Millions of morning people turn to a hot cup of coffee every day to defog their minds and prepare for the day. It’s a time-honored morning, afternoon and evening tradition that led to the establishment of Starbucks on every major block in big cities around the world. If you find yourself drinking more and more and settling for nothing but the most exotic imports, you’ll need to equip your kitchen with an arsenal that can handle your coffee needs.
Take a look at five essentials that every coffee lover needs in their kitchen.
Manual Coffee Grinder
Electronic coffee grinders are great, but what’s more delicious than electrically ground beans? Hand ground beans. It’s just like making a pie from scratch. It is an old technique that makes the flavors and aromas all the better, if only because of the hard work you put into grinding.
For regular coffee drinkers, the French press produces only the most flavorful of morning wake-ups. Though the contraption seems confusing at first, it is actually extremely easy to use. In addition, it’s on par with manually grinding coffee. You keep the beans submerged for as long as you deem necessary, and then pull them out. No more relying on automated timers.
At some point, regular coffee just doesn’t do it anymore. Enter the ever-popular espresso. With this machine, you can make drinks that contain over five times more caffeine than is found in a normal cup of coffee—in only half the amount. Such a machine also expands the types of drinks you can make, including cappuccinos and Americanos.
Many coffee lovers enjoy convenience more than anything. This simple reason is why K-cups took the market by storm and continue to hold high sales. Already filled with the perfect amount of coffee and available in a wide assortment, K-cups fit directly into the Keurig where hot water is poured over the grounds, soaks up the flavor and then streams into your mug. You can find K-cups online from places like 11th Street Coffee to keep your kitchen fully stocked.
Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Hot drinks aren’t for everyone, especially for coffee lovers living in the South like me. Instead of a boiling beverage, look to cold brewing to decrease the temperature and the acid content. Though it may take a little longer, the coffee is nonetheless delicious, and it’s odd method of preparation will make it all the more enjoyable.
If you love your coffee like me, you’ll need to keep your kitchen fully equipped to satisfy your cravings when you can’t (or don’t want to) leave the house.
Not only will you find it extremely convenient to have all of your favorite coffee products at home, but making a bigger investment upfront can save loads of money that you would be spending on daily coffee. So, take the plunge and turn your kitchen into a coffee-shop haven that can satisfy your crazy coffee cravings at any time of day.
This is a guest post written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for health, women’s interests, and parenting interests. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.