You may have already heard of Kopi Luwak, the rarest (and priciest) coffee in the world — you know, the one made from half-digested coffee cherries found in harvested palm civet excrement. It may sound disgusting but it’s not quite the case as they’re cleaned before roasting. Not that we’ve tried it ourselves but the end result is apparently quite good, and now it’s coming to your Nespresso machine in the form of Halo Kopi Luwak Diamond Coffee Pods. Besides the premium coffee within, these pods are the first to be fully compostable thanks to a bamboo and paper pulp blend, so you can throw them into your compost bin and they’ll degrade away along with the used-up coffee inside. Of course at $10 a pod you’ll need to really want it, though Halo’s got other, less premium (but still premium by any other measure) pods ready to go as well.
Learn more at Halo – roughly $120
Manual methods are coveted for making the best coffee, but auto-drip has its perks, especially when brewed up by a Technivorm Moccamaster KBG 741 coffee machine. Fill its clear reservoir with water, pop in a Type 4 paper filter and some grounds on top, then set it to work. It’ll brew up a carafe of 10 cups in six minutes and does so with obsessive temperature controls in place (with temps at a consistent 196 to 205 degrees Fahrenheit), a nine-hole spray arm to evenly soak and disperse the water over the grind, and a build made of entirely replaceable parts on the off chance something gives out. It’s also not half bad to look at and comes in over a dozen color options if plain brushed silver won’t do.
Obsessed with the consistency of your grinds? You’ll likely appreciate the Kruve Coffee Grind Sifter. Kruve doesn’t replace your existing coffee grinder: instead, once the beans are done grinding, pour them into Kruve, close its lid, and shake gently side to side. The first sieve in the triangular device traps boulders (large particles) while the second, finer sieve lets through fines (powder-like particles) — both which otherwise adversely affect the taste of your brew — leaving behind a middle layer of perfectly consistent grinds. Interchangeable sieves come in twelve sizes, from 200μm to 1100μm, in 50 to 100μm intervals, so your grinds can be as perfect as you like. Boulders can always be re-ground the next time while fines can be composted or used in cooking.
Find it at Kruve – $50+
Brewing a coffee with a Nespresso machine is quick and convenient, but we can’t help but feel a little guilty every time we down an espresso shot after adding another pod to the trash. Colonna’s Compostable Coffee Pods ease feelings of wrongdoing by turning, as their name suggests, into compost in your home’s composter after use, sparing landfills. The coffee inside is a step above Nespresso’s offerings as well, with single-origin coffee from the Mi Bendicion farm in Honduras for now and more to come.
Learn more at Colonna – roughly $30 for 40 pods
Just because it’s simple doesn’t mean it won’t brew great coffee. The Brux Pour-Over Coffee System doubles as both the vessel and brewer, with a vacuum-insulated mug as its base that contains a retractible brew cone for portability. To brew, pull up the brew cone, add a filter plus ground coffee, pour over some boiling water, then remove the cone and drink — all in all no different in function than a traditional pour-over system but significantly more convenient. Also included is a cap for a grand total of three parts. And since there’s no glass it’s the perfect coffee-brewing companion for bringing to the beach or to camping, not to mention a practical way to dodge the inexpertly brewed drip coffee at work.
Find it at Boco Living – $70
It won’t get you tipsy but Jack Daniel’s Coffee will get you up and at ’em in the morning with a hint of whiskey taste. This blend of medium-roasted Arabica gourmet coffee goes through an infusion process with actual Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. While no alcohol actually reaches your mug after brewing (none was left in the beans, anyway, though nothing’s stopping you from spiking the coffee itself with a bit of Jack) the whiskey’s notes of vanilla and caramel come through in every sip. Also available in a decaffeinated version as well as smaller 1.5 ounce sample sizes ($7).
Learn more at Jack Daniel’s Coffee or grab a can here – $22
Fellow’s original Stagg Pour-Over Kettle had a precise thermometer up top so you’d know when its water was at the right temperature. The Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle, on the other hand, takes care of for you thanks to a base that heats it up to exactly the temperature you’ve set. This is accomplished through the use of an intuitive twist dial on the right side that then pushes down to activate, showing the selected temperature — anywhere from 135°F to 212°F — on the inverse LCD to the right. Once the desired temperature is attained the EKG either goes to sleep or holds for 30 minutes, this choice dictated by the only other physical input on the device: a toggle on the back. Each of course includes the kettle, with a precision pour spout and a counterbalanced handle for a more stable hold. And it’s also available in a EKG+ model that’s got all of the same features but that’s powered by Acaia and includes Bluetooth for full controls from the Brewbar app and for connectivity to Acaia’s scales and the Baratza Sette 270W grinder to produce (and reproduce) precise brew recipes with ease.
Find it at Kickstarter – $105+
It’s not just a nice looking coffee-making device. The Blue Bottle Coffee Dripper took a lot more effort to design and build than its minimal facade would have you think, with a small team of engineers and scientists working on a better pour-over device through 70 iterations. Notable design elements include forty interior ridges that pull coffee downward by capillary action, a flat bed for uniform extraction, and a precision nozzle that optimizes coffee exiting the dripper. It helps that it’s made of Japanese porcelain for heat retention and pairs well with Blue Bottle’s Coffee Filters made of bamboo-based paper that eschew the need for pre-wetting.
Learn more at Blue Bottle Coffee – $25