One thing we’ve discovered this year is that New Zealanders are spoiled for choice when it comes to great coffee. As a result, when we began working more from home, the lack of access to office coffee machines or our favourite café was a major setback.
The good news is that you don’t have to leave your house to get a truly exceptional cup of coffee. From locally roasted beans to essential equipment, we’ve broken down six simple steps for improving your home coffee game. What’s the best part? You don’t even have to change out of your loungewear—how convenient.
To Begin, Sort The Beans
90% of the reason café coffee tastes so good is because of the beans. We could write an entire article on how to choose the best beans, but here are the highlights. Determine your prefered flavour profile; do you prefer a mellower bean or a darker roast? Our recommendation is to order a sampler pack or speak with your local barista to learn more. And, when it comes to beans, fresh is always preferable. Always double-check the roast date on your pack, store it tightly sealed, and consume it quickly. Are you unsure where to begin? You can’t go wrong with a pack from one of New Zealand’s most beloved roasters, such as Flight Coffee, Eightthirty, or Red Rabbit.
Enhance Your Equipment
After you’ve gotten the beans, you’ll want to get the manufacturing part of the caffeine equation correct. While there are numerous options, an espresso machine is the only way to achieve barista-level coffee at home.
The Sunbeam Barista Plus Espresso Machine is our top pick for convenience, quality, and value for money. For about the price of about 80 lattes, you’ll get an unlimited supply of lattes delivered to your home—a steal. This one does it all, and with its digital grinder and shot timer, it’s ideal for beginners. However, if you’ve avoided the coffee traps, the Café Series Duo Espresso Machine will provide an even more elevated experience.
Get Educated About CoffeeTok
Who requires a barista course nowadays? Jump on the interwebs and brush up on everything you need to indulge your coffee addiction from the comfort of your own home. James Hoffmann is YouTube’s coffee guru, covering a variety of strange and wacky topics as well as beginner tips. For pure inspiration, visit #CoffeeTok to browse the most recent recipes, ideas, and tips from TikTok’s coffee community. The possibilities are endless, from pumpkin spiced cold brew to drool-worthy takes on Affogato and cookies and cream lattes.