We believe that your coffee equipment is almost as important as your coffee beans and while a great craftsman never blames their tools, we think a home barista actually should!
So why is your coffee equipment so vital? Because it will fix all your mistakes and help you to consistently get the best-tasting coffee without having to fork out all that cash for those high end and rather expensive machines.
The more you invest in your coffee machine the less reliance you’ll need on your coffee equipmnenbt but most home baristas can’t or don’t want to, spend thousands of dollars on high end equipment just to make a better coffee. This is where your coffee tools can bring value. Whether you need help with tamping more easily, steaming milk to the right temperature, breaking up the clumps of coffee grinds, or just keeping your coffee area tidy, these pieces of equipment improve your coffee experience without breaking the bank.
The grinder is probably one of the most underrated pieces of coffee equipment that every home barista needs. Most people have spent hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a home machine and yet, there is little thought towards what coffee grinder is needed. Some people don’t even OWN a coffee grinder (which is blasphemy to us!). But if you’re just starting out in the world of coffee and haven’t yet upgraded to freshly ground coffee or precision grinding, then there are some coffee tools that can help you make the most of it. A simple coffee catcher to ensure you don’t waste any of these valuable grinds, a WDT tool can fix all your clumps of coffee with a few whisks and flicks of the wrist. A plastic tamper will never provide you with enough force to properly compress the grinds into an even bed of coffee, and a temperature gauge built into the side of your milk jug is the perfect tool for steaming your milk without burning it.
We all have that friend who wants their latte perfectly steamed to 62 degrees centigrade, or exactly 36mls of espresso with a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt. This insane level of precision shouldn’t send you screaming for the hills, it should inspire you to perfect your craft and reward your overly pedantic guests with Instagram-worthy results.
We hope that everyone takes their coffee seriously enough to want to improve the taste and their own experience, and adding even one or two of these coffee tools will drastically raise the bar (soon you’ll be able to charge for the coffees you make at home!). Think of these pieces of coffee equipment as necessary to achieve the cafe-quality coffees you get down the road. Of course, you can’t compete with $50,000 dollars worth of commercial coffee equipment but you can at least strive for better coffee quality by upgrading your home equipment little by little and for a small investment, these tools will pay huge dividends.
Nothing says you love coffee more than a beautiful hardwood timber portafilter or pouring some crisp latte art with your metallic rainbow competition milk jug. If you want to reach new heights of your coffee journey whilst impressing your friends and family, these are the tools that every home barista can easily afford.
The higher the precision, the more consistent your coffee quality will be. A set of precision scales, for instance, means that your coffee recipes will be tastier and more reproducible every time. By upgrading your dispersion screen, your coffee will taste sweeter and more balanced. Whisking your coffee with a WDT tool ensures you extract all the tasty coffee flavours locked inside each bean and even just adding a coffee catcher before you grind, means you’ll never waste coffee grinds again!
Every piece of coffee equipment we stock here at Coffee Beans Delivered has been tested and vetted by our amazing in-house team of Baristas to ensure that you are not only getting the best value but also, peace of mind that you’re choosing the right tools to help you improve your home coffee. There are definitely pieces of coffee equipment that you don’t necessarily need or are overly expensive and add little to no improvement to your quest for coffee perfection, but we’ve done all the leg work for you and narrowed down the selection to only the best pieces of hardware that we believe will add value to your life.
For those of you who kept reading this text to the end, you’re in for a reward as we believe the most valuable coffee tools are: The Weiss Distribution Technique tool which looks like a whisk and is in fact exactly that, “A whisk for your coffee grinds”. It corrects any clumping caused by your coffee grinder and makes a nice bed of coffee that when compressed, forces the water to evenly extract every granule of coffee, rather than making its way around the clumps. If you haven’t spent thousands on a coffee grinder yet, then this WDT tool will probably add hundreds of dollars of value (maybe even thousands) to your home setup for a fraction of the price.
Now go forth and equip yourself with the tools to be a home barista hero!
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