Best at-home coffee equipment (because we're missing the good stuff)
Lockdown has had us all missing some fairly mundane things about our day-to-day lives and coffee is definitely one of them. Whether it's a tasty blonde cappuccino from the big chain by the station, an exquisite flat white from the hipster café around the corner, or a pick-me-up filter from the barista downstairs in your client's building, it's a treat we've had to learn to live without over the last few weeks. While some cafés are re-opening for takeaways, working from home, childcare commitments and social distancing mean we can't always take advantage.
So, to save our souls from instant coffee purgatory, the Kingsbridge team have been doing some research into the best at-home coffee equipment for the caffeine connoisseur.
If you really do want it all (and you have the budget and side-space), our top picks are the Oracle Touch and the Barista Touch by Sage. These top-end espresso machines incorporate grinding, brewing and milk, allowing you to make your coffee exactly how you like it. Both feature touch screen menus that allow you to select your favourite drink (each with pre-loaded settings), and even save your own custom coffee. They'll also grind and dispense exactly the right amount of coffee into the portafilter.
The main difference between the two is that the Oracle Touch automates every single step including cleaning itself while the Barista Touch requires a little more hands-on approach, tamping and trimming the ground coffee in the portafilter yourself.
If you have a smaller budget, less space, or just like a good black or white coffee, then a filter coffee machine is for you. We love the Morphy Richards 162010 Pour Over Filter Coffee Maker. It can make a full litre of coffee in around seven minutes and you can even select the strength you'd prefer. Best of all, you can use the timer function to ensure fresh coffee is waiting for you when you wake up.
In a similar vein is the Russell Hobbs Luna 23241 Filter Coffee Machine. It has the same features as the Morphy Richards model, but also an automatic descaling function which makes cleaning a doddle. Just remember that if you buy whole coffee beans rather than ground, you'll need a grinder as well.
If you don't want to invest in big equipment, but would still like to make a decent coffee at home, all is not lost. For instance, a percolator for your hob like this Bialetti Moka Express Hob Espresso Maker lets you make a fantastic coffee without taking over your kitchen. It comes in one, three, six and nine cup sizes so there's a size for everyone. Alternatively, we also love the Hario V60 Dripper. It allows you to make a pour-over filter coffee without any mess simply stand on top of your mug with a filter inside and away you go.
All you need now is for the sun to come out so you can pretend you're sitting outside your favourite coffee shop, latte in hand.
This is not a sponsored article and neither Kingsbridge nor our staff has received any kind of promotional gifts or payment for featuring the above products. We're just passionate about doing our coffee right.