Coffee Gift Guide 2015: Gifts for the Coffee Beginner

Coffee Gift Guide for the Coffee Beginner

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Looking for great coffee gift ideas?

In the past, I’ve put together several coffee gift guides, but this year I’m doing things a little bit differently.

I’ll be putting together coffee gift guides for all types of coffee lovers with all kinds of different needs.

In other words, this will be a mini series, and we’re starting with coffee beginners.

So if you are looking for coffee gifts for a complete beginner, the following list contains what I’d recommend.

Hario Skerton Hand Grinder

Hario Skerton

Hario makes some nice entry-level coffee grinders that are portable and grind way more consistently than the ubiquitous blade grinder. The Hario Skerton is one of the most popular options for those who are just getting started with brewing “craft coffee”.

I own the Hario Mini Mill, which is also a pretty good option. But I’ve heard the Skerton is a wee-bit better in terms of performance, so this is what I’d recommend for beginners.

The best things about this grinder:

  • Inexpensive
  • Portable
  • Good grind quality
  • Requires no electricity

And the downsides:

  • Grinding by hand is a pretty slow process
  • Not a very consistent grind for coarser settings

If your budget is a little bit bigger and you don’t want to grind by hand, keep reading.

Baratza Encore

Baratza Encore

The Baratza Encore is the electric grinder I recommend to anyone who is just getting started with coffee and isn’t interested in grinding by hand (I don’t blame you).

While it isn’t quite good enough for espresso, it is a fantastic option for pretty much every other brew method.

Great grind range and consistency, and fantastic customer service from Baratza.

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee



This was the book that really opened me up to the world of specialty coffee, and it’s a really great read. Written by the founder and owner of Blue Bottle Coffee, James Freeman, this is an incredible coffee resource for beginners and enthusiasts.

The photography and pastry recipes (by James’ wife, Caitlin) are the cherry-on-top.

A must-own coffee book in my opinion.

Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle


Unless you’ll be making your coffee with an auto drip coffee maker, the Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle is a great tool for making excellent pour-over coffee.

Not only can you control the exact temperature of your water, but there is also a built-in timer for keeping track of your brew times. Additionally, the gooseneck design allows for a slower, more controlled pour for more even coffee extraction.

You can read my full review of the kettle here.



The AeroPress is the perfect option for anybody who is looking to make one great-tasting cup of coffee at a time.

I find that coffee brewed in an AeroPress is frequently better-tasting than alternative brew methods, most-likely attributed to its shorter brew times.

You can read my full review of the AeroPress here.

Bonavita BV1900

Bonavita BV1900ts Review

It may seem like any other auto drip coffee maker, but it’s one of the few that I actually recommend because of how effectively it brews a cup of coffee.

This SCAA Certified coffee maker brews your coffee in the optimal temperature range of 195˚-205˚F, evenly distributes water over the ground coffee, and pre-saturates the coffee grounds to begin the brew cycle.

Most importantly for beginners, it’s incredibly easy to use. Just add water to the large reservoir, ground coffee to your filter, flip a switch and you’ll have great-tasting coffee in minutes.

To read my full review of the Bonavita BV1900 click here.



The Airscape is easily one of the best ways to store your whole bean coffee. It features an inner lid that literally pushes air out of the stainless steel canister it snugly fits in.

Additionally, there is an outer lid that has an airtight seal, one-way valve, and dark tint to minimize exposure from visible light (an enemy to freshness).

You can read my full review here.

Bodum Double Wall Glasses

Bodum Double Wall Glasses

I love these double-wall glass mugs because they look great and keep your coffee nice and hot.

They’re fragile though, so proceed with caution!

 Angels’ Cup

Coffee Subscription Reviews

Angels’ Cup is a coffee subscription service that sends a flight of specialty coffee with each delivery. Each of the 4 samples are in nondescript packages, so you get to try all of your coffee blindly and let your tastebuds guide you towards something you like.

This is the perfect option for discovering great coffee without wasting money on an entire bag of coffee that you don’t even like.

You can read my full review here.

You can sign up for Angels’ Cup here.

Have questions? Looking for more ideas?

If you have any questions about the items in this coffee gift guide, please feel free to leave a comment below. Or, if you have something that you think should be added to this list that is perfect for a coffee beginner, please feel free to share.

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