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    Aeropress

    Speed, quick cleanup and little room for error: What's not to love about this handy little coffee maker? Just add your grinds and hot water to the tube, wait a minute, invert the whole container and gently press down on the plunger to force the coffee through a paper filter. Brewing about one cup at a time means you won't waste a single drop. Available at RBC NYC, 71 Worth St between Broadway and Church St (212-226-1111). $32.

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    Bodum Eileen Gold Coffee Press

    The gold decorating this Bodum French press is equal parts form and function: The sturdy, stylish frame was designed to protect the glass vessel from breakage in busy Parisian bistros-and it'll do just as well amid the morning chaos in your apartment. Available at Broadway Panhandler, 65 E 8th St between Broadway and University Pl (212-966-3434). Eight-cup model $49.95.

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    Yama Syphon Brewer

    Indulge your inner mad scientist with this alchemical brewer---the gold standard of coffee geekery. Fire up the included denatured-alcohol burner and heat the water in the bottom bulb until vapor forces it up through the siphon into the top chamber, filled with the coffee. Once the heat is removed, the brewed coffee is sucked back down into the bottom bulb. This finicky gadget can sometimes stump the most skilled baristas, but fans of a good experiment will find the fun in it. Available at Stumptown Coffee Ace Hotel, 18 W 29th St between Broadway and Fifth Ave (stumptowncoffee.com). $60.

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    Toddy Cold Brewer

    Iced-coffee aficionados wax poetic about cold brewing---a long infusion of coffee grounds in room-temperature water. In the Toddy system, grinds are steeped for about 12 to 18 hours before being filtered out, and you can store the smooth results in your refrigerator for up to two weeks. Available at Third Rail Coffee, 240 Sullivan St between 3rd and Bleecker Sts (thirdrailcoffee.com). $37.50.

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    Bodum Bistro Blade Grinder

    This sharp little blade grinder is small enough to fit on the counter of any cramped city apartment, comes in range of bright colors and its transparent lid lets you monitor the size of your grinds. Available at Broadway Panhandler, 65 E 8th St between Broadway and University Pl (212-966-3434). $29.95.

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    Espresso Set

    Winner of a student design contest, this six-serving espresso set is as practical as it is elegant. Two dimples at the top of each cup cradle a matching spoon, and bamboo saucers detach from a larger tray. Available at MoMA Design Store * 81 Spring St at Crosby St (646-613-1367) * 44 W 53rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-767-1050). $48.

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    Milk Carton Creamer

    You don't have to fiddle with a paper lip to open this half-pint carton. The sleek accessory, crafted from hand-blown glass, is already open and ready to use. Now, the only question is: milk or cream? Available at A&G Merch, 111 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-1779). $19.

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    Chemex 1-3 Cup Brewer Classic Series

    Though the Chemex carafe's elegant design landed it in MoMA's permanent collection, we like it for its ease of use and speedy cleanup. Simply slide a filter in the neck, add coffee grinds and moisten them before slowly pouring the rest of the hot water through. Broadway Panhandler, 65 E 8th St between Broadway and University Pl (212-966-3434). $32.95.

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    Pix Travel Mug

    Now that you can personalize the bean and brewing method of your morning joe, it seems silly to sip it from a generic steel thermos. The double porcelain walls of this cheerful thermal mug help regulate beverage temperature and don't taint your drink with a metallic tang. Plus it's dishwasher safe, and the silicone lid is spill-free. Available at Mxyplyzyk, 125 Greenwich Ave between Horatio and Jane Sts (212-989-4300). $14.95.

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    Hario Skerton Hand Grinder

    This handsome hand mill requires a bit of elbow grease, but it gives coffee beans a uniform grind, ensuring that they release their flavor evenly when brewed. Available at Joe, 9 E 13th St between 5th Ave and University Pl (212-924-7400). $40.

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    Pour-over set: Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, Hario V60 Buono Water Kettle and Hario Range Server

    This de rigueur brewing method (slowly pouring water over coffee grounds to coax out the bean's flavor) requires an accurate stream of H2O-and the long, thin spout of the shapely Hario V60 Buono Water Kettle ($59) gives you perfect control. The ceramic dripper ($25), meanwhile, has a ribbed, angular cone and a large bottom hole, which allows the liquid to flow freely (instead of sitting in the dripper) so you can brew a more delicate cup by altering the grind and amount of coffee used. It sits neatly on top of a mug, but if you're having friends over, use the three-cup Range Server ($22). Available at Joe, 9 E 13th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-924-7400)

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    Hunting Lodge Mugs

    What's good coffee without an attractive cup to sip it from? It takes two hands to cradle these hefty blue-speckled mugs, emblazoned with field and stream creatures. But the capacious vessels can hold enough caffeine to fuel a whole day's hunt-or a few hours at the office. Available at A&G Merch, 111 North 6th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-388-1779). $14.

Photograph: Beth Levendis

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Aeropress

Speed, quick cleanup and little room for error: What's not to love about this handy little coffee maker? Just add your grinds and hot water to the tube, wait a minute, invert the whole container and gently press down on the plunger to force the coffee through a paper filter. Brewing about one cup at a time means you won't waste a single drop. Available at RBC NYC, 71 Worth St between Broadway and Church St (212-226-1111). $32.

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