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Gift Guide for Coffee Lover

Was putting together a Christmas list and noticed alot of things were all coffee related. So why not post a gift guide as I know other Coffee Lovers out there that could benefit. Noted coffee aficionados may complain I’ve left out something, however, this list is not meant to be exhaustive, plus I probably left it off because I already own it.


1. Aeropress Coffee Maker – $36 + shipping from Eight Ounce Coffee

A coffee maker known for making such great coffee, that it now has a “World Championships” of who makes the best coffee using it as the brew method. Not only does it make great coffee, but it’s one of the cheapest coffee makers you’ll ever buy. It’s a great travel item for your coffee loving friend as well.


2. Porlex Mini Hand Grinder – $68 + shipping from Eight Ounce Coffee 

A portable hand grinder with burr blades that will have you grinding coffee as well as an expensive commercial grinder, albeit slower, but still an amazing feat. If you don’t have the money for an expensive Bartza but are looking to take your home brewing to the next level, then this grinder is perfect. Grinds great for Turkish to Pour Over. And since it’s so small it would be a great travel item and would pair great with the Aeropress.


3. Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Gooseneck Kettle – $90 from Transcend Coffee

This is an affordable variable temperature kettle that works great for pour over brewing methods like Chemex, Hario, Aeropress and other cone drippers. The gooseneck provides a slower and allows a much more precise pour than most other kettles, which is a key for successful pour-over brewing. This kettle boils fast – in only four minutes and has a 1 litre capacity which is enough for even large Chemex pour over brewers. With an LED display that is accurate to +/- 2F. If the price tag seems to large, get the standard non-variable version for $50


4. Espro Toroid Frothing Pitcher, 355ml – $34 from Green Beanery

This pitcher features a revolutionary patent pending Toroid flow system for steaming milk. Special features built in to the wall and base of the pitcher ensure complete control over the quality of milk microfoam.  Comes with an ergonomic handle for enhanced balance and control. Celebrated for its ability to produce exceptional latte art with ease.


5. Cupping Sets – starting at $22 from Eight Ounce Coffee

For those that are as into coffee as others, this may not make sense. But to a coffee aficionado these are basic tools for tasting, evaluating, and judging coffee. Simple tools at a great price that could help take you from coffee lover, to the next level. Also would be a great gift if your coffee lover has taken the step into home roasting.


6. 33 Cups of Coffee Journal – $4 ea or 3 for $10 from 33coffees.com

33 Coffees is a coffee journal that provides an easy way to quickly record coffee tasting notes in a small, convenient notebook format. It’s perfect for coffee novices and pros alike. Pairs great with a cupping set and would make a great stocking stuffer!


7. Professional Barista’s Handbook – $45 direct from author

Whether you are a cafe owner, a competitive barista, or an amateur enthusiast, The Professional Barista’s Handbook is the most important resource you can have to improve your coffee-making skills. The book explains the science behind espresso and drip coffee brewing, how to pour latte art, how to evaluate equipment, and every other important aspect of making great espresso, drip coffee, and tea. Also great is his book, Everything but Espresso, available from his site as well.


8. Colouring Book: R is for Rosetta – $12 direct from Blue Bottle Coffee

This one speaks for itself. I’m old and I think I’d enjoy colouring this still. :)


9. ACF Espresso and Cappuccino Cups – prices vary from BeCoffee.ca – note: it’s in Canada, but in Quebec so the site is in French

Nothing is worse than brewing a great cup of coffee, or pulling the perfect shot of espresso, only to put it in a terrible looking cup, or even worse, a cup that doesn’t retain the needed heat. Fix that problem by buying the best. These cups are manufactured in Italy and will keep that shot of espresso or that perfect latte at the perfect temp. Various colours, and sizes available.


10. Keep Cup – various colours and sizes starting from $12 from Eight Ounce Coffee

KeepCup is the world’s first barista standard reusable cup. These maybe the hottest gift item with near limitless customizations and colour combinations. Great environmentally friendly gift. Available in four sizes – XS 4oz, Small 8oz, Medium 12oz and Large 16oz. All but the largest size fit under the group heads of most espresso machines.