Coffee, we all LOVE coffee!
Today I wanted to share with you 10 things every coffee lover needs. Here you will find a top ten list of my favorite things as a coffee lover! I have used many of these products and enjoy them as a coffee enthusiast. This is also a great gift list for a coffee lover you may know, so make sure you pin it for later!
1 – Coffee Grinder
To extract the best flavor from the coffee bean, it is always best to grind the bean, immediately before brewing. This electric coffee grinder shown below is the one I have. It is a burr grinder, referring to the type of blades it has. A burr grinder ensures that the beans are ground in a uniform size, and you have more control over your grind than you do with a blade.
2- Quality Coffee Maker
A few years back, I was searching for a new drip coffee maker and discovered the Bonavita coffee maker. I love two things about this coffee maker. 1- the shower head and how it disperses water evenly over the coffee grounds and 2- the precise 1500-watt heater that maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°F. Two years later this coffee maker is easy to use and still delivers the perfect cup of coffee every morning!
How you store your coffee beans is very important to maintain the freshness levels. This is a much debated subject, but personally I have found that my beans stay most fresh in a dark, air tight container stored on my coffee bar. I will be giving away a Coffee Gator air tight canister the week of my two year anniversary, August 8th, 2017!
4- Coffee Scale
I was late to the game in purchasing a scale to weigh my coffee. Until a year or so ago, I was still using my tablespoon, lol. But once I begin making pour over coffees at home, using a scale was a must. Having a scale to weigh your coffee brings consistency, creating the same brew every time.
5- Chemex, Kalita or V60
Owning a Chemex will introduce you to a whole new flavor from your coffee beans! I encourage owning a Chemex because its a personal favorite, but there are many different ones you can use to make a pour over at home. These items range from making one cup, up to eight. As a coffee lover, this also brings a bit a fun into brewing coffee. Trying new ways to extract different flavors from a bag of beans is something you should try!
6- Go to Coffee Mug
Every coffee lover needs that one mug that has just the perfect saying on it and is their go to morning mug! Here are a few of my favorites!
7- Travel Mug
Yes, we all need coffee for the road and making sure the coffee stays hot and fresh for several hours is a must! I personally love the corkcicle, it keeps my coffee hot for hours and then can be used to keep my ice water cold later that day.
8- A Good Coffee Book
I know a lot about coffee, but always enjoy learning more! A good coffee book is fun to read and something every coffee nerd will enjoy. Some of these books also explore the history of coffee!
9- Splurging on quality, fresh roasted coffee
What coffee lover doesn’t want to taste the freshest coffee they can get their hands on? Trying out a new roaster, or coffee is something everyone wants to be spoiled by once in a while! Some of my favorite, award winning roasters are Mad Cap Coffee, Bird Rock Coffee and MANY more!
10 – A Coffee Subscription Box
Finally, one new thing I have discovered this year is companies that deliver fresh coffee and coffee related goodies, right to your doorstep every month! My favorite one so far is by Cool Beans Box from Texas, (see my review). This makes a fantastic gift and EVERY coffee lover needs to try one at least once! Visit my blog post review on Cool Beans Box and grab a discount on your FIRST box!
I hope you have enjoyed this list and that it guides you to some great coffee, fun moments and takes you on many fun journeys in the world of coffee!