DCILY’S Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2015



This week DCILY turned 6 years old (which is kind of crazy to think about) but also means that it’s time to inspire you with holiday gift ideas for all the coffee lovers in your life. DCILY is still dedicated to producing the coffee lover gift guide on the internet, although it has been quiet around here. So just like in years past, catch a fresh brewed cup (and your wish list) and enjoy this 2015 edition of DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide™.

Be sure to check out all of the past DCILY gift guides for more ideas:
2010 Gift Guide
| 2011 Gift Guide | 2012 Gift Guide | 2013 Gift Guide | 2014 Gift Guide

1. Fellow Stagg Kettle -$69- A present for the design nerd.  The Stagg is a superbly designed pour over kettle with a counterbalanced handle and an analog thermometer built into the lid. The kettle comes in a polished or a black finish.  Shop for Fellow Stagg Kettle

2. Coffee Lover Deluxe View  -$169- A gift for the horologist.  The Coffee Lover Deluxe watch is the second collaboration between DCILY and Hong Kong-based Moment Watches. The project celebrates the value of accuracy in coffee making and reminds you when it’s time to brew another cup. This 46mm watch has an automatic skeleton movement and is available in three different colors with a leather strap.  Shop for Moment Watches

3. Acaia Lunar Scale -$220- A gift for the serious barista.  The Acaia Lunar is a follow up to the success of the company’s first digital scale. The Lunar was created with espresso in mind. This premium digital scale is compact and water resistant, with a fast refresh rate.  Shop for Acaia Lunar

4. Fresh Coffee Beans -$15 to $22- A gift for the coffee interested.  Every coffee lover will love a bag of fresh roasted, high quality coffee beans to enjoy with all their fresh coffee toys. Lots of the coffee roasters I recommend are listed in the sidebar on the right side of this site. The bag pictured above is from Supersonic (a company I work with). Shop for Supersonic Coffee

5. Water for Coffee -$40- A gift for the science nerd.  The recently published book, Water for Coffee by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK Barista Champion) and Christopher Hendon (Chemist) explores the chemistry of water and the effect it has on the taste of coffee.  Shop for Water for Coffee

6. Soma Water Pitcher -$49- A Present for the purist.  If you happen to read the aforementioned book, you’ll learn how important water quality is to the flavor of your coffee. Since most home baristas don’t have access to an expensive water filtration system, a small, but attractive home filter like Soma will atleast improve what’s coming out of the tap.  Shop for Soma

7. Hario Kettle Thermometer -$68- A gift for the temperate.  The Hario Buono is probably the most popular and widely used pour over kettle on the market and Hario just made it a little better. This accessory contains a new lid with an integrated electronic thermometer for accurate temperature measurement.  It’s compatible with all new and old Hario Buono kettles.   Shop for Hario Thermometer

8. Lido 3 Grinder -$195- A present for the road warrier.  The Lido grinders out of Orphan Espresso are known to be the finest portable hand grinders you can purchase. With a price tag higher than many electric home grinders, you’d expect nothing less. The 48mm steel burrs will offer a consistent grind and it will be the source of jealousy among peers.  Shop for Lido 3

9. Drift Mag Subscription -$60- A present for the jet set.  Drift Magazine is one of the most beautiful and well written publications you’ll currently find about coffee. Each issue focuses on one specific city and topics range from cafe visits to a city’s cultural heritage with java.  Shop for Drift Magazine

10. Cupping Spoon Sock -$12- A gift for the aspiring green buyer.  A cupping spoon can be a wonderfully private thing for a java professional or aspiring coffee enthusiast. It is the tool used for slurping java to analyze how they taste.  Once you’ve acquired your own cupping spoon, then you should keep it secure with a one-of-a-kind hand made sock.  Shop for Cupping Spoon Sock

11. Jetboil -$100- A gift for the outdoorsman.  The Jetboil is by far my favorite tool for the outdoors. This compact propane stove will boil two cups of water in just two minutes, making trailside or campsite coffee breaks quickly and easy.   Shop for Jetboil

12. Acme Cups -$10 to $15- A gift for the morning ritual.  Acme is a Brand New Zealand-based firm that offers a modern take on classic ceramic drinkware. Their lovely range of colours and thick ceramic walls have made Acme the vessel of choice amongst many baristas and world class cafes.  Shop for Acme Cups

13. Dark Side of the Chemex Tee -$35- A Present for the Floyd fan.  This beautiful t-shirt by David Salinas from The Department of Brewology is a creative mix of the classic Pink Floyd album and the traditional Chemex brewing apparatus with its full spectrum of flavors on display.  Shop for Dark Side wracking

14. UE Boom 2 Speaker -$199- A gift for the music makers.  The music you brew to can be an important part of your coffee ritual, not to mention while you’re enjoying what’s in the cup. The UE Boom is a Bluetooth speaker using a minimal aesthetic and a giant audio. Great for adding the right vibe to your kitchen or your pop up coffee bar.  Shop for UE Boom Speaker

15. Breville Burr Grinder -$106- A gift for the pre-grinder.  The Breville BCG450 grinder is the absolute bare minimum that I would recommend for an electric grinder. But if you know anyone who’s still buying their coffee pre-ground, or chopping their beans with a knife grinder, ignore everything else on this list and get them a burr grinder–it will make the single largest improvement in their home brewing experience. This particular grinder works best for drip coffee, but you’ll discover other high-end grinder suggestions in the previous gift guides.  Shop for Breville Burr Grinder


*Purchasing from local shops is highly encouraged, but for those without the luxury of well-stocked businesses nearby, shopping through DCILY’s curated Amazon Store help support this site and the content you enjoy. *

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