What do I need for a coffee setup?

Pour over method.

Coffee grinder. Do not skimp on quality here, if you want the best out of your expensive coffee beans.

Drip kettle. Used to heat the water. It has a spout designed to regulate the flow.

Pour over coffee maker. It's what you put your ground coffee in, then pour over the hot water from the drip kettle and it will filter down into the bottom pot.

Mugs or cups to drink your coffee out of.


French press method.

Coffee grinder. Do not skimp on quality here, if you want the best out of your expensive coffee beans.

Preferably a drip kettle, though any kettle will suffice.

French press.

Mugs or cups to drink your coffee out of.


Moka method.  (Usually used for making espresso coffee).

Coffee grinder. A quality grinder is especially important it you are making espresso. Cheap grinders do not grind the beans fine enough for espresso.

Moka coffee pot.

Espresso cups or coffee cups or mugs.

Regular coffee can be made with a moka coffee pot by simply adding coarse ground coffee, instead of fine ground.


You can of course skip the grinder on all methods, if you buy your coffee pre-ground.

I'm confused! Which method should I choose?

It is a matter of preference. Moka is the obvious choice if you like espresso or cappuccino, but it is also the easiest way to make regular coffee. However, it is at the sacrifice of full flavour when making regular coffee.

The pour over method is the better choice for regular coffee, but you should follow the instructions on your coffee pack to a tee. If you do, you will get an excellent cup of java.

The French press method is more of an art form. It will take practice to get it right, but when you do, it could well be the best cuppa you've made.