Looking for the best products to gift — and to get — this holiday season? Check out Underscored’s Holiday Guide here.
From fancy, flavorful beans and subscription services to tools such as grinders and coffee makers, we’ve rounded up a slew of coffee gifts certain to please any java junkie. Settle in with a steaming cuppa, maybe a biscotti or two, and get shopping.
Atlas Coffee Club Subscription (starting at $9 per shipment; atlascoffeeclub.com)
Your lucky gift recipient will get a chance to taste the world with this coffee subscription service. Each box includes a curated coffee plus a postcard from the featured country, tasting notes and brewing tips. Choose from half-bag, single-bag or double-bag options, frequency of delivery (every two or four weeks), roast preference and grind type and settle in on a new coffee adventure each month. Check out our review of Atlas here.
Blue Bottle Gift Subscription (starting at $11 per shipment; bluebottlecoffee.com)
Upgrade any coffee routine when you give a gift subscription to Blue Bottle Coffee, which we named the best coffee subscription service of 2021. Simply choose from a dozen freshly roasted, whole-bean coffee types, including assortments, blends, iced coffee, espressos and decaf and select your preferred subscription. Then be sure to pop over with scones in hand to sample the goods. You can now get a subscription at an exclusive price. Use code CNNHOLIDAY5 to get $5 off your subscription now through Jan. 31, 2022.
Trade Coffee Subscription (starting at $12.50 per bag; drinktrade.com)
Curating more than 400 craft coffees from across the nation, a Trade subscription starts with a short quiz about how you take and make your coffee (coffee maker, French press, etc.), experience level, preferred roast level, taste, grounds or whole beans, regular or decaf and price range. You’ll then be matched with curated recommendations (we got a Guatemalan roast from Denver’s Huckleberry and a washed roast from PT’s in Topeka, Kansas). Then customize delivery frequency and grind setting and start discovering your favorite brews.
The Black Box from Angels’ Cup (starting at $17.99 per box; angelscup.com)
Adventurous coffee drinkers will appreciate a one-time gift subscription to the Black Box from Angel’s Cup. Each Black Box contains a mystery flight of four 2.75-ounce coffees, allowing tasters to blindly sample each flavor before comparing origin notes with the roastmaster. Choose delivery frequency (weekly or every two, three or four weeks) and three-, six- or 12-box subscriptions (for a one-time payment). Monthly recurring subscriptions and other flight options are also available.
Old Town Spice Shop Hopped Up Coffee Sampler ($20; etsy.com)
Have a beer lover who also loves a good coffee buzz on your list? You can’t go wrong with this top-selling Etsy set that gets rave reviews for blends that mimic various suds styles. The box includes four 2.5-ounce bags of Hopped Up Coffee, one each of Chocolate Stout, Black IPA, Winter Warmer and Scottish Ale. Cheers!
InfuSio Gourmet Ground Coffee Variety Pack ($24.99; amazon.com)
On the hunt for stocking stuffers? This gourmet pack comes with eight 8-ounce blends to suit all sorts of coffee tastes: the medium City Roast Blend, rich Colombian Supremo, dark French Roast, bright Costa Rica Blend, robust Chicory Coffee, infused Vanilla Creme, smooth Texas Pecan and sweet Creme Brulee. The only question is which one to brew first.
Starbucks Ground Coffee Holiday Variety Pack ($25.99; amazon.com)
Bleary-eyed gift recipients will perk right up when they unwrap this three-pack of medium-roast coffees from Starbucks. They’ll get an 11-ounce bag of Peppermint Mocha, a 10-ounce bag of Holiday Blend and a 12-ounce bag of Pike Place, all made with 100% arabica beans, and you’ll get a hearty “thank you.”
Bean Box World Coffee Tour ($89.99; amazon.com)
Perfect for your officemate or BFF who is constantly brewing yet another pot, this gourmet whole-bean gift box includes 16 1.8-ounce bags of freshly roasted whole-bean coffee along with tasting notes, brewing tips and roaster profiles. Included are a variety of beans, from fruity African and chocolatey Latin American roasts to earthy Sumantran blends. Ground beans also available.
Bodum Bistro Electric Burr Coffee Grinder ($90.51, originally $143; amazon.com)
Another favorite from our coffee grinder test pool, this Bodum burr model got raves for its preset timer, 12 adjustable grind settings, cling-free glass catcher, consistency and cool, modern aesthetics (bonus: it comes in white, black and, our favorite, poppy red).
Hamilton Beach Fresh Grind Electric Coffee Grinder ($16.99; amazon.com)
For those just dipping their toes in the craft coffee experience, Hamilton Beach’s grinder is a nice place to start. With more than 36,000 mostly rave reviews, it’s noted for being quieter than other models, as well as its hidden cord storage and durable stainless steel blades. Use it to grind spices, too.
Baratza Virtuoso+ Conical Burr Grinder ($249.95; amazon.com and walmart.com)
Whether the person on your gift list is already serious about coffee or has expressed interest in making it a hobby, you can’t go wrong with the Baratza Virtuoso+ conical burr coffee grinder. The grinder, with its digital timer, backlit grounds bin, whopping 40 grind settings and sleek look took top honors in our coffee grinder testing and simply can’t be beat when it comes to getting the perfect grind for any style of brew.
Porlex Mini Stainless Steel Coffee Grinder ($66.50; amazon.com)
Shopping for a travel fanatic who’s crazy about good coffee? This Porlex mini coffee grinder is the perfect gift. Weighing only 8 ounces, it’s ideal for slipping into a carry-on bag but still offers precision grinding. Featuring 18 grind settings and spring-loaded ceramic burrs, it’s just what you need to grind up enough beans for a cup or two from a hotel room, campsite or the comfort of your own kitchen.
Braun BrewSense Drip Coffee Maker ($89.95, originally $120.95; amazon.com)
This winner in CNN Underscored’s coffee maker tests gets points for its 12-cup capacity, 24-hour programmable timer, a variety of settings (from one to four cups to a full pot) and—our fave—a brew-pause system that allows you to snag a cup without dripping at any time during the brew cycle.
Hario Mizudashi Cold Brew Coffeepot ($22.50, originally $24.50; amazon.com)
If there’s an iced coffee fan on your gift list, you’ll want to snap up this cold brew coffee maker that took top honors during CNN Underscored’s cold brew maker test. Simply add 80 grams of coffee grounds to the machine, top with water, stir and let it sit in the fridge overnight. In the morning, just pour, enjoy and say, “ahh!”
Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus ($147.99; amazon.com)
For those who prefer to drink by the cup rather than a full pot, you can’t do much better than the Breville Nespresso VertuoPlus. Choose from a variety of sizes, including single and double espresso pods and 5-, 8- and 14-ounce coffees, plus a slew of great-tasting blends and roasts. The large 40-ounce water tank means you can brew several cups without refilling and its 15-second heat-up time means no waiting around for that first sip. Bonus: The machine comes with a starter set of Nespresso Vertuo capsules so you can get going right out of the box.
Chemex Pour-Over 8-Cup Glass Coffee Maker ($46.68; amazon.com)
Fine art meets caffeinated goodness with Chemex’s classic, elegant glass coffee maker that turns out a delicious pour-over brew. Simple and easy to use, the glass doesn’t absorb odors and can be warmed on a glass stovetop or gas flame at low heat so your coffee stays piping hot.