14 Coffee Products You Need to Be Your Own Barista
It's time to flex your barista skills!
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For coffee as rich and flavorful as what you’d get in your local cafe, opt for whole beans to grind at home.
Take the time to explore different types of beans to find your favorite: roasts (light, medium and dark) impact flavor, as does which region your coffee comes from. You can check with your local coffee shop to see where their beans are from—and even purchase a pound or two.
A French press is one of the easiest ways to make a rich cup of coffee at home. If you love the taste of freshly pressed coffee, but dread cleaning out the coffee grounds—the Simpli Press French Press is a game changer.
The secret to Simpli Press is the coffee basket that uses a plunging mechanism to pull up the grounds for easy disposal. Say hello to customized and smooth coffee at home in three minutes, and goodbye to scooping out messy coffee grounds. No more grimy sediment! This is how you use a French press.
Baristas attest that one of the keys to a great cup of a coffee is the grinder. A burr grinder customizes the bean’s fineness to the type of coffee you’re making (cold brew vs. drip vs. pour over) and grinds the perfect amount depending on how much coffee you want to make.
While you’re flexing your barista skills, learn coffee lingo to sound like a pro.
This Krups coffee maker is Taste of Home approved—and all you need to do is push a button. Depending on the type amount of coffee drink you’re making, the machine even has a dial to adjust the brew strength. Before you brew, read our fixes for common coffee mistakes.
Serious aficionados swear that using a Chemex is the purest method of getting your coffee fix. It’s easy to use—all you do is place beans into a filter and pour hot water over them—and promises the smoothest cup you’ve tasted. See how Chemex compares to other brewing methods.
For two-cup-a-day coffee drinkers, using paper filters with your Chemex might start to feel expensive and wasteful. Switching to a reusable coffee filter is a great, cost-efficient addition to a pour over coffee routine.
Make it a brew-tiful day with a homemade pumpkin spice latte—this milk frother upgrades an ordinary cup of coffee with foam art. For non-caffeinated drinks, it can make a perfectly frothy hot chocolate, too.
Don’t forget the water! Filtered water—without particles or chemicals—is a core part of a great-tasting cup of coffee. A Brita pitcher guarantees the water you use as the base of your drink is always cafe-standard. Don’t miss the best recipes to pair with your coffee.
No time to make java in the morning? This mushroom-enhanced coffee sounds like something you’d get a trendy cafe, but all you need is a spoon and a cup of hot water. The blend is smooth, tasty and will keep you perky all day with minimal effort. Find more healthy coffee recipes.
What you’re drinking out of matters (almost) as much as what you’re drinking. These hand-painted mugs are an elegant addition to any kitchen, and will look charming mixed and matched with your current mug collection.
To achieve pro barista status, proportions matter. Measuring out exactly the right amount of beans with the help of a kitchen scale will elevate your coffee and ensure that each cup is made with the perfect ratio. Here are other ways you can use that kitchen scale.
To preserve flavor, store coffee in airtight containers where the beans won’t be exposed to heat, light, moisture or oxygen. (This versatile canister can also be used to store tea, too.)
Master the classics at home with a variety pack of Torani coffee syrup, which will ensure you never have to go without your vanilla latte. Put them to work with some of our best copycat coffee shop recipes.