15 Modern Tools For the Coffee Connoisseur

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By Paige Alexus
These days, modern coffee lovers are faced with endless options when it comes to brewing the perfect cup of joe.

Whether you’re a dedicated coffee buff or simply enjoy a refreshing glass of cold brew on a hot summer day, we have you covered—from storage and mugs to innovative brewing machines. Below, we’ve gathered 15 modern products that will help you satisfy your cravings for espresso, cold brew, or classic drip coffee.

Cover photo by Matthew Williams

Minimalist Coffee Pour-Over Stand
Minimalist Coffee Pour-Over Stand
A cup a day keeps the crabbies away.  The classiest way to do coffee: this textured glass and steel pour over! The vintage glass dripper with the industrial-modern base makes for an eye-catching countertop addition (though we’re much more concerned with that beautiful chestnut nectar dripping into our mugs…). This beaut works with most pour over filters and its base is small enough to fit on many a food scale—and brews up to 4 cups of coffee when you’re having guests.  Dripper can brew 1-4 cups of coffee.  Made in: Stand is made in Portland, Oregon. Glass dripper is made in Japan.  Made of: Powder-coated stainless steel, glass  Size: 5.5" in diameter x 7" H.  Sourced from: Base Modern  Photography by Mark Weinberg.
Stovetop Espresso Maker
Stovetop Espresso Maker
The beautiful Stovetop Espresso Maker from FREUD is ideal for bringing the aroma of an Italian cafe into your kitchen, every morning. With a capacity of 250 ml, it's perfect for making espressos full of flavor, and since it's made from stainless steel, it will conveniently maintain each shot hotter for longer. A large wooden handle in a rich brown tone adds color and texture to complement the gleaming silver gray stainless steel, creating an eye-catching look. Boasting vintage and contemporary accents in a distinctive design, this espresso maker transforms your daily coffee ritual into an art.
Cast Iron Coffee Scoop
Cast Iron Coffee Scoop
Made of cast iron and teak, in Taiwan, by fine craftsmen with decades of experience, HMM's coffee scoop is a little weighty, and retro. A perfect start to your daily morning coffee ritual.  Includes an inset magnet for those who like to keep their tools in order. Photo courtesy of Houzz
Ceramic French Press
Ceramic French Press
Coffee that's pretty and piping hot. From the funky, geometric handle to the winking copper pull, this french press is the cutest we’ve ever come across. The ceramic body holds its temperature throughout the brewing process, and keeps your coffee piping hot well after you’ve made it (so if you’ve got guests, you can brew the coffee first and don’t have to worry about it getting cold while you set out the rest of your spread!) The french press is certified SGS Food Safe. Included is an informative and straightforward guide to brewing your best coffee ever! And if you're not a coffee drinker, it's just as useful for brewing iced or hot tea.  Made in: Vietnam  Made of: Pitcher and lid are a matte stoneware and porcelain mix; Pull is copper; Filter is fine mesh steel  Size: The small holds 28 ounces (850ml) and is 3.5" in diameter ( 5.5" W including handle) x 7.5" H.  Sourced from: YIELD  Photography by Rocky Luten
Mugr
Mugr
HMM's eye-catching ceramic mug features an extremely unique and aesthetically pleasing minimal design - and a fine wood handle. Handmade by Taiwanese and Chinese artisans, this mug demonstrates the fine craftsmanship of decades of experience. The unique matte glazed Japanese ceramic lends a look and feel of cast iron while the wood forms the signature shape of the comfortable handle.The "r" handle on the mug also allows you to easily stack them on top of each in a safe, stable configuration.  If you’re looking for a sturdy, visually stunning mug for your tea and coffee, this one's for you.
Hario Cold Brew Bottle
Hario Cold Brew Bottle
Make cold brewed coffee at home with this sensible yet elegant tool. Designed in collaboration with the Japanese company Hario, this Tokyo bestseller comes with a built-in filter and dishwasher-safe silicone lid (now in Blue Bottle’s signature hue). Simply add ground coffee—we suggest our Three Africas blend, included with your order in Perfectly Ground form—to filtered water and let it sit for eight hours in the refrigerator. When you’re ready, pour yourself a glass of refreshing cold brew, and enjoy. 
Kinto's Pour Over Kettle
Kinto's Pour Over Kettle
This kettle was designed with meticulous attention to detail to achieve the perfect balance between aesthetics and usability. The long narrow spout allows you to easily control the direction and flow of the water when making pour over coffee. With a rich texture and poised form, its presence is understated yet captivating in any space. Available in stainless steel, matte stainless steel, and matte black.
Fellow Big Jo 12 Oz Mug – Set of 2
Fellow Big Jo 12 Oz Mug – Set of 2
A sleek, refined and functional vessel for your morning cup o' joe. Enjoy these double-walled, ceramic and copper mugs that will keep your hands warm and your drink piping hot. Available in your choice of black or white matte finish, and copper or stainless steel bottoms. 12, 8, and 2 fl. oz. capacities available. Sold in 2-sets, for you and a friend. 
Coffee Cold Brewer
Coffee Cold Brewer
Once we tried cold brewed coffee, we didn't look back. But we didn't know how easy it is to make it ourselves at home until now. Using the slow-drip brewing process, this cold brewer reveals the natural sweetness in coffee while producing a less acidic and less bitter cup. It's sweet and slightly chocolate-y tasting, and just what we crave on a hot summer morning.  An adjustable drip rate produces 20 ounces of concentrated coffee in as few as 4 hours. Perfect to start brewing before bed or while at work -- cold brew coffee stays fresh for weeks so you can always have some on hand.  Made of: Borosilicate glass, silicone, 304 stainless steel (comes with 100 filters)  Size: 5" x 10.5"  Sourced from: Bruer  Photography by Bobby Lin
Opaque Airtight Coffee Storage Containers
Opaque Airtight Coffee Storage Containers
For your best beans. Coffee beans start to lose their flavor and freshness the second they come out of the roaster, and that process speeds up as soon as they’re exposed to air and light. Keep your beans super fresh with these simple stainless steel storage canisters, which come outfitted with a patented inner lid that forces out air and an opaque exterior to keep them in the dark, preserving maximum freshness (it works for nuts, seeds, and spices, too!). Snag more tips for upgrading your morning brew here.  Made in: China  Made of: Stainless Steel, BPA free Polypropelyne  Size: Small: 4" in diameter and holds 1/2 pound; Medium: 7" in diameter and holds 1 pound. Variety set includes 1 of each size.  Sourced from: Planetary Design Photography by Rocky Luten.
Stagg Pour-Over Kettle, Copper
Stagg Pour-Over Kettle, Copper
The Stagg Kettle by Fellow shares the same function with the classic kitchen utensil but brings plenty of style to enhance the ubiquitous shape. Equal parts beauty, innovation, and convenience, Stagg is the next step in kettle's evolution path. The brew range thermometer boasting a red highlight ensures that every cup of coffee is at optimal temperature, while the cleverly designed spout guarantees a slow and steady pour, every time. A perfectly positioned handle brings more comfort and makes pouring easy and convenient. In terms of design, Stagg stands out with its sleek profile and contemporary aesthetic. The high grade stainless steel material is available with a polished surface, copper or matte black finish.
Stoneware Mug & Coffee Set
Stoneware Mug & Coffee Set
The morning upgrade.  Stoneware Mugs goes with a bag of fresh-roasted San Francisco coffee like peanut butter and jelly. This set includes the hand-thrown Stoneware Mug from Veak Ceramics as well as one of our favorite local roasts from De La Paz "Graceland" Coffee, the perfect combination to add a little delight to anyone’s morning routine. 
Manuel's Coffeemaker N2
Manuel's Coffeemaker N2
When it brews it pours. A pour-over coffee maker that lives on the countertop in a home or office, like a low-tech appliance. Hot water is gradually poured through fresh ground coffee in a filter, and brewed coffee slowly drips into the carafe, or even directly into your mug. Manual — or "pour over" — brewing has become popular in the world of craft coffee, because it gives full control over all of the variables in the brewing process. More control means you have the ability to adjust and perfect your recipe to better highlight the nuanced flavors found in today's high-quality craft coffees. Brewer and carafe made of glass and the base of lacquered bamboo. 


Perfectly Ground Dripper Set by Blue Bottle Coffee
Perfectly Ground Dripper Set by Blue Bottle Coffee
Release the flavor of our time-defying ground coffee with the proprietary Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper. Designed with MIT researchers to produce an even more delicious cup of pour-over coffee, the Dripper comes with custom filters that don't require pre-wetting and never leave behind a papery taste. Pair this innovative brewing technology with our expertly pre-ground coffee, and you have all the ingredients for the perfect morning—or the perfect gift. 
Pulcina Espresso Maker from Alessi
Pulcina Espresso Maker from Alessi
The result of intense research and brilliant design, the Pulcina Espresso Maker adds that distinctive Alessi style to the art of brewing coffee. The cast aluminum body features elegant curves offset by a stepped, layer-like design, while the sturdy polyamide handle and knob ensures that hands stay safe. A collaboration with Illy Coffee, this delightful piece derives its name from the pointed spout, reminiscent of a baby chick's beak, which is designed to perfectly cut drops when you're finished pouring.

 

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