There are people who drink coffee everyday, then there are people who love coffee. These are the folks who nerd out about the newest way to brew coffee and measure out their beans on a scale. It's actually fairly easy to find great gifts for coffee lovers, because there are so many different gadgets involved in the coffee brewing process. The trick is finding something unique, a gift to impress the coffee lover in your life, no matter how seriously they might take their daily cup of coffee (or espresso, as the case may be. We don't discriminate here). For some people, the perfect coffee gift is a coffeemaker that'll look gorgeous on their counter. For others, it's a way to learn more about the nuances of different roasts and experiment with challenging brewing techniques.
No matter what the coffee aficionado in your life enjoys drinking, there's sure to be something on this list that'll make them smile, help them learn something new about their brew, and, most importantly, leave them fully caffeinated. These gifts for people who love coffee are all special in their own way—and they're definitely more exciting than a simple gift card to your local coffee joint. Besides, you're giving someone the gift of delicious coffee, and really, there's nothing sweeter than that.
If you're looking for a gift for someone who's new to the artisan coffee game, consider giving them an Aeropress. This coffeemaker can make both regular French press-style coffee and shots of espresso, so it's a great way to introduce someone to new brewing techniques besides a dorm room coffeemaker.
Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker, $29.95, amazon.com
The Coffee Nerd
If you're looking for a gift for the person who has all the coffee making equipment they'd ever need, consider getting them a book on the subject so they can up their caffeinated game. The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee is a book that's full of brewing techniques and tricks from the founders of the beloved San Francisco-based chain.
The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan, $24.99, bluebottlecoffee.com
The Adventurous Drinker
A subscription to Mistobox is a perfect gift for someone who wants to become more familiar with the nuances in different coffee roasts—and also never wants to leave their house for fresh coffee beans ever again. Mistobox will send 12-ounce bags of coffee from roasters around the country, customized to the recipient's flavor preferences.
Mistobox, $60 for three-month subscription, one.mistobox.com
The Wannabe Barista
It can be hard to master latte art, especially without the help of a professional espresso machine—but you can at least help the wannabe barista in your life make a reasonable cappuccino with this milk frother.
Bodum Chambord Milk Frother, $40, bodum.com
The Romantic European
The design of this old school Bialetti stovetop espressomaker hasn't changed much since it was first introduced in the 1950s, but it still makes a perfect shot of espresso, every time. It's an Amazon bestseller for a reason, and a must-have for anyone who takes espresso seriously.
Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker, $24, amazon.com
The Design-Conscious Coffee Drinker
Sometimes, the form of the object is just as important as the function, as this Danish-designed French press from Muuto demonstrates. The simply designed coffeemaker makes a liter of coffee in this stoneware clay pitcher that'll look gorgeous on anyone's counter.
Muuto Push Coffee Maker, $149, yliving.com
The Constant Traveler
This little device is both a travel mug that'll keep you coffee hot, as well as a French press. That means you can make your coffee while you're on the road, which is a perfect gift for a digital nomad or, really, anyone who loves French press coffee but doesn't always have time to make it in the morning before rushing off to work.
Bodum Travel Press, $20, bodum.com
The D.I.Y. Expert
What do you get the coffee aficionado who also lives in a farmhouse that's disconnected from the grid? A manual coffee grinder from MoMA, of course. This design is straight from the 1900s, made in northern Italy, and the machine reliably cranks out even coffee grounds that will make for a smooth cup of coffee.
Manual Coffee Grinder, $295, store.moma.org
The Cold Brew Addict
Some people enjoy drinking cold brew all year long, even when the weather gets frightful. Help them save money in the long run with this conveniently sized cold brewer that comes with a mesh filter built-in, so there's no need for messy nut milk bags or paper filters.
Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffee Pot, $27.46, amazon.com
The High-Tech Brewer
If you're buying a coffeemaker for someone who's willing to stand in line for the newest iPhone the day it comes out, consider getting them this smart 3-in-1 coffeemaker from Goat Story. Called GINA, this coffeemaker, which is still available on Kickstarter, has a scale that's integrated with an iPhone app, so you can make pour-over, immersion, or cold brewed coffee with digital precision.
Goat Story GINA, $175, kickstarter.com
The Drip Coffee Aficionado
The Technivorm Moccamaster is the Rolls-Royce of drip coffeemakers. Each machine is handmade in the Netherlands, and the copper heating element ensures the water stays within a stable temperature range—between 198° and 205°—for the best-tasting brew possible with minimal, if any, bitterness. The best part might be that it can make a cup in less than six minutes, making it the perfect gift for the coffee lover who doesn't have time to waste on bad coffee.
Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker with Glass Carafe, $309, surlatable.com