An estimated 49 percent of U.S. adults report drinking coffee on a daily basis, according to September 2016 research in The Journal of Nutrition. So, there's a good chance that someone in your life is a coffee lover.
While some are casual coffee drinkers, others are self-proclaimed bonafide javaphiles. If a friend or family member self-identifies as a coffee snob, they're a great candidate for any of these coffee-related gifts.
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How We Chose
There's no shortage of coffee products on the market. To narrow down the sea of options, we waded through hundreds of contenders. Ultimately, we made our selections based on extensive research as well as personal testing and knowledge.
Coffee gifts can range dramatically in price, so we included picks at a variety of price points. We included options for budgets between $20 and $200, making sure that each gift is available at multiple retailers for accessibility.
In making our final selections, we also considered customer ratings and reviews, materials, size and aesthetics.
1. Best Espresso Machine: De'Longhi 15 Bar Pump Espresso Machine
Espresso naturally contains the most caffeine of any type of coffee, so it's not for the faint of heart (but it's likely an easy choice for your caffeine-dependent loved ones). A single ounce of espresso contains 64 milligrams of caffeine while an ounce of regular brewed coffee contains just 12 milligrams, according to the Mayo Clinic. That's sure to get their energy levels up.
Making espresso is much more complicated than your typical drip coffee; some even say it's an art. This De'Longhi can make a variety of espresso-based coffee drinks, such as lattes, cappuccinos or just plain espresso shots. It uses a professional amount of pressure every time (which is key to a perfect espresso) and comes equipped with a milk frother attachment to make a creamy froth.
2. Best Pour-Over: Bodum 8-Cup Pour-Over Coffee Maker
Filtered coffee is considered one of the healthiest types of coffee, according to Harvard Health Publishing. One way to make it is with the pour-over method. You'll need a pour-over coffee maker, and Bodum's is considered one of the best. It also makes for a budget-friendly gift.
The Bodum pour-over coffee maker is made from durable glass that can withstand hot water temperatures. Instead of paper filters, which can be unsustainable and costly over time, it uses a permanent stainless steel filter. This also helps extract the most flavor, which can sometimes be absorbed into paper filters.
3. Best Top Grinder: Cuisinart Automatic Grind & Brew 10-Cup Coffeemaker
Any coffee enthusiast knows that the best cup of coffee is made from freshly ground coffee beans, preferably those that are stored in an airtight container. This Cuisinart coffee maker is an upgrade from a regular model as it can grind and brew coffee all in one go. The automatic coffee grinder is housed at the top of the machine and eliminates the need for a separate manual or electric grinder.
Choose between 10- and 12-cup capacities. Both feature a thermal or glass carafe, auto-off feature and permanent filter.
4. Best Cold Brew: Ovalware Cold Brew Coffee Maker
Cold brew coffee is exactly what it sounds like — coffee brewed with cold water instead of hot water. However, this method requires more time. Like tea, cold brew coffee needs to steep to extract the most flavor. This is what makes cold brew different from iced coffee, which is simply hot coffee served over ice or chilled until cold.
This cold brew coffee maker by Ovalware is perfect for your friends and family who can't go a day without a cold caffeinated beverage. It comes in 1- and 1.5-liter capacities, which make about 4 or 6 cups per batch, respectively. Cold brew needs about 12 to 24 hours to get to the right concentration level you prefer, so place it in your fridge overnight. Once the cold brew is ready, the airtight seal makes it safe to store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Beans, Grounds and Drinks
5. Best Grounds: Grounds & Hounds Three Blend Starter Kit
There's no better gift for coffee lovers than actual coffee. Considering coffee enthusiasts like to try new blends, they'll love this variety pack from Grounds & Hounds. It features three 6-ounce bags of their most popular coffees — a breakfast blend, medium roast and dark roast.
If the coffee lover in your life is a fan of festive flavors, try the medium roast Caramel Swirl. It has notes of vanilla and graham cracker — and brewing a cup will make their entire kitchen smell like comforting caramel.
All of Grounds & Hounds coffees are organic, globally sourced and made from 100 percent Arabica beans (aka the best of the best). The real selling point though is that "every cup helps a pup:" A portion of sales is donated to animal rescue initiatives.
6. Best Whole Beans: Atlas Coffee Club World of Coffee Sampler
Coffee beans are sourced from around the world, so your morning cup of Joe could support communities all over. That's the case with Atlas Coffee Club, a subscription service that connects coffee lovers with a coffee tour around the globe.
You can give your coffee-loving friend a subscription to Atlas Coffee Club or purchase their World of Coffee Sampler, which consists of eight 1.8-ounce bags of coffee beans (or grounds if you choose) sourced from a variety of countries.
7. Best Instant Latte: Clevr Blends Coffee SuperLatte
Oat milk lattes are everywhere, and it's easy to see why. This non-dairy milk substitute is thick, creamy and rich — a latte lover's dream. Pair it with instant coffee made from Arabica beans, adaptogens, mushrooms and probiotics, and you've got a SuperLatte by none other than Clevr Blends.
This plant-based latte is super easy to make: Just mix with hot water and stir or froth for 10 seconds. Like Grounds & Hounds, each cup gives back. Clevr Blends donates 1 percent of its revenue to organizations that fight for food justice.
8. Best Canned: Lavazza Classic Cold Brew
Coffee on the go? Yes, please! Lavazza is a well-known and respectable brand of coffee, and their canned cold brew makes it quick and easy to get your daily dose of caffeine. This 12-pack of canned coffee is the perfect gift that everyone will want to steal.
For large groups of coffee lovers, split up the pack for fun java-themed stocking stuffers.
9. Best Milk Frother: Nespresso Aeroccino 3 Frother
The most satisfying part of playing barista at home is frothing the milk. This milk frother is considered the best of the best. It's a pricier pick than other options, especially the handheld models, but it's a gift that will wow the recipient. It's equipped to handle both dairy-based and non-dairy milks and can tolerate hot and cold liquids.
You'll be surprised how easy this milk frother is to use and clean. It operates with the touch of one button and shuts off automatically when the milk has reached the perfect creamy consistency.
10. Best Scale: Hario V60 Drip Scale
Using a food scale is the most accurate way to follow a recipe, especially when it comes to baked goods. But, these nifty tools aren't just for baking and cooking. They're handy for getting the perfect pour-over coffee every time.
If you're giving a pour-over coffee maker this year, complete the set with this Hario coffee scale. It measures in 0.1-gram increments, making it extremely precise.
11. Best Kettle: Fellow Stagg EKG Matte Black Electric Pour-Over Tea Kettle
Pour-over maker? Check. Precise scale? Check. All that's left is a gooseneck kettle, which is needed for pouring hot coffee over the grounds in a circular motion. This one has a minimal but effective design and comes in a variety of neutral colors, so it's a gift that's not only functional but also pleasing to the eye. This is a kettle you'll want to leave on your stovetop 24/7, though it also comes in an electric version.
Made from stainless steel, this durable kettle is designed to withstand high temperatures. But you don't want boiling-hot water for pour-over coffee — fortunately, it has a built-in thermometer so you can get the right temperature with each brew.
12. Best Portable Grinder: VSSL JAVA Manual Coffee Grinder
Every coffee-loving household needs a coffee grinder. If you have a full-size electric grinder or a built-in grinder on your coffee maker, there's still one thing missing — a portable, travel-friendly coffee grinder.
Measuring just 2 x 2 x 6 inches, this model by VSSL is thoughtfully designed to fit in your backpack or luggage. It's a bit of a splurge, but it's several steps above your typical stainless steel grinder. Made from aircraft-grade aluminum, this grinder is built to last. It also uses gold standard burr grinders with 50 different settings, so though it's small, it's mighty.
13. Best Candle: Grounds & Hounds Campfire Coffee Candle
Brewing a cup of joe can be ritualistic, but drinking coffee too late in the day can lead to some unpleasant side effects, like poor sleep and more cravings. So when you can't enjoy a cup but still want the comfort of one, try lighting this candle instead.
This soy candle has a 50-hour burn time and smells just like freshly brewed vanilla coffee with undertones of smoke and cedar — the (second) best mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Grounds & Hounds ($35.99)
14. Best Smart Mug: Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug 2
At some point, every coffee drinker runs into the age-old problem of a cuppa that's gone cold. The Ember Mug has smart features that eradicate cold coffee once and for all. It maintains your coffee at your ideal temperature between 120 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Smart LED lights indicate that your coffee has reached your chosen temperature and will maintain it for up to 80 minutes with a rechargeable battery.
What's more, you can control the temperature of your coffee with the smart app.
15. Best Travel Mug: Contigo West Loop Stainless Steel Travel Mug
The best gifts solve problems. This one — a travel mug from Contigo — solves a few. It's vacuum-insulated, so no more cold coffee halfway through your commute. In fact, hot coffee will stay hot for up to 7 hours and iced coffee will stay cold for up to 18 hours. It has an auto-seal lid, eliminating leaks and spills. The lid also opens completely when you want it to for easy cleaning. When you don't want it to open, it locks for security yet opens with the push of a button.
16. Best Mug: Le Creuset Stoneware Mug
Le Creuset is far from a budget-friendly brand, but that doesn't mean you can't find budget-friendly gifts from high-end brands. This mug is made from Le Creuset's signature premium stoneware, which ensures even heat distribution. Stoneware helps retain heat, so your coffee is likely to stay warmer for longer.
Each mug has a large capacity of 14 ounces. It feels dense in the hand and looks even better in your kitchen.