•Always grind your coffee and espresso beans immediately before using them.
•Be sure to choose the right grind type for the preparation method you’re using. For example, a coarse grind is necessary for French press coffee pots, while a fine grind is best for traditional drip brewers. Pour-over methods require a grind between fine and medium.
•Keep any coffee beans you’ll use within a couple of days in an airtight container or tightly sealed bag. The rest can be kept in the freezer for up to a month.
Steep a Perfect Cup of Tea
Pay close attention to the preparation instructions on your package, because fine teas such as ours need a little special attention! We ask you to brew your teas at specific temperatures to ensure that the leaves don’t “burn”. It’s also important to remove them from the water at the right time to avoid over-steeping, which can make your tea taste bitter. Store loose tea in an airtight container in a cool, dark spot, where it will keep for up to one year.
Tips for Steaming Milk
•For the best espresso drinks, use whole milk. (You can use skim, but it foams too much and the taste is inferior.)
•Make sure the milk and the frothing pitcher are cold before steaming. Place the steaming wand only one-half inch into the milk for best results. To ensure a precise temperature (no more than 158 – 160˚F), place a milk thermometer in the pitcher.
•When finished, tap the pitcher firmly on the counter, let it sit for 30 seconds, and remove excess bubbles with the edge of a spoon. The foamed milk should be creamy and silky, not full of bubbles.
NOTE: Authentic cappuccino is sweetened with only a modicum of real sugar and is not sprinkled with cinnamon or cocoa!