December 7, 2021

The Perfect Daily Grind holiday gift guide 2021

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Things have changed over the past 12 months. A year ago, many of us were preparing for a holiday season in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

But now, looking ahead, the world (and the coffee sector) is starting to recover. Coffee shops have opened their doors again, and while the pandemic is by no means over, there’s plenty to be positive about.

So, to celebrate this progress and to look ahead to the holidays with positivity, we’ve put together a selection of gift ideas for a range of budgets. Read on to find out more!

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Stocking fillers

Sometimes, the best gifts are small and thoughtful – a little something to show your appreciation.

Try a new roaster

Looking to just get someone a bag of roasted coffee? No problem – we’ve put together a list of a few roasters around the world.

Taf is a roaster based in Athens, Greece, which first opened its doors in 2009. It offers a range of roasts, all of which are sold as whole bean, ground, and capsule. As well as blends and single origin coffees, Taf offers the Taloumis Family Limited Reserve range – exclusive coffee lots from around the world, such as the Finca Deborah Geisha Opal Enigma.

For a roaster based at origin, try Chica Bean in Guatemala. Chica Bean exclusively sells Guatemalan coffees, which are roasted and shipped internationally. Every bag they sell also supports female coffee workers in Guatemala. 

Meanwhile, UK customers can try Kofra, a roaster based in Norwich. As well as individual bags of coffee, Kofra also offers a number of subscription services. These can be purchased on a weekly or monthly basis, with the option of automatic renewal. Nationwide shipping is generally between two and four days.

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Big Island Coffee Roasters’ Espresso Bites

From USD 24; EUR 20.98; GBP 17.85

Although Big Island Coffee Roasters’ Espresso Bites might look like slabs of chocolate, they’re made from 100% Hawaiian coffee and can be enjoyed as a snack or melted in hot milk.

Each bar contains the equivalent of two or three shots of espresso. They’re chocolate free, soy free, gluten free, and non-GMO, and you can try all three flavours (Smooth & Creamy, Salty & Sweet, Hawaiian Coffee & Cream) in one pack.

Sip-to-Suit Cards About Coffee

From USD 18.99; EUR 16.60; GBP 14.12

The Sip-to-Suit Cards About Coffee are premium playing cards designed specifically for coffee enthusiasts. Each card features useful information about various brewing methods, as well as tips on other parameters like water temperature, grind size, and brew ratio.

The cards can be useful for less experienced coffee drinkers, as some of them feature educational tips and drink recipes. You can even buy a waterproof version if you’re planning on using them behind the bar.

KRUVE IMAGINE latte art glasses

From USD 33.99; EUR 29.72; GBP 25.28

KRUVE’s IMAGINE milk glasses have been created with latte art in mind. The brand claims that the spherical inner design maintains a consistent surface area, which supposedly helps create distortion-free latte art.

The glasses come in three sizes and can also be used as cupping bowls. They’re made from hand-blown borosilicate glass, so they’re dishwasher safe, and their double wall design makes them cool to the touch. Comes in a set of two.

V60 Drip Kettle AIR

USD 18.50; EUR 16.17; GBP 13.76

Hario has continued to build on the V60 range with this Hario V60 Drip Kettle AIR, which now comes in a range of colours. It’s specifically aimed at beginners, as an alternative to other pouring kettles at slightly higher price points.

The AIR is made from PCT resin and includes water measurement lines on the inside, as well as a spout designed for pour over coffee.

AeroPress Go

From USD 31.95; EUR 27.93; GBP 23.76

The AeroPress Go is an adaptation of the classic AeroPress brewer, designed to be used on the go – whether that’s while travelling, camping, or even at your desk. It is entirely self-contained, including a mug, scoop, stirrer, and filter holder.

Although the unit is slightly smaller than the original AeroPress, it can still brew up to 237ml of coffee at a time. Its filter holder closes to hold up to 20 paper filters, and the brewer can be used to make delicious coffee in just a minute.

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Under the tree

Looking for something at a higher price point? These gifts are a great way to make a statement.

Peak Water filter jug

From USD 65.84; EUR 56.56; GBP 49.00

The Peak Water is an innovative adjustable home filter jug. Its filters use carbon matt filtration and something called “dual-ion resin” to remove organic compounds from the water and dechlorinate it, as well as ensuring optimal hardness levels.

The jug promises café-quality water from the comfort of your home. It’s made from BPA-free plastic and can filter up to 1.2l at a time. It’s especially useful for home baristas living in areas with medium to hard water. 

And if you’re not sure about your water hardness, then don’t worry; the Peak Water Starter Pack comes with two test strips to check your water hardness at home.

VacOne Air Brewer

USD 89; EUR 77.80; GBP 66.20

If you’re buying a gift for someone who loves collecting coffee gadgets, check out the VacOne Air Brewer. Its patent-pending mechanism uses an air vacuum to “pull” water through ground coffee. The manufacturer claims that this process reduces extraction time while also minimising bitterness and acidity.

The unit is powered by a rechargeable battery, which powers the fan that creates the vacuum. The VacOne comes bundled with a measuring spoon, metal mesh filter, borosilicate glass carafe, and charging cable, among other tools.

Royal Coffee’s Crown Jewels

From USD 128.26; EUR 112.12; GBP 95.38

Looking for something for a home or micro roaster? Royal Coffee’s Crown Jewels are 22lb (10kg) boxes of micro lot specialty coffee, sourced from a range of origins around the world.

Each box is accompanied by cupping notes, as well as information on how the coffee was grown and processed, and recommendations on how to roast it.

PDG Education course

Prices vary from course to course

PDG Education is a certified on-demand learning platform, with a range of online courses delivered by industry experts. Current instructors include Karl Wienhold of Cedro Alto Coffee and Edwin Harrison and Katie Thompson from Artisan Coffee School.

For more information on the platform and the courses, check out our article introducing PDG Education.

Weber Workshops Blind Shaker

From USD 78; EUR 68.19; GBP 58.01

Many baristas insist that using a good grind distribution tool is key to pulling delicious espresso shots. The Weber Workshops Blind Shaker is made to fit 58mm baskets and allows you to perfectly distribute your grinds before tamping.

Weber Workshops claims that the polished, smooth interior of the shaker prevents coffee grounds from sticking. The shaker has even been used at barista competitions around the world – a testament to its efficacy.

Pentair FreshPoint home filter system

From USD 109; EUR 95.30; GBP 81.08

If you’re looking for a way to overhaul your tap water without using a filter jug, check out the FreshPoint filter system. After installing it, turn on the tap for clean, refreshing water free of contaminants like chlorine, lead, and atrazine. Each cup of coffee is 98% water – so making sure yours is clean and filtered properly is important.

Pentair offers a range of FreshPoint systems, starting with the 1-Stage Under Counter Filtration System. This product comes with a dedicated faucet and filter which are easy to install yourself.

Baratza Encore

USD 169.95; EUR 150.44; GBP 126.55

The Baratza Encore is the go-to electric coffee grinder for many home coffee enthusiasts, and it has remained popular for years. 

The Encore has 40mm conical burrs, a hopper capacity of 227g, and a total weight of just 3.1kg, making it ideal for countertop use. Furthermore, its 40 separate grind settings mean it’s suitable for practically every home coffee brewing method.

Ally Coffee’s Essential Coffee Roasting Course

USD 195; EUR 170.48; GBP 145.05

Ally Coffee’s Essential Coffee Roasting Course is taught by Rob Hoos and Idli Revi, both of whom have years of experience in the coffee sector. The course consists of 14 instructional videos, complementary readings, and a 125-page companion workbook, all rolled into an accessible online package.

The programme covers the fundamentals of coffee roasting, including everything from roaster operation to the mechanics of roasting and evaluating your coffee. It’s perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

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Premium

If you’ve got a high budget for a special coffee lover in your life, you can always look for gifts that come with a premium price tag. Below are a few ideas.

Marco Ottomatic® 2.0

From USD 306.50; EUR 267.94; GBP 227.97

The Marco Ottomatic® 2.0 is a fully automated pour over coffee machine, designed to be compatible with brewers like the CHEMEX®. 

By carefully controlling the flow rate, the Ottomatic manages variables like contact time and temperature to brew perfect pour over filter coffee. It carries out the entire coffee brewing process with the push of a button.

PUQpress mini

USD 790; EUR 697.89; GBP 587.49

“No more sore arms” is the promise made by PUQpress, a company that specialises in manufacturing automatic tampers. Its PUQpress mini product is aimed at home baristas, and can be used to tamp up to 100 pucks a day.

The PUQpress mini works with all types of portafilters and can apply up to 30kg of pressure to improve extraction quality for every shot you pull. It comes in both black and white.

Fiorenzato AllGround Home

USD 778.11; EUR 680.33; GBP 579.23

Fiorenzato’s AllGround Home is a high-level grinder, perfect for home baristas looking to add to their coffee setup. Its 64mm titanium-coated food-grade steel burrs are powered by a 250W motor, guaranteeing a precise grind at a range of sizes.

The AllGround Home also has a rotating ring nut, which allows users to adjust grind size accurately and with little effort. It also has a “burr lifetime” of at least 1,400kg – meaning it will be with you for a while.

Dalla Corte Studio

USD 3,981.28; EUR 3,480.00; GBP 2,960.99

The Dalla Corte Studio might be expensive, but it is a one-of-a-kind machine for household coffee enthusiasts. While it is perfect for home and office use, it could also work for a small café.

The Studio’s clean digital display shows all relevant parameters for pulling perfect espresso, and its self-timer means energy loss is minimised. Other features include a 1,900W power output, a built-in steam wand, and a 4L water tank.

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During the holidays, giving someone the right gift can go a long way. We hope that this article has inspired your shopping list for the season, or at the very least given you a few ideas. 

Happy holidays from all of us here at Perfect Daily Grind!

Looking for more? Try our 2020 gift guide here.

If multiple prices are listed, please note they were converted using the XE currency converter in December 2021. Prices are also subject to change, and do not include shipping/delivery.

Additional content by Tasmin Grant.

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