At Whole Latte Love, we pride ourselves on being a resource for coffee and espresso lovers to upgrade their setup at home or in the office without having to buy all new machines and grinders. Instead, we offer top-performing accessories and parts, whether you need to swap out an old filter for a new one or upgrade to an accessory that will improve your brewing experience. Here’s a quick list of some of our favorite, top-performing accessories to really improve consistency in brewing your espresso and upgrade your home (or office) barista toolbox.
Designed in collaboration with the 2008 Italian Cup Tasting Champion, Sauro Dall’Aglio, and IMS, Baristapro baskets and screens are top of the line accessories for helping you to pull a more even and flavorful shot of espresso. Double-punched with exactly 661 holes and brushed with nanoquartz coating for a non-stick finish, these baskets relieve back pressure, avoid channeling, and promote a smoother extraction. The screens benefit from IMS' specific distribution of holes, too, allowing for better, more even water flow through the coffee puck. The nanotech technology reduces any residue and stickiness in your basket making for a super easy cleanup process. If you’re looking to level up your brewing experience, we’d definitely recommend upgrading to Baristapro baskets and screens, you’ll love the improvement in your extractions.
If you’re tired of going through the hassle of descaling your machine, then it’s time to invest in BWT water filters. BWT products range from in-tank filters to plummable cartridges and aid in filtering out unwanted tastes and smells by removing heavy metals like copper and zinc and chemicals like chlorine from your water using ion exchange. This removes calcium from your water and significantly reduces scale build-up in your machine. Investing in a BWT filter is a timesaver, it extends the time between you having to descale your machine and keeps your espresso tasting rich and full of flavor. You can rest easy at night knowing that your coffee will taste good as new when your brew your latte in the morning, and it's all thanks to an innovative filter keeping espresso lovers like you brewing and sipping clean-tasting espresso for months on end.
Your brewing experience can only get better with the Acaia Lunar Scale. It’s a water-resistant scale allowing you to measure exact values for getting a consistent espresso every time. Place it on top of your drip tray to measure the liquid volume of your espresso and you’ll notice that the Acaia lunar measures every drip of espresso that hits the cup. It’s compact and precise and can only improve consistency when extracting espresso. It measures down to 0.01g and features a built-in timer that displays alongside weight measurements, auto-off programming, and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery with a life of 20-30 hours per charge. Many Acaia scale users couple the Lunar with a placement mat for their portafilter for even tamping and weighing their coffee grounds straight from the grinder.
Asso Jack Levelers have been a popular alternative to tampers for baristas looking for extreme consistency when preparing for espresso. With the Jack Leveler, you’ll spend less time wondering if you tamped properly and more time getting consistent results. The ridges on the leveler help to level out your grounds, even around the perimeter of your portafilter, essentially replacing the need to tamp. You’ll see this feature in action if you’re using a bottomless portafilter especially; the espresso will distribute evenly through the bottom of the basket. It also helps that the Jack Levelers come in a variety of designs, making this accessory look really cool sitting on your countertop.
The Baratza Sette Drop Down Portafilter Hooks are an accessory that you probably didn’t know you needed until now. If you own any of Baratza’s Sette grinders, Baratza’s Sette hooks can be installed on the existing hooks allowing you to put taller portafilter baskets into the grinder. This gives you an additional inch or so of clearance above the portafilter, so if you have a taller mound of coffee, you won’t have to worry about it impacting the grinding chute. This is a particularly useful accessory if you own the Sette 30; the hooks allow you to have a hands-free experience with the grinder so that you can focus on other things.
There you have it, five of our top-performing accessories to upgrade your brewing experience. If you happen to pick up these accessories for the holiday season, we’d love to hear what you think by giving us a review on any of these products. We’re confident that these accessories will take your experience to the next level.