Finding the right 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.
Bodum Chambord French Press Coffee Maker
Broad range of sizes and finishes
Plunger can wobble
Frame around glass slips slightly
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 to 51 ounces. 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. This is another plus if you're thinking of gifting the item and aren't sure how familiar the recipient is with French presses.
Price at time of publish: $39
Sizes: 12, 17, 34, and 51 ounces | Material: Stainless steel, glass, and plastic | Color/Finish: Black, chrome, copper, cork, white, and gold | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
"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
AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker
Portable brewing device
Can get messy
The AeroPress has quickly become a favorite brewing device among coffee experts. After all, it checks off all the boxes you could want: affordable, easy to use, and produces an extremely rich flavor. It's even portable and a great gift for those who camp or travel often. The only downside is that it makes about 1 to 3 cups per brew, so it's best for personal use.
Price at time of publish: $40
Capacity: 8 ounces | Dimensions: 11.3 x 5 x 4.25 inches | Materials: Plastic | Warranty: 1-year limited
"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
Multiple straw styles available
Colorful, modern design
Made of sturdy, heat-resistant borosilicate glass
All sets are assorted colors
Hay has a number of beautiful borosilicate glass straws in a variety of colors and styles for those who like to drink iced coffee. The cocktail straws are simple and straight, the spiral straw features a fun loop reminiscent of childhood silly straws, the smooth straws have a small bend towards the top, and last the swirl straw has a bend and a nostalgic zig-zag pattern, like old accordion straws.
Each set comes with four or six straws, all in assorted colors. Thanks to the sturdy borosilicate glass, the straws are dishwasher safe and unlikely to break easily. They are also heat resistant, so folks can enjoy both hot and cold coffees with the straws.
Price at time of publish: $41
Material: Borosilicate glass | Height: 7.5 inches | Dishwasher Safe: Yes
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. Endless Summer Bundle
20 percent of profits help fund rescue initiatives
Purchase, sadly, does not come with a dog
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 proceeds at the company help fund rescue initiatives for dogs. The Endless Summer Bundle is great for dog lovers in the hotter months (or those who simply drink iced coffee year round). The bundle comes with a box of ready-to-brew iced coffee pouches, two adorable dog-themed glasses, and two metal reusable straws.
Of course, Grounds & Hounds has a multitude of wonderful coffee gift bundles available. For example, the Sunrise Rescue Gift Pack has three bags of coffee, a Grounds & Hounds mug, and a tote bag. The Sip & Squeak bundle has coffee and a mug for the human and a mug-shaped plush toy for their pooch. Whichever bundle you pick, the gift will taste and feel good.
Price at time of publish: $49
Includes: 1 box of cold brew pouches, 2 reusable metal straws, 1 straw storage bag, 2 dog-themed glasses at 12 ounces each
Sugarwish Medium Coffee & Tea
Sending a coffee-lover some coffee is always a good gift, but it often comes with questions, as well. What’s their favorite flavor? Do they prefer whole or ground beans? Caffeine or decaf? Believe it or not, you can still give the gift of coffee without answers. With Sugarwish, the recipient gets to make their own choices.
In addition to sending candy and snacks, Sugarwish has a selection of drinks available, including coffees, teas, and even hot chocolate. There are 20 single-source drinks available, with highlights including Brazil Porta Rosa, which features notes of chocolate, pecans, and oak, and the Four Sisters Espresso Blend, which tastes of chocolate ganache, caramel, and key lime.
There are six different sizes available, ranging from two to eight drink choices (and potentially a bonus gift mug). The medium selection, for example, allows the recipient to choose six coffees or teas to enjoy.
Price at time of publish: $45 for medium
Includes: 6 recipient-chosen coffees or teas at 2 ounces each
Terres de Rêves Espresso Cups, Set of 4
Dishwasher- and microwave-safe
Multiple colors available
On the smaller side (3 ounces)
Inspired by mountains, seas, caves, and icebergs, these Terres De Rêves espresso cups are a sight to behold. Each featuring two tones, the colorful mugs are perfect for hot espresso. Each cup can hold up to 3 ounces, so they’re better suited for smaller drinks than a standard cup of coffee.
Each set comes with four cups, and since they’re stoneware, they’re microwave- and dishwasher-safe. These earthy-toned mugs are durable, versatile, and just as artistic as they are functional.
Price at time of publish: $56
Materials: Stoneware | Set Count: 4 | Dimensions: 2.38 x 2 inches
ExceptionLab "We Are Happy to Serve You" Ceramic Cup
Microwave- and dishwasher-safe
Hot to touch
Colors can fade
In 1963, a blue-and-white paper cup with an inviting saying on it began popping up at Greek-owned coffee shops throughout New York City. The iconic design has appeared in movies and television shows, been widely written about, and has now been captured in ceramic form. This gift idea is not only an homage to New York City but to an entire culture of coffee drinkers.
Price at time of publish: $20
Capacity: 10 ounces | Material: Ceramic | Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.75 inches
Fellow Carter Everywhere Mug
Multiple sizes and colors available
Double-walled vacuum seal
Wide mouth for easy access
Not microwave or dishwasher safe
If you know someone who adores coffee and has a modern yet colorful aesthetic, this Fellow Carter travel mug might be the perfect gift. The eye-catching travel mug is joyfully rounded and comes in multiple colors. That said, the design is much more than aesthetically appealing–everything is engineered for a great coffee-drinking experience.
The double-walled vacuum seal keeps hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours and cold drinks cold for a whopping 24 hours. Coated with a ceramic interior, the mug won’t give off a metallic taste. The interior lip is also at a slant for easy drinking. Since the mouth is wide, it can fit most coffee machines, too.
Price at time of publish: $35
Materials: Stainless steel, thermoplastic, silicone, ceramic | Capacity: 12, 16 ounces | Dimensions: 3.4 x 5.2, 3.4 x 6.25 inches
The Sill Coffee Plant
Multiple pot styles and colors available
Unlikely to grow any coffee fruit
The glossy green leaves of this coffee plant make a beautiful addition to any room. You can choose a variety of options when it comes to the pot, as well. There are five styles options available, ranging from a simple grow pot to an upcycled pot with a saucer. Additionally, there are multiple colors to choose from, though options vary depending on the style of pot.
Though the coffee plant probably won’t yield any fruit, it’s still a fitting homage to the drink. The Sill also has ceramic gift message pops available that can stick out of the soil.
Price at time of publish: $96 for upcycled with saucer
Includes: Small coffee plant, buyer’s choice of pot (plastic grow pot, ceramic pot, or upcycled pot)
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2, Metallic
Warms beverages to preferred temperature
Modern minimalist design
90-minute battery life
Pricey for a mug
Interior coating is extremely delicate
The Ember Mug² is a stylish smart mug that will allow your loved ones to keep their coffee at just the right temperature—long enough for them to savor it. The mug is connected to the Ember app, which lets you, using your smartphone, choose a preset temperature depending on the type of drink and the ideal temperature it requires. You can even customize it with your own settings: just plug in the type of liquid, the brand (there's a limited selection), and your temperature preferences, up to 145 degrees.
The battery lasts for 90 minutes—which our tester found was enough time for her to enjoy her coffee while it was still hot—but the Ember Mug also comes with a charging coaster should you wish to savor your drink for longer. It's available in two sizes and multiple colorways.
Price at time of publish: $140
Capacity: 10 or 14 ounces | Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.2 (10-ounce model) | Temperature Range: 120 to 145 degrees | Battery Life: 90 minutes for 10-ounce model and 80 minutes for 14-ounce model
"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
Breville The Barista Express Espresso Machine
Reliable steam wand
Potential learning curve
If you're looking for a higher-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, café-worthy crema, and built-in burr grinder. The item has a hefty price tag and may not be the best option for beginners, but other than that you can't go wrong.
Price at time of publish: $750
Milk Frother: Yes | Built-in Grinder: Yes | Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 13.5 inches | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 110 to 120
"After we figured out our settings, each drink we made was effortlessly delicious." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Skin Foodie Coffee Bar Soap
Coffee, vanilla, and hazelnut scent
Made using real coffee
Many people enjoy the scent of coffee just as much as the taste of it. This bar of soap from Skin Foodie not only smells of coffee—thanks to the real arabica coffee infusion—but it also has aromas of vanilla and hazelnut. The handmade bar soap can help clean and exfoliate skin.
Price at time of publish: $6
Includes: 4-ounce bar of hand-poured soap
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
Available in multiple sizes and colors
Easy to pour coffee beans from
Indicator for vacuum seal
Hard to clean lid
Available in three sizes (0.4, 0.7, and 1.2 liters), the Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister can be a stand-alone gift or you can get the full set. It's also available in three colorways to match the gift recipient's kitchen. What sets this canister apart from the competition is that you can twist the lid to remove all oxygen inside, keeping beans fresher for longer. There's a small indicator on the lid that shows up green to verify when the seal is airtight.
Price at time of publish: $35
Capacity: 0.4, 0.7, and 1.2 liters | Material: Stainless steel and glass | Dimensions: 4.25 x 4.25 x 4.9 inches (0.7-liter model) | Dishwasher Safe: No
"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."
Chemex Classic Series Coffeemaker
Dishwasher safe (remove wood collar first)
Easy to use
Glass can break or chip
Chemex-brand filters are recommended
You don’t necessarily need a big, complicated machine to make an incredible cup of coffee. In fact, it doesn’t get much simpler (or tastier) than the Chemex glass coffeemaker. The beautiful hourglass-shaped carafe just needs a filter, coffee grounds, water, and gravity to make a delicious cup of coffee.
The non-electric option is great for coffee connoisseurs. It may take a bit of effort to monitor and master, but the task is well worth it. Our testers loved the stylish look, the cleaning efficiency, and the café-quality coffee the Chemex maker produces.
Price at time of publish: $48
Material: Glass carafe, wood collar | Capacity: 3, 6, 8, and 10 cups
"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
Almond Cow Plant-Based Milk Maker
Makes 5 to 6 cups of plant-based milk
Easy clean up
Over the last few years, alternate milk has become all the rage due to dietary restrictions, ethical sourcing concerns, and simply taste preference. The Almond Cow Milk Maker can help people make various plant-based milks right at home. One cup of ingredients (such as almonds, sunflower seeds, or oats) will yield 5 to 6 cups of fresh milk.
Since it’s fully automatic, all the user has to do is fill the machine up with ingredients and water, press a button, and wait just a single minute for the machine to make milk. It may be a bit of a price investment, but the Almond Cow Milk Maker offers users a lot of convenience and control. After all, one cup of almonds is less expensive than a gallon of almond milk.
Price at time of publish: $245
Includes: Filter basket, collector cup, base with power cord, top | Capacity: 5-6 cups
Bialetti Moka Express Espresso Maker, 3-Cup
Easy to use
Compact and portable
Uses a lot of grounds
Nostalgic, affordable, easy to use, and portable, the Bialetti Moka Express is a mighty gift in a relatively compact package. The non-electric coffee maker is great for beginners and seasoned brewers alike. Heated on a stovetop or campfire, the moka pot uses the resulting steam to soak through the coffee grounds for a bold brew.
Though it’s recommended to rinse out between uses, some moka pot fans say that a buildup of coffee residue enhances flavor, much the same way a cast iron pan is seasoned with each use. Our testers praised the Moka Express for its versatility, ease of use, and general look, though they noted the brew times can be a little long.
Price at time of publish: $44
Materials: Aluminum, nylon | Capacity: 3 cups | Dimensions: 7.5 x 9 x 4 inches
“The way it works is remarkably simple, especially considering the tasty results.” – Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for the Spruce Eats
Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
Easy to use
Value for money
Great for beginners
No instructions included
Know someone who's intrigued but a little intimidated by the idea of roasting coffee at home? This little ceramic hand-held stovetop device 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!"
Price at time of publish: $30
Capacity: 70 grams | Weight: 13 ounces | Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.9 x 9.57 inches | Material: Ceramic body and cowhide grip
"Single origin is a sign of higher quality coffee beans. It doesn’t mean they’ll taste better, but I think people lean toward single origin because if you are familiar with the profile of that region then you will get the profile in that cup. I like single origin because you can trace your coffee back to specific farms and know these farmers are being paid a living wage." — Nigel Price, Founder and Owner of Drip Coffee Makers in New York City
Uncommon Goods Personalized Hobby Mugs
Can preview design
Text may be slightly uneven
Not only do these personalized mugs show someone that you're thinking of them, they're also a great gift for whole families and groups of friends. The price per mug becomes cheaper the more mugs you buy, too. 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. There are 27 hobbies to choose from and enough customizable options to make a fun little caricature of your friend or loved one.
Price at time of publish: $32 for one mug
Capacity: 15 ounces | Dimensions: 3.25 x 4.5 inches | Material: Ceramic
"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
Special gift subscriptions
Can't customize grind size
Atlas Coffee takes coffee lovers around the world one cup at a time. The brand's standard subscription mails every two weeks or four weeks, and it can be customized by roast preference, bag size, and whole bean or ground. There are also three gift subscription packages, that are 3, 6, or 12 months long. Every bag of coffee is single origin and comes with a fun and informative postcard from where the beans are harvested.
Price at time of publish: $28
Roasts: Light, medium, and dark | Sizes: Half bag, single bag, double bag | Available In: Whole bean and ground
De'Longhi Double Wall Thermal Espresso Cups
Cool to the touch
Elegant, modern design
Available in sets of two or six
Liquid may sometimes seep between glass layers
These espresso cups by De’Longhi go above and beyond in two special ways. One, the double-walled construction keeps the glass cool to the touch so you don’t burn yourself. Two, the glasses just look beautiful–especially with espresso inside. Each one can hold 2 ounces. Made of sturdy borosilicate glass, the cups are also dishwasher safe.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Borosilicate glass | 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
Suitable for various types of filters
Compact and stylish
Not designed to be wall-mounted
A very clever design creates space for up to 140 paper filters, from Chemex to Hario V60 to Melitta pour-over devices. Anyone whose coffee shelf has a dozen different makers on it would appreciate this convenient and tidy place to store all their various filters. It's practical, affordable, and the bamboo design makes it a pleasant addition to any kitchen décor.
Price at time of publish: $13
Capacity: 140 filters | Size: 4.75 x 1.625 x 7.5 inches | Weight: 7.4 ounces
Hario Skerton Plus Ceramic Coffee Mill
Affordable for burr grinder
Easy to fill
Also serves as airtight container
Screw occasionally loosens while grinding
Coarser grinds can be inconsistent
Good coffee starts with freshly ground beans, and that's where the Hario Skerton Plus comes in handy. Users can load up to 100 grams of coffee beans at a time and run them through this quality burr grinder, which is an upgrade over cheaper blade grinders. It's not too expensive; it's small enough to store in a cupboard or even take with you on a trip; and it's easy to adjust from fine to coarse grind.
Price at time of publish: $42
Grinder Type: Ceramic burrs | Capacity: 100 grams (3.5 ounces) | Dimensions: 3.6 x 6.8 x 9 inches (with crank arm attached) | Weight: 1.2 pounds | Warranty: 90 days
"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
Nespresso Aeroccino 4 Milk Frother
Multiple options for foam consistency
Smaller opening to clean by hand
Home milk frothers open up a world of different drink options, like lattes and cappuccinos, for coffee lovers. The Nespresso Aeroccino4 is a favorite among our product testing team. It has four frothing modes, starting with cold foam, which is a compact but fluffy type of foam made without heat, popular in many Starbucks drinks. The other three settings are for hot milk that's no frothed, hot milk with medium froth, and hot milk with heavy froth. One of the best features is that the jug is dishwasher safe, which makes cleaning that pesky milk residue drastically easier.
Price at time of publish: $120
Capacity: 8 ounces if heating and 4 ounces if frothing | Heating: Yes | Dimensions: 7.1 x 7.1 x 8.3 inches | Weight: 2 pounds | Warranty: 2 years
"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
The Nimble Barber Hand-Turned Coffee Scoop
Multiple wood-handle color options
A little small
Home baristas may enjoy a dedicated coffee scoop to measure out fresh coffee grounds. One beautiful gift option comes from the Nimble Barber on Etsy. The hand-turned coffee scoops come in a variety of handle colors and wood types, including walnut, purpleheart, sapele, zebrawood, paudak, and maple.
Each scoop is a little over 5 inches long and measures out one heaping tablespoon. Handcrafted in Washington, D.C., these scoops make a beautiful and practical gift.
Price at time of publish: $25
Material: Hardwood, metal | Size: 1 teaspoon | Length: 5.5 inches
Contigo Autoseal West Loop Vacuum Insulated Travel Mug
Effective auto-lock and anti-spill lid
Keeps drinks hot or cold for hours
Comes in multiple colors and sizes
Bottle isn’t dishwasher safe (lid is)
To take coffee on the go, people need a reliable travel mug. This sleek option from Contigo is vacuum-insulated to keep coffee piping hot for up to seven hours (or keep cold drinks chilly for up to 18 hours). The auto-seal is leak- and spill-proof, so nobody has to worry about messes. Available in a multitude of bold colors, this travel mug is attractive, convenient, and effective.
Our testers loved how sophisticated the lock was, while being so easy to use that you only need one hand. They did note that cleaning the mug can be tricky, since the colored versions aren’t dishwasher safe. That said, ultimately “the Contigo performed even better than promised.”
Price at time of publish: $30
Materials: Stainless steel, plastic | Capacity: 10, 20, 24 ounces | Dimensions: 3 x 9 inches
"With a leakproof design, superior insulation, and one-hand operation, it’s well worth the price it goes for." — Suzie Dundas, Product Tester
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 ounces and the grounds bin capacity is 5 ounces. This best-selling grinder is also easy to clean and virtually noiseless.
Price at time of publish: $160
Capacity: 8 ounces | Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.7 x 13.78 inches | Weight: 7 pounds | Warranty: 1-year limited
W&P Peak Silicone Everyday Ice Tray With Protective Lid
Large ice cubes
Individual cube compartments
Protective lid doesn’t lock
For those who love a good cold brew, ice plays a key part. W&P has a great silicone ice tray that creates large 1.25-inch cubes. Each tray makes 12 cubes and comes with a thin lid to protect from freezer smells. The silicone makes it easy to remove the cubes and the hidden interior steel frame makes sure everything keeps its shape.
W&P has a number of color options available, ranging from a muted charcoal to a fun pink-speckled tray. It’s dishwasher safe and even oven safe if you want to use it for chocolate molds or other creative treats.
Price at time of publish: $16
Materials: Silicone with steel frame | Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.6 x 1.6 inches | Cubes: 12
“I’ve had the Everyday Ice Tray for years now, and it’s always comical to me when friends come over and are completely taken by how easy it is to release the cubes. The silicone is just so simple to flip inside-out, and when the ice clunks into your cup, it’s like: All ice trays should function this way.” — Taylor Rock, Editor
Hario Black V60 Drip Scale
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 tenth-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.
Price at time of publish: $57
Max Weight: 2,000 grams | Size: 7.4 inches x 4.7 inches x 1.1 inches | Battery: AAA (2) | Measuring Units: Grams
“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
White Mountain Puzzles Great Coffee Brands - 1,000 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
Classic coffee brands for nostalgic touch
Lots of pieces
This 1,000-piece puzzle features dozens of classic coffee brands and offers an activity for multiple people to participate in—a gift that keeps on giving! It's a little pricey, but White Mountain Puzzles is known for the quality of its products. Many customers note that the pieces feel thicker and sturdier than normal. It's also said that this puzzle is pleasantly challenging but not overly difficult. The company recommends ages 12 and up, though it's so family-friendly that children even younger might also enjoy it.
Price at time of publish: $20
Pieces: 1,000 | Dimensions: 24 x 30 inches | Ages: 12+
Seldon3D Coffee Cup Succulent Planter
Includes water drainage holes
Drip tray not included
Celebrate the simple but classic coffee to-go cup with this 3D printed planter. Made of biodegradable plastic, the adorable pot is perfect for an easy-to-care-for succulent or air plant. The cup has water drainage holes at the bottom, though it’s important to note it doesn’t come with a drip tray. Seldon3D does say, however, a 2.75-inch drip tray would fit the cup nicely.
Though coffee is often served piping hot, please know that the planter itself can only withstand heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. So if you need to clean it, use warm water and a rag. The shop also has a personalized coffee cup planter available.
Price at time of publish: $20
Material: Biodegradable plastic | Dimensions: 3 x 5 x 3 inches
From actual coffee makers to miscellaneous accessories, there are plenty of coffee gifts to choose from. Two that we especially recommend are the Bodum Chambord French Press and the AeroPress. The former is a budget-friendly take on the classic French press; the latter is a unique brewing device that's small enough to toss in a suitcase.
What to Look for in a Gift for a Coffee Lover
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.
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.
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.
How do you use an AeroPress?
The AeroPress can be daunting at first because of its multiple parts and unique design. It may take a few uses to get acquainted with the brewing process and find your preferred coffee-to-water ratio, but in time using the little device becomes quick and easy. Here are the steps.
First, place a filter in the filter cap. It is recommended but not mandatory to rinse the filter with hot water to eliminate any potential paper taste. Second, attach the filter cap to the chamber and place the AeroPress on top of your mug. Third, fill the chamber with ground coffee. Tap the chamber until the grounds form an even bed inside. A medium-fine grind, somewhere between drip and espresso, is recommend. Coffee-to-water ratios vary, but a 1:15 ratio (one part coffee to 15 parts water) is generally suitable. For those without a scale, use one rounded AeroPress scoop (roughly 2.5 tablespoons) and fill the chamber with water up to the #1 line or between the #1 and #2 line. Fourth, pour the water. The brand recommends using water at 175 degrees, but hotter temperatures, even near boiling, can be used too. Fifth, stir the coffee slurry for 10 seconds. Sixth, insert the plunger and slowly press down for 20 to 40 seconds. Finally, enjoy your delicious cup of AeroPress coffee!
What is a burr coffee grinder?
There are two kinds of coffee grinders, blade and burr, and the latter is superior for several reasons. A burr grinder consists of two serrated plates—these are called the burrs—that crush coffee beans to your preferred grind size. Burr grinders are known for being extremely consistent and grinding evenly throughout. Burrs don’t produce as much heat as blade grinders when in use, which helps to keep the flavor of your coffee beans intact. The main downside is that burr grinders are significantly more expensive. There are also two kinds of burr grinders to choose from: conical and flat. Both are good options, but the former is generally considered better because it’s a little smoother, slower, and quieter.
How do you use a French press?
The steps for brewing French press coffee are the same no matter what type of press you use, but some small details can vary, like the water temperature, amount of coffee grounds, and length of steep time. We’ll go through each step below, but feel free to experiment until you find your perfect cup.
First, rinse the French press with hot water to pre-heat the material. This is not a mandatory step, but it will keep your coffee hot longer after you finish brewing. Second, fill the carafe with coffee grounds. A coarse grind is best, and a coffee-to-water ratio from 1:12 to 1:16 should lead to a strong, flavorful brew. Third, pour a small amount of water (195 to 205 degrees) over the grounds until they are lightly and evenly saturated, then allow the coffee to “bloom” for 30 seconds. This small but important step, which is called coffee blooming, helps the grounds release carbon dioxide. Finish this step by stirring the coffee slurry with a wooden spoon. Fourth, slowly pour the rest of the water into the carafe, cover it with the lid, and let steep for four to six minutes. Finally, press the plunger—you want to feel a slight resistance here to know the grounds are the right size—and enjoy a fresh cup of French press coffee.
Why do you need a coffee scale?
It is certainly possible to make good coffee without a scale, but investing in one can help you make good coffee more consistently. This is especially true if you own a non-electric brewing device, like a pour over or French press, which are more susceptible to changes in flavor based on the amount of coffee used. The reason coffee scales are so helpful is that measuring coffee in weight is more accurate than measuring in volume. Grind sizes vary so much that one scoop of fine-ground coffee is heavier than one scoop of coarse coffee. A reliable scale will help you use the same amount of coffee every time.
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.
Nigel Price is the founder and owner of Drip Coffee Makers in New York City and has worked in the coffee industry for more than a decade. Established in 2015, Drip now has multiple locations.
Though Allison Wignall, who updated this article, generally prefers tea to coffee, she will never, ever say no to a caramel Frappuccino or classic PSL. Her work has been featured in publications, such as Food & Wine, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living.