Fireworks, new beginnings, and resolutions are all things we’re familiar with and look forward to as the New Year approaches. To celebrate the start of 2023, why not watch the ball drop with friends and family over a cup of coffee?
In true Whole Latte Love fashion, we’ve provided a collection of espresso machines, coffee makers, grinders, accessories and coffee so you can ring in the New Year with a get-together for the ages. Check out our hand-picked selection of products to ensure you have what you need for your end of the year blowout!
New Years' Rockin' Machines
New Years Eve is the time to show off all of the barista skills you spent the year perfecting! When it comes to brewing and steaming, our shortlist of espresso machines and coffee makers will serve as the perfect performance partners as you whip up delicious drinks for your guests.
Of all the machines on this list, the new-look Gaggia Accademia might take the cake when it comes to both appearance and performance. Not only will you look like a professional barista as you dish out delicious drink after delicious drink to your guests, but you will almost certainly hear "oohs" and "aahs" ring out as attendees marvel in the black glass backed front panel, full color glass touchscreen display, and backlit Gaggia Milano red stripe accent.
Updated for 2022, the newest iteration of the Accademia offers the highest degree of beverage customization available on the market while remaining simple and convenient to operate. It is a fully automatic bean-to-cup espresso machine with a customizable menu of 19 beverages. Milk drinks can also be prepared to you and your guests liking with the automatic frothing carafe, or by using the commercial steam wand to produce latte art quality milk foam.
One of the first things you need to know about the ECM Synchronika if you’re hosting a large get-together is that it’s a dual boiler machine. A machine of Synchronika's capacity is going to come in handy when you’ve got a home full of guests waiting to try your barista-style beverages. Add in stunning design options like Anthracite, as well as premium wood accents, and you have a machine that will be the talk of the evening.
The dual boilers allow for brewing and steaming at the same time with no wait time in between, and the direct water line connection means you won’t need to make people wait after brewing and steaming flavorful drinks for the whole crowd to enjoy.
Profitec Pro 300
If you’ve been honing your barista abilities all year and you’re looking for an affordable prosumer that can cater to the masses, then the Profitec Pro 300 might be your best bet.
The Pro 300 is another dual boiler machine option that can keep up with the demand of espresso and milk-based beverages for you and a house full of guests, and comes with a PID controller that will allow you to show off your skills and tease out the elusive flavors of your coffee. As a hefty German-engineered machine, you can also rest assured that your investment will remain operating at peak performance long after the ball has dropped.
If you prefer a chill hangout to celebrate the end of the year, then we think the JURA Z10 is the way to go. What better way to keep things cool than with the Z10 and its Cold Extraction Process, which results in consistently refreshing and delicious iced beverages.
When the time comes for things to heat up, the Z10 is no slouch when it comes to hot beverages as well. Traditional drink options like intense espresso are readily available, as are more specialized milk drinks like flat whites. No matter how the vibe changes at your get-together, the Z10 has the drink for the occassion.
ECM Casa V
If you'd rather count down the start of the New Year with some peace and quiet, or with a handful of close friends, family members, or a significant other, a semi-automatic machine like the ECM Casa V will be perfect when its time to brew the final nightcap of 2022.
The Casa V is a compact semi-automatic machine that you can get without breaking the bank. It’s also perfect for a low-key night in, as you can pull shots for coffee and steam for milk-based drinks (just remember to take into account the required wait time it takes to swap between brewing and steaming). With the incredible performance of this German-engineered machine, you can brew and steam from the comfort of your home for as lively or laid back of a night as you desire.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express
If you're still green when it comes to making espresso but still want to offer the drink option to your party guests, look no further than the Breville Barista Express. As an excellent entry-level espresso machine, the Barista Express makes hosting with your loved ones an enjoyable experience without the harsh learning curve of a high-end machine.
It comes with a built-in grinder, a magnetic tamper holder, and a 360-degree swivel steam wand with a one-hole steam tip. Additional features like programmable options to brew a single or double shot, and adjustable grind settings are especially great for concocting beverages for guests who have different drink preferences!
Braun KF9150 MultiServe Brewing System
So there’s someone at your get-together who only drinks decaf, no big deal! This is when you bring out your drip coffee maker so no coffee-loving party-goer gets left behind.
For instances like these, we recommend the Braun Multiserve Brewing System, a SCA-certified drip coffee maker capable of brewing light, gold, bold, or an iced coffee in less than 8 minutes. There’s even an option to brew hot water for tea and hot chocolate! The Multiserve produces some of the best flavors a coffee maker can provide, and proves that drip coffee can be the life of the party.
E&B Lab Pour-Over Set
If you're an espresso purist who appreciates the art of manual brewing and want to share that appreciation with your guests, E&B Lab’s Pour-Over Set is a stylish and easy-to-use option for entertaining the masses.
Hand-crafted in Italy, this Pour-Over Set comes with a handmade borosilicate glass that can handle up to 248°F and holds 18oz. It also features two flower-shaped filter holders that not only look stylish, but go a long way in reducing coffee temperature changes thanks to their steel construction.
Good Grinds Only
For the espresso machines, coffee makers and other brew vessels that don't have built-in grinders, you're going to need a high-efficiency standalone grinder to cater to your New Years needs. Luckily we have a pair of excellent options that can do the trick.
Eureka Mignon Turbo
When it comes to speed and efficiency, the Eureka Mignon Turbo has what it takes to keep up with the demands of a lively New Years event. If you're hosting a large number of people and you need a grinder that can keep up with your other espresso brewing equipment, the Turbo leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
The inclusion of larger 65mm burrs means you'll get improved grind consistency at even higher speeds. Even more impressive is that Eureka has managed to speed things up without creating a noisy grinder. Thanks to silent grind technology, which is approximately 20 dB when compared to conventional grinders, you can grind at your leisure long after New Year has arrived and many of your guests have long been asleep.
Eureka Mignon Zero
For hosts with single-serve or manual coffee makers, or just those planning a smaller event, we recommend a single-dose grinder like the Eureka Mignon Zero.
The Mignon Zero was designed with convenience in mind, thanks to micrometric stepless adjustment for a precisely perfect grind setting, as well as near-zero retention that results in a dose of ground coffee within .2g of your original whole bean pre-measurement.
No matter what you planned brewing method will be this New Years, you can always enhance your experience with some accessories. To help with the hustle and bustle of hosting the year's final event, here are a few recommendations.
Acaia Lunar Scale
The Acaia Lunar, with its most recent update in 2021, is a precise espresso scale that measures accurately to a hundredth of a gram for an unmatched level of precision.
This version of the Lunar comes with a new Flow-Rate indicator that helps monitor the flow rate of extractions in real-time so you can know if your shot is perfectly dialed in every time.
Revolution Steaming Pitcher
If latte art is something you and your guests are interested in experimenting with this New Years, you're going to need a good steaming pitcher to create the designs of your dreams. To accomplish this artistic undertaking, look no further than the Revolution Steaming Pitcher.
This stylish and durable pitcher is ideal for steaming milk, and features a sleek matte black external finish for a layer of style often not seen with comparable products. It also incorporates a proprietary Teflon coating, which means it will hold up for New Years celebrations to come.
DeLonghi Mixed Glasses, 6-Pack
As the resident barista of your New Year's extravaganza, the appearance of your drinks when you serve them is almost as important as their taste. To complete the visual appeal of your coffee concoctions, we recommend investing in a set of stylish glassware like the DeLonghi Fancy Collection 6-pack of mixed glasses.
This hand-made set includes two 2oz espresso glasses, two 6oz cappuccino glasses and two 7.5oz latte macchiato glasses so you can have the perfect sized glass for whatever beverage your guests desire. Each glass is double walled and thermal so you and your guests can hold their desired drink comfortably in your hand, even when piping hot.
New Year, New Coffee
Now that you have the perfect setup for your end-of-year bash, the next thing to look into is a coffee blend that will please your party-goers. To help you make such a pivotal decision, we've provided a trio of fantastic options that are sure to leave a lasting impression.
Whole Latte Love Crema Wave
If you own or are planning on owning a super-automatic machine like those mentioned in our list above, we are proud to recommend our very own Crema Wave as ours and many of our customer's go-to whole bean espresso blend no matter what time of the year it is.
Aside from the beautiful bag artwork that was designed in-house, the sweet flavors of honey and almond evoked by Crema Wave make it medium roast blend best used for preparing espresso that is completely drinkable as a single or double shot. In milk, its natural sweetness is further accentuated for a decadent latte or cappuccino.
Joe Bean Tiger Stripe
In espresso brewing, tiger-striping refers to the interplay of solids and oils when a shot of espresso is pulled, resulting in a gorgeous mix of browns and oranges present in the crema. There are few moments of pride like that of pulling a shot with mesmerizingly perfect tiger striping in front of an audience of friends and family. To help accomplish this feat this New Year, we recommend Joe Bean Tiger Stripe.
Joe Bean's Tiger Stripe espresso blend is a versatile, espresso oriented blend that produces sweet, full-bodied shots that are perfect on their own and delicious in milk. With rich notes of tangerine, almond, and chocolate with sweet, lemon citrus acidity, Tiger Stripe blends coffees from a rotation of Central American origins.
Caffe Carraro Whole Bean Sampler
If you're hosting a large get-together, or even a smaller soirée of people with varied tastes, then a sampler is the way to go. We currently offer a variety of sampler options, and strongly recommend checking out Caffe Carraro's Whole Bean Sampler as your selection.
This set of unique blends from Caffe Carraro offers a multi-faceted look at traditional Italian espresso, with three delicious coffees. Tazza D'Oro is a sweet and balanced crowd pleaser, while Globo Elite is equal parts rich and smooth. Crema Espresso delivers a similarly Arabica-heavy composition to Tazza D'Oro but with mellow notes of chocolate, fruit, and nuts.