The holiday season always makes me extra thankful for coffee. Between year-end deadlines, juggling relatives, and scheduling all the get-togethers and zoom calls and events, I feel like I need a gallon just to get started some mornings. To help with that, we’ve pored over all the Black Friday weekend coffee deals that have come our way to pick out the best discounts on coffee makers, coffee beans, and espresso machines.
Updated November 26: We’ve added the AeroPress Go, VSSL Java grinder, and Tea Spot teas.
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Coffee Subscription Deals
One of the first steps you should do when upping your coffee game is to use fresh coffee beans. You can search for local roasters, or use a coffee subscription service to get freshly roasted beans to your door. Atlas is one of our favorite services because it brings you coffee from around the world.
Trade Coffee tops our list of great coffee subscriptions. Trade Coffee’s specialty is bringing a small roaster to your door. Trade doesn’t roast its own beans, rather it partners with hundreds of small roasters around the country to bring you the best small-batch beans out there. There are a variety of deals on the site right now, and most orders will get you a free bag of coffee in addition to the discount. Sparrow’s Chocolate and Coffee Gift Box for $59 ($10 off, plus a free bag of coffee) looks especially tempting.
Blue Bottle is one of the older coffee subscriptions. It’s still great, though its selection is not as extensive as some of the newcomers. Where Blue Bottle stands out is freshness—the company promises to ship your coffee within 24 hours of roasting.
The word quintal refers to the weight in which coffee beans are bought and sold in South America, so it’s a fitting name for this service that deals directly with growers and roasters in some of Central and South America’s most storied coffee-growing regions. Shipping straight from the origin within one to three days of roasting means the coffee is going to be as fresh as possible when it arrives. A side benefit is that more of the proceeds from the coffee sales go directly to the growers and roasters in their home countries.
Our absolute favorite espresso machine, the Diletta Mio, is on sale for Black Friday. The machine is pretty new and we haven’t seen it on sale or discounted at all since its release this summer. It’s elegant and consistently makes excellent espresso with pro-grade features like a built-in shot timer and PID (a computer for making sure the boilers are hit the perfect temperature).
De’Longhi’s La Specialista Arte espresso machine is sort of the poster kid for what a home espresso machine should look like. Curvy and shiny, it has just the right amount of buttons and a pressure gauge front and center for ensuring your espresso is as consistently pulled as possible. This one includes a built-in grinder, and a little platform for raising and lowering your shot glasses. That means there’s enough room under the portafilter for a full-size coffee mug if you’re going to skip the shots and go straight to sipping.
The Solis Barista Perfetta Plus is an excellent standard espresso machine. It brews a clean, consistent shot of espresso, and doesn’t take up much counter space. Its compact frame is one of its best features, and it fits in right between a toaster and a rice cooker without needing any major countertop rearranging.
It’s not the most portable espresso maker (it’s heavy too), but it produced some of the best extraction of all the portable espresso makers we tested. It’s simple to use—just follow the instructions in this video from the company—easy to clean, and allows for a good deal of experimentation.
This espresso machine is a great pick if you’re not quite ready to dump hundreds of (or over a thousand) dollars into an espresso machine. It produces consistent and creamy espresso, steams and froths milk, and won’t break the bank.
Mr. Coffee’s One-Touch is our top pick for latte and cappuccino machines. WIRED reviewer Jeffrey Van Camp says it pulls as nice an espresso as it can from almost anything—he even tested it with standard Maxwell House coffee and it outputted an acceptable espresso. But it doesn’t get you quite the same rich flavor as Breville machines do, but this one is much more affordable.
The Barista is a pared-down version of the One-Touch above, but it’s still a solid machine for only $200 when not discounted. It’s more plasticky than the One-Touch, so you’ll have to steady it as your twist the portafilter into place.
It’s not a huge discount, but this is our favorite cold-brew coffee maker. It makes about 32 ounces of coffee in one go. All you need to do is put coarse grinds into the basket and slowly pour water through it. Then let it sit at room temperature or in a fridge for 24 hours, and that’s it.
County Line Kitchen is a family-owned business in Wisconsin. Its Cold Brew Maker uses a trusty ol’ 2-quart mason jar and stainless steel filter basket to brew. You fill the basket with a lot of coffee grounds, pour up to 64 ounces of cold water through it slowly, and let it sit for 24 hours. When it’s done, take out the filter basket and use the lid to pour.
Oxo is a killer brand for most coffee gear, and this machine is no exception. The shower head is designed to saturate the grounds as evenly as possible, ensuring you get the most flavor out of your coffee without oversaturating any one area—which can be a problem for drip machines. If you’ve ever seen your grounds after your coffee is brewed and it looks like the water all went down the middle, you’ve experienced the washed-out bitter flavors this can give your coffee. Oxo’s spout is designed to avoid exactly that kind of coffee nightmare.
The AeroPress Go (9/10, WIRED Recommends) is barely bigger than a coffee mug, is incredibly lightweight, and makes one of the best cups of coffee you’ll get on the go. It’s as good as the standard AeroPress—easy to use, good at minimizing bitterness—just smaller. The AeroPress is very forgiving. While it can take a bit of experimenting to get it to make coffee exactly the way you want, it’s difficult to make a bad cup of coffee.
A good drip machine should evenly shower your coffee grounds, and it should have some programmable features. This machine excels at both and even includes a built-in scale for measuring out just the right amount of coffee. But maybe its best trick is that you can use it as a manual pour-over dripper in addition to all its other features.
Cafe’s Drip Coffee Maker is everything you’d want from a high-end drip machine. It brews excellent coffee that’s well-balanced with no burned flavors. The water nozzle ensures the grounds get watered uniformly and quickly, the two keys to great coffee from a drip machine.
One of our favorite coffee grinders, the Oxo Conical Burr Grinder is our number one pick for anyone stepping up their coffee game and picking up a burr grinder for the first time. It’s inexpensive, reliable, and provides a level of consistency (and precision) you just can’t get out of a blade grinder. No matter how you make your coffee, a burr grinder will make sure you get the most out of your beans. The fancier version with a built-in scale is also on sale for $240 ($60 off).
A solid all-around burr grinder, the Solis Scala Zero is a good pick for newcomers. It can grind fine enough for espresso or coarse enough for pour-over–or anything in between. It’s also pretty small for a burr grinder, which is always a plus in smaller kitchens.
The Java is our top pick for those in search of an ultra-sturdy hand grinder. The sleek, slender tube of aircraft-grade aluminum is solid enough to double as a weapon, yet (relatively) lightweight. The handle is clever too. It folds out and provides a lot of leverage while you grind, Then it folds up, screws into the top and you can use it as a hook to hang the Java up when you’re done. The Java is capable of grinding everything from French-press coarse to espresso-fine.
It might not be the kind of mug you’d replace all your mugs with, but the Ember Mug2 is a fun desk gadget for any work-from-home setup. It has a little charging pad that doubles as a coaster, and keeps your coffee at peak hotness well after a standard mug would’ve let it go cold.
Fancy up your coffee life with some hot and frothy milk. With a little practice, this affordable handheld battery-powered frother can turn out cappuccino-quality foam. While you’re at it, grab our favorite stainless steel milk pitcher for $10.
Chances are you’ve seen these kettles sitting on the countertop at your favorite cafe. Fellow’s Stagg EKG electric kettle (8/10, WIRED Recommends) has a long narrow gooseneck for precise control when you’re brewing pour-over coffee, but it’s also a great everyday electric kettle and looks great on just about any countertop.
Zojirushi’s classic 16-ounce travel mug is BPA-free and has a wide-mouth opening to accommodate ice cubes if you’re going cold brew. The lid locks to avoid accidental spillage, and I (Adrienne) accidentally left hot tea in it for 18 hours and found it still hot when I cautiously opened it again.
If you want to improve your coffee brewing, get a scale. You need it for weighing beans, pour-overs, espresso pulls and more, the only way to reproduce your results is if you know what you did. This scale is a budget-friendly model that still offers everything you need.
Don’t want coffee? How about some tea? We love to get our tea locally, but not everyone lives near a good tea shop. I’ve come to rely on the Tea Spot, which offers everything from loose-leaf tea to fantastic brewing mugs to tea subscriptions. This deal is good site-wide, including two of my favorites, Morning Mojo and Climber’s High Chai.
Retailer Sale Pages
Want to browse the sales yourself? Here are a few top retailers participating in Black Friday deals.