4. Outfit Your Kitchen

Your palate schooled, beans in hand, it’s time to turn your attention to the tools you’ll need to brew—and because we are in pursuit of perfection, Matt Milletto, director of the American Barista & Coffee School in Southeast Portland (800-655-3955; www.coffeeschool.org), insists a drip pot will not do. While convenient, the paper filter blocks the oils that give coffee its flavor. (If you are a drip-pot
devotee, at least stir your grounds once during brewing to ensure that your coffee doesn’t overextract and become bitter.) Milletto helped us sort through the crowded world of java paraphernalia to come up with these at-home must-haves that will help you bring out the best in your coffee.