‘Twas a few nights before Christmas and all through the house, I have no clue if anything was stirring, because I’m off for a weeks vacation. I’m leaving you with this heart warming video from the Tims about faith, family, and coffee brewing devices. If you haven’t seen the original “Craft“, I highly recommend watching that first—posted below.
Merry Christmas, Festivus and Hanukkah from DCILY.
As the the weather turns cold and the decorative lights come out, the color of coffee cups tend to change along with the festivities. This year, there’s a new holiday cup to be seen with while walking around town (for those who must take their coffee to-go) and a new set of ceramic for you to enjoy near the comfort of an open fire (chestnuts roasting?).
Intelligentsia has livened up their paper products and released a set of lovely new mugs for winter, inspired by the likes of Flemish renaissance painter Pieter Bruegel. So, if you happen to live near one of their locations, you might find yourself carrying not just a great looking holiday cup this year, but one with something delicious inside.
Once you’ve found yourself in the vicinity of the these jovial new cups, you’re likely not far from the new Intelligentsia X Askinosie chocolate bars either. Made in collaboration with the Award-winning mid-western chocolatiers, the dark chocolate bars are made with 77% single origin Philippine cocoa and Intelligentsia’s Organic La Perla de Oaxaca coffee from Mexico. If you can avoid eating them yourself, these would probably make mighty fine stocking stuffers. Now, if only there were an Intelli down on Kungsgatan.
Dear Coffee, I Love You has spent over a year discovering and writing about the greatest things going on in the coffee world. This guide could be much larger, but I’ve narrowed it down to my favorite ten items that will make fantastic gifts for anyone who loves coffee.
1. Chemex -$40- A gift for the design connoisseur in your life. The Chemex was invented in 1939 by a Bauhaus inspired chemist from Germany and resides in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The thick filter creates a very clean cup and the technique allows you to have maximum control over brewing variables. Shop for a Chemex
2. Sowden SoftBrew -$50- A gift for French press fans who need all the latest toys. The Sowden SoftBrew was just released this fall. Designed by George Sowden, who has worked with houseware legends Alessi and Pyrex, the SoftBrew is a “less violent” way to brew coffee while keeping the oil rich flavors in tact. The beautiful porcelain jug wraps around a stainless steel, photo-etched filter that fully immerses the grounds, while keeping out more sediment than a press pot. Shop for a SoftBrew
3. Coava Filters -$50- A gift for every eco-conscious, coffee drinking steam punk. These stainless steel filters from Coava Coffee use photo-etching technology to create a reusable, stainless steel filter for the Chemex and AeroPress. They’re made entirely in the USA, from Ohio Steel and offer the control of the Chemex and AeroPress brewing methods without filtering away all of the coffee oils and texture you get in a press pot. Shop for Coava Filters
4. Coffee with Tim Wendelboe -$70- A gift for the bibliophile who absorbs as much information as they do coffee. Written by former Barista World Champion Tim Wendelboe, this book is a beautiful addition to every coffee lover’s library. It’s full of beautiful photos and approachable information that follows coffee from crop to cup. It also discusses Tim’s professional views on issues such as Fair Trade and light roasts. Order a copy
5. God In A Cup -$17- A gift for bookworms who love a good read with their coffee. This must-read book follows the journey of some of coffee’s third wave heroes, including Geoff Watts (Intelligentsia), Duane Sorenson (Stumptown), and Peter Giuliano (Counter Culture) as they visit origins around the world and move the coffee industry forward. Order a copy
6. Hario Mini Mill -$33- A gift for the caffeinated fitness fiend. The Hario Mini Mill (and its big brother, the Skerton) allow you to get a consistent quality grind (as well as a nice workout), with no electricity. It’s half the cost of a decent electric burr grinder, but produces grounds much better than cheaper alternatives. Shop for a Mini Mill
7. Presso -$150- A gift for the espresso addicted treehugger in your life. The Presso is a beautifully designed & engineered, manual espresso machine. For the price, it’s hard to get a better shot of espresso at home. It’s made from recyclable materials and it’s always fun to use. Shop for a Presso
8. AeroPress -$30- A gift for the nomadic coffee snob on your list. This odd looking device is completely portable and brews a great cup of coffee. It’s plastic, so it won’t break, and it uses a lower water temp that’s easier to achieve while traveling. This has quickly become a must-have item for every coffee aficionado. Shop for an AeroPress
9. DCILY Coffee Prints -$30- A gift for the snarky barista or café owner you know. The Dear Coffee, I Love You prints not only support your favorite coffee blogger, but they will look great in any home, office, or café. Printed on high-quality paper with archival inks, custom colors available by request. Shop for DCILY Prints
10. GoCoffeeGo Gift Cards -$50- A gift for the coffee addict with absolutely everything. Even if you have all the latest equipment, you still need great coffee beans. GoCoffeeGo has curated some of the best coffee roasters in the US to create a selection where you can’t go wrong. With their Netflix-like tool “Auto-Ship,” you can customize your own never-ending coffee subscription. Shop for GoCoffeeGo Giftcards