Amazon Prime Day is here, and it's a great time to buy Christmas or birthday presents for the rest of the year. So what do you buy the coffee lover in your life?
We all know a person (or possibly a few) for whom drinking a cup of Java is about more than just a morning pick-me-up. Those people who talk about coffee flavour profiles like they’re discussing a fine wine, and to whom the words ‘instant coffee’ are a mortal insult.
There’s no need to feel daunted if you’re not quite on the same hyper-caffeinated wavelength, though. Just scan through the following guide and pick out something that you’re confident they don’t have.
Whether it’s a bean grinder, a milk frother, or just a really good cafetière, there’s bound to be something here for your favourite coffee fanatic.
Want to go deeper? Check out our review of the best coffee machines. But for now here are the top coffee-themed bargains from Amazon Prime Day.
Don't like any of those deals? Here are some more coffee-related gift ideas.
Best gifts for coffee lovers
1. Krups Expert Burr Grinder
As every coffee nut knows, the most important piece of equipment you can buy to take your coffee enjoyment to the next level is a decent burr grinder. Buying coffee in roasted bean form and grinding it up yourself is the only way to ensure a fresh, vibrant cup every time. The Krups Expert Burr Grinder is bit of a legend on that front. Simple, hard-wearing, reliable and cheap, it’s the go-to entry point to a whole world of flavour.
2. The World Atlas of Coffee: From beans to brewing
What more fitting object to put on your coffee table than a beautifully illustrated book all about coffee? The World Atlas of Coffee is a comprehensive reference book covering the entire coffee experience, and written by a World Barista Champion and co-founder of Square Mile roasters in London. It’ll teach you all about the beloved beverage, from the way it’s produced to the best brewing techniques, as well as offering an insight into the various coffee-growing regions around the world.
3. AeroPress 82R08 Coffee Maker
It might look like an eyebrow-raising piece of medical equipment, but the AeroPress is actually one of the most revolutionary pieces of coffee-making equipment of the past few decades. It enables you to brew a single cup of high class coffee in mere minutes, with just a little elbow grease and some cheap filters. The AeroPress replicates the plunger motion of the cafetière/French press, but it’s actually closer in principle to an espresso machine in the way it uses air pressure to force hot water through coffee granules.
4. Ecocoffee reusable cup
What about a gift for the coffee lover who lives off take-away beverages from their local cafe? Reusable cups are a great way to go, providing a more personal and eco-friendly alternative to those problematic paper cups. They also make for a superior drinking experience, and might just keep your hands from being burned. We’ve gone with Ecocoffee’s extensive range because they’re made from sustainable bamboo fibre, and they come in a whole bunch of beautiful designs.
5. Le Creuset Stoneware Cafetiere with Metal Press, 800 ml - Volcanic
It’s easy to get sniffy about the classic cafetière. It’s far from the most precise way to serve your coffee, after all. But it is an easy and reliable way to bring multiple cups of fresh coffee to the breakfast table on those mornings when you really can’t be doing with fiddly equipment or precise measurements. And coffee can still taste great brewed this way. This luxurious model from Le Creuset is made from ceramic, so it’ll keep up to four cups of coffee hot for longer than the usual glass or metal alternatives.
6. Sage BES875UK The Barista Express
If your coffee-loving friend wants to get really serious with the coffee brewing process, the only way to go is a full on bean-to-cup espresso machine. This compact model from Sage (the UK brand of Breville) is very highly regarded and quite reasonably priced for what it offers. As part of the package you get an in-built bean grinder, an automatic dosing function, a temperature-controlled milk jug, and a classy stainless steel build. This is the gift that will unleash a person’s inner barista.
7. Hario VST–2000B 1-Piece Coffee Drip Scale/Timer
So your coffee fanatic of an acquaintance already has a grinder and a suitably advanced means of brewing the black stuff. What do you get them next? One thing they might not have is a proper weighing scale. Brewing coffee is closer to chemistry than baking, so your average beaten up kitchen scale isn’t going to be capable of the necessary precision. What you need is something like this from brewing specialist Hario, which weighs in 0.1 gram increments.
8. Dualit 84135 Milk Frother
For the cappuccino, latté, and flat white die-hards out there, proper milk froth is almost as important as the coffee itself. It’s pretty tricky to get the right consistency without specialist equipment, however, and this Dualit effort is one such device. It can make cold or hot milk froth in just 70 seconds - the latter courtesy of a handy heating function. It’s also dead easy to clean, with a removable whisk, a sealed drive and a non-stick coating.