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Are you looking for the perfect present to perk up the coffee lover in your life?
While a personalized mug is always a sweet idea, there’s only so much cabinet space available for cute ceramics!
And, let’s face it, they probably already have one – or two – for every day of the week!
If you want to give your favorite coffee lover something really special for a birthday or at the holidays, you’ll love the following choices that we’ve hand-selected.
These five options represent a range of fun gift ideas, each with its own sentimental and practical value.
Whether you want to purchase a single bottle of artisanal simple syrup, upgrade to a new burr grinder, or splurge on an espresso machine, you’re sure to find the perfect gift!
5 of the Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers
1. Burr Grinder
Brewing homemade coffee offers a beautiful start to the morning, but grinding your own beans first makes the day even brighter and fresher!
A high-quality grinder can make all the difference in freshness and flavor, regardless of the brewing method your gift recipient prefers.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro, Red Velvet Cake, available from Breville
Models with burr grinders in particular sit at the top of our list in terms of preference, and you’ll find one on many coffee geeks’ wish lists, because of their quality construction and consistent results.
Your favorite java nut will love opening a gift box with the Breville Smart Grinder Pro inside!
This appliance features stainless steel conical burrs that minimize the heat conducted by grinding, preserving the flavor and aroma of the beans.
It is 8.5 inches long, 6 inches wide, and 15.5 inches tall. The power cord is attached at the back of the base.
The LCD screen clearly showcases the impressively vast range of grind settings – 60 in total! – as well as a precision electronic timer that can grind in 0.2-second increments, and the number of selected shots or cups.
The detachable clear plastic hopper fitted on top of the machine can hold up to 16 ounces of beans.
You can grind directly into an espresso portafilter, an airtight container, a filter basket, or a paper filter.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro, Stainless Steel, available from Sur la Table
Accessories include a grounds container with lid, a cleaning brush, and two portafilter cradles that can fit most sizes of espresso portafilters: small (50-54 millimeters) and large (58 millimeters).
Need more information about this specific model and all burr grinders in general? Check out our Burr Grinder Buying Guide.
2. Milk Frother
If your intended giftee doesn’t have a full-service espresso machine with a milk steaming arm – and you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for said espresso machine – a separate milk frother is a fun and far more affordable option to dress up everyday coffee, and it makes a lovely gift.
To get the most out of a milk frother, choose an electric appliance with multiple settings rather than a typical frothing wand.
Instant Milk Frother, available on Amazon
Enhance standard coffee by making cappuccinos, macchiatos, and more with perfectly frothy milk. You’ll love this Instant Milk Frother from the makers of Instant Pot.
The detachable, sleek black, electric pitcher connects to a black disc base, which is home to the power cord.
Including the base, this frother is 4.7 inches wide and 8.8 inches tall, weighs 1.7 pounds, and has a capacity of 10 ounces. This compact appliance won’t take up a lot of space on the countertop, and it’s also easy to store in a cabinet or closet.
The pitcher features a long handle and spout for controlled pouring, and the exterior stays cool to the touch, even immediately after warming and frothing milk.
There are four easy-to-use programs any barista would be envious of: cold foam for iced lattes, light warm foam for lattes, thick warm foam for cappuccinos, and hot flat milk for coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.
Not that everyone will find this entertaining, but for the selected few – ourselves included! – the lid on top of the pitcher is clear, so you can watch your milk swirl to foamy perfection within seconds.
The frothing and warming programs are easy to use. Select, start, or cancel the chosen program via the two-button control system located on the front of the pitcher.
Review all the details for this frother now on Amazon.
3. Flavored Syrups
Are you friends with someone with a sweet tooth who loves, loves, loves flavored coffee or specialty drinks?
Order some high-quality syrups so they can experiment with creating delightfully flavored beverages at home! The Sonoma Syrup Company is a business based in the United States that creates all-natural syrups with no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.
Sonoma Syrup Company Classic Simple Syrup, available from Sur La Table
An essential for any coffee-drinking household is the Sonoma Syrup Company’s 12.7-ounce Classic Simple Syrup, available from Sur La Table.
Made with pure cane sugar, water, and just a hint of vanilla extract, it’s the most fundamental option with subtle aromatics and sweetness that seamlessly blend with many styles of beverages, from cold brew to cocktails.
For the vanilla bean enthusiast, Sonoma Syrup Company’s 12.7-ounce Vanilla Bean Infused Simple Syrup will make the sweetest gift!
Speckled with seeds, the syrup is infused with Madagascar Bourbon and Tahitian vanilla. This choice is not only delicious mixed into a warm vanilla bean latte, but also drizzled on top of ice cream and waffles.
Sonoma Syrup Company Lavender Infused Simple Syrup, available from Sur La Table
Looking for something a little different? Floral and lovely, Sonoma Syrup Company’s 12.7-ounce Lavender Infused Simple Syrup combines both flavor and fragrance to create unique beverages with a twist.
Choose one, two, or all of them on Sur La Table now.
4. Whole Bean Coffee
If you have friends or family members interested in exploring new coffee bean varieties, gift them with a few small packages of single-origin whole beans from different regions.
Vermont Coffee Company Caribbean Bean Collection, available from Stonewall Kitchen
Start the journey with this tasty Caribbean Bean Collection from the Vermont Coffee Company.
A perfect lineup of four certified organic single-region blends from the Caribbean, each bag weighs one pound.
You can choose the entire collection, or you can select individual varieties for purchase a la carte.
Here’s a brief description of each blend:
- UNO: light roast with hints of lemon
- DOS: medium roast with caramel notes
- TRES: medium-dark roast with toasty sweet notes
- CUATRO: dark roast with hints of chocolate
Peruse the collection and read customer reviews on Stonewall Kitchen.
5. Espresso Maker
Ready to treat that special someone with a very special purchase?
A home espresso machine is a monumental gift at the holidays or other times of year, one that will keep your favorite coffee and espresso lover in good spirits all year long!
And you will also benefit from this splurge if you live in the same household… or visit all the time…
Smeg Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker, Cream, available on Wayfair
Just make sure it provides an automation level and size they are comfortable with, in their preferred design.
True coffee lovers probably have a lot of opinions when it comes to this category of appliance – and we can assume with 100% certainty that they more than likely have done their own thorough research.
Here’s a helpful hint: with an important purchase like this, just ask!
And if you need some expert guidance to decide which espresso machine is right, check out our espresso machine buying guide.
Which one is our personal favorite for gifting? If you need an idea that offers both flair and function, let us point you in the direction of Smeg, a brand of retro 1950s-style kitchen appliances.
Smeg’s Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker brews single or double shots of espresso, and features a user-friendly control panel with three backlit buttons to select your drink and adjust to your preferred settings.
It is currently available in sleek neutral colors like cream or black, as well as more vibrant colors like pastel blue or red.
A removable stainless steel tray means this model can also accommodate tall glasses or mugs when brewing. And there’s a convenient function available to customize the length of time for the liquid flow to brew the perfect amount of espresso.
Smeg Semi-Automatic Espresso Maker, Black, available on Wayfair
It features a Thermoblock heating system and pressure up to 15 bars. And it can hold 33.8 fluid ounces when you fill it with water.
There is also an attached frother that can prepare warm and thick foamed milk for cappuccinos, caffé lattes, and more.
The appliance is 12.99 inches in height and 5.86 inches wide, and it weighs 10.36 pounds. It’s actually a perfectly compact size for those with limited counter space!
Review current prices and check out the available colors on Wayfair now.
A Caffeinated Celebration
Set the perfect scene in the morning for your coffee lover…
Imagine how delighted they’ll be to wake up each day, excited to make a perfect cup with their new espresso maker, brewed with freshly ground single-region whole beans, perhaps with a splash or two of vanilla bean syrup, and topped with beautifully whipped milk foam!
Wait… wouldn’t we all love that kind of start to the day?
What coffee-related gifts are you thinking of asking for – or giving yourself! – this year? We’re excited for the upcoming exchange of ideas and gifts. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
For more coffee-related gift ideas that will fill your kitchen with new and shiny gadgets and you with loads of energy, consider any of these fun and functional appliances next:
© Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published by Mike Quinn on December 1, 2014. Last updated on December 8, 2022. Uncredited photos: Shutterstock. Product photos via: Breville, Amazon, Sur La Table, Stonewall Kitchen, and Wayfair.
About Nikki Cervone
Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.