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Gifts to Thrill and Delight Coffee Lovers

Even if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bonafide coffee snob lover! That’s because unmitigated devotion to coffee has reached epic proportions.

For these folks, nothing says “I care” more than a gift that affirms their love for truly great coffee. I can pretty much guarantee that any one of these coffee-related gifts will rack up some major love and respect in return. 

With Amazon Prime on our side, there’s still time to get those last-minute gifts before Christmas.

By way of full disclosure, I will admit to being a home roaster, which does earn me a certain level of coffee snobbery. I purchase green coffee beans directly from the La Minita Plantation in Costa Rica and roast those beans one pound at a time.

My original intention was to cut the high cost of good coffee by roasting it myself. In the process, I discovered the joys of properly roasted, gourmet-quality coffee. And getting the price down below $4.19 a pound including shipping (it varies depending on current conditions), appealed to my cheapskate self. Becoming a bona fide snob was inevitable.


A close up of a rockCoffee snobs grind their beans on demand, which being interpreted means never offer coffee grinds in a bag or can. While roasted coffee beans might not be the most flashy gift out there, your favorite snob will perk up at the sight of beans from a high-quality roaster like the following:  Black RifleDeath Wish Coffee, Kicking Horse or Koffee Kult Prices vary.

Travel Mug

Allowing a batch of brewed, fresh, hot coffee to go cold is simply heartbreaking. ImageThis Zojirushi Stainless Steel travel mug will bring a tear to the eye of a true coffee snob—tears of joy!

Zojirushi is gorgeous but also keeps coffee really hot for a long time. Seriously long. It comes in several colors and both 12- and 16-oz. size. Go for the 16-oz. option if you’re at all hesitating. About $30.



coffeeThis Zojirushi Premium Thermal 1-Liter Carafe is equally awesome, holding one full liter of brew. Keeps drinks hot and cold drinks cold. Thumb-button on handle easily opens spout for pouring.

This type of carafe is a coffee snob’s must-have so that a full, fresh pot of brew doesn’t sit there and “cook” for hours, giving it a terrible burnt taste.

Once brewed, simply pour the coffee into this carafe to keep it fresh and hot for hours! Lovely.

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Kalita Wave

coffeeThe snobbiest among us is likely a devoted “pour over” fan, a method of manually brewing coffee. If that defines your snob, this is the gift of choice. Without doubt. The Kalita Wave is now considered to be the best pour-over method available. The gizmo (it comes in stainless which I prefer, but also glass) just sits on top of the brewing vessel (works well with Chemex) and holds the coffee filter. Watch this short video to learn more (this process is truly a thing of beauty) then suggest that your recipient does, too, just in case you’ve happened on to something new and exciting for your coffee snob. 

Burr Grinder

We snobs insist on crushing our coffee beans, not cutting them with a steel blade. A burr grinder is a must because it gives consistent particle size for even extraction. Just accept it that a grinder with a blade should be saved for grinding spices. The OXO Brew Conical Burr Coffee Grinder
 is a great piece of machinery. Not only does it look spectacular, but it also works really well and is rated highly by coffee lovers of all levels of snobbery.


 Coffee Maker

Not all coffee lovers hold to the manual method of brewing. Those who use a machine are very particular. The Cuisinart 14-Cup Coffee Maker is about as good as it can possibly get for coffee makers under $100. 

First, it heats the water to the ideal and precise temperature. It uses a tiny shower head to create complete and even saturation for optimal extraction. All of these things are of supreme importance! This particular model comes with a glass carafe with a stainless steel handle.



As for my personal level of snobbery, I’m pretty much at the bottom of the scale. I still use cream in my coffee.


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5 replies
  1. Ann Wiess says:

    those mugs are so nice – did you know that they also can be used for tea? My Constant Comment stays nice and toasty while I shop at Costco. My husband Will got one, too – though he uses his for BOOZE!

  2. Barbara Jackson says:

    I have a Zojirushi travel mug, and I love it! I was so irritated that my coffee was cold after 4 or 5 hours in other travel mugs. Then I found this one, thanks to Mary in a prior post. Sometimes I take it with me when we will be gone for the day, knowing I will want hot coffee come afternoon. This mug does not disappoint. It is definitely worth the cost. Now I am looking at the burr grinder Mary is recommending. Hmmm.

  3. Will says:

    We love the Zojirushi mugs! You will never have a cold cup on the go again. Cream in your coffee and your roast, grind your own beans, Mary? Tisk tisk .

  4. Betty says:

    I couldn’t agree more if I was the inventor of this coffee travel mug. My husband tried everything, including plug in travel mugs to keep his coffee piping hot to no avail. He’s a plumber and on the road all day. I bought him the Zojirushi at Mary’s suggestion. I wrapped it up and gave it to my honey as a gift. He opened it and that look came over his face that said “here we go again”! One try and he was sold. I quickly purchased the pretty pink one for me. It keeps hot beverages hot and cold stays cold. We’re happy as can be and can testify that these make great gifts.

    • JAD says:

      So nice to see the positive reviews on the Zojirushi commuter mugs! Now, how about a review of the company’s coffee makers? Are any of the models worthy of a super brew, even with their quirks? I’d love to hear from those who own a coffeemaker. (Or perhaps Mary can put those coffeemakers to the test? )


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