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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.