7 Things Every Coffee Lover Should Own

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It seems like lately coffee aficionados have become as passionate about picking and preparing their poison as Paul Giamatti’s character was about wine in Sideways (remember his strong opinion about merlot?) Serious coffee lovers can detect the nuances and notes of different beans like a sommelier does with various varietals.  

Now that caffeinating has truly become an art form, more and more gadgets and goodies continue to enter the market that make the habit as stylish as it is expertly executed. After consulting a few bonafide coffee snobs, I’ve put a list together of some of the coolest, most attractive and most functional items that ought to be on any discerning drinker’s wish list. That is, if they don’t already own them. 
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Hand Grinder

Regardless of the brew method you prefer, your cup of coffee will totally benefit from freshly ground beans. Many coffee enthusiasts prefer a hand grinder for home use (when you’re only making a small amount of coffee) because it won’t heat your beans like an  electrical grinder does. True coffee nerds find that adding heat before you’re ready to brew could alter the taste. Plus, hand grinders are great for bringing on camping trips (where a great cup of coffee feels like the ultimate luxury), since you don’t need electricity to power them. 

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Coffee Drip Scale with Timer

After grinding fresh beans, you’ll need a way to perfectly measure the weight of the coffee. A good guideline is one ounce of grinds per 16 ounces of water. Getting a  coffee drip scale with a built-in timer will let you time your steeping, so you don’t over-saturate, resulting in a less delicious cup of coffee than you could have. 

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Pour Over Coffee Kettle

For the hardcore coffee preparer, no ordinary teapot will do!  Pour over kettles were engineered specifically for pour over brewing methods (like the V60, described below) because of their long, slender spout that lets you have better control over how you saturate the grinds. Bonus, many of them come with a  thermometer, which lets you know when the water is at the perfect not-too-hot, not-too-cool temp. Pro tip: it should between 190 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. 

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V60 Pour Over Dripper

For those who like their coffee to be brighter, lighter, and more acidic, a pour over method might be the way to craft the ideal cup. It’s also great for when you only want to make just a serving or two. This v-shaped ceramic vessel holds your freshly brewed grinds, and the design lets your coffee slowly drip into a container below after you slowly pour hot water over them and let them become saturated. To really do this method properly you’ll also need a  stand and specifically designed  filters.

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Syphon Coffee Maker

syphon coffee maker uses vacuum and vapor pressure. It was created back in the 1800s but has recently made a comeback with serious coffee-heads, who say that the method creates a full-bodied yet crisp flavour. A few contemporary brands that make syphon coffee makers are Hario, Yama and even Kitchen Aid, but there are also some cool vintage models out there. 
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Double-Wall Glass Coffee Cups

Ceramic cups are cool, but  double-walled glass cups are a new favourite in the coffee community. They’re visually sleek and modern and quite practical since they’re heat resistant.

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Milk Frother

While many coffee purists prefer to keep their drink black, there are still plenty of folks that can’t resist a splash of milk. Create your own au lait with the help of a  milk frother, which can be found in both electric handheld and manual pump varieties.  

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