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Welcome back to CoffeeNate.com for my holiday coffee gift ideas special!  With all of the hustle and bustle, wouldn’t you rather have the gifts automatically shipped to your door for cheaper than going out into the crowds?  I know that is what I prefer, and each year I do the vast majority of my shopping online.   To help you out, I’ve come up with a few recommendations for anyone on your list that likes, loves, or otherwise appreciates coffee on some level.  You should also know that I own and love all of the gifts that I am recommending!  These are also great ideas for that really difficult person to buy for, you know the one that already has everything and doesn’t spare themselves from anything.  These are somewhat unique gifts for the ordinary coffee drinker.  You can browse the gifts I’m talking about in the above widget, but I’ll list each one for you below.  I wanted to keep the prices low, while keeping the quality of the merchandise high.  Most items are below $50 and will bring a smile to their faces and a warmth to their bellies 🙂

Bodum Chambord 8-Cup Coffee Press

This is the French Press by which all others are measured!  A press pot brews a highly tasty cup of coffee when paired with great coffee.  It’s extremely easy to use and is capable of brewing enough coffee to share.  Simply put the grinds right into the pot, add hot water, let steep for 4 minutes and then push the plunger down.  Done!  You will find this same press in stores for more than $50, so purchasing here is much more cost effective.


AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker

The AeroPress looks like a syringe for horses, but it really is a coffee brewer.  It is a unique design that uses a combination of pressure extraction, as well as filtering.  It produces a very smooth and clean cup of coffee that is reported by some to be easier on the digestive system than some other brewing methods.  I have yet to meet someone who has tried the AeroPress that did not agree that it makes a super cup of coffee.  The AeroPress is likely not in your local store, but you can purchase it online for less than $30.

Planetary Design Commuter Double-Shot Stainless Steel French Press Mug

A travel mug and a french press coffee brewer all in one!  I use this baby at work (that’s why it wasn’t in the vid) and I love it.  I’m the only one that drinks coffee in my area and this is perfect for me.  The lid has a plunger attached to it, you simply scoop some coffee right into the mug, add hot water, put the lid on, and push the plunger down 4 minutes later.  Now you have a flavorful cup of coffee, and you don’t have to share 😉  This particular model has a compartment in the bottom with a little cup that you can store another cup’s worth of coffee grinds in.  These mugs are available in many fun colors and will be sure to be a hit.

Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker

This is a really cool brewer!  I covered this method in my “How to make great coffee while camping” episode.  This pot is steel, so it won’t get broken by your ten year old son… lol  Okay, I’m over it… really.  Anyway, the Moka pot makes you a really rich and flavor packed pot of coffee.  It is also known as a ‘stovetop espresso maker’, but it isn’t espresso.  Authentic espresso is brewed at 9 atm of pressure and this pot cannot do it.  Although it’s not really espresso, it is one of my favorite brewing methods as it contacts the coffee at the ideal temperature…dummy proof!  I’ve seen these in stores for almost $100, but it is much cheaper at Amazon.

Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder

The coffee grinder may actually be more important in the brewing process than the brewer itself!  Every brewing method requires it’s own degree of grinding, meaning the grinds have to be a particular uniform size to properly extract the flavors of the coffee without leaving the coffee bland or bitter.   Press pots need coarsely ground coffee, while espresso machines require a very fine grind.  This precision cannot be achieved with a blade grinder…ever.  This particular grinder is a ‘conical’ burr grinder, which is the only type of grinder that can produce the precise amount of grinding you need.  I’ve owned this particular model for the last nine months, and I’ve used it multiple times per day and it still works like the day I bought it.  From espresso to press pot, it does the job like a champ, and for a fraction of the price of higher end models.

Bodum Santos Stovetop Glass Vacuum / Siphon Pot Coffee Maker

Here it is…my favorite!  I love this brewer, and everyone that comes over for a cup of coffee comments on the great tasting coffee that it creates, and that it looks like drug paraphernalia 😉 .  This coffee maker gets its name from the way the water shoots from the bottom chamber to the top, like a siphon, but then when it is removed from the heat source, the liquid is actually drawn into the bottom like a vacuum.  This way of making coffee is similar to the french press in that the coffee steeps in the water, but you can use a finer grind, which produces a fuller taste profile.  There is a nylon filter between the two chambers that simply removes the grinds, without removing any of the flavorful oils from your brew.  You’ll save a bundle buying this brewer here.

Breville 800ESXL Commercial 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine

Okay, this is my new favorite toy!  As I’ve told you before, an espresso machine requires 15 atm of pressure to create a true espresso.  Those little steam driven machines just can’t do it.  I really like this machine and it makes tasty espresso every time.  You can spend anywhere from a couple of hundred to a few thousand dollars on an espresso machine.  This one is listed at $499, but you will find that it is much more affordable here.  Let’s put this in perspective for a minute.  If you have a one a day latté addiction, this machine will pay for itself in a few months, saving you money for years.  My next video is a tutorial on how to use this machine.
 
I’ve also found some great coffee related gift baskets at The Coffee Beanery!  They have a great selection of coffee that would be perfect for a lover of the bean!  Check out their site and you will also receive %15 off of your order when you use The Coffee Beanery coupon code of CB111! Perfect for the holidays!

That does it for my list of gifts for coffee lovers.  I hope that I’ve at least helped you to find the perfect gift, or perhaps YOU are the coffee lover and one of these items will now be on your list 🙂  Here’s another gift, leave a comment and you’ll receive an entry in the SpeakEasyCoffee’s free cofee contest ending in just a couple of days.  Don’t worry though, if you are from the future there is always a coffee contest going on here, so leave a comment on any post, become a facebook fan, click the ‘ReTweet’ button on any post, or sign up for the updates and you’ll get an entry for every time you do!  See you next week, have a good one!

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  • BaristaOnDuty

    Nice Work N Recommends Ur Quite The Coffee Guy I Like c|_|

    • Thanks buddy, glad you stopped by. You know I LOVE the c[_] 😀

  • BaristaOnDuty

    Nice Work N Recommends Ur Quite The Coffee Guy I Like c|_|

  • Debbie

    Great ideas – some of them I've seen but didn't really know how to use or what to expect. Thanks for the great lesson! =)

  • Debbie

    Great ideas – some of them I've seen but didn't really know how to use or what to expect. Thanks for the great lesson! =)

    • No problem Debbie, I'm happy that you got something out of it! Feel free to ask a follow up question if you need some more help. 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks buddy, glad you stopped by. You know I LOVE the c[_] 😀

  • nate_s

    No problem Debbie, I'm happy that you got something out of it! Feel free to ask a follow up question if you need some more help. 🙂

  • Mike Crimmins

    Giant shot of coffee? Did you just give me a shout during the Aeropress part of the video? JK Again sorry to hear about your siphon pot! Ho ho ho!

  • Mike Crimmins

    Giant shot of coffee? Did you just give me a shout during the Aeropress part of the video? JK

    Again sorry to hear about your siphon pot!

    Ho ho ho!

    • Ho ho ho Mike! Sure, I guess you could look at it that way…why not? Funny how a few coffee brewers resemble 1970's drug paraphernalia hey? Hmmm

      • BaristaOnDuty

        Funny I Call Coffee One Of The Few GOOD Legal Drugs, Not To Mention My Coffeephanalia That I Collect So Any U Guys Got That Retro Stuff Collecting Dust Donate It To The Cause Or Sell It To Me I Make Old School Functional. What U Think All This PAN Roasting LAB Talk Is About..HaHa C|_|

  • nate_s

    Ho ho ho Mike! Sure, I guess you could look at it that way…why not? Funny how a few coffee brewers resemble 1970's drug paraphernalia hey? Hmmm

  • @dragynally

    And I was trying to keep the Christmas list short this year. All of these seem great! Especially the espresso machine I'll never be able to afford. 🙁

  • And I was trying to keep the Christmas list short this year. All of these seem great! Especially the espresso machine I'll never be able to afford. 🙁

    • Yeah, the espresso machine is sweet, but the others are affordable and top notch as well! Making great coffee doesn't have to cost big $$ 🙂

  • nate_s

    Yeah, the espresso machine is sweet, but the others are affordable and top notch as well! Making great coffee doesn't have to cost big $$ 🙂

  • @slosips

    I saw the AeroPress on Think Geek. Buuut I bought the IngenuiTEA Teapot.

  • I saw the AeroPress on Think Geek. Buuut I bought the IngenuiTEA Teapot.

    • Looks kinda cool…for tea 🙂 The AeroPress is a funky doodad, I like the smoothness of the coffee, but I prefer the fuller taste that I get with the siphon pot. It's yummylicious!

  • nate_s

    Looks kinda cool…for tea 🙂 The AeroPress is a funky doodad, I like the smoothness of the coffee, but I prefer the fuller taste that I get with the siphon pot. It's yummylicious!

  • BaristaOnDuty

    Funny I Call Coffee One Of The Few GOOD Legal Drugs, Not To Mention My Coffeephanalia That I Collect So Any U Guys Got That Retro Stuff Collecting Dust Donate It To The Cause Or Sell It To Me I Make Old School Functional. What U Think All This PAN Roasting LAB Talk Is About..HaHa C|_|

  • Jill Hayes

    I would love to try coffee from a coffee press.

  • Jill Hayes

    I would love to try coffee from a coffee press.

  • Cindy Hickman

    Wow! That was a great video! and so imformative!! I now know that I kno nothing abou tcoffe, but at least I know where to get educated now! wooohoo! Thank you! I did buy a french press a couple of weeks ago, I was using instant..(I know, I know! lol) and I do love my french press! I had asked you a while ago about my coffee tasting bitter, and I took your advice and ground the beans at the store instead of using pre-ground and it is yummo!! Thanks for the advice! @lifeonprint Cindy H. I signed up for the newsletter as well!

  • Malorie Crawford

    Wow, how did you learn so much about coffee? Pretty impressive if you ask me! LOL

  • nate_s

    If you are buying just for you, then there are smaller sizes available. The french press is the first step towards brewing awesome coffee. Then you need great beans, and a decent grinder and you are set! Yum

  • Cindy Hickman

    Wow! That was a great video! and so imformative!! I now know that I kno nothing abou tcoffe, but at least I know where to get educated now! wooohoo! Thank you! I did buy a french press a couple of weeks ago, I was using instant..(I know, I know! lol) and I do love my french press! I had asked you a while ago about my coffee tasting bitter, and I took your advice and ground the beans at the store instead of using pre-ground and it is yummo!! Thanks for the advice!
    @lifeonprint
    Cindy H.
    I signed up for the newsletter as well!

    • Thank you Cindy! Great stuff, I love that you are learning more about coffee and happy that I can help you do so! I love helping people with anything I can, and I love learning as well 🙂 It's such an interesting thing to try different ways of making coffee, coupled with different types of coffee. The caffeine is just a wonderful side benefit 🙂 I look forward to helping you develop your love for coffee!

  • If you are buying just for you, then there are smaller sizes available. The french press is the first step towards brewing awesome coffee. Then you need great beans, and a decent grinder and you are set! Yum

  • Malorie Crawford

    Wow, how did you learn so much about coffee? Pretty impressive if you ask me! LOL

    • I learneded how to reed, and I red about kophee! 🙂 I needed something yummy…filled with caffeine, and not sugary…coffee was a natural fit. 🙂

  • Jill Hayes

    We have grinders at the store I shop at so I could grind a smal amount there.. Can I use my regular coffee maker or do you recommend a press?

  • Jill Hayes

    We have grinders at the store I shop at so I could grind a smal amount there.. Can I use my regular coffee maker or do you recommend a press?

    • A press is a great first step. I recommend using a siphon pot, but a french press is convenient and makes yummy coffee! You won't be disappointed!

  • Melody

    Hi CoffeeNate – How fun to have a whole list of coffee gift ideas. I've wanted to buy and try the Aeropress because I've heard good things about it. Thank you for the blog post! I'm having a little trouble getting the Vimeo video to play. I've noticed it seems like my OS (Vista) doesn't play well with Vimeo, but I don't really know.

  • Hi CoffeeNate – How fun to have a whole list of coffee gift ideas. I've wanted to buy and try the Aeropress because I've heard good things about it. Thank you for the blog post! I'm having a little trouble getting the Vimeo video to play. I've noticed it seems like my OS (Vista) doesn't play well with Vimeo, but I don't really know.

    • Vista doesn't play well with anything if you ask me, but then again…I'm a mac guy! I like to post the same content in text for visitors with poor connections, or who would rather read than watch! I'm glad you liked the post, please remember it when you do your shoppping! It helps to support this site…even if you purchase something different, using my links still helps me out. Thanks again and good luck to you!!

  • reva skie

    Hi, I am Reva, and I am a coffeeaholic. (Hi Reva!) I love all things coffee. I took a few coffee classes at a national chain, there were coffee tastings much like wine tastings where we detected the notes and nuances of the flavors, it was fun.

  • reva skie

    Hi, I am Reva, and I am a coffeeaholic. (Hi Reva!) I love all things coffee. I took a few coffee classes at a national chain, there were coffee tastings much like wine tastings where we detected the notes and nuances of the flavors, it was fun.

  • nate_s

    I learneded how to reed, and I red about kophee! 🙂 I needed something yummy…filled with caffeine, and not sugary…coffee was a natural fit. 🙂

  • nate_s

    A press is a great first step. I recommend using a siphon pot, but a french press is convenient and makes yummy coffee! You won't be disappointed!

  • nate_s

    Vista doesn't play well with anything if you ask me, but then again…I'm a mac guy! I like to post the same content in text for visitors with poor connections, or who would rather read than watch! I'm glad you liked the post, please remember it when you do your shoppping! It helps to support this site…even if you purchase something different, using my links still helps me out. Thanks again and good luck to you!!

  • nate_s

    Awesome stuff! It is really interesting when you start to taste coffees from around the world and taste the different flavors that each holds! It is so similar to tasting wine, but you can do it when you are at work…unlike wine! Also, you won't be ostracized for drinking coffee too early!

  • Awesome stuff! It is really interesting when you start to taste coffees from around the world and taste the different flavors that each holds! It is so similar to tasting wine, but you can do it when you are at work…unlike wine! Also, you won't be ostracized for drinking coffee too early!

  • nate_s

    Thank you Cindy! Great stuff, I love that you are learning more about coffee and happy that I can help you do so! I love helping people with anything I can, and I love learning as well 🙂 It's such an interesting thing to try different ways of making coffee, coupled with different types of coffee. The caffeine is just a wonderful side benefit 🙂 I look forward to helping you develop your love for coffee!

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    • Cindy Hickman @LifeOnPrint Congratulations!!! You are the lucky lucky winnnnnner! 🙂

    • cindy hickman

      Uber YAYNESS!!!!! WOOHOO! Thank you so much! I love the video by the way!

      • Thanks, and you're welcome! It's fitting that you won this contest….I am watching The Grinch….and Cindy Lou Hoo 😉

  • Mike Crimmins

    Congrats Cindy! And what's this snow thing?

  • Mike Crimmins

    Congrats Cindy!

    And what's this snow thing?

    • That's about enough of that Mike… 😛

  • nate_s

    Cindy Hickman @LifeOnPrint Congratulations!!! You are the lucky lucky winnnnnner! 🙂

  • nate_s

    That's about enough of that Mike… 😛

  • cindy hickman

    Uber YAYNESS!!!!! WOOHOO! Thank you so much! I love the video by the way!

  • Jill Hayes

    Congrats Cindi! Hope I win next! I need some free joe! LOL

  • Jill Hayes

    Congrats Cindi! Hope I win next! I need some free joe! LOL

    • Keep commenting and tweeting and you may find yourself sipping some free joe too 🙂

  • nate_s

    Keep commenting and tweeting and you may find yourself sipping some free joe too 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks, and you're welcome! It's fitting that you won this contest….I am watching The Grinch….and Cindy Lou Hoo 😉

  • Car News and Reviews

    I have to show my friends this article. At least they'll know what to buy for Christmas. 🙂

  • Car News and Reviews

    I have to show my friends this article. At least they'll know what to buy for Christmas. 🙂

    • Hope you get what you're asking for 🙂

  • nate_s

    Hope you get what you're asking for 🙂

  • weird coffee makers

    Man, I can't believe I never heard of your site until just now. I actually read about you via a Google Alert I set up for the words "coffee". Just linked to you on my "coffee resources" page. Not only are the coffee makers above really cool… the widget that you use to display them is awesome. Best, Raza

  • Man, I can't believe I never heard of your site until just now. I actually read about you via a Google Alert I set up for the words "coffee". Just linked to you on my "coffee resources" page.

    Not only are the coffee makers above really cool… the widget that you use to display them is awesome.

    Best,
    Raza

    • Thanks Raza! Amazon has some neat widgets for sure. Hope you find the site to your liking, maybe you'll win some coffee too!!

  • nate_s

    Thanks Raza! Amazon has some neat widgets for sure. Hope you find the site to your liking, maybe you'll win some coffee too!!

  • @SweepsCat713

    As always you can't go wrong with Coffee Nate!!! <———the best!

  • As always you can't go wrong with Coffee Nate!!! <———the best!