Finns love coffee on all occasions. Which factors affect the taste of coffee? How can you make your coffee even more enjoyable? 

Training specialist Emmi Kinnunen from the Paulig Institute knows how to make a perfect cup of coffee. 

1. Know your coffeemaker
  • Choose the coffee and its grind based on your coffeemaker.
  • A French press produces richer coffee than an ordinary coffeemaker. This is because the coffeemaker filters most of the fat, unlike a French press.
  • Always use clean, fresh water.
  • Remember to choose the right filtering time.
2. Choose the coffee, roast and grind you like best
  • You can taste the type and origin of the coffee. Finns tend to prefer delicate arabica coffee. The kick you can taste in espresso blends, for example, comes from robusta.
  • Roast also affects the taste of coffee. Finns like pleasantly acidic light-roast coffee. Darker roasts are less acidic and have a more balanced taste.
  • Choose a roast that works with your coffeemaker. The roast is indicated by an icon on the packaging.
  • You can also grind coffee yourself. Coffee made from freshly ground beans has a wonderful aroma! You can grind your coffee at large grocery shops.
3. Measure your coffee right
  • Coffee grounds are measured in accordance with the type of coffee and the desired result. When making filter coffee, use 60–70 grams of grounds per each litre of water. One level coffee measuring spoon is 7 grams.
  • You should use one extra spoonful for coffee made in a French press or coffee kettle.
  • Avoid using heaped spoons. Too much coffee grounds makes the filtering time longer and the coffee more bitter.
  • The temperature of the water should be 92–96 °C. Boiling water will make the coffee taste burnt.
4. Keep your coffeemaker clean
  • Do not use the coffee pot to pour water into your coffeemaker. Use a water jug instead. The coffee pot will release fat, which will burn and stick to the pipes, making the coffee taste bitter.
  • The coffee pot and filter should be washed after every use, by hand or in the dishwasher, depending on their material.
  • The best way to get rid of coffee fat is to use an alkaline detergent, such as baking soda.
  • If you want to clean your coffeemaker from the inside, mix three tablespoons of baking soda in one litre of water and let it run through the coffeemaker. After this, use the coffeemaker with clean water a couple of times. You should remove lime from your coffeemaker each time you have used a package of filter papers.
5. Store your coffee right
  • Always store your coffee in its original packet.
  • Close the packet tightly so that the beans or grounds will not make contact with air.
  • Keep the coffee in a dry place, protected from heat and light.
  • Never pour the coffee into another packet or jar or leave the packet open.

(Picture: Paulig)