Choosing the right coffee accessories adds a whole new layer to enjoying home-brewed gourmet coffee.
In other words, enjoying your coffee continues beyond the moment the carafe fills with a fresh brew.
On this page I’ll be writing about various coffee accessories, from travel mugs, to espresso cups, to books and beyond.
To get started, I’m first going to look at the value of owning a good travel mug or two.
In the weeks ahead I’ll add more coffee accessory categories.
Coffee Travel Mugs
Having a travel mug or two is a great way to take your enjoyment of gourmet coffee out of the kitchen and into your car or office.
There are plenty of different travel mugs to choose from, including some that will plug into your car or even your computer with a USB connection.
Beyond their basic task of keeping your coffee hot, travel mugs also have a strong environmental benefit.
Instead of using a new paper or plastic cup every time you buy coffee at a coffee shop or gas station, take your travel mug with you.
Over the course of a year you'll keep a lot of disposable coffee cups out of the landfill.
Most of the time I use a "mid-way" porcelain travel mug, much like the ones in the photo above. Not much insulation, but with a lid.If you're after something that will keep your coffee hot for longer, Amazon has a good selection of travel mugs.
Get yourself a good coffee scoop.
A coffee scoop is probably the lowest-cost coffee accessory of all. But it can save some hassle and mistakes, especially first thing in the morning while you’re making that first brew.
The correct measure for making coffee is two level tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6 ounces of water. If you try to use a real tablespoon, there is no guarantee that it will contain the same amount of coffee grinds as that one-tablespoon measure you use for your kitchen recipes.
Yes, you could use your regular kitchen measuring spoons. But it’s still easier to have one 2x tablespoon coffee scoop in your coffee tin, and leave the measuring spoons in the kitchen drawer.
Just one scoop for each cup of coffee. Quick and easy.
A decent coffee scoop costs just a few bucks. A good investment.
Or, if you want to be even more precise, get yourself a digital coffee scale.
Enjoy coffee on the move with a quality Thermos.
Whether you take hot coffee to your workplace or want to take a hot brew with you when hiking or driving, don’t forget to use your trusty Thermos.
Thermos as a company has been around for over 100 years and still uses the same vacuum process their first invented. Seems they hit upon the best way to keep beverages hot on day one.
While the technology is the same, Thermos has made some changes to the design of their flasks. In particular their Nissan range offers a variety of different design options.If you can't find them locally, there is a good selection of Thermos flasks at Amazon.com.
About the author: Nick Usborne, aka Coffee Detective, is a writer and long-time coffee enthusiast. Read more…