With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s time to make decisions about what to give to others — or ask for yourself. This is the perfect time to add to a coffee connoisseur’s collection, whether that person is just discovering their love of coffee, or a longtime java fan. Here, I’m sharing some of the season’s most popular coffee makers and accessories.
Keurig Vue V700 Brewing System (92/100) — This new machine earned a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award this year thanks to the sheer number of extras it packs in without sacrificing ease of use. It offers valuable, but expected, features such as eight different brew sizes, 74-ounce reservoir, and hot and cold brew. Where the Vue V700 really shines, though, is in its ability to create frothy drinks, such as lattes and cappuccinos. Get it for $156.99 and up.
Aerobie AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker 80R08 (95/100) — The Aerobie AeroPress is a perennial favorite, and for good reason. It’s affordable, compact and low-tech, but delivers consistently superior coffee every time. That’s why the AeroPress took home top honors as a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice Best Overall and Best Value product. Did I mention it’s only $25.95?
Nespresso CitiZ & Milk Espresso Machine D120 (97/100) — An ideal machine for the caffeine addict who cares as much about form as function. This gorgeous machine takes the single-serve concept and amps it up, with a variety of flavor cups that produce the perfect shot of espresso that can be combined with frothed milk also made by this device. Like anything so beautiful, though, this coffee maker comes with a hefty price tag — close to $300, in fact.
Aerolatte Milk Frother (95/100) — This handheld device looks more like an immersion blender than anything, but in fact it can turn your plain old milk into a frothy dairy cloud. Give this along with the AeroPress for an affordable gift that will delight any coffee aficionado.
Coffee Grinder — Don’t confuse a coffee grinder for a simply functional gift. This device can unlock the amazing flavors and aromas embedded in whole coffee beans — something pre-ground coffee can’t replicate. Any simple grinder usually does the trick, but if you’re willing to spend a little extra, spring for a burr grinder.
Mug Warmer — A perfect gift for the person who sips slowly, a mug warmer is a mini electric hot plate that does exactly what you expect. Note that this is not a device for heating up coffee that gets cold, rather it will hold a temperature high enough to preserve a pleasurable drinking experience longer.
There you have it — a few coffee gift ideas to brew over as you make your shopping lists. Whether you decide to go for a single big-ticket item or a collection of more affordable pieces, you’re sure to make sure your favorite coffee lover’s cup runneth over.