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Even the most avid of coffee geeks get stuck in a rut—because once you find a maker that seems to work for you, why change it up? That's how I've always felt about my personal coffee-making dream team: an old glass-walled french press and a grinder I picked up at the hardware store. They make good coffee, there's no question about that, but this summer I tried using a real cold brewer from our Shop for the first time and it opened up a whole new world of morning miracles.
And since we at Food52 spend so much time sleuthing out the very best products for every kitchen task, we want to start sharing more of them. Here are 12 coffee gadgets from our Shop that will make your morning routine easier and your coffee better.
We use this electric grinder in the office. It has 40 settings between fine and coarse, grinds the beans quickly and pleasingly at the touch of a big button.
For coffee drinkers who like hand-ground beans, this model from Hario (which means "The King of Glass" in Japanese) features ceramic conical burrs that make for an incredibly consistent grind, and its compact design is perfect for taking on the go. (You know you want better coffee on vacation.)
Pour Over Cup Toppers
This single-serving pour over dripper makes the perfect single cup—just set it atop your mug, insert one of the included filters, fill with grounds, and pour hot water over.
If you love pour overs but need more than a single cup, this larger version will hold enough grounds to pour over a pot's worth of coffee.
Pour Over Stands
With a streamlined design and 100 included filters, this Chemex is one of our favorite ways to make coffee. (If you want a lesson on using one precisely, here's a handy guide.)
Adjustable to the height of any mug and equipped with a Japanese-made glass dripper, this industrial-inspired pour over stand won our hearts for its hand-crafted good looks—and the fact that it makes an epic cup of coffee.
With two walls of stainless steel, these brushed finish french presses keep your coffee hot for longer (we use them for serving brew at events) and are available in any size to suit your caffeine needs: 8-, 23-, 36-, or 44-ounce sizes.
Cast in ceramic by a Portland design studio, this all-in-one brewing system was designed around the reusable KONE filter (made from stainless steel mesh that allows more oils to steep, creating a fuller bodied coffee without that burned taste). Top the pot with an included lid when your brew is ready.
With an adjustable drip rate, this glassy cold brewer can produce 20 ounces of supercharged cold coffee (that's less bitter and acidic than a traditional cup) in as little as 4 hours. Fill it with grounds and water and stick it in the fridge before bed, or make a big batch to last you a couple weeks.
Most espresso machines are unnecessarily bulky, so they either take up all your precious counter space or have to be hidden somewhere inconvenient. Enter: ROK's super svelte hand-press. Since it doesn't use electricity, it makes good espresso possible anywhere.
On the Go Assistance
A little bit retro and a lot helpful, these streamlined thermoses (available in cream or fire engine red, and a large and small size) have a cap that doubles as a cup. They'll keep your hot drinks hot for up to 8 hours, and your cold drinks cool for 16.
It's such a bummer to finally get away—only to find you are way too far from a good cup of coffee. Enter this amazing kit, which includes a Snow Peak coffee drip designed for easy storage, a mini Porlex Manual Burr Grinder, a cute and lightweight enamel mug, Hair Bender blend beans, and a Carpenter's Pencil to keep brewing notes.