Whether you are hosting a coffee bar at your holiday party or just want to enhance your Saturday morning cup of Joe, to become a true at-home barista you will need to stock your coffee bar with a number of essentials.
1. Quality Whole Bean Coffee
First things first, you will need coffee, duh! But not just any coffee. When it comes to coffee beans, quality matters, coffee labeled as “specialty” is going to be high quality as it goes through a rigorous process to qualify as so.
The blend and roast you choose are up to you. There is no right or wrong regarding whether you enjoy light, medium, or dark roasts. Sample a few different flavor profiles to find out what you like best.
Purchase whole bean over ground coffee. The moment coffee is ground it starts losing its flavor. This may mean you will also have to invest in a coffee grinder.
2. Coffee Maker
There are countless models of coffee makers on the market today. Many of these are great options, some, however, can sacrifice your quality.
Good options include a classic drip coffee maker, french press, pour-over, or espresso machine. Single-serve coffee machines can diminish your ability to use quality coffee or customize to your liking.
3. Milk Frother
An easy way to make cafe-quality coffee drinks is to get a simple milk frother. These handy tools are inexpensive and allow you the cafe experience at home. If you want to make any milk-based coffee drinks, this will be a game changer
4. Water Filter
Whether you have a filtration system or a filtered water pitcher, filtered water, free of chemicals and other minerals, is key to a quality cup of coffee. You may be surprised that you will likely taste the difference between coffee brewed with tap water vs. filtered water.
5. Essential Ingredients
You want all the coffee essentials on hand. This can include milk and other milk substitutions such as oat milk or almond milk. Flavored creamers, flavored syrups. Spices such as cinnamon or nutmeg. Toppings such as chocolate shavings or whip cream.
Coffee Shop in Minneapolis
It can be fun and convenient to bring the coffee shop experience into your home. However, when you are on the go or short on time our 7 Corners Coffee Shop in Minneapolis or Eden Prairie are also a convenient option. For a specialty coffee experience stop into either location today.