Wondering how to make the ideal cup of joe? Jordan Neudorf, marketing manager of Muskoka Roastery Coffee Co., is taking the guesswork out of which coffee accessories you need to add to your caffeine routine at the cottage by sharing the brand’s top notes and picks. From water filters to milk frothers to coffee grinders, we’re matching Jordan’s picks by rounding up the must-have accessories from go-to brands that will take your coffee experience to a whole new level.
Here’s the ultimate guide to the perfect brew:
Aerolatte® steam-free milk frother
“A milk frother allows you to create all the delicious café-style coffee beverages you love,” says Neudorf. You can artfully top your lattes, cappuccinos, or flat whites with some froth to enhance your cottage coffee experience. The Aerolatte® Steam Free Milk Frother is a simple yet convenient hand-held accessory designed to make frothing your favourite drinks super quick and easy.
Coffee measure scoop
According to Neudorf, this scoop equals two tablespoons. She recommends using one heaping tablespoon per each 8-oz cup of coffee. As a result, using this scoop can help cut the process in half. If you want to make four cups of coffee, you only need to use two scoops vs. four. The coffee measure scoop is equal to approximately two tablespoons, which makes it the ideal tool to help you measure out your perfect cup of coffee.
If you’re serious about crafting the perfect brew, down to measuring the ratio of your coffee beans, Neudorf recommends investing in a coffee scale. The Specialty Coffee Association suggests a 1:17 coffee to water ratio, which means that for each gram of coffee, it’s suggested that you use 17 mL of water. This coffee scale features four high-precision sensors, which help ensure measurement accuracy and stability when measuring out your coffee beans
Kuraidori glass French press coffee maker
We cannot espresso how much a French Press is a game-changing accessory. You can use it to craft a rich, hot cup of coffee or a cold brew, which is perfect for those hot summer days on the dock. This glass French press coffee maker is designed to get the most flavour and taste out of your coffee beans, making it a must-have for the at-home barista. Plus, if you’re looking to test your French press this season by creating a DIY cold brew, you can check out Muskoka Roastery Coffee Co.’s recipe here.
Mr. Coffee multi-size tempered glass food storage container 3-piece set
Did you know that coffee begins to go stale as soon as it is exposed to oxygen? In order to prevent your coffee from getting to this stage, Neudorf recommends storing it in an airtight container to keep it tasting fresh longer. This three-piece set features airtight lids, plus you can see the contents inside. The wide rims also allow for easy refills without spilling your beans.
Shardor burr grinder mill electric coffee grinder
It’s official—nothing compares to the smell of freshly ground coffee in the morning (or afternoon, or evening). Although pre-ground coffee can be more convenient, if you’re after the best-tasting cup, Neudorf recommends grinding your beans right before brewing. This grinder has customizable settings and grind-on-demand features designed to hone the amount of beans you need for everything—from a single cup to enough for a large gathering.
Brita space saver water filter pitcher
Using filtered water not only improves the overall taste of your coffee, says Neudorf, but it can also help extend the lifespan of your brewing equipment. This Brita Space Saver Water Filter Pitcher makes it easy to drink and use healthier, great-tasting water- plus, it can be easily stored away.
Chemex classic 6-cup coffee maker
This is a coffee must-have and a beautiful piece of kitchen decor. This pour-over coffee brewer combines style with an amazingly smooth cup, and it’s completely user-friendly. Neudorf says to simply grind your coffee to a fine grind and add it to the Chemex paper filter. Once added, swirl some water over the top of the grounds, and watch in anticipation as your coffee brews into the chamber below. This Chemex is stylish yet functional and features non-porous, heat-resistant glass construction combined with proprietary, scientifically designed filters.
Salton stainless steel cordless digital electric kettle
What’s the secret to the ultimate brew? Water temperature is a key component to perfecting the ideal cup of joe, says Neudorf. The perfect temperature for brewing is between 90°C-96°C—it allows for optimal extraction of the beans. In order to ensure your water is at the perfect temperature, be sure to invest in a kettle with a built-in thermometer, says Neudorf. This Salton stainless steel cordless digital electric kettle features precise temperature control and a brightly lit display for easy readability.