If you’re tired of stopping by the big name coffee shops for your daily dose of caffeine, stay with me here as we get your dream home coffee bar outfitted with the latest coffee bar tools! Here are some of my favorite products that I’ve dubbed Home Barista Essentials! Don’t forget to sign up to get your Coffee Roast & Brew Guide! That’s the first step to being your own home barista!
Essentials for brewing coffee
Krups Burr Grinder – Burr grinders are my favorite! They grind evenly and don’t head up the coffee beans, prematurely extracting the valuable oils and flavors. If there is tool you need for your home coffee bar, it’s this! Grinders will make or break the flavor of your coffee. A good grinder should be one of the first coffee bar tools you purchase.
Ninja Hot Cold Brew System – If you’re going to brew with an auto drip, this one is my favorite. It’s easy to clean and produces a stellar cup of coffee. With the different brew methods like cold brew, iced, specialty, and different sizes, this truly is a great all around coffee maker. I LOVED it when I was going to the office for work. I easily could brew just enough coffee for the morning in my travel cup. They also have some pretty fun Facebook groups too for recipes and support! Read my full review of the Ninja Coffee Bar here.
Chemex Pour Over – I have been brewing manually for over a year and it’s actually my preferred way to drink my coffee. The Chemex is a stellar brewing method and this one in particular will brew up to 6 cups, making it the perfect way to brew for guests.
French Press – This manual brewing method seems a bit more challenging that it really is. Perhaps it’s the brew time that trips people up. French Press coffee is some of the smoothest and richest, but it does take some patience. This is a great manual brewing method if you like rich coffee and are willing to wait for it. It’s also my preferred method for cold brew! Highly recommend.
Ceramic Pour Over Coffee Dripper – Pour over drippers are a great alternative to Keurig machines. They make one cup of coffee, making it easy to use for home or office use. They also are fairly economical and easy to clean, unlike electric auto drip brewers. My pour over has been on my home coffee bar longer than any auto drip maker.
Electric Gooseneck Tea Kettle – When you decide to make the dive into manual brewing, you have to have the right tool to brew with. The gooseneck tea kettle allows a control water pour so you don’t over saturate your coffee grounds too fast. It’s also very handy to have on your bar so you don’t have to run back and forth to the stove!
Brown Cone Coffee Filters – Cone coffee filters work best in modern auto drip coffee makers. The brown ones are unbleached, which won’t affect the taste of your coffee, unlike white coffee filters which can affect the flavor of your coffee.
Syrups & Spices
1883 Maison Routin Syrups – This brand is one of my favorites for its light sweetness and incredible flavor. It doesn’t take much to add just a touch of flavor to your coffee. 1883 also makes a great syrup to use to make your own flavored creamer instead of the manufactured ones at the store.
Coffee Scoop (2 Tablespoon) – Measuring your coffee is critical for any home barista. I use a 2 tablespoon measure for beans and grounds. It’s much more precise than using a simple spoon, plus it’s always accessible on my coffee bar, making it a coffee bar essential!
Kitchen Scale – Scales aren’t just for measuring food! If you want to start refining your coffee tasting palate, a scale is a must. To get a precise ratio of grounds to water and taste the unique flavors of a coffee, a scale is incredibly helpful. Those that are looking to up their coffee game, this is definitely one of the top home barista essentials.
Cupping Teacups – Cupping teacups are helpful to ensure you get the right measurement of grounds and water while trying new coffees. These double as cappuccino cups so if you love cappuccinos, then this cup is perfect to enjoy it from!
Loose Leaf Tea Scoop – If you love tea, try loose leaf! This loose leaf tea scoop helps you get the right measurement every time! Oh! And you can brew loose leaf tea multiple times without sacrificing flavor!
Coffee Bar Decor
Versatile Kitchen Wall Shelf with Hooks – Spare some space by using shelves and hooks to store your coffee add-ins and mugs. This one has hooks which make it super easy to store your mugs!
DIY Decor with Chalk Couture – I make most of my own coffee bar and home decor and have found Chalk Couture to be the easiest. I can reuse the transfers multiple times, reuse the surfaces, and use my creative side! And what’s a coffee bar without decor!
Kitchen Island Bar – If you don’t have a dedicated place for your coffee bar, starting out with something like a bakers rack is a perfect set up. It’s inexpensive and has multiple shelves and baskets to help stay organized.
Gifts for the Coffee Lover
Uncommon Goods – A multi-vendor marketplace with a LOT of handmade items and small batch coffee, Uncommon Goods is a great place to shop for uncommon and unique gifts to surprise and delight. They give a LOT to charity and help to fund some pretty cool non-profits while giving creators a place to sell their handmade creations and small batch products.
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