If you’re searching for the perfect gift for a coffee lover, coffee gear is a fantastic idea.
They will love it, there are very affordable options, and most of them can be easily ordered online.
However, if you are not a coffee drinker yourself, or not on their level then where do you start? Well here is our definitive list of gifts for coffee lovers. Anything on this list is a great option, high-quality, and coveted by most coffee lovers.
Types Of Coffee Lovers
Before we dig into it, it’s important to know what type of coffee lover you are buying for. Coffee lovers can be broadly divided into two categories: casual drinkers and hobbyist baristas. The casual coffee drinker enjoys a simple cup of coffee without delving into intricate brewing methods. In contrast, the hobbyist is passionate about coffee-making, investing time in mastering techniques and collecting specialized equipment. When it comes to gift buying, casual drinkers are easier to buy for, appreciating practical and convenient items, like quality beans or a stylish mug. For hobbyist baristas, it’s important to consider their specific tastes, preferred brewing methods, and existing gear collection before finalizing your gift choice.
Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers
We have compiled a list of the best gifts for coffee lovers, organized by price range. Whether you’re looking for options under $30, $50, $150, $500, or $1000 we’ve got you covered. So without further ado, let’s get into it!
Gifts For Coffee Lovers Under $30
A Bag of Specialty Coffee Beans
A simple, but thoughtful gift for a coffee lover is to buy them a bag of fresh coffee beans. This is one gift that is best not to buy from Amazon, but direct from a coffee roaster, to ensure the beans are fresh. In advance you will have to know two things about your friend; whether they grind their beans or use pre-ground, and what their preferred coffee maker is. From there, you can either pick up a bag of delicious coffee beans from your local coffee roaster (if there is one near you) or jump online. We recommend checking out Trade Coffee which stocks beans from the best US roasters and suggests excellent picks.
If you wanted to spoil them, you could buy them a bag of premium Kona Coffee. See our guide to the Best Kona Coffee for some top picks.
Coffee beans tend to be a cheaper but practical gift for coffee enthusiasts and will impress them at the same time!
Kinto FOG Coffee Mug
A nice coffee mug is one of our favorite coffee gifts to give and receive- you can never go wrong with adding another mug to the collection! With a plethora of options out there, we recommend opting for a stylish mug that will complement their aesthetic rather than a humorous or novelty mug. Our top pick is the Kinto FOG mug, renowned for its stunning appearance, timeless design, and comfortable drinking experience.
How to Make the Best Coffee at Home by James Hoffmann
A coffee book is an excellent gift that can serve as a gateway into the fascinating world of coffee. A coffee book can deepen a coffee lover’s appreciation for coffee, serve as a reference for different brewing techniques, and is simply beautiful to own. There are plenty of excellent coffee books available, however, our favorite one is: How To Make The Best Coffee At Home By James Hoffmann.
How to Make the Best Coffee at Home is the latest contribution from coffee guru James Hoffmann. It is his all-in-one guide on how to brew a good cup of coffee. This is a great book that is very readable, short, and packed with helpful tips for brewing better coffee over a wide range of brewing methods. Packed with bright, beautiful photos it doubles as a coffee table book. This is a wonderful gift for a coffee aficionado in your life.
Fellow Carter Move Mug
The Fellow Carter Move Mug is the ultimate travel mug, that not only looks stunning but works well. Featuring a leakproof lid, a splash guard to ward off spills, and a double-wall vacuum seal, this mug ensures that your coffee stays hot for hours. Its slim design fits in most car cup holders and pairs with the majority of drip brewers. With a range of sizes (8, 12, and 16 oz) and an extensive selection of colors, finding the perfect gift is effortless.
A coffee poster is another fun and affordable coffee gift for anyone who appreciates the art and culture of coffee. The coffee poster not only serves as a visually stunning piece of art but also doubles as a quick reference guide, highlighting the distinctions between different coffee drinks.
Third Wave Water
Any coffee enthusiast will tell you how important it is to use high-quality water in your brewing. Third wave water is a water treatment that increases the mineral contents in the water to get the best flavor out of your coffee. While this may not seem like an exciting coffee gift, any true coffee connoisseur will appreciate it.
Urnex Espresso Machine Cleaning Powder
While it may not be the most thrilling gift, Urnex Espresso Machine Cleaning Powder is a highly practical gift for a coffee aficionado. Widely recognized as the gold standard in the coffee industry, this specialized cleaning powder is designed specifically for maintaining espresso machines. It is formulated to remove coffee oils, residue, and mineral deposits that can accumulate over time and impact the flavor of espresso.
Gifts For Coffee Lovers Under $50
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Coffee Canister
A coffee storage container is a great coffee gift if your friend doesn’t already have one. The Fellow Atmos Canister is one of the best options available. This canister is available in different sizes and boasts a sleek, minimalist design that blends seamlessly into any kitchen decor. But its standout feature is the built-in vacuum pump, ensuring coffee stays fresh by removing excess air from the container.
Normcore WDT Distribution Tool
If you are looking for a gift for an espresso enthusiast, a WDT tool is a great idea. This is one of the latest trends among espresso lovers and entails using ultra-fine needles to stir the espresso puck, effectively breaking up any coffee clumps for a more balanced extraction. The Normcore WDT tool is a stylish option, offered in either black or white, and comes complete with a stand.
A coffee subscription is a great gift for coffee enthusiasts, as they always need more coffee. A coffee subscription typically spans a 3, 6, or 12-month period and delivers a curated selection of coffee each month. One bag per month usually strikes the ideal balance, offering a steady supply without overwhelming them. What makes this gift truly special is the opportunity for your friend to explore a variety of coffee from different roasters. Among the top choices in coffee subscriptions are Atlas Coffee Club and Trade Coffee Subscription, each offering a unique and diverse coffee experience. For an in-depth exploration, delve into our reviews of Atlas Coffee Club and Trade Coffee subscriptions.
Fellow Eddy Seaming Pitcher
The Fellow Eddy is a stunning milk pitcher designed for perfecting latte art. It features a unique fluted spout that creates a more precise pour and a fluted body that consistently spins the milk to create silky microfoam. Inside, convenient measurement markings eliminate the guesswork. If you’re searching for a thoughtful and stylish gift for an espresso lover, a latte art pitcher like the Fellow Eddy is an excellent choice.
The NanoFoamer is a compact and innovative milk frother that transforms ordinary milk into velvety microfoam. It is simple to use, affordable, and consistently delivers velvety, glossy microfoam, making it the ideal tool for creating stunning latte art. If your loved one doesn’t have a milk frother the Nanofoamer is a must-have addition to their toolkit, allowing them to indulge in the luxury of cafe-quality frothed milk.
This rather iconic and eclectic-looking coffee maker is perhaps one of the best gifts for coffee lovers. It has been around for several years now and has acquired something of a cult following. The reason is that it can make superb-tasting coffee, is remarkably enjoyable to use, and is additionally light and durable enough for travel or hiking. There really isn’t much not to love about the Aeropress. The other reason that this is quite a safe option is that it would be a great coffee gift for either the novice coffee brewer or the veteran.
Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker
The Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker is one of the best cold brew coffee makers on the market. It produces a smooth, rich cold brew concentrate that can be diluted with water, ice, or milk.
Brewing with the Oxo Cold Brew coffee maker is straightforward thanks to its clever design features. The rainmaker lid ensures even water distribution over the coffee grounds, while the automatic brew release switch activates when the coffee maker is placed atop the carafe. The affordable cold brew coffee maker is perfect for whipping up a batch of cold brew to get you through those hot summer months.
This elegant-looking piece of art is actually a pour-over coffee maker and is widely loved and used in the coffee world. It looks stunning, makes superb-tasting coffee, and is particularly well suited to making larger batches of coffee. If they love coffee you can be sure they will love the Chemex.
In fact, interestingly enough, this brewer is unique in that it is actually a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. A good conversation starter on any benchtop. But seriously, it does make fantastic-tasting coffee especially if your friend has dabbled into pour-over coffee or talks about single-origin beans. It is also handy that because it is one piece of blown glass it comes with both the coffee brewer and carafe/server in one. A solid gift for coffee lovers.
Gifts For Coffee Lovers Under $150
1Zpresso J Coffee Grinder
The 1Zpresso J is an affordable, yet premium hand grinder that is hugely popular. It has a superb build quality, excellent grind consistency, and is known to last. It has 48mm stainless steel burrs, 120-grind settings, and is a very fast hand grinder which as any user will tell you is an important consideration. The 1Zpresso J is mainly used for soft brews, but is capable of grinding fine enough for espresso. The 1Zpresso J hand grinder is a great gift for someone who enjoys manual brewing and doesn’t own a grinder or for someone who likes to travel.
The Ember Coffee Mug
What do you buy the friend who already has it all? Well, one safe option is this cutting-edge smart coffee cup. I can almost guarantee they won’t own it. This rather elegant-looking black coffee cup is probably the most advanced cup that you have heard of. Basically, the idea is that coffee lovers can be easily distracted and sometimes make a superb brew only to get distracted and come back to the disappointment of a cold cup of coffee. Well with the Ember Mug, no longer.
This techy cup allows the user to preset the temperature at whichever they would like their coffee kept so that they can even leave for a few hours and return to find their brew good to go! It allows you to choose your preferred temperature for drinking coffee and then keeps your coffee hot either for 1.5 hours if away from the charger or all day if on the charger. This is a perfect coffee gift for those who like hot coffee. However, be warned that while it is the most advanced coffee cup you have heard of, it may also be the most expensive. This bad boy isn’t cheap!
The Baratza Encore
This is a bit more of a pricey coffee gift that perhaps would better suit a spouse or partner situation rather than the common acquaintance. Basically, it is a burr coffee grinder that is of excellent quality for the price point. In fact, the Baratza Encore really is the go-to grinder in the specialty coffee world for manual brewing methods (basically everything but espresso; French Press Coffee, Aeropress, Pour Over, Moka Pot, etc.). It comes with high-quality burrs and is just a great wee grinder that your coffee-loving friend can appreciate and use.
This is certainly a premium gift on this list. We wouldn’t recommend this state-of-the-art coffee scale for your average coffee lover. But if you know someone who is seriously into specialty coffee and loves geeking out then this is a wonderful option. The Acaia Pearl is the gold standard when it comes to coffee scales.
A few of the basic features include a 20ms response time, Bluetooth connectivity, real-time flow rate indicator, an LED display, and just remarkable precision. This particular model is suited to manual brewing methods with a larger footprint and helpful weighing modes.
These Acaia scales are beautiful, the top of their field, and every coffee lover’s dream. However, if you aren’t a coffee lover, you will balk at paying this must for a coffee scale!
Gifts For Coffee Lovers Under $500
An espresso tamper is sometimes described as barista jewelry, which espresso enthusiasts collect, so you can never have too many. The Force Tamper is a new espresso tamper that generates most of the force required for tamping itself through a spring mechanism. The mechanism can be set to an adjustable pressure from 20-40lbs, you then do a light push downwards, and the base punches down, tamping the coffee effortlessly. The unique design means that it will produce a consistent and precise tamp every time, no matter who uses it. This espresso tamper looks amazing (did we mention it won the Red Dot Design award in 2017) and will make a beautiful addition to any espresso setup. The only downside is the eye-watering price tag.
Smeg Milk Frother
The Smeg milk frother is a stunning, albeit expensive, milk frother. It heats and steams milk for coffee-based drinks or hot chocolates quickly and seamlessly. It can froth up to 250ml or 8.5oz of milk at a time or heat up to 600ml or 20oz. It comes with seven different programs that can be selected from the dial on the front of the frother. The milk quality is faultless, and it is slightly ridiculous how much this milk frother can do.
We wouldn’t recommend this as a gift for all coffee lovers, but if you are looking to gift it to someone who loves decor and aesthetics and could use a milk frother, then look no further!
This imposing-looking machine is really the cream of the crop when it comes to drip coffee machines. It is the sort of one that can be used in a cafe setting and has solidly led the field for the last few decades. It is retro in design, has hardly any features, and makes a delicious brew.
The lack of features is a deliberate choice to focus on longevity and simply do one thing really well. The Moccamaster is very easy to use, will literally last a lifetime, and makes large batches of coffee for families, offices, or small social functions. For a long time, this has been our favorite drip coffee maker and we don’t see that changing any time soon.
If your friend or spouse loves drip coffee then do them a favor and buy them the Moccamaster.
The Next Gen Kit
This gift set really is any coffee lover’s dream come true. The Next Gen Kit includes the Fellow Ode Brew Grinder, the Fellow Stagg EKG kettle (the very kettle we own), the Stagg Pour Over Set, and some premium beans.
Again this is not a cheap coffee gift but instead a premium option. It is also a bit niche as it must be for someone who loves coffee and yet doesn’t presently own a burr grinder or a gooseneck kettle. This kit is really aimed at pour-over brewing for someone who wants to up their coffee game.
The grinder has a solid track record since it was released and is one of the grinders of choice for soft brews. The Fellow Stagg EKG is an absolute classic. It is an electric gooseneck kettle that has an LED screen, variable temperature control, a hold function, and a heap of other features. This is the kettle we own and use every day for pour-over, and really is the best in its field. And the Stagg Pour Over set is a stunning brewer.
So an excellent gift, but not cheap, and should only be purchased for someone who doesn’t already have their own quality burr grinder they use and love.
Gifts For Coffee Lovers Under $1000
Flair Espresso designed the iconic manual espresso maker. They are portable, beautiful, and can make an excellent shot of espresso. They have various models from the basic and cheap to the newly released and sought-after Flair 58. A manual espresso maker is not for everyone; it requires patience and a willingness to overcome a fairly steep learning curve. It is also more finicky than electric espresso machines.
However, if you have a coffee geek in your life then this is a great option. Flair is strongly trusted in the specialty coffee community and has only been improving its espresso machines in the last number of years.
In particular, we would recommend the Flair 58. The 58 refers to the 58mm portafilter which is commercial size and means you can now use all normal espresso accessories with the Flair. The Flair 58 has an electric component for the first time, leading to better temperature stability while not compromising the manual aspect of the machine.
This is the sort of coffee gift that makes me slightly envious just to write about—highly recommend it.
Breville Barista Pro
A Breville espresso machine is really the go-to espresso machine for most people who have fallen in love with good coffee. They aren’t niche or super-expensive like a Rocket or Lelit or La Marzocco, but they are packed full of high-end features, are affordable, and can make superb coffee.
The strength of the Breville Barista Pro is that it is an all-in-one espresso machine. It includes an inbuilt conical burr grinder as well as all the necessary accessories to make espresso. If you get one literally all you need to buy are beans and then you are away laughing. Some of the features of the Barista Pro include an astounding 3-second warm-up time, PID temperature control, pre-infusion, an LED screen, and programmable shot control. For those who are familiar with Breville, this model is the new and improved successor to the Barista Express.
In fact, this espresso machine even won the best new product at the 2019 Specialty Coffee Expo! This isn’t a cheap gift for a coffee lover, but it is one that will literally make their year. This espresso machine can make coffee shop-quality coffee with a little practice and can easily steam milk well enough to do latte art.
A great gift for coffee lovers.
Well, we hope this guide to gifts for coffee lovers has been informative in helping you find the right gift for that coffee-loving friend who is so hard to buy for! Any of these coffee gifts they will be sure to love!