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You know I love me some coffee. I can’t be the only one. You must know a friend or family member who also loves the beanz. Since the holidays are coming up, I’ve compiled a list of items to simplify your shopping list.
I’m, by no means, a coffee expert, but I do know what makes good coffee – at my budget. Ie. I ain’t rich, son.
Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers
Coffee maker – How did I not watch America’s Test Kitchen all these years? (Oh yeah, I didn’t own a DVR.) What a fun show. There were two coffee makers that were highly rated by the cast – the Bonavita 8-cup Thermal Coffeemaker and the Technivorn Moccamaster 10-cup Coffeemaker. I am not made of money so I own the Bonavita.
Coffee makers are not all the same. That $20 machine is not going to brew or keep your coffee warm enough. If you’re getting a drip coffee maker, the water doesn’t get hot enough before it starts to shower into the beans.
I also found a few refurbished machines that are workhorses. (Don’t poo poo the refurbs! Sometimes they’re great deals! See: Vitamix and Blendtec refurbs!) The Capresso Coffee a la Carte is like a Keurig but also lets you make a pot a coffee. Then there’s the Nespresso, which (at time of writing) is cheaper at 1stincoffee (affiliate link) than Amazon.
Coffee grinder – To make good coffee, you need a fresh ground beans. So why not ground your own every morning? The least expensive grinder is the blade grinder. These machines run around $20 and they work fine. Both the Mira and the Kitchenaid grinders have great reviews.
But if you want super consistent beans ground up and more control on how ground up you need the beans (coffee, espresso), you should get a Burr grinder. They run a bit more expensive and some coffee freaks (bigger than me) prefer a manual grinder. Alas, we want coffee NOW, not tomorrow, so I’m only listing electric grinders like the Oxo and the Capresso.
Manual-ish Coffee Makers – I’m also a fan of “manual”/non-electric/gravity coffee makers like the french press. I’m eyeing the Aeropress for myself because the filters are a lot tighter and catch the silt from ground coffee beans.
There are also pour over cups (that require its own kettle) and Chemex coffee makers, but no. Let’s not venture into that. I’m a now a mother of a toddler, and I’m pretty sure you are a working professional who needs to get their coffee and run to the office. Let the pros make those for you at specialty coffee shops.
Coffeebeans – There are so many roasters and coffee companies out there. There are two things I want to point out: 1. I don’t recommend flavored beans. They’re usually the reject beans. and 2. Dark Roast doesn’t mean most caffeinated. (It’s the opposite.)
I’m a fan cold brew and there are many companies selling theirs too. (In no particular order…)
- Kohana (woman-owned!)
- Secret Squirrel
- High Brew
- Mama’s (woman-owned!)
- Dirty Bird (woman-owned!)
- N.O. Brew
Then there are the fun stuff like mugs, tees and related products… ready?
- Coffee & Hustle – by Grey Thistle Studio
- Coffee Is My Soulmate – by Fierce Mama Tees
- Coffee and Books – by Monday Girl Apparel
- I Can’t Adult Today – by The Tiny One
- For Fox Sake – by The Love Mugs
- I’m Not Always a B… – by Wildly Inappropriate
- Meh – by Butterfly Paper Goods
It’s winter time, and even in LA, the temperature can hit 30-F at night. How about a nice snugly blanket to pair with that mug?
- Northpoint Cashmere reversible blanket
- Northpoint Ruya Oversized chevron blanket
- Martex Super Fleece blanket
But no matter what, death before decaf.
Thanks for reading!
What will you get for your coffee lover?
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