Everything a coffee lover needs in their kitchen
Are you a fan of hot, caffeinated beverages? Well, we've got the perfect gift haul for you...
Coffee is the lifeblood that helps the nation wake up in the morning. I don't know about you, but I don't like doing anything too think-y before my first coffee of the day.
Whether you're grabbing a quick instant coffee in a hurry or slowing down and enjoying a slow-roasted coffee or espresso, here's everything you need to make the perfect pick-me-up at home.
Coffee Beans, Grounds or Granules
Well, you can't make coffee without... well, without coffee. So this seems a good place to start!
If you're a fan of grinding your own beans, you can't go far wrong with Taylors Italian beans. While they aren't the cheapest on the market, they are some of the best mainstream- at-home beans on offer. Or, if you want to bring your favourite coffee chain to you, Costa and Starbucks offer their own at-home coffee beans - perfect for those slow Sunday mornings.
Should you want to skip the bean-grinding stage, you can opt to get ground coffee. I'm a big fan of Whittard's Chocolate Truffle grounds - unlike many others, you can really taste the rich chocolatey notes in this grind, along with a smooth, roasted coffee.
Finally, for those quick on-the-go mornings where you just need a quick perk up, instant coffee is the way to go. Nescafe Azera instant is pretty good as far as instant coffees go, or if you're feeling more adventurous, why not try one of the many Beanies flavours available?
You don't need a shop-sized coffee machine to make great espresso at home! Image via Unsplash
So now that you've bought your coffee of choice, let's talk equipment. Making great coffee doesn't have to cost the earth!
In terms of Espresso machines, there are a number of styles to suit each budget, ranging in size, output and features.
Budget-conscious coffee lovers can't go wrong with this example from Swan, which is available in a range of different colours to suit your kitchen's aesthetic.
Great coffee doesn't have to cost the earth, but it can do if you wish!
Next up is a mid-range offering from coffee giants De'Longhi. With everything you could ever need built-in to a stylish and compact unit, this will look right at home in any coffee lovers' kitchen.
Or, if you're really looking to splash the cash, there's this ultra-luxurious 'bean to cup' offering, also from De'Longhi. While coffee making doesn't HAVE to cost the earth, it certainly can do...
Moka pots, milk frothers, and more...
If you're not one for spending ages perfecting the perfect flat white milk or measuring out individual coffee shots, there are still easy ways for you to make great coffee at home.
Moka pots are an attractive (and traditional) way to make great fresh coffee at home. Simply fill it up, add your favourite ground coffee, pop it on the stove and wait for a couple of minutes. We've even written a guide to making the perfect Moka Pot coffee!
If you want to mix up your Moka pot coffee, you could also invest in a milk frother to add an extra dimension to your espresso, turning it into a macchiato. These plug-in devices whip up your cold milk into a frothy frenzy, giving a delightful finish to any coffee.
Finally, if you want to experiment further, you have a number of options available. The art of pour-over coffee is very much 'in vogue' at the moment, the Aeropress offers a unique way to make great-tasting coffee on-the-go, and the humble Cafetiere never goes out of style; It's all just a matter of personal preference.
Cups, glasses, etc
Great coffee is useless if you don't have anything to put it in. While the humble mug is a regular feature in any home, sometimes great coffee demands something a little more... specialised.
Good espresso calls for true espresso cups. While they are too tiny to be used for anything else, there's something classy about having espresso out of dedicated cups. They don't have to cost too much either, with these glass offerings costing comfortably under £15.
It's the little things that make the biggest difference, and if you've gone through all the trouble of making the perfect coffee, you may as well present it correctly too, right?
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