TIPS & TRICKS | Mil-coffee

Important

Be sure your water temperature is in a range of 90-95 C.
Always grind your coffee just before making it.

Control the water flow – keep it fluent.

AVOID  MISTAKES

What happens if drip time is longer than necessary?

If the extraction time is too long, the coffee will be too bitter. Coffee will be too uniform, nothing special but intense, and taste will be a bit muddy.
This can also happen if coffee is ground too fine, so adjust the grind setting to coarser and try again!

What happens if drip time is faster than necessary?

Coffee will be watery and flat but at the same time it will be too sour (this is because salts and acids are first to melt in the water).
This also happens if coffee ground is too coarse – adjust grind setting to finer and try again!
Be sure you follow the brewing techniques. Be critical of your grinder! Is the coffee evenly ground, or some coffee grounds are finer and some - coarser?
If the grind is not even, you will get different result each time.

How to know if the water temperature is right for making coffee?

The best if you use kettle where you can set the water temperature.
If you have regular kettle, boil the water, and wait when it switched off.
Then open the lid and wait until all the big bubbles are gone and the water becomes calm.That is the moment when the temperature is approximately 95° C, and you can start brewing your daily dose of coffee.

Black coffee in cup or from an espresso machine?

It takes a long journey for coffee beans to develop their bouquet - starting from a coffee tree plantation until finding the way to your coffee cup.
To get the best out of the coffee beans in this final stage, it is worth knowing a few essential details.

The grind size depends on your intended brewing method.
If the extraction time during brewing is very short (e.g., for espresso), then a medium-coarse grind should be used, but if you are using in-cup method or French press, the grind should be coarser.

If the coffee beans are ground too fine the coffee becomes overly bitter, but if the grind is too coarse the coffee will not be able to develop its full flavour potential and you will miss the subtle nuances of flavour.
We encourage you to not be afraid to experiment with the coffee grind sizes, because it is the best way to feel the differences and find what suits the best for you.

In-cup

It is very common for Latvians to enjoy coffee in its purest form - in a cup, poured over with hot water.
This method keeps all the magic in the cup, which can be enjoyed with every sip.
To avoid over-extraction, it is recommended to remove the coffee grounds from the cup, so they do not move around each time you lift your cup to the lips.
Leaving the grounds in the cup during the entire drinking process can result in an overcaffeinated beverage.
The last sips will be too bitter and might taste slightly unpleasant.
The recipe is very simple.

You will need:
15g of ground coffee, 220ml of fresh, filtered water (~92° C).

Brew it as follows:
add coffee to the cup, pour over hot water. Let it stand for approx. 3-3,5 minutes, stir afterwards.
The coffee ground will sink to the bottom of the cup.

Pour the coffee in another cup to get rid of the coffee grounds, so you can enjoy a pure, delicious, and aromatic coffee.
Remember that after opening the package you should store the coffee in a sealed container, choose a cool, dark, and dry place.
It is recommended to use the coffee within 2-3 weeks after opening to prevent it from losing the richness of the aromas.

Coffee from an espresso machine

Are you dreaming of a coffee-shop quality coffee at home? It is possible!
You will need a good coffee machine, good coffee beans, and some important instructions.
Ask yourself what type of coffee you will make (with or without frothed milk).
Machines that make only black coffee or espresso are much cheaper (you can always add milk from the package afterwards) than machines that make such beverages as cafe latte or cappuccino.
But if you have found your inner barista, you can choose a machine with a separate steam frother where you can adjust the milk temperature and froth volume yourself.
Such options open latte-art possibilities, for example, you can create a heart in your coffee cup.

The next step is to understand how much cups of coffee a day you will make.
If you are preparing at least six coffee cups a day, it is worth to consider buying a coffee machine.
Such volume will ensure that you consume the coffee in a short enough time so that it does not lose its freshness, aroma and bouquet of flavours while stored.
You should find out how the machine should be maintained before buying it.
How convenient and fast is the everyday cleaning cycle?
How often is descaling required, and how much time does it take?
These are important questions, because the machine should be cleaned at the end of each day when it has been in operation.It is essential for two main reasons:

1) To ensure that the lifetime of the coffee-machine is as long as it can get.

If your coffee machine has a milk system and it is not cleaned as often as necessary, the milk tubes can clog, and the bad milk can create unpleasant smell and taste.
‍If the coffee-machine is not regularly maintained, its internal parts will wear down more quickly, resulting in technical problems which might make it difficult or even impossible to prepare coffee.

2) To get a tasty drink.

We might often think that the coffee we have chosen simply is not tasty, but it’s the dirty residues that are stuck in the brewing mechanism or milk system, thus significantly affecting the taste.
Water choice is also of great importance. You should use a filtered water in your coffee machine.

Tap water is okay to quench your thirst, but it is not the best choice for coffee brewing.
Unfiltered water will gradually leave mineral deposits which can clog your coffee machine and affect the taste of the coffee (because it is too rich with minerals and can even have an unpleasant smell).
There are many different water filtration systems available, and if you do not want to invest a small fortune in solutions that are integrated in your central water supply, a water pitcher with a replaceable filter is a good choice.

Believe us, the time and effort required on choosing the right coffee machine will pay off when you finally get to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee at your home.
Good luck!