Gifts for Every Type of Coffee Lover
Everyone has “that one friend” who seems to have a coffee cup surgically attached to their hand. You know that if you give them a gift that has anything to do with coffee, you’ve handed them a winner.
Sometimes, we want to go beyond giving the typical gift card or bag of beans from the local coffee shop. Here’s a list of gift ideas for any coffee lover, whether they’re just in love with their Keurig machine or they’re venturing deep into the world of cupping (tasting).
Gifts for Coffee Connoisseurs
Please don’t call them coffee snobs. Learning to appreciate different types of coffee can be a wonderful and rewarding adventure. After all, some people appreciate the difference between great cheeseburgers and so-so cheeseburgers. It also happens that there’s a wide variety of items you can get a true coffee lover that are affordable and will be appreciated.
If you know how your coffee drinking friend brews their coffee, you’ll also know what they don’t use to brew coffee. Beginners especially will start out brewing using a single method before they experiment with others. This opens the door for another type of coffee maker.
This is one of the easiest ways to learn the Pour Over method of brewing coffee.
The V60 dripper is set at a 60 degree angle, allowing for the perfect amount of water to drip through while still letting air escape.
This kit has nearly everything the budding barista needs to get started with the pour over method. Just add a scale, timer (a phone app will work) and a water kettle with a thermometer.
Famous for being a Pour Over brewer with style, the Chemex was designed by a German chemist and looks like a lab flask. The modern, museum-worthy styling always intrigues guests and would be a nice addition to any coffee bar. A Chemex also requires special filters so if your coffee lover already has a Chemex brewer, more filters will always be warmly received.
A tried and true method for brewing coffee. Some may not appreciate the amount of grounds left in their cup but it’s an easier method of brewing compared to the pour over. It can also be used to mimic other types of drinks such as chai tea since you can add all types of spices and leaves.
We love the machinery and especially love the double wall. This model has a newer double screen design that filters out more sediment. It sure beats out that glass French press we grabbed at the discount store for ten bucks.
Alton Brown’s favorite method of brewing does take some practice to get right but it’s a great method to master since it’s so portable. It eliminates the problem of lingering sediment that occurs when using the traditional French Press. This is a great idea for coffee lovers that travel and may not have time to spend time at a premier coffee shop.
This model even has a tote bag.
There are also AeroPress competitions.
Here’s a place to find new AeroPress recipes.
The dice were very popular and have unfortunately sold out but there are phone apps that do the same thing or you can visit this random recipe generator online.
Like the Chemex, Aeropresses use special coffee filters.
One of the most complex methods of brewing coffee is accomplished with a Syphon or Vacuum Pot. This is a scientist’s dream machine. Perfect for anyone who misses the fun they had with the Bunsen burner in their high school science classes.
Yes, every barista wannabe will be weighing both their coffee and their water. They also come in handy when measuring other things out in the kitchen.
You can get scales with timers which is one less thing your coffee making friend will have to worry about.
Coffee kettles can be spotted by their unique gooseneck spout. This gives more control over the flow of the pour. They come in stove top versions and electric models.
If you get a stove top model be sure to get one with a thermometer as this is an important piece of the coffee brewing puzzle.
If you decide to pick out a grinder for your coffee fiend, go with a burr grinder over a blade grinder. Blade grinders won’t evenly grind the beans, leaving the flavor varied and always underrated.
On the less expensive end of the mill spectrum, go with a manual grinder over an electric model. The cheaper electric models, which often double as spice grinders, can heat up the beans, causing a loss of flavor and disappointment all around.
Also, make sure that the grind is adjustable from coarse to fine grounds. The coarseness varies depending on the brewing process.
Here’s a nice example of an electric burr mill from Cuisinart.
Here’s a great example of a manual coffee mill.
Regional Coffee Sampler
When coffee enthusiasts start hosting coffee tastings, one of the options is to sample coffees from a region or multiple regions.
This sampler pack from Uncommon Goods varies by continent and growing season.
Two things that coffee beans should never come into contact with are air and light.
Keep both of enemies of the brew at bay with these stand up coffee degassing bags with air release valves.
Sometimes, your pour over dripper and kettle need a little extra help. That’s where pour over stands come in. This stand is made from retired coffee trees harvested from farms in Honduras. (accessories not included)
For the coffee lover that wants to create a new career for themselves, barista training is somewhere in their future. There are many online courses available (convenient in these times). You can help them along in their journey at places like Barista Hustle.
Gifts for Coffee Lovers Under $20
There are plenty of reliable sources of coffee online that are affordable and shipped fresh.
Coffee City USA is a great place for shipping within the United States.
You’ll find coffee being sold by the pound at a fraction of the price you’ll see at other online stores.
Check out these Fair Trade Organic Coffees
You can find t-shirts just about anywhere like this one on TeeSpring.
These are found in the Handmade section of Amazon by The Altered Artist.
Gift Baskets for Coffee Lovers
Gift baskets can take the coffee sampler idea to the next level.
This gift basket from Coffee City USA is a popular item.
The Coffee Beanery has a gift basket that not only includes coffee, it also includes many of their flavorings, all of which are free of sugar, lactose and alcohol.
This is a classic Seattle artisan collection. It would be a great hint if you’re planning on taking them on a trip to Seattle, too.
Choose from whole or pre-ground beans and the chocolates are heavenly.
Personalized Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Just about anything you can imagine can be personalized these days. Check out the Personalized Mall for a lot of ideas.
This artist from Algeria will paint a portrait – or anything else – in coffee.
A high resolution jpeg costs $35.00 USD.
If you’d like to use it as a commercial release, the price is $55.00 USD.
Do you want the original painting? Choose the premium package for $550.00 and it will be shipped to you.
If the original is too pricey, send the jpeg to FractureMe and have them print it on glass.
The finished product here is beautiful.
You can get just about any home décor item personalized these days. This personalized sign would look fight right in to anyone’s coffee bar.
Wedding Gifts for Coffee Lovers
Coffee drinkers aren’t just solo artists. Many a marriage started out as a casual date over a cup of coffee. Here are some gift suggestions that you might find on a coffee loving couple’s wedding registry. If they’re not there, they should be.
This dishwasher safe milk frother is more convenient that you may realize: There’s no need for another bowl or mug.
There’s something romantic about newlyweds and espresso. This is one of the nicest and most stylish espresso machines you’ll find. Did you say it doesn’t look like all of the other espresso machines on the market? That’s because it has a patented design. It’s available in black and red, black (above), white and chrome.
Unique ice cube tray make ice cubes shaped like coffee beans.
You’ll find a few recipes to serve in these beautiful 10.5 ounce mugs by Libbey.
Set of four.
Coffee Lover Gifts for Him
If the name “Yeti” is spoken in a tone of reverence whenever he sees a cooler or thermos, you know he’ll appreciate this. It’s available is a wide range of colors on Amazon.
We should always try and slurp our coffee when it’s freshly brewed but life does get in the way. This is when a mug warmer comes in handy.
This model has multiple temperature settings and an automatic shut-off feature to avoid burning the brew.
Men’s Coffee Lovers’ Jewelry
While there isn’t much in the way of jewelry for men, we managed to find some unique pieces.
These cufflinks make a subtle statement with their moka pot and spoon.
These beautiful and unique rings use reclaimed maple barnwood door from Asheville, North Carolina. The inlay is real coffee from a 1952 can of Hills Bros.
This can be customized using beans from your favorite roastery or coffee shop.
Coffee Lover Gifts for Her
If you catch her heading for the Starbucks drive-thru after every workout at the gym, you know she’ll love this gift basket.
Starbucks Caffe Verona, House Blend Coffee, Breakfast Blend Coffee and French Roast Coffees and a 1.35 ounce Nonni’s Biscotti.
These little gems win people over like a subliminal ad campaign. It’s a very addictive candy. It will also keep you awake until 4 o’clock in the morning. You have been warned.
Coffee Themed Jewelry for Women
As you might have guessed, there’s quite a few jewelry pieces out there for the coffee-loving ladies.
This handmade jewelry set features a lot of beans! It’s a well-made, adjustable piece found on Handmade at Amazon.
Looking almost like a doodle, these earrings have a very artsy vibe.
Home Décor Gifts for Coffee Lovers
While they may not want wallpaper that’s covered in coffee beans, there are some nice accents that blend well (get it?) into many kitchens or dedicated home coffee stations.
An old-fashioned looking coffee bean grinder that’s easy on the wallet. It would look great in a coffee bar. Yes, it does work! The coarseness is adjustable.
Floating Pouring Mug Sculpture
While it’s a pretty unique gift, it’s actually one you can easily create yourself.
Check out this DIY version on YouTube.
There’s plenty of wall art to be found for the coffee bar. Here’s just one example.