I still vividly remember the day I calculated how much money I'd spent on coffee the previous calendar year. It was December 2016, and I was planning out my new year budget, seeing where I could make cuts and adjustments to add to my savings. I knew coffee was expensive, especially in New York City, but the line item with my daily lattes, cold brews, and fancy concoctions that energized me each morning stopped me in my tracks. How was it possible that I'd mindlessly dropped that amount on something I could have been making myself?
Soon after, I began investing in my own at-home coffee routine, and it's only expanded over the last few years. A pour-over is now something I prep in my kitchen, rather than an indulgence I paid $4 for seven days a week, and I've rounded up my favorite tools, products, and additions that make the ritual so much sweeter (both literally and figuratively):
Chemex Glass Pour-Over: The most durable, simple, and chic glass pour-over (in my humble opinion). It holds a few cups, and the handle ensures spill-proof pours.
Metal Mesh Coffee Filter: I've tried to reduce as much waste as possible during my coffee routine, and the first thing to go was disposable filters. I found a metal mesh version years ago that works just as effectively as the paper ones, and it's held up beautifully (and is dishwasher safe!).
Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle: I could wax poetic about this electric kettle. The process is so simple (you set the temperature you want, and it heats up in under a minute) and it's removed any need to hover over a thermometer like I once had to with my previous gooseneck kettle. (Mimi used to get dangerously close to my stove-top, so I'm grateful to have hot water each morning sans-flame.)
Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine: My largest investment of the bunch, and absolutely worth every penny. The espresso machine has allowed me to get more creative and experiment with my beverages (I've tried rose lattes, London fog lattes, salty mochas, and drinks inspired by my favorites in L.A.) and feel less guilty if I fail since I can just try again the following day. I'm also looking forward to serving friends some fancy espresso drinks when we host brunch, like I'm a full-service café.
Coffee Grinder (similar here): If you're only making coffee for one, I highly recommend this option, which also doubles as a spice grinder!
BOSALY Milk Frother: Vanilla sweet cream cold foam has been one of Starbucks' greatest new menu additions, but having the ability to make a dupe in my own kitchen is even greater. This frother is foolproof, with only a hot and cold setting, and I've experienced zero issues with burning, something I've heard other people struggle with when using different brands of frothers.
Blue Bottle x Hario Cold Brew Bottle: I received this as a housewarming gift from one of my best friends who clearly knows me well. The filter allows for an effortless, overnight process, and the coffee always turns out strong and smooth.
Vintage Airtight Coffee Container (similar here): I'm not super precious about measuring my beans before I grind them, so if I make a bit more than I need, I'll store them in an airtight container until the following morning.
Jumbo Silicone Ice Cube Mold: Once I'd invested in all the staples, I started collecting a few products that made my routine a bit more fun, including this ice cube tray. It helps my iced lattes feel a bit more fancy, creates the ice cubes to prep a dirty chai, and I recently used it to try a recipe I found on Crate & Barrel's newsletter, with sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, and cinnamon.
Ethiopian Beans: I usually gravitate towards single-origin Ethiopian beans (they're complex, mild, and have notes of florals), but my best friend and her mom gifted me the Atlas Coffee Club for my birthday and I'm making my way through bags from Honduras, Costa Rica, and Papa New Guinea.
Vanilla Bean Paste and Vanilla Syrup: If there's a vanilla-flavored beverage on a coffee shop's menu, I'll be ordering it ten times out of ten (I believe this began after my love affair with McDonald's French Vanilla Iced Coffee – the GOAT). It was only natural that I brought my love affair with vanilla to the kitchen, and these are my two go-to's.
Chobani Sweet Cream Creamer: If you follow me on Instagram, you know this creamer makes a regular appearance on my stories (and I even wrote about it as my favorite product in January) because it tastes like liquid ice cream. I pray this never gets discontinued because my morning cup of joe would truly suffer.