Christmas is approaching and it’s time to start ordering presents! We’ve collated 50 incredible gifts for coffee lovers so you don’t have to go searching. We’ve sectioned the list out so you can click on any of the below titles and you’ll be taken directly to that section. Happy shopping!
Despite it’s odd looks, the Aeropress is a phenomenally efficient and user friendly way to make excellent coffee. It’s also very consistent, very portable and easy to clean. We take this camping with us and it barely adds weight to our pack.
Old faithful, the french press is easy to use, can make lots of coffee and needs very little effort. Espro takes that to the next level with their amazing filter and stunning looks. This is the best french press on the market.
In the event that filter coffee is not their thing, one of the 50 incredible gifts for coffee lovers could be an espresso machine. We’ll take you through your options but remember that espresso machines come in at a much higher price than filter coffee. If you’re buying whole beans and grinding them yourself be sure to choose a good grinder from our grinder section.
Bialetti Moka Pot
It’s technically not espresso but it’s as close as you’ll get to a proper shot without an electric machine to help you. And it’s really economical in price too.
If you’re using one of the above two methods for espresso you may want to steam milk with it to make a latte, cappucino or any number of steamed milk drinks. The Bellman Stovetop Steamer gives you espresso machine steam without the price tag.
Gaggia Classic – Cheapest electric espresso machine
This is as cheap as you’ll want to go to get decent espresso at home with an electric machine (there’s cheaper but their all far, far from the quality you’ll get here). It’s a well respected machine that’s easy to use and creates consistent espresso shots.
Sitting at the top of the budget espresso machine throne, the SILVIA is an incredible workhorse with one of the most powerful steam wands on a small machine. Expect a learning curve that will end up with incredible results.
La Marzocco LINEA mini – Best high end home espresso machine
OK we don’t expect you’ll love anyone this much at Christmas but for those lottery winners out there we present to you our favorite high end home machine. There are better but not for this price tag. It’s coffee shop quality but fits in your kitchen.
The grinder is an often overlooked part of the coffee process but it’s as important to have a good grinder as it is to have good brewing equipment. Here are our recommendations for hand and electric grinders.
Hario Slim Ceramic Burr Grinder – For grinding on top of a mountain
Our favorite little hand grinder produces solid results whilst being tiny enough to take camping.
There are many other electric grinders out there that are cheaper but do not get suckered into buying them, they’re all terrible compared to this incredible and well priced beauty. You’ll never get close to the quality of the Baratza encore for the same price. We use one at Vancouver Coffee Snob HQ.
Baratza Sette – All hail king of the home grinders
It’s pricey but it’s the best you can get for the money. The quality is that of some $2000+ grinders, it’s beautiful and the features are amazing. The only catch – they’re very hard to get hold of as they sell out so quickly.
No coffee drink would be complete without adding hot water to the ground beans and for that you’ll need a kettle. Our personal preference is electric, so you can set the exact temperature, but a stove top version works well too. Here are our favorite kettles in our 50 incredible gifts for coffee lovers list.
Hario V60 Buono 1.2L – Heated on the stovetop
This stove top kettle is the industry standard goose neck kettle you’ll see in lots of cafes and coffee shops around the world. Perfect for controlling your pour and great build quality.
Bonavita 1L Variable Temperature – Heated electrically
A true workhorse, this is the industry standard electric kettle. Great build quality, amazing customer service in the rare event you get issues and the ability to set the exact temperature of your water is a must for any self respecting snob. As you can guess, we have this at Vancouver Coffee Snob HQ.
No list would be complete without some recommendations for coffee beans. We’re going to keep them as local as possible here, so I’d advise heading out to your local cafes to buy them.
49th Parallel Coffee Roasters
The undisputed kings of Vancouver, their coffee is always of the highest quality and consistent every time. You can buy their beans at their two Vancouver stores, or any number of Supermarkets (Protip – buy them from a cafe to ensure they’re extra fresh). Try their Honduran Benedicto.
OK so you’re buying for someone that has every bit of brewing equipment under the sun? How about getting them into home roasting? We take you through the recommended roasters for getting started. For green beans be sure to check out www.u-roast-it-coffee.ca.
Old Time Whirly Pop – Basic Home Roaster
Nothing fancy here but it’s what we got started on in Vancouver Coffee Snob HQ!