When covering Amazon Prime Day, there are a few things you need, and at the top of the list is coffee.Few things in life are better than the smell of fresh coffee in the morning (or at 3 am ET). We love coffee here at WIRED. We’ve written about robot coffee, bean grinders, portable espresso makers, even rugged French presses, and, honestly, the list is endless. The good news? Several of our favorite coffee gadgets and accessories are on sale for Amazon Prime Day, and we’ve rounded them up.
Be sure to read our guide to making better coffee at home before you brew your first cup. You can get the fanciest machine in the world, but the most important thing you can do is use fresh beans. If you don’t yet have a local spot to pick up fresh beans, we have a roundup of our favorite coffee subscription services that can deliver freshly roasted coffee right to your door. We’ve listed one of those subscription services below.
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If You’re On the Go
Clip the coupon on the page to see the discount at checkout. Prefer mild coffee over stronger brews? This is the best portable coffee maker for the task. It’s a vacuum-pressure brewer. Just fill the chamber with coffee and the insulated coffee with water, then drop the chamber into the water and wait for it to settle to the bottom. When the air bubbles disappear, twist the brewing mechanism out, and you’ll find fresh coffee sitting in the bottom part, which doubles as a mug. This video gives you a good idea of how it works.
Here’s another great portable coffee maker, particularly if you prefer using a French press. This is the lightest and simplest of all the French presses our reviewer, Scott Gilbertson, tested, and it produces the least amount of sediment so you aren’t left with a gritty taste. It’s double-walled and vacuum insulated, so it’ll keep your drinks hot or cold for a few hours.
The wide mouth of this 16-ounce travel mug lets you enjoy the look and scent of your coffee as you drink. The interior is ceramic-coated, so you don’t have to deal with that metal aftertaste, and the matte exterior holds up well. It’s leak-proof, though it might not fit in most car cupholders. The 8-ounce version is also on sale for $22 ($6 off).
If You’re at Home
This countertop brewer (9/10, WIRED Recommends) can make up to eight cups of coffee. Add water to the top, your coffee in the basket, and it’ll come right through into the carafe. It’ll brew at the right temperature for the right amount of time, and if you just want to make a single cup, there’s a pour-over dripper accessory that’ll do the job.
If You Crave Precision
It’s not the most portable espresso maker (it’s heavy too), but it produced some of the best extraction of all the portable espresso makers we tested. It’s simple to use—just follow the instructions in this video from the company—easy to clean, and allows for a good deal of experimentation.
Brewing an excellent cup of coffee comes down to precision. You need to hit the right water temperature, volume, bean quality, grind size, and weight of the grounds. This Oxo grinder takes care of the latter two points as it has a built-in scale. Set the grind size, choose the weight, and that’s it. It’ll turn off when it’s done. There’s a reason why it’s in our Best Coffee Grinders roundup.
Already have a grinder? A standard kitchen scale like this one will work. It’s water-resistant, and the four high-precision load sensors are accurate to 0.1-ounce increments. It can weigh anything between 0.1 ounces to 22 pounds.
If You Love Cold Brew
Prefer your coffee cold? This is our favorite cold-brew coffee maker. It makes about 32 ounces of coffee in one go. All you need to do is put coarse grinds into the basket, and slowly pour water through it. Then let it sit at room temperature or in a fridge for 24 hours, and that’s it. WIRED reviews director Jeffrey Van Camp says the resulting coffee is “smooth and flavorful without too much bitterness” or sediment.
Making cold brew via a French press doesn’t often produce good results, as Jeffrey Van Camp discovered. But the Secura turned out to be well suited for this, delivering a rich taste. It still might be a tad bitter and gritty, so the Primula above is the way to go for the best cold brew results, but the Secura is still a great option if you want to make piping hot French press coffee and cold brew.
If You Need Speed
This Keurig’s availability is fluctuating at Amazon, but this is also at Target for $170 ($20 off). Keurigs get a bad rap in the world of coffee, but not without good reason. The single-use K-Cups are bad for the environment, and the coffee itself usually doesn’t taste as good. But they’re simple to use and fast. We really like the K-Café (8/10, WIRED Recommends), which still takes K-Cups, but the built-in automatic milk frother makes it very easy to make a latte or cappuccino.
This compact machine is the only one in this roundup we haven’t tested, but the low price is too tantalizing to not include it. Plus, it looks pretty! Pop in a K-Cup and it’ll shoot out a 6- or 12-ounce cup in no time.
If you want a Keurig option that can also make iced coffee, then try the K-Elite, which is on sale for $130 ($40 off) at Target.
If You Just Need Better Beans
One of the first steps you should do when upping your coffee game is to use fresh coffee beans. You can search for local roasters, or use a coffee subscription service to get freshly roasted beans to your door. Trade is our favorite service because of its sheer variety: it brings you beans from boutique roasters around the US. You can fill out a questionnaire to find the right bean type, and it even offers decaf. This promotion isn’t new, but you get 30 percent off your first bag. A subscription usually costs $12 for a 12-ounce bag per month.
Retailer Sale Pages
If you’d like to check more deals yourself, here are some links to sales going on this week.
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