19 Gifts for Your Friends Who Like Coffee More Than People
If there’s one thing every traveler needs, it’s energy. And while some have the natural ability to hop off a red-eye flight pumped up and ready to go, others require a little bit of assistance.
A traveler’s passion for java isn’t just about the caffeine rush, however. Exploring the coffee shops in a new destination can be one of the best ways to get a peek into the everyday life of locals, gain a better understanding of their culture, and even learn some of their country’s history.
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Whether you’re people-watching over a café au lait at a sidewalk table in Paris, throwing back an espresso at a bar in Rome, chatting over cafecitos streetside in Havana, or sipping a creamy ca phe trung as motorbikes speed by in Hanoi, the powerful beverage can give your day a boost in more ways than one.
We’ve compiled coffee gift ideas that will stir up any traveler’s passion for a good cup of joe, from coffee gift sets and accessories they can take on the road to coffee deliveries that will help them recreate the aromas of their favorite destinations. Because there are endless places to explore and adventures to seek — but first, coffee.
La Colombe Coffee Survivor Kit
The perfect gift for coffee drinkers with an adventurous side, La Colombe’s handy kit was crafted with the outdoorsy traveler in mind. The gift set includes a tube of coffee beans, a hand grinder, a portable pot, two stainless steel camping cups, fuel logs, and a canvas carrying case.
To buy: lacolombe.com, $188
Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine
Nespresso’s latest miniature machine is ultra-light (5.1 lbs.), more compact than ever, and quick (heating up in under 30 seconds), making it a must-have for the espresso fiend with tight space and an even tighter schedule — or for the caffeine-addicted traveler who feels most prepared when packing the comforts of home.
To buy: amazon.com, $105
Bean Box World Coffee Tour Gourmet Sampler
Not your average gift basket, this world tour in a box will take curious coffee lovers on a whirlwind trip and awaken them to the flavors of blends from Africa to Latin America to Hawaii. The 16 roasts included in the box come from 16 regions across five continents.
To buy: amazon.com, $89
Coffee Tasting Waxed Canvas Refillable Journal
For the coffee drinker who’s always willing to try something new, this refillable coffee journal is the gift that keeps on giving. The handsewn cover gives way to pages primed for detailed tasting notes, from aroma and flavor to body and acidity, making it easy to keep track of the best blends sampled on their travels.
To buy: etsy.com, from $30
Beardsman Oil Co. Cuban Coffee Beard Balm
Any true coffee connoisseur knows the power of a café Cubano, so why stop at drinking it? This beard balm, handmade with coffee beans and natural ingredients including hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, and beeswax, will wake him up before his first sip of coffee — and keep him looking fresh, wherever his journey may take him.
To buy: etsy.com, $18
Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Coffee Weekender Travel Kit
With two packets of Blue Bottle coffee grinds, a travel dripper, two tumblers, filters, and felt sleeves in one compact canvas and leather bag, this is the coffee collaboration on-the-go java nuts didn’t know they needed.
To buy: bluebottlecoffee.com, $95
Hello You Strong Cup of Coffee Scented Candle
Perfect for a late afternoon pick-me-up without the caffeine jitters or a warm welcome home after a long trip, this eight-ounce, hand-poured soy candle will fill the room with the comforting scent of fresh-brewed coffee. You’ll be thought of fondly each time the candle is lit — especially since you can customize the label with a personal message.
To buy: etsy.com, $18
Contigo Thermalock TwistSeal Eclipse Stainless Steel Travel Mug
This to-go mug may be cute, but more importantly its leak-proof, clean-guard lid ensures precious coffee stays in and nasty germs stay out, no matter where you are or how you got there. The Thermalock vacuum insulation will keep your drink hot for up to seven hours, and iced coffee cold for up to 18.
To buy: amazon.com, $18
Bialetti 6-Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker
When you want to give the gift of la dolce vita but can’t splurge on a plane ticket to Italy, a classic Bialetti espresso maker might just be the answer. If the authentic flavor doesn’t transport them, the iconic mustached Bialetti mascot sitting on their stovetop will.
To buy: amazon.com, $27
Coffee Registry Pour Over Coffee Stand ‘The Explorer’
This stylish, Victorian-inspired pour over coffee stand from the Colorado-based Coffee Registry is an impressive present for the coffee connoisseur with an appreciation for design, history, and the flavor that comes with that fresh mountain air.
To buy: ahalife.com, $161
Altura The Tube: Cold Brew Coffee Maker and Tea Infuser Kit
The cold brew trend has the coffee world buzzing, and this simple accessory makes it easy to create at home. All the recipient of this genius gift will need to do is place the steel tube in a wide-mouth mason jar (not included), add coarse coffee grinds and water, and let it steep overnight to brew up to 64 ounces of the strong stuff.
To buy: amazon.com, $14
Mouth Easy Like Sunday Morning Gift Set
One of the most luxurious parts of being on vacation is sitting down for a leisurely breakfast. Give your friends’ homes relaxing bed and breakfast vibes with this kit that thinks of everything, from the Vermont maple syrup, berry jam, granola, and whole grain pancake mix to the DIY cold brew kit and Bloody Mary mix.
To buy: mouth.com, $91
Kate Spade One Smart Cookie Mug Set
These adorable dessert-printed mugs will transport your coffee talk crew to a French patisserie with every sip, and maybe even inspire you to finally book that girls’ trip to Paris.
To buy: katespade.com, $40
Bamboo & Cork French Press
Your eco-conscious friends will love this glass, cork, and bamboo French Press, which makes hot and cold brew coffee and has zero impact on the environment. Every purchase helps provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. That’s what we call drinking responsibly.
To buy: globein.com, $45
HyperChiller Rapid Drink Chiller
Iced coffee fans will go crazy for this handy device, whether they’re using it at home or packing it for visits to hot coffee-centric countries. After freezing the HyperChiller overnight, just pour steaming coffee straight from the pot into the capsule and watch it cool off by 130 degrees in 60 seconds.
To buy: thegrommet.com, $30
uHome Camera Lens Travel Thermos
For the friend in your feed whose Instagram account is too good not to be caffeine-powered, this travel thermos for hot and cold beverages is modeled after a Canon camera lens. Pair a gift as thoughtful as this with a few extra “likes” as you’re scrolling, and you just might get invited on their next trip.
To buy: amazon.com, $11
Everlong Print Co. Coffee Print
For a world traveling coffee drinker, keeping all those cups straight can be confusing. This cheat sheet, hand-printed in England, features 24 popular coffees that serve as a cute kitchen decoration and a necessary reminder of the differences between a cappuccino, a flat white, and a latte macchiato.
To buy: etsy.com, $44
The Coffee Scrub
Dried 100 percent organic Arabica coffee meets natural vitamins and oils to bring the restorative powers of coffee to skincare in this popular face and body scrub that is said to fight issues such as acne, cellulite, sunspots, dry skin, and puffy eyes. Gift it to the frequent flier as an instant post-plane pick-me-up or to the friend who never leaves the house without a cup of coffee and a morning beauty ritual.
To buy: amazon.com, $19
CUPS e-Gift Card
Any coffee fan who spends time on the road will appreciate the gift of CUPS, a coffee credit that can be used at hundreds of participating coffee shops across the United States. When they download the CUPS app and use your gift, they’ll be guided towards local hidden gem coffee shops and save 15 percent on every cup.
To buy: cupsapp.com, $10-100