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The Barista is a scaled-down version of the One-Touch above, but it’s still a solid machine for only $ 200 when not discounted. It’s more plastic-like than the One-Touch, so you’ll have to keep it stable when you turn the portafilter in place. Van Camp noted that milk was a bit more frothy than he prefers.
This is an upgraded version of Cafe Barista. Mr. Coffee’s One-Touch is our best choice for latte and cappuccino machines. WIRED reviewer Jeffrey Van Camp says it draws as good an espresso as it can, from almost anything – he even tested it with standard Maxwell House coffee, and it yielded an acceptable espresso. But it does not give you quite the same rich flavor that Breville machines do, but as you can see below, this one is much more affordable.
This mid-range espresso machine is a step-up from De’Longhi’s Stilosa, which we recommend in our guide. It has a built-in grat grinder and a few presets – the Americano preset is especially great.
This version of La Specialista takes up more table space – it’s a chonk if you will. But it tampers your reason for you, and there are also a few presets here. Like the version above, there is a built-in burr grinder and separate water spout.
Breville Barista Express is one of our top picks for high-end espresso machines that includes a built-in grinder. It’s expensive, but it does everything. It includes a burr grinder for the fine consistent paint you need for great espresso, and pairs it with the famous Breville build quality. This machine is built like a tank. The outside is made of stainless steel, the buttons and buttons all feel solid and durable. It’s like the Cuisinart Stand Mixer of espresso machines: expensive but built to last.
Sometimes you just need a regular old automatic coffee machine and one of our favorites is Hamilton Beach 2-Way. It is a standard coffee machine with drip, but also includes a secondary spout for brewing a single cup of coffee (and it even fits most travel mugs so you can put your mug there the night before work). It is well made for its price, and brews good coffee. No bells or whistles here.
Cuisinart’s programmable coffee machine is another great option if you’re looking for a solid everyday driver to brew a standard cup of coffee. The automatic functions work excellently, making it super easy to get set up the night before. One of my favorite things about drip coffee machines like this is the way it fills your house with the scent of freshly brewed coffee. The automatic timer means you can wake up to that smell every morning.
Although technically not an espresso machine, as it does not produce up to 15 bars of pressure during brewing, Bialetti’s Moka pots brew a potent cup of coffee comparable to espresso. As it is a hob, it does not need power to operate, making it a great choice for camping.
You’ve probably seen these kettles sitting on the tabletop at your favorite cafe. Fellow’s Stagg ECG kettle has a long narrow gooseneck for precise control when brewing pour-over coffee, but it’s also a great everyday kettle and looks great on just about any tabletop.
It’s easy to think you’ll never need a handheld milk frother, but let me tell you, it’s a great kitchen utensil to have on hand. Not only can it quickly whip everyday milk into a creamy foam, it is also great for whipping cream, mixing cocktails and more.
Following in the footsteps of its namesake, the Instant Pot Milk Frother is actually a multifunction device that can heat, steam, skim or whip your milk to just about any consistency you can imagine. It is also a cute little tabletop and fits nicely next to any coffee machine.
Sometimes you need to take your coffee with you, and Contigo’s AutoSeal makes it easy to sip one hand, especially in the car. A button on the side of the lid reveals the opening, but you can also lock that button so that it cannot be opened.
Glow mugs have a battery and keep your coffee warm at all times. They are controlled via the Ember app, where you can set your desired temperature from 120 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. An LED light indicates when it has reached the correct temperature and it will remain so for 80 minutes. The 10-ounce version is discount to $ 110 ($ 20 discount) and that you have an additional 10 minutes of battery life.
Skerton Pro is our favorite manual grinder. You get quickly ground beans in a uniform, fine paint. However, it is not the best choice for French press brewing (see Fellow Ode below for that). WIRED senior reviewer Scott Gilbertson noted that the silicone grip constantly fell off until he discarded it completely – it is not necessary anyway.
Fellow Ode grinds beans coarsely enough for French press, pour-over or drip brewing, and this is the best flat grinder we tried. Flatbread grinders are more consistent and stay cleaner. They are what most coffee shops use. Although they are typically quite expensive as this one is, but it is also solid metal and quite nice to look at.
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This is one of our favorite cold brewers. It can make up to 32 ounces of coffee at a time: All you have to do is pour coarse soil into the small basket, pour some cold water over it and put it all in the fridge for about 24 hours. Cold brewers are lifeguards during heat waves, especially since you can fill up before the heat actually hits.
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Atlas Coffee Club is on our list of best coffee subscriptions, and for good reason. Not only does the subscription make it easy to keep your home well stocked with freshly roasted coffee beans, but depending on what options you choose at checkout, you can have all sorts of different coffees shipped straight to your door. In our opinion, the best way to find the best coffee for you is to just try a lot of different coffees. Atlas makes it super easy and accessible.
You do not have to commit to a monthly subscription to try good beans. Atlas also has a sampling package with four bags of 1.8 ounce ground coffee. If you end up really liking them, you save by choosing the subscription in the future.