Muki ”Töölö-kahvi”—both exquisite and rustic

Töölö-kahvi is the other blend I recently received from Muki, the Helsinki based gourmet coffee store. Like Muki-kahvi, their great everyday blend, Töölö-kahvi is blended and roasted for the company by Holmen Coffee, Helsinki.

Both the label and the Muki web shop site offer little information on the blend. Basically, we are just told that it is medium roasted coffee. But as I wrote earlier, I think that’s kind of cool. Let the product speak for itself!

I was told that this coffee would work well with the French press. Now, while I do own a French press, I prefer to use my AeroPress instead. So, as I always do, I ground the beans medium coarse, and followed my favorite AeroPress recipe.

First things first: I really enjoyed this blend. That said, it took me a couple of days to figure out how to articulate what it tasted like.

In my opinion, there were three levels to the flavor profile:

  1. The high end of the flavor spectrum was dominated by the pleasant acidity and natural sweetness of fresh, exotic fruits. If I try to describe the flavor in terms of color, it felt yellow and light green. This was the easy part.
  2. In the midrange, I detected a tiny hint of semi-sweet chocolate.
  3. Lastly, in the baritone department, there was this savory quality, which I couldn’t quite put my finger on at first. Ultimately, I decided that it was a bready, bakery-like flavor. More specifically, it made me think of sourdough, perhaps even Finnish rye bread.

Now, I’ll admit that this may sound like a funny combination. But let me tell you: I found it to be very, very pleasant. While the flavor profile was mostly fruity, on the one hand, and savory, on the other, there was just enough sweetness as well. Furthermore, it was both exquisite and rustic at the same time. Whether I tried to tease out the subtle flavors, or if I just enjoyed a cup while thinking about other things, Töölö-kahvi was enjoyable either way.

If that sounds like your cup of tea (coffee?), visit the Muki B&M store in Helsinki, or go to their web shop, and get some. I can highly recommend it!

Lastly, a big thank you to Muki and Holmen Coffee for some great coffees! I had a lot of fun reviewing them!

Muki ”Muki-kahvi”—”Scandinavian” coffee made better!

Last week, I made my first visit to Muki (Finnish for ”mug”), Helsinki, the cool brick and mortar store that specializes in high quality coffee, tea, chocolate, and other related delicacies. They offer a nice selection of interesting coffees, ranging from classic Italian espressos to the exquisite products of several Finnish micro roasteries.

As for me, I wanted to try the coffees blended and roasted for Muki by Holmen Coffee, the Helsinki based artisan roastery. The man in charge, Ari-Matti, was kind enough to offer me both of these blends to try. Thank you so much!

The first one is this: Muki-kahvi. Now, on the label, there is little information on the ingredients. The Muki website, too, only reveals that this is a dark roasted (level 4/5) ”city coffee”. That’s kind of cool. I mean, let the product speak for itself!

Since I was told that this coffee was made with the regular coffee machine user in mind, I decided to try it in my AeroPress. I generally don’t use a coffee machine anyway. Oh, as you can probably guess, I used my favorite AeroPress recipe for brewing.

First off, the mouthfeel of Muki-kahvi was quite light and juicy. Even so, the body was not weak by any means. Perhaps ”medium” would be the word to describe it.

The flavor profile was quite interesting. Admittedly, after the first sip I went: ”OK, this is like… regular coffee.” But after a couple of cups, I started to get it. The juiciness of the mouthfeel made me think of (red?) berries. Surprisingly, though, there were no berry flavors to be detected. Instead, I got

  • nutty bitterness
  • caramel
  • dried fruits

These midrange flavors, mixed with some ”soft” acidity made for a very pleasant combination. On the one hand, Muki-kahvi was pleasantly bitter, which made it a good choice for my morning cup. On the other hand, the blend had enough natural sweetness to balance out the bitterness. This resulted in a flavor profile that was robust enough, yet quite soft and pleasant.

Apparently, Muki-kahvi was not created to knock your socks off with exotic flavors. Instead, its purpose appears to be to satisfy the regular coffee lover on any occasion. This is exactly what it does, and it does it really well. I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes the classic Finnish or Swedish grocery store blends but wishes to have something better.

Pay a visit to Muki and get yourself some Muki-kahvi! In addition to the cool brick and mortar store, the good folks at Muki have recently opened their new web store, too. Check them out!