12 Best Gadgets for Serious Coffee Lovers

12 Best Gadgets for Serious Coffee Lovers

#1
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
#2
Handpresso Auto Espresso Maker
#3
Stanley Mountain Coffee System (1.1 quart)
  • Dry storage in stopper holds coffee grounds
  • Integrated pot and press
  • Lid separates to two cups
#4
Breville Smart Grinder (BCG800XL)

You’re the guy that takes his coffee seriously (or you’re married to one of those men). Sure, you’re not prepared to make a living from your love of coffee, but you can’t take ordinary, run of the mill coffee unless it’s one of those life or death situations. (Just how many times have you suffered awful hotel coffee because it seems like you might die without something resembling coffee?) You’re not alone.

Coffee is a big deal to the faveable team too. And, we’ve rounded up the best coffee gadgets and coffee accessories to prove it. We know you’ve done your research and found the best brewer for your budget (or perhaps beyond it) - or maybe you've got a fancy coffee press. And, you might even have a backup Keurig for those moments when you don’t have more than a minute to spare (or for the guests that can’t tell the difference). That's great. Now it’s time to up your game and ensure that a great cup is always in reach.  You'll need a milk frother to start.  For those moments when you're on the move without your espresso maker, you'll also need a quality French press.  

Whatever your coffee needs, these are the gadgets to make it happen.


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12 Best Gadgets for Serious Coffee Lovers

12 Best Gadgets for Serious Coffee Lovers

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You’re the guy that takes his coffee seriously (or you’re married to one of those men). Sure, you’re not prepared to make a living from your love of coffee, but you can’t take ordinary, run of the mill coffee unless it’s one of those life or death situations. (Just how many times have you suffered awful hotel coffee because it seems like you might die without something resembling coffee?) You’re not alone.

Coffee is a big deal to the faveable team too. And, we’ve rounded up the best coffee gadgets and coffee accessories to prove it. We know you’ve done your research and found the best brewer for your budget (or perhaps beyond it) - or maybe you've got a fancy coffee press. And, you might even have a backup Keurig for those moments when you don’t have more than a minute to spare (or for the guests that can’t tell the difference). That's great. Now it’s time to up your game and ensure that a great cup is always in reach.  You'll need a milk frother to start.  For those moments when you're on the move without your espresso maker, you'll also need a quality French press.  

Whatever your coffee needs, these are the gadgets to make it happen.


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67
Score 67
$7
141 Bought | Save: $4 (40% OFF)

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Not happy with a straight up coffee? We know how you feel. This simple gadget makes a perfect gift for the coffee lover in your life. 

This milk frother from IKEA is hardly high-tech. It's an easy-to-use, battery-powered gadget. But, it gets the job done in less than 20 seconds, regardless of the temperature of your milk. Score. 

What Reviewers Say: 

  • Very cheap in price, but not in design and so worth it.
    I will not be going to a coffee shop in the near future
  • Great little frother. Make sure it has charged batteries for the full strength frothing.
  • THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE MORE EXPENSIVE FROTHERS AND THIS. Nota bene: Buy multiples - I know from long experience that ANY frother has a brief life.

 

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Score 70

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Now guys, we know you don't need this in the traditional sense of the word need. But, you still kind of need it, don't you? (It's also a smart gift idea for the coffee lover in your life.)

Get up late and need your coffee before you head out the door? This convenient mug just requires you to add the ingredients and it will handle the rest. It can also travel with you, thanks to the clever design. Don't worry, there's a power button so you don't need to worry about a coffee hurricane in your mouth.

What Reviewers Say:

  • This was one of the Christmas gifts to a very dear friend, who has Parkinson's. Since he is limited to the use of his hands, I thought this would be helpful for him. He fell in love with it right away. He loves hot chocolate and he can't believe how it mixes the chocolate so smoothly. Your product definitely fits your description. Thank you.
  • Love this cup, I've had it for 3 weeks now and I use it all the time, not having to keep a wet dripping spoon around to stir you drink makes it worth the money. the only thing you have to be careful of is that when the liquid level gets low the propeller spins so fast it will cause some liquid to spray out, so make sure you put the cap on before then. I'd recommend this to anyone for themselves or as a gift.
  • my office lady friends have been wondering why I have been taking so much coffee but at last they have realized the secret, most of them are willing to purchase one for themselves because it is fun and saves your time. I liked every part of purchasing this product from you. Thank you!

 

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Score 73
$112
158 Bought | Save: $38 (25% OFF)

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Although electric kettles are only marginally used in the US, they're a staple of life everywhere else in the world.  Perhaps it's because tea is more popular.  Or, perhaps it's because there's a culture of making a single cup of coffee and the K-cup isn't exported everywhere yt (though the Nespresso brand has a serious following).  But, does the reason really matter? Nope.  Here's what counts.

The iKettle connects to your phone or tablet through a simple app.  You tell it when to start boiling the water; in exchange, this baby tells you when it's ready (to your preferred temperature, mind you) and if it might need some more water soon.  And, starting your appliances before you get out of bed sounds good, doesn't it? Especially when those appliances are your primary source of coffee or tea.  Unsurprisingly, the iKettle connects to your WiFi and is marvellously sexy sitting on your counter.

But, here's the catch.  (Sorry.) The price given here is an estimate, converted from £99.99. You can pick up the iKettle now if you live in the UK (or in Europe), but you'll need to run a converter / adapter in the US to make this gadget work. Of course, we don't think it'll always be that way. And, you can bet we'll be the first to let you know when it's available this side of the Atlantic.

 

75
Score 75
$30
174 Bought | Save: $8 (21% OFF)

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TAnd anyone in the know needs you need a Bodum to do it right. Now, imagine being able to take your Bodum with you - without the fear of it shattering.

his is a handy mug that brews your coffee (or tea if you're that kind of guy) on the go. And, there's no reason to decant; you can enjoy your coffee from the same container you brew it in. That's handy. So is the fact that this Bodum is completely dishwasher safe. Enjoy!

What Reviewers Say:

  • If you want quality fresh black coffee or loose leaf tea on the go without the cost or waste of a coffee shop then look no further. Convenient, sturdy and environmentally friendly, that's this press/mug combo
  • Basically I think the mug is perfect. The seal is awesome, I haven't had any leaking. It keeps it hot for at least 2 hours. The press handle is the perfect size.
  • Making coffee is a snap. Dump in a couple scoops of COARSE grounds, pour hot water in, stir and screw the lid on. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then depress the plunger. You can pour cream/sugar in through the drink spout after you attach the lid if desired. Do not remove the lid after plunging to add things unless you like chewing your coffee. I just swirl it around with the lid closed to mix it up. Cleaning is easy even in a hotel bathroom sink. Just like the regular Bodum presses, you can unscrew the mesh filter for easy rinsing.

 

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Score 78

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Think of it as traveling coffee-lover’s best friend. All you need is the water and the coffee, and you’ll still get a cup that beats any gas station’s blend. And, the design of this cup means you can keep your coffee warm for hours too. That’s handy when you’ve got a drive ahead of you.

Add the water and the coffee to this cup and give it a few minutes to brew. Once you press the reverse flow filter, the grounds are deposited in the double walls of the cup. They can stay there until you’re ready to clean your Impress coffee brewer. Want an extra treat? How about the fact that this baby is dishwasher safe. Now that’s about as handy as it gets.

What Reviewers Say:

  • The 3 best inexpensive single serve brewing devices are the Impress, the Clever Coffee Dripper, and the Aeropress. I think the Impress is my favorite.
  • As a coffee snob, I've tried a lot of different press type brewers (my favorite method of brewing) and they don't measure up to this one for many reasons. It's easy to use without getting grounds in your cup (if you choose to decant) or in your mouth as all other travel brewers do. The coffee stays hot and I've not had it over-brew. To top it all off, it looks great too.
  • I'm trying to think of negatives about this brewer, and cannot. The fact that it handles almost any grind of any roast is a huge plus. (I wouldn't try to use a Turkish grind just because it would be more difficult to press than would be warranted.) Wait. Here's a negative. The external diameter is greater than that of the cup holder in my 2014 Prius V's console, so I have to use the slide-out cup-holder that requires a slightly longer reach. If your car has only one cup-holder, and you expect to use this device on your commute, I'd measure it. The exterior diameter is right at 3 3/16 inches and it is perfectly cylindrical. No taper. I'm pretty sure I've seen adapters for cup holders that let them hold narrower cups. Maybe there are adapters that do the opposite..

 

81
Score 81
$23
167 Bought | Save: $8 (27% OFF)

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If you’re a big fan of your coffee, then you’re probably well-equipped with the grinders and different makers. Unless you have 30 minutes spend every time you want a great cup, you’re stuck with a problem. This coffee-lover’s airtight container is exactly what you need.

The Airscape allows you to close the lid and vacuum-seal it shut. And, you don’t need a handful of other gadgets to make that happen. It’s just cleverly designed to make your life - and your coffee experience - that much easier. Sounds like the thing you’ve been missing, doesn’t it?

What Reviewers Say:

  • I highly recommend this to anyone who has been looking for a place to store their beans so that they can have fresh beans even with the last scoop.
  • I've now had these for 2 years and they are as good as the day I initially got them. Still works perfect, still looks great and I don't notice any wear. They are opened and closed once a day each day. I still highly recommend.
  • I really like this container. It keeps coffee fresh for a lot longer than I'm used to, which is great because it takes me a while to go through a pack. The aroma every time I open this to get scoop of beans is amazing

 

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Score 84
$54
151 Bought | Save: $21 (28% OFF)

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Sometimes you want a coffee that puts some hair on your chest. And then there are the times when a cappuccino or latte is really more your speed. When the latter calls, you'll need to answer with this clever gadget from Capresso.

This Capresso milk frother has 3 temperature settings along with its frothing capabilities. And, that's important depending on the type of coffee you want to enjoy. In addition to the large capacity jug, the handle also stays cool, and this baby shuts itself off. All good, but the important thing is obviously the perfectly frothed milk - and that's exactly what this baby provides.

What Reviewers Say:

  • I make caramel macchiatos at least twice a day for my wife and myself so we do a lot of frothing. This frother will make this super thick froth in around 2 min or so and then automatically shuts off - too cool. I wait till it shuts off and then hit the espresso button on our espresso machine and then pour the heated milk, add the espresso and top with that thick froth - decorate with the caramel and kick back. I thought at first this was going to be an expensive learning adventure but now I am very happy to have bought it. It also will make thick heated and frothed hot chocolate.
  • I am so happy I bought this machine! I have a DeLonghi espresso maker, and it makes great espresso, but the milk frother on my machine is a joke. In looking for a better milk frothing solution, I tried Aerolatte machines, but I wasn't satisfied with their weak results either. Luckily, I stumbled onto this device.
  • I love this frothier! I've had mine for 3 years and it just recently quit working. I ordered another just like it. Out of all the frothers I've had this is the best! I did buy the warranty this time so it's covered for 3 years. But $50 for over 3 years is well worth the money spent.

 

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Score 86

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Keruig changed the way we view coffee as a society. You can treat yourself to a cup, even if no one else is having one. There’s no need for a pot that sits on the heat (becoming nastier by the second) waiting for the next taker. You can expect Keurig (or Keurig-styled brewers) in every waiting room and every other neighbor’s home. But, you know the problems with the K-cups don’t you?

Okay, there are plenty of delicious and truly worthwhile K-cup flavors. But, if you’re a convert, you might still battle that nagging guilt about the environment. (There’s also that pricing problem.) And, of course, if you’re super serious about your coffee, there’s a very good chance you can’t find a brew that’s right for you. These refillable Ekobrew filters relieves all those problems. You simply create your own K-cups in these reusable, and cleanable containers. Carry them with you if you can’t cope with the cheap, waiting room coffee - or just save some money at home.

The price given is for 2 K-cup compatible filters, but you can buy in bulk too.

What Reviewers Say:

  • First off, I'd like to state that I purchased both the Solofill and the Ecobrew. Both of these products are really great reusable Keurig filters that let you brew your own coffee in a Keurig coffee maker. These essentially let you make your own K-cups with your own coffee... and they're reusable! I would rate the Solofill as 4.5 Stars out of 5 and the Ecobrew as a 5 out of 5 Star Product. The Ecobrew is a bit better than the Solofill because it is easier to rinse out. The Solofill tends to collect grinds at the very bottom and it's very hard to get the few last grinds out.
  • When I first reviewed this, I gave it four stars (I'm a hesitant five-star giver), but having now used it for two weeks, it gets the fully approved 5-star love.
  • I was skeptical about buying another kcup filter when I saw this offered on Amazon, but the video add on the ekobrew website had me sold. I bought the ekobrew Cup before it was available for sale with high hopes, and it has totally lived up to my expectations! My freshly ground coffee tastes better than any Kcup I have ever had! I forgot how good some of the beans I bought were. No Joke. If you are like me and have a few roasts of beans you just love and don't feel like breaking the bank trying every kcup under the sun to find blends that please you then get it. You won't be sorry.

 

 

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Score 89
$200
149 Bought | Save: $50 (20% OFF)

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A true barista isn’t just someone that pushes a button. There’s an actual science (and a fair amount of art) to brewing an exquisite cup of coffee. It’s a combination of the beans, they way they’re roasted, the cut of the grind, the size of the cup, and plenty more. While those tiny footprint coffee grinders work for most of the population; they just won’t cut it for baristas and anyone that takes their coffee seriously. If you happen to be one of those people, this is the grinder you need.

A general grind just doesn’t cut it if you want a truly delicious cup of coffee. This grinder from Breville takes the guess work out of the grinding process. It offers 25 grind settings based on the desired cup. It also calculates the right amount of ground coffee you need for whichever machine you use. That’s uber helpful when you want a great cup of coffee before you’re properly awake.

What Reviewers Say:

  • We used to have a nice $50 Cuisinart grinder for years, and it still works well, but the noise it produced was horrifying (and I am NOT exaggerating, the NEIGHBORS even knew we were up when they heard the grinder, we live in a 2 story single family home), and the coffee grounds my husband left all around the machine when he removed the grounds bin was a daily annoyance. That coffee grinder has been cleaned & now happily residing at his office, where they can enjoy the mess and the noise, and a pretty good cup of coffee.
    Now you wouldn't think that switching grinders would have an overall impact in the coffee quality, but did it ever! The coffee tastes so much richer, fuller and more aromatic than before! Even our 23 year old son said "Wow mom, this coffee is good, did you switch beans?" Was he surprised to find out all we did was switch grinders!
  • I've spent the last three months looking for a decent burr grinder that didn't break the bank in terms of cost. To jump to the end of the story for those who want the bottom line, the Breville wins out as providing the best mix of convenience features and performance of any of the several I've tried (both less and more expensive). Highly, highly recommend.
  • This is simply one amazing grinder. Evenly ground beans with no clumping, a fine enough grind to use with my commercial Nuevo Simonelli rotary-vane pump machine and not one stray coffee ground after grinding directly into the portafilter. Another nice feature is being able to remove the bean hopper without having to empty the beans. This way I can have another hopper filled with decaf and can switch from regular to decaf beans in a few seconds. No more having to empty a bean hopper and replacing the regular beans with decaf beans. Very nice!!

 

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Score 85
$40
1,898 Bought | Save: $21 (35% OFF)

Why People Love it

  • Dry storage in stopper holds coffee grounds
  • Integrated pot and press
  • Lid separates to two cups

This remarkable thermos from Stanley does a lot more than store your hot coffee; it will also brew it.  And then, it will keep it hot for a full 24 hours.  

The plastic pieces can melt if placed too close to the heat source for too long.

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Coffee is always important.  Somehow, it's even more important when you're camping.  Roughing it is just easier when you've had cup or two.  

This leak proof, vacuum-insulated thermos keep hot drinks hot for 24 hours.  It also keeps cold drinks cold for 20 hours and iced drinks chilled for an impressive 100 hours.  It features an integrated pot and press.  Add grounds and water, and you're good to go (and these features nest to save space.  You also get 2 cups in the lid and dry-storage in the stopper for coffee grounds.  You may never need to leave your campsite.

What Reviewers Say:

  • "First of all, they thought of everything with this kit. The bottom (outside) layer is the pot to heat your water, complete with latching pre-installed handle. Just give the small button a squeeze to lift it up or put it down. This layer is obviously a great pot for heating up your meals too, especially if you pre-pouched it and just need to reheat with a hot water bath. The next layer is the French press plunger, and yes, if you pour really, really carefully, you can strain other foods with it (like pasta) when you're not making coffee. The next nested layer is the famous Stanley vacuum bottle, so basically you use your kit to make a whole pot of coffee and then pour it into the bottle to keep it hot. The lid that closes the bottle actually has a small twist off lid the store your coffee grounds, and the exterior lid twists apart to form two cups."
  • "Gave this to my son-in-law for his birthday along with a very small propane camp stove. As a game warden, he has many early mornings and late nights 'in the wild'. He was thrilled! He used it that evening and said he had coffee in 3 minutes! The family also goes camping and this will be handy for family use."
  • "This is the coolest thing I own. You have no idea how wonderful this thing is until you open the box and begin to take it apart. You can heat water, brew coffee, share the coffee with you hunting or fishing buddy or store the coffee in the nested thermos and drink it six hours later, still hot. There is a place for your coffee grounds as well. All in one. If you have a duck camp, deer camp or a fishing camp, you need one of these. You will love it!"

 

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Score 95
$163
154 Bought | Save: $36 (18% OFF)

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We’re not ruling out the tea drinkers, but let’s be honest - most people need a cup of coffee to get them going in the morning. Okay, we know that’s probably not a fact; it’s just something a lot of people believe. In any case, that first cup of coffee is important wherever you are. If you’re camping, staying in a no-frills hotel, spent the night out, or anything else that takes you away from your standard morning coffee - you need this Handpresso Espresso Maker. Trust us (and then click to read more).

Within 2 minutes, you could be enjoying a perfect coffee - even if you spent the night on the side of a mountain. That’s incredible. Plus, it doesn’t require hot water (it’ll do that on its own) and doesn’t involve a whole mess of cleanup. Just think about how easy that road trip with the guys will be now (and how jealous they’ll be too).

What Reviewers Say:

  • I'd had my eye on the Handpresso auto ever since I heard about it. When I got a job where it was impossible to get espresso, my mind was made up. The handpresso is sturdy and made of high quality materials and yet it's very portable and light. It seems quite durable.
    Surprisingly enough, the espresso it produces is very good considering it comes from such a compact machine that uses pods (it's certainly better than Starsucks or any vending machine junk). While you shouldn't expect a 100% real crema from the handpresso, the coffee it makes is nearly identical in taste to the one I get at home with my "real" espresso maker. The best way to get the thickest possible crema is to stop brewing right before the bubbles start coming out (you can tell because the coffee flow will slow down considerably before the bubbles form). This little trick will give you the "creamiest" possible espresso on this machine
  • I bought this as a birthday gift for my wife because she's a Cuban born coffee snob that is very particular about her espresso and I thought this would make a great gift. We just got back to Miami from a week long trip to North Carolina and since we decided to drive straight through (a 12 hour trip) with as little stops as possible, this was the perfect accessory to take along.
  • Press the Start button and the pump will come on for about a minute. Observe the thermometer gauge and wait for three beeps. Unplug the machine, turn it upside down positioning the opening of the portafilter over an espresso cup. Press the Brew button and enjoy your espresso.
    Fantastic!

 

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Score 97

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No, we're not making this up; this clever coffee maker transforms French press users into converts every day. Don't believe it? You will. 

If you love the strength and flavor of French press coffee, but you're tired of the grounds making their way into your mug, then you absolutely need to take a look at this. People that buy it for the sake of having respectable coffee while travelling now use it every day because it's that good. And, this baby is hella easy to clean too. Don't miss out. Seriously.

What Reviewers Say:

  • This is a great coffee maker - especially for someone like me who wants to make only 1 mug at a time. I've tried all different kinds of coffee makers, but they don't seem to be optimized for making a single ~8 oz mug of coffee. I always ended up brewing multiple cups of coffee and throwing the extra away to get the one good cup I wanted.
  • Enjoy the coffee. If it's too strong, add more hot water for "Americana Style". No cleanup is really needed. No kidding. Just pure, concentrated awesome.
  • I love it! Makes a good cup of coffee, cleans up easily, and the filters are reusable... even if they say they're one time use. I usually get about a weeks worth (5-7 cups) of coffee out of it. The travel case is nice too.

 

Editor: Fashion & Grooming, Home & Office, Food & Drink

Katie’s Cleveland proud; but she’s also lived in Australia, Switzerland and now stays in South Africa. That’s a roundabout way of saying she can’t sit still; she’s always moving, always busy.

She has a BA in International Relations from Kent State University and work towards a Masters in Human Rights. She speaks French, is learning German and used to dream in Spanish. For years, Katie worked as a producer on fashion and advertising shoots before she realized her passion was the written word.

Katie’s far more interested in guy’s gear than women’s, except she has a wardrobe brimming with little black dresses. She drinks her beer out of the bottle and is raising her two boys to be better men.

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