Ring in the new year with these coffee gadgets to help you elevate your coffee experience. Whether you drink your coffee on-the-go or at home, with frothed milk or cold-brewed, here are six accessories to help you get the best out of your cuppa.
Travel French Press
This one’s perfect if you love French press coffee but always in a rush and have no time to make it before heading out. This travel press works just like a regular French press with added conveniences.
It allows you to brew your coffee and drink from it, scoring well in terms of portability as it cuts the need to bring an extra mug.
It’s easy to use too, simply add your coffee grounds, pour the hot water in, give it a stir and close the lid with the plunger up. Once it’s time, just push the plunger down and enjoy your coffee wherever you are — in the car, walking the dog or at the office.
Shop for the Bodum Travel Press Coffee Maker available in stainless steel or plastic double wall, from USD37.
Milk Frothing Thermometer
Perfect your latte or cappuccino making skills with the help of a milk frothing thermometer. On top of getting the right water temperature, having the right milk temperature is also important to achieving optimum taste, texture and stability.
Heating milk up brings out its natural sweetness, and when added to your coffee, enhances its flavour. Underheating your milk will lead to a thin and unstable foam. Although a higher temperature will make the milk foam more stable, overheating your milk can not only burn your mouth but will also add a sulphurous smell and flavour to your coffee.
The best way to keep an eye on your milk’s temperature is to use a milk frothing thermometer. Just make sure to calibrate your thermometer from time to time to ensure its accuracy.
Shop for the Rattleware 5-inch Easy Steam Thermometer, from USD20.
Stainless Steel Coffee Knock Box
If you find yourself with your portafilter in hand walking back and forth to the bin to chuck the puck multiple times a day, perhaps it’s time to get a knock box. With a knock box conveniently placed right beside your coffee machine, you’ll be less likely to make a mess in the kitchen.
Used coffee grounds have a number of uses so storing it on its own (and not mixed with your general waste) allows you to recycle it for gardening or composting much easier. When looking for knock boxes, opt for durability. While a plastic box will work just as well as a stainless steel one, it might not last as long under repeated knocking from your portafilter.
Cold Brew Maker
When it comes to cold brews, coffee aficionados will have you know that they are not the same as iced coffee. The latter is coffee brewed using hot water, then instantly cooled with ice. Cold brews require a completely different process that produces coffee that’s smoother and sweeter.
The process is simple enough, all you need is time — cold brews need about 12 to 24 hours to brew. During this time, the coffee slowly infuses with the water to create a strong and concentrated brew that’s also less bitter and sour.
Check out this guide to find out the type of grind that will work best for your cold brew maker. And don’t be deceived by this compact cold brew coffee maker, it’s large enough to hold a week’s worth of coffee concentrate.
Shop for the OXO Compact Cold Brew Coffee Maker, from USD$29.99.
EcoDecalk Coffee Machine Descaler
You may not see it but each time you use your coffee machine, some of the minerals in the water, like calcium and magnesium, accumulate in the machine and cause a build-up of limescale. This mineral build-up can interfere with your machine’s performance and affect the quality of your coffee.
Give your machine a thorough cleaning from the inside by descaling it at least once a month using a descaling solution designed to break down the build-up of limescale. Not only does regular descaling ensure your machine functions optimally but it can also prolong its lifespan.
Not sure where to start? Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to descale your coffee machine.
De’Longhi Coffee Machine
The best way to elevate your coffee experience is to get a coffee machine that complements your lifestyle and your coffee preferences. This ‘smart’ coffee machine does just that with its bean-to-cup capabilities, auto milk steaming and frothing functions, and its extensive drink recipe menu.
On the technology front, the PrimaDonna Elite Experience has an intuitive 4.3-inch colour touch screen that makes operation easy.
You can also pair it with an app on your phone to allow you to create your drink remotely. It fits right in with your busy lifestyle as the machine requires little to no maintenance thanks to its quick and automatic cleaning that kicks in after every use, ensuring that you’ll always get the perfect cup of coffee.