Home Brewing Equipment

Here are some suggested items for the Home Barista available on Amazon!

Accessories

If you don’t have an espresso machine, but want frothed milk, consider getting a handy milk frother. They are extremely inexpensive and do the job quite nicely.

The best way to keep your perfectly brewed cup of coffee hot is by using a vacuum insulted mug. Leaving your coffee on a heat plate or re-heating in the microwave over roasts your coffee causing it to get bitter.

Burr Grinders

Burr grinders offer much more control of grind consistency than their blade grinder counterparts. Uniform grinds can only be achieved with burr grinders. Whether you’re looking to purchase a manual or automatic burr grinder, they all have settings to change the size of the grind to achieve fine, medium, or coarse, and many higher end models have several grind settings in between.

Pour Over System

In a Pour over system, you place the grounds in a cone shaped component similar to what is found in an automatic drip coffee machine. The heated water is then poured over the grounds and left to sit for a moment before more water is added. The finished brew is lighter and smoother (with no grit) than its steeping method counterparts. Many coffee drinkers feel the biggest advantage of the pour over method is the lack of grit in the final cup. If you are looking for a smooth cup that resembles what you could get in a normal drip brew, the pour over will likely suit you.


Aeropress

The AeroPress is perfect for a tasty cup of coffee that’s quick and easy to prepared and has hardly any mess to clean up once you’re done brewing. This method is almost like a cross between a drip brewing technique and a French Press process. This is a great way to brew a single cup of coffee especially while you’re on the go!

Moka Pot

The Moka pot was designed by Alfonos Bialetti in 1933. It produces a shot of espresso-like coffee by boiling water to create steam that pushes water through the coffee grounds. It is an inexpensive method to make an espresso-like cup of coffee!

French Press

The French Press brewing method is a favorite among coffee connoisseurs. Coffee is brewed using a steeping process, and then the grounds are screen pressed when the brew time is complete. This method brings out the full-bodied flavor of your coffee beans.

Kettle

Kettles with gooseneck spouts offer better pour control. For the best brewing experience, make sure to get either electric with temperature control or one with a thermometer onboard so you can precisely heat your water to 195 – 205º.

Cold Brew Mason Jar

Unlike iced coffee, cold brew is made without using any heat. To make cold brew, ground beans are steeped in cold water for 12-24 hours to bring out the flavor of the bean. Cold brew gets its unique flavor and character from the no-heat brewing process. The acids and other solubles in coffee only come out when beans are brewed with heat, thus causing the flavors in cold brew to be muted. This also makes cold brew coffee easier on the stomach.

Coffee Bean Storage

The first step in better tasting coffee at home is the beans.  You need to get fresh roasted whole beans and store them in an air tight container.  Storing beans in the refrigerator or freezer is a MYTH!  That can actually cause moisture to form on the beans which will cause them to go stale much faster.  The best way to store your beans is in a dark air tight container with a valve that allows the beans to degas.