Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Give a little buzz–20 gifts for coffee lovers

Most people love a great cup of coffee.  That’s not to say that there isn’t someone in your family or a great friend who never touches the stuff, but let’s face it, most of us love our cup of buzz in the morning, pre gym, after lunch, post dinner or just during the day.

Even if you’re in a hurry first thing you don’t have to reach for the instant, but you can make a cup of the real thing in a very short space of time provided you have the right equipment, and that can be anything from a full-on bean to cup coffee maker to a capsule coffee machine to a single coffee press.
Grumpy Mule espresso ground coffeeBarista & Co milk frotherKate Spade thermal mugFortnum & Mason After Dinner Blend CoffeeHario Skerton coffee grinder
If you’re thinking of giving a coffee machine as a gift make sure you know whether the person you’re giving it to likes capsules, beans or ground coffee.  The problem with capsule coffee makers, although the machines are excellent, is that you are limited to one brand, however many flavours there are to choose from.  And if your recipient drinks a lot of coffee it can get quite expensive. 

The best coffee machines, in my opinion, are either simple filter coffee makers, or bean to cup coffee machines.  There’s a wide choice of both and a huge range of prices at John Lewis and also at Selfridges.
Nespresso Pixi coffee maker by MagimixBodum Pour Over 8 cup coffee makerBialetti Cappucino makerDe Longhi pump coffee machineL'Express stovetop coffee makerCafflano Coffee MakerBodum travel press coffee makerDe Longhi bean to cup coffee machineContigo Autoseal insulated tumblerWhittard coffee hamper
Then there’s the coffee itself, and two excellent places to browse are Fortnum & Mason and Whittard of Chelsea.  It’s a good idea, if you’re thinking of buying coffee as beans or ground to know what kind of coffee your recipient likes.  Or you can go for broke and proffer a pack of Death Wish Coffee, otherwise known as the World’s Strongest Coffee (and I definitely can’t vouch for that). 

Just make sure that if you’re going to give something so strong that you’re happy to be up all night.  Otherwise stick to something reasonably safe.
Fortnum & Mason Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee beansWhittard dark chocolate espresso beansWhittard Monsoon Malabar coffee caddyCuisinart one cup grind and brew coffee machineAeropres coffee and espresso maker
There are quite a lot of excellent gifts for coffee lovers and you can spend as much or as little as you want.  Do a little research first to make sure that you’re giving something that will make your coffee lover really happy.