I’m the coffee snob everyone hates. I want to hear all about the flavour profile of the beans, I care about my ratio of beans to water (with the specialist scales to prove it) and my kitchen side is almost entirely dedicated to coffee-making gadgets.
All that to say, this one is for my fellow coffee lovers. I see you and I hear your refusal to drink granulated rubbish. We all deserve better than that.
Here’s a handful of gadgets and accessories to make your next morning cup that little bit more satisfying.
Alessi has somewhat of a reputation for making outrageously handsome stovetop coffee makers (they are Italian, after all) and this espresso pot – £285 – is a modern update on the brand’s classic cone-topped design. The blue resin top and handle make an already great design even better.
If you drink black filter coffee, the Moccamaster is frequently voted as one of the best value filter coffee makers on the market. This workhorse comes in a rainbow of colour options to match your kitchen and it makes a whole jug if you need it to – handy if one cup is never enough. Blaknektar currently has them on sale at £197. The cost-per-use certainly adds up.
Only a fool would try to carry two coffee cups and a biscotti around the house – transport yours practically on Finn Juhl’s two-sided teak tray. Yes, there are cheaper trays around (it costs £103.50 plus import taxes) but this one is a Danish design icon and to have it on display is a sure signifier of your refined taste.
If you’re a V60 coffee connoisseur, chances are you weigh your mug as you pour your water from a swan neck kettle. Hario’s classic curvaceous design is made in Japan and looks even smarter in copper with a wooden top. It costs £155 from coffee specialist, HR Higgins.
Imagine buying quality beans, perfecting your latte art and then serving it in any old factory-made mug. Not for us, thanks. You need a wheel-thrown marbled mug deserving of your carefully crafted cup of black gold. Buy yours from homeware marketplace, Glassette, for £40. It’s made right here in London by Stick Ceramics.
Where’s the handmade scoop that tells you exactly how much ground coffee you need (7g, as it happens) to make that perfect cup of joe? Ah look, here it is! Yours for £27 from Glassette and it’s skillfully made from British-grown walnut. Little, quality details such as this are what make the coffee-preparing ritual almost as good as the drinking.
This stainless steel double-walled thermal jug in a stylish rattan jacket is going to look cool as heck on your table or kitchen shelves. The very reasonable price makes it a great gift idea and its practical heat-retaining ability makes it a saviour for tired parents who never usually manage to drink their coffee while it’s still hot.
There are several excellent roasters with coffee shops here in London and Origin is just one of them. Grab a cup from their Shoreditch shop or buy a bag of their beans (Aqi Badu linked is £16.50 but they start from £9.20) and if you like what you taste, subscribe online for a regular bean-drop to your door. With excellent coffee delivered, you never need to run out again. Phew!