Are you looking for Christmas gifts for coffee lovers? Do you like shopping centers, only with 500% more people in them? Perhaps you’re a fan of surly, overworked shop owners and til attendants. Do you get excited at the prospect of jamming several large bags full of boxes into people’s legs on the SkyTrain?
You DO? Good Lord, what the hell is wrong with you?
If, however, you’re like the rest of us, you’ll know that shopping in a mall in December is a horrible, bone-chilling experience.
Whatever, Bah Humbug.
So I thought I’d give you an early Christmas present. A list of all the best coffee gifts for that person in your life that is a true coffee snob. Well I mean, technically I’m the real snob, what with my URL and all, but you get what I mean.
NOTE: there are affiliate links below, which help me pay to run this site, but don’t feel you have to use them… you grinch.
A Coffee Shop Explorer Voucher for 35 of the Best Coffee Shops in Vancouver – For the Snob that’s Impossible to buy for
Siply is a mobile app that curates the best coffee shops in Vancouver and then lets you buy coffee inside them. This is by far the most flexible gift in this list, as it gives you the ability to buy your loved one a voucher for them to spend in any of the shops inside the app. We’re talking Nemesis, Pallet Coffee Roasters, Timbertrain, Rocanini, Kafakas, Agro, KAHVE…. the list goes on (pretty much most of the shops in the 10 Best Coffee Shops list).
I wrote an article recently on CBD Oil and Coffee. Quite honestly, it’s amazed me with how great this stuff is at helping sleep and focus when you’re awake. I recommend a company called Mellow. Believe me, I’ve tried heaps of CBD Oil and this is leagues above the rest. Buying gifts gets much more fun whilst taking this stuff too.
From Nemesis, to Kafkas. Revolver to Spent Grounds. Hell, even Aeropress forward Aubade (RIP) had one. The v60 is the absolute workhorse of the coffee industry. There’s no other pour-over device out there that gives you as much control over your brewing.
The Aeropress is the ultimate travelling companion to any self-respecting coffee snob. It’s small, light, near on indestructible and produces absolutely incredible coffee. It’s my personal go-to choice whenever I’m going on vacation.
Level up your Aeropress game with Aesir Filters, which I describe as a ‘cheat code’ for Aeropress.
Espro French Press – The Snob with No Time
Chances are you’ve used a French Press, as they’re very common. Espro took the traditional design and supercharged it with extra filters and better heat insulation. It’s a solid device if you want to pour hot water in and forget about it until you’re ready.
Breville Barista Express – For the Wannabe Barista Snob
I had one of these for years at Snob HQ and loved it so much I upgraded to the Breville Dual Boiler (and Baratza Sette). This is the best machine/grinder combo you can buy in the $500 price range. PERIOD. As gifts go, this is pretty fancy.
You’ll read a lot of reviews promoting other electric grinders in the same price range as this, but those reviews are wrong. There is quite simply nothing you can buy that comes close to the quality of this for the price. Nothing.
Bonavita 1L Variable Temperature – For Any Snob… Any Snob at All
This is my absolute favourite kettle on the market. You’ll find it in 90% of coffee shops in Vancouver and for good reason. They’re hard-wearing and pour beautifully as well as allowing you to control your water temperature to the exact degree.
A Coffee Subscription – For the Snob that Wants to Drink it All
I’ve tried a lot of subscription packs over the years and I can confidently say that The Roasters Pack is the highest quality of all of them. Each month you get three different types of coffee to try, along with some awesome fact packs to tell you all about the tasting notes etc. There are often secret gifts added in too.
If you A) want to keep it closer to home and B) want bloody great big bags of coffee, then Brew Perfect Box has your back. Choose a style and they’ll send you full-size bags each month from amazing local coffee roasters.
A Reusable Mug – For the Snob that Wants to Save the World
There are a million reusable mugs out there these days, but one I’ve really like recently is the rCup. It’s made of recycled cups! The great thing about this one, though, is that they have a really unique lid. It stops spills but also lets all the aroma of the coffee out. Smell plays a huge part in tasting something, so this really makes coffee taste better than a traditional reusable cup.