Leanne Kelsall rounds up the latest coffee machines and accessories spotted at London Coffee Festival 2017. If like me, a perfect cup of coffee is one of life’s luxuries you can’t live without, you’ll want to listen up. I, among hundreds of other coffee lovers, headed to trendy Brick Lane for London’s annual Coffee Festival.
A festival which saw an array of events – a global barista tournament, coffee and food pairing sessions, espresso martini parties, home barista workshops (and more) – take place over four days.
Expert baristas travelled from all over to attend the event, so while there, I did some digging to find out about their favourite gadgets and machines that could help people like you and I create barista-style coffee at home. So here they are; the latest must-have coffee-making gadgets (favoured by the professionals) to help you say bye-bye to bad coffee forever
1)Hario V60 Drip Scale, £48
Consistency is key when it comes exquisite coffee, the smallest of grammes makes a big difference to the flavour. That’s where a set of accurate scales, like these, come in. Premium features include a built-in timer that lets you precision-brew without the scales switching off. Artisan coffee roaster, Union, stock these scales, who handily, also sell some of the world’s finest and rarest coffee, ethically sourced in support with talented, independent farmers. The result? One-of-a-kind, lovingly prepared coffee with the most intense flavours. http://www.unionroasted.com
2) KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker, £129
Cold brews are the hot topic right now, especially with warmer weather on the way. This beautiful KitchenAid cold brewer made its debut at the Coffee Festival and we were lucky enough to give it a try. It features a steeper for accurate brewing and a handy dispensing tap. And with only four parts, it’s a dream to clean. http://www.kitchenaid.com
3) Stelton Collar Coffee Grinder, £64.95
Did you know that by using pre-ground beans you’re losing some of the coffee’s original flavour? By grinding the beans yourself, you’ll get a richer espresso. And you won’t find a grinder more striking than this. I love the minimalist Italian and Scandi design, and it’s Teflon-coated too, so will last for ages. http://www.black-by-design.co.uk
4) Sage The Oracle, IRO £2,000 (coming soon)
Designed in partnership with Heston Blumenthal, Sage’s ever-popular The Oracle will this year see another shiny update. It’s one serious piece of coffee tech, with new features for texturing of non-dairy milk and a nifty touchscreen. It’s not available until late summer but you can catch a glimpse at the machine by watching our video from the Coffee Festival. http://www.sageappliances.co.uk
5)Judge Milk Frother, £52.64
You don’t need a fancy machine to get that lovely froth made by your local barista. With this top-notch frother, you’ll get lovely foamy milk at the touch of a button, ready for your Cappuccino or Latte. http://www.judgecookware.co.uk
6) Dualit Classic Capsule Machine, £249.99
Dualit’s latest pod machine comes in their iconic, polished steel design, and even lets you brew tea. Coffee and tea pods are specially designed for the best possible extraction and the machine will dispense the optimum volume of liquid for each drink, just like your barista. It’s a faff-free way to enjoy artisan coffee at home. http://www.dualit.com
7) Tom Dixon Stove Top Coffee Maker, £135
If you’re an espresso aficionado, you’ll no doubt own a stove top coffee maker. But does it look as elegant as this? The copper-finished steel body will wow passersby, plus, it makes four Espressos in one go. http://www.selfridges.com
8) Smarter Coffee Machine, £179.99
This little lifesaver lets you brew a fresh jug of coffee from anywhere in your home using your smartphone. You can adjust the strength and the number of cups (up to 12) straight from the app. It uses whole beans and even lets you set the coarseness. Amazing coffee has never been so easy. http://www.smarter.am
9) Hario Coffee Drip and Stand, £90
This art deco-inspired accessory makes coffee dripping look like art. But there’s a scientific reason behind its striking design; it allows you to brew directly into the server from just the right height. http://www.hario.co.uk
10) Bonavita Glass Carafe Coffee Brewer, £148
US-based coffee connoisseurs, Bonavita, have just launched their 8-cup auto coffee brewer. You can brew in a touch with great tasting coffee guaranteed thanks to the pre-infusion mode that evenly saturates the coffee grounds. http://www.amazon.co.uk
11) The Oak and Rope Company Nespresso Capsule Holder, £115
And finally, no coffee-lover’s kitchen is complete without a stylish solution for storing pods. This Nespresso capsule holder is an elegant way to keep organised, plus it’s hand-crafted from solid oak. You can engrave up to 12 characters to add your own personal touch. http://www.theoakandropecompany.co.uk A little note on coffee pods… You might like coffee pods for their convenience but did you know they take up to 500 years to biodegrade? Which means our landfill sights are quickly filling up. A fully recyclable alternative was yet to be invented. Until now. Independent Brixton roaster, Volcano Coffee Works, have created their own range of 100% biodegradable pods. You can recycle them through your usual green waste collection or even chuck them onto your compost, as well as the rubbish bin, guilt-free. Check out their range of pods at http://www.volcanocoffeeworks.com.
The London Coffee Festival – Where and How? The London Coffee Festival 2018 will take place from 12th-15th April at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QR. Find out more at http://www.londoncoffeefestival.com.
Luxurious Magazine | April 2017