The home barista
Let’s not get into the health specifics of it all, but this country is run on coffee. It’s the reason most of us get up in the morning, the essential bridge between the mental state of “I don’t wanna do this today” and “okay, I got this – BRING IT ON!”
Few things are more terrifying than getting to your favourite coffee house with 10 minutes to spare before clocking in, only to be confronted by a queue that wraps out the door. Actually there’s one thing more terrifying: a new barista you’ve never seen before gleefully taking your order. Coffee is a science and you shouldn’t mess with science. Get it wrong and misery ensues. Get it right and you can kick your way through a board meeting right into that promotion you’ve been chasing all month. While our American counterparts still struggle to get a decent coffee on the table even in a café, Australians are more and more turning to their own kitchen table top to serve up the ultimate caffeine hit before they’ve even shed their pyjamas.
So, are you looking to save time on hectic mornings, save money or just jump-start your day without having to wait in café queues? These days it is easy to make barista quality coffee at home, whether you prefer a latte, espresso or anything in-between. The question now is no longer what kind of coffee do you want, but how you want it made. There are more ways to brew coffee at home than ever before, from coffeemakers you can set at night to ready-to-go travel mugs. Making coffee at home doesn’t have to be complicated though, so below is our guide to some of the most popular options available. It’s time to create your own coffee destiny!
Set and forget: save time or cater for family and friends
If you want to make a large amount of coffee at once or want to have hot coffee waiting for you in the morning, a programmable drip coffee maker like the Breville Aroma Style Electronic Coffee Machine is the machine for you. With a 12 cup capacity it can quickly brewing a delicious cup of hot coffee for family and friends, small offices or functions.
If you don’t want to compromise on an excellent cup of coffee when you’re on the go the BODUM Travel Press has combined a French-press coffee maker 9 (also known as a coffee plunger) with a travel mug. Whether coffee or tea is your thing, simply add boiled water, press down the plunger and seal the lid. The mug’s double wall ensures your beverages stay hot for the duration of your commute.
Café style coffee at home
If you like the options of a coffee shop right in your kitchen then a capsule coffee maker paired with a milk frother is a great option. The Breville Nespresso U Milk Coffee Machine will do all the work for you whether you want an espresso, long black, cappuccino or macchiato. It comes with three pre-programmed cup sizes and is able to remember your preferred volume in order to pour you a perfect cup of coffee every time.
Classic coffee making at home
Modern coffee making gimmicks aside, there are some tried and true methods of making a delicious cup of coffee at home that have stood the test of time. You can’t go past a classic french press like the Euroline 3 Cup Coffee Plunger for ease of use and a delicious cup of coffee that extracts an exceptional amount of flavour from coffee beans in a short brewing time. It bridges the gap between the speed and convenience of a drip coffee maker and the robust flavours of espresso.
Iconic stovetop espresso makers like the Bialetti Moka Express were invented in Italy in the early 1930s and have been making amazing coffee ever since. Water in the bottom chamber of the pot is heated and steam pressure pushes it up through a central basket that contains the ground coffee, and then finally into the top chamber where the coffee eventually rests, ready to pour.
Portable coffee making
A relative newcomer to the home brewing scene, the Aeropress is designed to produce great tasting coffee with minimum fuss. This portable, single-cup maker, is fast, easy to clean, and makes a delicious cup in a matter of seconds – making it the perfect coffee maker to carry with you from home to work.