And we’re not slowing down on that morning caffeine infusion anytime soon. In fact, we’re doubling down on gear to take us straight through the fall. Below, scroll through all the kitchen accessories you need to make your best cup of coffee, according to the experts.
Technivorm Moccamaster 40-Ounce Coffee Brewer in Polished Silver ($309, originally $359; amazon.com)
When we tested automatic drip coffee makers earlier this summer, this one was among our highest rated. While it’s a splurge, it’s a beautifully designed, quality machine, and if you’re spending as much time brewing from home as we are, it may well be worth it.
Manual 3-in-1 Coffeemaker ($140; uncommongoods.com)
We are also partial to the more turnkey option of French press brewing. This handsome manual option is Humblemaker Coffee founder Chris Smith’s French press of choice, but it’s way more than just a press. “It can also be used for pour-over coffee and to make cold brew, so you really get a lot of bang for your buck,” Smith says.
Varia Multi Brewer ($149; amazon.com)
Other coffee entrepreneurs like a multitasking device these days too. Amber Jacobsen, co-founder and director of Partners Coffee in Brooklyn, New York, says she loves to “switch up my routine with different brew methods, from French press to moka pot. This is designed with six brew methods in one sleek package, including cold brew and flash brew. Its intuitive design is also very user-friendly — a must for busy mornings when I’m multitasking making coffee while wrangling my twins!”
Chemex Pour-Over Glass Coffee Maker ($44.95; amazon.com)
Like hordes of coffee purists, Chris Smith’s alternative favorite brewing device is an old-school Chemex: “Easy to use, timeless and with a great design.”
Mr. Coffee Programmable 12-Cup Coffee Maker ($24.99, originally $29.99; target.com)
Underscored’s automatic drip test also favored this budget winner: an easy, clean, quick pot for about the price of three fancy to-go lattes.
Kalita Wave 185 Drippers ($26.11, originally $44; amazon.com)
Making coffee for one each morning and want that one to be professional-quality? Opt for a pour-over filter that brews directly into a coffee cup.
“With this one, I brew more consistently tasty coffee than with the popular alternatives,” shares Maciej Kasperowicz, director of coffee for Trade Coffee. “I taught my roommate to use it in March and he was immediately making iced coffee with it that was totally delicious.”
Ball Regular Mouth 32-Ounce Mason Jars With Lids and Bands, 2-Pack ($14.93, originally $19.99; amazon.com)
A lot of us are doing our own cold brew at home amidst this summer heat, and you can make an easy version in a Mason jar, which you can also use to store the concentrate in the refrigerator (the smaller ones make good iced coffee glasses too).
Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker ($35.99; amazon.com)
Driftaway’s Mody also opts for a compact glass version for his iced coffee. “For summer cold brew at home, there isn’t a better container and brewing device,” Mody says. “Sure, there are other cold brew makers, but this one has the right functionality and form. You can make a week’s worth of cold brew, and it is sleek and nice-looking.”
Espresso and espresso-adjacent
Bialetti Moka 6-Cup Express Espresso Maker ($34.99; target.com)
One of the easiest, most affordable and best space-conserving ways to make espresso-strength coffee right on the stove is via a moka maker.
Flair Espresso Maker Manual Press ($159; amazon.com)
Chi Sum Ngai, co-owner of Coffee Project NY, recently added this manual espresso machine to her home setup.
“I just use my hand grinder and grind it at the finest setting, and that produces a good [espresso] shot,” she says. “It’s great for everyone from beginners to professionals, and there’s an optional pressure kit you can buy it with too. Since it doesn’t require power, you can even bring it on camping trips — all you need is hot water.”
Breville Milk Cafe Milk Frother ($129.95, originally $149.99; amazon.com)
Want professional-grade milk or nondairy addition? Coffee Project NY co-owner Kaleena Teoh likes this one as a good companion item to the Flair espresso maker her partner just acquired. Bonus: The frother has two separate settings for cappuccino and latte.
Aerolatte Milk Frother ($19.99; amazon.com)
For a much cheaper option that’s beloved by the Underscored team, this milk foamer turns any regular coffee creation into a spectacular one.
Fityle Pressure-Actuated Attachment for AeroPress Coffee Maker ($23.99; amazon.com)
“Not going to coffee shops a lot these days, I miss espresso a ton, and while I have no interest in spending the kind of money I’d have to spend to get the kind of espresso setup I’d want, I’ve been really happy with this attachment for the AeroPress [a favored coffeemaker for serious home brewers],” says Kasperowicz. “It doesn’t brew espresso exactly, but it does make a really tasty coffee at espresso strength that gets like 90% of the way to what I miss about espresso, which for the price is pretty awesome.”
Cup of Té Shop Golden Scoop ($7.41; etsy.com)
If you make as much coffee as we do, you’ll want an easy-to-find, nice-looking scoop — this one doubles as a clip to keep your coffee bags closed.
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder ($149; amazon.com)
Jacobsen admits that “one of the best perks of owning a coffee business is that I can get bags of freshly ground beans whenever I like!”
When she does find herself with whole beans, though, her go-to grinder is this one. “It’s a high-quality conical burr grinder that offers a wide range of consistent grind sizes for the perfect cup every time,” she says. “And as a Brooklynite with limited counter space, I also appreciate how compact it is.”
Bodum Bistro Electronic Burr Grinder ($99.99; amazon.com)
This Bodum was the best value grinder in Underscored’s testing of coffee grinders — it also scored highly in the aesthetics department.
Fuzion Digital Pocket Scale ($11.99, originally $16.99; amazon.com)
“Travel is a ways away now, but I bought this pocket scale in anticipation of summer trips back in December last year,” says Mody. “It’s small, pocket-ready and great to weigh and brew coffee.”
And a choice option if you’re short of counter or storage space.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle ($149; amazon.com)
Our sources say for any kind of pour-over method (pour-over, French press, Chemex), a gooseneck kettle is what separates the serious from the dabbling.
“This kettle is a super precise tool that allows you to dial in your personalized settings and pour at exactly the right temperatures so the saturation of your coffee is just right,” says Smith.
Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Electric Kettle ($53.35, originally $99.99; amazon.com)
Kasperowicz is happy with this more affordable one as well.
“I’ve poured with more expensive kettles, and while they’re definitely not worse, I also haven’t found that they’ve made a huge difference in my pouring,” he says. “I’m brewing coffee these days, but spending a few extra dollars on a programmable kettle is great if you want to make good tea as well.”
Orchid Prime Teak Wood Spoon ($9.99; amazon.com)
If you’re a French press (or cold brew) enthusiast, you might stir your grounds with a wooden spoon instead of a metal one to ensure no breakage if you’re using a glass carafe — plus, isn’t it time to upgrade your wooden spoons that may have one too many times made it into the dishwasher at this point?
Brita 6-Cup Amalfi Pitcher in White ($19.99, originally $24.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
Filtered water is a must for good coffee, say our experts.
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister ($25; amazon.com)
Teoh preserves the freshness of her coffee at home with this simple, functional canister.
Airscape Coffee and Food Storage Canister ($29.50; amazon.com)
And Mody likes this one, which is so beautiful he can “actually leave it out on the counter.”
Cozy Scented Warming Coaster ($15; uncommongoods.com)
Come autumn, these coffee- and cinnamon-scented coasters will be the epitome of comfort.
Vietnamese Coffee Portable Pour-Overs ($15; uncommongoods.com)
A combo of individual pour-over coffee and sweetened condensed milk results in a convenient Vietnamese coffee setup for home or on the go.
Cold Brew Coffee Cocktail Set ($24; uncommongoods.com)
Make cold brew at home, then experiment with boozy coffee recipes from the accompanying cocktail book.
Hand-Painted Mosaic Mugs, Set of 2 ($15.98; worldmarket.com)
Who doesn’t need more hand-painted serving pieces? These are dishwasher- and microwave-safe.
Takeya Stainless Steel 17-Ounce Travel Mug ($20.99, originally $29.99; bedbathandbeyond.com)
If you’re not already living out of a portable stainless steel drinking container for both hot and cold drinks, here’s a good one to start with — even if you’re just “traveling” from the kitchen to the “office.”
Ceramic Iced Coffee Tumbler ($30; uncommongoods.com)
Handmade from beautiful ceramic, this makes your daily home cold brew feel a little more special.
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed prices at the time of publication.