This isn’t your average gift guide, just sayin’. Chances are you already own some items to brew coffee, right? Tell us you at least own a kettle.
We’re firm believers that you can brew great coffee at home on a shoestring and you don’t need fancy, expensive machines to get delicious results. That being said, there’s always room for an upgrade and you’ll be pleased to know those upgrades don’t have to break the bank.
Below are some ideas for swaps you can make to your equipment that’ll help you #raiseyourcoffeegame.
PRE-GROUND TO BEANS
The first change to make is to start grinding your own beans. Staleness in coffee is the result of oxidation and both whole beans and pre-ground will eventually go stale. The main difference is once a whole bean is ground and broken into thousands of fragments its surface area exponentially increases. This means that oxidation will happen far quicker in ground coffee.
This does, however, mean that you’ll need some form of grinder.
Oh what a coincidence. It’s a good job we’re here to recommend a range of grinders, isn’t it?. If you can, avoid the cheap crappy electric blade grinders online – the grind is just too inconsistent meaning you may as well have stuck to pre-ground. You’ll want a decent burr grinder (either a hand grinder or electric will do the trick).
As always, with cheaper hand grinders the coarser you go the less consistent it is, but from espresso through to filter it does a damn good job. In terms of price vs performance we believe this is the best value grinder on the market.
An absolute must-have for anyone serious about brewing great coffee at home. Not suitable for espresso, but perfect for every other brew method. There’s nothing else you need to know.
Crucially, this machine will grind espresso really well (we mean, really surprisingly well) and it keeps it’s composure as you go down to coarse filter and cafetiere. At a standard V60 grind it has way less boulders (coarse bits) than some grinders we’ve tested.
It comes with a nifty little portafilter holder for you espresso heads, and has low retention. It’s clean, simple, easy to use, and well priced.
Oh, so you do have a kettle then? Cool.
A conventional kettle will still do the trick, but using something with a more controlled pour will make your life easier. The ability to brew at a particular temperature is also a game changer.
A nifty V60 pouring kettle perfect for people who want to begin making pour-over coffee. The measurement markings are surprisingly accurate, so if you don’t have a set of scales, this kettle will do the hard work for you. It’s also great for keeping your water temp as consistent as possible, being plastic, so it won’t suck all the heat out of your water. With this clever design, you’ll be a pour-over pro in no time.
This is by far our favourite electric pouring kettle. It’s quick, accurate and has fantastic control over the pour, plus it looks really slick. Our favourite feature? You can play snake on it!
No matter how you choose to brew your coffee there will always be the absolute God tier of brewing equipment. Small changes make a big difference – from filter papers to the design of brewers, there’s always a way to improve your brew.
If you’ve been using a plastic V60, a great upgrade would be a ceramic one. The main thing to keep in mind here is that they will lose heat quicker than a plastic one. Be sure to preheat the ceramic brewers more thoroughly (especially in the cold).
If you’re undecided on a brewer then we’ve got a lot of love for the Aeropress. It might look a bit fiddly but actually it’s super simple to brew with. It’s really versatile and is essentially an omni brewer, combining filter brewing, immersion brewing and pressure brewing – the possibilities are endless when it comes to the kinds of coffees you can sling through it. Aeropress – £34.00
Got filter papers that you’re getting through quicker than the speed of light? Treat yourself to a cloth filter (we love brewing with one here at Roastworks). They will give you a more balanced, sweet and full-bodied brew. What’s even better is that they are reusable – as long as you give them some TLC. The Cloth Filter – £8.00 – £9.00
If you’re still hell bent on using paper filters, switch to bleached and your brew will taste less papery.
Still not sure on what coffee based gift to give to your pals, fam or neighbor? Our gift cards are here for you. They’re fully digital so you can ping them straight to their email address, or get it sent to your own email, print it out and pop it in a card. Gift cards £10.00 – £100.00.