Finding the right gift for a coffee lover is no easy feat. Not only are there dozens of brewing techniques and devices out there, but every set of taste buds is different. Some are drawn to light roast, others to dark. One person might enjoy pour-over while another uses a French press. Basically, if an argument can be had among coffee nerds, it will be had.
To simplify the process, we’ve rounded up our favorite gadgets, accessories, and more. Some picks are timeless staples, while others are more out-of-the-box ideas. We also cover a range of prices for everyone from novices to world-class baristas. Whether it’s for a birthday, the holidays, or any other day, these are the best gifts for coffee lovers.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
The French press is a fast, affordable and all-purpose way to brew coffee-snob-approved coffee. Its fine mesh filter does a better job at extracting flavors from the grounds, rather than absorbing them like paper would, and makes for a complex and aromatic cup. (Plus, you can also use a French press to make cocktails in the evening.)
Bodum's sleek French press is a classic design, with a glass pitcher and shiny chrome holder and lid, and a 12-ounce capacity for a single mug at a time. But there are lots of other options, in sizes up to 51 ounces, black or white enamel colors, a cork top, and even with a shatterproof plastic pitcher.
Price at time of publish: $39
Capacity: 12 ounces | Materials: Stainless steel, glass, plastic | Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.4 x 3.3 inches
"Its stylish design and variety of finishes make it a great value for the money and an excellent first French press for coffee lovers." — Tracey Minkin, Product Tester
Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
It might look a little bit like a wireless speaker, but Fellow's Carter mug is a vacuum-insulated tumbler that will keep 16 ounces of liquid hot for 12 hours or cold for 24. It comes in 11 different muted colors, or if you're gifting to someone with a bit wilder taste, there's an Artist Series of printed mugs made in collaboration with various artists. The lid makes a spill-proof seal with a single twist, so you can toss the mug in a backpack or purse without having to worry about spillage. And the inside has a ceramic coating that keeps the drink inside from picking up a metallic taste. The mouth is wide enough that you can put the mug right underneath your coffee maker spout (or put an AeroPress on top) for on-the-go convenience.
Price at time of publish: $35
Capacity: 16 ounces | Dimensions: 3.4 x 6.3 inches
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Endless Summer Bundle
If the coffee lover in your life also has an admiration for dogs, Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. combines the two in the most wholesome way: 20 percent of all profits at the company to go fund rescue initiatives for dogs. But it's not just about the charitable angle, as Grounds & Hounds sources quality beans from all over the world and offers many different single-origin and custom blends. This bundle includes pouches of Sunny Spot, Grounds & Hounds' special ready-to-steep blend made for cold-brew, along with two adorable dog-themed glasses and two reusable metal straws.
Of course, Grounds & Hounds has a multitude of wonderful coffee gift bundles available. For example, the Sunrise Rescue Gift Pack has a three-bag assortment of coffee beans with a mug and tote bag, and the Sip & Squeak Bundle has coffee and a mug for the human and a mug-shaped squeaky plush toy for their pooch. Whichever bundle you pick, the gift will taste and feel good.
Price at time of publish: $49
Includes: 2 cold brew pouches (each makes 96 ounces of cold brew), 2 (12-ounce) glasses, 2 reusable metal straws, straw storage bag
Terres de Rêves Espresso Cups, Set of 4
"Terres de rêves" is French for "land of dreams," and that's where these mini mugs look like they've come from—or maybe the place that the caffeine inside will rescue you from. Belgian ceramicist Anita La Grelle chose the blue-and-grey and red-and-blue color scheme options to look like mountains, caves, and icebergs, and despite their designer look, they're completely dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Available in three color schemes, each set includes four matching cups with a capacity of 3 ounces each, which is enough for a generous amount of espresso or small coffee.
Price at time of publish: $56
Material: Stoneware | Capacity: 3 ounces | Dimensions: 2.4 x 2 inches
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 3-Cup
In 1933, an Italian named Alfonso Bialetti created the original Moka pot. It's a marvel of fluid engineering, using stovetop (or campfire) heat to force pressurized steam through grounds in a self-contained filter to make concentrated, espresso-style coffee. But it's also a marvel of design, with an iconic angular shape that's recognized around the world. (And it's really easy to use.)
Almost a century later, Bialetti's company still makes the Moka with essentially the same design, engraving a caricature of the mustachioed Alfonso himself into every one. The compact and portable Moka Express can make three (1- to 1.5-ounce) "shots" of espresso at a time and requires no additional equipment besides coffee and water. The built-in filter funnel will last up to 10 years (and is replaceable), and the whole thing cleans up by just rinsing out with water. You don't even have to put it away in a cabinet, because it looks like a work of art on the stove.
Price at time of publish: $45
Capacity: 4.4 ounces | Dimensions: 4 x 5.6 x 6.7 inches
“The way it works is remarkably simple, especially considering the tasty results.” – Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for the Spruce Eats
Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
You don’t necessarily need a big, complicated machine to make an incredible cup of coffee. In fact, the pour-over method is a simple manual procedure that many coffee connoisseurs favor for showing off the complex flavors of high-end roasts. Chemex's beautiful hourglass-shaped flask needs just a filter, coffee, water, and gravity to make a delicious brew. The technique may take a bit of practice to master, the stylish look, cleaning efficiency, and the café-quality coffee the Chemex maker produces wowed our testers. The plain wood collar and leather strap are standard, but this model is also available with many other combos of collar and strap colors.
Price at time of publish: $47
Material: Glass, wood, leather | Capacity: 40 ounces
"I love the beautiful design, compact size, and versatility of this non-electric maker. It also makes the smoothest, most delicious coffee and cleans quickly and easily." — Taysha Murtaugh, Commerce Director, Food Group
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
This clever device can make drip coffee or espresso-style shots in seconds, thanks to a brewing container that sits atop a mug, with a tight-fitting plunger and filter that efficiently force water (you can even use cold water for cold brew) through the grounds to make richly flavored coffee. It's lightweight, portable, and easy to clean, which makes is an excellent choice for anybody who travels or goes camping often.
Price at time of publish: $40
Capacity: 10 ounces | Includes: AeroPress chamber and plunger, funnel, scoop, stirrer, filter holder, 350 filters | Dimensions: 11.3 x 5 x 4.3 inches
"The AeroPress Coffee Maker is an excellent and inexpensive non-electric coffee maker. It brews high-quality coffee, travels well, and is easy to keep clean." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Hay Sip Spiral Straws
Fun straws don't have to be just for kids and their cups of soda. If you're buying for someone who likes to drink their coffee iced, these designer reusable straws come in several cute colors and shapes. They're made of super-strong borosilicate glass, which makes them dishwasher-safe and strong enough to hold up to some abuse without breaking. The glass is also heatproof, which means you could even sip hot coffee through these straws. Depending on the shape you choose, each set includes either four or six straws, in assorted colors.
Price at time of publish: $35
Material: Borosilicate glass | Length: 7.5 inches
The Sill Coffee Plant
The coffee we drink every day is grown in faraway places like Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, but the same shrub that coffee beans come from also makes a lush, low-maintenance houseplant (and conversation piece). Coffea arabica thrives in indirect light, only needs watering once every other week, and grows big, glossy dark-green leaves that stand out on a shelf or table. (Just don't expect a harvest of home-grown beans; coffee is very unlikely to make fruit when grown indoors in a small pot.)
The Sill lets you choose from four different pot styles in many different colors, which is a nice way to personalize the gift to the recipient's style, and you can also add a ceramic gift message pop that comes sticking out of the soil.
Price at time of publish: $78-$96
Includes: 5- to 10-inch coffee plant, pot, free shipping
Hario Skerton Plus Ceramic Coffee Mill
Fresh, whole beans, ground just before brewing, yield the best-tasting coffee, and the best way to grind coffee beans is with a burr grinder, which crushes them into uniformly sized bits. Electric burr grinders can be quite expensive, but the Hario Skerton Plus delivers great results with a manual crank and a much more reasonable price tag. It can grind 3.5 ounces of beans at a time, enough for at least two large pots, but it's small enough to store in a cupboard or even take on a camping trip. It's also fully adjustable from fine to coarse depending on your preferred brewing method.
Price at time of publish: $42
Bean Capacity: 3.5 ounces | Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 5 inches | Weight: 1.2 pounds
"It takes a little time and elbow grease, just like all manual coffee grinders, but the Hario Skerton Plus is one of the most reliable options out there." — Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats
Sugarwish Medium Coffee & Tea
You might know Sugarwish as a gift-basket seller that lets the recipient choose together their own assortment of candies, cookies, and other treats, but the site also has an excellent selection of coffees. If you're giving a gift to someone who's more of a coffee expert than you are, Sugarwish has 20 different beans sourced from a pair of craft roasters in Colorado, along with a variety of teas, mugs, and even biscotti for dunking. Each coffee selection includes enough beans—whole or pre-ground—to make a full pot. (Tea selections include five tea sachets, and biscotti include four pieces.)
You can be as generous as you like with Sugarwish, as options range from the two-choice Mini box to the 24-piece Grand, which also comes with a custom card.
Price at time of publish: $23-$129
Includes: 2-24 custom choices
Bean Box World Coffee Tour
Much like wine grapes, coffee beans are grown in many different places around the world, with the exact varietal, climate, soil conditions, and processing techniques contributing to the final flavor of the brew in your cup. Central and South American coffees tend to offer nutty and chocolaty notes, while African beans show off more fruity and floral notes, and those from the islands of Indonesia are more earthy, toasty, even savory.
Bean Bag's worldwide assortment includes small bags (1.8 ounces each, enough for a large pot) from 16 different places, including all three regions mentioned above. The bags come with tasting notes and brewing suggestions tailored to the specific coffee inside, and are available in both whole-bean and ground forms. (The price is pretty high, but keep in mind that it includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.)
Price at time of publish: $94
Includes: 16 (1.8-ounce) bags
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
To take coffee in the car, on the train, or even on the hiking trail, you need a reliable travel mug with excellent insulation. This sleek option from Contigo has two layers of stainless steel separated by a vacuum, Thermos-style, which keeps the contents hot and your hands cool. In testing, it kept coffee really hot for 3 hours and warm for 7, for a full day of caffeination. (It was also able to keep ice cubes frozen for 12 hours and water cold for a total of 20.) is vacuum-insulated to keep coffee piping hot for up to seven hours (or keep cold drinks chilly for up to 18 hours). Our testers loved how secure the leak- and spill-proof locking lid is, while also being impressed that it's easy to open and close with one hand. The attractive and convenient mug is available in a multitude of sizes, colors, and finishes as well.
Price at time of publish: $26-$36
Capacity: 16, 20, or 24 ounces | Dimensions: 3.5 x 7.8 inches (16-ounce), 3 x 9 inches (20-ounce), 3.2 x 9 inches (24-ounce)
"With a leakproof design, superior insulation, and one-hand operation, it’s well worth the price it goes for." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, Metallic
Yes, this is a coffee mug that costs well north of $100. But he Ember Mug² isn't just any mug; it's a futuristic mug that warms itself, letting you adjust the temperature of its contents down to the individual degree using your phone. Its long battery life keeps coffee steaming-hot for up to 90 minutes, and the charger doubles as a coaster. Thanks to wireless charging, the mug is completely submersible, and you don't have to worry about splashes or spills.
The metallic color options for the Mug² are the most striking, but also the most expensive, available in this 10-ounce size as well as a 14-ounce. If you're taking the plunge we say go for the gusto and give this style, but the mug is available in plain black or white, too.
Price at time of publish: $146
Capacity: 10 ounces | Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.2 inches | Temperature Range: 120 to 145 degrees | Battery Life: 90 minutes
"From the moment I poured my coffee into the mug, it stayed hot until I was finished about 60 minutes later." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother
Unless the milk has been steamed and whipped into a an airy froth, it's not a cappuccino; it's just coffee with milk in it. The dairy in lattes, macchiatos, cappuccinos, and other Starbucks drinks is there for texture as well as flavor, and a splash of milk from a carton just isn't the same.
From by the people behind the Nespresso machine and coffee pods, the Aeroccino4 is a machine designed exclusively for making milk froth. It can heat up cold milk as well as whip it into two different textures: a super-light, airy foam for cappuccinos or a denser, richer froth for macchiatos or lattes. The gadget can also froth up cold milk, or heat milk without frothing for something like hot cocoa. The pitcher, lid, and whisk are also completely dishwasher-safe, so you don't have to worry about scrubbing milk residue out of any corners, nooks, or crannies. This device is definitely a pricey indulgence, but for the home barista it opens up a lot of options.
Price at time of publish: $120
Capacity: 4 ounces (frothed milk), 8 ounces (hot milk) | Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 8.3 inches | Weight: 2 pounds
"It offers users various functions—from hot milk to cold froth and two foam consistency options—but the high price tag makes it more suitable for the seasoned coffee drinker." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Nespresso Essenza Mini
The Nespresso pod-based brewing system yields foolproof espresso shots (including crema!), but the brand's machines can be quite costly. The Essenza Mini delivers on performance without breaking the bank. It's also one of the most compact true espresso machines available, at just 3 inches wide and a foot tall. (Despite this, the water reservoir holds enough for five double-sized "lungo" shots between refills.) To make this machine a complete gift, make sure to throw in a few Nespresso pods to get the recipient started.
Price at time of publish: $180
Water capacity: 20.3 ounces | Dimensions: 3.3 x 8 x 12.9 inches
Death Wish Coffee Co. Whole Bean Coffee
"Ruining other coffee since 2012," is the cheeky slogan of Death Wish, whose special slow-roasting process yields high-caffeine beans the brand claims are the world's strongest coffee. (It contains about twice as much hand-jittering power as your average coffee.) But that gimmick doesn't keep Death Wish's roasters from creating a quality blend that values flavor as much strength. One of our product testers said the flavor is a nice blend of traditional dark-roast elements with subtle undertones of sweet cherry. The 1-pound bag of dark roast linked above comes in ground or whole-bean form, and Death Wish makes lots of other options, including K-Cups, medium and espresso roast, and even flavors like pumpkin chai and gingerbread.
Price at time of publish: $20
Roast: Dark | Size: 1 pound
Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
If you're looking for a high-end gift idea, there are few better things to splurge on than the Breville Barista Express. It's one of the best-reviewed espresso makers our testing team has tried, thanks to its consistent performance and café-worthy crema. It's an all-in-one machine, with a built-in burr grinder, tamper, and milk frother, plus an array of automated settings for different beverages. It carries a hefty price tag, though, so make sure the recipient will actually use an espresso machine before you buy one.
Price at time of publish: $750
Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 13.5 inches | Power: 1,600 watts
"After we figured out our settings, each drink we made was effortlessly delicious." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker
Whether made from almonds, soybeans, oats, or any of an array of other non-dairy ingredients, plant-based milks are very popular, especially in coffee. It's not all that complicated to make your own, but the hours of soaking, followed by messy blending and straining, make that a less-than-appealing proposition.
Enter the Almond Cow. You put a cup of base ingredients in its filter basket, fill the machine with water, press the cow-shaped button on top, and...that's it. In about a minute, the Almond Cow makes between 5 and 6 cups of non-dairy milk, separating out the solids for easy cleanup. (The website has recipes for turning the leftover pulp into breakfast bowls and even cookies to reduce food waste.) This is an expensive appliance, but it's a money saver in the long run, as a cup of almonds costs about 30 percent less than an equivalent amount of almond milk at the grocery store. (That's more like 90 percent for oats.)
But the real strength of the Almond Cow for a coffee lover is that it lets you create your own custom creamer blends. You're not limited to putting a single ingredient in the machine at a time. Why not a combination of almonds and oats with a cinnamon stick for a zingy morning cup? Coconut, cashews, and pie spices for a pumpkin spice latte? The options are endless.
Price at time of publish: $245
Makes: 5-6 cups of non-dairy milk | Dimensions: 8 x 7 x 12.1 inches
Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle with 5 Variable Presets
For the frequent brewer of coffee (or tea), an electric kettle is a must. It quickly and efficiently delivers hot water without the need to fire up the stove, perfect for pour-over, AeroPress, French press, or other manual method. This multifunctional Cosori model was chosen as the best overall in our Lab test of tea kettles thanks to its ability to heat a full kettle to boiling in less than 5 minutes, along with settings that bring the water to the ideal temperatures for making a variety of specific beverages. That long, elegant spout is also not just for looks; its gooseneck shape and counterbalanced handle are made to pour hot water precisely, without splashing or spillage.
Price at time of publish: $70
Capacity: 27 ounces | Material: stainless steel | Power: 1,800 watts Dimensions: 11.6 x 9 x 7.7 inches
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
When it comes to coffee beans, whole or ground, oxygen is the enemy of flavor. The more the beans are exposed to it, the more their flavor will fade, so it's important to store them in an airtight container. The lids for the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canisters fit tightly, and then twist back and forth to remove air from the inside, preserving the flavor of whatever's within. There's a small indicator on the lid that shows up green to verify when the seal is airtight. The canisters are available in three sizes (0.4, 0.7, and 1.2 liters), and three materials (clear glass and white or black stainless steel). To make one of these an extra-special present, give it pre-filled with locally roasted coffee beans.
Price at time of publish: $30-$40
Capacity: 0.4, 0.7, or 1.2 liters | Material: Stainless steel or borosilicate glass | Dimensions: 4.3 x 3.3 inches (0.4 liters), 4.3 x 4.9 inches (0.7 liters), 4.3 x 6.8 inches (1.2 liters)
"Not even a single drop of water escaped from the canister after I filled it halfway and turned it upside over my sink, proving that the silicone gasket seals properly and is airtight."
Shelly Klein Personalized Hobby Mugs
These cute mugs include a custom illustration—with name, skin tone, hair, clothing, and one of 27 different hobbies—for your favorite coffee lovers. You can buy just one or a set of up to eight at a time to create a group gift, perfect for an office team or a far-flung group of family or friends. One of our testers ordered a mug for himself and says the design was printed clearly and that the mug itself is sturdy and of high quality.
Price at time of publish: $32-$160
Includes: 1-8 custom ceramic mugs | Capacity: 15 ounces | Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.5 inches
"I had a lot of fun just designing the mug, and the gift recipient's reaction upon seeing a cartoon version of themselves was priceless."
Atlas Coffee Club Gift Subscription
Atlas Coffee Club takes coffee lovers around the world, one cup at a time. Every month, this gift subscription mails a bag of beans (also available in ground or Keurig-compatible form) grown in a different country, along with a postcard including brewing tips and tasting notes. The single-origin coffees are sourced from throughout Africa, Latin America, and beyond, showing off the full spectrum of flavors you can find in the versatile beverage. The 6-month plan featured here is the most popular gift, but there are lots of options, with 3-, 6-, and 12-month subscriptions for 6, 12, or 24 ounces of coffee each month. You can also specify light or dark roast only, or a combination.
Price at time of publish: $99
Includes: 1 (12-ounce) bag per month | Subscription length: 6 months
Keurig K-Café Single-Serve K-Cup Coffee Maker
This might make some coffee snobs cringe, but a Keurig machine is a really convenient way to get consistent coffee, fast, and there is a surprising array of different coffees (and other beverages) available in K-Cup form. (You can even buy a special reusable filter that lets you use any coffee in a Keurig.) When our Lab tested Keuring machines, the K-Café came out on top thanks to its amazing versatility: It combines a standard coffee maker, espresso machine, and milk frother into one convenient machine. It has a 60-ounce water reservoir that can make four different cup sizes of coffee, as well as an extra-concentrated 2-ounce espresso-style "shot." The frother makes two different textures of foam, and can heat milk or leave it cold.
Price at time of publish: $190
Capacity: 60 ounces | Dimensions: 17.3 x 14.2 x 14.4 inches
De'Longhi Double Wall Thermal Espresso Cups
If you order an espresso in Italy, it'll typically come boiling-hot, served in a tiny little cup that's apt to burn your fingers. Some aficionados consider that part of the experience, but for the rest of us, these stylish glass cups are ideal. The double-walled construction insulates the hot coffee from your hands, which keeps the liquid hotter longer and protects sensitive fingertips. The material looks delicate, but it's sturdy borosilicate glass, which can survive a surprising amount of punishment, including being sent through the dishwasher.
Love the design but want more capacity? De’Longhi sells the same style glasses in cappuccino (9.1-ounce) and latte (11.1-ounce) size.
Price at time of publish: $25
Includes: 2 glasses | Capacity: 2 ounces | Dimensions: 2.5 x 2.5 inches
"De’Longhi’s espresso glasses are classy and comfortable to hold. I really appreciate the lack of handle, too, because it creates a unique look." – Derek Rose, The Spruce Eats Coffee and Tea Expert
Unibene Bamboo Coffee Filter Holder
A real coffee nerd might have a lot of different ways to brew coffee, each with its own accessories and tools. That's a lot of stuff to keep track of! This inexpensive gift solves a problem that's more annoying than you'd think: Where to keep all the filters? Made of sustainable bamboo, the holder is made to fit filters in any common configuration—the conical filters used for Chemex and other pour-over brewing methods, the circular ones used in AeroPress-style devices, and the bowl-shaped, flat-bottomed filters for drip coffee makers. It can fit up to 140 filters and can sit on the counter right next to your coffeemaker(s) or tuck away in a counter or drawer.
Price at time of publish: $17
Capacity: 140 filters | Dimensions: 4.8 x 1.6 x 7.5 inches | Weight: 7.4 ounces
The Nimble Barber Hand-Turned Coffee Scoop
Measuring out a consistent amount of coffee grounds every time is one of the keys to making great coffee, but nobody said an accurate measuring device has to be boring and utilitarian. Made by a woodworker in Washington, D.C., these tools incorporate a precise tablespoon (0.5-ounce) measuring scoop and a stylish hand-turned wooden handle. They're available in several colors each made from a different type of wood, including maple and walnut as well as some more exotic choices like the reddish-orange padauk. One of these is a lovely option if you want a gift that's both beautiful and practical.
Price at time of publish: $25
Capacity: 0.5 ounces | Length: 5.5 inches
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
There are an array of coffee-brewing methods out there, but almost every one calls for ground coffee in some form. There are also a few different ways to grind coffee beans, but the best of those is the burr grinder, specifically the conical burr grinder, whose grinding parts spin the slowest, generating the least heat and agitation, both of which can damage the delicate flavors of single-origin and other high-end beans.
Conical burr grinders are also the most expensive models of grinder, but the Baratza Encore delivers fantastic performance at a mid-level price. It boasts 40 grind settings so the coffee-nerd recipient can truly fine-tune their brew, and the grounds bin can hold 5 ounces at a time, enough to make coffee for a pretty large brunch party. This best-selling grinder is also easy to clean and virtually noiseless.
Price at time of publish: $170
Capacity: 5 ounces (ground coffee), 8 ounces (beans) | Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 13.8 inches
Hario Black V60 Drip Scale
For many fans, making pour-over coffee becomes a ritual. Measuring out and grinding coffee, boiling the kettle, streaming out water slowly and meditatively—they make for a few mindful minutes to start the day. But when it's 7 a.m. and you need your caffeine, all those steps become a bit more difficult to focus on. This machine puts everything you need in one place, with a digital timer built into a kitchen scale accurate down to the tenth of a gram. The slim device can stow away in a drawer or against a wall when not in use, though you may want to leave it on the counter so you don't have to find it for those early-morning pour-over sessions.
Price at time of publish: $57
Maximum weight: 2 kilograms (4.4 pounds) | Dimensions: 7.4 x 4.7 x 1.1 inches | Batteries: 2 AAA
“Whatever you already have in your house should be enough to make a good cup of coffee. But in terms of consistency, a scale helps you dose out the right amount of grounds every time. I’ve seen recipes that use tablespoons, but even if you use the same number of tablespoons, the amount of grams can really vary.” — Nigel Price, Founder and Owner of Drip Coffee Makers in New York City
Toddy Cold Brew System
You don't have to drink coffee hot to truly appreciate its complexity. Cold brewing creates a coffee concentrate that's rich in flavor but also meant to be enjoyed over ice. Toddy's deceptively simple system has a plastic pitcher that holds grounds and lets water drip slowly through them into the glass decanter below. The secret is the (reusable) felt filters, which catch even the smallest bits of bean and ensure the final product isn't gritty. It might look a little clunky, but it takes 24 hours to turn a 12-ounce bag of coffee into almost 40 ounces of cold-brew concentrate—enough for more than a dozen servings. (The decanter comes with a lid and stores easily in the fridge after brewing is complete.) For a coffee-loving friend who lives in a warmer climate, this might be the perfect choice.
Price at time of publish: $60
Capacity: 38 ounces | Dimensions: 7.3 x 12.5 inches
"It’s so strong, a single batch lasted us a long time—especially since it brews up to 38 ounces, or about 14 servings. We liked that we were able to make each cup as strong or as weak as we wanted." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Mr. Black Cold Brew Coffee Liqueur
Mr. Black is a truly artisanal coffee liqueur, made from beans roasted in house and wheat vodka distilled in house at a facility in coffee-hub Australia. The coffee is infused in water without heat, cold brew-style, making for an intensely flavored liqueur that avoids a lot of acidity or bitterness. It's bottled at 50-proof, a bit higher than typical liqueurs, which helps give it a big coffee punch in comparatively small volume, with gentle sweetness from cane sugar. Mr. Black was our top pick to use in an espresso martini, and it's also very nice over ice as an after-dinner sipper. Just be warned: It's as caffeinated as standard cold brew.
Price at time of publish: $32
Size: 750 milliliters | Proof: 50
Cuisinart 14-Cup Programmable Coffee Maker
The classic drip coffee maker is a simple and reliable way to make coffee, and in our Lab testing of drip coffee makers, this Cuisinart machine was the top pick. It's got lots of capacity (14 cups, to be exact) in a compact package, with a surprising range of functions. There are two different strength settings, along with a 1- to 4-cup mode that adjusts brewing especially to make a smaller amount of coffee at a time. The 24-hour programmable timer lets you load the coffee the night before and wake up to a steaming hot carafe. It also has a built-in charcoal filter to remove any off flavors from the water before brewing, as well as a reusable coffee filter so you never have to buy disposable paper ones again.
Price at time of publish: $99
Capacity: 112 ounces | Materials: Glass, stainless steel
The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed
Hands down the most readable yet comprehensive book about coffee, this is a gem that every coffee lover should have. From explaining different coffee origins and how terroir and variety affect flavor, to breaking down the roasting process in an approachable way, to demystifying brewing techniques, "The World Atlas" is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn more about coffee. The author is a former World Barista Champion and the owner of Square Mile Roasters in London; he knows his stuff, and he knows how to share relevant information in a digestible way, without being overwhelming or intimidating.
Price at time of publish: $30 (hardcover), $6 (Kindle)
Pages: 272 | Publisher: Firefly Books | Publication Date: 2018 (second edition)
"Now in its second edition, this book is more than coffee-table decor. It's easy to read but covers everything from the history of coffee to instructions for specific brewers. Hoffmann is also one of the most popular coffee-content creators on YouTube." — Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats
Stumptown Coffee Roasters Guatemala El Injerto Pacamara Coffee
Based in Portland, Oregon, Stumptown Coffee Roasters prides itself on its longstanding relationships with growers around the world, which gets it access to very rare and very special beans that nobody else can find. This coffee is perhaps its finest and rarest, available seasonally in very limited quantities. Pacamara is the name of a coffee varietal, a strain developed in El Salvador that has extra-large beans and intense fruit and floral flavors, something unusual for Latin American coffee. The world-renowned pacamara grown by Guatemalan farm El Injerto has won coffee's prestigious Cup of Excellence competition seven times, and those are the beans in this very special bag. (Sold out? Try Stumptown's Roaster's Pick subscription for a selection of other top single-origin coffees.)
Price at time of publish: $40
Size: 12 ounces
321 Coffee Gift Box
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, 321 is a business with a mission. With three cafes and its own roasting facility, it employs more than 50 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to roast, package, prepare, and serve its coffee. (More than 80 percent of American adults with IDD are unemployed.) The coffee itself is sourced via direct-trade relationships, bought from growers in Central and South America without any intermediaries. This box is a nice tour of 321's offerings, with three 12-ounce bags of your choice of coffees—you can pick from light, medium, and dark roast as well as decaf. There's also a gift-box option that includes a tumbler and t-shirt with a single bag of coffee, but we say give more beans.
Price at time of publish: $45
Includes: 3 (12-ounce) bags
Barisieur Coffee Brewing Alarm Clock
Waking up to a fresh cup of hot coffee is a lovely experience, and this clever device lets you do that quite literally. Load it up the night before with grounds and water, set the alarm, and it automatically starts making a cup of pour-over to be ready exactly when the alarm goes off. The aroma might even wake you up before the sound does. (You can also adjust the settings so the coffee is ready 5, 10, or 15 minutes after the alarm, or simply start brewing at the press of a button.)
The concept is a little gimmicky—and the price extravagant—but there is a legitimately fancy coffee machine attached to this alarm clock, with a 500-watt induction boiler and a system of glass tubing and "shower head" dripper for optimally slow-pouring water. The wooden tray that sits atop the electronics is removable to use for serving, and a USB port in the back lets you charge your phone while you sleep. There's even a refrigerated compartment for a flask of milk.
Price at time of publish: $445
Capacity: 5 ounces | Dimensions: 17.6 x 13.1 x 10.6 inches
Kicking Horse Decaf Dark Roast Coffee
If you want delicious coffee without the jitters, decaf is...a mixed bag. Some brands remove caffeine using chemical solvents, which can also damage the delicate flavor molecules that give different coffees their distinctive flavor notes. The Swiss water process is a different method, which uses only water to remove caffeine and is gentler on the beans, but of course it takes longer and is more expensive.
Kicking Horse's beans use the Swiss water process, and that's part of why we named it our favorite decaf. The roaster is located in Invermere, British Columbia, in the middle of nowhere in the Canadian Rockies, but it's developed a solid reputation among coffee heads everywhere. Kicking Horse makes a full range of caffeinated beans, though this dark-roast decaf is its best seller. A blend of coffees from Central and South America, it offers chocolaty and nutty flavors with balanced acidity and a long finish.
Price at time of publish: $13 (10 ounces), $33 (2.2 pounds)
What to Look for in a Gift for a Coffee Lover
Brewing method & compatibility
There are so many different ways to make coffee that supplies and accessories for one method might not work with another. Something used for making pour-over coffee, for example, would be a great gift for someone who uses a Chemex but not so much for a home barista who owns an espresso machine. If you don't know how your recipient makes their java, coffee beans themselves are always a good option, or a mug, insulated flask, or other way of drinking brewed coffee.
If you're giving coffee, whole-bean is generally a better choice than ground, as it's less susceptible to oxidation and will stay fresher longer. (You do need a coffee grinder to brew with whole beans, but most anybody who loves coffee enough to merit a coffee-based gift already owns one.) Pre-filled pods like those from Nespresso and Keurig are designed with freshness in mind, though you should definitely make sure the recipient owns a Nespresso or Keurig machine before you buy any.
Even knowing some details about how your recipient makes their coffee, it's still possible to miss the mark—everybody's taste is a little different—or buy something the person already has. It's always a good idea to make sure items are returnable and include a gift receipt.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He typically makes coffee with the Bodum Brazil French Press—a great budget option, especially for those who prefer non-electric brewers.
The Spruce Eats commerce writer Jason Horn, who's been writing about food and drinks for more than 15 years, updated this guide. His preferred brewing method at home is a French press, and he takes his coffee black with a little sugar.