Thanksgiving should be a time where you stop and think about family, but my email and social media are bombarded by reminders of holiday shopping. And since I am known to be hard to buy for but people find buying gifts for a "coffee lover" to be easier than buying gifts for someone that is super meticulous otherwise, here are some helpful suggestions, most under $50 or $100.
For the person that likes to try many different coffees, try a curated coffee subscription service like Crema.Co. Crema.Co allows you to tailor the deliveries to your roast profile and flavor palette preferences, set the frequency of delivery, and even follows up with you for feedback to better tailor future deliveries. The website interface is super clean and easy to use whether you're not sure what you want, or you're gifting a subscription to someone else. 12 ounce bag pricing varies based on frequency and duration of subscription, but it's typically at or slightly lower than retail, so you're not paying a premium for this great service that will introduce you to new coffees and roasters that regularly rotate. They even have a gift option page here.
Brewing Devices or Kits
Manual brewing equipment is great because it's hands on, allowing the user to play Barista, and the equipment (provided they have a quality burr grinder) is relatively inexpensive, so it's easy to add new methods and accessories without spending a ton of money. Here is a list of some of my favorites under $100.
The Aeropress is such a fun, easy, and unique way to make good coffee. I love it's lightweight portability and ease of use when traveling and camping, and it really makes a coffee somewhere in between brewed and espresso that is very unique. It's also great because there are tons of different "recipes" and brew methods to keep the user occupied trying it iced, inverted, classic or otherwise. Just $33.90 on Amazon here.
If you follow along with the weekly #whatsCTpulling posts, detailing a little about what coffee I'm using that week and how it's treating me, you will know that my go to brewed coffee method is the Hario V60. There are some brewed methods, like an Immersion Brewer that can be a bit more forgiving, but in terms of pourover coffee, the V60 is a go to classic that provides the user a lot of control and ability to make wonderfully nuanced, transparent, sweet, and balanced coffee. This kit has everything you need to get started for just $19.50; brewer, filters, decanter/brewing container, and even a lid.
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What if the coffee lover in your life already has good coffee and all the brewing gear? Why not get them some coffee themed art or apparel? And as far as that goes, look no further than Department of Brewology. They have beautiful coffee themed prints, cool apparel and wares, and more.
A common run around of questions when we have guests over is, "what can I make you?" "what are the options?" "do you want an espresso drink or brewed coffee?" so on and so forth. This drives my wife nuts. Maybe the solution is to offer a menu of sorts. This poster breaks down pretty much all of the various espresso based beverages into functional art for your guests' decisions.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any other suggestions, feel free to share them in the comments section below! Happy Holidays!