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12 actually great gifts for coffee and tea lovers that aren’t a waste of money
It seems as if, every year, coffee and tea lovers get the short end of the stick when it comes to gifts. While some may think gifting a single-serve coffee maker may do the trick, the truth of the matter is that most folks already own one of these. Instead, get a little more creative by gifting your hot beverage-loving friend or loved one something more thoughtful, practical and that they likely don’t already have.
One of the best parts of enjoying a piping hot cup of coffee or tea is savoring the flavor. This means taking the time to sip and enjoy it, but that can be difficult when the mug's scorching hot to the touch. Double-walled insulated glass mugs allow you to hold your hot beverage comfortably without burning your hands and without your drink cooling down too fast.
Blue Bottle Coffee is one of those niche brands that focuses on quality over anything else, and its Hasami Natural Mug With Saucer is one of the most practical and elegant mugs I've ever seen.
Made of Hasami porcelain, this gorgeous mug is just as durable as it is functional. The main appeal of these mugs comes in their stackable, nesting design. This particularly comes in handy if you don't have much spare cabinet space. Also, if you're sitting outside, the seamlessly integrated saucer doubles as a cover for your cup, ensuring that nothing gets in your drink.
It also makes the perfect gift since, due to the organic nature of this type of porcelain, the hue and texture of each mug vary, so you're sure to give a one-of-a-kind product.
If you're shopping for a Nespresso owner and don't want to spend more than $25, this Chrome-Plated Metal 20 Vertuo Pod Carousel is the perfect affordable gift. I own this and love how convenient, practical and out-of-the-way it is.
This countertop vessel looks gorgeous on tiny countertops, and since it rotates, it makes it easy to choose which flavor pod you want to use without digging through drawers or a bowl of scrambled flavor pods.
For the Keurig owners out there who store their coffee pods in a drawer, this organizer is sure to be their saving grace. It's only $20, comes in a cute box and has enough space for up to 24 pods. It's the ultimate aesthetic find for any Keurig owner.
Oprah gave this tea set her stamp of approval, so you know it must be good! And the price sweetens the deal — this gorgeously packaged advent calendar tea set runs for just $60 on sale.
It contains 24 best-selling teas packed and sourced in India. The teas are also 100% natural, and the set includes combinations of black, green, oolong, white and herbal teas. This is one of those gifts that no one will ever forget — ever!
The only way to prepare loose-leaf tea is with an infuser, and this two-piece set on Amazon makes the perfect stocking stuffer. It functions like a tiny strainer and mimics the look or a ball-shaped tea bag. Best of all, it's reusable, and over 29,000 Amazon shoppers (and editors) say it's the best.
This instant coffee blend makes the best iced and hot coffees and has a slightly floral/fruity flavor and a lighter roast, making it easy on the palette. Coffee lovers enjoy this for its jammy fruit flavor and the complex sweetness of Ethiopian coffee.
I used to buy a matcha latte (iced or hot) a couple of times a week before finding this stuff. Since getting my hands on this, I've exclusively made it myself at home, and it tastes just as good, if not better, than the barista-prepared stuff.
Sourced from the renowned matcha region of Uji, Japan, this ceremonial-grade Craft Matcha is so smooth and vibrant, but in the best way possible, and it tastes freshly harvested.
Blue Bottle chooses tender tea leaves from its producer's first harvest and stone-grinds them to protect against heat degradation, creating some of the best matcha powder I've ever tasted. This is the perfect gift for both the diehard matcha lover and the beginner.
In a time where electric tea kettles are everywhere, there's something special about a stovetop whistling tea kettle. It holds more water, usually keeps water hotter for longer and looks gorgeous on any stovetop.
The Caraway Whistling Tea Kettle is my top recommendation. I have the Black and gold colorway, and it's one of my most prized and practical kitchen possessions that I use every single day. It has a whopping 2-quart capacity and a stainless steel body and comes to a boil quickly.
It also doesn't contain harsh, toxic materials like PTFEs, PFAS, PFOAs and hard anodization used in the construction of many electric kettles. Compatible with induction, gas and electric stoves, the kettle's premium materials ensure years of use. Best of all, unlike electric kettles, this one whistles once boiling.
Coffee purists swear by a classic French press. Most coffee drinkers say it brews the boldest and purest coffee you'll ever drink.
While most French presses come in a standard shape and steel design, this one from Fellow has a more modern design and features that make it a welcome reinvention to a classic.
The Fellow Clara French Press has vacuum-insulated walls to keep your coffee hot for your second and third cups. It also has enhanced mesh filtration to make them just as smooth and silt-free as the first cup. It's super easy to use: just fill to the ratio lines, stir with the included wooden spoon, then plunge.
Lastly, this Serveware Set is one of my all-time favorite gifts for coffee and tea lovers. This mix-and-match set comes with ceramic mugs with copper bottoms and double-walled insulated glasses, making the perfect bundle for entertaining or fully revamping your drinkware collection.
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