The Best Gifts for Coffee Snobs

Anyone who is passionate and knowledgeable about any topic can be intimidating to buy for. This guide will help you navigate the pitfalls of buying for a self-described coffee snob. These products are of the highest quality and come recommended, not only by us, but by other coffee experts as well. Organized by budget, you will find a variety of gifts that you can be proud to present to the coffee snob in your life!

Price range: $1000+

Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • The Breville Dual Boiler with commercial features delivers third wave specialty coffee at home using the 4 keys formula; It has a professional Dual Boiler construction that delivers unparalleled temperature control and simultaneous extraction and steaming
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Achieve a consistent and balanced espresso using the right amount of ground coffee; The 58mm porta-filter with 19-22 grams is the key for full flavor and third wave specialty coffee
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: The Over Pressure Valve limits the maximum pump pressure throughout extraction, helping prevent bitter flavors; Low pressure pre infusion gradually increases water pressure to gently expand grinds for an even extraction
  • PRECISE ESPRESSO EXTRACTION: Dual stainless steel boilers and heated group head controlled by digital temperature control (PID) brings water to precisely the right temperature (+/- 2⁰F) to extract maximum flavor potential every time
  • MANUAL MICROFOAM MILK TEXTURING: The steam wand performance allows you to hand texture microfoam milk of commercial machines that enhances flavor and is essential for creation of latte art

If you’re working with a sizeable budget and your coffee lover doesn’t already have a home espresso machine, this is a wonderful gift. The dual boiler makes it much easier to produce espresso based drinks with milk. It’s recommended by well-known coffee experts James Hoffmann and The Coffee Chronicler amongst others. Note that the brand name Breville is used in the US, and in Europe it’s known as Sage. This is great for someone who is really into the mechanics of coffee and learning more about it – a true hobbyist barista. If they aren’t that serious about the craft itself, but want excellent espresso, see the cheaper Bambino model below.

Price range: $500+

Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine

Breville BES500BSS Bambino Plus Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • The Breville Bambino Plus delivers third wave specialty coffee at home using the 4 keys formula and is part of the Bambino Series that offers the faster way to professional results at home in a compact footprint: serious espresso, serious value
  • DOSE CONTROL GRINDING: Achieve a consistent and balanced espresso using the right amount of ground coffee; The 54mm porta-filter with 19 grams is the key for full flavor and cafe quality coffee
  • OPTIMAL WATER PRESSURE: Low pressure pre-infusion gradually increases pressure at the start and helps ensure all the flavors are drawn out evenly during the extraction for a balanced tasting cup
  • FASTER HEAT UP TIME: Innovative ThermoJet heating system achieves the optimum extraction temperature in 3 seconds
  • PRECISE ESPRESSO EXTRACTION: Digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at precisely the right temperature, ensuring optimal espresso extraction

If you don’t have the budget for dual boiler above, the Bambino is another great option, especially for beginners to making their own espresso at home.

Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine

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Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine with Iron Frame and Stainless Steel Side Panels, 11.4 by 13.4-Inch
  • Ergonomic porta filter handle same as the proven design of Rancilio commercial machines
  • Commercial grade group head for superb heat stability and extraction quality
  • Articulating steam wand offers complete range of motion and professional steaming knob precisely controls steaming pressure
  • Classic linear design fits most decors
  • Optional pod and capsule adaptor kit available

This is a great choice for the hobbyist barista at a bit of a lower price point than the Breville dual boiler.

Eureka Mignon Specialita Espresso Grinder

Eureka Mignon Specialita Espresso Grinder (Black)
  • Silenced Grind - A sound-insulated case helps keep the Specialita quieter than most.
  • Touchscreen Controls - Adjust your grind time for single, double and continuous modes with a backlit resistive touchscreen.
  • 55mm Stepless Burrs - With the biggest burrs available on a Mignon; these hardened steel flat burrs make short work of coffee beans.
  • Bottom Burr Adjust - By adjusting the grind from below the motor mount, the Specialita preserves your grind setting between disassemblies.
  • New Chute - A wider chute design with Eureka's anti-clumping system makes for fluffier grounds.

Coffee snobs are fussy about their grinders for good reason – along with the right water, getting the right grind makes a difference to the end result. If the coffee snob in your life already owns an espresso machine, this specialty grinder will be a perfect complement to it. It’s well-crafted, precise and makes minimal noise.

Price range: $100+

Ottomatic – automatic pour over brewer

Want the smoothness of pour over coffee, but don’t have the patience to make it yourself? The Ottomatic is for you. From the same company that makes the Chemex, this is a beautiful piece of equipment that can make both hot and iced coffee.

Baratza Encore Grinder

Baratza Encore Conical Burr Coffee Grinder (Black)
  • SPECIALTY COFFEE ASSOCIATION AWARD WINNING GRINDERS - Baratza grinders are preferred by coffee professionals and backed by Baratza’s world class support.
  • GO-TO ENTRY LEVEL GRINDER - Baratza’s best-selling grinder, with its small footprint, is THE choice for brewing coffee at home. Available in White or Black.
  • USER FRIENDLY - A convenient, front-mounted pulse button, plus a simple ON/OFF switch make it easy to grind fresh coffee.
  • 40 GRIND SETTINGS - Engineered with 40mm commercial-grade conical burrs that help you explore the extensive range of brew methods (espresso, Aeropress, Hario V60, Chemex, French Press, and automatic brewers).
  • WARRANTY/QUALITY PARTS - Hardened alloy steel burrs manufactured in Liechtenstein, Europe, plus a powerful DC motor. This combination creates a consistent grind and durability to ensure the longevity users have come to expect from the Baratza brand. The Encore is backed by Baratza’s world class support and a 1 year warranty. 2020 Update has exact same trusted functionality with a sleek new exterior.

This versatile and reliable grinder provides excellent value. It might be the only one you ever need.

Bonavita 8-cup one touch coffee maker

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Bonavita 8 Cup Coffee Maker, One-Touch Pour Over Brewing with Thermal Carafe, SCA Certified, Stainless Steel (BV1900TS)
  • One-touch brew operation with auto-off
  • Carafe lid, filter basket, and showerhead are dishwasher safe
  • Powerful and precise 1500-watt heater maintains optimal brewing temperature of 195°-205°f (91°-96°c)
  • Optional pre-infusion mode wets freshly roasted ground Coffee to allow DEGASSING before brewing
  • Flat-bottomed filter basket and larger showerhead allow for even better saturation and uniform extraction

This automatic coffee-maker has been the top choice in numerous panels of coffee experts. For coffee-lovers who value quality and ease, this is a great selection. It’s not for someone who wants to tinker a lot, but for someone who wants reliably excellent coffee at their convenience. One of the main advantages of this brewer is its consistent temperature, ensuring a top class cup every time.

Price range: $50+

Hario “Technica” Glass Syphon Coffee Maker

Hario "Technica" Glass Syphon Coffee Maker, 600ml
  • Upper bowl, lower bowl and burner are made of the best heat resistant borosilicate glass from Hario
  • Stand, burner cover, and filter are made of stainless steel
  • Imported from Japan
  • Item dimmensions are: 14"H x 6.2"W x 4.3"L; 5 Cup Capacity
  • Fasteners are made of brass; windbreak is made of aluminum

A siphon coffee maker is not for someone that wants a quick hit. It’s for someone that truly wants to enjoy and savor the experience of crafting a cup.

Peak Water Pitcher

Water is one of the most important components of your coffee. Using the best tasting water you can will greatly enhance your cup. The Peak Water pitcher is recommended by coffee expert, consultant and author Scott Rao.

The Starter Pack comes with two test strips that allow you to test your tap water at home. By comparing your results to the color chart provided with the test strips, you will be able to determine the precise adjustment that needs to be made on the filter setting to produce the perfect water for your brew.

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Le Creuset Stoneware French Press

Le Creuset Stoneware French Press, 34 oz., Licorice
  • Stainless steel plunger and mesh press
  • Nearly-nonstick glazed interior easily releases foods for quick cleanup
  • Unmatched thermal resistance - safe for freezer, microwave, oven, broiler and dishwasher
  • Dense stoneware blocks moisture absorption to prevent cracking, crazing and rippling
  • Impermeable exterior enamel resists scratches and stains and is safe for cutting on with knives

A French Press is an easy way to make a great cup of coffee. This Le Creuset model provides a more unique look and experience, with some satisfying heft.

Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer

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Hario V60 Drip Coffee Scale and Timer Pour-Over Scale Black (New Model)
  • Drip Coffee Scale: Perfect measurements make for a perfect brew. Hario’s V60 drip coffee scale measures in 0.1 gram increments for the highest precision. Designed to perfectly accompany your Hario V60 coffee drippers
  • Designed for Coffee Lovers: Perfect for your daily pour over or manual coffee pours. This scale features a built-in timer to help you follow and repeat brew recipes accurately. Auto-off feature after 5 minutes (not activated while timer is in use)
  • Slim Design: The V60 drip scale is designed to comfortably fit a server while maintaining a small footprint in your kitchen. Slim, sleek and easy to store
  • Updated Features: Decreased start-up times, improved reaction rate, anti-slip rubber feet, improved water resistance
  • Product Details: W120×D190×H29mm; Capacity 2,000g maximum; Uses 2 AAA batteries (included)

Real coffee aficionados measure coffee by weight, not spoonfuls, so an accurate coffee scale is a great way to inexpensively enhance your setup.

Price range: Less than $50

Hario v60 pour over

Every coffee snob needs a good pour over. It’s a simple, inexpensive device that makes delightfully smooth coffee. Our favorite is the Hario v60 which comes in a variety of materials to suit anyone’s aesthetic.

Driftaway Coffee Subscription

We are fans of the Driftaway coffee subscription which is personalized to your taste.

Atlas Coffee Subscription

This is another highly acclaimed subscription, featuring coffees from around the world.

Espresso tamper

A tamper is a must-have if you’re making espresso at home. This one is simple and elegant.

BlueSnail Stainless Steel Coffee Tamper Barista Espresso Tamper 51mm Base Coffee Bean Press
  • Suitable for tamping fresh ground espresso before brewing
  • Material: Stainless steel (external), Iron (internal)
  • Base diameter:51mm Height:80mm ;Weight: about 570g
  • Included: 1 x Coffee Tamper

Third Wave Water

Another approach to getting the best water for your coffee, Third Wave Water is recommended by the Coffee Compass, amongst other experts. Designed to be added to distilled water, there are a few flavor profiles to choose from, depending on what kind of coffee you’re brewing.

Third Wave Water New Packaging Mineral Enhanced Flavor Optimizing Coffee Brewing Water, Classic Flavor Profile, 0.635oz
  • PRODUCES 12 GALLONS- Each package is packed with value offering the ability to make up to 12 gallons of minerally enhanced brewing water which allows you to enjoy more coffee.
  • MINERALLY ENHANCED- After research and much trial and error we’ve found the optimized minerals for the perfect water for your coffee. We’ve added Magnesium for added sweetness and Calcium for a balanced body that we’re sure you will appreciate.
  • Our blend of minerals has allowed us to enhance the flavor profile of coffee with a low alkalinity which provides a highlighted natural acidity of your favorite coffee bean.
  • AS SEEN ON SHARK TANK - Find out why 5 out of 5 Sharks prefered Third Wave Water over tap water.
  • WORKS WITH ALL MACHINES- Third Wave Water is a perfect addition to all types of coffee applications. Whether you choose to use a Keurig, Percolator, Moka Pot, French Press, Drip coffee maker, or Thermal coffee maker, Third Wave Water can help enhance the flavor.

World Atlas of Coffee by James Hoffmann

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The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing -- Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed
  • Hardcover Book
  • Hoffmann, James (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 272 Pages - 10/10/2018 (Publication Date) - Firefly Books (Publisher)

The ultimate reference guide to coffee.

Hario cold brew coffee jug

HARIO Cold Brew Coffee Jug (8 cups,1000ml), One size, Transparent
  • Cold Brew Coffee Maker
  • Heatproof Borosilicate Glassware
  • Metal Filter Mesh
  • 1000ml Capacity
  • Made in Japan

If you’re looking for a smooth, strong hit of caffeine, cold brew will do the trick. This cold brew setup comes recommended by NY Mag’s Strategist panel of experts.

Hario V60 Buono Stainless Steel Gooseneck Stove-Top Kettle

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Hario V60 "Buono" Drip Kettle Stovetop Gooseneck Coffee Kettle 1.2L, Stainless Steel, Silver
  • Buono Coffee Drip Kettle: Stunning stainless steel stovetop kettle that’s easy to use and offers a thin spout for easy pouring. A Hario staple, its iconic shape is recognized around the world
  • Controlled Pour: Slender gooseneck spout allows for a slow, steady, and controlled pour. Great for pour over, drip or manual coffee brewing. Works perfectly with Hario V60 coffee drippers
  • Kitchen Essential: Easily boil water for manual coffee brewing, tea or cooking. Perfect for daily kitchen use, compact enough to be a countertop essential. Minimalist and stylish, Buono perfectly complements any kitchen design
  • Japanese Design: Stainless steel kettle with an ergonomic design for easy, safe pouring. Designed and made in Japan
  • Product Details: Capacity 1.2L, 1200mL. Best when filled to about 800mL. Ideal for IH ranges, gas and electric stoves

This kind of kettle is perfect for making manual pour over coffee, where controlling the flow of water over the coffee is critical.

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