Coffee Machine Extras
After you have selected your Italian coffee machine and coffee grinder it’s time to take a 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 coffee machine and your coffee grinder in great condition. There's a "toy factor" here as well. Enjoy your toys.
I have chosen a handful of the best espresso accessories that money can buy, and to make them less of a financial hit, I have put together some great accessory kits.
Recommended Coffee 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 tampers have been custom sized with 58.5mm flat stainless steel bases for a piston fit to Pesado precision 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 A microfibre cloth to 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 20-22g baskets are a great upgrade and they are suited to any coffee machine with a 58mm group. They are ridgeless with laser cut holes for a more consistent extraction.
Pesado Precision Shower Screen These shower screens feature laser cut conical holes. Their design improves flow distribution from the group head and their smooth surface makes them easy to clean.
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.
Coffee Distribution Tool This adjustable tool improves the quality and repeatability of espresso extractions by distributing grinds evenly from the center to the edges of the basket and also, by creating a flat puck to tamp onto. I’m a huge fan of these.
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