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Coffee drinkers are a diverse lot, and if you’re going to buy a gift for one of them, you better have the who’s who down pat.
There’s, of course, the quintessential café brooder, who might need a little pick-me-up. Maybe a chocolate to go along with the dreary cup of black coffee that’s always glued to their hand. Or how about the peppy aerobic workout-obsessed early riser? They could probably stand to have a French press in their on-the-go life. The do-it-yourself artisan might fancy a cold brew kit for the home. And so on.
Whatever the temperament of your oh-so-temperamental coffee lover(s), you’ll be sorted out below with these 22 fun and useful gifts for coffee lovers.
Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days’ time, so don’t stress too hard about your last-minute shopping – just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.
Still shopping for more gifts? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.
A guide to help them make better coffee
Because we could all use a few pointers on our morning cuppa.
A mokka espresso pot
This should be a staple in every household. Easy, rich, and oh so crema-y when done right. Also, consider the Bialetti Express Set for two ($US44.69).
Check out our full guide to stovetop espresso makers here.
Bourbon-infused coffee beans
For that special person who loves coffee, but also wishes it were always 5 o’clock right here and now. (There are also Merlot-infused beans for wine lovers.)
A proper espresso machine
You’re really going to have to love this person, but if you share a roof with them, the pleasure of this purchase may well be just as much yours.
Check out our full guide to espresso machines here.
A sleek, glass, pour-over coffee pot
Stylish and sophisticated, yet simplistic. This is the kind of understated elegance anyone can appreciate.
Read our guide to the best drip coffee makers here.
A coffee-themed canvas tote bag
A fun way to give that Public Radio bag a break and shake up their tote game.
A worldly coffee subscription
Flavour profile, tasting notes, suggested brewing methods, a little history lesson in origins, and, last but not least, festive packaging make this an all-around pleaser for any time of year.
A do-it-yourself cold brew kit
Cold brew is in. It’s also an extremely expensive habit. Help a cold brew devotee on your list save a little money by giving them a gift that keeps on giving.
Have a look at our full guide to cold brew makers here.
A manual espresso press
If you have a friend or family member that is constantly in search of the best espresso machine for anywhere south of $US500, this is the ticket. It’s about the price of most espresso pod machines, but the crema it produces is priceless.
A portable espresso kit
Whether they’re outdoorsy or they just need an auxiliary kit for when times are hard, someone in your life needs this.
A twisting alphabet game on faux coffee beans
Because all coffee hounds are bookworms, too, right? And, yes, it would be cool if they were real coffee beans, but we all know they wouldn’t last.
A latte-and-cappuccino-capable espresso pod machine
So they don’t even have to step outside the house for their precious morning latte or cappuccino.
A pair of coffee mugs with an open mind
Everyone knows a coffee-loving couple in need of these.
A stainless steel tumbler with a French press
Otterbox Elevation 20 Rambler and French Press Lid, available at Otterbox, $US44.98 (with 50% off discount on lid)
That someone who can’t even manage to get a pot of coffee made before they’re out the door in the morning has no excuse now (provided they’re willing to boil a little water).
A cold brew coffee maker with filtration control
It also works for hot brew when they want to revert, and there’s a switch to control filtration.
A manual burr grinder that screws onto Ball Jars
This timeless-looking contraption is the perfect solution to masquerade as a gift for the person who wakes up hours ahead of the rest of you and wakes the whole household when they crank the electric grinder.
A versatile, three-in-one coffee maker
The coffee maker for slow devotees who just can’t make up their mind each and every morning.
Compostable, Nespresso-compatible espresso pods
Someone finally got it together to make compostable espresso pods just in time for the holidays. Not only do these leave less waste, they’re also even a little cheaper than Nespresso’s own.
An airless coffee bean saver
If you know someone who’s opening their coffee bags and letting them go stale, this is a quick fix that will blow their mind. These canisters are stackable and great for herbs and other sundries.
A stainless steel French Press
Double-walled 18/10 stainless steel, so they stop burning their hands (or shattering glass) when reaching for the coffee pot in a blind haze of morning caffeine depletion.
A convenient way to enjoy Vietnamese coffee
Copper Cow Vietnamese Pour Over Coffee with California Sweetened Condensed Milk (30-pack), $US59.99, available at Amazon
One of our favourite coffee brands makes this delicious Vietnamese pour over that’s easy and convenient to enjoy anywhere. The filter pack is mess-free and cleverly designed to sit in their cup as they pour in the water, and the packets of delicious condensed milk make it creamy.
A chart of espresso drinks
As self-proclaimed coffee lovers, they should probably know these breakdowns. But just in case they forget, this cool poster reminds them of the difference between a breve and black eye.