'gadgets' on Serious Eats
Whether it's out of the sheer pleasure of giving or the dire need to improve the coffee situation at your parents' house over the holidays, the time is upon us to seek out some of the best most giftable coffee toys. And whether your price point is a bag of beans or a $200 grinder, coffee gifts are the best gifts—many of them far less annoying to fit in your checked bag than a pizza stone.
How do we get that great shot of espresso, or that award-winning cappuccino, at home without the shiny commercial machines and professional grinders? Here's a list of five great home-brewing tools for making that perfect cup every morning.
Fewer than 20 of these fancy espresso machines exist at coffee shops. One barista walks us through the experience of using The Slayer (much better name than The Impaler and The Beheader, no?) to see if it's worth all the fuss.