So you’re looking for that perfect gift to get that friend who just loves coffee. I, like most of the United States, live on coffee. I have spent countless dollars in the pursuit of coffee and I dream of coffee when I sleep. So, let me help you get the best gift you can for anyone else in your life who is as coffee crazed as I am.
Buy Local, Buy Better
To begin, I would like to say that a gift card to Starbucks is not a gift for a coffee lover. Although many of us frequent this great marketer of java, it is not the best place to get a cup of the brewed stuff. Not only does Starbucks often times make drink orders wrong, the company itself over-roasts it beans so that there is almost no way to get a “good” cup of coffee from them.
Therefore, if you are going to go down the route of gift coffee, do not — and I repeat, DO NOT — buy from Starbucks. Find a local roaster in your area and buy from them. (For me it’s Bucks County Roasters.) Before buying, look the company up online. This way you can see the reviews of the roaster before you make the leap into buying their coffee for your boss and friends.
If you are worried that you could buy a flavor of coffee that the giftee would not like, or that you wouldn’t know how to tell if a roaster is good or not, you can go with a gift that is on the personal brewing side.
The Aerobie 80R08 AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker is a great gift if you know the person you are buying it for likes to brew their own personal cup of coffee. This is a really interesting coffee/espresso maker; because the temperature is lower and the time it takes to brew is less, the acid level of the brewed coffee is less than conventional brewers. This also makes a much better cup of coffee than the Keurig.
Furthermore, I know people like to say “price does not matter” when it comes to a gift, but let’s face it, if we can spend less on a great gift, we’re going to. That’s what makes this one so great: you can find it on Amazon.com for just around $25.
Coming back to the idea of the Keurig, although I don’t like the cup of coffee most Keurigs make (it’s too watery for my taste), it is very convenient if you drink several cups of coffee during the day.
This is also a great gift if it is your turn to buy something for the office or the faculty lunch room because it serves many different groups of people at once. For example, in my house I love all things pumpkin and pumpkin spice whereas my husband does not. Thus, with a Keurig I can make myself pumpkin spice coffee and my husband can make Highlander Grog.
The other great thing about the Keurig is that it makes one cup at a time. I don’t know about you, but to me coffee that has been sitting all day on the warmer is like drinking acidic sludge that makes you want to cry a little.
If the Keurig is a little out of your price range, a French press could be a great fit. French presses range anywhere from $6 to $60 and they all work about the same way. You boil water, place coffee grounds in the cup, pour the water, and let it steep for about five minutes; it’s just that easy.
Another great little gift for a coffee lover is the Single Serving Stainless Steel Vietnamese Coffee Press/Filter, also known as a phin filter. This makes one cup of Vietnamese coffee for each go. This is a perfect gift because every coffee lover should have Vietnamese coffee sometime in their life. It is well worth it, and super easy to make. This is a fun little thing you can use with a few special guests over or to make with a close friend on a late Saturday morning in the fall.
Trust me, if you give any one of these gifts to your friends, family, or coworkers this year, they will not be disappointed — well, that is, if they love coffee after all.
Photo credits: Kenny Louie, rikomatic, rachelcaitlin, and kpwerker.