Last Updated: Friday, 26 October 2007, 15:07 GMT 16:07 UK
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.


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Well, it is time. It is time you finally woke up and smelt the coffee. It has been a fantastically popular drink for more than a thousand years and without it Click would not happen. And if you drink it, I have the web resources just for you.

The fantastically named 1aaa American Green Coffee Beans site is run by a coffee distribution company and has loads of information for anyone interested in coffee.

Perhaps the best place to start is the preparation and serving of coffee section, with a breathtaking list of the different ways of preparing your brew. I think the Click team are working their way through them all.

There is also a fantastic resource on the different types of beans available and how they are processed - discussing the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffees and a very interesting explanation of how monsooned beans are made.

For those more interested in the history of coffee drinking there is a very detailed history including a list of dates when coffee was introduced to certain countries. There is even a page suggesting that coffee could be good for your sex life.

Sweet Maria's

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Sweet Maria's is another coffee distributor and this time focussing on bean roasting.

And like the 1aaa site, this has tons of information around the equipment and the beans it sells. In fact it has the temerity to suggest it is a virtual coffee university - and to be fair there is an astonishing number of articles about the subject.

In fact reading one article I discovered that the chemical formula for caffeine is C8-H10-N4-O2 although I think that is perhaps a fact too far.

But it is on the subject of roasting beans that the site really shines. There is an astonishing amount of information on green beans and where they come from, what they taste like and pictures of where they are grown.

And then the home roasting page talks you through all the things you need to do and supplies tips and hints in a PDF for you to print out and if you are really enthusiastic it shows you how to make your own roaster.


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And finally a download for you iPod users. I know a lot of people that get very frustrated when using iTunes with their iPods, there are a lot of programs on the web that are written to make life easy for users - and this is one of them.

Yamipod is a terrific little program that for my money is exactly what the internet is all about.

It is a small freeware program written by someone who had an idea and then when it worked, distributed it. You download it onto your PC, Mac or Linux machine and run it - it automatically senses your iPod and gives you a listing of the tracks on your machine.

The screens are well laid out and easy to understand and you just drag and drop your music files into the Windows Explorer-like front end.

The program does not have to be installed when you run it, it is loaded directly into memory and works right away. I know someone who runs it from their iPod, enabling them to swap files on any machine. Simple, effective - and free.

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