5 best gadgets for bean heads and caffeine fiends

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Alex Christian

Only the best gadgets and apps to truly up your coffee game and carefully plotted caffeine intake 

Bored of your bland instant cup o’Joe? Tired of picking undissolved granules from your teeth post-swig? Sick of forking out six quid every morning on something artisanal and so-strong-it’s-migraine-inducing

Then step right up, friend, because from this moment onwards your morning nectar will be a thing of pride. 

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Best espresso coffee machine:

De’Longhi’s traditional pump espresso machine is called the Scultura – Italian for sculpture. And once you’re done admiring its Fifties retro styling atop your kitchen surface, this little conversation piece will trickle out some of the best home-brewed doses of morning rocket fuel this side of Naples. 

Grind coffee or pop a pod, fire up, then glug down your taste-bud-tingling, belly-warming hug in a mug. There’s a milk-frother included too, meaning you can rip up Italian tradition and offend the connoisseurs by downing a freshly whipped afternoon cappuccino, with your very own heart-shaped choccy on top. Stencils sold separately. £139.99;

Best grinder:

Even the coffee non-believers know that the best cup comes from beans that are freshly ground. So shove a bag-load into the Bialetti Emotion and get grinding for a richer, better java. £63;

Best coffee scales:

In your student days it was sachet instants. In your twenties, espresso pods. And now you’ve graduated Barista Big School: your own bean-counting Brewista Smart Scale V2. £79.90; Amazon

Best coffee press:

There are so many ways of making a cup of joe from the AeroPress, there’s an official world championship – held this month in Sydney. Really. Pour your own super-smooth brew, then look it up. £24.50; Amazon

Best for tea:

You open your eyes: darkness envelops you, a shiver runs down your spine. Yep, your 6am alarm has just gone off. Ease yourself into the day by sticking the iKettle on, via your phone, from your bed. £99.99;

Best apps

It’s a confusing caffeinated world out there. Making sense of it all is this comprehensive guide, turning you from an americano amateur to a moka master. Free;

After a spiced, dairy-free cup of java? From a dog- friendly cafe? Consult this coffee shop finder, scouring the best indie places for your ideal shot. Free;

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