Either you’re happy to slam down any brown juice in a cup as long as it gives you a jolt, or you need to know the progeny of every last bean. There’s hardly a middle (excuse the pun) ground in our ritualistic addiction to coffee. Looking to buy a gift for the former? We’d suggest a gift card to the corner franchise—after all, who cares where or how it’s prepared, right? But for the latter, for the person who wakes up an extra hour early to lovingly prepare the perfect cup, we suggest anything from this list.
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Ember Ceramic Mug
OK, get your scoffing out of the way now. Yes, this is $80 for a coffee mug. But it is absolutely worth it. A standard mug (or insulated cup) can lose up to a degree in temperature per minute after it has been poured. That means 15 minutes after the brew, you’ll have lukewarm liquid—unless you want to chug the steamy contents.
The Ember Mug syncs with your smartphone, and heats the coffee (or any warm beverage for that matter) to within a degree of your preference. Our gear editor prefers his at 135. Sensors track if there is liquid in the mug, meaning the bottom doesn’t heat until you are ready. Plus, you can preset the perfect temperature for different drinks if, say, you like your Earl Grey a little cooler than your Columbian roast.
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Ember Travel Mug
Take all the benefits of Ember’s home mug and add it to your commute. If you don’t like to sip while you drive, this sleek black tumbler maintains your perfect temp for as long as you like, meaning you’ll have a piping beverage when you arrive at your desk 30 minutes later.
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In the ratio between price and quality, you likely won’t do better than the AeroPress. Using finely-ground beans, you’ll create a single mug that will rival your hipster joint around the corner, with little to know previous knowledge necessary. This gift is great for the curious coffee fan, looking to venture further into the culture.
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There are many wonders to camping in remote, beautiful locations. The morning cup of instant coffee is not one of them. But who says you should suffer through crappy, fire-heated brown sludge? Kuju Coffee has invented a sleek, and ultra-portable system for a quality pour-over. Perfect to sip by a camp stove in the high mountains.
[$22 for case of 10; kujucoffee.com]
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La Marzocco Home Linea Mini
Your love for the person who you give this beautiful piece of machinery to will have to run as deep as their love for espresso. The Linea Mini is the Bugatti—the showstopper in any kitchen. It’s a miniaturized version of La Marzocco’s standard espresso machine—a favorite of the best coffee shops in the world.
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Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription
Roasters and baristas will tell you the most important quality of a good cup of coffee isn’t how it’s made, but when it has been roasted. The purveyors of Blue Bottle Coffee are militant in this belief. With a monthly subscription, you’ll receive their beans within 48 hours of being roasted—the ideal time for freshness. Choose between espresso, blend, or single origin options.
[$18 for one bag a month; bluebottlecoffee.com]
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Baratza Virtuoso Burr Grinder
When a manual grinder just doesn’t quite create your perfect consistency, the 40 mm conical burrs in this electric grinder from Baratza give you precise customization (40 options): from finely ground espresso on up.
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Javapresse Manual Burr Grinder
For a manual grinder, the Javapresse comes with about as much customization as you will see out there. You can choose between 15 options to pick the precise coarseness. Plus, it’s size means easy portability for camping or travel.
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