Gifts for Coffee Snobs: 11 Gift Ideas to Suit All Budgets
Gifts for Coffee Snobs
Are you faced with the challenge of buying the ‘perfect’ gift for someone who really enjoys their coffee – a ‘coffee snob’?
What exactly are coffee snobs?
Dictionary.com defines a snob as:
a person who believes himself or herself an
expert or a connoisseur in a given field and is condescending toward or disdainful of those
who hold other opinions or have different tastes
regarding this field.
So, coffee snobs are people who take their coffee seriously. They consider themselves educated, passionate and informed about the ‘bean’ and their favorite beverage.
‘Coffee snobs’ are simply coffee lovers who know how good coffee can be when the beans are roasted to perfection, freshly ground and brewed in an optimum way.
They are not prepared to compromise on taste and they don’t like pre-ground, stale, burnt or sub-par coffee.
Like wine aficionados, they like to know where their coffee beans were sourced and how they were toasted. They also know that the way it is brewed will impact its taste.
Quick word of warning
It is important to be careful when using the term ‘coffee snob’.
While some are not offended by the term and will post ‘coffee snob memes’ on walls or at their desks proudly declaring their status, many other a negative term and hate it when they are called one.
What are perfect gifts for the coffee snob?
Gift buying for ‘coffee snobs’ should not be scary or hard, or take a long time.
All you have to do is avoid generic gifts and focus on items that are designed for true coffee lovers:
Why type of coffee maker do you buy ‘coffee snobs’?
The best coffee maker for ‘coffee snobs’ is definitely not your traditional drip filter coffee maker. Some prefer to brew their coffee using a pour over method.
They believe that this is the best way to unlock the true potential from your coffee as it immerses the grounds and results in the rapid yet robust extraction of flavor.
Effectively a way to make coffee without a coffee maker, most of affordable, easy to use and quick to clean. The downside is that with some models you need to continue to buy coffee microfilters.
Others, particularly in Europe (and increasingly in the US) believe that the only truly acceptable way to create a good coffee is a good quality espresso machine.
They are probably right, but these machines are more expensive to purchase and harder to clean.
What is better than a good book, than a beautiful and informative coffee table book about coffee?
Look for a publication that discusses where coffee is grown, its history, different methods of toasting and brewing.
Other important parts of the coffee brewing process
A true coffee aficionado loves to source fresh coffee beans and use a hand-crank coffee grinder to prepare them for the brewing process.
Try to find one with an adjustable grind selector, so they can grind to the coarseness that is best for the coffee brewing process they are using.
Or, take them right back to the beginning of the process. Buy them some green (untoasted) beans and a home coffee roaster so they can experiment with perfecting their own preferred blend.
The Cupping Experience
Like those who attend wine tastings, coffee lovers attend coffee tastings or cuppings where they observe and assess the tastes and aromas of brewed coffee.
To do so, they need a cupping bowl and spoon.
Our list of coffee snob gifts to consider
|Chemex 8-Cup Classic Series Glass Coffeemaker
Also available in 3, 6 & 10 cup size, with and without a handle.
Known as a pristine coffeemaker, Chemex employs all of the chemically correct methods for brewing.
Its hourglass shaped flask is made entirely of glass, a chemically inert material that does not absorb odors or chemical residues.
Selected by the Illinois Institute of Technology as one of the 100 best-designed products of modern times.
Over 2,200 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.6/5.
NB. Requires microfilters which need to be purchased separately.
|Pour Over Coffee Maker Set | 3-Cups (14oz/400ml) of Perfect Hand Drip Coffee
This kit is the easiest way to guarantee an exceptional, delicate taste every time.
#1 Amazon Best Seller in Coffee Makers category. Over 650 reviews with current rating of 4.7/5.
|AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker with zippered nylon tote bag with bonus 350 Micro Filters
A much-loved coffee maker among coffee fans because the total immersion of the grounds in the water results in rapid yet robust extraction of flavor
Small, light and convenient it easy to use and comes with a nylon tote bag for easy storage in a desk drawer or for travel and camping.
Over 1,340 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.7/5.
NB. Requires microfilters. Initial supply is included as part of this offer.
|Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature.
An Amazon 'Choice' item. Over 1,430 reviews with current rating of 4.3/5.
Books on Coffee
|The Curious Barista’s Guide to Coffee
The ultimate guide to the history, science, and community behind coffee. The book explores the origins of coffee, its journey around the world and cultural influence.
35 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.6/5.
|Real Fresh Coffee: How to Source, Roast, Grind and Brew Your Own Perfect Cup
This book is the ideal companion for those who want to understand more about how to source and brew quality coffee.
4 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 5/5.
Other Coffee Making Items
|JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder, Conical Burr Mill, Brushed Stainless Steel
Built-in adjustable grind selector with over 18 click settings ensures you have 100% precision control over the coarseness of your Pour Over, Drip, Chemex, Cold Brew, French Press, Percolator, AeroPress, Turkish, Espresso, Keurig K Cup, Herb, or Spice grind.
#1 Amazon Best Seller in Manual Coffee Grinders category. Over 3,500 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.5/5.
|Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster
If you know the person you are buying for likes to purchase and grind their own fresh beans, help them take it one step further.
This easy to use personal coffee bean toaster will allow them to buy green beans, toast them at home and then grind and brew.
An Amazon Choice Item. 39 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.3/5.
|ETHIOPIA YIRGACHEFFE Specialty-Grade Green Unroasted Coffee Beans
Should be bought with Nuvo Eco Ceramic Handy Coffee Bean Roaster.
Cupping Notes/Flavor: Juicy, Floral, and Fruity (Blueberry, Lemony). Very Clean and Bright.
124 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 4.4/5.
For Coffee Cuppings/Tastings
|Rhinowares Coffee Cupping Bowl Black
A serious gift for the serious coffee lover.
Coffee Cupping Is Vital When Purchasing Coffee Beans!
Coffee Cupping Bowls help the taster to focus on the flavor and aroma of the brew.
|Rhinowares Professional Stainless Steel Coffee Cupping Spoon
If they are cupping regularly then they will appreciate a good quality coffee cupping spoon.
This spoon is the perfect shape, balance and dimensions for coffee cupping.
2 reviews on Amazon with current rating of 5/5.
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