During the lockdown a lot of people have taken to brewing their own coffee. Getting their daily fix from their local coffee shop was almost impossible. And since then, so many of us have taken it upon ourselves to be our own baristas, here are five gadgets that every home barista should own.
1. A French Press
A French Press is a great addition to any home barista’s collection. It is an easy to use, simple, idiot proof gadget. The process to make coffee with a French Press is straightforward.
Simply add ground coffee to the base of the French Press and add hot water. Once the coffee has steeped for around three to four minutes, add the plunger to the top of the French Press and slowly apply some pressure to the top of the rod. Voila! You have brewed your coffee.
We recommend this for quick and easy coffee, and because of its simplicity it brews the perfect coffee each time.
2. Knock Pot
When you are an avid espresso drinker or you like to impress your friends with your coffee skills, then you know the struggle of having to clean out the portafilter each time you need to make a new espresso.
Coffeequip has the perfect solution for you! A knock pot. It allows for easy clean up. You simply knock the portafilter on the rod that is in the middle of the bucket and there you have it. A cleaned out, ready to use portafilter with no hassle at all.
Not only that, but it will also allow you to look and feel like a coffee shop barista, all the while just making life easier for yourself.
3. A scale
Using a scale when brewing your ‘cuppa’ just makes life easier. A digital scale shows you the exact amount of coffee grounds, to the last decimal, and it alleviates mistakes as there are no mysteries to the amount of grounds that you are using.
This gives you the opportunity to focus on other important variables that come with brewing, for instance the size of the coffee grounds.
A scale will also allow you to make a perfect cup each time, as you know the exact amount of coffee grounds needed to brew your favourite cup, putting you in control of your brewing.
4. A good kettle
By “good kettle” we don’t mean the most expensive kettle on the market. We mean getting yourself a kettle with the correct neck.
A gooseneck kettle is perfect for making pour over coffee since the shape of the neck pours easy and and avoids those annoying spills.
There are electric kettles, which can also include temperature control, and stove kettles, which you simply put on the stove for the water to boil. To make your homebrewing more artisan, we recommend getting a stove kettle to bring you closer to the art. Plus, they’re just nice to look at!
5. Moka pot
A moka pot brews coffee by passing boiling water pressurised by steam through ground coffee, that is added to the bottom half of the pot. The moka pot can be either electric or stove top.
A moka pot takes a bit more skill and practice. A skill that needs practicing is to know when your coffee is brewed. Some even prefer to take the moka pot off the stove a few times while it is brewing for a better taste.
Nevertheless, once you get the hang of it, you will be left with rich, flavourful, heavy-bodied coffee. This is a classic to have in your homebrew collection and we highly recommend that you get yourself a moka pot for the full artisanal experience.
The art of brewing coffee at home is a satisfying experience that awards you with a cup of magic each time you exercise.
Personally, we think that these five gadgets can take your coffee artisan skills to the next level. They are must haves for any home barista. So, get yourself some of these gadgets and enjoy making coffee in different ways!