Coffee Gift Guide 2018
Best Coffee Gifts of 2018
It's that time of year again!
Every year, I take a look at the best coffee gifts for your coffee-obsessed friends and family, so you can not only save time shopping, but also receive endless amounts of praise for your thoughtful gift(s).
This is my guide for the best coffee gifts of 2018, organized by your giftee's coffee personality and your budget. Of course, everything on this list is just my subjective opinion, but I still want to make sure most of our readers are satisfied with my picks.
So, if there is something on this list that you feel is a bad recommendation, please share your alternative recommendations in the comments section at the end of the post!
Please also that some of the items below contain affiliate links. This means that if you buy one of the items, at no additional cost to you, The Coffee Concierge will earn a commission on each sale. I only promote products that I have investigated and truly feel deliver value to you, regardless of the compensation we may receive. Please do not spend any money on these products without first conducting your own independent research.
Coffee Gifts Under $20
If you're operating on a limited budget, there are still plenty of great coffee-related gifts under $20. Here are my favorites (listed in no particular order) for 2018:
The World Atlas of Coffee
If there were only one book I could recommend about coffee, it would be The World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann.
The book is digestible for coffee novices, yet still informative enough for coffee enthusiasts and professionals alike. Hoffmann recently released the 2nd edition of the book, which you can learn more about here.
OXO Single Serve Pour Over Auto Drip
If you've been tempted to get into pour over coffee but aren't quite sure it's worth the extra hassle, the OXO Single Serve Pour Over Auto Drip might serve as a perfect compromise between auto and manual brewing methods.
With a built-in reservoir that sits above the cone dripper, water can be evenly dispersed at a constant flow rate, allowing for a more consistent extraction and brew time.
Many coffee fanatics are already familiar with the infamous Death Wish Coffee, which alleges to be the "World's Strongest Coffee", but this claim may be challenged by Biohazard Coffee, which contains a whopping 926mg of caffeine per 12oz cup of brewed coffee.
I also thought it tasted a whole lot better than Death Wish, so your caffeine-loving gift recipient will be especially pleased.
Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Auto Drip Coffeemaker
Anybody who has ever made coffee at home is already familiar with the classic Mr. Coffee auto drip coffeemaker. With a simple on-off switch and warming plate, there's really not much to it.
Yes, there's nothing fancy about the Mr. Coffee, but this 4-cup version will get the job done without the hassle.
Brew: Better Coffee at Home
Brian W. Jones is the dude behind the popular coffee website, Dear Coffee, I Love You. He released his first coffee book, Brew Better Coffee At Home not too long ago, and it's a great primer to (you guessed it) making coffee at home.
At the very least, it makes for a great coffee table book about...coffee!
Bean Envy Milk Frother
Milk frothing wands are excellent options for those aspiring home baristas who aren't quite ready to invest in 4-figure espresso machines for their homemade cappuccinos.
There aren't a ton of differences between those that are currently on the market, but the Bean Envy should do the trick for your milk frothing needs.
The SlickDrip is a clever silicone pour-over cone that is great for travel. It's collapsible to less than 1 inch of thickness, and made from an FDA-approved silicone.
Great for those who live in small spaces and/or live a nomadic lifestyle!
Serafino Double Wall Mugs
These double-wall glass mugs are great for keeping your coffee well-insulated. They also look great!
Just make sure you don't gift them to the clumsy type, these are very fragile mugs.
Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer
While a mug warmer isn't going keep your coffee piping hot, it definitely can help with maintaining enough heat to keep your coffee at an enjoyably drinkable temperature.
Mr. Coffee makes one of the more dependable ones on the market. This is an excellent gift for someone who sits at a desk and likes to drink their coffee slowly, from a mug.
Coffee Hacks eBook
You didn't think I'd leave my own book off of this list, did you?
I wrote Coffee Hacks to help those who struggle to make great coffee from the comfort of their own home. More specifically, Coffee Hacks provides a step-by-step process for how to troubleshoot the brew process after a poorly-brewed cup (or pot) of coffee.
Yeah, it's an eBook...so probably better to give as a gift for yourself. Ya know, since you can't really wrap it and all.
Funny Coffee Gifts
Obviously, I might not have the same sense of humor as you, but I thought these were some of the funnier little coffee gifts I've stumbled upon recently.
Nevermind, I have to poop mug
I'd say this is a pretty relatable mug for most of us coffee-drinkers.
For the millennial coffee drinker in your life, this sweatshirt should be well-received.
Don't cha mug
If you're familiar with the smash 00's hit by the Pussycat Dolls, you'll understand the humor in this mug. If not, sorry for wasting your time.
I'm not addicted wall art
This is one of many coffee memes from this etsy store that makes wall art for coffee lovers.
Addicted to pot mug
Does this offend you? Maybe you're drinking too much pot.
Gifts for a Coffee Snob
Last year, I did an entire post on my 10 favorite gifts for coffee snobs, and I'm back with updates for 2018 below!
Yes, there were a few items on my list that made the return from last year, but that's only because they are just that good for a coffee snob. Here's my list, in no particular order:
We ran a giveaway for Sudden Coffee earlier this year because we love it so much. This is instant Speciality Coffee, freeze dried single-origin coffee pre-brewed by experts.
This is definitely not your grandmother's instant coffee.
Kruve Coffee Sifter
The Kruve coffee sifter makes a great gift for a coffee snob because it allows them to refine their grind even further than their $1000 burr coffee grinder ever could.
The irony is that the Kruve is also great for those coffee snobs who can't afford an expensive burr grinder, since it helps you filter out fines and boulders without worrying about your grinder's consistency so much.
Flair Signature Espresso Maker
In the last couple of year, the Flair espresso maker has already become a staple amongst home espresso enthusiasts. Its portability, along with its affordability makes it a popular option, but the main draw is the high-quality espresso you can get out of it.
The latest version, the Signature Pro, includes a built-in pressure gauge that your coffee snob will truly appreciate.
Fellow Stagg EKG Variable Temperature Kettle
This is just about as sexy and modern as a kettle can get. The Fellow Stagg EKG Variable Temperature Kettle has a unique Z-shaped spout for an even more controlled pour. The black matte finish, ergonomic handle, and clean temperature-selection interface make this an especially great option for your pour-over-obsessed coffee snob.
Espro Travel Coffee Press
For the coffee snob who is frequently traveling, the Espro Travel Coffee Press doubles as a coffee maker and a travel mug. Simply add ground coffee to the permanent filter pod, followed by hot water to the travel mug (or vice versa), then press!
Lido E-T Hand Grinder
The hand grinder company with a cult-like following has made it onto our list again this year, this time with the E-T model!
The Lido E-T is designed specifically for espresso-level grinds, making it the perfect companion to the Flair for portable, affordable, and high-quality espresso for under $500. Pretty much unheard of!
Bean Box World Coffee Tour
Bean Box, a Seattle-based coffee subscription service that we've previously reviewed, now offers a World Coffee Tour gift box, which includes 16 coffee whole bean coffee samples of varying roasts and regions.
The gift box also comes with some delicious little chocolates that go great with the coffee that's included.
Third Wave Water
Third Wave Water is a mineral solution for producing water that's ideal for brewing coffee. Since brewed coffee is mostly water, it's important that the water you brew with has the right balance of minerals.
Third Wave Water takes out the guesswork, giving you perfectly formulated water every single time. Simply add the powdered formula to a gallon of distilled water, shake, and you're ready to brew.
The Melodrip is one of the hottest new coffee brewing tools from 2018. It's kind of like the Kruve, but instead of focusing on refining your grind, it focuses on refining your pour during a pour-over.
The Melodrip is a small tray that distributes your pour gently, and evenly across the bed of coffee. It allegedly contributes to a cleaner extraction, but I still haven't had the chance to try it.
Still, if there's one tool your coffee snob still hasn't gotten her hands on, this is likely it.
Acaia Pearl Scale
The Acaia Pearl is still the top-choice coffee-brewing scale amongst snobs and professionals alike. It connects via bluetooth to an app on your smartphone that guides you, the barista, towards a consistent pouring pattern.
This scale makes for a great companion to the EKG Kettle.
The Budding Home Barista
For the Starbucks-addicted coffee lover who keeps saying they're gonna start making lattes at home to help curb their daily habit, here are some gift ideas to help get them started:
OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
Almost any coffee professional will tell you that the most important tool in your coffee-brewing arsenal is the grinder, and this is especially true for espresso-based drinks.
The OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder is one of the more affordable burr coffee grinders out there at the moment, and it offers pretty good range and consistency for the price.
Ninja Coffee Bar
You've probably seen the infomercials for the Ninja Coffee Bar, and it makes some big time promises.
The Ninja Coffee Bar can make anything from latte to iced coffee, making it one of the most versatile coffee makers on the market to-date.
Although you should not expect top-quality coffee drinks from the Ninja, the convenience makes up for its shortcomings.
Breville Smart Grinder Pro
I've now been using my Breville Smart Grinder Pro for 3 years, and it has been great for making espresso-based drinks at home.
With a clean interface, 60 grind settings, and a timed doser, this is an excellent mid-tier option for the home barista who has graduated from pressurized filter baskets.
Milk Frothing Pitcher with Built-in Thermometer
If your budding barista wants to make lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos, or any other espresso-based drink, they'll need a frothing pitcher to accompany their shiny new espresso machine.
I like this one because it has a built-in thermometer to help take out the guesswork when steaming the milk.