Us espresso drinkers are an opinionated bunch. All of us agree that we like espresso (or espresso), however as for the way it needs to be made (pour-over vs. drip vs. French press vs. chilly brew), nicely, that’s one other story. Whereas we love these passionate preferences, they’ll make espresso gift-giving fairly the excessive wire act. In hopes of lowering this danger, we spoke to probably the most opinionated espresso lovers of all—baristas—to establish the most effective presents for every type of espresso lovers.
For 15-year espresso trade veteran—and Food52 Check Kitchen Assistant—César Pérez, there’s no such factor as too many espresso cups. “I’m a mug addict. If I see one I like, I get it,” he mentioned. Of his assortment, his favourite mugs are those that carry sentimental worth. “I as soon as acquired a ceramic model of these iconic Greek NYC to-go espresso cups from my coworker as a result of I’m a local New Yorker. It was actually considerate and cute.”
Carlos Morales—an NYC-based hospitality skilled who’s labored in specialty espresso for greater than a decade—loves investigating how totally different kettles impression the flavour of his espresso. “It will be good to have a set of kettles for various brew strategies,” he says. Food52 Editorial Assistant and former barista Anabelle Doliner echoes Carlos’ kettle curiosity, citing this fashion as her favourite.
For Carlos, a grinder was the most effective espresso reward he’s ever acquired. “The power to grind espresso at house is really a delight,” he mentioned. Anabelle agrees, however believes that one particular kind of grinder makes for the most effective reward. “I’d get [someone] a burr grinder—they’re so significantly better than some other kind of espresso grinder, however they’re additionally sometimes far more costly, so it’s one thing somebody may not spend money on for themselves,” she mentioned.
Anabelle, Carlos, and Cesar are all in settlement—the perfect reward for any espresso fanatic is an espresso machine. Whereas most of us don’t have house (or the necessity) for the full-size, industrial espresso machines you’ll discover at your native espresso store, there are many extra conveniently sized choices obtainable in our store.
When Anabelle labored at Espresso Commissary in Los Angeles, she turned fixated on perfecting pour-over espresso. This was her setup: “I received a Chemex to observe with at house. I additionally received a kettle (which is crucial for making a great pour-over), and a kitchen scale to weigh the beans.”
We’ve rounded up a few of our different favourite espresso tools together with french presses, storage containers, drip espresso makers, compost bins (on your used grounds), and journey mugs.
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