Ideally, the recipient of your coffee gift should be someone who loves the stuff. That being said, everyone is different. Some pod-heads just want a quick shot and don't care where it comes from. Others on the more hipster end of the scale need to know the full name of who grew the bean, the roast, the grind, the pressure of the machine and more. Most people fall somewhere between the two, but these gifts cover the whole scale.
According to the British Coffee Association, around 95 million cups of coffee are drunk every day in the UK alone, so it’s fair to say it’s pretty universally popular. Coffee gifts work so well because coffee itself is so every day. There won't be any re-gifting or attic-forgetting here. Instead, your gift will be enjoyed quickly and likely re-purchased (the ultimate sign your gift was spot on). Speaking of re-purchasing, we've added in some great coffee subscriptions, as this is a trend that isn't going away.
You may be wondering how many different gifts there actually are. Trust us, there's plenty of choice beyond a nice bag of beans. There is actually a huge variety of different options when it comes to coffee-related gifts. From gift sets and flavoured coffees to subscription services and accessories, there’s bound to be something that will put a smile on the face of your java-crazy gift recipient.
With so many different types of coffee gifts to choose from, it can be difficult knowing where to look and what to buy. To give you a hand we’ve put together a guide below to the best on the market. We’ve included a range of different styles of coffee gift, covering all price points, so there’s guaranteed to be something that fits the bill.
SKIP TO THE RIGHT SECTION FOR YOU
Best Coffee Subscription Services
If you're wanting to buy something a little bit different as a gift, why not treat someone to a coffee subscription? What coffee subscription services basically do is regularly deliver fresh coffee straight to your door, ensuring that you never run out. There are plenty of different services out there but these are a few of our favourites.
Rave Coffee Subscription
What: Rave Coffee’s subscription service is all about simplicity, sustainability and affordability. Pick between traditional coffee, and discovery coffee and then say how you prefer to brew your coffee and you’re on the way. You can choose how much coffee you want to be delivered every month and there’s even the option of free gift wrapping. The coffee also comes with great little note cards which tell you about the origin and tasting notes.
How much: From £7.95
Sign up to Rave Coffee Subscription
Union Coffee Subscription
What: If you’re buying a subscription for someone who really knows their coffee, Union Coffee’s service could be just the one you’re looking for. Offering a huge range of speciality coffees, the flexible service allows you to either choose the exact coffee you want or have it chosen for you, with the option to have it delivered weekly, fortnightly or monthly. There’s also the choice to upgrade to a fine or rare plan which give you access to particularly special coffees from micro lots.
How much: From £14.95
Sign up to Union Coffee Subscription
Caravan Coffee Roasters Subscription
What: Caravan has long been one of our favourite coffee shops in London, and now has multiple branches. However, it’s now added another string to its bow with a fantastic coffee subscription service. The ordering process is one of the easiest out there; simply choose from a selection of blends and decide how often you want the coffee to be delivered and you’re sorted. The fantastic quality of Caravan’s coffee is also undeniable.
How much: From £28.50 for a three-month subscription
Sign up to Caravan Coffee Roasters Subscription
Volcano Coffee Works Subscription
What: Volcano Coffee Works was founded in 2010 with a simple goal: create an ethical roastery that would bring great coffee to the UK while supporting local communities and growers. Now the company offers brew kits, subscriptions and more. There are quite a few to choose from, including a “roaster’s choice”, with different beans selected for you each month. Plus, the farmers who grow the beans are paid double the Fair Trade standard. Volcano also make bio-degradable, Nespresso compatible pods.
How much: From £10.50 per month
Sign up to Volcano Coffee Works Coffee Subscription
Assembly Coffee Subscription
What: Assembly Coffee is a more upmarket subscription compared to the others on this list. Choose from a range of combinations, as well as chic coffee accessories like minimalist cups and coffee makers. The subscriptions are called combination, contemporary and classic, each one offering a different selection of beans and roasts.
How much: £21.00
Sign up to Assembly Coffee Subscription
Pact Coffee Subscription
What: As soon as you land on the Pact website, you’ll see what they’re going for: no fuss, straightforward coffee. This cheerful company dished out 21 million cups in 2020 and show no signs of slowing down. Subscriptions are flexible here - choose your coffee, choose how often you want it and cancel or reschedule at any time.
How much: From £6.95
Sign up to Pact Coffee Subscription
Balance Coffee Subscription
What: Balance is another affordable, flexible subscription worth checking out. The company takes coffee seriously, focusing on ethically sourced beans from the best farms in the world. While there are plenty of choices including bean, roast and grind, you can also choose bundles that focus on discovery, energy or relaxation.
How much: From £8.50
Sign up to Balance Coffee Subscription
Best Coffee Accessories
Given that coffee is just one type of hot drink, there are so many different accessories and coffee-related gifts on the market. These are our picks of the best gifts for coffee lovers.
What: This gizmo needs little introduction. Designed by the same guy as the Flying Disc, this coffee maker ticks all the boxes. It’s portable. It’s lightweight. Each part is replaceable. It’s easy and super quick to use. What more could you want?
How much: £30
Buy the AeroPress
Bespoke Hidden Message Handmade Mug
What: Make your gift extra special with a little personal touch. This handmade mug isn’t just great at transporting coffee to your mouth, it also has a hidden message at the bottom. Once the recipient of your gift finishes their cuppa, the message is revealed. What you write in those 45 characters, however, is up to you.
How much: £24.95
Buy the Bespoke Hidden Message Handmade Mug
Delonghi Dedica Style EC685.M Pump Espresso
What: We had to include a full, barista-style machine on here, and this is arguably the best. It’s not cheap, but it does come with free espresso shot glasses. This stylish Italian machine will give you a perfect, smooth espresso every time. It also has a milk frother, so you can enjoy anything from a macchiato to a pumpkin spiced latte (pumpkins not included).
How much: £189.00
Buy the Dedica Style EC685.M Pump Espresso
Lavazza MilkEasy Milk Frother
What: Milk frothers have come a long way. What used to be a feeble electric whisk has evolved into a sleek, quiet machine that heats and foams the milk to your liking. Of these modern frothers, Lavazza’s MilkEasy is the best value. It does hot or cold foam, perfect for all types of coffee. It even has an auto-clean function.
How much: £59.00
Buy the Lavazza MilkEasy Milk Frother
BODUM Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Filter and Cork Band
What: We know that there are a number of different coffee makers and machines out there, but for its simplicity, elegance and low price-point, we think BODUM’s pour-over coffee machine is hard to beat. Featuring a lovely cork band around the centre, it also has a stainless steel mesh filter meaning you’ll never need to buy paper filters again. Another perk of this coffee maker is that it’s incredibly easy to clean.
How much: £60
Buy the BODUM Pour Over Coffee Maker
Coffee Scoop with Clip
What: This stylish stainless steel coffee scoop is a must for anyone who usually struggles to get coffee out of the bag with a teaspoon. It’s also been cleverly designed so that it has a built-in crocodile clip so that it not only can stay constantly attached to your coffee ground but also re-seals the bag so that your coffee stays ultra-fresh.
How much: £17.75
Buy the Coffee Scoop with Clip
Grow Your Own Coffee Plant Kit
What: Not many people can say that they’ve grown a coffee plant from scratch. Well this kit comes with everything you need to do just that, and makes a wonderful prezzie for coffee lovers and plant fanatics alike. Coming with two small terracotta plant pots, a saucer, and the all-important seeds, whoever you choose to buy this for will be growing their own coffee in no time!
How much: £17.95
Buy the Grow Your Own Coffee Plant Kit
Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
What: It’s up for debate whether a coffee mug really needed modernising but we can’t help but love this particular gizmo. The Ember smart mug allows you to choose the temperature you’d like your coffee to stay at via an app and will keep it at that heat for up to an hour wirelessly, or if you leave it on the charging coaster it’ll stay hot all day. It may cost a pretty penny, but can you put a price on the end of cold coffee?
How much: £99.99
Buy the Ember Temperature Control Smart Mug
Set of Six Coloured Espresso Cups
What: We’re of the belief that no kitchen is complete without a set of espresso cups, and they also happen to make fantastic gifts. This set of six stoneware espresso cups are full of 70’s character and are all finished slightly differently meaning that they’re particularly funky. As if they weren’t a good enough gift anyway, they also benefit from being both microwave and dishwasher safe.
How much: £42
Buy the Set of Six Coloured Espresso Cups
Best Coffee Gift Sets and Coffee Hampers
If you’re struggling to choose what coffee gift to buy someone, a coffee gift set could be a great option. Here are our favourite coffee gift sets and hampers available.
M&S Coffee Lovers Gift Box
What: Marks and Sparks have always had a way with gift boxes and this one is no exception. It’s more like a starter pack than a gift box, with everything you could possibly need to enjoy a great cup of Joe, including a gold coffee clip scoop, mug, all-butter shortbread biscuits, dark chocolate and coffee coated hazelnuts, Kenyan and Peruvian ground coffee and Rwandan Sholi coffee beans, all packaged in a stylish gift box.
How much: £50
Buy the M&S Coffee Lovers Gift Box
Fortnum & Mason Mini Coffee Selection
What: For a slightly more dainty gift with plenty of flavour, this mini coffee selection from Fortnum’s is just the job. Experience three blends: breakfast (Central America and Colombia), connoisseur (South American Arabica) and King’s (Fortnum’s most historic blend). Each one comes in a stylish tin that can be reused by your coffee-loving recipient.
How much: £18.95
Buy the Fortnum & Mason Mini Coffee Selection
Whittard Coffees of the World Gift Set
What: There are so many different coffee blends out there, that it can be hard to know where to start if you’re choosing coffee for someone else. This wonderful gift set from Whittard of Chelsea means you don’t have to choose, as it includes nine different types of coffee, all of which hail from different corners of the world. This is a particularly good present for people who are new to coffee and yet to discover their favourite types.
How much: £28
Buy the Coffees of the World Gift Set
Rise Coffee Gourmet Gift Box
What: If you’re looking to buy someone some premium quality and sustainable coffee, then Rise Coffee’s gourmet gift box could be just the thing. Every box contains two bags of either ground or whole bean coffee from some of the UK’s finest independent roasters. Rise Coffee particularly prides itself on being super eco-friendly, so even the box which the coffee arrives in is made of recycled cardboard.
How much: £20
Buy the Rise Coffee Gourmet Gift Box
L’Or Grand Assortment
What: If you have a friend who’s into coffee pods, this is the gift for them. We’ve tested a lot of different pod brands and have concluded L’Or is the best value for money. Our office basically runs on them. This selection has 20 different pod flavours, with 10 of each one. That’s 200 pods for £65 - a bargain.
How much: £65
Buy the L’Or Grand Assortment
Best Flavoured Coffee and Coffee-Flavoured Food Gifts
There are more and more companies these days making unusual flavours of coffee, as well as coffee-flavoured treats, both of which make lovely presents. These are some of our favourite flavoured coffee gifts and coffee-flavoured food gifts.
Kocktail Espresso Martini
What: Any list of coffee gifts wouldn’t be complete without at least some mention of espresso martinis. Making them can be a bit of a hassle though, which is why Kocktail has done the legwork for you with one of the best bottled cocktails we've tried. Kocktail’s award-winning mixes are delivered to your door the next day (as long as the order is placed before 1pm). All the recipient of the gift has to do is shake with ice and enjoy.
How much: £25
Buy the Kocktail Espresso Martini
Whittard Flavoured Coffee Gift Set
What: It can be tricky to know what sort of flavours people like in their coffees as everyone tends to have quite specific preferences. That’s why this flavoured coffee gift set from Whittard of Chelsea is such a great option. Containing boxes of hazelnut, vanilla, amaretto and salted caramel flavoured coffee, you can be sure that whoever you choose to give it to will be a fan of at least one of these flavours.
How much: £20
Buy the Whittard of Chelsea Flavoured Coffee Gift Set
Milk, Dark, and White Chocolate Espresso Beans
What: A bit of chocolate never fails to go down well as a present. So, what could be a better gift for coffee lovers, than these chocolate coated espresso beans? The crunchy beans come coated in either milk, dark or white chocolate and make the perfect after-dinner treat. These also make a great extra gift if you’re looking for something small to go alongside a bigger present.
How much: £7
Buy the Milk, Dark and White Chocolate Espresso Beans
Beanies Flavoured Coffee
What: If you’re wanting to be a bit more adventurous with the flavours of coffee you’re buying someone, Beanies flavoured coffee could be just the thing. Their jars of instant coffee come in all sorts of different flavours ranging from mint chocolate and toasted marshmallow all the way through to Jaffa Cake and sticky toffee pudding.
How much: £10 for four jars
Buy Beanies Flavoured Coffee
Another excellent gift is a bit of chocolate, so check out our guide to the best chocolate shops in London.