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The Ultimate Coffee Lover’s Gift Guide (2021 Edition)

Andrew Pautler

Collection of popular specialty coffee equipment
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Are you trying to find the perfect gift for that coffee lover in your life? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve been enjoying specialty coffee at home for years and have moved from entry-level products to some of the top-of-the-line consumer products. I’ve become very familiar with the coffee product landscape and have gathered many of my favorite products into this gift guide. Based on my experience, I’ve come up with more than 35 coffee gifts to make it easy for you to find a gift for that special caffeine-loving someone in your life. Whether you are looking to spend hundreds of dollars or just a few, there’s sure to be an idea below that will fit within your budget.

I’ve organized the gifts into categories that are easy to browse and have highlighted my top choice for certain criteria (best budget pick, best for espresso, etc.). If after reviewing this extensive coffee gift guide you still haven’t found a gift that feels right, be sure to check out my full set of recommended products to see what other products I recommend.

Table of Contents
  1. Coffee Makers
  2. Coffee Grinders
  3. Coffee Equipment
  4. Coffee Subscriptions
  5. Coffee Accessories
  6. Coffee Books

Coffee Makers

It is amazing the diversity in coffee makers nowadays. You can have 10 different coffee makers and each one will be a unique way to brew the special little coffee bean. I love exploring different coffee makers and how they impact the final cup of coffee. Below is a list of some of my favorite coffee makers that span a variety of brew methods.

My Top Pick

AeroPress Coffee Maker

The AeroPress has consistently been one of my favorite brew methods for years. I use it multiple times every week. It is a great option because:

  • It is relatively inexpensive
  • It is great for travel & is extremely durable
  • It is easy to clean
  • It is perfect for any skill level – newbies and coffee experts can all make great cups of coffee with it
  • It is great for experiementation and works well in a wide diversity of brew recipes
Best for Pour Over

CAFEC Flower Dripper

I have a lot of pour over brewers and enjoy each of them. My go-to option for the last few years though has been the Flower Dripper from CAFEC. It is very similar to the Hario v60, but the “flower” openings on the side make for a better flow rate and less clogging. Some other great features of the Flower dripper include:

  • It comes in a smaller (01) and larger (02) size
  • It comes in a variety of color options
  • It comes in both ceramic and plastic. The plastic option is a great less expensive alternative or for travel.
Best for Travel

AeroPress Go Portable Travel Coffee Maker

The AeroPress Go is very similar to the regular AeroPress, but is designed specifically with travel in mind. It is a bit smaller than the regular AeroPress, comes with a cup you can brew directly into and compacts down to all fit within the cup. It’s become my go-to brew option whenever we go on a trip where we’ll be flying.

Best for Small Brews

Orea

The Orea is a relatively new brewer to the coffee scene, but it has made a big splash. It is an incredibly tiny brewer (max brew size 18-20g), but it is powerful. It’s become my favorite brewer to use for smaller brews. It’s lightweight, compact, and nearly indestructible making it a great option for travel or camping trips.

Best for a group

Chemex Coffee Maker

The Chemex is one of the most iconic pour over brewers. It’s beautifully designed and something you’ll be proud to have on your counter. If you start looking, you’ll see it on TV shows and movie sets. Its thicker filter creates an incredibly clean cup and its larger size makes it perfect for larger brews. Whenever I’m making coffee for more than two people, I use my 6-cup Chemex.

Best for Espresso
Steel DUO PID, Programmable Espresso Machine

Ascaso Steel DUO PID Espresso Machine

This is my home espresso machine and I love it. If you are looking for a fully automated espresso machine, this isn’t it. Instead, it has many features that give you incredible control to pull the perfect shot of coffee, including:

  • Ability to change pre-infusion times
  • PID control to adjust many settings including water temperature, pre-infusion times and more
  • Adjustable OPV (over pressure valve)
  • High performant milk steamer
  • Dual Thermoblock, which is essential to be able to pull shots and steam milk together
  • Professional 58mm portafilter size

And in addition to all of these features, it looks beautiful on your counter.

As a bonus, you can get 10% off all Ascaso products (including this machine) with the code PULLPOUR at checkout.

Best for Manual Espresso

Flair Espresso Maker

If you’re interested in espresso, but don’t necessarily want to spend $500+ on an automated machine, the Flair espresso makers are a great, affordable way to get into espresso at home. They are incredibly well made and can pull some incredible shots. They have a range of products, but all of them are less expensive than the equivalent automated alternatives.

Best Automated Coffee Maker

OXO 8 Cup Coffee Maker

If you are going to make coffee in an automated coffee maker, you want to be sure it does all it can to mirror the pour over experience (proper water temp, bloom stage, etc.). The OXO 8-Cup Coffee Maker has been certified by the Specialty Coffee Association (SCA) and makes some incredible coffee for an automated machine. You can check out my full review of it here.

Best for Cold Brew

Honour Cold Brew Maker

Cold brew makers are a dime a dozen nowadays, but they aren’t all created equal. To make cold brew you don’t technically need a “cold brew maker,” but it can make things a lot easier. This one from Honour is beautiful and extremely well made. It is perfect to make large batches of cold brew and the spout at the bottom makes it great to leave in the fridge and dispense as necessary. I’ve also used it for fruit-infused water, which works equally as well!

For the Splurge

Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato Timer Type V Espresso Machine

Want to splurge on someone really special? This espresso machine from Rocket is quite the home machine with some incredible features and some visuals that will make your jaw drop (as well as any guests you have over).

Coffee Grinders

Having a high-quality burr grinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment a home coffee enthusiast should have. You can skimp on the scale, kettle, and even the brewer, but you need a good grinder to get the best results. Below is the list of the best options available for home coffee grinders depending on your brewing preferences.

Best for Filter

Fellow Ode Brew Grinder

The Fellow Ode is a workhorse of a grinder. Its range is from fine to coarse, but really shines in the pour over/French Press range. I use it as my daily automated grinder for pour over and it works incredibly well. It has some slick features (ex. it auto-stops once the grinding is finished), a beautiful design, and a quality burr set.

Best for Espresso

Niche Zero Coffee Grinder

If you’ve been around the specialty coffee world for more than a few months, you undoubtedly have heard of the Niche grinder. It is a conical burr grinder with premium grade hardened steel 63mm burrs and near-zero retention. You can read my full review of the product to learn more, but if you want one of the best home espresso grinder you can get, the Niche Zero is it.

Best for a Budget
Barita Encore Burr Grinder

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

The Baratza Encore was the first burr grinder I owned and it served me well for years. It is still my recommendation for anyone looking for a quality grinder but is on a bit more of a budget.

Best Manual Grinder for Filter

Comandante C40 Nitro Blade Coffee Grinder

The Comandante C40 grinder is a premium manual grinder that is respected as one of the best hand grinders on the market. It is made in Germany and the craftsmanship is unparalleled. It has a range from espresso to filter brews, but at 30 microns per click, it doesn’t have the finesse to really dial in espresso. Instead, I find it is best for everything from AeroPress to cold brew (medium-fine to coarse).

Best Manual for Espresso

1Zpresso J-Max Grinder

1Zpresso has an impressive lineup of grinders. This J-Max is their top-end grinder and delivers an incredible range of grind sizes with great consistency. While it works well for the coarser filter brew options, it really shines at the espresso grind range. It has over 400 clicks with each click adjusting 8.8 microns, essentially making it a step-less grinder. You can read see some more of my thoughts on the product in my quick look article.

Best for a Budget

Hario Ceramic Hand-Grinder Coffee Mill

Manual grinders will always give you a bit more bang for your buck than their equivalent automated counterparts. This grinder can’t necessarily compete with the ones above in regards to the quality of burrs, but if you are on a more limited budget, is a great option.

Coffee Equipment

In addition to brewers and grinders, there are some other pieces of equipment that are essential to make excellent coffee at home. This section features my top selections for additional coffee equipment.

Best Pour Over Kettle

Fellow Stagg Kettle

The Stagg Kettle is the cream of the crop when it comes to pour over coffee. It has a beautiful design, is incredibly well-built, and pours beautifully when making a pour over. It has some added features like precise temperature control, automatic shut-off, and the ability to hold temperature for up to an hour.

Best Pour Over Scale
Hario Digital Scale

Hario Drip Scale & Timer

This is the scale I’ve used to make my pour over coffee for years. I’ve experimented with other fancier scales, but always come back to this one. It has a timer and weights to the tenth of a gram but doesn’t have a lot of other bells and whistles. It does its job though and does it incredibly well.

Best Espresso Scale
Acaia Lunar Scale

Acaia Lunar Scale

Acaia has an incredible lineup of scales. They are expensive, but they deliver on the cost. They are well-designed, incredibly sturdy, and have some really nice additional features. This Lunar scale is designed specifically with espresso in mind. It is small (fits on most espresso machines) and has auto-tare and auto-timing functions that make it perfect when using it while pulling shots of espresso.

Best Scale for Beginners

Brewista Ratio Scale

If you are new to pour over coffee, the Brewista Ratio scale is a great one to look at. It has a variety of features designed to help you get more comfortable with pour over coffee including a ratio calculator, pouring cadence tracker and more.

Coffee Subscriptions

There are so many great coffee subscriptions available. Each one has its own little niche and offers something unique for its subscribers. Below is a list of some of my favorite coffee subscriptions.

Mistobox Coffee Subscription

Mistobox is a coffee subscription company that offers 500+ coffees from 50+ roasters from around the country and ships straight to your door at a variety of frequency options.

Get $10 off your first order with the code PULLPOUR.

Yonder Coffee Subscription

Yonder Coffee is a monthly coffee subscription service featuring a new roaster from around the world each month. It is a great way to try coffee roasters from all over the globe. I’ve had the opportunity to try roasters from Colombia, Ireland, Denmark, Hong Kong and more through my Yonder subscription.

Get $10 off your first order with this link.

Atlas Coffee Club

Atlas Coffee Club is a travel-themed coffee of the month subscription. Every month Atlas Coffee Club features a different origin to highlight the different tastes and profiles of coffees from around the world.

Get 50% off your first bag with the code PULLANDPOUR50.

Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription

Blue Bottle is a premier specialty coffee roaster with locations across the world. They offer subscription options for their coffee, which range in frequency, size & style of coffee.

Moustache Coffee Club

Moustache Coffee Club is a single-origin specialty coffee subscription service featuring coffees from around the world in a diversity of profiles. You can read my full review of the subscription in my full review.

Get $10 off your first order with this link.

Corvus Coffee Subscription

Corvus Coffee is one of my favorite specialty coffee roasters. In addition to their wide range of individual coffee options, they have a curated coffee subscription that features different series. You can read my full review of the subscription in my full review.

Coffee Accessories

There are so many great products that support your coffee drinking habit from travel mugs to pour over gadgets. In this section, I share some of my favorite accessories to accompany my coffee brewing & drinking.

OXO Good Grips Thermal Mug

A good travel mug is essential for a coffee lover. This new thermal mug from OXO is beautifully designed, easy to clean with its SimplyClean lid, and comes in 16 and 20 oz sizes. I’ve been loving mine and have used it often over the past few months.

Melodrip

The Melodrip pairs with any pour over brew method. It helps better distribute the water as you pour, which both helps more evenly saturate and more evenly extract your coffee. It’s an incredibly fun tool to experiment with and can really help create sweet, better-extracted cups of coffee.

Hearth Glasses

Hearth Double Wall Glasses

A good glass to drink your coffee from is essential in my opinion. The mug I drink my coffee from has a big impact on the overall drinking experience. These beautiful double-walled glasses from Hearth are some of my favorite. They come in three sizes from espresso to latte (or ~18g pour over) and three colors—amber, clear, and smoke.

Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug

My other favorite travel mug is the Fellow Carter mug. It is ceramic-lined, which helps the coffee maintain its flavor (stainless steel can impact the flavor of coffee adversely). As with all Fellow products, it is beautifully designed and incredibly high quality.

Mighty Small Glass Carafe

I love brewing my coffee into a carafe and then pouring it into small mugs and cups to drink out of. This glass carafe from Fellow is my favorite to use.

Filter Coffee Travel Pack

This filter coffee traveler from Basal has become an absolute favorite of mine for trips. It fits everything I need to travel with coffee-wise in a single pack.

Coffee Books

Specialty coffee books come in all styles. This list includes my favorites and they range from encyclopedia-style coffee table books to thrilling stories of coffee entrepreneurs.

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing

This book is incredible. If you are going to have one book on coffee, this should be it. 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.

Craft Coffee: A Manual – Brewing a Better Cup at Home

The book Craft Coffee is incredibly detailed and full of accessible information on different coffee making methods including pour-over, immersion, and cold-brew. It is way more than a pretty coffee table book and will become a reference guide you’ll refer back to often.

The New Rules of Coffee: A Modern Guide for Everyone

An illustrated guide that walks through the important “rules” of enjoying coffee at home and in cafes. It includes tips on everything from brewing & roasting to storing & serving coffee. It is a great coffee book option regardless of your comfort zone with specialty coffee.

The Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha

Whether you are a die-hard coffee fan or casually interested, this is a story you would enjoy. It is the incredible true story of a Yemeni American man who wants to resurrect the ancient tradition of Yemeni coffee but finds himself trapped in Yemen in the midst of a civil war. It’s an incredible story that is hard to put down.


Hopefully, you can find a gift in the list above that is perfect for you or a coffee-lover in your life. If you still need more ideas, you can check out my full list of recommended products, which includes all of these products and many others.

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  • 8 brew methods including chemex, V60, aeropress & more
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