Taking time to relax and sip on a cup of coffee can be a favorite part of the day. However, some may say that the actual brewing of coffee can be even more fun and challenging. Even so, something that makes coffee even MORE exciting is the nifty accessories to make the brewing process more efficient and lively.
From stirrers to mugs to coffee-making machines themselves, we’ve made a list of some of the most helpful and enjoyable tools to spice up your coffee game. Read on to discover which of these trinkets should end up on your next “treat-yourself” shopping list.
For every coffee drinker, there are great accessories to complement your coffee cravings. Here’s a list of some of our favorite gadgets to make your coffee routine a little bit more exciting.
This coffee brewer won’t only make you feel like a brilliant barista, but a cool and quirky chemist too. Intriguing and elegant in design, the Hario TCA-3 Syphon is not only an entertaining method of brewing, but it’s also very effective in making a great-tasting cup of coffee.
The fun coffee dripper is made in Japan and uses heat-resistant glass and has a 3-cup capacity, holding up to 360 milliliters of coffee. Despite looking rather complicated at first glance, this brewer is pretty simple to use and easy to clean.
All coffee enthusiasts know just how much of a difference grinding your own coffee beans makes in the brewing process, and if you choose to do this, you’ll need a way to keep your ground coffee beans fresh until you’re ready to use them.
Enter the Airscape Coffee and Food Storage Canister. The stainless steel canister has a patented plunger lid that keeps air and humidity out while keeping all the delicious aromas and tasting notes in. It’s even available in multiple colors, so you’re bound to find one that matches the rest of your coffee bar accessories.
Know someone who loves cold brew? Takeya’s Deluxe Cold Brew Maker makes a thoughtful gift for anyone who loves an icy and chilled morning cup (or for yourself…we won’t judge).
The durable BPA-free pitcher has an airtight lid and a non-slip silicone handle, and you can fill it with any type of coffee grounds to produce four servings of rich and smooth cold brew. The one-quart plastic pitcher can even handle warm water if you’d prefer to enjoy your coffee hot. Save yourself a trip to the coffee shop with this brewer; just add water and coffee grounds, and in 12 to 36 hours, you’ll be sipping a refreshing cup of cold brew.
JavaPresse’s manual grinder puts a modern twist on an old-school gadget, and that’s why we think it’s a great addition to any wannabe coffee professional’s brewing kit.
The stainless steel burr grinder has a removable hand crank that removes 90 percent of the noise electric grinders produce — perfect for the early morning coffee drinker who lives in a house full of late sleepers. There are more than 18 grind settings, so you’re guaranteed to get the perfect size grounds for a variety of brewing methods.
Picture this: you just brewed a fresh mug of hot coffee, but it’s a little too hot to drink, so you set it down on the table to cool and go about tackling the dozen things on your to-do list. Fast forward an hour or so when you walk by the table again, and there’s your mug…now full of ice-cold coffee. You could nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds, sure, but if you had a cup warmer from COSORI to set it down on, it wouldn’t have gotten cold in the first place!
COSORI’s mug warmer keeps your coffee, tea, or other hot beverage warm all day long. Put your mug (or use the one that comes with the product) on top of the spill-resistant and use the clear LCD screen to check the warming plate’s temperature. The durable little product has a high-tech PI film heating element that goes up to 230 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s made of stainless steel, so you can rest assured knowing you’ll be able to use your mug warmer for years to come.
A handheld milk frother won’t exactly give you latte art-worthy milk, but it is capable of giving you a fluffy layer of foam to pour over your cup of joe…plus, they’re just fun to use!
You don’t have to limit your frothing to just milk, though. Use it to whisk your matcha before brewing your tea or mix protein powder into water or your favorite beverage. And all you have to do to clean the little frother is turn it on under running water — it can’t get much easier than that!
If you’re a frequent user of a pour-over, French press, other manual coffee brew methods, you need a solid kettle in your arsenal. And if you’re one of our impatient Roasty readers who needs your water to reach the perfect temperature as quickly as possible, an electric kettle is probably the way to go.
Cuisinart’s 1500-watt cordless electric kettle is made of stainless steel and boasts six preset heat settings and blue LED indicator lights. The 30-minute keep warm setting and 360-degree swivel power base add even more ease to an already convenient piece of machinery.
Who says scooping your coffee has to be a boring part of your brewing routine? You could use any old regular spoon you’ve got lying around, and it would do the job just fine…OR, you could treat yourself to this clean-cut and sturdy coffee scoop.
Stainless steel makes this scoop not only look nice, but it also makes sure it gets the job done. Its ergonomic design even includes a thumb grip for comfortable scooping. Plus, it’s affordable and dishwasher safe!
If you’re serious about your at-home coffee brewing, you probably have plenty of coffee supplies handy. Or maybe you work in an office environment, and you’ve got to have enough stirrers, cups, and sugar packets for every employee. Whichever scenario you resonate with, one thing is clear: you need efficient organization.
That’s why the Mind Reader Coffee Condiment Organizer is such a great buy, especially if you want to organize and optimize your coffee bar experience. It’s great for any dedicated home barista, but it also works well for businesses with their own coffee stations. It keeps cups, lids, and more organized while using up as little space as possible.
While the quality and type of coffee you use is the most important part of your brewing routine, frothy steamed milk can often be the difference between a perfect coffee drink and a hot milky mess. That’s why an automatic milk frother is a worthwhile investment for anyone who wants to take their morning coffee to the next level.
Able to heat and froth milk for any cup of coffee, the CHINYA frother produces thick, dense milk and foam in little less than a minute. With a non-stick interior, it’s also very easy to clean, not to mention quiet and simple to use. Affordable in price, its clean-cut and simple design is sure to complement any budding barista’s coffee bar station.
Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine
At the heart of this machine is it’s dual boiler heating system. The boiler, for the espresso shot, is PID temperature controlled, while a separate steam boiler offers instant and powerful steam on demand. So you can extract your shot at the right temperature, delivering optimal flavor, while simultaneously steaming your milk to cafe quality.
Many of your favorite specialty coffee drinks call for an espresso shot (or two, if you need something particularly strong), and to make that happen at home, you’re going to need a good espresso maker.
Breville’s Dual Boiler machine is an excellent — albeit pricey — option for the home barista who’s looking to excel in their coffee brewing practice. You get what you pay for with this machine, as it’s built to last for the long haul; its stainless steel structure makes it dependable and powerful. This brewer creates delicious, high-quality espresso and crema, making it a great option for any dedicated home barista.
If you’re a coffee lover who’s always on the go, the AeroPress should definitely be on your list of cool coffee gadgets. The simple-to-use device can make both regular and espresso-style coffee, so there’s no need to give up your daily latte, cappuccino, or other espresso-based drink just because you’re out of town.
The handy dandy little AeroPress is light, compact, and made of thermoplastic elastomer, which makes it safe to use with hot water and super easy to toss into your luggage or carry-on. The portable coffee maker yields one to three cups of coffee, so it’s the perfect companion for one or two travelers who want their caffeine fix on the go.
When it comes to pouring hot water, it’s best to have a kettle that has a long, thin neck for maximum precision, especially if you’re using a pour-over brewer. This is where a gooseneck kettle would be beneficial.
The Bean Envy Gooseneck Kettle not only heats water well, but it pours water well, too. Made of stainless steel, this kettle is affordable, easy to clean, and perfect for use both in the kitchen and in the outdoors when you need to add water to your portable espresso maker. The Bean Envy can quickly become a favorite of any pour-over coffee fan.
Presentation is everything, and that’s why each appetizing cup of coffee should be served in a decent cup. These double-wall insulated coffee cups not only look nice but also keep your drinks at the ideal temperatures, whether you want to keep them hot or cold.
They’re made from borosilicate glass and are microwave and dishwasher-safe and scratch and shatter-resistant. A pair of these mugs make a great addition to your own collection, plus they make nice gifts for all the coffee lovers in your life.
Before you take that first sip of coffee in the morning — you know, the one that quite literally brings you to life — you’ll need to make sure the sugar, milk, and creamer you added to your cup are fully mixed into your brew. You could use a spoon, but let’s be real, that’s kind of boring. You could pull out a plastic coffee stirrer, but those aren’t the greatest things for the environment. What do you do? Well, you use a stainless steel stirrer, of course! They’re better for the earth and a little more fun than the basic spoon.
JSDOIN’s stainless steel coffee stirrers are not only well-made, but they’re a classy addition to any home barista’s coffee setup. Affordable, dishwasher-friendly, and reusable, they aren’t only kind to your coffee and wallet, but the planet, too. Whip them out at parties, meetings at the office, or pretty much any time you want to add a little class to your morning coffee routine.
If you swear by the Keurig machine, you know that there are lots and lots of K-Cups on the market…so many that it may be hard to resist buying a variety of flavors. Before you know it, you’ve ended up with dozens of K-Cups, which is a dream come true for the coffee drinker who loves to experiment but a total nightmare for someone who doesn’t have much storage space.
Nifty’s 4-Tier Storage Rack stores all of your coffee pods in an effective manner, and with 7-inch sliding drawers, it’s more than capable of keeping all your delicious flavors (72 cups’ worth of flavors, mind you) in one compact space.
Another must for Keurig users is the Keurig Contigo Autoseal travel mug, perfect for bringing your joe on the go. These 14-ounce cups fit directly under the Keurig brewing spout, making it easy to fill your cup quickly. And because they’re both spill and leak-proof, you’ll stay clean and mess-free even as you sprint out the door when you’re running late for work.
The stainless steel travel mug is extremely durable, keeping your piping hot coffee warm for up to five hours or your cold brew chilled for up to 12. It’s a must for any busy bee who can’t function without their caffeine fix.
All of the above accessories are beneficial, efficient, and fun. If you’re looking to spice up your coffee game or just want to go on a little shopping spree, any of these tools are well worth the investment!