Coffee lovers are a unique breed to shop for. While a package of their favorite coffee brands will always be welcomed and appreciated, it's admittedly on the predictable side. This year if you're looking to add the element of surprise and wonder to your gift, know that you have options. There's a real joy that comes from giving your coffee-loving friends gifts that genuinely surprise them. So without further undue, we've put together a list of what we think are some of the best gifts for coffee lovers.
One thing we'll acknowledge off the bat is that when it comes to gifts for coffee lovers, we know not every gift is feasible for every coffee lover. If one doesn't have a grinder, then clearly whole bean coffee isn't the best choice. We also realize that coffee plays different roles in different peoples' lives. Some pop in a coffee pod and drink it out the door while others gladly dedicate 15 minutes of prep time to making their morning cup of joe. In considering these differences, we put this list of gifts for coffee lovers in no particular order.
The Kruve Coffee Sifter
First on the list is a coffee sifter. Yes, a coffee sifter. For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a device that helps you make better-tasting coffee by refining your existing coffee grounds to new levels of precision. This simple yet amazingly intuitive device allows you to achieve a more uniform grind, something that we all as coffee lovers strive for. A uniform grind allows for even flavor extraction and ultimately, a smoother and consistent flavor from start to finish. It's one of those things you'll have to experience to know.
Even though uniform grinds are usually the goal, there are exceptions to the rule. This coffee sifter allows you to experiment with new coffee ideas such as layering. The premise is that the finer grinds (fines) and larger grinds (boulders) produce a different taste due to their size. So by separating them and “layering” them, you can orchestrate totally different coffee experiences. I thought that was pretty awesome! I personally think this is one of the top gifts for coffee lovers simply because anyone who grinds his or her own beans will appreciate it. You can get anywhere from 2 to 12 different coffee sieves (filters) starting at $49.99.
If you want more details about this coffee sifter, check out our Kruve review.
A coffee mug is more than just a vessel to hold your precious drink. There is a strong bond between a coffee lover and his or her coffee mug. In the spirit of unique gifts, what if you gave someone a coffee mug that contained a surprise inside? Creature Cups makes a ridiculously cool coffee mug that any coffee lover or human being for that matter would enjoy. Sculpted on the inside of their finely-crafted coffee mugs are different animals (lions, foxes, bears, sea otters, etc). In addition to land animals, they have sea creatures as well. As a person drinks the coffee, the animal or sea creature gradually emerges from the bottom of the cup. If you're looking for just a cool gift in general, anything from Creature Cups will fit the bill. For more information on Creature Cups, check out our recent Creature Cups review.
VitaCup – Healthy Coffee Pods
VitaCup makes this list of unique gifts for coffee lovers for two main reasons. First, it's vitamin-infused coffee. Second, it doesn't taste like it at all. VitaCup has a proprietary blend of vitamins and minerals designed to boost your immune system. It puts into your system many of the things that are often overlooked in average diets. But let's face it, it didn't make this list just because of it's healthy benefits. The fact that Vita Cup achieved such a great-tasting coffee “inspite” of it being mixed with vitamins is why it makes this list. While this would make a gift idea for any coffee lover, it'd be perfect for one who appreciated healthy coffee. If you're interested in more detailed information about Vitacup's health benefits and delicious flavor, check out our VitaCup review.
The Best Coffee Subscriptions
Coffee subscriptions will always be considered a good gift for coffee lovers. As you probably know, coffee lovers in particular can be creatures of habit and exploring new flavors isn't always high on the priority list. Coffee subscriptions are a great way to help your coffee-loving friends discover new flavors and blends that they would have otherwise never known. Each month the company will send you a random or customized selection of gourmet coffee products for you try. Whether you like third wave coffee or illy k cups, there's something for everyone in the world of coffee subscriptions. Lastly, one of the biggest benefits of monthly coffee subscription is that you will never run out of coffee. Being coffee-less is a state that many people have compared to cruel and unusual punishment. Friends don't let friends get coffee-less 🙂 With that in mind, we've selected 3 of the best coffee subscription boxes in the market that won't disappoint.
– illy Coffee Subscription
– Angels' Cup
The Best Entry Level Espresso Machine
Espresso machines often carry hefty price tags in general and so I make this next recommendation with that in mind. The Breville Duo Temp Pro has long been considered one of the best entry-level espresso machines on the market. Breville took the most important features of an espresso machine such as PID temp control, powerful steaming wand, and low pressure pre-infusion and incorporated it into a compact powerhouse of an espresso machine. The Duo Temp Pro is the perfect machine for the person looking to make barista-quality espresso at home without needing everything to be automated. The user interface is as intuitive as you can get and everything needed to make that perfect cup of espresso already comes included in the machine. Priced at $399, this espresso maker is well worth the investment especially when you consider its easy-of-use, convenience, and high performance.
Wacaco Minipresso Portable GR Espresso Maker
As someone who enjoys hiking and other outdoor activities, finding a way to enjoy a quality cup of coffee while on the go has been challenging. I came across the Wacaco Minipresso portable espresso machine not long ago and I have to say that it's one of the coolest coffee related inventions that I've seen in a while. The miniPresso is portable espresso maker that's very compact, extremely light-weight, and doesn't require electricity to use. It's a handheld device that's roughly the size of a large can of red bull. Beyond the fact that this makes a very tasty cup of espresso, the manual nature of this device is what appealed to me the most. When you're out and about, having something that's simple and durable is what I desire the most. The Wacaco Minipresso uses highly a innovative design that gives you the power to make espresso anywhere, anytime, in any place. With this impressive device, your environment will never again dictate whether you can enjoy a cup of espresso.