Any coffee snob knows a memorable drinking experience doesn’t start or end when that first sip of coffee hits your lips. It’s in grinding the beans, measuring the grounds, and boiling the water – the minutia coffee preparation – where the fun happens. I’m the kind of low-key coffee guy who’ll sip down a single origin cup of Nicaraguan bean juice with just as much enthusiasm as I would a cup of Cafe Bustelo out of a chipped mug.
Blame it on my star sign or an unencumbered love of stuff, but I think a nice collection of coffee accessories comes down to price and usefulness. Giorgio Milos has been illy’s Master Barista for 26 years putting his knowledge and passion for coffee to use perfecting the brand’s blends while innovating the way people make coffee at home. Giorgio and I spoke about some of his favorite at-home coffee makers, tools, and gadgets, as well as some interesting brew methods that might change the way you drink your cup of Joe.