The Working from Home Essential Coffee Guide!

The Working from Home Essential Coffee Guide!
Written by
Sara Lindsay
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When you are working from home and you’re tired of instant, how are you going to get your coffee fix? By brewing your own coffee at home, of course! There are so many ways you can brew coffee from your own kitchen, you’ll be an expert barista before you know it!

Laptop on table with coffee

Coffee equipment for your kitchen

First things first, how are you going to make your coffee? For a relatively low budget and little expertise, you can make great coffee in the comfort of your own home.

For beginners, try a cafetiere, sometimes called a French press. Simply add your ground coffee, fill with hot water and plunge to separate the grounds. This is a great choice for home coffee making as it’s easy to use, easy to clean and doesn’t take up too much space in your cupboard.

Cafetiere

Another option is the Moka pot. This is a metal pot that is filled with ground coffee at the top, water at the bottom and then put on the hob to heat the water. Again, this is a great way to brew coffee with little mess and minimal storage space.

moka pot

Maybe the AeroPress Coffee Maker is the one for you? This is a revolutionary way to make amazing coffee at home. Simply add your ground coffee to the chamber with hot water, stir and leave for about a minute. Then place a filter paper in the basket, turn the AeroPress over onto your coffee cup and plunge to extract your coffee. Easy, perfect coffee every time!

aeropress

You could also experiment making coffee using pourover equipment, like a Chemex. This is becoming a more and more popular way of making great coffee. Just place your grounds in filter paper that sits on the top of the jar and pour hot water over them. Pouring in a spiral motion will ensure even extraction and great taste.

Chemex

Coffee beans to use at home

Next, you’ll need some coffee beans. For the freshest cup - like the coffee you get in your favourite café or coffee shop - you’ll want to look for whole bean coffee.

Some of our favourites are the Piacetto Prestigioso, made from 100% Arabica Yellow Catuai beans, or the Tchibo Café Crème Classique – medium bodied, light roast blend of Arabica and Robust beans.

If you’re not sure, why not try a few to find the one you like best? This whole bean taster set should get you well on your way to perfect coffee at home!

Don’t forget you’ll also need something to grind those beans – this Hario hand grinder is great for grinding for a range of grind sizes, so it’s perfect for a medium grind for your Chemex, or finer for your Moka pot.

coffee beans in espresso cup

What milk should I use?

Skimmed, semi-skimmed or whole milk is fine if that’s what you’d normally order, but don’t forget there are so many different options to explore! Try our new Alpro range of plant milks – they are made especially for professional baristas so you can get an authentic coffee experience. Or Minor Figures Oat M*lk is a popular choice whether you are following a plant based diet, dairy intolerant or just love the great taste!

If you’re going all out, you’ll want to froth your milk for your cappuccinos or lattes. Try a milk frother to whip that air into your milk for the coffees you love to order in your favourite coffee shop!

 

So, with just three or four key pieces of equipment and ingredients, you can enjoy great coffee when you’re working from home, reading the papers on a Sunday, or any time! Share your photos of your home-made coffee with us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!