The holidays are right around the corner. Whether you’re adding ideas to your coffee wishlist or looking for gift ideas for a coffee lover in your life, this list should give you all you need to find the perfect gift for someone in your life.
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For the Coffee Newbie
Looking for a gift for someone new to coffee? This section includes gifts that are great for people that are just getting started with specialty coffee.
To make high-quality coffee, you absolutely need a scale and timer to make sure your water/coffee ratio is exact and your brew time is accurate. There are a lot of scale/timer options out there, but I like this one because it was specifically designed for pour-over coffee by the company that makes the V60 and many other coffee accessories.
French press is one of the easiest brew methods when getting started with specialty coffee brewing at home. It doesn’t require the pouring technique necessary for other methods like the V60 or Chemex, and it doesn’t require expensive equipment like espresso. It’s as simple as grinding the coffee, adding the water, waiting three minutes and pouring it out. It is also extremely affordable. This specific French press is a bit more expensive and elegant, but there are some that are under $15.
The AeroPress is another brew method that is easy to master and extremely affordable. This was the first brewing option I purchased as I was getting into specialty coffee, and it is still my wife’s favorite option. It is particularly flexible and allows you to make coffee ranging from an almost espresso-style drink to a more traditional pour over. We have a great guide on how to make an espresso-style brew using the AeroPress inverted method if you are looking to get started with the AeroPress.
Grinding your coffee on demand is one of the best ways to improve your coffee’s quality. While you can use a blade grinder, conical burr grinders produce a consistent grind that leads to the most evenly extracted coffee. Automatic burr grinders easily cost above $100, though, so if you are just starting out, this hand burr grinder can give you the quality that comes with an automatic burr grinder without breaking the bank.
A good mug is essential for any coffee lover. Swell makes beautiful, well-made products and this teakwood tumbler is especially great. It is only 10oz, so if you appreciate a big cup of coffee, you may want to try one of the larger sizes.
For the Aspiring Coffee Enthusiast
Know someone who is into coffee, but wants to “up their game”? These gifts are great options to take your coffee making to the next level.
V60 is likely my favorite day-to-day brew method. Once mastered, it creates a wonderfully smooth cup of coffee. This set is a great gift for someone wanting to dive into a new brew method. It provides everything you need to make coffee with the V60, including the ceramic dripper, glass pot, and filters. If you are looking to save a few dollars, you can purchase the dripper and filters—really the only two required items—individually.
In addition to a beautiful coffee table decoration, this book is extremely informative. I use it during my research for many blog posts and reference it often. It covers a wide range of topics from processing to roasting, buying to storing, and tasting to describing. One of my favorite parts of the book is the coffee origins section, which covers every coffee growing region in detail. Read this book and you’ll go from coffee novice to coffee expert in no time.
Heath Ceramics makes some of the most beautiful, high-quality mugs and cups I’ve ever seen. If you are going to drink coffee, you might as well do it in style with this teacup and saucer that comes in 40 different color options.
For the Bonafide Coffee Enthusiast
Looking for a gift for someone who is already a coffee expert? You’ve come to the right place.
This gift is near the top of my list this year. Making coffee in a siphon not only looks amazing, but it creates a wonderfully consistent cup of coffee. The siphon is one of the more adventurous brew methods and a great gift for someone who likely already has the equipment for the more traditional brew methods.
While the manual burr grinder mentioned above is a great, more affordable option for people just getting into coffee, this automatic option is faster and easier to use. Its higher price tag is justifiable for someone already into specialty coffee who wants to improve their coffee making.
If brewing your own coffee isn’t doing enough for you any more, try roasting it. Roasting your own coffee is easy, fun, and surprisingly affordable. While you can use a popcorn popper for roasting, this air roaster is specifically designed for coffee roasting and provides a level of control not possible with a popcorn popper. If you decide to roast your own coffee, you’ll also need to buy green beans, which you can purchase from sites like Sweet Maria’s for as little as $5/pound.
Onyx recently sent me their Roaster Sampler Box so I could sample a few of their coffees for reviews. I was incredibly impressed with each of the four coffees and they included a great variety, from bright and fruity African coffees to more earthy South American options. At only $25, it’s a great, affordable gift to give someone who you know loves trying new coffees.
Everything Fellow makes is beautiful. This brew kettle is likely their most iconic product and one you’ve probably seen at pour-over stations in local specialty coffee shops. It’s a top-of-the-line electric kettle that gives you the precision in temperature and flow rate you need when pouring to make the best coffee possible.
While these cups work great for smaller cups of coffee or a latte at home, they are also perfect for cupping coffee. I use them with every review to cup the coffee. They are simple, sturdy, and beautiful. They’d make a great addition for someone who wants to explore a new area of specialty coffee by cupping coffee at home.
This poster is as beautiful as it is informative. It represents all of the different prominent flavors found in coffee in a truly stunning visual information graphic. As a designer, I have the poster on the wall in my office and enjoy looking at it daily. As a coffee lover, I refer to it constantly when tasting coffee to help identify flavors or aromas I’m experiencing.
For the Gift that Keeps on Giving
There are a lot of sites that offer coffee subscriptions. In fact, many roasters offer a subscription for their own coffee. If you (or someone you’re buying a gift for) like the consistency of the same coffee or same roaster or the peace of mind that comes from knowing a new bag will be arriving without thinking about it each month, a coffee subscription is a great option. Here are a few of my favorite subscription options.
Driftaway Coffee is a great subscription option. They offer four coffee profiles that you select from (fruity, classic, balanced, or bold) in the initial order. From there, each month they will send you a different coffee that fits that profile. It’s a great way to try different coffees, but stay within your comfort zone for the style of coffee you prefer.
Moustache Coffee Club roasts their own coffee as well. They offer a wide range of coffee (usually six to eight varieties) that is constantly changing. They offer six- or 12-ounce options on a weekly, two-week, or monthly cycle.
Many roasters offer their own subscriptions, but Quills is one of my favorites. They consistently roast amazing coffee that I am always anxious to get my hands on. Their roaster’s choice subscription offers a new coffee every one to four weeks that rotates based on what they are currently roasting. It’s a great way to have the consistency of a roaster but variety in the coffee you receive.
Download the free, printable coffee brew guide cheatsheet
Quick reference for ratios, water temp & brew times
8 brew methods including chemex, V60, aeropress & more
Serving sizes and tips for each brew method
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