Just like how every baker needs bakeware and every artisan needs tools, every home barista needs certain accessories to pull that perfect cup of espresso in a smooth, mess-free and stress-free workflow. Whether you’re a budding barista or a coffee enthusiast learning to brew your own cafe-quality espresso at home, here are eight coffee tools that we recommend getting to help you understand the techniques of coffee-making and perfect your skills.
1. Burr Grinder[caption id="attachment_20966" align="aligncenter" width="1005"] Opt for a Burr grinder over a blade grinder for your coffee beans if you're ready to upgrade your coffee-making game. Photo by De’Longhi.[/caption] A burr grinder crushes beans between a moving grinder wheel and a stationary plate. The wheel typically has serrated edges while the plate has jagged edges—both work together to give you a consistent and uniform sized ground coffee. In contrast, a blade grinder looks more like a blender. While they’re cheaper, the grind size is typically not consistent. A coffee connoisseur may be able to spot the inconsistent flavour in your espresso from the different tastes produced by finely and coarsely ground coffee. The De’Longhi Burr Grinder lets you enjoy precise control of your brewing process when you get to choose from 16 grind settings. It comes with a user-friendly soft-touch interface, making grinding almost effortless. Shop the De’Longhi Burr Coffee Grinder at SGD 99 or
Posted: November 17, 2021
With Christmas coming up, it’s time to start your festive shopping. Choosing the right gift doesn’t have to be stressful. Instead of focusing on the “perfect” present, an idea would be to start from what your recipient likes, then think of how your gift can add to that. If you have a coffee lover in mind who can’t get enough of coffee, here are 10 festive gift ideas for coffee lovers with a coffee machine that you can use to put a smile on their faces this Christmas. We’ve arranged our list in ascending order in terms of price. Get ready to spread a merry cheer, but with coffee!
1. Whole Beans from JJ Royal Coffee[caption id="attachment_20507" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Toraja Coffee is JJ Royal Coffee’s best-selling beans. Bold and full-bodied, Toraja coffee packs a punch of dark cocoa nibs and caramel notes with hints of muted grapefruit. Photo from JJ Coffee Royal.[/caption] Part of the joy of brewing homemade coffee is getting to try out different types of coffee beans. Our partner roaster, JJ Royal Coffee, sources high-quality coffee beans from all over Indonesia. They offer many exciting single-origin beans, starting from SGD 11.50 a pack. Grab your friend or loved one a bag (or more) to try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained! Shop all Roasted Coffee Beans from JJ Royal Coffee beans today.
Posted: October 27, 2021
Espresso powder, more commonly known as instant espresso powder, is typically used in baking to amplify other flavours, especially chocolate. Seasoned bakers often add this secret ingredient into chocolate and coffee desserts such as tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and even chocolate ganache.
While espresso powder helps elevate your baked goods, don’t sweat it if you don’t have any at home. Not only can it be substituted with other common baking ingredients, but you can also make espresso powder from scratch with the help of coffee machine accessories.
In this article, find out what espresso powder is, how you can substitute it with other ingredients, and how to make your own espresso powder at home.
What Is Espresso Powder?
In the world of coffee, no two brews taste the same. Much like wine, coffee has many different varieties and complexities. Flavour, aroma, sweetness, bitterness, acidity and finish – these are just some of the characteristics of coffee that make each cuppa unique and infinitely desirable.
By learning how to do coffee cupping at home, you will better understand the distinctive qualities of each coffee variety. The result? You might just discover a whole new sensory experience.
What is Coffee Cupping?
Coffee cupping is a standard process carried out by producers, roasters and industry professionals to evaluate the quality and consistency of a coffee sample.
When a new batch of coffee beans reaches these experts, they will do a sample roast to assess the individual characteristics of the coffee (such as acidity or body) and its distinct flavour notes.
If you are a home brewer, all you have to do is focus on the taste categories below to excite your senses and taste coffee like a pro.
To ensure that your coffee cupping session is set up perfectly, there are a few essential gadgets you will need and things to take note of.
Use a Reliable Kettle
Ring in the new year with these coffee gadgets to help you elevate your coffee experience. Whether you drink your coffee on-the-go or at home, with frothed milk or cold-brewed, here are six accessories to help you get the best out of your cuppa.
Travel French Press[caption id="attachment_11211" align="alignnone" width="811"] Save time in the mornings with this on-the-go French press. Photo from Bodum on Amazon.[/caption] This one’s perfect if you love French press coffee but always in a rush and have no time to make it before heading out. This travel press works just like a regular French press with added conveniences. It allows you to brew your coffee and drink from it, scoring well in terms of portability as it cuts the need to bring an extra mug. Thinking of getting a reusable coffee cup? Here are some things to consider before deciding on one. It’s easy to use too, simply add your coffee grounds, pour the hot water in, give it a stir and close the lid with the plunger up. Once it’s time, just push the plunger down and enjoy your coffee wherever you are — in the car, walking the dog or at the office. Shop for the Bodum Travel Press Coffee Maker available in stainless steel or plastic double wall, from USD37.
Milk Frothing Thermometer[caption id="attachment_11202" align="alignnone" width="1542"]
Posted: September 23, 2020
Whether you feel like having a delectable espresso or a velvety cappuccino, the Maestosa Machine has been designed to make it all about your coffee. But what makes it a true Italian masterpiece? Read on for the secret to the excellence of this fully automatic coffee machine. Find out what you will get with your Maestosa Machine: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VG2y_KIo90
Two Separate Bean Containers[caption id="attachment_8659" align="alignnone" width="2000"] With the Maestosa Machine’s dual bean containers, you can enjoy the flexibility of having two different types of coffee beans.[/caption] Does your family have different preferences in coffee beans? Problem solved. The Maestosa comes with two bean containers so you can fill up your machine with different beans. Moreover, an electronic bean sensor will remind you before your beans run out so you won’t have to go a day without your favourite cup of coffee. Need a constant supply of coffee beans? Here’s a list of coffee subscriptions to ease your worries.
Adaptive Grinding Technology[caption id="attachment_8662" align="alignnone" width="2000"] The Maestosa Machine’s smart technology provides fuss-free convenience to the coffee-making process.[/caption] Coffee grinding is a science but the Maestosa’
With more people bringing the coffee brewing experience into their homes nowadays, there’s been an influx of coffee accessories in the market. While some of these trendy gadgets are really attractive and tempting to buy, they aren’t particularly useful nor necessary. The result? A kitchen cupboard filled with unwanted brewing equipment and accessories we never use. But there are some innovative items that have proven their worth. Here are 6 accessories that aren’t only useful for every coffee drinker, but also transform the way we enjoy our coffee.
Airtight Coffee Bean Canister[caption id="attachment_8443" align="alignnone" width="934"] Maximise the freshness of your coffee beans with the Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Canister. Photo from Coffee Gator.[/caption] A coffee bean’s greatest enemy is oxidation, moisture, heat, and light. We’ve stressed the importance of storing your coffee beans in a vacuum-sealed or airtight container to prevent them from going stale. One of our favourite airtight containers is the Coffee Gator Stainless Steel Coffee Canister. Its innovative freshness valves release carbon dioxide emitted from the roasted beans while locking out oxygen from entering the container. Moreover, the calendar wheel that sits on the lid allows you to log the bean’s roasting date so that you won’t be drinking coffee that has passed its shelf life.
Posted: May 29, 2020
Designed and created in the home of the espresso, Italy, find out why the De’longhi La Specialista is a dream come true for coffee connoisseurs. Whether you are a novice home barista or an experienced one, this semi-automatic coffee machine is a perfect combination of technology and craft. From bean to cup, enjoy full control of your coffee-making experience while the inbuilt advanced barista technology controls each variable for a flawless brew. Unbox your brand new La Specialista with us: https://youtu.be/XAunxzoVEfk Shop now, from SGD1,199.
Sensor Grinding Technology[caption id="attachment_6156" align="alignnone" width="2437"] Enjoy the flexibility of adjusting the coffee ground fineness and dosage according to your preference.[/caption] For that exquisite shot of espresso, it boils down to perfecting the grind size. La Specialista’s Integrated Sensor Grinder doesn’t only ground beans with absolute precision, but also a consistent and optimal dose each time. With 6 grind settings, you can customise the grinding level and adjust the amount of espresso to be brewed for your chosen coffee beverage. With the bean sensor, you will never run out of beans while grinding midway.
Smart Built-in Tamping System[caption id="attachment_6159" align="alignnone" width="2496"] The smart built-in tamping syste
So, you’ve treated yourself to a fresh bag of coffee beans. How do you care for the coffee beans to make sure your morning java stays fresh for as long as possible? Better care of coffee beans makes better-tasting coffee ― and that’s something all of us would appreciate in the morning to boost our energy for the day ahead. For the best cup of coffee, it comes down to knowing the different sizes of grind, how you properly store your beans, and what you should do to maximise the freshness and flavour. Here are some tips and tricks to get the most out of your caffeine hit. Read on to find out the best way to keep your coffee fresh.
Buy just the right amount[caption id="attachment_6436" align="alignnone" width="2560"] The best way to ensure the freshness of your coffee is to buy less, but more frequently. Photo from Victor Munoz[/caption] The best way to enjoy your coffee is when it’s fresh. Your coffee beans begin to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting. The best way to ensure the freshness of your coffee is to buy less, enough for one or two weeks, but more frequently. The life span of your roasted coffee beans is approximately 4 to 5 weeks. Coffee beans older than that will not make you sick, but it will never taste as good as when it’s fresh. Here's more reasons why you should care about your coffee bean's roasting date. Our Kimbo Espresso Coffee Beans 100% Arab
Posted: February 26, 2020
Technology and coffee go hand in hand; throughout the years, we’ve seen amazing innovations in the art of making coffee, so it’s natural that we now have apps to aid in that process.
From apps that allow you to remotely control your coffee machine to the ones set up for instant pick-ups at your favourite cafes, here are our top favourites for apps that will make loving coffee so much easier.