We asked the staff of The Verge about their favorite coffee and tea brewers, grinders, and other accessories last year. A year has passed, so we decided to investigate what other caffeine delivery systems our journalists use to power through the day.
If you are also a connoisseur, we hope you enjoy reading about some of the accessories we use for our daily infusions.
Zojirushi Micom Water Heater and Boiler
Some may find it sacrilegious to have pre-boiled water on tap from a machine, but I cannot imagine my life without mine, especially during the winter. I consume iced coffee throughout the year, so I use this for tea, oatmeal, rice porridge, and anything else that requires hot water.
I recall that my grandmother had at least three of these throughout her home. They hold a large amount of water, and the multiple temperature settings allow you to adjust for any dish. I’ve owned this 135-ounce Zojirushi boiler and warmer for over five years, and it’s still in good condition. It’s a good option for chaotic individuals who refuse to microwave water for tea but are too lazy to use a kettle every time (me). I’m terrible at remembering to refill it; it’s heartbreaking to push the button and see the last few drops sputter out. Don’t be like me!!! — Mia Sato, reporter for platforms and communities
$184 for a Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler and Warmer
This 4.0-liter (135-ounce) water boiler and warmer has a panorama window for viewing water levels, four “keep warm” temperatures, and a Quick Temp function that heats water without allowing it to boil.
Capresso Infinity Burr Conical Grinder
Last year, I recommended the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Grinder as a relatively inexpensive coffee grinder that worked well for preparing our morning French press coffee. A year has passed, and we’re still pleased with it. As previously stated, this is not a premium coffee grinder; for example, it has metal burrs rather than ceramic ones. It’s still difficult to clean, but I’ve discovered that adding a few drops of water to the beans before grinding reduces the static that causes the tiny grinds to adhere to the different parts of the grinder. (Experiment; it works!) However, it still grinds our coffee beans to a satisfactory coarseness, and a year later, we continue to use it to make our morning coffee. — Barbara Krasnoff, editor of reviews