Three Ways to Get Café Quality Coffee at Home

Enjoying that first cup of caffeine in the morning is a ritual for some, so here’s how to make it the best cup ever.

Making a cup of coffee
Typically, the better the machine, the better the coffee.Breville

Whether it’s because of the rise of commercial café chains or advances in home-brewing appliances, most people have gotten persnickety about their coffee. The good news is that you can now start every day at home with just about any caffeinated delicacy available at even the trendiest LA restaurant (“I’ll have a half double decaffeinated half-caff with a twist of lemon”). From barista-quality espresso machines to the humble drip brewer, these countertop coffee machines will help you start every day tastefully.

Espresso Machines

Breville the Barista Express Espresso Machine
Café level machines are expensive if you’re buying one from home, but worth it if you’re picky about quality.Breville

Espresso machines are expensive. But for true java aficionados, the ability to turn your own kitchen into a cozy café serving perfect latte, cappuccino, or mocha is worth the price of admission.

Grind and Brew

KRUPS KM785D50 Grind and Brew Auto-Start Maker with Builtin Burr Coffee Grinder
Brewing machines with built-in bean grinders mean you can have the freshest coffee, everytime.KRUPS

For less-demanding coffee habits, the tried-and-true drip brewer works just fine. It’s also more affordable than an espresso machine. Models with a sealed bean hopper and built-in grinder make brewing perfect coffee as simple as pushing a button.

Coffee Pods

Keurig K-Classic Coffee Maker, Single Serve K-Cup Pod Coffee Brewer
There’s little to clean up after making a cup of coffee from a pod.Keurig

Perhaps the biggest advance in home brewing technique in the past decade is the development of coffee pods. Just pop in a premeasured pod, start the brew, and enjoy a single serving of Joe in about a minute.