Starbucks? For deep-pocketed lazies. Instant? For unappreciative peasants. It’s all about brewing your own delicious caffeinated beverages these days, and we’ve scoured the web to dig up the finest coffee-related gadgets and products. Pick one as a Christmas gift and forever change the way your friends and family enjoy their morning mug of glorious black bean-essence.
Many baristas prefer making coffee via the pour-over method at home (as opposed to espresso), and there’s nothing better – or better-looking – than the Chemex for that. Resembling something from your school’s science lab, this flask accommodates a filter and is able to make one to three cups of coffee at a time (larger models are available).
Baratza Encore Grinder (£120)
Buy someone a decent grinder and you’ve made a huge contribution to how good their coffee will taste – it’s by far the most important investment when it comes to home-brewed joe. A favourite of coffee connoisseurs – and even professional baristas – everywhere, the Encore will deliver consistent, even grinds for years.
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Bonavita Gooseneck Electric Kettle (£85)
Almost everyone already owns an electric kettle, but the Bonavita’s features make it more suitable for coffee-drinkers than most. For starters, its digital temperature control means you don’t have to actually boil the water then wait for it to cool (coffee should be made with hot – not boiling – water), and can set it to heat to the exact temperature you desire. Secondly, the gooseneck spout gives you far more control over the pour than the average kettle – essential if you want the best results when using the likes of a Chemex or Hario V60 Decanter.
Zojirushi Tuff Mug (£29)
Taking your home-brewed coffee ‘to go’ becomes a no-brainer with this 480ml Thermos mug, which can keep drinks warm – or cold – for up to six hours. The mouth is wide enough to accept ice cubes and the stainless steel exterior, available in six different colours, ensures you’ll look effortlessly elegant on your morning commute.