Best Gifts for the Coffee Lover (+ Tea Lover!)

Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers

The craft coffee scene has blossomed tremendously in the past few years, and more and more of us are passionate (and choosy!) about the coffee we drink. Here are my best gift ideas for the coffee lover on your list.

I drink a lot of tea as well and did not want tea lovers to feel slighted, so I’m also featuring my best gift ideas for those who can’t imagine life without a steaming mug of tea.

This is one in a series of themed gift guides I am publishing this week; here’s the complete list of my best gift guides.

LIMITED-TIME OFFER! Etsy is currently running a cool promotion for new customers: if your first order is over $50, you’ll get a $10 gift certificate toward a future purchase! (Valid until Dec. 12.) I’ve marked Etsy items below so you can identify them easily by searching for “Etsy”.

The Aeropress

Aeropress

The Aeropress is hands-down my favorite way to brew coffee at home. It works a bit like a French press, only the filter part is airtight so it extracts a lot more flavor from the coffee, and you don’t get any solids at the bottom of your cup (shudder). It brews a velvety and aromatic cup of coffee in minutes, it is easy to clean and put away, and it is portable enough that it can be taken everywhere, at the office or when traveling.

“But First, Coffee” Tote Bag

"But first, coffee" Tote Bag

I saw a stylish young woman wearing a tote bag just like that in Paris the other day, and I couldn’t help but smile. Now I want one just like it, and I’m sure your favorite coffee lover does too!

Stainless Steel To-Go Cup

Stainless Steel To Go Cup

Whether you brew your own at home, or pick it up from the coffee shop, an insulated, stainless steel mug is the eco-conscious way to take it to go — and keep it warm until you’re ready to drink it. This model comes in lots of cool colors, is leak-proof and easy to clean, and can be drunk from using just one hand. (Also, it will keep your ice tea or your ice coffee chilled for hours in summer.)

Electric Kettle with Thermostat

Cuisinart Water Heater

I have had this electric kettle for years and it has changed my coffee and tea drinking life. It is very efficient, it has a stainless steel interior (who wants to boil water in plastic?), and the digital thermostat allows you to bring the water to the proper temperature for the kind of coffee or tea you’re drinking.

Ethiopian coffee beans

coffee

I have a weakness for Ethiopian coffee beans over any other origin. I find they are typically more delicate than South American beans, with complex, fruity, and floral notes that truly shine through in filter coffee.

If you’re in Europe, please please please try my favorite beans from Paris roaster Lomi. (And use promo code CNZLOMI to get 5% off your order before December 31, 2016!)

Ceramic Coffee Grinder

Baratza Coffee Grinder

If you’re going to go out of your way to get quality beans, you really must grind them fresh! This model is a top-rated ceramic grinder, giving you excellent control of how fine you want your grind (depending on your coffee-making method of choice). We’ve been using it at home for a couple of years now, in conjunction with the Aeropress (above).

Damn Fine Cup of Coffee Notebook [Etsy]

coffeenotebook

What true coffee lover isn’t also a fan of Twin Peaks? This notebook celebrates the awesomeness of both with a fun and original illustration. The unlined version can be used for doodling while sipping on a cup of jo; the lined version for keeping coffee tasting notes!

The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee

The Curious Barista's Guide to Coffee

For your favorite coffee geek, a deep dive into the world of coffee! Everything there is to know about how beans are grown and harvested, how to select them, what the different origins and styles mean, and how to approach different brewing methods. A beautiful object, too, well printed on thick paper with lots of photographs.

Best Friends Donut & Coffee Sweaters [Etsy]

Best Friends Sweatshirt

If you like catching up over a cosy cup of coffee with your BFF, why not get a set of matching sweatshirts to celebrate your friendship? You’ll be so cute it’s bound to get you a complimentary cup from your favorite barista.

Toy Brew-and-Serve Coffee Set

Kids Coffee Set

For the children of coffee drinkers! (This well-made wooden set may actually get the parents an extra minute and a half in bed while the little ones are busy brewing them a cup of coffee.)

And now, the best gifts for tea lovers:

Signature Classics from Le Palais des Thés

Le Palais des Thés

Le Palais des Thés is among my most trusted sources for top-quality teas. For the serious tea drinker, this tasting set of ten of their signature teas (five single-estate, five blends) is an enchanting trip around the world. Beautifully packaged, too, for a stylish gift.

Tea Brewing Basket

tea-basket

I generally buy loose-leaf tea — I like my tea leaves to bloom free — and when I’m just looking to brew a single mug, this cleverly-designed tea-brewing basket is just the thing. I’ve been using mine for ten years, and love it like the first day.

Tea Pot with Infuser

teapot

If I’m going to drink a couple of cups, or have a friend to share my tea-drinking moment with, I use this darling teapot that comes with a removable stainless steel infuser. Pretty and practical.

Fresh Cinnamon

Fresh cinnamon from Cinnamon Hill.

I am in love with the fresh cinnamon sticks I get from Cinnamon Hill, and one of my many uses of their gorgeous cinnamon grater is to sprinkle a touch into my mug of tea or coffee for a lovely flavor twist.

Tea Shirt (also available with a round neckline) [Etsy]

tea_shirt

Tea and a good pun. What more could anybody want?

Bamboo tea box

tea-box

Do you have a friend who likes to offer a selection of teas after a meal, or whose entire tea shelf tumbles out the moment he/she opens the cabinet? This is the perfect gift: a beautiful bamboo box with dividers to keep tea and herbal tea bags neatly organized.

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Best Gifts for Coffee (and Tea) Lovers

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  • Annabel Smyth

    Totally second the recommendation for an Aeropress. I own two – one lives in the motor home, and one in my kitchen, and it is far and away the nicest way of making coffee, sort of a cross between filter coffee and an espresso machine!

    Love the toy coffee maker – smaller grandson uses his wooden “Magimix” as a pretend coffee maker, definitely a barista in the making! Wonder if it’s available over here, not that he needs any more presents from me or my husband, but…..

    • If you click the link on that coffee set it should take you to the product on Amazon UK! Let me know if that doesn’t work.

      • Annabel Smyth

        No, I’m afraid it went straight to Amazon.com.

        • Do you have an ad blocker or other javascript blocker on your browser? That would prevent the link from localizing (or localising ;) properly. In any case, here it is: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01KO0REEA?tag=choczucc-21

          • Annabel Smyth

            Bless you, thanks. Yes, I do use an ad blocker, which is probably why it doesn’t work…. thanks for the link.

          • Ah that would explain it! If you want to deactivate it temporarily, then you’ll benefit from the localized Amazon links.

  • anupama

    Buy freshly harvested loose leaf tea online from The House Of Tea. Visit http://thtonline.co.in/ to live the experience of flavoured Black Tea.

  • John H. Lawson

    I also recommend the Aeropress. Absolutely the best for travelers; much better than using the in-room coffee in hotels and motels. I also swear by Ethiopian coffee. Ethiopia is one of my three home countries along with France and the USA.

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