Top 9 Espresso Machine Accessories

So maybe now you’ve taken the plunge and purchased that fantastic new Delonghi EC702 or Breville Barista Express (or indeed something a bit posher!)

Well let’s look at some of the accessories you might find useful to enhance your espresso making. These are also great Christmas gifts for coffee lovers and loved ones who might have recently got an espresso machine. So, in descending order of importance – Go!

9. Sugar Free Syrup Flavorings
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B003PFWNSE” alt=”Torani Variety Pack, Regular, 25.36-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 6)” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51SqEhOdD4L._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”108″] I’m a big fan of a vanilla latte, especially in the morning. Sugar-free syrups that you can add in the bottom of your coffee, just like they do in Starbucks, will give your latte a sweet and yummy flavor that makes a change from your regular tipple. This variety pack includes vanilla, hazelnut, raspberry, caramel and peppermint. It should last you all year and is only about $37 on Amazon.
8. Espresso Spoons
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B001ECQQX8″ alt=”WMF Manaos / Bistro Espresso Spoon, Set of 4″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41wct5EBmmL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”140″ height=”160″] if you’ve ever tried to stir espresso in an espresso cup with a normal spoon you’ll know that the spoon is usually a a little too big to be effective. These comfortable, dishwasher-safe, designer spoons are the perfect size to stir your espresso. Ok, a bit of a luxury but they look cool too. These ones are made from good quality stainless steel and go perfectly with small espresso cups. (available at Amazon forjust a few dollars)
7. Knockout Box
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B000BU5K72″ alt=”RSVP Modern Espresso Knockout Box” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41%2Bxr9rlJdL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”160″] A knockout box is for banging your portafilter against after making espresso to get rid of the coffee grinds. It’s the thing that baristas use to make all that banging noise in coffee shops so for the true authentic cafe experience you really should have one 🙂 Once it’s full, empty it out and pop it in the dishwasher. This modern design is good looking too and is less than $30.
6.  Frothing Thermometer
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B00004XSBT” alt=”Taylor Classic Cappuccino Frothing Dial Thermometer” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41KTdZlbirL._SL160_.jpg” align=”left” width=”160″ height=”128″] This handy thermometer clips to the side of your frothing pitcher and tells you when the temperature of the milk has reached its optimum for a cappuccino or latte. It has a sealed dial which means it doesn’t steam up. Made of good solid steel, we recommend this Taylor made one for less than $10.
5.  Espresso Recipe Book
[easyazon-image-link asin=”0740763776″ alt=”I Love Coffee!: Over 100 Easy and Delicious Coffee Drinks” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51FkfrS6iIL._SL160_.jpg” align=”center” width=”160″ height=”155″] I bought this book even before I bought my espresso machine. It’s not only full of great recipes for espresso, besides the usual lattes and cappuccinos, but it also has a hefty section on coffee making techniques, history and the world of coffee beans. It’s a great addition to the kitchen. You can get it cheap at Amazon.
4. Coffee Grinder
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B00004SPEU” alt=”Krups 203-42 Fast Touch Coffee Grinder, Black” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41PvifEtLCL._SL160_.jpg” align=”center” width=”98″ height=”160″] For an extra fresh cup of espresso, it’s always best to grind your own beans. This requires a coffee grinder. Some machines come with built in grinders (like super automatics) but most don’t. So if you would like very fresh tasting coffee – and there is a difference – then you’ll need a wee grinder like this Krups 20 cup Coffee Grinder.
3. Espresso Glasses
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0009WX41Q” alt=”Bodum Pavina 8.5-Ounce Double-Wall Thermo Tumber/DOF Glass, Set of 2″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41DHE8FJZJL._SL160_.jpg” align=”center” width=”160″ height=”114″] By far the most popular espresso glasses are the Bodum Pavinas. These sleek, good looking glasses come in 4 different sizes and are designed to keep your coffee warm whilst allowing you to handle it. The specially designed double layer of glass is mouth-blown (although why this is an advantage I’m not sure) and lightweight. They are dishwasher and microwave safe and will look great in any kitchen.
2. Frothing Pitcher
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B000Y8UCCY” alt=”Krups XS5020 20-Ounce Stainless-Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21zfJEwdOrL._SL160_.jpg” align=”center” width=”160″ height=”160″] I quickly realized that frothing milk for cappuccinos in my usual mug wasn’t the best way to go about it. Having a proper stainless steel frothing pitcher like this Krups 20-ounce pitcher makes for faster frothing and a better milk consistency. It’s got any easy grip handle and pours well without any spillage. It’s also dishwasher safe. I wouldn’t go any smaller than the 20 ounce jug so that you have enough room to create froth.
1. Tamper
[easyazon-image-link asin=”B0001XRNEM” alt=”RSVP Terry’s Tamper” src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21-ziVvpN2L._SL160_.jpg” align=”center” width=”160″ height=”160″] There’s no 2 ways about it. You need a tamper (unless you’re using pods, which I don’t recommend). Some machines will come with a tamper. But like the one on my Delonghi EC702, it’s a bit lame and positioned awkwardly. Much better to get a proper heavy cast metal tamper. The one pictured on the left is the best one. It’s the RSVP Terry’s Tamper and comes pretty cheap at Amazon here.