I spend a lot of time on Amazon, and I'm pretty sure you do too. Sure, there's nothing like scouring the shelves of an independent retailer, but sometimes we all find joy in coming home to a cardboard box with that famous cheeky smile*.
Because of my shopping habits and the trackable system that is the internet, most of the 'recommended' products which appear on my feed are coffee related, and I've realised I don't really showcase them much on here. Sure, I have my 'recommendations' on the front page of my website (I'll be updating them soon!), but I don't dedicate much time to recommending new coffee products to you.
So to start with something simple, I've gathered together the essentials for when you're first starting out on your journey to better coffee. I know the feeling - when you start something new out you don't really want to invest too much money, so I've made sure the budget of these items do not take the mickey. Instead, I've done some digging of (tried and tested!) products on the lower end of the spectrum.
We still have to understand that many of these items hold to the whole 'quality over quantity' debate, as I don't want to sell you utter rubbish for the sake of bulking up this blog post. Hence why I emphasise that I have tried all of the products below. I would not be recommending them to you if that weren't the case.
*oh, and no one is sponsoring me with this blog post, but I do have an affiliate account with Amazon. Law-abiding citizen and all that, so I have to disclaim that here.
Hario Plastic V60 Coffee Dripper
Ahhh, Hario. Could I really start with anything else?
The simplicity of the V60 brewer is both cheap, small and easy to use, which makes it perfect for any one who is looking into expanding their home brew-bar. Making a lighter filter coffee in comparison to other methods, the V60 is a great way to experiment with extraction rates and develop a deeper understanding of coffee brewing.
(they're pretty instagrammable too - which is never a bad thing)
Hario V60 Paper Filters (01) Set of 100
Sorry to break your bubble, but if you go ahead and get a V60 pourover you'll have to buy some of these to get going.
Don't you worry though, they're very inexpensive, and you get a good amount in each packet which will last you for quite awhile.
(if you don't want to buy filter papers, you can also get a paperless filter cone instead).
Pourover Kettle (Goose Neck Spout)
Who knew something so amazing could be so pretty? No but seriously, I swapped one of my own heavy duty (think £50) pouring kettles out for this lovely thing.
Since I only ever make coffees for myself (no one else in my family enjoys pourovers), this single-serve black pouring kettle does the trick for me.
Also a perk is that I've memorised the level of water needed, so it actually speeds up the process of preparing a brew for myself. I don't have to waste time measuring out the water each time.
You really shouldn't overlook the importance of a proper pouring kettle, even right from the start. These little guys make it incredibly easy for you to control the flow rate of your water and make a better cup of coffee as a result.
Are you really doing the whole brew-bar experience until you use freshly ground coffee beans? Well, I don't think so.
If you're still in early stages and need something cheaper, then this little hand grinder is great. It offers a good level of consistency for a manual grinder and doesn't seem to require as much physical effort as others I've tried.
You can thank me later.
Grand Total: £36.03*
*as of writing this blog post, this is the accuracte price of all four items totalled together.
So there you have it! I welcome you to the brew bar experience. Trust me, you're going to absolutely love it. You'll never go back to your french press ever again (okay, maybe that's a lie but it's a great dramatic exit for the end of my blog post).