Can’t get to Starbucks or Dunkin? How to make your favorite coffee drinks at home
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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, many restaurants are closing their doors—and that includes coffee shops. Even Starbucks recently announced that they'll be closing a number of dine-in locations across the country (!!). And while yes, there are more pressing concerns than where you're going to get your morning cup of joe, life still goes on—and for a lot of us, that means our daily coffee routine must go on, too.
Whether you like a classic cup of Pike's Place roast or you're more of a fancy latte drinker, we've rounded up everything you need to recreate your favorite coffee shop drinks below.
How to brew the best cup of hot coffee at home
A good cup of coffee starts with the beans—fresh beans, that is. And for that, you'll need a grinder. While blade grinders are more affordable, burr grinders will produce more consistently-sized grounds, which are essential for a better brew. Our favorite is the Baratza Encore because it has 40 different grind size settings to choose from and made the most even grounds of any grinder.
Next, you'll need a quality coffee maker. If drip coffee makers are your thing, we recommend the Technivorm Moccamaster. Out of all the coffee makers we tested, it ranked highest on our taste test, producing the smoothest brew, and is surprisingly quick and efficient. Speaking of which, if you're an "I need coffee now" person, we like the Keurig K-Cafe. It's the most versatile single-serve coffee maker we've tested and even has an attached milk frother for when you're craving a fancier beverage.
Pro tip: Drip coffee makers aren't your only option. Our kitchen and cooking writer, Valerie Li, actually says that a pour-over coffee maker is your best bet if you're looking for the most flavorful cup of joe because it lets you control every step of the brewing process. As for which one is best? We like the Hario V60 Coffee Dripper. "It's super easy to use and can brew a cup of coffee fast," Valerie explains. "You'll also be able to control the flavors by speeding up or slowing down the process."
- Get the Baratza Encore from Amazon for $139
- Get the Technivorm Moccamaster from Amazon for $299
- Get the Keurig K-Cafe from Amazon for $174.78
- Get the Hario V60 Coffee Dripper from Amazon for $22.48
How to make the best iced coffee at home
Sure, you could brew hot coffee and then pour it over ice to make your beloved iced coffee. But not only does that take longer but it also exposes the beans to heat which can lead to a more bitter brew. Enter the cold brew coffee maker, which can save you time and make better-tasting iced coffee. Our experts chose the Takeya as the best cold brew maker out there because it's incredibly easy to use (simply add your grounds, pour in water, and wait) and produced some of the most flavorful coffee—and tea!—of all the ones we tested, even after sitting in the fridge for a week.
And if you want your iced coffee even faster? We recommend the Dash Rapid Cold Brew System, which brews delicious iced coffee in just minutes (most cold brew makers require a few hours!). It's also adjustable, meaning you can choose whether you like your coffee lighter, stronger, or more concentrated.
- Get the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker from Amazon for $19.87
- Get the Dash Rapid Cold Brew System from Amazon for $60.98
How to make the best espresso at home
There are some of us for whom regular coffee just doesn't cut it. I.e. we need the caffeine hit of espresso to get us going in the morning. Enter our experts' number one espresso maker: the Breville Barista Touch. It produces the creamiest, tastiest espresso and is very easy-to-use—even for beginners—thanks to a touchscreen that walks you through every step of the process. (Psst: Not willing to spend that much? Our best value pick is the Gaggia Classic Pro, which is half the price!)
No matter what espresso maker you use, the trick to better espresso is first dialing in your machine. "This means you have adjusted the amount of grounds, the temperature, and the pressure all to the optimal level," Valerie explains. "It's important to make sure the coffee is extracted at the right level to have full-bodied taste."
- Get the Breville Barista Touch from Amazon for $995.95
- Get the Gaggia Classic Pro from Amazon for $449
How to make the best latte at home
Yes, you can make your favorite latte in your own kitchen and no, you don't have to have any barista experience. What you will need, however, is a good milk frother. Here at Reviewed, we recommend the Nespresso Aeroccino 3. Out of all the frothers, the Aeroccino was the easiest and quickest to use and produced perfectly frothy milk every time. Plus, it has an attachment that heats your milk exceptionally well and evenly.
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