There’s so much coffee gear available to buy that it can be a bit overwhelming, so in this article we’ll show you some of our favourites, as well as providing some general advice.
Below are some of the accessories that we find genuinely useful when brewing with the 9Barista.
A good quality grinder is a great place to start and is key to getting the most out of your machine, so much so that it deserves it’s own page entirely.
Milk steamers and frothers
If your drink of choice includes milk, like a flat white or a cappuccino, then a milk frother/steamer is an effective way to get close to the coffee you’ll be served in a good cafe. Most online coffee shops sell these, as do larger stores such as Ikea or Amazon. We’ve listed a few methods we like below;
Most Convenient: Use an electric milk frother, such as this one.
Most Cost Effective: Use a French press to foam your milk, after heating it in a microwave. This video gives a good demonstration of how to do this.
Best micro-foam: The NanoFoamer and Red milk steamer are two products which can produce pretty good micro-foam.
There’s no doubt that freshly roasted and freshly ground coffee provides the best tasting espresso. Wherever possible, we strongly recommend that you grind fresh beans at the time of brewing, using a good quality burr grinder. For best results, the beans should have been roasted within the last two weeks; the roasting date is usually printed on the packaging. All that being said, you can use pre-ground coffee if you prefer.
If you drink your espresso neat, you may wish to try our 9Barista-branded espresso cups.
53mm dosing funnel
A dosing funnel sits on top of the basket and helps to guide the grounds into place, preventing any grounds going to waste. The 9Barista uses a standard 53mm basket, so a funnel like this will work well.
After brewing you’ll need to empty the coffee grounds from the basket. This is much easier with a knock box; simply knock the basket upside down on the bar and the grounds will come out in one single puck. This is easier and more hygienic than knocking on the bin or using a spoon to empty the basket. Alternatively you can also knock the basket on the bottom of a kitchen sink, and then put the puck in the bin.
We don’t yet sell a carry case, but we’d certainly like to in the future. For the time we can suggest two potential options, the first being a ‘pluck and play’ Peli-style case. This style of case has a hard shell and is very protective but can be a bit bulky.
The second option is a soft case, which offers less protection but is a bit lighter and slimmer. This is an example of a soft case; all parts of the machine should fit, albeit snugly, and while the case may not provide the same level of protection as a Peli-style case, when placed inside another bag it makes transporting the machine easier.