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Celebrate National Coffee Day 2023 with the best coffee at home

Here's what you need to step up your brew

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Break out the mugs and your favorite coffee grinder because today, September 29, is National Coffee Day 2023! National Coffee Day is an annual holiday filled with freebies at various restaurants all about celebrating the drinks that bring so much joy (and energy).

While you can grab a latte on the road, there are also countless gadgets and gizmos to help you make that perfect brew right at home. At Reviewed, we test products year-round to recommend to you the best and, boy, we have some coffee recommendations for you. Here are 11 products to take your morning brew to the next level.

What is National Coffee Day?

National Coffee Day is a celebration of coffee, often via deals from various coffee brands and restaurants. It was first celebrated in 2005.

When is National Coffee Day 2023?

National Coffee Day is observed annually on September 29, which falls on a Friday this year.

Products to make the best coffee at home

1. The perfect drip coffee makers

Coffee makers against blue backgrounds
Credit: Reviewed / Moccamaster / Black+Decker

The Moccomaster and Black+Decker not only look great but brew a mean cup of coffee, too.

If we can say one thing about coffee makers, it's to never underestimate the power of drip coffee. There are thousands of brewers available on the market, which can make it tough to narrow down your choices. But don't worry—we've tested the most popular full-size drip brewers to find the best one. The results: the Technivorm Moccamaster KBG reigned supreme for its fast brewing speed, well-made design, and ability to brew smooth coffee. While it's on the pricier side, it brews a complex pot of coffee, enough to serve multiple people (or refill your mug multiple times), giving you quality coffee for your morning commute or afternoon pick-me-up.

Product image of Moccamaster 53928 KBGV Select Coffee Maker
Moccamaster 53928 KBGV Select Coffee Maker

This coffee maker brews quickly and smoothly.

For something a little more budget-friendly, we love the Black & Decker 12-Cup Thermal Coffee Maker. It makes brew-tifully smooth and flavorful coffee and is very simple to use. This coffee maker even outperformed some of the high-end brands we tested it against, proving to be an affordable staple for the kitchen.

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BLACK+DECKER CM2035B-1 Thermal Coffeemaker

The Black+Decker doesn't trade price for functionality.

2. The best bean roaster

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Credit: Reviewed / Nuvo

Use this bean roaster to get your beans as dark as you like.

Roasting coffee beans yourself can help you make the perfect brew by ensuring that your beans are as dark as you want. Based on thorough market research, we determined that the Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Roaster is the best roaster you can buy online. The Nuvo Eco combines form with function, as the beautiful ceramic roaster efficiently heats up to 70 coffee beans at once. The eco-friendly material can get very hot, but thanks to the heat-blocking handle, you'll be protected from nasty burns.

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Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

Enjoy your beans just the way you like them.

3. Our favorite coffee grinder

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Credit: Reviewed / OXO

Make freshly ground coffee.

While the convenience of pre-ground coffee surely can't be beaten, there's a reason coffee aficionados prefer to grind their own beans right before brewing. Soon after coffee beans are exposed to air, the beans and their flavor begin to dissipate, even if the coffee comes in a vacuum-sealed bag.

That's why buying a good coffee grinder is key for the perfect cup. Out of all the coffee grinders we've tested, the OXO Brew Conical Brew Grinder is our favorite. It features even grinding, a timer instead of continuous power, and a helpful manual.

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OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

With a grinder, you can have freshly ground beans from the comfort of your home.

4. Our favorite Nespresso machine

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Credit: Reviewed / Nespresso

This Nespresso machine is quick and user-friendly, making your mornings that much easier.

If convenience is key for you, pod-operated coffee makers can be a lifesaver. And if you don't want to skimp on quality, Nespresso machines have found a way to beautifully combine convenience and high-quality coffee.

We've tested a wide array of Nespresso machines and found the Nespresso VertuoPlus by Breville machine to be our favorite single-serve coffee maker. This compact machine packs a punch, offering fast brewing and plenty of coffee options from regular coffee to double espresso drinks.

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Nespresso VertuoPlus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine

Breville's Nespresso VertuoPlus is the best single-serve coffee maker.

5. Our favorite percolator

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Credit: Reviewed / Elite Gourmet

If you like your coffee dark, you need a percolator.

While nothing beats the convenience of drip makers or pod machines such as Keurig, there are instances when the seasoned coffee percolator outshines its automated brethren. If you fancy your coffee dark and strong, you can't go wrong by using a percolator. A percolator is especially helpful if you’re looking to make a large brew as they typically boast larger capacities. After extensive testing, we found the best coffee percolator to be the Maxi-Matic Elite Platinum EC-120 12 Cup Percolator. It offers modern safety features, can be lifted off of the heating element for easy serving and, most importantly, makes flavorful, delicious coffee (up to 12 cups at once!).

Product image of Elite Gourmet EC812 Electric 12-Cup Coffee Percolator
Elite Gourmet EC812 Electric 12-Cup Coffee Percolator

Our favorite percolator can make up to 23 cups of coffee at once.

6. An affordable yet high-performing milk frother

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Credit: Reviewed / Instant Pot

Our top-tested milk frother is perfect for any budget.

Frothy, foamy milk—it's necessary for making the perfect latte or cappuccino. We've tested several milk frothers available on the market and found the Instant Milk Frother to be the best option out there at a surprising $30 sticker price. This milk frother that is made by the same brand that gave us the Instant Pot easily creates foam no matter what temperature or type of milk (such as almond or oat milk) you use.

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Instant Milk Frother, 4-in-1 Electric Milk Steamer

This milk frother can froth all types of milk—and do it well.

7. A coffee subscription to help you discover new beans

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Credit: Reviewed / Intelligentsia

If you're looking for coffee to drink, you should try a coffee subscription service.

If you're a self-described coffee snob, then you're probably always looking for the best coffee beans you can get your hands on. Thankfully, coffee subscriptions can help you discover and explore new coffee beans from across the world.

Our favorite coffee subscription service that we've ever tested is from Intelligentsia. This brand ships quickly, is roasted to order, and features detailed coffee information. If you don’t feel like grinding your own beans, you’re in luck, because Intelligentsia features a wide range of coffee coarseness.

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8. Our favorite French press

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The SterlingPro SS Double Wall Cafetiere received high marks across the board during our testing.

While French presses require a little more work than other coffee makers, the fruits of their labor are so, so tasty. It's no surprise that baristas and coffee enthusiasts love the French press. After testing plenty of French presses, Reviewed ranked the SterlingPro SS Double Wall Cafetiere as our favorite stainless-steel French press. Its lightweight, double-wall design provides amazing insulation, keeping the coffee hot and the exterior cool to the touch. The press also features a large capacity, holding a whopping six cups of coffee (where the average is about four).

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SterlingPro French Press Coffee Maker

This stainless steel French press features excellent insulation and a double seal to prevent grounds.

9. A stellar cold brew maker

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Credit: Reviewed / Takeya

The Takeya cold brew maker is inexpensive and simple to use.

Cold brew coffee is all the rage at local and chain coffee shops alike. It's basically an extra-strength cup of iced coffee that offers less bitterness, while still maintaining tons of flavor. The downside: buying it out all the time is an expensive habit. You can save some serious dough by making your own cold brew right at home. All it takes is steeping coffee grinds in cold or room-temperature water for an extended period of time and you've got a smooth, powerful brew.

Our favorite device to make cold brew is the Takeya Patented Deluxe Cold Brew Iced Coffee Maker. We tested it against several other models on the market and found it to be easy to use, easy to clean (it's dishwasher safe!) and it yielded around four servings of perfectly balanced coffee—not too acidic nor watered down. Not to mention, it won't break the bank and will save you money in the long run.

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Takeya Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Takeya's cold brew maker is both user-friendly and easy to clean.

10. A reliable mug for home

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Credit: Reviewed / Bodum

Drink your coffee at home in this wonderful mug.

When you’re sipping coffee from the comfort of your home, you want a mug that’s both convenient and allows you to appreciate your drink as you take in the flavor. For this, we recommend adding the Bodum Bistro Coffee Mug to your cupboard. It’s one of the best coffee mugs for home use as its insulation helps keep your drink warm longer. The Bodum Bistro mug is most notable for its transparent glass, which allows you to easily tell how much is left.

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Bodum Bistro Coffee Mug

This mug is lightweight and well-insulated.

11. A solid travel mug

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The Zojirushi travel mug is an absolute beast when it comes to keeping your drinks nice and hot.

Drinking your cup o’ joe on the go? You’ll want a travel mug that's easy to carry, simple to store and, most importantly, keeps your coffee piping hot as long as possible.

After testing a variety of travel mugs, judging mugs on heat retention and spill-proof mechanisms, the 16 oz. Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug rose to the occasion. When it comes to retaining temperature, it does an incredible job—it actually rose in temperature by 6 degrees over half an hour. If you need a new go-to travel mug, consider this your best option.

Product image of Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug
Zojirushi Stainless Steel Mug

Our favorite mug will keep your precious brew warm while you're on the go.

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