January 17, 2023 3 min read

So you've got a shiny new espresso machine and grinder in your kitchen.

Other than the coffee you're going to need some cool gear to get you making the best bangers and flatties you've ever had!!

1. Tamper

First on the list is a coffee tamper. Once you grind your coffee into your brewing handle, this coffee needs to be flattened and compressed. Otherwise, the water will flow through too fast. Tampers come in a range of shapes and sizes. Use a ruler to measure the top of your metal filter basket and take away around 3-4mm. The most common size is 58mm, so if you measure around this then safest to go with 58mm base.

Our Most Popular Coffee Tamper:

Elevate your espresso-making prowess with the Rhino Pro Black Tamper, the essential tool for achieving the perfect, barista-quality shot every time.

 

Explore our full range of coffee tampers and mats.

2. Knock Box or Bin

Coffee waste bins are a dedicated bin to knock your used coffee into. Perfect for use with your brewing handle and great if you want to recycle or compost the coffee grounds.

Our Most Popular Waste Bin:

The Rhino Mini Waste Bin is a compact solution for disposing of coffee grounds and filters with effortless style and convenience. Keep your brewing station clean, and clutter-free. 

 

Explore our full range of coffee knock and waste bins.

3. Milk Jug or Pitcher

Can't make a flattie without a pitcher to steam the milk in. We recommend kitting yourself out with 2 non-stick pitchers. One in 12oz and the other in 20oz.

Our Recommended Milk Pitcher:

The Rhino Classic Milk Pitcher allows you to craft velvety, café-worthy lattes and cappuccinos with ease. This is your trusted companion for frothing and pouring creamy, barista-quality milk every time.

 

See our full range of milk pitchers.

4. Thermometer

There's nothing worse than scorched milk. The ideal temperature is around 55-65c, so get yourself a simple thermometer to take the guesswork out and guarantee perfect froth every time.

Our Recommended Thermometer:

Achieve the perfect milk froth and steaming precision with the Rhino Milk Frothing Thermometer. Ensure your lattes and cappuccinos reach that ideal, barista-approved temperature for some coffee indulgence! 

 

See our full range of thermometers.

5. Scales

No-one wants to waste great coffee. A good set of brewing scales will make sure you're grinding and adding the correct amount of coffee to your basket. You can also use them to accurately weigh your shots as they come out with far greater accurate than sight or time.

Our Favourite Coffee Scales:

The Brewista Smart Scale II offers accuracy to 0.1g, ensuring your coffee recipes are consistently exquisite, cup after cup.

 

 Explore our full range of coffee scales.

6. Shot Glass

These are great if the height under your handle is limited or if you like to split your shots. They're also handy to check the volume of espresso you've just poured.

Our Most Popular Shot Glass:

Perfect your espresso extraction with the Rhino Shot Glass with Spouts, designed for precision and consistency, allowing you to pour impeccable shots and master the art of espresso. 

 

 

7. Cleaning Brush and Cloth

Once you're done brewing, you need to clean. The Rhino Barista Cloth set is perfect for wiping steam wands and keeping your espresso machine nice and clean.

See our full range of cleaning products.

Transform Your Barista Skills

These 7 trusty tools will help you get the best out your espresso machine. 

Also, you may wish to have a look at our full collection of barista accessories

Enjoy!

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