DCILY’S Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2015



This week DCILY turned 6 years old (which is kind of crazy to think about) but that also means that it’s time to inspire you with holiday gift ideas for all of the coffee lovers in your life. Although it has been pretty quiet around here, DCILY is still dedicated to making the best coffee lover gift guide on the internet. So just like in years past, grab 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 gift for the design nerd. The Stagg is a beautifully designed pour over kettle with a counterbalanced handle and an analog thermometer built into the lid. The kettle comes in a polished or a matte black finish. Shop for Fellow Stagg Kettle

2. Coffee Lover Deluxe Watch -$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 importance of precision 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 designed 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 curious. Every coffee lover will appreciate a bag of fresh roasted, high quality coffee beans to enjoy with all of their new coffee toys. Many 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 newly published book, Water for Coffee by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood (UK Barista Champion) and Christopher Hendon (Chemist) explores the chemistry of water and the impact it has on the taste of coffee. Shop for Water for Coffee

6. Soma Water Pitcher -$49- A gift for the purist. If you happen to read the aforementioned book, you’ll learn how important water quality is to the taste of your coffee. Since most home baristas don’t have access to an expensive water filtration system, a modest, 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 includes a new lid with an integrated digital 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 gift for the road warrier. The Lido grinders from Orphan Espresso are known to be the best portable hand grinders you can buy. With a price tag higher than most electric home grinders, you would expect nothing less. The 48mm steel burrs will provide a consistent grind and it will be the source of envy among peers. Shop for Lido 3

9. Drift Mag Subscription -$60- A gift 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 history with coffee. Shop for Drift Magazine

10. Cupping Spoon Sock -$12- A gift for the aspiring green buyer. A cupping spoon can be a wonderfully personal thing for a coffee professional or aspiring coffee lover. It is the tool used for slurping coffees to analyze the way they taste. Once you’ve acquired your very own cupping spoon, you should keep it protected 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 fast and easy.  Shop for Jetboil

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

13. Dark Side of the Chemex Tee -$35- A gift for the Floyd fan. This lovely t-shirt by David Salinas from The Department of Brewology is a creative combination of the classic Pink Floyd album and the classic Chemex brewing device with its full spectrum of flavors on display. Shop for Dark Side Tees

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 with a minimal aesthetic and a giant sound. 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 is still buying their coffee pre-ground, or chopping their beans with a blade 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 will find other high-end grinder suggestions in the previous gift guides. Shop for Breville Burr Grinder


*Buying 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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