Whether they love gourmet brews or a double-double from the local coffee shop, there are a number of gift ideas available for the coffee lover on your gift list.
A Keurig Personal Brewer is an ideal gift for the solo coffee aficionado. Available on a number of websites, including QVC, Kohl’s, and Green Mountain Coffee, these smaller models of the original single-cup coffee brewers retail for around $100. If your gift recipient already has a Keurig, check out Green Mountain Coffee for a huge variety of coffees, teas, and cocoas in the $15 range for 24 “k-cups.” QVC also has a variety of “k-cup” collections available; their packages are larger (96 to 108 pieces), but at $60 to $65 per box, the value is worth it.
If there’s a man in your life who loves coffee, check out the Coffee Beanery website (www.coffeebeanery.com). Their Ultimate Coffee Basket for Him ($45.99) includes two 16 ounce packages of Breakfast Blend and French Roast Coffees, sampler packages of six flavors of brew, a 16 ounce travel mug, three golf balls, and two golf tees. On the other end of the spectrum, the Just for Girls Coffee Basket ($32.99) features a Sweetheart travel mug and one pound of French Vanilla coffee, plus a sample of Chocolate Raspberry coffee and a package of Vanilla Coffee Sprinkles.
For a gift that keeps giving all year, check out the selection of “coffee clubs” at Coffee Tea & Spice (www.coffeecoffee.com). The 12 Month Sampler ($54.75) features a different four ounce coffee sample each month, in whole bean or ground choices. The first shipment includes a grinder brush (whole bean) or a measure scoop (ground), as well as a coffee grinder cleaner packet. The selection is also available in a one pound per month package at $163.50.
For fans of coffee shop coffee, the Starbucks Store website (www.starbucksstore.com) features two pound packages of some of their top brews, including Caffe Verona, French Roast, and Pike Place Roast, for $24.95. For super-fans, Starbucks also sells their “gear,” with a variety of t-shirt styles ($16.95) and a golf ball and visor set ($26.95).
For the coffee lover who enjoys the kitchen, look for a coffee cookbook. “The Best of Coffee: A Cookbook” by Sandra Gluck features more than 40 recipes using coffee as a flavor-enhancing ingredient, including cookies, pies, scones, and candies. The 96-page book is also loaded with beautiful food photos.