Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs
Do you know a coffee snob? Someone who is obsessed with coffee? Who loves going to new coffee shops, talks about the science behind coffee, and has strong opinions about every cup of coffee they drink? If so, here are some amazing gift recommendations for all of the coffee snobs in your life.
I feel like I can throw the term coffee snob around somewhat lightly because I live with one. My husband embodies all of the things I mentioned above – he is (mildly) obsessed with coffee, loves going to new coffee shops, finds the science behind different brew styles fascinating, and definitely has strong opinions about all things coffee.
As such, we have collected a number of items over the years that the average coffee drinker probably does not have lying around the house. They are things that only a true coffee fanatic would really use and appreciate.
Coffee is big business right now, though. The industry is huge, and I know that my husband is far from the only one of his kind out there. That’s why I decided to end this little coffee series with some unique gift recommendations for coffee snobs.
If you are just tuning in around here, don’t forget to check out the other posts in this series – 11 Fantastic Gifts for Coffee Lovers, Cheap Coffee Makers of Every Type, and High End Coffee Makers.
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Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs
A siphon brewer is something that would likely be up any coffee snobs avenue. A contraption that looks like something straight out of a chemistry lab, a siphon brewer is also known as a vacuum coffee maker.
Siphon brewing came out of Europe in the mid-1800s, making these machines way more traditional than they appear. A siphon brewer has two chambers and uses a combination of vapor pressure and gravity to brew coffee.
The HARIO Technica Three Cup Coffee Siphon is a great, moderately priced introduction to siphon brewing. For a more luxury option, check this post.
If you have been following this series at all, you will have already seen the Chemex listed in this post. A CHEMEX Pour-Over Glass Coffeemaker is a great gift option for a coffee snob.
While the Chemex is easy to use, there is a lot of science behind the process, and it takes awhile to truly develop good technique.
Chemex offers the purest flavor experience. So, it is a fantastic (and affordable) gift option for someone with discerning taste and an interest in brewing technique.
A coffee scale is a great idea for a coffee addict, especially someone who is interested in handmade coffees, like the Chemex listed above.
A scale allows one to measure both water and grinds. Advanced coffee recipes usually use a ratio of water to grinds, instead of basic measurements like number of scoops or grams.
The Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer offers measurements in 0.1 gram increments for the highest precision, as well as a drip timer for perfect bloom times.
Coffee Box or Subscription
Coffee samplers or subscriptions are always great gifts for coffee fanatics. It’s a great way for them to try new coffee beans and flavor profiles, and you don’t even have to know what kind of coffee maker they have or prefer. Whole beans are going to be welcomed by all coffee snobs.
Bean Box – World Coffee Tour offers 16 gourmet coffees from around the world. Bean Box generally selects coffees that are only available for a limited amount of time, or roasts that are found nowhere else. They also include suggestions on how to brew each different roast.
For a more affordable, yet still very highly rated option, go here.
An excellent coffee grinder is a must have for any coffee snob.
After much research a few years ago, my husband purchased the Capresso Infinity Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, and we have been really happy with it.
It offers slow grinding with commercial grade solid conical steel burrs for advanced precision and maximum flavor. With 16 different fineness settings, you can fine tune your grind to suit any style of coffee – from Turkish ultra fine to coarse. There is also a built in timer that can be set anywhere between 5 and 60 seconds.
A thermometer is a great, and cheap, idea for someone who wants to get super technical with their coffee drinks.
The CDN IRTL220 Proaccurate Insta Read Beverage and Frothing Thermometer allows you to make perfect frothy steamed drinks, as well as measure water temperature for things like pour over coffee. This particular thermometer has a temperature range of 60 to 220 degrees Fahrenheit, along with a super handy adjustable clip.
It makes a fantastic stocking stuffer!
An at home coffee roaster is the ultimate gift for coffee snobs. What could be better for a coffee aficionado than being able to roast their own beans?!
A couple of years ago, an acquaintance was moving out of the country and gifted a Behmor Coffee Roaster to my husband. While he doesn’t use it super frequently, he does love playing around with it now and again.
This machine can roast up to 1 lb of beans at a time and has 5 customizable roast profile settings. It features patent pending smoke suppression technology making it safe to use in the kitchen. The one drawback is that it is not intended for darker beans.
Hopefully, this list gives you some gift inspiration for the coffee snobs in your life who seem to already have everything coffee related. And if not, be sure to check out the other coffee posts I have for even more ideas.
- 11 Fantastic Gifts for Coffee Lovers
- Cheap Coffee Makers of Every Type
- High End Coffee Makers
- 6 Coffee Bar Essentials
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These are amazing gift ideas! I love the coffee grinder because I think they’re so unique. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much! And yes, a coffee grinder may not be the first thing one thinks of for a gift, but it’s perfect for a coffee lover!