Shopping for a coffee snob can feel like finding a needle in a haystack if you're not a coffee snob yourself. Yes, they are coffee drinkers just like the rest of the world. But let's just say they don't view coffee like the average coffee-lover. They're a different breed altogether which is no way bad thing. To make life just a little easier, we've put together a list of the best gifts for coffee snobs.
What is a Coffee Snob
For those who may not know, a “Coffee snob” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the coffee world. Coffee snobs are a breed of elite coffee drinkers that take the coffee experience to new levels of refinement, detail, and meticulousness. Whether it's making a perfect pour over with the perfect water pressure, or analyzing the affects of specific climate conditions on coffee flavor, these are the kinds of things coffee snobs thrive on.
Let's take a brief look at the personality traits that a coffee snob may typically have. I know there are plenty of exceptions out there, but I think most coffee snobs (including myself) share many of these traits whether they like to admit it or not. So without further ado, I present to you the personality profile of the coffee snob. And for the record, anyone is more than welcomed to tell me I'm wrong. Hopefully this might give you some insights into gift ideas that aren't even on this list.
- Coffee snobs like unique coffee ideas but nothing gimmicky
- Coffee snobs appreciate coffee that's organic, fair trade, high on the specialty rating scale (90+) based on the Specialty Coffee Association, and sourced from small-batch farms
- We like to learn about all things coffee. Therefore, we especially like a gift that teaches us something about coffee that we didn't already know
List of Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs
Each product on this list has been reviewed by Best Quality Coffee first-hand. As such, we've included links to the reviews in each of the descriptions.
Out of the Grey Coffee
At first glance, you might think a bag of gourmet coffee should be on the list of “best gifts for REGULAR coffee drinkers” instead of one for coffee snobs. But Out of the Grey Coffee makes this list for two reasons. The first and most important one is that their coffee is exquisite. It's a fan-favorite of ours here and we have yet to try any coffee from this company that hasn't thrilled our coffee-loving souls. Their coffee is responsibly sourced and they purchase their small farms and roast to order. The second reason they make this list is because of their ridiculously vast selection of coffee flavors. I've spoken with the owner of this company and his passion for creating new coffee blends runs deep and true. Normally we'd recommend a specific blend or single origin product from them but it'd be futile to try and choose just one. I can say if you want the most exotic coffee experience, go with Out of the Grey's Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. (Full Out of the Grey Coffee Review)
Pouragami – Portable Pour Over
Coffee connoisseurs will already know that the pour over is one of the trademark brewing methods for making the best coffee. Miir.com has recently launched its award-winning portable pour over device that allows you to make a pour over anywhere, anytime. The Pouragami is the world's smallest, most durable, and portable travel coffee dripper. Just one look at this device already suggests a fair amount of time went into the product's simple yet effective design. It's made of 3 light-weight stainless steel panels that interlock easily to give you the perfect set up for the perfect pour over. A perfect gift for a coffee snob who doesn't want to sacrifice coffee quality for convenience.
- Small – 6.2cm x 12.7cm x 2.4mm unassembled, weighs 4oz
- Durable – 18/8 medical grade stainless steel
- Portable – includes storage case with room for filters
- Hardshell™ powder coat
- Easy to clean, use with Bar Keeper's Friend for best results
- Does not transfer flavor
- BPA free
Kona Coffee is one of those prized secrets among some coffee connoisseurs. It's coffee that's grown exclusively in Hawaii – specifically, the Kona District where its uniquely ideal climate produces a low-acid brew that bursts with exotic flavor and smoothness. It's very easy on the stomach but more importantly, it delivers a deliciously earthen and complex flavor. This makes Kona coffee is easily one of the best gifts for coffee snobs. However, not all Kona coffee is created equal. Some companies use blends with as little as 10% Kona. The two brands we recommend are Carta Coffee Merchants and Koa Coffee. I have yet to run into a coffee snob that didn't appreciate true 100% Kona coffee which is exactly what these two companies offer. (Full Carta Coffee Review and Full Royal Kona Coffee Review)
Muhlhaus Coffee – Single Serve Pour over
This makes our list of best gifts for coffee snobs because of its ability to be consumed on the go. Nowadays, portable coffee is synonymous with mediocre coffee. However, thanks to Muhlhaus Coffee's single serve pour over sachets, you can now enjoy organic Fair Trade specialty coffee with same convenience of instant coffee. All you need is water. Now as a brief warning, your coffee snob friend may initially balk at the idea of portable coffee. He or she may understandably but still mistakenly associate the quality of this coffee with that of instant coffee. I can tell you this coffee is every bit as good if not better than a high-end specialty brew from a coffeehouse. They are the ultimate solution for the coffee snob on the go. (Full Muhlhaus Coffee Review)
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As mentioned earlier, coffee snobs and connoisseurs love unique coffee. And one of the most unique gourmet coffee options currently available is a whiskey barrel-aged cup of Joe. Cooper Cask coffee is one of the premier barrel aged coffee brands and for very good reason. As the saying goes, ingredients matter. Not only do they source premium Sumatran coffee beans, but they also used casks once filled with top-shelf whiskey. The coffee beans are allowed to soak in these casks for 45-60 days in order to fully absorb the natural whiskey flavor. This is one of those coffees that needs to be tasted to be truly appreciated. Words simply won't do this brew justice as most people have a hard time conceptualizing the idea of mixing whiskey with coffee. If you're coffee snob friend is also a fan of Whiskey or Bourbon, this will make the perfect gift. (Full Cooper Cask Review)
If it's a really good friend or a really close family member, and you want to gift more than coffee, you may want to consider purchasing a refurbished Jura espresso machine. Jura is literally the gold standard for espresso machines so your coffee snob friend or family member will most certainly appreciate it. Jura espresso machines can cost a pretty penny and are too expensive for most people. Buying factory-refurbished which can sometimes cost 40% to 50% less than buying new makes gifting a Jura possible for folks on a budget. Some people may have reservations about gifting a refurbished espresso machine since it's not “new”. However, factory-refurbished Jura's are worked on in Jura's corporate factories and they also come with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty. We've partnered with 1stinCoffee who's one of the most trusted sources for high-end espresso machines.
Coffee drinkers (snobs and connoisseurs included) have a special relationship with their coffee mugs. It's more than just a vessel for drinking the caffeinated nectar of the gods. It's a reflection of their personality. Where as most coffee cups have a funny meme or witty message on the outside of the cup, Creature Cups delivers its surprise on the inside. Creature Cups sells a coffee cup with an intricately-carved animal or sea creature inside of it. As you slowly sip your drink, the creature slowly emerges making these vessels easily the coolest coffee cups available. Your coffee snob friend will love it for its uniqueness alone. (Full Creature Cups Review)
This brand of gourmet coffee makes this list of best gifts for coffee snobs because well, this is some high-end coffee. Lifeboost Coffee' approach to coffee isn't anything new. They make the best coffee by using the best ingredients. The company goes through painstaking-measures to ensure your cup of coffee doesn't have any unwanted chemicals, leaving just the pristine purity of an organically-grown pesticide-free coffee bean. All of their coffee is considered low-acid which means it's a perfect match for coffee drinkers with sensitive stomachs. Their coffee is also organic, Fair Trade Certified, Mountain Shade grown, and mycotoxin-free. I'd recommend checking out their single origin coffees as they're sure to win over the heart of even the most uncompromising coffee snob. (Full Lifeboost Coffee Review)
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Cannabidiol (CBD) has been getting a lot more press as of late. It's a natural compound found in Cannabis and has been proven to confer a wealth of health benefits which incidentally, many of us here at Best Quality Coffee have experienced first-hand. CBD doesn't make you high and does not require a prescription to purchase. Not surprisingly, CBD has been paired with the world's most popular drink to produce what's become a budding CBD coffee industry. If your coffee snob friend is also interested in CBD, then CBD coffee or CBD K-Cups will make an excellent gift. We've actually reviewed a large number of CBD coffee brands and have come up with a list of our top CBD coffee picks based on our reviews. Of the many quality brands we've reviewed, we pick NakedCBD as our recommended gift for coffee snobs. This company uses lab-tested pharmaceutical-grade CBD so you can be sure the CBD is just as high-quality as the coffee itself. (Full NakedCBD Coffee Review)
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This concludes our constantly-growing list of the best gifts for coffee snobs. We will be keeping this list updated throughout the year. If any coffee snobs or connoisseurs out there have any suggestions or recommendations for this list, please leave them in the comments below. We'd love to hear them!