Gifts for coffee lovers, from beans to coffee grinders


Each year, our collaborators and contributors round up their best gift ideas for cooks, eaters and those curious about the kitchen. Read on for the hottest gifts for coffee lovers.

Let me be clear when I say these gifts are for “coffee lovers”. There is no need for fanaticism here; almost anyone can enjoy these caffeinated products. We have gifts for your friend who always takes slightly annoying photos of his cortados and your cousin who travels with an AeroPress set, but also your mom, who is perfectly happy with her coffee pods but will lovingly accept your annual contribution to his mismatched mug the collection. As someone proudly on the side of the slightly dweeby coffee mania, I’m here to introduce you to the specialty beans and barista-quality espresso makers for my fellow coffee nerds and the stylish French press and milk jug for anyone just trying to update their morning cup of coffee.

Stagg EKG Pro Electric Kettle

The Stagg has been the go-to electric kettle for obsessives since 2017, thanks to an accurate temperature gauge, precise gooseneck shape, and thoughtful design details like fingerprint-resistant matte paint. The latest model fixes the slightly leaky lid and has the ability to adjust the boiling temperature if you mean you’re at altitude. With the Pro, you can even schedule a boil to have your water waiting for you in the morning.

Stagg EKG Pro Electric Kettle Studio Edition

Yield Green French Press

Most coffee makers are available in black or steel. This green glass French press is just fun enough without veering into acid green Gen Z territory. It’s made of sturdy, heat-resistant borosilicate glass, holds 28 ounces of coffee, and is dishwasher safe between brews. .

Coffee Subscription

Want to be the first person your lover thinks of in the morning? I can’t do magic, but give them a coffee subscription and see what happens. All of the subscriptions I’ve reviewed and recommended allow for some customization of bean type (whole or ground), roast level, flavor profile, and delivery frequency. Click through the full list of the best coffee subscriptions or consider these three outstanding services below.

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Commercial Coffee Subscriptions

Varieties for every type of coffee brewing method and flavor preference

Atlas Coffee Club Subscription

Fair trade coffee from remote farms, from $9 a bag

Boon Boona Coffee Subscription

Top quality beans sourced from coffee farmers across the African continent, with a special focus on women farmers

Alessi 9090 espresso machine

Alessi’s iconic collection of kettles and moka pots has grown steadily, but in my eyes the finest remains the 9090, the Italian design house’s first coffee maker, created by Richard Sapper. This stainless steel stunner holds 6 espresso shots and is just as happy on an induction stovetop as it is on an old-fashioned stovetop.

Alessi 9090 espresso machine

HarioV60 coffee scale and timer

This sleek little scale/timer is accurate to within 0.1 grams. For the rule-abiding loved one.

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HarioV60 coffee scale and timer

La Monarca Mexican coffee and hot chocolate gift box

There’s a bag of pure beans here: organic, single-origin, fair-trade beans from Oaxaca. But this gift set from Los Angeles-based La Monarca is also for those with less stoic coffee orders than “long black, please.” The Cafe de Olla beans have been sifted with brown cane sugar and cinnamon, while the Chocolate Mexicano and Champurrado cans both contain organic cocoa beans and warming spices.

Mexican Coffee & Hot Chocolate Box

Barista Warrior Reusable Filter

BA contributor Sarah Jampel was on to something when she switched to this reusable coffee filter to avoid the paperless 6am filter panic. As well as ensuring you’ll always have a cup, this steel filter reduces paper waste and eliminates that papery taste you sometimes detect while pouring.

Barista Warrior Reusable Filter

Baratza Virtuoso conical burr grinder

Grind consistency, achievable only with conical burr or flat burr grinders, is the key to stellar coffee. Baratza are at the top of the conical burr game, and since they’re owned by Breville, they’ve been tested alongside the espresso machine we recommend for most beginners, the Breville Bambino Plus. (Just in case you’re looking for a big, impressive gift for a double appliance.) Worried that a coffee grinder might be too practical a gift? Let BA contributor Carla Lalli Music convince you that this is the way to “change a person’s life”.

Baratza Virtuoso conical burr grinder

Asterisco Espresso Liquor Cups

Sunny espresso cups for someone you know who doesn’t get very sunny in the morning. Or, for the beatings.

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Asterisco Espresso Liquor Cups

Flair Pro 2

Trade editor MacKenzie Chung Fegan first encountered the Flair 58 at Fort Defiance in Brooklyn, known for its Irish coffees. The manual machine, which looks a bit like a vintage juicer, extracts an espresso with both a long lever and a little elbow grease. The pro-grade Flair 58 is $575, but the Pro 2, which starts at $325, caught my eye for its compressibility. It’s the only espresso machine of this caliber I’ve ever seen with a travel case; If you (or your lucky gift) are frequently on the road or regularly commute from home office to office-to-office, this foldable and portable machine will do the trick. Then there is the coffee. As long as you preheat the brew chamber (go ahead and do it while you grind your coffee), you’ll get a complex, rounded hit with balanced acidity.

Dansk Mug

Country-ish, not cottage-core. Dansk’s blue and white stoneware mugs can be purchased alone, in a set of 4, or as part of a blue, white and red dinnerware set, if you opt for the group gift.

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Verve Coffee Instant Coffee Holiday Gift Set

Once a month I take a dawn flight from Boston to London. Once a month, I am deeply sad that the airport cafe opens 20 minutes after takeoff. Instant coffee is no match for freshly brewed coffee, of course, but for the frequent traveler or shift worker in your life, a fairly tasty little sachet of Verve will go a long way.

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Verve Coffee Instant Coffee

Lau pottery workshop cups

Hurricane Fiona flooded Lau Pottery’s studio in San Juan, destroying clay stocks and a kiln. They are slowly getting back on their feet and making the idiosyncratic and charming ceramics loved by local chefs and home cooks. Keep an eye on Lau’s website and Instagram for drops of their quirky Valentina coffee mug – the perfect shape and size for a cappuccino.

Zojirushi Insulated Bottle

They make our favorite rice cooker. They make our favorite take-out soup container. And man, they make my favorite thermos. The 16-ounce Zojirushi insulated bottle keeps my extra-large Americano warm all day, and my tote bag never leaked no matter how much I jostled it around during a twisty bike ride.

Zojirushi Insulated Bottle

Hario Skerton Pro Coffee Grinder

A gift for that colleague who keeps a Chemex on his desk. Hario uses ceramic conical burrs in this small but mighty manual grinder to mimic the precise, even result of an electric machine, like the Baratza Virtuoso, above. It’s a fraction of the size and cost, and honestly, if you’re pouring instead of a notoriously temperamental espresso, a hand grinder will do the job just fine.

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Hario Skerton Pro Coffee Grinder

Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine

Giving someone their first espresso machine is a bit like giving them their first car (but uh, cheaper and less dangerous). You want something that’s fairly easy to use, doesn’t break down, works well, and isn’t too big for a parallel park. This is the Breville Bambino, our rec for most homemade espresso lovers. At just 7.6″ by 12.5″ wide, it takes up very little counter space, is easy to use and simple, and, even with this compact footprint, it has a system that ensures that the The water is the perfect temperature for espresso, plus a beginner’s latte art baguette milk.

Revol Porcelain Milk and Biscuits Set

Food52 bills this as a milk and cookie set, but I see it more as an Americano and a 3pm cookie set. The base of these pleasingly heavy ceramics is French black clay, each smoothed in a fun glaze that will shatter a cabinet of white crockery. Coffee and cookies for a crowd? Also hang the corresponding tray.

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Revol Porcelain Milk and Biscuits Set

Pure Glass Mug Set

When BA contributor Anna Rahmanan tested this glass refill kit, she learned that it takes 1.5 million trees to make the 275 billion coffee filters produced each year. When I tested it, I found that a delicate-looking borosilicate setup could brew a particularly strong cup of coffee. The design allows for slow, even draining, which means well-saturated beans and robust flavor.

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Pure coffee set on glass

Tom Dixon milk jug

Whether stainless steel or polished brass, this extremely sophisticated milk jug is the kind of thing I would never buy for myself but would love to receive.

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Technivorm Moccamaster coffee maker

Ten cups of flawless drip coffee every morning, that’s what the Technivorm Moccamaster promises. We rate it as our favorite drip coffee maker for its ease of use and absolutely flawless execution. Shop all the standard colors on Amazon or copy this limited green tint from Nordstrom.

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Technivorm Moccamaster KBGV 10 cup coffee maker

Ovalware cold brew machine

For the person who spends every summer wondering out loud (i.e. complaining) why cold brew is 30% more expensive than the average coffee – a one quart cold brew coffee maker. This will make a Big Gulp-sized cup of strong iced coffee, without the extra coffee.

Ginori X Luke Edward Hall Espresso Cups and Saucers

Ginori, who have been crafting exquisite porcelain since 1735, teamed up with young designer Luke Edward Hall on this Neptune-inspired porcelain collection. Each piece is made in Italy and edged in gold. Maybe just the thing for your supremely stylish aunt?

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Ginori X Luke Edward Hall Espresso Cups and Saucers

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