Here at Craft Beverage Jobs, we adore all things coffee, so instead of just giving our own friends and family a list of what we’d like this as gifts this holiday season, we decided to jump on the “favorite things” and “best holiday gift” lists bandwagon and create our first annual Holiday Coffee Gift Guide.
With so many office parties and family “get-togethers” coming up, your gift giving duties are now a little bit easier. You’re welcome. 🙂
Holiday Coffee Gift Guide
- Brewing Equipment
- Coffee Grinders & Roasters
- Coffee Novelty
Besides water, coffee is one of the most consumed beverages on the planet (82% surveyed by Zagat report drinking coffee daily). It’s also beloved and considered beneficial for health when consumed in moderation.
So why not give coffee this holiday season to those you love? We have compiled a list of some of our favorite craft coffees from around the globe for you to explore and try.
Panama has become one of the top regions in the world for specialty coffee and Panama Geisha is the “best of the best” that Panama has to offer. Winner of the Best of Panama two years in a row, this single origin coffee received 97 points out of 100 from Coffee Review. The coffee lover in your life will never forget this amazing coffee experience. Geisha is known for its unique floral, fruity aromas and taste. No sugar or creamer needed with this coffee.
Handpicked and hand-sorted, every bean is treated with care from the guys at Panama Coffee Gold Reserve. Your Panama Geisha comes directly from the Geisha farm of Finca La Aurora, and farmed by Roberto Brenes. This is a coffee gift that is worth every dime and one that your family will be talking about for years to come.
$49.00 on Amazon. *subject to change
Kona Coffee: The US’s 1st Craft Coffee
Don’t leave anyone out! You can check off 5 coffee lovers from your Christmas list with this American coffee experience!
100% Kona coffee is the first and one of the only coffees that is grown & made in the USA. Grown on the western slopes of the Big Island of Hawai’i, the 22 x 2 mile coffee district produces one of the world’s superior coffee beans. Often referred to as “The Champagne of Coffee”, the lava soils of Kona produce a sweet coffee bean with chocolate and caramel flavors.
Read our Guide to Kona Coffee.
Don’t be deceived, this is 100% Kona, NOT a Kona blend! That means that each bean was hand picked from a single Kona coffee farm, and not mixed with inferior coffee from other regions. We like this 5 pack, farm-direct choice from Blue Horse. Guaranteed to be herbicide and pesticide free, your friends and family will get the 100% Kona experience.
5-Pack: $153.00 on Amazon *subject to change
Stumptown: Hairbender Whole Bean
The coffee geek on your gift list will know all about Stumptown Coffee Roasters. A leader in the third wave coffee movement, Stumptown’s Hairbender is a “must” coffee experience. With the texture of Indonesia and the flavors of Latin America, Hairbender is a balance of sweet and savory. That’s why it remains the most popular coffee produced by the Stumptown roasters.
This 12 oz bag of whole bean is perfect as a stocking stuffer or a great addition to a coffee themed gift basket. (Just to be safe: You better order two, because you’re going to want to keep a bag for yourself.)
$17.95 on Amazon *subject to change
Intelligentsia Organic French Roast, Whole Bean
Want to give the best gift at the office party this year? You will want everyone to take notice when this beautiful orange bag of organic french roast from Intelligentsia is unwrapped. The Oohs and Ahhs are a guarantee. Intelligentsia Coffee is another “third wave” leader in the U.S. coffee industry. They go to great links to be environmentally and socially responsible by working directly with coffee producers committed to sustainable practices.
French roast coffee is known for the full body flavor that the long roasting process produces. The very rich color and caramelized flavor is a favorite for coffee fanatics who enjoy a bold, dark brew. This is definitely a coffee gift you can be proud to give!
$13.85 on Amazon *subject to change
Death Wish Whole Bean – The World’s Strongest Coffee
Need more caffeine in your coffee? Death Wish has you covered with DOUBLE the caffeine in their World’s Strongest Coffee. The beans are a specialty blend of Central America, South America and India coffees, guaranteed to be roasted in small batches by the Death Wish roasters in Upstate New York.
There are no special chemicals, preservatives or fake caffeine used. The double-shot of caffeine is achieved through the special coffee blend and the roasting process. Oh, and it’s USDA certified organic, all natural and Kosher. The perfect gift for the caffein addict on your gift list!
$19.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Coffee Brewing Equipment
If you’re any older than 35, you probably remember the Mr. Coffee makers. Mr. Coffee is still a brand of (pretty decent and affordable) coffee makers, but it seemed that the only way to brew that horrible tasting coffee of the 70s and 80s was to use a cheap, plastic, uninspiring electric coffee maker.
Today there are many brewing choices depending on your coffee preference, and since coffee is such an individual experience for many, you’re no longer stuck with a 10 cup maker!
Cold Brew Coffee Maker Bottle
Borosilicate Glass Coffee Infuser with Neoprene Sleeve – 20oz.
Someone on your gift list always talking about cold brew coffee? Oh wait, that’s me!
Currently I keep my cold brew in a mason jar in the fridge. So, when I was introduced to the Cold Brew Coffee Maker Bottle from Cornucopia Brands, it sounded like the perfect gift.
Inside the bottle is a “shock resistant glass and neoprene sleeve” with a filter at its base. Simply unscrew the filter and fill with enough coffee to produce up to 20 oz of cold brew. Leave your bottle in the fridge overnight and it’s ready to take to the office the next morning. Yes, cold brew coffee on-the-go! No more strange looks from the office as I sip cold brew from a 20 oz mason jar every coffee break.
All kidding aside, this is a well thought out design and received positive reviews from many cold brew coffee lovers like me. Reasonably priced for gift giving, you can’t wrong with this coffee gift.
$15.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Hario VDD-23B Drip Decanter
If you have a control freak on your gift list this year, the VDD-02B Drip Decanter from Hario is a perfect gift. Pour over coffee puts you in charge of the entire coffee making process and is a favorite for coffee enthusiasts. Another advantage of pour over coffee is the quality of the brew, allowing for the full taste of the bean to come through.
The reviews on this model from Hario were very good. Several experienced decanter users were impressed with its durability and easy cleanup. It can hold enough coffee for 2 12 oz mugs and the removable silicone band makes it easy to handle when your brew is done.
A great gift for someone on your list who has never tried brewing “pour over” coffee. Instructions are easy and the mess is minimal. It’s sure to become their favorite way for brewing coffee. A gift that will make a lasting impression for the coffee lover on your list.
$19.20 on Amazon *subject to change
AeroPress Coffee Maker
Do you remember the Aerobie flying ring? Sure you do. It broke the Guinness World record for the farthest throw. What does that have to do with coffee? Well, the same guy who invented the Aerobie, Alan Adler, also invented the AeroPress. However, the AeroPress doesn’t go as far when you throw it.
The AeroPress was designed to produce a great cup of coffee in a very short amount of time. Used for both regular coffee or espresso, you can make 1 to 4 cups of coffee in under 1 minute. But not just any coffee, really good coffee. Place your ground coffee into the the AeroPress chamber, then pour your hot water (ideal temperature is 175 – 200℉) over the grounds and stir for ten seconds. Place your Aeropress over top of your favorite mug and press the plunger until you’re mug is full. Easy-peezy! What an awesome gift!
“With this brewer, I have made some of the best cups of coffee I’ve ever had. You can achieve the quality of brewed coffee as with a classic pour-over but in a much more convenient and durable system.” – Justin M. Scott, Professional Barista
$29.95 on Amazon *subject to change
Bunn MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Coffee Brewer
I call this one the perfect “single-friend” gift. The Bunn MCU Single Cup Multi-Use Home Brewer is designed to brew K-Cups, ground coffee, tea pods and bags, or loose tea into a single mug. Perfect for the bachelor or bachelorette with diverse coffee habits.
I like a brewer with options. In the morning, I usually pop a coffee pod in for convenience. However, in the evenings or a Sunday morning, when I want a relaxing cup of coffee I grind some whole bean and use the ground coffee drawer. Of all the great features, my favorite is the removable drip tray, which gives room for my travel mug. There is nothing more aggravating than “height impaired” coffee brewer.
$179.73 on Amazon *subject to change
Bialetti Mini Express – 2cup Stovetop Percolator
You might just keep this coffee gift for yourself. This very cool percolator by Bialetti lets you enjoy Italian espresso for two in about 5 minutes using your stovetop. Bialetti is known for quality and the Mini Express is reasonably priced. Much more affordable than a espresso machine, it’s hard to pass up the thought of serving coffee-shop quality espresso at your next dinner date.
If you’re committed to giving the Bialetti Mini Express as a gift, be sure to let your lucky recipient know they are getting a piece of history. Alfonso Bialetti fashioned the first stovetop espresso coffee maker in 1933. In over 90% of Italian kitchens, you could find Bialetti’s invention and it is credited with making espresso the favorite coffee for Italians. Wow, a great gift with a great story. You can’t go wrong with that!
$37.50 on Amazon *subject to change
Bonavita BV 1900TS 8cup Carafe Coffee Brewer, Stainless Steel
Simple, beautiful, and an award-winning brewer. The Bonavita coffee 8 cup brewer has been recognized by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) as a part of its Certified Home Brewery Program. This is a gift for the true coffee enthusiast of the family. As the wrapping paper comes off and the Bonavita name is revealed, don’t be surprised if you get a “happy dance” and a squeal of joy. It really is, that good.
With a simple construction, it has a one-touch brew process, with auto-off. Bonavita is not about the bells & whistles, but about brewing a great cup of coffee. It is constructed with a 1500-watt heater to maintain the perfect brewing temperature of 195 to 205℉. Even the showerhead was enlarged to allow for better saturation of the grind and consistent extraction. The metal carafe will keep your coffee hot long after it’s brewed and is designed never to burn. (There’s nothing worse than the smell of burnt coffee.)
Long story short, you can’t go wrong with this coffee brewer. A gift that will be talked about for many holidays to come.
$144.99 on Amazon *subject to change
French Press Coffee & Tea Maker
Complete Bundle / 8-cups, 34 oz / Best Coffee Press Pot with Stainless Steel & Heat Resistant Glass
I didn’t intend to feature a French press with this list since they are frequently found in most kitchens. However, I just couldn’t pass up this great deal from Kitchen Supreme. A good gift can become a great gift with just a few accessories, and this French Press bundle set doesn’t disappoint. It comes with,
- 1 – 34 oz. French Press
- 1 – Stainless steel Spoon for honey, sugar or dessert
- 1 – 4 Filter Screens to keep coffee grounds out of your coffee
- 1 – Coffee Scoop
Just under $30, this is a great coffee gift for even the casual coffee drinker.
French press coffee brewers are designed to make great tasting coffee quickly and easily. If you’ve never used a French Press, we have a helpful step by step guide in our article, The History of the French Press.
$29.84 on Amazon *subject to change
KitchenAid KCM08120B Siphon Coffee Brewer
Wow, coffee and a show in one brewer! The Siphon Coffee Brewer from KitchenAid is an automated, full immersion system that not only produces a great cup of coffee but is a lot of fun to watch. For the coffee enthusiast who seems to have every brewer in our list tucked away in a kitchen cupboard, they probably don’t have a siphon brewer.
For siphon brewing, water is heated in a lower pot of the brewer. As it expands, it pushes up through a siphon tube into the upper vessel where the coffee grounds are stored. When the brewing process is finished in this upper vessel, the coffee flows back down to the lower pot through a strainer. The result, an amazing cup of coffee.
You would be hard pressed to find another coffee brewing system with this amount of drama. That’s why this siphon brewer from KitchenAid comes with glass construction, so you don’t miss a single moment. Definitely a gift to be shared with friends at a dinner party.
$169.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Coffee Grinders & Roasters
When you buy coffee, you buy whole beans, right? Right?!
Well have you considered roasting your own beans too? Take your coffee nerdness up a notch, or give that perfect hipster gift in the form of a personal coffee bean roaster or manual grinder.
Motta 7540 Barista Kit Deluxe Set
Anyone in your family interested in making coffee a career? Professional baristas are in high demand these days, as the US coffee industry continues to grow. Producing a quality tasting coffee is both a craft and art these days. So it pays to have the right tools for the job.
This Barista Kit from Motta makes a great gift for any coffee professional. Motta is an Italian company and is well respected in the coffee and hospitality industry around the world. The kit contains,
- 2 – Europa Pitchers
- 1 – 17 oz floz
- 1 – 25.3 oz floz
- 1 – Thermometer
- 1 – Cocoa Duster
- 1 – 58mm Coffee Tamper
- 1 – Tasting Spoon
- 1 – Tamper Holder
The best gift is an investment in someone’s future and this Barista Kit Deluxe Set is a great place to start!
$289.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Nesco CR-1010-PRP Professional Coffee Bean Roaster, 800-Watt
The ultimate gift for the coffee fanatic on your gift list, the Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster can roast up to ⅓ pound of fresh greens. That’s about 36 cups of brewed coffee. With pre-set digital controls, the roasting process is automatic from start to finish.
For the novice coffee roaster, this is a great machine to begin roasting with. The settings are simple to follow, allowing a beginner roaster to experiment with different settings to find the perfect roast for their taste. The Nesco Coffee Bean Roaster will quickly turn any coffee fancy into a passionate hobby.
Don’t forget the green coffee beans! Order Nicaragua Arabica coffee beans as a stocking stuffer with your Nesco gift and let the roasting begin right out of the box.
$154.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Manual Coffee Grinder
Portable Coffee Bean Grinder with Adjustable Ceramic Burr – Aeropress, Espresso Compatible
This manual coffee grinder from Ice Coals is the perfect stocking stuffer. The coffee connoisseur in your family will love adding this manual grinder to their collection of coffee products. Made of stainless steel, it’s durable enough to take with you on a hike, a camping trip or weekend getaway. It also makes a great backup plan if the electricity ever goes off and you’re in need of a cup of quality brew.
With a simple design and easy-to-follow instructions, there are numerous grind options. So you’re not limited to one brewing choice. From French press to espresso, the Ice Coals manual grinder can do it all. It also comes with an attractive travel pouch.
$17.97 on Amazon *subject to change
Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill
Every coffee addict must own a proper coffee grinder. Remember, grinding your coffee beans just before brewing produces the best tasting coffee.
The Cuisinart DBM-8 Supreme is one of the best at this price range and more than meets the needs of the average coffee drinker. With 6 settings per grind type, you’re covered for multiple brewing methods, whether it’s automatic drip, espresso, or French press. The Cuisinart Supreme can be set from 4 to 18 cups of coffee beans, with a convenient sliding bar that ensures it grinds exactly the amount of coffee that you need. The chamber that holds your ground coffee has a large capacity, enough for 32 cups. Clean up is easy and all the removable parts can go directly into the dishwasher.
A handsome appliance, it will look great sitting on any kitchen counter.
$49.95 on Amazon *subject to change
So you have a coffee loving friend, and they’re VERY particular. So particular, in fact, that it’s too intimidating to even consider trying to buy them a pound of beans or a new stovetop percolator… so what do you do?
This Coffee Gift Guide has you covered. If they love coffee so much, they’ll love bathing in it, they’ll love having a forever hot cup, or they’ll at least appreciate the gesture of a unique thermos (even if they don’t use it).
Kona Coffee Soap
Handmade Soap For Coffee Lovers Made With Real Kona Coffee Beans
For the coffee geek who has everything, they probably don’t have coffee soap. But this is far from a gag gift, soap made with freshly ground coffee beans has a lot of therapeutic advantages. It’s also very popular. When we asked our fans what their favorite coffee novelty gift was, coffee soap was the most popular response.
The Soap Club makes all of their soaps by hand over a 4 to 6 week process and infuse organic only ingredients so that there are no chemicals or detergents touching your skin. I love that they are using Kona coffee for this soap. Kona coffee has a great coffee aroma and is the only American specialty coffee, so it makes this gift even more special.
$12.95 on Amazon *subject to change
Ecool USB Coffee Cup
Rechargeable Powered Coffee Warmer Automatic Stirring Brown
My coffee mug needs more power! This powered coffee mug will not only keep your coffee warm, but will automatically stir at the touch of a button. Powered by a rechargeable lithium battery when you’re on the go, you can also plug your coffee mug into any computer using the USB cable that comes with it.
This powered mug from Ecool makes my mug warmer feel a bit inadequate. A perfect gift for someone who loves gadgets, they will have a blast showing this one around the office.
$22.99 on Amazon *subject to change
Mango Spot Best Camera Lens Thermos
Stainless Steel Cup/ Mug for Coffee or Tea (Black with Transparent Lid)
Hey, that guy’s drinking coffee out of his camera lens! There are a variety of camera lens coffee mugs out there but we liked this one from Mango Spot because of the transparent lens. Modeled after a real DSLR lens, it can fool the most discerning eye. They even used the same font as Canon to complete the realism.
It holds 12 ounces of coffee and the stainless steel interior will keep it hot for several hours. The transparent lense also has an open/close sipping slot. It really is an awesome gift for the coffee loving photographer in your family or office.
$10.99 on Amazon *subject to change
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