Here is the list of coffee gear that I use, own, love:
My far and away favorite way to brew coffee is with the BEEHOUSE Small White Coffee Dripper, 1 EA, single serving size pour-over coffee maker. My coffee comes out smooth and delicious, much more so than in any of my other tools. They offer these in different colors and sizes, so you have options if you want to make more than one cup. This sits directly on the mug as well, so there is no need for a pour-over stand. You may want to pick up some #2 cone filters for this as well. I prefer unbleached filters: Melitta Cone Coffee Filter 2 100 Count- Natural Brown (2 pack).
This grinder is a beast! I started out with a hand grinder because I knew I wanted to use a conical burr grinder to get a consistent grind size. After hand cranking for a while with a small travel grinder, I was gifted this beauty. I love this machine! The Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder chews through coffee in no time flat and you can easily adjust the grind settings.
Pour-over coffee is great, but I don’t always want to manually pour the water over the beans. That is where a machine like this comes in. It works like a pour-over, but the machine is soaking the beans for you. I have actually used the carafe and top part to manually pour-over on occasion. The 1800 is a powerful machine, and it needs to be in order to consistently get the water up to proper temps for good coffee extraction (195-205F). The Bonavita BV1800SS 8-Cup Original Coffee Brewer, Stainless Steel is also great when you have a crowd and don’t want to be stuck making coffee for everyone with the single serving pour-over 🙂
Since water won’t heat itself up, or pour itself over the beans, you need a good kettle. This simple kettle comes with a nice long gooseneck spout allowing for great control as you pour the water so you can ensure you are evenly wetting the beans and not simply pouring water down the side of your filter. The one thing missing from the Hario V60 Buono Stainless Steel Gooseneck Coffee Kettle Stovetop (1.2L/ 1200 mL), is that when it “gets all steamed up” it does not “shout.” Once the water gets to a boil it does get very quiet, which is interesting. Just remove from heat and let cool down for a few moments so you don’t scorch the coffee with boiling water.
The AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker – Quickly Makes Delicious Coffee without Bitterness – 1 to 3 Cups Per Pressing is a great way to make a strong cup of coffee, and is especially convenient if you are on the go or camping. You could easily stuff this in your lunch box for a little cup of joy at noon!
This was my first conical burr grinder. It is a great introduction to the tool, running around $30. It is easily adjustable with a plastic nut on the bottom of the burr. Probably doesn’t grind finely enough for espresso (not to mention, that is a lot of work), but if you want a nice grinder to take on the go with you to complement your aeropress or BeeHouse, this is a great addition. Hario Ceramic Coffee Mill – “Mini-Slim Plus”
I love this product! It is beautiful and gives a great cup of coffee. If you want to experience coffee the Italian way, this is the tool. It produces a satisfying beverage somewhere between strong coffee and espresso. The Bialetti : 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker Green/Red is a great addition to my coffee corner.
If you want to impress your friends, give this machine a whirl. Beans go in the top over a cloth filter over a steel mesh drain plug and water goes in the bottom. As the water is heated on the stove it creates a siphon which draws the water up into the beans. Let the water stay there for a few minutes, remove from heat, and the coffee will release back down through the filter and into the bottom carafe. Great show! Yama Glass 8 Cup Stovetop Coffee Siphon (Syphon)
These trays are typically used for cupping, but can be a real help when you are trying to measure your coffee; it is hard to keep the beans on your scale without some sort of tray or plate, plus these make you look like a pro: Jili Online Reusable Plate Plastic Dish Coffee Beans Cupping Sample Tray – Oval 4 Colors – Blue, 22.3x13x3.5cm
When you are trying to brew like the pros, it is very helpful to have a good scale to measure your beans (for roasting and brewing) as well as your water. This little scale can measure up to 500g in .1g increments and produces readouts in grams, oz, and lbs with the ability to tare the weight down to zero if you put a tray on the scale so you don’t have to do any subtraction for the wight of the tray. The Escali PR500S Pico HP High Precision Digital Scale 500g, Metallic is a good measuring tool for a good price.
My faithful fluid bed coffee bean roaster, the FreshRoast SR500 Automatic Coffee Bean Roaster. This is a great little roaster to learn on. It is recommended to roast about 150 grams of coffee at a time, so if you are a several times a day person, you will be doing a lot of roasting. The variable speed, temperature, and time setting give you a lot of control over your roast. This is a good beginner’s machine to learn the basics of roasting on.
For taking your roasting game to another level of accuracy, it is helpful to have nice thermometer. This is a nice addition to my roasting toolbox that helps bring a little more objectivity to my method which is guided mostly by my senses (sights, sounds, smells). The MASTECH MS6500 3 1/2 K-type Digital Thermometer with High Reliability by Mastech can be had for a decent price and can help you track your coffee’s progress more accurately.
Have you ever noticed the little plastic vents on the side of your bag of coffee? It probably upsets coffee shop owners, but I love squeezing the bags and smelling the coffee aromas that come out of the vents. They serve a good purpose – letting CO2 vent out from freshly roasted coffee, and more importantly, letting air get forced out by the CO2. Air is the enemy of freshness. The lid on this Airscape canister has vents, allowing you to compress the lid and force most of the air out of your beans, and allows the coffee to gas off. This is a lot nicer than the old ceramic canister I have, and would help keep my freshly roasted coffee fresher, longer.