbled out of the rice cooker. So, I thought to replace it. After roaming in a lot of stores and reading rice cooker reviews, I finally shortlisted the Aroma Professional 20 cup cool touch cooker. It is of the right capacity, is cool touch means that a lot of accidents can be easily avoided.

Why did I make this choice?

The Aroma Professional 20 Cup Rice Cooker is excellent for daily use and comes with easy to operate menu which means that everybody will be able to use it easily. 4 to 20 cups of rice can be cooked in the cooker. Apart from cooking brown rice, red rice and white rice, one can also make soups, jambalaya and chilli in the rice cooker. The steamer baskets available with the cooker can be used to steam soya chunks, vegetables and meat in the rice cooker. Also, the cookers can be operated in a slow cook mode.

The cooking pot of the Aroma Rice Cooker is non-stick which means that rice will not stick to the bottom and the rice cooker will be easy to clean. The keep-warm feature of the rice cooker keeps the rice warm for a long interval of time. This means that all the employees will be able to eat warm rice at different times. The keep-warm feature will turn on automatically once the rice has been cooked.

Features of the cooker:

Aroma rice cookerThe Aroma 20 Cup Rice Cooker is a digital cooker which comes with the function of Saute-then-Simmer. The high heat is readily available for the initial heating and when the liquid is added, the cooker automatically shifts to the simmer mode. The cooker comes with a delay timer of 15 hours which means that the meal planning is also easy. This function is perfect for the Risotto, Spanish rice and Packaged Meals.

The Aroma Professional Rice Cooker has made it easy for me and others to have rice at the office and enjoy warm rice at any time we feel like. The rice is very tasty and texture can also be controlled. It is very easy to use and prepares rice in generous amounts which is appropriate for the office use too.

I find Aroma 20 cup professional cooker to be very effective and well suited for my office and suggest all of you to buy the same for yours too.

Bought Espresso Machine for our Survivor Corps Office

A few months back there was an emergency situation at our Survivor Corps office. Our old an ancient coffee machine finally breathed its last. One fine day the old friend just stopped working. Everyone in the office looked visibly depressed and down. Work became slow. People were taking long breaks at every possible opportunity to run to the nearest cafe. Being an advertising agency, we need to brainstorm for new ideas every now and then. But the brainstorming sessions also became utterly unproductive due to the absence of caffeine in the office.

Rancilio Espresso MachineSome of us got together and decided to help the situation and buy a new coffee machine for the office. Now this was the difficult bit. Choosing an espresso machine to buy for use in an office involves a lot of planning. Because a lot of coffee is going to be brewed every day and the machine should be able to take that much usage. Additionally, maintenance should be easy and cleaning should not be a daylong task. So after long hours of research, we decided to settle for Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine, the number one rated espresso machine by The Edge. The Edge editors review the home espresso machines with videos, photos, and customer reviews. For office we bought the additional pod adapter kit and got the PID installed. We also paid a little extra to extend the warranty period to three years.

Truth be told, this espresso machine is actually pretty amazing. The machine was reasonable priced, below a thousand dollars. It has a rust resistant stainless steel outer casing that makes it look sturdy and pretty sleek. To be honest, while buying it we actually fell for the look. It also has a small footprint- that is, it takes up a considerably little space on the counter top.

But, if you leave the aesthetics aside, even then this machine proves to be quite handy. It is fairly simple to use. All you need to do is plug it in, and you are good to go! No plumbing hassle required at all. Due to the pod adapter kit we can also use coffee pods for making espresso. This comes very handy at office when you do not have time to grind coffee beans and then dose and tamp them. Otherwise we do have a fairly good coffee grinder and a tamper for aid. The brass portafilter comes with two baskets for single and double shots. The brewed espresso is also pretty consistent in individual brews due to the even heating system. There is a cup warmer that is perfect for the finicky espresso lovers who need to warm up their cup before pulling a shot. And my personal favorite feature, the steam wand, it just works magic to make amazing cappuccinos and latte. The tea lovers in our office also can easily heat water with this team wand for their tea.

Rancilio espresso machine with pidAll in all, this machine has proved to be a good buy. We have been using it for over four months now and it has remained true to its words, reliable, consistent and user friendly. Though it does require very precise and fine grinding of the beans to make espresso and offers little manual control beside the installed PID, but who cares about that in an office anyway? We are all happy with this machine- espresso drinkers, cappuccino drinkers and even tea drinkers. No complaints from anyone whatsoever. A couple of our employees actually went ahead and bought one of these beauties for home use. I would highly recommend buying this machine to whoever is in search of a good quality and durable espresso machine.

Juicing party at Survivor Corps by Best Juicer

header4You know we have restructured this website to a blog. This Saturday we hosted juicing party at our new survivor corps office. This juicing party was organized by “Best Juicer”.  We had room for 20 people. We invited some of our friends who love juice for a morning of breakfast. Our Party started at 7am and finished at 11am. We used a good mix of fruit and veggies, including greens like celery, spinach etc. Best Juicer sent us a brand new masticating juicer to make juice. It was a slow juicer that extracts all kind of juice and you get extra vitamins and very high yield.  We made apple, carrot, orange and greens juice using this slow juicer. Taste was exceptionally well. This juicer had pulp controller in it. We made both juices and smoothies using this pulp controller feature.

We had lot of fun as we had getting together. We had good healthy breakfast and Thank you “Best Juicer” for this amazing and different party. We all love you at survivor corps office. Thank you for your support.