Top 5 coffee gadgets

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    Sarah Sysum - Assistant editor - Easy Cook magazine

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 £40.99 from johnlewis.com

 

Como espresso cupComo espresso cup

This is the nearest I've seen to an Illy espresso cup (which retail at around £50 a cup). It has a large base with sides tapering to the top of the cup, which helps, keep heat for longer and allows a thicker layer of crema. For a really good coffee we suggest, as the top barista's do, that you pre-heat your cup before use by running hot water into the cup first, letting it heat up, and dumping the water before brewing into it.

Available £1.61 from coffeecups.co.uk

 

 

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 £6.95 from thermometerspecialist.co.uk

 

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 £50.51 thecookskitchen.com

 

And if you're looking for coffee...

Sweet, smooth and easy drinking, this will please even the most addicted coffee fiends Climpson & sons decaf Brasil, £5.50/250g, webcoffeeshop.co.uk.

Lovely breakfast coffee with acidity and a touch of nuttiness too. Grumpy Mule Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda, £4.59/227g, grumpymule.co.uk.

By far the best micro-ground (this is a mixture of instant and ground coffee) we've tested; rich, smooth with a proper earthy flavour. If making a proper coffee is just too much work this will fool a lot of hardened coffee drinkers. Carte Noire Instinct, £4.99/100g, Tesco. 

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