Making great coffee at home is something that should be easy and inexpensive. With the right equipment it is. A few months ago I created a list on Amazon called Essential Coffee Gear. I described the list as great coffee gear that won’t break the bank. In this article, I’d like to introduce the items on the list and match them with brewing tutorials here on INeedCoffee.
Which French Press you pick is up to you. The important thing is to have one. Press Pot coffee is about as simple as gets. Grind the coffee coarse, add water just off boil, wait 3-4 minutes, plunge and pour. It is probably the easiest way to make an excellent cup of coffee. For more purchase guidance check out Buying a French Press – Picking The Right One.
Press Pot Tutorial – Once you’ve bought your French Press, this tutorial will get you brewing.
Troubleshooting French Press Coffee – In the event your coffee isn’t wonderful, follow this troubleshooting guide.
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Whenever a friend asks for advice on what espresso machine to buy, I respond that unless they are willing to drop over $500, they should consider an Aeropress. At less than $30, the Aeropress outperforms many espresso machines that are 10 times the price. Penny for penny it is hard to beat the Aeropress.
Aeropress Coffee Maker Tutorial – A step by step tutorial on making coffee with the Aeropress.
This classic pour over coffee brewer just requires a filter and some hot water. If you are moving away from a plastic drip coffee brewer, this may be the ideal brewer for you. It has a cleaner taste than the french press.
Chemex Brewing – I wrote this tutorial in 2003 and added an update in October 2010 about rinsing your paper filter.
Eva Solo Coffee Maker
Other than espresso, this is my favorite coffee brewer. It combines the best elements of other brewers to produce what I think is the cleanest and richest coffee one can make. It costs a little more than the Chemex and the French Press, but I think it is worth it.
Hamilton Beach Cool-Touch Electric Kettle
Since most coffee brewing methods require hot water, electric kettles are a fast way to produce it. Last year I swapped my plastic, electric kettle for a stainless steel one. Though there are a few models available, I chose the Cool Touch. After posting the review, I received a few emails about the lid being plastic. That is true, but if you pop the lid prior to pouring, the hot water never makes direct contact with the plastic. I actually keep the lid up all the time, and then monitor the temperature visually.
Mr.Coffee Coffee Maker
If you just want a simple drip coffee maker that you can program, you can’t go wrong with Mr. Coffee. Personally, I’d rather just wake up 5-10 minutes earlier and make coffee using one of the brewers on this page.
Good To the Last Drip: Part 1 – Some basics on drip coffee brewing.
Good To the Last Drip: Part 2 – Article concludes with a discussion on filter types.
The Toddy Cold Brew System
There are other cold brew systems available today and you can even make your own. Toddy is the original and it is pretty inexpensive. Cold brewed coffee is a favorite for coffee drinkers that have problems with acidity.
Tips For Quick and Easy Iced Coffee – Although the Toddy makes a good hot beverage, it excels for iced coffee.
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine
The most expensive item on the list will pay for itself many times over. Instead of dropping $3-$5 every time you walk into a coffee shop for an espresso based beverage, why not make your own drinks at home? If it weren’t for my Rancilio espresso machine, I’d be in the poor house. I adore my machine. You’ll also want to get the Rancilio Rocky Grinder. An espresso machine of this caliber needs a higher grade grinder.
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Tips – A brewing tutorial by Ryan Jacobs.
The importance of grinding your coffee can not be under stated. It is the single most important thing you can do to improve your coffee quality. Below are two grinders. The Cuisnart is my ghetto pick. It is cheap and extremely loud, but it works if you are on a very low budget. People in the industry have told me that The Virtuoso is the best non-espresso coffee grinder on the market. For espresso you’ll need something better, like the Rancilio Rocky Grinder. With grinders you get what you pay for.
Specialized Coffee Brewers
The Clever Coffee brewer is gaining popularity as an excellent way to make a single cup of coffee.
For more information read Clever Coffee Dripper Review.
The Bialetti Stovetop Espresso Maker is used to make Cuban coffee. The Ibrik is used for Turkish Coffee and for Vietnamese Coffee you will need a coffee filter set.
Cafe Cubano (Cuban Coffee) – Cuban coffee brewing tutorial.
Turkish Coffee Making – Turkish coffee brewing tutorial.
The Full List
The Essential Coffee Gear list has a few more items and comments. I hope this list was helpful. INeedCoffee has an affiliate relationship with Amazon. Purchases that start here will help support this website. Thank you!
In 2007, Michael moved to America's coffee capitol Seattle, Washington. He has visited close to two hundred different coffee places in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver and met many of the top roasters and baristas in the country. Since 2009, Michael has been the Organizer of the Coffee Club of Seattle, which is a Meetup group of over 600 coffee enthusiants. Besides the social aspect of the group, the Coffee Club of Seattle partners with local coffee professionals for educational events such as coffee cuppings, brewing demonstrations and roasting tours.
Unrelated to coffee, Michael has a personal blog at CriticalMAS.com which covers several topics including fitness, cooking and finance.