Every year, a slew of new coffee products enters the market, all promising to make us greater coffee then ever before. So which are worth getting excited about?
To cut through the clutter, we’ve roundup our new favorite coffee gear: recently and about-to-be released tools that really do make a better cup of coffee. And, since we can’t help ourselves, we’ve included some of our old favorites as well—the tools we don’t want to make coffee without.
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ESPRO Travel Press
Never has there been such a versatile travel mug. Not only can you carry it around as a travel mug, you can also use it for French press or pour over. The brew basket can steep loose leaf tea, too. Travel Press, $50 from Espro.
Bamboo Coffee Filters
These extra-strong filters are made with sustainably grown bamboo (as opposed to wasteful paper filters) and feature fine perforations that trap coffee dregs and keep them out of your cup. Reduce your carbon footprint without cutting back on your caffeine. Bamboo Coffee Filters, $3.99 for 80 from Melitta.
Kalita Wave Stainless Steel Pour Over Dripper
This manual pour-over dripper’s flat bottom gives a wider platform for water to drip through coffee grounds, which means a balanced extraction for a smoother cup of coffee. And the stainless steel design with gold accents is a knockout. Kalita Wave Stainless Steel Pour Over Dripper, $39.95 from Clive Coffee.
Joco Glass Coffee Cup
Can’t stand the metallic taste that stainless steel travel mugs add to coffee? Try this borosilicate glass heat-resistant option, which keeps your hands comfortable. Its 12-ounce capacity mimics the pour you’ll get at most coffee shops, which means less cold, forgotten coffee at the bottom of your cup. The squishy silicon sleeve comes in lively colors like bright fuchsia, minty green and sunny yellow. *12-ounce Glass Travel Cup, $24.95 from Joco. *
Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Grinder
This chic hand grinder’s ceramic burrs give you a more even grind than common blade grinders at a lower price point than electric burr grinders. It’s also dead-simple to use: Pop off the grinder and use an included rubber lid for mess-free storage. *Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Grinder, $49.95 from Williams-Sonoma. *
Oxo On 9-Cup Coffee Maker
If you’re looking to splurge on a does-it-all automatic coffee machine, this is it. The On-9 keeps precise temperatures, heats water fast, and monitors brew times and temperatures with the push of a button. All you need to do is tell it how many cups of coffee you want. *Oxo On 9-Cup Coffee Maker, $199.99 from OXO. *
Level Pour Over Kettle
Put this stunning kettle on your stovetop for pour over coffee. Its well-designed spout gives you unrivaled flow control for an even brew. *Level Coffee Co. Pour Over Kettle, $45 from Clive Coffee. *