5 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers

5 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers | Foodal.com

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:

5. Grinder

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.

14 thoughts on “5 Best Gifts For Coffee Lovers”

  1. I’m in the market for a treat, so I wanted to see if there was something here I could get for myself. Reading this reminded me that I actually have a milk frother here somewhere. I will need to look for that and my burr grinder, since I’ve gotten in the habit of just using pre-ground coffee beans in my drip machine, without frothed milk. I used to always have 2-3 flavored syrups in the house, and currently have none, so apparently it’s time for a trip to World Market, to pick some up.

  2. As a coffee fanatic, I’m real interested in the idea of receiving a new blend or single origin each month. I’ve never heard of a coffee-of-the-month club but I can see it will be an enriching gift. Not only will I be able to have fun experimenting with new flavors, but I’ll increase my depth in knowledge about beans as I learn about each new place.

  3. Hey, Mike, I’m just going to go ahead and say it. After reading your bio, I’m quite envious of your tasting experiences of one of my favorite things.

    These sound like some great ideas for gifting. I know I love the grinder that my husband bought for me. I’ve been thinking about giving one to someone I know who likes coffees almost as much as I do. I think I’ll make up a pretty gift basket and place one inside. Great write up.

  4. Thank you for the ideas, my girlfriend is a coffee lover and she has most of these things, but I haven’t thought of looking into rare exotic roasts. I’ve heard good things from certain African countries, types of beans you can find only in small cafes.

    • There are small batch roasters as well, aside from the cafes. I’ve found some that had exquisite offerings. My problem is that I like them too much and then not being able to choose between them. I’m sure you can find something perfect for your girlfriend (just don’t overwhelm her with too many to try at once and keep in mind that they are best at their freshest).

      I’m sure she will appreciate the gesture. I love it when my husband buys stuff like this for me.

  5. One of my favorite things to get as a gift (and give) is different flavored and brands of coffee. Especially varieties from other places. My friend and I always bring each other a selection of beans from different cities or places when we travel. It’s such a fun idea and a product that never goes to waste!

  6. Good ideas. The coffee of the month club might be a nice idea for my husband, but then again I think he likes picking out the beans himself. He’s been looking at some travel French presses/infusers to use on the go. I’m thinking that will be our next purchase.

  7. At first I thought you were crazy, you can’t buy beans for a coffee lover because they will be stale by the time they get to them.
    But a subscription or having them shipped to the person nice a fresh? Brilliant! Plus it’s something I can afford.

  8. Hi Mike! Thanks for the great gift suggestions. I have several friends that absolutely love coffee and these gifts had never even crossed my mind. The best part of these gift suggestions is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to acquire them. I’m personally looking forward to purchasing the milk frother and the flavored syrups. Those 2 new additions will make drinking my morning coffee, a lot more special.

  9. I love and need all these suggestions. I think everything on this list, if not already owned by coffee lovers and drinkers, would be perfect. Especially numbers 2 and 5. I am looking forward to some Haitian coffee. I seen it on a show, I forgot the name of it, but the guy travels all over to get some of the best beans from different countries.

  10. I applaud the espresso maker! I would love one, but never manage to get it. Sigh. I think that a bunch of rare and delicious syrups is a great gift idea, especially on a tight budget. I also think that a cute cup or mug is also a perfect gift, especially a personalized one, or related to someone’s favorite book or film series.

  11. Oh gosh, I want to get all of these things for myself! My aunt swears by her frother… for some reason it truly does make the drink more drinkable. I think the espresso machine is a great idea for a gift because it would really diversify your options in the morning. One day, you make a delicious exotic pour over, the next you can make an americano or latte with the same blend! I think I’ll get one of those for my brother, who loves a good cup o’ jo. Thanks, Mike!

  12. Sigh. I confess… I am an over the top coffee lover. I must drink approximately 3-4 cups a day. From espresso to even instant, I just can’t have one and it’s not only me…my husband also enjoys his brewed beverages.

    This is a great list of ideas, especially the Club subscription -um where have I been and why did I not know about this sooner? If someone gifted me this I think I would have to add them to will…maybe 😉

    My husband has been bugging me for an espresso machine over the last year (we have the stove top espresso percolator). I may just have to bite the bullet and gift him an a top of the line model and add in a monthly delivery service (more for me) 🙂

    Thanks Mike for these gift ideas.

  13. I love the list, and as a coffee lover myself I could use any and all of these. That said, though, I am sitting here using the best gift I have ever gotten….a thermos that stays closed and can last the test of time. I have gone through so many of these things, fault design after faulty design. I got one from a coworker after my last one broke, though, and this is the one. Fingers crossed of course, but all good so far.


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