The espresso machine
First things first: You need the right gear to get started and since espresso is the base for so many cafe drinks, an espresso machine should top your list. This sleek, compact machine comes with two thermostats for that perfect temperature cappuccino. DELONGHI Icona Pump Espresso Machine, Hudson's Bay, $249.99.
That foamy layer atop your latte won’t come easy unless you have a proper frother to turn steamy milk into pillowy clouds. BREVILLE The Milk Cafe Milk Frother, Hudson's Bay, $179.99.
The coffee grinder
You must start with freshly ground coffee beans for the most authentic cafe experience. This grinder will let you get the perfect texture – from fine ground for the best regular cup of joe, to a coarse grind, which is ideal for a French press. Cuisinart Supreme Grind Auto Burr Mill, Canadian Tire, $69.99.