10 Last-minute Coffee Gifts for Christmas 2013
Last year, I wrote a list of 10 Great Coffee Gifts for Coffee Lovers. Well, a lot has changed since 2012. For one, I have done a lot more research. Secondly, I've had a lot more experience with some of the products on the previous list, as well as some new ones that I either a) overlooked the first time around or b) were new to the scene in this last year.
So without further ado, here are 10 great coffee gifts that you can get on Amazon.com…great for last minute, no-hassle shopping.
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10. Curva Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses
As soon as I was introduced to double-walled glasses, I wondered how I ever settled with drinking coffee from a plain-old-mug. These are funky, yet aesthetically pleasing at the same time. The simpler but more expensive Bodum Pavina's are the glasses that I believe inspired these.
The benefits? Keeps your drinks hotter/colder longer than a traditional mug. You can see all the beautiful layers of the coffee you drink. Your hand will not get too cold or burn when you hold the glass (nor will your drink's temperature be affected by your hand's temperature). Oh, and no more coasters necessary!
Downsides? These things are FRAGILE. I wouldn't buy these for someone who is clumsier than the average Joe. I also wouldn't buy these for someone who is dishwasher-dependent. While they are supposedly dishwasher safe, I've heard of some horror stories from those who have run these through the dishwasher. Hand wash as a precaution.
You can buy the 4-set of these glasses here.
There is also an espresso version of these glasses, which I own. They are awesome.
9. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee
Making it's second appearance on the annual gift list, this book is a true coffee table book for coffee lovers. Although those who don't live in the Bay Area or New York City may not be familiar with Blue Bottle Coffee, this is still a fantastically informative read. The photos are also a great supplement to the coffee how-to's and myriad baked goodie recipes.
To read more about this book you can check out my review on Amazon here.
8. Hario Cold Brew Pot
This is actually a coffee device that I don't own yet, but it's at the top of my list. Why? Because I actually like cold brew coffee a little bit more than hot coffee. Sure, maybe it's heinous for me to admit, but I think good cold brew coffee is oh so smooth.
The one downside to this cold brew coffee maker is that it doesn't make a whole lot of concentrate. The Toddy seems to make more.
Sure, the weather might not be quite right for it at the moment. But it will be warm again soon, don't worry.
You can check out the Hario Cold Brew pot on Amazon here.
7. Hario Hand Mill Burr Grinder
I know that some people (including at least a few of my readers) aren't quite convinced that burr grinders are actually any better than blade grinders. To that I say: test for yourself.
Only trouble with testing a burr grinder is that it will set you back a pretty penny. Welp, not with this manual hand grinder it won't. At under $30, this is one of the best value burr coffee grinders on the market.
It's the one I use everyday, and although it can be a big pain in the you-know-what when it comes to hand-grinding your coffee, it does a great job.
You can check out the Hario Slim Grinder on Amazon here.
6. Rancilio Rocky Doserless Coffee Grinder
Now, assuming your giftee is already well-acquainted with the benefits of burr grinders, I think the Rocky is the way to go. This is the grinder that is sitting at the top of my wish list, recently surpassing the Breville Smart Grinder.
I can't tell you much more considering I don't own it yet. But as an espresso lover, this is the home grinder I'd want for under $500.
You can check the Rocky out here.
The Chemex is very likely the most popular way to manually brew coffee in America. Frankly, I'm not sure if it's the taste of the coffee or the beauty of the Chemex coffeemaker itself. Probably a little bit of both.
In any case, if your giftee likes coffee but also likes beautiful objects that have second homes in the MOMA, the Chemex makes a great gift.
For the full review of the Chemex, go here.
4. Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug
There are a lot of disappointing travel mugs out there. They leak. They don't keep your drinks hot (or even warm). They are awkward to drink from.
Zojirushi may have made the first travel mug to bury all of these common issues.
Sure, it's a bit more expensive than your typical travel mug, but the 5-year warranty on the vacuum insulation insures that this is a great gift that your commuting giftee is sure to love.
To check out the reviews on Amazon, go here.
3. Tightvac Coffee Container
Coffee doesn't like air. Too much exposure to air will make your coffee stale, hence affecting the ultimate taste and aroma. So where should you store your coffee to avoid air exposure? In an airtight container of course!
Normally, I'd recommend the Airscape by Planetary Design. However, they don't have any containers that are eligible for Prime shipping…meaning it likely wouldn't arrive in time for Christmas.
I think the Tightvac is just as good though, if not better. It's also less expensive which is always a plus.
You can buy the Tightvac on Amazon here.
2. Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle
If you are looking for an awesome electric kettle, look no further. Seriously, I love this kettle and use it every single day. The fact that you can control your water temperature down to a tee sets this kettle apart from most. The swan neck is also great for a slower pour.
My favorite feature would have to be the temperature hold though. Simply press a button after setting your temperature, and it will keep the water at that temperature until you remove the kettle from the base. Nice and low maintenance.
I use this for all of my manual coffee and tea preparation.
You can check out my full review here.
Since this is TopRatedCoffeeMakers.com, I had to put a coffeemaker at the top of the list. The AeroPress is the winner.
It's inexpensive. USA made. BPA free. Easy and fun to use. And the coffee is some of the best you will ever make, especially if you like it strong.
I don't know what makes this coffeemaker work so magically, but it's an awesome gift for any big coffee fan on your gift list.
Feel free to read my review of the AeroPress here.
Questions? Comments? Please share below.
That wraps up this years list of great coffee gifts. I hope you find the information useful. If you have any questions or comments, please share below. It will help out other readers in their own research.