Nervous about getting the right gifts for the coffee lovers (read: snobs) in your life? I don't blame you. Unsurprisingly, many coffee lovers are very particular about every detail of their morning (or all hours of the day) beverage: bean, brew method, and even the proper mug. So, as the season of gift-buying draws nearer, here are the gifts for coffee lovers that'll earn you maximum points—and make you look like a regular coffee snob yourself.
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Blue Bottle's much loved bean sampler features three of the Oakland-based roaster's most popular blends. Bella Donovan has notes of raspberry, chocolate, and molasses. Giant Steps tastes of cocoa, toasted marshmallow, and graham cracker. And Three Africas hints at golden raisin, blueberry, and lemon zest. Each box contains three six-ounce bags of whole beans.
BUY IT: Blue Bottle Blend Box, $355
Handmade Espresso Cups
I once spent hours searching for the best handmade espresso cups on Etsy for a friend's birthday, and I've had these bookmarked since. These little grey cups are handmade in Israel and stand out thanks to their black clay rim and delicate sides.
This classic Italian device from Bialetti requires some technique perfecting, but once you get it down it is the key to a creamy, rich espresso without an espresso machine. It's also tiny enough to fit away when not in use and still has its original chic octagonal shape from the 1950s.
Kinto Travel Tumbler
In our travel coffee mug test, this tumbler by Kinto ranked well thanks to its comfortable handle, leakproof design, and narrow mouth. But if we're being honest, we also just love that it's so adorable: In a sea of utilitarian looking to-go containers, this smooth-edged bottle in cheery shades of mustard and rose really stands out.
Ember Coffee Mug
This smart ceramic mug keeps your coffee the exact temperature you set it to—a blessing for anyone who sits down to work with a cup then looks up to find it has gone cold twenty minutes later. It's controlled via an App, which also has setting for timing a tea brew.
BUY IT: Ember Coffee Mug, $62 on Amazon
Know someone who loves a little hint of sweetness in their morning cup? Using this handmade ceramic honey pot, complete with a wooden wand for swirling a spoonful of the golden stuff, is the most elegant way we know to get a sugar hit.
This is the method of choice for the particularly caffeine-addicted aesthete: This all-glass pour-over method is easy to use, and produces a light, gorgeous cup. It's also great for sustainability-minded folks, as our Digital Director's favorite reusable CoffeeSock filter fits the vessel perfectly.
Waka Instant Coffee
Even if your coffee pro is brewing the best beans at home, chances are they haven't found a solution to sad airport, airplane, or gas station coffee yet. Enter Waka Coffee. Finely chopped granules of Colombian Arabica beans are freeze dried as opposed to spray dried, the cheaper technique employed by most instant coffee makers. The result is a robust, layered flavor that you can brew on the go, anywhere you have access to hot water. The sampler is excellent for someone who travels frequently—I keep a pod or two in my weekender bag so I'm never caught bleary eyed in an airport again.
Tin Coffee Canister
If a great pride is taken in the selection of coffee beans, then a similar pride should be taken in storing coffee beans. This minimalist, three-piece design is made of natural tin and comes with a gold plated scoop. A beautiful canister will definitely say "I care about my coffee. A lot."
Breville Barista Espresso Machine
There's no competition when it comes to at-home espresso makers: The Breville Barista has won our product test two years running, thanks to its quality construction, easy operation, and, of course, the full-flavored shots of espresso it produces. It also froths milk into velvety foam for lattes and cappuccinos. It's a major investment, sure, but if you're looking for a group gift or a very big I love you as much as you love coffee statement, this is the gift for you.
So many to-go mugs are just too big—I don't need a Big Gulp-sized coffee in the morning. The Yeti Rambler is the perfect size with a 10-ounce capacity. Insulated stainless steel sides keep drinks warm or cool, while an easily-removable top means you can easily sip with or without the lid.
BUY IT: Yeti Rambler Mug, $25 at Yeti
Stainless Steel French Press
No list of gifts for coffee lovers can be complete without a French press. Aside from having a strong, clean look, this one has a two-screen system to keep the brew grit-free—a common complaint of coffee made in a French press. The double-wall construction is also great for keeping the contents hot for a long time. Plus, it's a great product for doing all sorts of tasks beyond making coffee.
Manual Coffee Grinder
Let’s assume the person you’re shopping for owns more than one type of coffee maker and grinds their beans on a daily basis so they don't get stale. Did you know that coffee tastes better when it takes a bit of manual labor to prepare? Or if that logic doesn't hold up, a handheld grinder is incredibly handy to have if living in a place where the power regularly goes out or to take with you when you travel but still want fresh-ground beans in your hotel room. Either way, the exceptional grounds, the arm workout, and the compact size that comes with this Stelton coffee grinder make it an excellent gift. Designed by two Italian designers who wanted to please coffee aficionados, the sleek, matte black and gold grinder will help you literally “rise and grind."
Rainbow Mug Set
A mug for everyone! Designed by notable Italian designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli and produced by Heller, this set of mugs made of thick, durable BPA-free polymer will impress any modern art lover and color enthusiast. They're suitable for hot coffee and cold brew and they are dishwasher and microwave safe.
Coffee Service Set
If rainbow isn't your thing, this Faro mug coffee service set from Japanese brand Kinto is of the tasteful, understated variety. The porcelain and stainless steel collection comes with a stackable pot, two mugs, a brewer, and a strainer. Every piece has a double-wall construction and is dishwasher safe. Plus, everything but the strainer can be used in the microwave.
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