There have been a number of recent studies which seem to suggest that a moderate amount of coffee can actually be good for you. Of course, making coffee at home will always be better for you than coffee from a shop because you can use fresh, high quality ingredients with no preservatives or artificial additives. You don’t have to spend a fortune to make a fantastic cup’a’joe and you can inexpensively help make the lucky coffee lover on your gift list a well prepared home barista. Here is a list of some of the best gifts for coffee lovers this season.
The number 1 item on our list of gifts for coffee lovers is an amazing gadget that will make onlookers green with envy as you brew a fresh cup of espresso from a hand held pressurized espresso maker. The Handpresso Portable Espresso Maker with Free Carrying Case is an ingenious little system engineered by a Canadian bike enthusiast who must have been dreaming of a fresh cup of coffee while he inflated his bike tires. You simply insert your fresh ground coffee, pour in a bit of hot water and pump up the device to 16 bar (about 230 PSI). Then just press the button and it brews your shot. You can add more water for americano style which is like a really fresh cup of drip coffee so it’s not just for espresso. The version which is linked above does not use pre-packaged pods but there is a version that does use them if you prefer. A nice accessory for this version is the Handpresso Domepod Case with Three Domepods
One of the most popular coffee makers on the market this year is the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker. It functions much like the considerably more expensive single serve models available except that it uses fresh ground coffee rather than pre-packaged pods which cost about $.50 per cup. With this machine and an Aerolatte Milk Frother you can make a coffee shop quality cup of coffee whenever you want.
It won the “2012 Good Housekeeping Very Innovative Products (VIP) Award” as well as high marks from the Industrial Designers Society of America for its use of ground coffee instead of pods.
For the practical coffee lover on you gift list, the Aerolatte Milk Frother makes that perfect “coffee shop style” cup without spending hundreds on an expensive machine.
There are many mini frothers on the market but we have found them to have an almost disposable life span because of poor quality. This little whipper snapper has a 5 year warranty. This frother is powerful for its size and makes top quality whip cream and even milkshakes. See our full Aerolatte Milk Frother review for more info.
People who love coffee know that there are many factors that go into making a great cup. There’s the roast, the brew temp, and the grind to name a few. Many people use the multi-purpose blade type of grinder and, though they do work, your coffee lover may detect a change in the flavor of the bean juice once it’s in the cup. Even the most traditional and discerning coffee aficionado will approve of the Kyocera Ceramic Coffee Grinder.
The best aspect of this manual grinder is its mobility. With no electricity needed, this grinder can help you make a cup of joe on the go and its ceramic coated parts will keep going. No burned out motors or dulled blades to affect your brew.
If the coffee lover on your list already has a single serve coffee maker you may want to consider getting them the Ekobrew Cup Refillable K-cup . It’s a great little device that separates the fresh brewed convenience of single serve coffee from the considerable financial and environmental cost of the pods or cups. We’ve looked at a few different products which function as a reusable cup for ground coffee in single serve coffee makers and this one has the best capacity for stronger coffee, a food design that keeps the grounds inside the device, plastic that is BPA free, and a cost that is 30% less than competing products.
If your coffee lover has been very, very good this year then you might want to consider the Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine. It is a quite reasonably priced, automatic espresso maker that makes top quality coffee at the press of a button. This machine is built for the convenience oriented coffee lover. It will grind and brew espresso reliably with results that are close to the “basket” type of espresso makers which require the user to be considerably more involved. This machine is built in Italy just like the best espresso makers in the world though it is always a good idea to purchase the extra warranty (Canopy) on a machine this complex. Even with the 3 year warranty this machine costs about half of comparable machines on the market so it’s just a great buy.
These Double Wall Glasses Thermo 7 Ounce Glass Cups make a really nice gift for cappuccino and latte lovers. They are “double walled,” or insulated, so the cup remains relatively cool to the touch even when the coffee inside is piping hot.
They are a nice addition to the coffee lover’s toolbox and would make a great gift for any caffeine enthusiast.
Do you have a coffee lover on your list who also loves gardening or just keeping their kitchen organized? If so, the Dreamfarm Grindenstein Espresso Stein would be be a very useful gift. It’s deigned for use with basket style espresso machines though it can be used to collect grounds from any coffee maker. There is a padded bar across the top of the receptacle which is used to bang out the coffee grounds that you are done with. It’s a quick and easy way of getting the packed wet grounds out of the brew basket without washing or using a utensil. Keeping old grounds for the garden is much easier if you make sure there is always a convenient place to put them. The Dreamfarm Grindenstein Espresso Stein comes in red, black and silver so it’s stylish and your coffee lover’s compost pile will thank you.
The amazing Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot coffee maker cold brews low acidity coffee in your fridge overnight. The taste of cold brew is smooth as can be and you can use it as a base for all kinds of coffee drinks. It gets very thick and almost syrupy as it brews so you can add hot water for a regular cup or hot milk for a latte or cappuccino and this method is naturally perfect for iced coffee creations.
If your coffee lover has a sensitive stomach or just enjoys extremely smooth coffee then the Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot is a perfect gift. I hope someone who has me on their list is inspired by that last sentence (hint, hint).
Last but not least, if the coffee lover on your list is also a chocolate lover, then they will definitely love Green & Black’s Espresso, Organic Dark Chocolate with Coffee.
The bars are made in Italy and combine rich espresso with organic dark chocolate.