If you haven’t already tried the AeroPress, then let me tell you it’s already a pretty convenient gizmo for making a smooth, crema-topped coffee without the bitterness you get from a stove-top cafetière. Every time I use my sister’s I make a mental note to buy one ourselves, only now I may not. As a frequent camper who cannot go without the morning ritual of a hot brew, I’m tempted to opt for the AeroPress’ portable little sibling instead!
If Italians are discerning about one thing, it’s flavour. They understand there is no point buying your favourite coffee beans, or blend of beans, if you can’t then grind and infuse them to your own particular taste. With the Calibra, Italian coffee brand Melitta have produced a quality grinder that - with 39 settings - ensures you can fine tune your favourite coffee, to your own idea of perfection, on your worktop.
Making coffee has become an art, science and form of witchcraft, and this fascination with the perfect beverage doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. As well as independent coffee shops springing up around every major and minor city, people are looking to recreate the same experience at home. You’ve probably seen mechanical personal barista set-ups, but ROK’s products provide ways to do the same steps by hand.
For those of us who have ever felt overwhelmed by the variety of buttons and functions on a coffee machine, the all-new Avanza from Melitta is here to save the day. The Avanza is undoubtedly one of the smallest and slimmest fully-functional coffee machines on the market - it’s only 20cm wide! Striking in its compact simplicity, the coffee machine boasts a newly developed control panel that’s remarkably easy to use. Perfect for when you’ve just rolled out of bed!
When you stumble into the kitchen first thing in the morning desperate for a shot of the black stuff to kick start your brain the last thing you want is to the ear-splitting mechanical scream of a coffee grinder rattling through your skull. The Coffee Grinder from ROK is a blissfully quiet manual grinder, a much more ear-friendly way to start the day. It is incredibly easy to set up and use; simply attach the handle and place the cup underneath, add your beans and turn the handle clockwise to grind.
When you first decide to take the step from bitter garbage coffee (I think the supermarkets call it ‘instant’) into the world of fresh delicious coffee, it can be difficult to know which of the vast quantity of coffee-related gadgets you might need or which style of coffee preparation will become your method of choice. The first step is to get yourself a coffee grinder - unless you fancy doing it by hand, this will be a necessary starting point for every cup of coffee you’re going to make in your new, ‘proper coffee’ life.
Fun fact: Melitta Bentz invented the first coffee filter in 1908 - get this woman a statue! This opened a whole new way of preparing the black wake up juice. Today Melitta AromaFresh (now you know why they use that name) allows you to wake up to a cup of coffee made from freshly ground beans or pre-ground coffee; that’s always worth getting up for!
I am always interested in anything that can make the process of getting a coffee into my system quicker, and the JML San Siro Coffee Machine Compact can offer you such a wide variety of drinks it promises to be a good coffee companion. This machine uses San Siro coffee and tea capsules but is also compatible with all the Nespresso range, this opens you up to a huge amount of beverage choice. It’s reasonably compact, 11.8 x 36.5 x 25cm which means it’s kind of tall and kind of long but narrow, so it won’t hog too much of your kitchen top.
Once upon a time, if your friend offered you a coffee you were 100% guaranteed to end up with an instant coffee and hot water combo, possibly with milk that’s in date depending on the quality of your friends (I have been given squirty cream as a milk substitute before and this says a lot about my friendship group). These days you don’t have to rely on some soulless high street chain for your flat white or espresso doppio, you can make it in your own home where it is much more acceptable to drink coffee in your pants and you won’t look pretentious for worki