Even if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bona fide coffee snob. That’s because unmitigated devotion to coffee has reached epic proportions in the past few years.
For these folks, nothing says “I care” more than a gift that affirms said snobbery and 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.
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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.
Coffee 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 Black Rifle, Death Wish Coffee, Kicking Horse or Koffee Kult. Prices vary but run about $15 – $25 per pound.
Allowing a batch of brewed, fresh, hot coffee to go cold is simply heartbreaking. This Zojirushi Stainless Steel travel mug will bring a tear to the eye of a true coffee snob.
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.
This 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. About $30.
The 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 onto something new and exciting for your coffee snob. About $25.
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. About $100.
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 that has a stainless steel handle. About $70.
As for my personal level of snobbery, I’m pretty much at the bottom of the scale. I still use cream in my coffee.