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Finding the perfect gift for a coffee lover is no easy feat. Some taste buds are drawn to light roast, others to dark. Opinions vary on the ultimate brewing device to proper technique. Basically, if a coffee argument can be had, it will be had.
To simplify the process, we’ve rounded up our favorite gadgets, books, accessories, and more. Some picks are timeless staples, like a reliable French press or travel mug, 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 a birthday, holiday, or, any day, here are the best gifts for coffee lovers.
Alessi AMDR05 SY Kitchen Box in Glass with Hermetic Lid
Multiple sizes and colorways
Can store more than coffee
UV exposure bad for coffee beans
A little overpriced
Gianni knows his coffee beans—after all, he's Italian! The Italian design firm Alessi has developed useful, whimsical, and luxury products since 1921, and this perfect hermetically sealable jar with the tiny hanging man is perfect for storing roasted coffee beans for ultimate freshness.
Hario V60 Coffee Drip Scale and Timer
Compact and lightweight
Timer for brewing coffee
Slight delay in calculation
Display isn't backlit
At 7 in the morning, it can be difficult—nay, impossible—to remember to both tare the scale and to start the timer when you're brewing coffee, but this Hario scale is a simple solution to both. Not only does it measure weight in .01 gram increments, it also has a built-in timer, which allows the user to meticulously brew based on time and weight—the two most accurate measures when making coffee.
Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Easy to use
Highly adjustable grind size
For someone who is passionate about brewing their own coffee, the Baratza Encore Electric Grinder is the ideal gift—there’s no better way to get the purest, freshest-tasting coffee imaginable. This machine boasts 40 grind settings and an advanced burr set so that you can try out different brew methods. The bean hopper can hold an impressive 8 oz and the grounds bin capacity is 5 oz. This best-selling grinder is also easy to clean and virtually noiseless.
Bodum CHAMBORD French Press Coffee Maker
Broad range of sizes and finishes
Plunger can wobble
Frame around glass slips slightly
Grounds occasionally end up in mug
This sleek and affordable French press will give you a delicious cup of coffee in a matter of minutes! Choose from nine different colors and four different sizes ranging from 12 oz to 51 oz. The coffee carafe is made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass and the stainless steel plunger has a mesh filter instead of a paper one—mesh filters do a better job of extracting flavors instead of absorbing them like paper would. Coffee enthusiasts will love how aromatic and flavorful each cup is.
After testing the Bodum CHAMBORD, our reviewer called it extremely easy to use, especially for those new to French presses. "The transparent glass carafe ensures you don’t plunge too soon," she wrote, "because you can clearly see the color of the brew." This is another plus if you're thinking of gifting the item and aren't sure how familiar the recipient is with French presses.
"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
LINO Coffee Mug Gift Set of Four
Wide array of colors
Sold individually and in sets
Stylish matte design
Safe in dishwasher and microwave
Same price per item if bought individually
It's hard to find the perfect mugs: There's always something that's not quite right, whether it's the weight, the thickness at the lip, or the handle—oh, the handle struggle is real. These LINO mugs from notNeutral are the absolute perfect shape, size, weight, and those handles are to die for. A set of four 10-ounce mugs makes a fantastic gift to any coffee lover who likes to brew for a crowd, and the porcelain cups are dishwasher and microwave safe.
KeepCup Travel Mug, 12oz
Good stocking stuffer
Convenient flip lid
Cork band breaks easily
Little heat retention
Ho-hum travel mugs make taking morning coffee to-go so boring, but the beautiful glass-and-cork combo of the 12-ounce KeepCup mug livens up any commute. The tempered glass is surprisingly durable (I've dropped mine from heights onto pavement, and it's still in one piece), the cork is comfortable to hold, and the lid has a cover to plug the opening—which comes in handy when you're running to catch the bus. The cups are microwave safe and come in a huge variety of lid colors, one to match every personality.
The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffman
Nice pictures and illustrations
Written by award-winning barista
A little slim for coffee table book
Not well-suited for Kindle
Hands-down the most readable yet comprehensive book about coffee, this is a gem that every interested 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.
"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." — Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats
Hirt's Arabica Coffee Bean Plant
Packaged well to avoid damage
Decorative and functional
Best suited for warmer climates
Some say plant is smaller than expected
What if you could give your coffee-loving friend the promise of home-grown beans year after year? Ok, so it actually takes a lot of work and ideal conditions to grow decent coffee (to mention process and roast it), but coffee plants themselves are so beautiful, there's something to be said about the uplifting botanical power of having one in your home. The gift of a sapling Arabica tree provides years of beauty, and yes, even some coffee beans: A plant growing in tropical environments will produce about a pound's worth of beans, but one in the average temperature-controlled living room might produce a handful or so every year. Hey, at least there's the potential for being extremely farm-to-table!
BergHOFF Ceramic Coffee Bean Roaster
Unique gift idea
Compact and portable
Know someone who's intrigued but a little intimidated by the idea of roasting coffee at home? This little ceramic hand-held stovetop job can help them ease into the art and science of roasting at home. It essentially works like a manual popcorn popper: Put coffee into the base, crank the heat on a gas stove, and shake the coffee beans repeatedly until they're roasted to your desired level. When fresh is best, this can't be beat—talk about "hand-roasted!"
Alessi II Caffe Alessi Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons
Great for espresso cups
Suitable for tea drinkers too
Available in multiple sizes
Some say spoons are smaller than expected
These lovely, dainty, and whimsical heart-shaped coffee spoons are a subtle way to show your love of the brew. They're the perfect size for stirring a sugar cube into an after-dinner mug, or you can leave them out on display. They're made of dishwasher-safe stainless-steel and were designed by Miriam Mirri for Alessi. Reviewers say that these spoons are both elegant and functional, and can also be used for tea and yogurt.
Wax and Wick Espresso Scented Soy Candle
Authentic espresso aroma
Available in sleek white or black jar
A little pricey
Occasional problems staying lit
If you know someone who loves the smell of fresh coffee in the morning, allow them to indulge in the scent whenever they want. This warm blend of roasted coffee, espresso, and chocolate is universally appealing, and it mimics a freshly brewed pot of coffee. It's crafted from pure soy wax, which means that it will burn clean and without soot, and has a total burn time of 60 hours. Plus, the beautiful glass jar will look splendid on any countertop, table, or shelf.
Bamboo Coffee Filter Holder for AeroPress, Chemex, and Hario Pour Over Filters
Suitable for various types of filters
Compact and stylish
Not designed to be wall-mounted
A very clever design creates space for up to 60 thick Chemex filters or 100 of any other type of paper cone filter (Melitta, Hario, etc.) or a mix-and-match, as well as 40 round AeroPress disk filters, thanks to an ingenious slot at the holder's base. Any geek whose coffee-brewing shelf has a dozen different makers on it would appreciate this convenient and tidy place to store all their various filters.
From actual coffee makers to miscellaneous accessories, there is no shortage of wonderful and unique gifts for coffee lovers. Two items we especially recommend are the Baratza Encore Conical Burr Grinder and the KeepCup Glass Travel Mug. The former is an upscale option, perfect for the coffee fanatic who will appreciate freshly ground beans, while the latter is an affordable stocking stuffer that's guaranteed to get some use.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
Erin Meister has spent years both working in and reporting on the coffee industry. Since moving to New York City in 2003, she has worked at Joe Coffee Company and Counter Culture Coffee. Her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Serious Eats, Rachael Ray Every Day, and more. Erin is also the author of New York City Coffee: A Caffeinated History.
This piece was edited 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.
Recipient: Are you buying a gift for an avid coffee lover—someone who would appreciate advanced items and obscure gadgets? If so, your price range might go up a bit, but you can consider everything from books to memorabilia to tech options. If the recipient is more of a general coffee drinker, maybe you want to go with a safer, more practical gift that is assured to get some use. Think mugs, coffee-scented candles, or maybe even inexpensive non-electric brewers.
Price: Gauging gift prices can be tricky, especially if it's for a group gift exchange or if you're getting a present in return but aren't certain of the budget. One of the many (many) wonderful things about coffee, however, is that you can find options ranging from a $5 mug to a $15 bag of coffee beans to a $500 espresso maker.
Return policy: Coffee gifts shouldn't be too different from other kinds of gifts as far as return policy goes, but it's always worth a look. An item's warranty is also an important consideration, especially since many coffee products (including some on this list) have fragile parts or contain glass.