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The Essential Coffee Tools

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Here are our preferred coffee gear. Whether you are an expert barista or a newbie, having these tools in your kitchen can help. The path of becoming a Home Barista is fun but when it comes to choose the gear it can be daunting and time consuming.  The products you use don't have to break the bank but need to be good quality at the same time to avoid the frustration of not getting the coffee and results you expect. Our list is based on gear that is resonably priced and stands the test of time. At SoloEspresso we will keep this list updated from time to time when we feel that some product should be included or removed. 

As usual, enjoy brewing your coffee!

Coffee Makers

Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine, BES870XL

This Breville Espresso Machine is our recommendation for the quality of the espresso it can brew and the quality of the components which make it last long. We have a full review here

OXO BREW 9 Cup Coffee Maker

This OXO coffee maker is all about semplicity. One button does it all. We have a deep review here

9 Cup Moka

The MOKA coffee maker is a classic. It is a very simple and quick way to brew coffee and has been used for years by Italian families. This Bialetti Moka is part of that tradition. You can find it of different sizes according to how many cups you need to brew each single time.

Airtight Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker (& Iced Tea Maker) with Spout – 1.5L/51oz Ovalware RJ3 Brewing Glass Carafe with Removable Stainless Steel Filter

Cold brew has become trendy and in summer even more. Just don't confuse it with iced coffee - it is completely a different brew method. See here if you want to know more. The AirTight Cold Brew maker is made of glass, stainless steel and BPA free Silicon and keep the coffee up to 2 weeks.

Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, 34 Ounce, Black

French Press is most likely the simplest brew method. But do not mismatch simplicity with triviality. Still a good coffee maker is one of the essential components for a great tasting coffee. Bodum stands out when it comes to French Press.

Coffee Grinders


If you are serious about coffee, a coffee grinder is a must have. For personal use I recommend a manual one as you will likely not grind that much coffee. This Kopipresso hand grinder is built with premium materials and is a champion for the ease of use!

Breville BCG820BSSXL The Smart Grinder Pro Coffee Bean Grinder, Brushed Stainless Steel

This is a stainless steel conical burr grinder. We recommend it for its ease to use, versatility and built quality. Good if you grind several batches a day.

Coffee Brewing Accessories

Bonavita 1.0L Variable Temperature Electric Kettle, 1.0 Liters, Metallic

If you experiment with pour over or Chemex brews, you need a gooseneck kettle. This electrical one from Bonavita is a great choice. It has temperature control in one degree increments, timer and temperature display which will allow you to control the coffee extraction.

Metallurgica Motta MO-08150/MO Espresso Tamper, 58MM, Brown

The espresso tamper is simply a small toll that allows to compress the finely ground espresso coffee into the portafilter. It is a simple but essential action to assure a proper extraction, that is a properly brewed espresso. This tamper from Metallurgica Motta is solid built and does not break the bank.

Acaia Pearl Model S Professional-Grade Digital Smart Coffee Scale (Black)

If you’re a serious about brewing coffee  a coffee scale is an invaluable investment into your arsenal of coffee making supplies. You will not need it if you just drink drip coffee or espresso, but as soon as you want to experiment this is a tool you need to have in your arsenal. We recommend tha Acaia Pearl S Professional. It has a bright, easy to read LED Dot Matrix display and is incredibly user friendly thanks to its touch sensitive buttons.