Become Your Own Best (At-Home) Barista with These Must-Have Items
As the coronavirus pandemic starts to directly impact new communities and cities each day, more cities, counties and states — and some entire countries — are instituting shelter-in-place directives. Put simply, if you aren’t heading out for essentials, like groceries or medicine, stay home and stay inside. This has led to an uptick in working from home for folks who have the ability to do so.
But just because you’re trading your morning commute for a daily telecommute, that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself of that perfect cup of coffee you enjoyed on the way to work. If you want to kickstart your day in style, these items can help transform your kitchen into every wannabe-barista’s dream coffee bar.
1. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
These days, pour-over coffee is all the rage. Although this used to be a cost-effective way to brew a cup of Joe at home, the method is finding a hipster following due to the ability to brew each cup individually — and to perfection. There’s quite a bit of science behind brewing the perfect coffee, and one of the most important variables you’ll want to account for is the temperature of the water.
2. Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker
If you’re looking to get into the pour-over coffee scene, finding the perfect hot water kettle is only half the battle. You’ll also need the actual "coffeemaker," which is refreshingly low-tech in a world filled with Keurig machines. Simple, timeless and easy-as-coffee cake to use, the Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker is exactly what you’re looking for in a pour-over coffeemaker.
3. Pour-Over Coffee Reusable Filter
If you were sold on the Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker, you’re going to need (at least) one more item — coffee filters. Or, in this case, you just need a single filter. If you want to go green and get the most out of your pour-over coffeemaker, look into the Pour-Over Coffee Reusable Filter.
4. Secura Burr Coffee Grinder
For a coffee lover, nothing smells better in the morning than freshly ground coffee beans. (Sorry, eggs and bacon.) However, there’s a big debate over which sort of coffee grinder does the best job. Some folks prefer a manual hand-grinder, while others insist that an automated grinder can churn out a finer roast.
5. Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
There are plenty of ways to brew a delightful cup of coffee, so if the pour-over method isn’t quite your style, this one’s for you. If you’ve ever been out to a fancy brunch, your waiter may have delivered a French press to your table. Perfect for individual use or the whole table, the Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker is the way to go in French press models.
6. HOKEKI Airtight Coffee Canister
Quite a bit goes into brewing the perfect cup of coffee. From getting the water the right temperature to making sure your beans are ground well, so much can impact the taste of your morning Joe. A lot of these factors boil down to the quality of your coffee beans, so making sure they stay nice and fresh is essential.
7. Long Handle Coffee Scoop by Heihox
Sure, we all have spoons and measuring cups and all sorts of gadgets in our kitchen, but sometimes it’s nice to have items that perform one specific function, especially when it comes to the art-science known as coffee-making. Spending a little extra on a nice measuring spoon just for coffee makes the whole brewing process feel special — and complete.
8. Zevro KCH-06079 Ground Coffee Dispenser
Speaking of getting all your coffee measurements just right, this next item goes above and beyond in that department. The Zevro KCH-06079 Ground Coffee Dispenser may seem like an extra luxury, but once you incorporate this product into your coffee-making process, there’s no going back.
9. Capresso 202.04 Froth Pro Milk Frother
While many of us still reach for traditional drip coffee in the morning, some days require a little extra something. Whether you’re making a latte, a cappuccino or a flat white, you’ll need coffee’s best pal, frothed milk, to complete the order. While some espresso machines feature a frother, standalone models are a great option for folks who want to save on counter space.
10. Nespresso by De’Longhi: ENV135R Coffee and Espresso Machine
Of course, if you’re eyeing the milk frother, you’ll also need the perfect espresso machine. Buyer beware: There are countless options — so many your head will spin — but far and away, our favorite espresso machine on the market is the Nespresso by De’Longhi: ENV135R Coffee and Espresso Machine.