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Kettles, Grinders and More: The Best Gifts for Coffee Lovers According to Pros

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If you have a coffee lover in your life, we’ve got the perfect caffeinated holiday gift list. From coffee bean grinding machines to pour-over devices to milk frothers and everything in between, this guide has something for everyone, no matter if your giftee is a java connoisseur or a casual coffee drinker. Whether they love espresso-based drinks like lattes and cappuccinos or prefer drip coffee, these accessories and tools will help them smile every morning.

But don’t take our word for it. We spoke to coffee pros across the country to get their picks for the top gifts. Check out their top 12 recommendations below.

Best for Espresso Obsessives

Breville Barista Express Impress

According to Andrea Allen, the  U.S. Barista Champion for World Barista Championship Runner-Up (2021) and co-founder of Arkansas’ Onyx Coffee Lab, this is the perfect top-of-the-line espresso machine for a budding coffee drinker. Onyx Coffee Lab, this is the perfect top-of-the-line espresso machine for a budding coffee drinker.

“This [machine] has some great functionalities,” says Allen. “It features a smart tamping and dosing technology. For the layperson, it basically helps determine how much coffee you should use for an espresso shot, and then helps you evenly tamp in for ultimate success with espresso brewing.”

Basically, this machine is able to make everything from cappuccinos to mochas at home with minimal fuss.

$900 Amazon

Best for Those Who Appreciate Simplicity

Bonavita 8 Cup Coffee Maker

“Simply put, this brewer has been used in my house every day for the last seven years, without so much as a hiccup. It just works,” says Ross Beamish, head of accounts and partnerships at Anchorhead Coffee Co. in Seattle. “Better than that, it does three important things really well:

One, temperature stability: this brewer has really hot water at the brew head, making it really easy to coax nuanced flavors out of lighter roasted coffees. Two, flow rate: the water pulses at a nice rate ensuring even extraction through the coffee bed, whether you’re using a one cup pour over ratio or maxing out the 1 liter volume mark on the reservoir. And three, a simple design: just an on and off switch once you’re ready to brew. Simplicity is very refreshing!

$180 Amazon

Best for a Special Treat

Bellman Stovetop Steamer

For coffee-shop-quality espresso drinks at home, this nifty item is a must, according to Patrick McKeown, the director of Coffee at Felix Roasting Company, which has locations in New York City and Aspen. “The Bellman Stovetop Steamer allows you to steam milk exactly how we do in the cafes without an espresso machine—it’s the best,” he says.

“To use, just fill about halfway with water and put on the stove to generate steam. There’s a pressure release valve near the handle and the steam wand is similar to what we use in the cafe. The pressure and the steam allow you to create higher quality ‘micro-foam’ in the milk.”

$130 Amazon

Best for Travelers

The AeroPress Go

This handy device lets users brew a quick cup on the go, and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

“One of the best alternate brewing methods for the least amount of money is an Aeropress,” says LaNisa Williams, a barista and creator of Barista Life LA, a coffee education company. “It’s great for traveling, camping or just a single cup of coffee at home. You can also buy accessories to make espresso.

$40 Amazon

Best Stocking Stuffer

Coffee Scoop

Hazel de los Reyes, co-owner of  Gumption Coffee, an award-winning Australian coffee company, now with three New York City locations, contends that finding the perfect coffee scoop is not so easy. And it’s the ideal stocking stuffer for any coffee drinker.

“This one is a true one-heaped-scoop per person (and one for the pot) kind of scoop,” she says. “Because some mornings you can’t be bothered fiddling around with scales.”

$10 Amazon

Best for Cold Brew Connoisseurs

Primula Cold Brewer

Cold brew lovers seem to be multiplying, with many preferring it to hot coffee even in cold weather. This gadget allows you to make cold brew the night before, so that it’s ready for the morning. Plus, it’s easy to clean and fits inside most refrigerator doors.

“I really like its simplicity, no coffee-geekery required, and it brews while you sleep,” says de los Reyes.

$32 Amazon

Best for Whole Bean Lovers

Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

“This is the gold standard of home grinders,” says Beamish, who contends that the Encore, Baratza’s entry-level grinder, will more than do the trick.

“Everything that’s essential about Baratza’s high-end models is preserved in their base model design. You get a robust motor for a lifetime of grinding and a high-quality burr set that can process a ton of ground coffee before being swapped out. On top of that, Baratza has next-level customer service. Sure, they have grinders for close to $1,000, but I’ve spent the last 10 years grinding with the Encore almost every day, and the thing just works.”

$104 Walmart

Best for Espresso Martini Afficionados

Schott Zweisel Martini Glasses

Given the rise in popularity of these coffee-based cocktails, there is likely an espresso martini lover on your list. Now you can give them the perfect present.

“Stylish, affordable and dishwasher-safe, these are my go-to for serving espresso martinis,” says Vince Nguyen, founder of Nam Coffee, a specialty Vietnamese coffee roaster out of Orange County, California. “The shape nods to the return of the classic V-glass, while the angled lip offers a bit of extra security for folks who gravitate towards coupes for practicality.”

$16 Sur la Table

Best for the Commuter

Yeti Rambler 20oz Travel Mug

A travel mug makes a great gift for coffee lovers, but not all to-go mugs are created equal.

“This mug is so thoughtfully designed,” says Sahra Nguyen, founder of Nguyen Coffee Supply, which imports Vietnamese beans and roasts in Brooklyn. “The base is narrow, and the handle is positioned higher so that it can still fit in cup holders.”

Plus, it has a leak-resistant lid, double-walled vacuum insulation and is dishwasher safe.

$38 Amazon

Best for the Classic Coffee Consumer

Chemex Pour Coffee Maker

Allen suggests the classic Chemex as a failproof gift. “I love Chemex as a slow, intentional way to brew coffee, as well as a beautiful vessel to serve from,” she says.

“Chemex always produces clean, bright coffees. I also love putting flowers into it when I’m not using it to brew.”

$47-$52 Food52

Best for the Design Maven

Fellow Stagg Electric Kettle

Allen also recommends this beautiful electric kettle that’s not only striking but extremely functional. Not to mention it can be used for much more than making coffee.

“For pour-overs you’ll need a gooseneck kettle for optimal control,” says Allen. “This kettle is a variable temperature kettle, so you can set the temperature based on your recipe. It’s great because it’s versatile and you can also use it for tea.”

$165-$195 Food52

Best for the Type-A Coffee Obsessive

Acacia Pearl Scale

For those who are serious about being precise, a scale is a wonderful gift that says, “I love you and your obsessive attention to detail.” McKeown recommends the barista-beloved Acacia Pearl, which monitors the weight, time and flow rates to help your gift receiver brew the ideal morning cup.

“It’s a good-quality scale for accurately measuring the amount of coffee being used, water input and the final product yield—a little technical but precise,” he says. Plus, it’s an elegant, minimalism-lover’s dream in terms of design.

$150 Blue Bottle Coffee