The best gear for making coffee: best pod, cold press, milk froth, bean to cup and more

Laying out the kit you need, so you can take back the time to enjoy it

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You’re on the hunt for the right gear to suit the situation and don’t have the time to spend trawling the interwebs. Fear not T3 is here.

This guide will offer you the best of the best, the cream of the crop, so you know what to buy for what you need - no matter what it is.

This week we’re rounding up all the best machines that let you make the perfect cup of dark and tasty coffee. Nowadays you don’t even need to make your way to a coffee shop to get high-quality drinks with complicated names - we have the technology to make them right in our own homes. Of course some need a bit of practise too but largely it can be simple enough with pod machines and even milk frothers for those like like a perfect cappuccino.

So if you want a bean to cup machine or something that will give you a cold press coffee and beyond these are the machine you need to look into.

Best cold-brew coffee

The Japanese have been making cold-brew coffee since the 1600s but we Brits have only recently cottoned on. Why not just drink a hot coffee that’s gone cold, you may ask. 

There’s certainly an argument for that but, in the main, cold brewing eliminates the natural acidity and bitterness of coffee and that means it has a much smoother taste on the palette. As cold brews have a higher caffeine content, they are usually enjoyed with a full glass of ice or a splash of chilled water or milk.

At the moment, we think the best cold brew coffee maker is the Oxo Good Grips Cold Brew Coffee Maker, but if you're not keen on that model then we've got several others for you to browse through below.

5 best cold-brew coffee makers 2017

Best espresso and bean-to-cup coffee machines

There are many ways to make a coffee but, for the aficionado for whom only the best will do, nothing, absolutely nothing compares to a good strong espresso, whether it’s as a plain shot, a latte, a cappuccino or a macchiato.   

Let us firstly say, our  best espresso maker at the moment is the Gaggia Naviglio. You can read more about it below, but it's excellently priced, is a fine espresso maker and has plenty of customisation.

They may be a little more difficult to use than pod coffee makers, and a touch more expensive, but the results are much more satisfying. Are you ready to step into the world of freshly ground, artisan coffee? 

Trouble is, there’s a bewildering surfeit of espresso machines out there and that presents a daunting challenge for anyone wishing to narrow the shopping list down to just a handful of machines. Do you go for a fully automated bean-to-cup unit, a manually operated hand-pump machine or a cheap portable one for those one-off periods when the only other option is a thoroughly stewed pot of hideous filtered coffee?  

Well, you can stop fussing right away because we’ve done the homework for you. Click on for the lowdown.

10 best espresso and bean to cup coffee machines 2017

Best milk frothers

Although the traditional way to froth milk to serve with coffee is via the steam wand attached to an espresso machine, that isn't very practical for anyone who doesn't own an espresso machine.

To be frank, a lot of coffee makers have steam wands so puny, you'd be better off just giving the milk a bit of a shake, anyway. Click in to find the best options.

The best milk frother 2017

Best pod coffee machines

Easy-to-use pod systems mean you don't need to mess around with buying coffee beans and grinding them. That's questionable in terms of the expense and waste, but on the other hand, it's incredibly convenient. 

Whether you're after easily available capsules like Tassimo and Dolce Gusto, which offer a load of drink varieties, or something more exclusive like Nespresso, we've rounded up the best coffee machines you can buy right now.

The best pod coffee machine 2017

Best coffee makers

Coffee machines are all the same, right? Well, they are in the sense that they'll all make you a cup of coffee in the morning. But in truth, there's a wide spectrum when it comes to taste, style and functionality, and choosing the right machine for you and your kitchen can be a headache. Our favourite coffee maker at the moment is the  Aerobie AeroPress for its simplicity and great price.

After much deliberation, research and a rather large overdose of caffeine, we’ve alighted on this bunch of unlikely heroes that steep, press and drip their way to a mighty fine brew. Dip in, there’s black gold on the table.

10 best coffee makers 2017 to make a simply superb cup of coffee