Sometimes we think it's just a plastic tray and that a plastic tray shouldn't cost this much but then we are reminded of the subtle attributes that this simple tool has. If you are roasting a lot or cupping, this flexible plastic tray will make your roasting experience more enjoyable. There's a reason why these are standard in cupping labs. The main function is it's ability to fold down the center without it cracking. This makes it easy to funnel roasted or green coffee into bags or into your roast chamber. Anyone who has ever tried to pour roasted coffee from a Behmor drum into a coffee bag will understand. If you are setting up cupping sessions, these trays are a great way to display coffee.
We aren't saying that these are a mandatory home roasting item. Actually, we think cheap-o deli tubs work good too but these trays are built to last, look great and are a great all-purpose coffee tool.Learn More$7.00
So you are on the road...you have roasted coffee, a hand grinder, a filtercone, some filters but no hot water. Hotel room coffee makers and single cup coil heaters won't get water hot enough. Gas station/convenience store hot water probably comes from a scale-filled pipe. Unless you have access to a stove and a pot, you might have to settle for commercial coffee. BonaVita felt the traveller's pain and developed a water boiler that's compact, works fast, is built tough.Learn More$30.00
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When used with Hario's drip scale and ceramic V60 dripper, you can quickly weigh both your coffee and water doses. It also works great by itself. It works with almost any dripper that has an open hole at the bottom. It works with an Aeropress too.
Scale, cup and dripper not included.$46.00
If you are making a lot of coffee, hosting cupping sessions, make tea or just need a lot of hot water, this larger sized 1.7L electric kettle is a great choice. It has a brushed, stainless steel finish and allows you to set the kettle on the base from any angle. You can use one of the six preset temperatures or set your own.Learn More
It boils 1.7L of water in about 5 minutes. As the water in the kettle gets close to the desired temperature, the heat is reduced so your water gets to the right degree without overshooting the mark.
The trigger pops the hinged top open. This allows for easy filling without having to remove a lid.$35.00
This 1 liter kettle has a brushed, stainless steel finish gives you complete temperature control. The thin spout is pretty much mandatory for a good pour over technique. It's LED display is bright, easy to read and very accurate. You can use one of the six preset temperatures or set your own. Tea drinkers will like this kettle because of it's ability to set it at tea temperatures which are lower than coffee temperatures.Learn More
The bottom of the kettle stays cool and the shape of the handle will give you good pour control.$95.00
This all-purpose pitcher's commercial name is something like "33oz Standard Frothing Pitcher." We think it serves more purposes than frothing 33oz of milk. Who froths that much milk anyway? It serves many purposes and has found a valuable place in our home brewing and roasting arsenals. Tom has included it in his travel kit as well.Learn More$12.50
A kettle like a Hario Buono with a thin spout is a very important tool to use when doing pour over brewing. It's built pretty tough. You can transfer hot water into it or boil water right inside. The Buono is one of those standard tools you see in most cafes that do pour over.Learn More$56.00
This kettle eliminates the need to transfer boiling water from one source to another. Flick the "on" lever under the handle, waiting a few minutes (or less) for the boil and you can pour away. The kettle can rotate 360° on the base. The cap snaps into place nicely and the "trigger" on the handle promotes good hand positioning.Learn More$60.00
Impress everyone ...or make them think you have gone completely over-the-edge! Yes, the process of coffee tasting involves a special spoon, and coffee cuppers get very, very particular about the shape and make of theirs. This spoon has a deep round bowl, moderate size overall, that special curvature of the handle to permit skimming the coffee from the top of the cup.
Stainless steel resists surface scratching, and is much more durable in general. The hand-sketched logo is laser-engraved into the handle along with a cool looking leaf design in the bowl. I think this is an ideal gift for a coffee roasting person ... necessary, no! But enjoyable, yes.Learn More$20.50
With the Taylor Clock Multi-Timer you can time four events simultaneously; so for example, you could have a count-down timer to chime at 5 minutes to adjust the heat setting on your GeneCafe, while another stopwatch timer shows you how much roast time has passed and you can start another on the fly to measure the time between 1st and 2nd crack.
It also has a 12 or 24 hour clock, 99hour 99min 59sec maximum timer duration, a distinctive beep for each timer, countdown or countup function, 15mm LCD digit display, either self standing or magnetic mounting feature. And each timer will light up a different corner of the timer, so if you have a howling old Hearthware roaster that obscures the loudest timer, you are still covered.
The buttons seem a bit funky honestly; they make a loud clicking noise when you push them. But fact that the corners light when a timer elapses is actually really handy, it means you can tell which timer has elapsed without the timer being next to you. This replaces the Salter Clock and Multi-Timer we carried - Taylor purchased Salter some time ago. One year warranty.