On test: The best coffee gadgets

Are you something of a caffeine addict? Sarah has 'bean' shopping to find the best gadgets to help you with the daily grind...

Are you something of a caffeine addict? Sarah has 'bean' shopping to find the best gadgets to help you with the daily grind...

 

Krups GVX2 Expert Coffee GrinderKrups

Whilst you can buy cheaper grinders it's really worth investing in a burr grinder if you can. Unlike traditional mills, which chop beans unevenly, the burr system crushes your coffee into thousands of uniformly-sized grains, without overheating, so it preserves the full flavour and aroma of the coffee. This model is pretty quiet and easy to use. I like the way you can set both the amount you grind and the size of grain you want.

Available £36 from johnlewis.com
 

 

Nespresso® Magimix® M100 AutomaticNespresso® Magimix® M100 Automatic

Confession: I've always been a bit sniffy about pod machines. Thinking they didn't make a decent coffee. This dinky machine has changed my mind. Firstly the capsules are sealed as soon as the bean has been ground, and I was hard pressed to tell the difference between this and coffee made the manual way. Really easy it was to use; pop a pod in and press down and it's good to go. It's easy to clean too. It's worth shelling out the extra for the machine that comes with the Aeroccino milk frother as it's definitely the best electric milk frothing jug on the market.

Available from £69.99 lakeland.co.uk

 

TFA milk thermometer

TFA milk thermometer

If you are planning on frothing your own milk then a milk thermometer is a must. This easy to read thermometer is the one the professionals use. It measures the temperature of the milk and the colour coding indicates when it reaches frothing temperature of between 56°C and 75°C. It comes with a handy clip to fix to your milk jug - a must for latte addicts.

Available £6.25 from Amazon

 

Bodum PEBO coffee makerBodum PEBO coffee maker

Science geeks, this one's for you. In this unusual coffee maker, the water is heated in the bottom component, and as pressure builds the water rises and mixes with the coffee grounds. When the ideal temperature of 94°C is reached, the pot is removed from the stovetop and the liquid descends back into the bottom carafe. The result is you get the well-rounded flavour associated with a cafetière without the residual grinds at the bottom.

Available from £39.50 thecookskitchen.com

 

And if you're looking for coffee...

When it comes to independent roasteries selling coffee that bursts with flavour, we're spoilt for choice. Here are a few of our favourite coffee companies that allow you to buy online for UK delivery: 

Climpson & Sons
Perky Blenders
Allpress
Has Bean
Caravan

This review was last updated in April 2016. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@bbc.com. 

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