5 tools for making better coffee at home, according to caffeine aficionados

One of life’s simple joys is a really good cup of coffee first thing in the morning. The intoxicating aroma alone is enough to lure true coffee lovers out of bed. But did you know that coffee boasts a long list of health benefits, such as increased serotonin levels and anti-cancer effects? Therefore, it is often referred to as “liquid gold”.

It is possible to brew the perfect cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home without any fancy equipment.

Barista-quality coffee should be a daily treat — not just a fleeting weekend treat at your local roastery. It is possible to brew the perfect cup of coffee in the comfort of your own home without any fancy equipment. You don’t need high-tech espresso machines, fancy tampers or complicated burr grinders. That’s because good coffee doesn’t have to be complicated.

Whether you’re a fan of cold brews or premium roasts, the caffeine aficionados of the Salon Food team have you covered. Here are 5 tools for making better coffee at home, all of which are guaranteed to make every sip better:

1. Kitch Large Silicone Ice Cube Tray

Warm weather is upon us, which means it’s already time to enjoy an iced coffee and a cold brew. According to Ashlie D. Stevens, associate editor of The Show, the best way to make a refreshing cold coffee drink is to replace the ice with a coffee cube. To make this at home, simply pour leftover coffee into an ice cube tray, freeze it overnight, and voila.

Stevens recommends Kitch’s large silicone tray, which holds a generous amount of liquid. The coffee cubes have become an integral part of her morning cold brew routine – and they have “just changed her life”. This pro tip ensures your drink is always ice cold but never watered down.

2. Aphse Electric Milk Frother

A milk frother is a nifty tool that not only enhances the flavor but also the presentation of an otherwise average cup of coffee. With one, you can create airy, creamy, and deliciously sweet clouds of foam. Stevens suggests the Aphse Milk Frother, which is portable, affordable, and versatile (aka the Holy Trinity). “I find the best milk frothers hold up well to thicker, non-dairy milks like oat milk and coconut milk,” Stevens says.

3. Bodum 1928-01 Chambord French Press Coffee Maker

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Available in a variety of colors, sizes and styles, the Bodum 1928-01 Chambord French Press is recommended for home users by Stevens, who promise “it’s super simple” and easy to use. “It works without a hitch,” she adds. “And it’s also very, very cute to have on your counter, which is a plus.”

4. Brita Standard Water Filters

In the wise words of Show Editor, Mary Elizabeth Williams, “If you’ve got good water, you’re good to go.” When brewing a cup of coffee, the type of beans and milk you use are different. Likewise, the quality of the water you add to your pot is important. For fresh, clean water, it is essential to have a good filtration system. Williams’ favorite filter is Brita, which she has used faithfully for nearly 25 years.

5. Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Coffee Maker

“There’s literally only one button,” Williams says of his go-to Mr. Coffee Maker. The best thing about this machine is that it has the capacity to produce large quantities of fresh coffee. quickly, which makes it the ideal tool for large families as well as for coffee enthusiasts. It may not have a timer like other fancier coffee makers, but it definitely gets the job done.

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