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Coffee accessories that you didn't know you needed



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A "good" cup of coffee means something different for everyone, ranging from a cup of dark, almost tough truckstop coffee to a lighter pour over made with careful timing and measurements. Even if you are satisfied with your usual go-to-cup Joe, there are products and the best coffee accessories that can take your coffee to the next level. If you are willing to step outside the comfort zone around your proven favorite brewing process you may have an even better cup of coffee within reach.

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The simplest and most effective change you can make to your coffee routine, regardless of how you brew, is to grind your own coffee beans. Conical grinders provide more control over the grain size of your ground coffee than more common metal knife mills. Something like this electric grinder lets you easily switch between coarse ground coffee and finely ground coffee, releasing the taste in whole beans for whatever brewing method you choose.

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When traveling, this manual coffee grinder for travel is small enough to take you to work or vacation. Because it is fully powered by hand, you don't have to worry about a nearby power outlet. And this hand grinder fits well with other man-driven gadgets such as your mortar and pestle, your hand crank egg beater or your old butter can.

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You may be familiar with a French press and you may already have one (or three – it seems an easy gift!). But if you regularly brew with an automatic drip coffee maker, you might want to go out or buy a French press and enjoy an extra tasty drink in the morning if you have a few minutes to yourself. Grind your coffee extra coarse and bring the French press forward to add a bit of romance to your usual coffee routine.

If you have never tried coffee in a local coffee shop or at home, prepare yourself for a completely different world of coffee. Pour methods loose layers of flavor that you never knew coffee could have: fruity, chocolate-like, earthy, floral, juicy – coffee drinks can taste like all these and more. Try brewing at home with one of these, each requiring their own type of paper filter. You add a little extra time to your coffee ritual, but you will be rewarded with a cup of glowing hot coffee with which you can taste every precious drop of flavor.

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This Japanese pour over dropper can be used with your mug for a single portion or placed above a large carafe for a large batch of coffee with multiple mugs if you have company (or it's just one of those mornings).

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With a capacity of eight cups, this classic pour-over maker has a chemical laboratory feel and is still a great choice, both aesthetically and functionally.

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For pour-over coffee methods you want a good gooseneck kettle. Warm up cold water in something like this kettle, and the narrow spout gives you the control you need to distribute hot water over your coffee grounds (or teas), first to "let the coffee grounds flourish" and then evenly "pour" "over" the rest of the water.

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Go one step further with this digital kettle, with which you can select the right temperature that you need for your favorite coffee making method or loose tea. The water quickly and precisely gets hot and prepares you for a cup of coffee or tea with an excellent taste.

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When you have finished pouring and the kettle, and you are determined to see this brewing process to the end, take the red pill and also buy a kitchen scale. This digital kitchen scale helps you achieve the ideal ratio of beans to hot water, so that you don't get coffee that is too bitter or too weak.

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There are other methods for making coffee – one of which is done through the beautiful AeroPress. With the help of these round coffee filters, the AeroPress is small and light, making it perfect to carry in your hand luggage. It looks a bit like the next step after the French press, making a smoother cup of coffee by pushing the coffee through a paper filter. And tidying up is even easier – you are left with a puck-shaped cake with coffee grounds that you simply push into the trash can (or in your compost bin) and then a quick rinse of the AeroPress will prepare you for the next cup.

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Surprise the excitement with this Bialetti espresso machine, preferably in a bright color. There is something very satisfying about how coffee is bubbling up and into the pouring part of one of these espresso makers (also called a Moka pot). No matter how beautiful they are, these items are great to omit as conversation pieces.

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You can take this cold brewing coffee kit with a Mason pot and a fine-mesh stainless steel filter there. The slower process unlocks milder, smoother coffee flavors, so you can only add milk or sugar if you are looking for some extra pampering.

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If you really want to treat yourself, then this automatic pour-over coffee maker is sufficient. Get all the guesswork out of a perfectly crafted cup of delicious coffee – this machine heats, times and pours the water for you so that you get the complexity of the pour-over taste without risking the risk of barista elbow.

PS: The Beans

All these gadgets will certainly help you make a better cup of coffee, but to achieve a really great brew, you have to start with a strong foundation: the beans! When buying a bag of beans, note a roasting date in the past weeks or earlier. Freshly roasted beans give you the most flavor. A local coffee roaster is your best choice, but there are also online options. Bags with Intelligentsia coffee smell great and give you a taste of the flavors you get in your brewed coffee, and some coffee brands will even benefit a good cause, such as at Grounds & Hounds ("Every pound saves a dog!") .

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Whether you prefer special coffee, iced coffee or even something a step above instant coffee , one of the above helps you discover new ways to enjoy great coffee. And for coffee lovers, that is really what life is all about. As Johann Sebastian Bach said: "Without my morning coffee I am just like a dried-up piece of roasted goat." Don't be a dried-up piece of roasted goat – make a good cup of coffee.


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