DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2012

11.25

Dear Coffee, I Love You is approaching its three year anniversary [crazy!] of discovering and writing about the greatest things in the world of specialty coffee. With all the hours spent discovering, learning about and sharing new things, I’ve developed a growing wish list along with suggestions for upgrading and improving your own coffee experience. As a follow-up to the last two years 2010 & 2011 DCILY gift guides, I’m happy to share a new list of holiday gift suggestions for the coffee lovers in your life.

1. Hario V60 Drip Scale -$65- A gift for the trendsetting barista. I recently reviewed the new drip scale from Hario, which includes a timer built in to the display. It comes at a premium price, but was designed to work with an optional, drip tray and pour over stand (not included). It accurately measures up to 2000g and looks much better than the competition—sure to impress. Shop for Hario Drip Scale

2. Craft Coffee -$30 to $240- A gift for coffee curious connoisseurs. Craft Coffee began just over a year ago selling monthly subscriptions that include three 4oz bags of coffee from various specialty coffee roasters around the US (first-look review). It’s a great way to try coffee from several roasters and to learn about new ones before buying more than you can drink. Shop for Craft Coffee

3. Able Kone Filter v.3 -$60- A gift for paper-conscious Chemex lovers. The Kone was listed on the very first Gift Guide, but since then, some changes have been made for the better. Version 3 of the popular Kone filter is safer, more rigid and brews a much cleaner cup. Read a full review including comparisons with past versions. Shop for Kone

4. Porlex Mini Mill -$75- A gift for the traveling barista. The Porlex Mini is a hand crank, ceramic burr grinder thats better then pretty much every electric burr grinder for the same price. It’s well made and fits perfectly inside an AeroPress for compact packing. It’s the ultimate grinder for any nomad’s traveling coffee kit. Shop Porlex Mini

5. Organic Cotton V60 Filter -$10- A gift for the v60 loyalist. The Hario V60 is a well-trusted brew method that’s been put to the test by countless cups of coffee over the years. For someone looking to experiment more with cup quality but has no interest in giving up their beloved cone, these organic cotton filters from American Coffee Trader add a whole new dimension and clarity to the cup. Shop Cotton Filters

6. DCILY KeepCup -$15 to $17- A gift for coffee drinkers on-the-go. The KeepCup is a reusable replacement for disposable paper cups–it’s not a thermos. They are perfect for brewing directly into while traveling, especially with an AeroPress. I’ve happily used mine in trains, planes, automobiles and boats. Shop for KeepCup

7. NotNeutral Lino Cups -$15 to $40- A gift for design-minded homebodies. There’s nothing better than a proper ceramic cup to enjoy your coffee from. I’ve yet to find another cup that I enjoy holding and drinking from as much as the Lino. Co-designed with Intelligenstia Coffee, these uniquely shaped cups properly elevate the at-home coffee experience. Shop for NotNeutral Cups

8. Bonavita Variable Kettle -$90- A gift for the technical perfectionist. As the search for the perfect cup of coffee expands, so does the myriad of technical details you can control in an attempt to improve your coffee. This flagship kettle from Bonavita combines the pouring control of many other gooseneck kettles with electric boiling and variable temperature control within 1 to 2°. Shop for a Bonavita Kettle

9. The Coffee Story -$10- A gift for the caffeinated bookworm. Peter Salmon’s debut novel will not teach you anything about coffee, but as the lead character Teddy, heir to his family’s coffee company lies dying in a hospital bed, you’ll learn all about his father, his wives and his treasonous ways. From Teddy’s travels in Ethiopia, England and New York, this book is heavily styled, vulgar, and hilarious. Shop for The Coffee Story

10. Trip to Melbourne & WBC2013 -$2500- A gift that won’t be forgotten. At the top of my list and anyone else’s’ who is just as abnormally excited about the coffee industry, a trip to the 2013 World Barista Championship in Melbourne is the ultimate gift. The chance to experience the countries massive café culture and witness the world’s best baristas compete live is a stocking stuffer to remember. WBC 2013 in Melbourne

*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 and sponsors help support this site and the content you enjoy.*

For more gift inspiration, browse past gift guides:
2010 Coffee Lover Gift Guide
| 2011 Coffee Lover Gift Guide

posted by on 11.25.2012, under Gift Guides, Products

DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2011

11.28

Dear Coffee, I Love You is approaching its two year anniversary of discovering and writing about the greatest things in the world of specialty coffee. With all the hours spent finding, learning about and sharing new things, I’ve developed a growing wish list along with suggestions for upgrading and improving your own coffee experience. As a follow-up to last years 2010 DCILY gift guide, I’m happy to share an all new list of holiday gift suggestions for the coffee lovers in your life.

1. AWS 1kg Pocket Scale -$10- A gift for the precision-minded barista. I’ve previously written about the “power of the scale” and how important it is to maintain consistency in coffee brewing. This scale provides an affordable first step. It’s compact, great for travel and measures .1g up to 1000g. Shop for AWS-1KG

2. DCILY Gear -$13 to $40- A gift for those who consider t-shirts high fashion. In the last year DCILY has slowly begun to grow from being just a blog to much more. Its a creative outlet for me to design cool products that I’d want for myself, and hope others will be just as excited about. This fall I launched a line of shirts and am currently producing custom KeepCups for those on the go. Shop for DCILY Gear

3. Baratza Virtuoso -$200- A gift for grinding coffee on a whole new level. A coffee grinder is one of the most important—and overlooked—investments to improve your coffee at home. A quality burr grinder will insure consistency in grind size which allows proper extraction. The Virtuoso is a top notch grinder for most brew methods and what I personally used in the States. For just filter coffee, the lower-cost Maestro is great and if you know someone who’s been extra good this year—the Vario-W will ensure they stay good. Shop for Baratza Virtuoso

4. Handsome Gift Box -$75- A gift for Handsome fanboys. Handsome Coffee may be this years hottest new thing. The boys at Handsome are the Kone of 2011, only less “S&M” and more “please marry me.” They’ve put together a beautiful and limited gift set, including a 6oz porcelain mug from Italy, laser-etched wood box and a bag of their finest product—handsomely roasted coffee. Shop Handsome Coffee

5. Coffee Story: Ethiopia -$65- A gift for coffee lovers who love coffee books. This beautifully photographed book captures the story of coffee in its homeland of Ethiopia. It tells the tale of a country whose culture is based on not just on the cultivation of coffee but also the tradition of drinking it themselves. Order a copy

6. OXO Press Pot -$35- A gift for the traditionalist. The press post (or French press) is one of the easiest ways to start brewing coffee at home. Disliked by some for the “silty” mouthfeel it produces, many people love them for that very same reason. I’ve written about my appreciation for the French press before, and think it’s a great step to improve home brewing. While Bodum is the classic choice, these new OXO press pots are designed well and include a silicone scoop that rests beneath the grounds to make cleaning much easier.  Shop for OXO Press Pots

7. Grinder Cleaning Brush -$3- A gift for anyone who doesn’t have one. With the grinder being such an important—and pricey—investment, it needs to be kept clean to preform at its best and for as long as it can. If you aren’t using dark oily beans or flavored coffee beans, brushing off the burrs once a week will keep things surprisingly tidy and your coffee tasty. Shop for a cleaning brush

8. Hario Buono Kettle -$50- A gift for the aspiring coffee aficionado. If you know someone who brews pour over coffee while trying their best to control the water flow from a large-mouthed electric kettle, they’re probably waiting for someone to buy them this. While its not necessary for brewing, it makes life much easier and more enjoyable. Shop for a Buono Kettle

9. Kalita Single Use Drippers -$10- A gift for the jetsetter or camper. For those who have to pack light, even an AeroPress can be too much sometimes. For those occasions, there are the Kalita Katan single-use drippers. These little guys unfold and sit atop your cup, with a built in filter for pour over coffee anywhere you need it. Kalita also makes its own unique pour over system and a gorgeous kettle. Shop for Kalita Drippers

10. Technivorm Moccamaster -$300- A gift for gatherings and lazy sundays. The Moccamaster is pretty much the only electric drip coffee maker that coffee professionals recommend. The reason it costs more than most coffee makers you’ll find at the store, is that this one actually works. This brewer can maintain the water temperature necessary for proper extraction and does so very quickly. These beautifully designed machines are also handmade in The Netherlands which adds quality & cost. Shop for Technivorm

11. The Clive Stand -$195- A gift for the craft-minded V60 fan. The Clive Stand is how I first discovered Clive Coffee (now a sponsor of this site) and have been continually impressed by their design conscious decisions. These stands are beautifully hand made from salvaged Oregon Walnut and I’m still longing for the day I have one sitting on my counter. Shop for the Clive Stand

12. GoCoffeeGo Gift Cards -$50- A gift for coffee lovers with everything. The only gift to appear on last year’s list as well because of its broad functional appeal. 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

*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 supports this site and the content you enjoy.*

posted by on 11.28.2011, under Gift Guides, Misc., Products

Meet GoCoffeeGo and Win $40 in Coffee

05.31

I’d like to introduce you to a new partner who joins Presso, in supporting all that goes on here at Dear Coffee, I Love You. Meet GoCoffeeGo, a company whose quirky Mod-themed website allows you to browse and order coffee from a growing, but carefully vetted list of great coffee roasters—all in one place. Once you’ve placed an order, it’s routed to the roaster who fulfills it with fresh roasted coffee shipped to your door.

So why not order directly from the roaster? If you already have a great relationship and unshakeable loyalty to a specific roaster, then by all means order directly from them. I definitely have my favorite roasters (a number of them sell through GoCoffeeGo), but I also love discovering new roasters and experiencing what else is out there.

GoCoffeeGo provides the opportunity to find quality roasters you may not have heard of, while also allowing you to schedule weekly shipments of coffee from the ones you already love. My favorite thing about the site is their Auto-Ship tool, which functions like a “Netflix queue” for your coffee. You can add all the coffees you’re interested in trying, from as many roasters as you like, and schedule how often you want them shipped to you. You can rearrange and edit your queue as you like, and if a roaster happens to sell out of a particular coffee, you’ll be notified and your queue adjusts itself accordingly.

I first discovered one of my favorite roasters, PTs Coffee, through GoCoffeeGo and I continue to enjoy the convenience it creates while exploring new roasters. It’s not the only place I order coffee from, but depending on your personal routine, the coffee and espresso beans from GoCoffeeGo may be all you’ll ever need—so check them out.

 


To launch this partnership right, we’re giving away a $40 Gift Card to GoCoffeeGo, along with a DCILY mug for the lucky winner to enjoy their coffee from. Here’s all you need to do to enter:

1. Visit GoCoffeeGo and browse all the great coffee they offer.
2. Come back here and leave a comment sharing the first two coffees you would order—roaster & coffee name.
3. Sunday night (June 5th) I will randomly pick one person from all the entries and announce the winner on Monday.

Easy right? Tweeting and sharing on Facebook won’t get you more entries, but it will give you good karma points. So start browsing, sharing and shopping and you may be treated to a pretty awesome reward next week.

 

 

 

posted by on 05.31.2011, under Misc., Products

DCILY’s Coffee Lover Gift Guide 2010

12.08

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

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