30 best gifts for coffee lovers 2021
From brewing beginners to espresso aficionados, find the perfect gift for every coffee lover right here.
A freshly brewed cup of coffee envelops the senses in the same way freshly baked bread does – the smell heady and the contents moreish. There’s also passion behind the process, from finding and grinding the beans, to perfecting that perfect crema – which means coffee lovers can be notoriously tricky to buy for.
Fear not. Being a bunch of beverage-lovers ourselves, we’ve compiled a list of coffee presents in this ultimate our gift guide for coffee lovers to bring you buckets of gift inspiration, starting with some of our favorite coffee beans, best coffee machines and the best coffee grinders; all tried-and-tested by the BBC Good Food reviews experts. Read more on how we test products.
You’ll also find coffee gift sets, unique ceramic espresso cups and coffee mugs that are as decorative as they are functional. Plus find personalised gift options for giving something truly bespoke.
Want more inspiration? Our round up of the best coffee machines includes picks of the best espresso machines, the best coffee pod machines as well as the best bean-to-cup coffee machines, so we've got you covered. Visit our coffee recipes and reviews section for over 400 guides to our favourite gifts and gadgets, tried-and-tested by BBC Good Food experts. Looking for a personalised gift idea? Put together a customised My BBC Good Food cookbook, or treat a loved one to one of our online cookery courses.
Check out expert barista Celeste Wong's recommendations for the best moka pots, gooseneck kettles, coffee grinders and decaf coffee to buy on our sister brand, olive magazine:
- Best moka pots to buy
- Best gooseneck kettles to buy
- Best coffee grinders to buy
- Best decaf coffee to buy
The best presents for coffee lovers
Barista & Co Shorty Pour Over Jug
The compact goose neck spout of Barista & Co's pour over jug offers ergonomic control over the flow and accuracy of water while you saturate your favourite coffee grinds. Its silicone grip protects from the hot contents and the lack of handle makes it easier to store or travel with.
Hario Drip Scales
If it's a professional-grade set of drip scales you're after but aren't fussed about any interactive features or connectivity options, the Hario Drip Scales are a more budget-friendly and minimalist alternative that'll delivery professional level results to 0.1g for helping improve the consistency of your coffee. It runs on two AAA batteries and it's controlled by a simple pair of buttons; power and tare.
Barista & Co Core All Grind
Awarded best slimline grinder when reviewed by BBC Good Food reviews experts, the Barista & Co burr grinder is a practical choice even for those lacking in countertop space. The Burr grinders are adjustable by 40 points (from coarse to fine). A measurement scoop is included along with a cleaning brush and both can be stored within the lid. A handy grind-size guide also offers useful guidance.
Salter Coffee, nut and spice grinder
Rated best affordable electric coffee grinder in our round-up of best coffee grinders, the single speed gadget is simple to use, quick to grind and really well priced for the quality.
Porlex hand grinder
For coffee enthusiasts who enjoy a more hands-on approach to their brew, the Porlex hand grinder is both light and strong to use. Grinding takes around one minute – enough to make you feel like you’ve earned your cup of coffee.
Best coffee makers to give as gifts
Smeg BCC02 bean-to-cup coffee machine – Star Buy
Smeg's newest addition to its coffee machine collection is something of a game-changer for bean-to-cup technology. It takes every step of the coffee making process off your hands from the grinding to the brewing and offers eight drink programs for selection. But what's particularly exciting is the machine's diminutive footprint and compact body that makes it a viable option even for those strapped for kitchen counter space. Plus, it's the most stylish coffee machine we've got our hands on in a long time. Read our full Smeg BCC02 bean-to-cup coffee machine review.
Sage by Heston, The Barista Express
If you’re looking to blow the budget, Sage’s Barista Express was rated best espresso machine for gadget lovers in our test of the best espresso machines. It’s a professional-standard machine with all the requisite functions to satisfy the inner barista. It grinds fresh beans, creates a perfect espresso and features a milk-foaming nozzle.
AeroPress, The Better Coffee Press
The AeroPress coffee maker is the ultimate hack for brewing filter coffee fast. Not only affordable, it's also portable, consisting of lightweight, robust plastic components so you can manually brew coffee. Just steep the coffee grounds for 10-15 seconds and then press the water through. It’s simple to clean, there’s no washing-up and the 350 filters are relatively inexpensive to replaceable.
Wacaco Minipress GR
Although there are newer Wacaco models out, including its Picopresso and Nanopresso, its original Minipresso GR remains our favourite. Its robustly made parts slot and twist together to form a hand-sized espresso maker with a manual pump that's incredibly portable. Plus, you're guaranteed a crema every time.
Best coffee liqueurs to give as gifts
Cazcabel Tequila Blanco Coffee Liqueur, 70cl
The finest weber blue agave from the mountains of Jalisco in Mexico is behind Cazcabel's tequila blanco, distilled in the same area and altitude where the crops are grown. Blended with freshly roasted arabica coffee beans from Soconusco in the South West of Mexico, the result is the perfect marriage of sharp, bitter and sweetness that's as suitable for sipping as it is as a base for cocktails.
Aluna Coconut Coffee Liqueur, 50cl
This blend of Caribbean run with cold brew coffee, toasted coconut, coca nibs and subtle black cardamom is a real treat. Although sweet, the flavours aren't dampened. It's delicious sipped over ice and blends particularly well with alternative milks.
Conker Decaf Cold brew coffee liqueur
For anyone who love the coffee flavour but not the caffeine, Conker's decaf cold brew liqueur combines craft-brewed Brazilian beans from Sao Paulo state with British wheat vodka to create a clean liqueur with a caramel kick and chocolatey finish.
Coffee cups and mugs to buy as gifts
Topl anti-spill insulated coffee cup
Topl's patented lid features a valve that automatically closes to significantly reduce spillage if your insulated cup is dropped or knocked whilst open for drinking. A twist clockwise locks the valve closed for spillage free travel. It's available in 8oz or 12oz size-options, and would be an excellent companion for anyone on the move or working with expensive tech on their desk.
Gentleman Baristas KeepCup Brew 8oz glass
- Available from Gentleman Baristas (£15
Reusable cups like this 8oz glass number from Gentleman Baristas are your ticket to discounted hot drinks in a lot of places. But importantly, they're also a step in the right direction for cutting out single-use cups. For when drinking on the go, its sealable lid also offers some protection from spillages and it can be put in the dishwasher for easy cleaning.
Ember temperature control travel mug 2
For coffee lovers who have everything or tech-fans that love their brews, this sleekly-designed 12oz-capacity Ember mug would make a generous gift for everyday use. It charges through a wireless coaster, connects to its own app and most importantly, keeps drinks at a constant temperature for the duration of its 3-hour battery life. This temperature is also adjustable.
Blomus Pilar espresso cups with saucers, 2-pack
- Available from Nordic Nest (£20)
The addition of matching slimline saucers to these espresso cups makes for an immensely practical and contemporary pair, available in four different colours. Suddenly dripping teaspoons don't need to be worried about, plus there's even room for a biscotti.
Available from Nordic Nest (£20)
Japanese ceramic cup set of four
This set of four 100ml Japanese-inspired mugs are kiln glazed using traditional Japanese processes and are suitable for tea, coffee or Sake. All come in a presentation box.
Royal Doulton, coffee studio espresso cups and saucers, set of four
- Available from Royal Doulton (£50)
These half-dipped, salt-glazed espresso cups come in light and richly earthy colours with matching saucers.
Liga, eco cork and ceramic mug
- Available from Not on the High Street (£12)
Available in cream or storm grey, this ceramic eco coffee mug from Liga’s Earthware collection is a contemporary little vessel for your favorite brew. The cork grip is sustainably sourced and can be removed for easy cleaning.
Best coffee treats and accessories to buy as gifts
Fellow Atmos Vacuum Canister
Air-tight storage is a simple way to protect the flavour and freshness of your favourite coffee beans. This canister by Fellow is a step-up from your average jar, featuring a vacuum seal and integrated hand pump that removes excess air to prolong the life of its contents. We also love the contemporary design.
All Things Brighton Beautiful, coffee scoop with clip
- Available from Not on the High Street (£17.95)
A two-in-one stainless steel scoop with a brass finish, this little tool doubles up as a heavy-duty crocodile clip for sealing your bag of beans or ground coffee to keep them fresh.
A2 coffee poster - Romulo Rengifo 006B
- Available from Colonna Coffee (£15)
Part of Colonna Coffee's Limited Release Rare series, this 0068 edition poster pays homage to the coffee result of Qima's first project in Colombia with a mission to generate sustainable livelihoods for Colombian smallholders. Qima Colombia Lot 7 is anaerobically fermented for 64 hour to result in a vibrant and bold profile.
Available from Colonna Coffee (£15)
Nom Living, coconut wood coffee scoop
- Available from Not on the High Street (£8)
The flat base on this hand-carved coconut wood scoop definitely makes life easier whilst working with unruly coffee grounds. It’s also a sustainable and natural-looking addition to the draw.
Coffee guide print
Available from Etsy (£18)
The simple infographics on this piece of wall art show key coffees from around the world and is available in small or medium sizes.
Coffee Sapiens: Innovation Through Understanding book
- Available from Abe Books (£64.85)
A textbook of everything coffee by culinary maverick Ferran Adrià, this book is loaded with coffee info, from growing beans, to starting a business and brewing. The definitive coffee table book.
Umbra 522 black coffee, orange blossom & Cashmeran candle
- Available from Beauty Bay (£18)
Unlike many coffee candles, the heady scent of this UMBRA jar is not overpowering, offering warmth without being sickly sweet. We also love that it's sustainably made, cruelty and paraben free along with featuring a jar made from recycled materials. 3% of profits also go to Mind Charity.
Rococo espresso shots
Handcrafted in London, these drops of dark but sweet chocolate are shaped like little coffee beans and infused with roasted coffee and hazelnut to create a wonderful sweet treat for coffee lovers. These perfectly sized little morsels are great for accompanying a cup of coffee or slipping into a Christmas stocking.
Best coffee beans to give as gifts
- Available from Grind (from £9)
Grind’s signature House Blend achieves the perfect balance of long, sweet notes and acidity, without a hint of bitterness. It also comes in a metal, refillable tin. The brand also does a coffee subscription service, which will supply your giftee access to its house blends, starting at £13.50 per order.
Kiss The Hippo Coffee
- Available from Kiss The Hippo (from £10 for 250g)
Kiss The Hippo was only launched in 2018, but its team of professionals with impressive coffee credentials has established the brand as a coffee lovers’ go-to. Choose from their range of award-winning beans that come in cool, minimalist packaging.
- Available from Rave (from £3 for whole beans)
Based in Cirencester, Rave Coffee Roasters have approached the process with a simple goal; to make coffee sustainable, affordable and delicious. We brewed this coffee in a cafetière and loved its slight acidity and smooth, creamy texture.