Espresso Machine Accessories - Buying Guide
The first step along the home barista pathway is to find a great Italian coffee machine for your home. After that find a coffee grinder to pair it. The final step is to look at espresso machine accessories. Great accessories will improve the consistency and the quality of your coffee of choice. They will also help you to keep your machine in great condition. There's a "toy factor" here as well. Enjoy your toys.
There are many hundreds of accessories on the market. I have chosen a handful of the best. My recommendation is to add the very best accessories that money can buy, and to make this less of a financial hit I have put together some great kits.
Recommended Espresso Machine Accessories
I have put together 3 accessory kits. These are not the usual cheapie kits that many retailers throw in with machines. These accessories are the best of the best. Here's a run through:
The Bronze Kit contains:
KBC Precision Tamper These KBC precision tampers have been custom sized with 58.5mm flat stainless steel bases to ensure a piston fit to your basket. The handles are crafted from sandalwood and each one is a a work of art.
Barista Jug This 350ml barista jug is the best milk jug that I know of. It's thick and solid, it's shape is great for milk texturing, and it's spout is perfect for pouring latte art.
Barista Cloth This microfiber cloth will keep your coffee station and your coffee machine nice and clean.
Knock Box This knock box stands out from the crowd for it's clean design and high gloss finish.
The Silver Kit contains all of the above plus:
Pesado Precision Basket These baskets are laser cut and ridgeless. All this means that you will get a more consistent extraction. This basket also fits about 20% more coffee the basket supplied with coffee machines for a stronger double shot.
Pesado Precision Shower Screen The Pesado shower screen features laser cut conical holes. Their smooth surface makes them easy to wipe clean and this stops coffee oils from building up. I highly recommend this upgrade for every Italian coffee machine.
The Gold Kit contains all of the above plus:
Coffee Scales Compact scales with 0.1 g readings, quick response time, and a tray to hold your PF completely flat during weighing.
Tamping Mat I store my tamper and grind distribution tool on this to protect the bottom of these precision tools. That's because I'm obsessive about looking after my gear. Most use the mat to tamp on, to protect the kitchen bench.
Grind Distribution Tool This adjustable tool improves the quality and repeat-ability of espresso extractions by distributing grinds evenly from the centre to the edges of the basket and also, by creating a flat puck to tamp onto. I’m a huge fan of these.