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
Alessi moka pot — from one of my favorite design brands. Sign me up.
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 Cups. I 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.
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.
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.
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.
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):
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?
What will you get the coffee lover in your life?
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