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The Perfect Daily Grind Christmas Gift Guide 2017

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The decorations are up, the Christmas songs are playing in coffee shops, and some baristas are even pouring festive latte art. But if you’re struggling to buy presents for the coffee lovers in your life, have no fear: we’re here to help you out. Our gift guide caters for everyone from your second cousin’s great-aunt to your romantic partner (providing they drink coffee, that is). Let’s get started.

SEE ALSO: A VIDEO Guide to Making Festive Coffee Cocktails

chrismtas coffee Christmastime coffee. Credit: Prima Coffee Equipment

Coffee

Sometimes, keeping it simple really is the best option. But there’s more than one way to give coffee.

  • A Bag of Roasted Beans

There’s nothing better than spending Christmas morning sipping on a delicious brew with your loved ones. Whether you buy them a Christmas blend, their trusty favorite, or something new and exciting, you can’t go wrong with a bag of beans.

Price Range: Stocking filler

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The Joyeux, a blend of Kenyan, Brazilian, and Honduran beans. Credit: Populace Coffee

  • Chocolate & Coffee Pairing

It wouldn’t be the festive season without something sweet. Why not swap the cheap chocolate coins for some single origin chocolate combined (if you want!) with specialty coffee?

In the UK, the award-winning Cocoa Runners has a wide range of chocolate bars and gifts. In the US, Onyx Coffee Lab stocks fine chocolate bars from coffee-producing regions as part of their Terroir range. And, of course, you could always pop into a local chocolatier for something more personal.

Price Range: Stocking filler

  • Coffee Subscription

One bag of coffee not quite enough to show your loved ones how much you care? Try a subscription. Companies like Mistobox or Kaffebox offer gift packages ranging from one month to twelve months. Recipients can select the type of coffee they like to receive.

Price Range: From stocking filler to someone special

coffeeGreat coffee all year long.  Credit: MistoBox

Home Brewing Tools

Combine these with a bag of coffee or give them as they are – either way, your recipient will be happy.

  • The MeloDrip

This innovative tool sets out to alter how we think about agitation and cleanness. The Melodrip allows you greater control over your pour. In doing so, its creators say that it will keep out insolubles and give consumers a cleaner cup.

The team will launch their Kickstarter campaign in mid-December, so you might not be able to put it in a coffee-lover’s stocking. However, who wouldn’t appreciate a “voucher” for a brew tool that will transform their daily coffee?

Find out more about it in our video guide here.

Price Range: Unannounced (follow them on Facebook for their launch date)

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Coffee being brewed using the Melo Drip. Credit: Aaron Moxley

  • KRUVE Sifter

Want to improve your brewed coffee? Don’t overlook the importance of grind size. And it’s never been easier to manipulate this variable than with the KRUVE Sifter. This tool does for grind size and consistency what a scale does for brew ratio: first, you use two of their 15 sieves to create one of 105 grind size combinations. Second, you remove any fines or boulders to ensure consistency.

What’s more, with their Christmas sale, every Sifter set comes 46 liters’ worth of Third Wave Water. You’ll be drinking perfectly crafted coffee long after the holiday season has ended.

Price Range: Under the tree

kruve sifterSieves for the KRUVE Sifter can be bought individually or in sets. Credits: KRUVE Inc

  • Stagg Pour-Over Kettle

The Stagg Pour-Over Kettle demands your attention with its beautiful design, especially since it’s now optimizable with the new Stagg Wooden Handle and Lid (handcrafted in South Dakota by Artisans of Kingsbury). However, this is far more than just a pretty kettle. It has a built-in brew-range thermometer for the ultimate brewing control.

Price Range: Under the tree

fellow stagg kettleCoffee being brewed on a Chemex using the Stagg kettle. Credit: Cafe Red Beard

Barista Tools

But let’s say you’re not just buying for a coffee-lover. You’re buying for a barista. Don’t worry: there are still plenty of options available for you.

  • Push Tamper

Help your barista level up their tamper game with the PUSH Tamper. It’s adjustable and guarantees an incredible tamp for every user.

Price Range: Under the tree

push coffee tamperThe PUSH Tamper. Credit: Clockwork Espresso

  • Milk Jug

A barista’s latte art can only be as good as their milk jug, so a state-of-the-art pitcher can be a great way to make someone’s Christmas morning. We’ve got two options for you:

Barista Hustle Precision Milk Pitcher: This milk jug boasts precise spout and handle alignment, making perfectly symmetrical latte art much easier. Find out more about it in our article here.

JibbiJug: With 11 different milk jug designs, you can choose the weight, spout shape, and handle placement best suited to the latte art you (or your recipient) want to pour.

Price Range: Under the tree

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The Precision Milk Pitcher from Barista Hustle. Credit: Barista Hustle

Coffee Books

The holidays are the perfect time to sit down with a cup of coffee, a blanket, and a great book. So why not give someone one of these amazing coffee books? Whether they’re a barista, roaster, producer, or coffee aficionado, there’s something for everyone here.

  • The Coffee Dictionary, by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood

This beautifully illustrated book comes from the 2015 UK Barista Champion (not to mention owner of Colonna Coffee). It takes us through some of coffee’s both important terms, whether they’re related to brewing, production, or roasting. Read chapter one here.

Price Range: Under the tree

coffee bookThe Coffee Dictionary. Credit: Ryan Proctor

  • Craft Coffee: A Manual, by Jessica Easto

There’s nothing quite like home brewing for sheer satisfaction. This book will help brewers to finesse their technique and select the best equipment.

Price Range: Under the tree

coffee bookA manual for the home brewers. Credit: Craft Coffee: A Manual

  • Coffeeography, by Stephen Leighton

Every cup of delicious coffee was originally crafted by a hard-working, knowledgeable coffee producer – and they are the protagonists of this book. A must-read for coffee lovers.

Price Range: Under the tree

  • Modulating the Flavor Profile of Coffee: One Roaster’s Manifesto, by Rob Hoos

The roaster in your life is sure to thank you for this gift. No matter their roasting knowledge, Hoos’ manifesto is invaluable. Just check your recipient’s bookshelf first: they may already have this one.

Price Range: Under the tree

coffee bookA book for coffee roasters. Credit: The Roasting Shed

  • The Roaster’s Companion, by Scott Rao

Another must-have book for roasters, Rao shares wisdom gained from over 20 years of experience. Once again, check your recipient’s bookshelf first.

Price Range: Under the tree

  • The Professional Barista’s Handbook, by Scott Rao

Written by one of the most respected names in the industry, all baristas should have a copy of this book.

Price Range: Under the tree

scoffee bookThree of Scott Rao’s books, from brewing to roasting. Credit: Jonny Hicks

Courses & Sample Packs

You may have cringed when your high school teacher said it, but there truly is no better gift than more knowledge. Cupping, home brewing, latte art, roasting… there’s a course for everything your friends, family, and partners want to know. Check with local coffee shops to find out your options.

Price Range: From under the tree to a gift for someone special

latte artPouring latte art during a Brew Lab Coffee masterclass. Credit: Brew Lab Coffee

Art, Apparel, & Accessories

Leave them with memories of Christmas long after the decorations come down – give them a piece of artwork or clothing.

  • Frank Body Coffee Scrubs

When consuming coffee just isn’t enough… you can also use it as a body scrub! These vegan skincare products use ground coffee for exfoliation.

Price Range: Stocking filler

  • Department of Brewology Print, Mug, or Clothing

Department of Brewology is one of third wave coffee’s most loved brands, and rightly so. Their range of artwork, clothing, mugs, and pins is a stunning homage to coffee. For limited periods, they will also donate a percentage of the profits from a particular collection to specific foundations and charities – check their website for more details.

Here are some of our favorite collections:

Filter Coffee, Not People: This political collection celebrates immigrants and refugees, but can also be applied to any minority group and/or equality issue. What’s more, the design work is beautiful.

Bloom: Brewing methods entwined with bouquets of flowers: this artwork reminds us of the sensory lushness of a great coffee.

Barista Merit Badges: Perfect for those who want a little bit of coffee artwork but don’t own their apartment.

Price Range: From stocking filler to under the tree

coffee bookSome of Department of Brewology’s wide range of products. Credit: Department of Brewology

  • Jon Norquist’s Coffee on Canvas Series

Spilt coffee has never looked so good. A piece from Jon Norquist’s Coffee on Canvas series will allow your loved ones to display their passion for coffee to the world.

Price Range: For someone special

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Rich. Bold. Colombia Canvas. Credit: Jon Norquist

So there you have it: gifts for the coffee-lovers, baristas, and roasters in your life, whether you’re looking for a stocking filler or that special something. No matter what gift you get them, they’re bound to appreciate the effort you put into choosing a gift that speaks to their passion.

Written by Julio Guevara

Perfect Daily Grind

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