Gift Guide for the Coffee Lover

December 10th, 2013 · Tags: Food · Holidays · Tips

It’s high time I did a gift guide for coffee lovers since I have a book for coffee lovers! Most of the things on my Italy Gift Guide are still good choices, but here are some more specific recommendations for the coffee lover.

Here’s what I think is essential:

A Moka pot


Bialetti moka espresso makers are your best bet. There are a lot of moka pots! I wouldn’t get smaller than a 3-cup unless you live alone and plan to never have company :).


Alessi moka pot — from one of my favorite design brands. Sign me up.


I love love the look of Pantone espresso maker but I can’t vouch for its coffee-making abilities. Beautiful colors though.

Espresso cups

These will count as one item, but let’s just spend a little time on it. There are so many options. And you could use more than one set at home, anyway. If you want to be fancy, you can even serve non-espresso in demitasse cups…


Perc ~ Cafe [sic] + Espresso Cups by Frank Criscione [site  / shop] — I have been stalking these since the Kickstarter project! I love the idea of serving espresso or cappuccini in cups which resemble moka pots.


Pantone espresso cups. So many color combinations, so many possibilities.


Le Creuset makes espresso cups, too and I love the colors which make their cooking ware.


Bodum Pavina Espresso CupsI love Bodum (I have a bigger glass set I’ve used with desserts) and the double-wall means you shouldn’t burn your hands!



I love color and these POP coffee cup and saucers are beautiful.



Coffee Mug and Espresso Cup Designed After the Caffeine Molecule.


I like these very rustic espresso cups in ceramic stoneware.


A seriously spiky espresso cup will make others think twice about putting their hands on it.


These Bormioli glass espresso cups are one of the sets I use at home.

More espresso cups and some styles on Fab and Etsy, too.

I never drink this much liquid myself (unless it’s tea) but I love the idea of an OFF and ON status in this color-changing cup.


Love the idea of using a Pantone color guide on the inside of a cup to determine how much milk you want in your My Cuppa Coffee Mug.


Serious stirring spoons.


I love Illy’s “Ombra” spoon design, and I love how when you set them down, they don’t roll off the saucer! Illy. Amazon.

A coffee container

Some people keep their beans in the freezer, but if you’re not keeping your coffee in an airtight container you’re doing it a disservice. You can get some pretty decorated ones easily, and the stainless steel look is always a classic.


A coffee grinder

I get my beans ground at our local torrefazione (coffee roaster), but grinding your own beans is great and I love the pre-brewing odor you get from grinding. There are a lot of coffee grinders, Krups is a great choice.


A book about coffee

*ahem*. You knew this was coming. Why not give them a nifty little guide to ordering Italian coffee correctly? I hear the author knows what she’s talking about.

How to Order an Italian Coffee in Italy by Sara Rosso

Coffee note cards and Coffee Art

I’ve actually made both postcards & greeting cards from my espresso photos & I’m considering making sets available for sale (interested? let me know in the comments & I’ll send 2 of you a few blank ones):

Sunday breakfast, cose della domenica. #Milan #Italy

Feel. Love. Love these sugar packets from #illy #Italy #espresso

Until then, I’ll just admire others’ art, like this watercooler note card set of moka pots from jojolarule.


Who wouldn’t love this Exceptional Expressions of Espresso poster?


I love this schematic coffee poster from Pop Chart Lab on Fab or Etsy.


What will you get the coffee lover in your life? 

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  • 1
    Jen // Dec 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    The on/off mug is actually linking to Pop instead. Where do you get your coffee? I haven’t shopped for it outside of the Esselunga since I got here in October.

  • 2
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Dec 10, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    @Jen – Thanks for catching that! I have updated the link. :)

    I buy coffee from my local torrefazione – a bar which roasts and sells coffee directly as well as serving it on the premises. Let’s get a coffee and I’ll take you there? :)

  • 3
    Tabitha Langley // Dec 10, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    This is so helpful! A lot of my best friends are coffee fanatics so now I know what to get them :)

  • 4
    Jill // Dec 11, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Hi Sara! This is a wonderful list and I think I might just have to get some of those fabulous espresso cups that resemble a moka pot! I have purchased those lovely watercolor cards in the past on etsy (love them!) and would definitely purchase any coffee greeting cards that you produced from your wonderful photos. I have also made some in the past but I love to find new designs. Thanks for the great list!

  • 5
    Raffaele // Jan 10, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Nice suggestion for a christmas gift!

  • 6
    Marla // Feb 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Great post, love all the photos. You have found coffee cups like i am always hoping to find, but never do. I’m sure your espresso cards would be fab.

  • 7
    Bill // Feb 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Sara. Have you ever owned or used an espresso machine, the sort of miniature versions of those you see in proper coffee shops? I’ve owned a gaggia espresso maker and last year I won a Lavazza coffee maker via Facebook which uses those little pods (like Nespresso) and find the coffee to be really good…and it has a crema!

  • 8
    Ms. Adventures in Italy // Feb 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    @Bill – no, I’ve never owned one but I’ve definitely partaken of one. I have to be honest I love the ritual of getting coffee in a bar :)

  • 9
    ukash // Apr 13, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Nice suggestion for a christmas gift!

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