Coffee connoisseurship has reached epic levels in the past few years, and we all seem to know someone who is just never content with a no-frills cheap coffee. Well, I am one of those people, and I'm here to guide you toward some lovely, useful gifts for the coffee snob in your life.
The Kalita Wave has risen in popularity over the past couple of years, and many coffee professionals now consider it to be the best pour-over method available for ease and consistency. It's perfect for anyone wanting to get into the world of manual coffee brewing, with a greater margin of error than the popular Hario v60. And if you pair it with a fresh bag of finely roasted beans, well, welcome to flavor country. Don't forget filters! $30 ($40 with filters) [Amazon]
This goes without saying, and even though it's not the most creative gift in the world, nothing stirs a coffee lover to excitement like the simple sight of some freshly roasted beans from one of many high-quality purveyors. Many roasters have cool holiday gift boxes, like this one from Gimme Coffee. Other recommendations are Counter Culture, Ritual, Toby's Estate, and Parlor Coffee, among many others! $15-35
If your coffee snob gift-ee brews lots of coffee for guests using a Chemex or other pour-over method, they know the frustration of how quickly the batch gets cold. A proper thermal carafe will keep a large batch of joe heated and fresh for hours. Some of them are damn fine looking in a kitchen as well, like this svelte Mafter Bourgeat Spirit Vacuum Flask. A cheaper option is this Thermos brand carafe. $45-80
Manual brewing isn't the only way to get great coffee. There are a few automatic machines that deliver the goods with the ability to regulate temperature and disperse water evenly. One of the best is the Bonavita Coffee Maker which will serve up terrifically brewed elixir every time. $150 [Amazon]
A grinder is the single most important piece of equipment a coffee snob should own. The Baratza Encore won't break the bank too badly, and its conical burrs are a giant leap forward from the $20 blade grinder so many people are used to. A burr grinder gives you consistent particle size for even extraction, whereas the cheap-o grinders chop up the beans into all shapes and sizes. A no-no for good coffee. $130 [Amazon]
People's obsession with their own personal mug can borderline on the unhealthy (talkin' to you, Andy Bernard). This beautiful heat-preserving mug from Stumptown was made in Oregon and has a gorgeous patina. Totally worthy of the elevated elixir your coffee snob brews. $38 [Stumptown]
If you are buying for a coffee drinking commuter, nothing is more helpful than a mug that is completely sealed and will keep that coffee hot on a long train ride. I personally own this OXO mug and love it because it is relatively compact, and fits most car cup holders. The button on top for sealing and opening the mouth is not only effective but really fun to click open and closed (trust me). $16 [Amazon]
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