The 17 Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers in 2021

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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.

AeroPress Coffee Maker

Excellent
What We Like
  • Delicious coffee

  • Portable brewing device

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

  • 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.

Bodum CHAMBORD French Press Coffee Maker

Very Good
What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Classic design

  • Broad range of sizes and finishes

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

What We Like
  • Burr grinder

  • Easy to use

  • Highly adjustable grind size

What We Don't Like
  • Messy

  • Loud

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.

Ember Mug²

Very Good
What We Like
  • Warms beverages to preferred temperature

  • Modern minimalist design

  • 90-minute battery life

  • Easy-to-use app

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

"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

Hirt's Arabica Coffee Bean Plant

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Packaged well to avoid damage

  • Decorative and functional

What We Don't Like
  • 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! 

Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster

What We Like
  • Sleek design

  • Easy to use

  • Value for money

  • Great for beginners

What We Don't Like
  • Small capacity

  • 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 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!"

KeepCup Travel Mug, 12oz

What We Like
  • Multiple sizes

  • Convenient flip lid

What We Don't Like
  • Cork band breaks easily

  • Hand-wash only

  • 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

The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed
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What We Like
  • Nice pictures and illustrations

  • Very informative

  • Written by award-winning barista

What We Don't Like
  • 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

Wax and Wick Espresso Scented Soy Candle

What We Like
  • Authentic espresso aroma

  • Soothing crackle

  • Available in sleek white or black jar

What We Don't Like
  • 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

What We Like
  • Suitable for various types of filters

  • Compact and stylish

What We Don't Like
  • 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. 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. It's practical, affordable, and the bamboo design makes it a pleasant addition to any kitchen décor.

Hario V60 Coffee Drip Scale and Timer

Hario Coffee Drip Scale/Timer
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
What We Like
  • Compact and lightweight

  • Timer for brewing coffee

  • Automatic shutoff

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

Bean Box Gourmet Coffee Sampler

What We Like
  • Variety of options

  • Cheaper than coffee subscription

What We Don't Like
  • Very small bags (1.8 ounces)

Bean Box is a Seattle-based brand with the goal of helping people discover the vast (and delicious) world of coffee. The company offers coffee subscriptions that make an excellent gift option as well, but if you're looking for an individual gift to wrap up, try one of its many sampler boxes. They can be sorted by specific roast depending on the recipients' taste (light, medium, dark, etc.), and you can choose between whole bean and ground options. Keep in mind that each bag in the set is very small, however. They are designed to give a taste of each blend, not a week's worth of joe.

Alessi II Caffe Alessi Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons

Alessi Il Caffe Alessi Set of 4 Heart-Shaped Spoons
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What We Like
  • Great for espresso cups

  • Suitable for tea drinkers too

  • Available in multiple sizes

What We Don't Like
  • Some say spoons are smaller than expected

These dainty and whimsical heart-shaped coffee spoons are a subtle way to show your love of the brew. Use them to stir a sugar cube into an after-dinner cup, 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 these spoons are both elegant and functional, and can also be used for tea and yogurt.

LINO Coffee Mug Gift Set of Four

LINO Coffee Mug Gift Set of Four
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What We Like
  • Wide array of colors

  • Sold individually and in sets

  • Stylish matte design

  • Safe in dishwasher and microwave

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Same price per item if bought individually

These LINO mugs from notNeutral are a comfortable shape, size, and weight; plus, the handles are to die for. A set of four 10-ounce mugs makes a fantastic gift for any coffee lover who likes to brew for a crowd, and the porcelain material makes them dishwasher and microwave-safe. The mugs come in a variety of colors, ranging from a simple white to fun colors like Canary Yellow and Rhubarb Red.

Alessi B Gianni Glass Box with Hermetic Lid

What We Like
  • Multiple sizes and colorways

  • Can store more than coffee

  • Kid-friendly

What We Don't Like
  • UV exposure bad for coffee beans

  • A little overpriced

The Italian design firm Alessi has developed useful, whimsical, and luxury products since 1921, and this hermetically sealable jar with the tiny hanging man is designed to store coffee beans for ultimate freshness. The jars are available in multiple sizes and colorways, and they can be used for other kitchen goods besides coffee.

ExceptionLab "We Are Happy To Serve You" Ceramic Cup

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Decorative

  • Microwave and dishwasher-safe

What We Don't Like
  • 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.

White Mountain Puzzles Great Coffee Brands

What We Like
  • Family-friendly activity

  • Sufficiently challenging

  • Classic coffee brands for nostalgic touch

What We Don't Like
  • Many cheaper puzzles available

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.

Final Verdict

From actual coffee makers to miscellaneous accessories, there is no shortage of wonderful and unique gifts for coffee lovers. Two that we especially recommend are an AeroPress and an Ember Mug². The former is a budget-priced brewing device small enough to carry in a suitcase; the latter is a pricier option for those who want their favorite drink at their preferred temperature.

What to Look for in a Gift for a Coffee Lover

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.

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.

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