Personalized or themed mugs are always a good idea, but if you want to gift your favorite coffee lover something really special this holiday season, consider one of the following choices, starting with number five:
A quality grinder can make all the difference in freshness and flavor, regardless of the brewing method the gift recipient prefers.
Burr grinders sit at the top of most coffee geeks’ wish lists because of their quality construction and even results, but even a blade model will provide an upgrade from pre-ground beans.
Need more information about coffee grinders? Check out our Burr Grinder Buying Guide.
4. Milk Frother
If your intended recipient doesn’t have a full espresso machine with a milk steaming arm, a home milk frother can be a fun way to dress up everyday coffee.
3. Flavored Syrups
Know anybody who loves fancy flavored coffees or specialty drinks? Order some high-quality flavored syrups so they can make their favorites at home.
2. Single Origin or Freshly Roasted Beans
Want to send someone on a round-the-world vacation right from their own kitchen? Invest in a few small packages of single-origin beans from different continents or a subscription to a coffee-of-the-month club.
Some small roasters also offer freshly-roasted beans online. If you can order them right before you plan to give them away, these can offer unparalleled freshness and flavor.
1. Espresso Maker
Want to make a friend for life? A home espresso machine is the best of all holiday gifts and will keep your favorite coffee geek in good spirits all year!
Just make sure it’s at an automation level they are comfortable with and that it’s their preferred design. If they’re a true coffee geek, they probably have lots of opinions on this front (hint: just ask!).
Confused about which espresso machine is right for you? Check out our Espresso Machine Buying Guide!
What coffee-related gifts are you thinking of asking for – or giving yourself! – this holiday season?
About Mike Quinn
Mike Quinn spent 20 years in the US Army and traveled extensively all over the world. As part of his military service, Mike sampled coffee and tea from all virtually every geographic region, from the beans from the plantation of an El Salvadorian Army Colonel to "Chi" in Iraq to Turkish Coffee in the Turkish Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. He spent nearly a decade in the Republic of Korea where he was exposed to all forms of traditional teas. Mike formerly owned and operated Cup And Brew, an online espresso and coffee equipment retail operation.