Best coffee brewing equipment

Coffee Equipment Recommendations

Acquiring the best coffee beans that money can buy, having them roasted to perfection, and on your table in less than 72 hours after roasting, this is only 50% of the perfect-cup-of-coffee equation. The other 50% is in the brewing. Therefore, it helps to have in your brewing arsenal the right equipment.

Everything I buy, I prefer Made In USA. When that's not possible then I fall back to my ABC rule (Anything But China). I don't buy from people wanting to enslave us, like they've done with their own people. That's also why you won't find links to those commies at Amazon.

Whole Bean Coffee Grinders

One of the most important brewing items to have is a good grinder.  You want a conical burr grinder (no blades).  Here's information on how to grind coffee beans.

Red Rooster Trading Camano Coffee Grinder

100% Made in the USA by Free Americans

You can find cheaper manual coffee grinders, but none made this well, which should last for generations. You'll be putting this work horse in your will to your grandkids.

Built from cast iron, meticulously machined, beautifully powder coated, assembled with old-world craftsmanship, and hand polished.

This grinder may look like something your great-grandmother would have used, but frankly, this grinder is so well engineered and manufactured, that any little-old-lady could easily use this grinder.

The Red Rooster Camano Coffee Mill will be the last coffee grinder that you will ever buy or want. So even at $149.00, this bad boy will save you money over the long haul. For more information Click Here. If you want to see this beauty at work, watch the video to your right.

Krups GVX212

Made in China by Slave Labor

This grinder is relatively small, does a great job, and best of all it's a little more quiet than most grinders.  There's a fine/course dial and also a dial for how many cups.

If by chance it stops working, you've probably left the lid off (been there, done that) or the drawer isn't pushed all the way in (been there, done that).

If this exact model number isn't available, don't worry about it, just get a Krups that kind of looks like the image here.

You can find this grinder at a number of home appliance stores or go to which has similar models for $60+.

Best Whole Bean Coffee Grinder

Coffee Brewers

How you brew your coffee has more to do with taste than where your coffee is grown.  You can have identical beans, roasted identically, yet brewing them differently really changes the taste.  It changes it a lot.  There is no one best way.  It's a matter of personal taste.

AeroPress Coffee Maker

100% Made in the USA by Free Americans

This is one of my favorite coffee brewers. The AeroPress makes a very smooth, non-bitter, and very flavorful 12-ounce cup of coffee.

So, you'll want to start by watching my video to your right and then you need to experiment. Experiment with how fine or course your grounds are, which makes a "huge" difference.

You also want to experiment with the water temperature. Additionally, you'll want to experiment with how much grounds you use. And lastly experiment with how long the coffee steeps in the water.  Watch the video and I'll show you how easy it is.

$39 on AeroPress's website

French Press

The French Press is one of my favorite brewing systems. In fact, 90% of the time, I use a French Press. Why? Because, it doesn't hide nor enhance any specific flavor. It could be argued that the French Press makes one of the best cups of coffee that you're likely to ever come across.

Bodum Chambord French Press ($40 + Free Shipping) Made in Portugal. For $40, it's worth every penny. This isn't the best French Press in the world, but honestly, the taste is the same regardless of what French Press you buy. This is my personal "go-to" French Press. Best bang-for-the-buck! Watch the video below and read This-Review.

Snow Peak Titanium French Press - ($65) Made In Japan.  I LOVE this French Press! Why? Because, it's not made in China, it's only $65, and you'd have to work real hard to break it. One of our good customers and now friend Greg from Phelen, CA swears by this French Press. He pretty much told me that if I didn't love it, he'd pay for it. Because it's almost indistructable, it's perfect for my travel kit. For the full review check out This Article Link.

Alessi French Press Brewer ($260) Made In Italy. When I bought this French Press, it was the only non-China made French Press that I could find. It is gorgeous and works well. The problem is it's expensive and made of glass, thus it is easily broken. So, be careful. 90% of the time that I make coffee, I use my Alessi.


Slow Pour Over

I'm surprised to say that I like slow pour over. Its taste profile is very similar to a French Press with lots of flavor and still smooth as silk. I think the appeal of the "slow" pour over method is that its an art form, a relaxing ritual of performance.

Melitta Pour Over - 100% Made In USA by Free Americans

I love this pour over. It works as well as any pour over that I've ever used. Best of all it's Made In USA. Secondly, you can use Melitta's #2 paper filter that is also Made In USA.  Lastly, it costs between $5 and $30, depending on the model you choose. Which model is best? Honestly, it's up to you. They all do the same thing and produce the same great cup of coffee. Check out the link above for the full review.

Blue Brew Paperless Pour Over  - 100% Made In Italy by Free Italians

Although, not Made In USA, the Blue Brew Pour Over is made meticulously in Italy. Not only is it beautiful, but it's also super easy to use and clean, doesn't need disposable filters, and not to mention, it makes great pour over coffee. At $17.00, this is a heck of a deal.

Technivorm Moccamaster 53941 KBGV

Moccamaster - Made In The Netherlands

I've owned several high-end drip machines, but they always disappoint. There are a number of reasons why I am recommending the Moccamaster. First is that it's made in the Netherlands, not China. Secondly, the reviews are off the charts good. Even America's Test Kitchen gives it their highest rating. It also comes with a 5 year guarantee. I'll promise you this. No other coffee maker offers a 5 year guarantee.

The best feature is that every drip machine that I've ever seen has one drip hole dripping the water over the coffee grounds. One hole may be good enough for them, but not for the Moccamaster. Moccamaster has 10 holes dripping water over the entire surface of the coffee grounds. It also pre-wets the the grounds. In reality the Moccamaster isn't a drip machine, it's an automated slow pour over. This machine ROCKS!


100% Made in the USA by Free Americans

If you like your coffee smooth and not bitter, then nothing beats cold-brew.  Just course grind about 1/4 - 1/3 cup of fresh whole bean coffee, put it in a quart jar, add water, put the lid on, shake, and stick it in the refrigerator.

In the morning pull it out, pour it through a strainer or filter (one of those gold metal filters for drip machine) and you're ready to go.

It's best to make it 12 hours ahead of time, but I've done it 10 minutes before drinking and it was fine.  Hint: You can even microwave it for a super smooth hot cup of heaven.

The video below shows me making cold brew coffee.

Stove Top Gooseneck Kettle

100% Made In Japan

I recently purchased a Hario VKBN-90CP “Buono” Drip Kettle Copper (900ml). I love this kettle. It’s gorgeous and it’s copper sheen looks classy on my stovetop. It works well and best of all it’s 100% made in Japan. As I said earlier, I wish I could find one Made In USA, but as far as I can tell, one doesn’t exist. If you find one made in the USA, please let me know.

The only downside to any stovetop kettle is that they take about 8 minutes to boil 12 ounces of water. On the other hand an electric kettle takes about 3 minutes.

You can find these at Hario's Website. I'd rather pay a little more buy direct than give my money to those commies at Amazon.

Electric Kettles

Made In China by Slave Labor

Although I love Gooseneck Kettles, especially the electric ones, which boil water in 2-3 minutes. The big down side is that there just aren't any kettles, either electric or stove-top, that are made in the USA. Zip! Nada! Not-to-be-found! Which really sucks. I can't even find an electric kettle that's made anywhere but Communist China. I'm just not willing to buy products made by slave labor. If you find an electric kettle made anywhere but Communist China, please let me know.

Goose Neck Kettle

Burnout Coffee Mug

100% Made in the USA by Free Americans

This space-age coffee mug will keep your coffee at a constant 140-150 degrees for hours. I know that some of you like your coffee real hot. So did I, until I realized my coffee was so hot that I couldn't taste it. Trust me. 140-150 degrees is best.

The Burnout is built like a German tank. Drop it, stomp on it, run over it with your ATV; short of shooting it with a 50 Caliber BMG, you're not going to break this bad-boy. That's why it comes with a lifetime guarantee.  That's right. You break it. Burnout will send you a new one.

The Burnout Coffee Mugs come in, black and red or (seriously) red and black. The tall thin travel mugs come in 12oz and 16oz. They also have a new 14 oz Burnout 2.0 mug that's short and squat.

At $69-$79, this will be the last coffee mug you will ever buy or will ever want. For the long haul, this monster is the deal of a lifetime.

Coffee Brewing Equipment


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