When building a home espresso station there are a few key considerations. First, you will need to decide what type of espresso machine you would like. There are many different types and brands of espresso machines on the market, so it is important to do your research to find the one that best suits your needs.
Next, you will need to consider what type of coffee beans you would like to use. There are many different types of coffee beans available, so it is important to find the ones that you enjoy the most.
Then you need to choose a coffee grinder
and they come in different types as well as we have discussed before, but the summary is that blade grinders are useless, so stay away from them, conical burr grinders will give you a more consistent grind at a somewhat higher speed, but flat burr grinders will provide the consistency of taste that coffee enthusiasts look for.
Once you have all of your equipment, you will need to find a place to put it all. Many people choose to put their espresso station in their kitchen so they can make espresso at home
, but you can really put it anywhere. Some people take them to work with them so transportability is often important.
If you look at Reddit
and other forums
, you will see that people fill their espresso bars with other equipment, here's what they usually have sitting there on the side of their station.
WDT or a “Weight Distribution tool”
A “Weight Distribution Tool” is an essential piece of equipment for any home espresso station. It is used to evenly distribute the coffee beans in the portafilter so that they are evenly tamped. This results in a more consistent extraction and a better tasting espresso.
A Coffee distributor
A coffee distributor is another essential piece of equipment for any home espresso station. It is used to evenly distribute the coffee grounds in the portafilter so that they are evenly tamped. This results in a more consistent extraction and a better tasting espresso.
A Coffee Tamper
A coffee tamper is a tool that is used to compress the ground coffee in the portafilter basket of an espresso machine. This helps to create a more even extraction of the coffee and results in a better tasting espresso. They come in different sizes and some are more precision made than others. Others can provide a consistent amount of pressure, and others go a prescribed depth.
A set of brushes
A set of brushes is essential for keeping your espresso machine clean. There are different types of brushes for different parts of the machine, so it is important to find the ones that are right for your machine.
A set of scales
A set of scales is essential for making sure that you are using the right amount of coffee. This will help you to make a more consistent espresso and avoid over or under extraction.
A storage container
Keeping your coffee beans fresh is a high priority for coffee enthusiasts. There are many different types of storage containers available, so it is important to find the one that best suits your needs. But ones that keep the light out, and if possible a vacuum storage container will keep them as fresh as possible.
A knockbox is a tool that is used to dispose of used coffee grounds. This helps to keep your espresso machine clean and prevent the build-up of coffee grounds. There are plenty uses for spent coffee grounds, not least they are great for composting, so you want to keep these grounds separate from your regular household waste.
Now that you have all your extra equipment, you can show off your espresso station to the internet to receive that delicious praise for picking the best coffee equipment for your espresso station.