Stepping Up Your At-Home Coffee Game: Essential Tools

Updated: Feb 14

Now that winter has settled in up north, Red Eye Roastery is bringing you some professional tips to amp up your coffee experience, all from the comfort of your cozy home!

Equipment Options

There are so many different options when it comes to coffee equipment! We'll introduce you to some of our favorites that will have you crafting your favorite coffee shop signature drinks from your very own kitchen.


Whole coffee beans maintain their flavor for longer, so why not have your own grinder at home to get the most out of your coffee?

While blade grinders get the job done, a burr grinder like the one shown here will give you the consistency in your coffee grounds to produce a better cup of joe!

Espresso & Other Brewing Methods

The French Press

The French Press is a great option for brewing a strong & smooth cup of coffee. We like to use 1 TBSP of coarsely ground coffee per 4 oz of hot water, but you can experiment to find your preferred strength.

To brew: 1. Boil water. 2. Add coffee grounds to press, and pour water over grounds. 3. Let coffee bloom, and place the plunger at the top of the press (don't push the plunger down quite yet!). 4. Wait 3-5 minutes for the coffee to steep. 5. Carefully push plunger down to the bottom, pour, and enjoy!

We like the stainless steel French Presses best (get yours here!), but if you decide to go with a press that has a glass beaker, ensure it is heat safe glass (borosilicate glass is best).

The Moka Pot

This is a great, affordable option for brewing espresso-style coffee. This Moka Pot can be used on gas or electric stovetops and produces rich, boldly flavored coffee. While it lacks a lot of the crema that you'll find from an espresso machine, this coffee is still strong and bold enough to be used in espresso-style drinks like lattes and cappuccinos. Get yours here!

The Jura A1

The Jura A1 is our favorite at-home espresso machine. This revolutionary machine is programmable to make ristretto, espresso, and a premium cup of coffee---each having a bold, smooth flavor. The Jura A1 is a super-automatic espresso machine that has a small footprint to fit easily in your home kitchen!

Its pulse-extracting process pulses water through the grounds in the grouphead, so whether you are looking for a quick shot of espresso (crema included!) or a full cup of coffee, your coffee experience will be packed with rich, smooth flavor!

Get yours here!

Milk Frothing Units

There are many different frothing options that will allow you to create the frothy milk that is used in lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. You can whip up a luxury cup of hot cocoa with these tools as well! Some of our favorites (pictured above) include the 4-in-1 milk frothing unit, another 4-in-1 frothing option with a handle for easy pouring, and a sleek milk frothing wand!

The 4-in-1 Frothing Units

The 4-in-1 milk frothers give you so many easy options for crafting milk drinks! These units can heat milk without frothing (cafe au lait & hot cocoa), froth milk without heating (great for cold foam drinks!), and froth & heat milk at 2 different settings --- one for a drier foam (used in cappuccinos) and one for a micro-foam (used in lattes). Get yours here (or for an option with a handle, here).

The Frothing Wand

This low impact unit doesn't require electricity and takes up minimal space in your kitchen. These frothing wands are great for a simple option, but lack the heating element, so you can heat your beverage on the stove or in the microwave and aerate with the wand afterwards. Get yours here.

Stay Tuned for More Posts in this Series!

We've started you off with some basic kitchen gadgets to up your coffee game, but there is much more to come! We've got recipes, pro barista tips, and deep-dives into the at-home coffee experience coming your way in future posts, so stay tuned to our blog for more info!

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