It can be hard to find a heartfelt gift for your favourite coffee fiend when 'Nescafé and chill' is more your speed. But there's no need to panic - Melbourne-based Cosier writer and ex-barista Elese has brewed up a bunch of great coffee gift ideas for coffee fiends all over Aus. From barista-level hand grinders to handmade coffee carriers, we've got you covered with a massive range of ethical gifts from trusted sellers.
Be your own barista
Know a coffee fiend who hates getting out of bed? The Breville Barista Express (rated the best coffee machine in Australia by Cosier) grinds beans, steams milk and makes a mean espresso - all in less than a minute. With 1-touch buttons as well as manual and semi-automatic modes, this coffee machine lets them choose how hands-on they want to be with their cuppa. Sure, they'll still have to get out of bed, but we'll take a sleepy amble to the kitchen over a morning cafe run any day.
Rise and grind
One for the more discerning coffee snobs, the Baratza Sette 270 is a barista-approved coffee grinder with hundreds of grind settings. Grinding your own beans is the next big step up from brewing at home, so they can get the most out of their beans. If your loved one knows their pour-over from their Aeropress, they'll be in coffee heaven tinkering with this machine.
Grind on the go
You'll find the Porlex Mini II on the wishlist of every self-respecting coffee lover, which is how we ended up hand-testing this one ourselves. For less than a month's worth of coffees, this hand-crank conical ceramic burr grinder makes a cup's worth of freshly ground beans in under a minute. It's made in Japan, and a lightweight, portable design makes it especially ideal if your coffee loving friend is also big on the great outdoors.
Forget shoes and handbags - eco-friendly KeepCups are the hottest accessory to grace our city laneways, season after season. Personalizing this classic reusable coffee cup is one way to show you care in sustainable style. The cork bands are made from Portugese oak, and they're both biodegradable and antibacterial while insulating your coffee.
If you need a coffee gift for the well-traveled, you can't go past this AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker. We'll tell you first-hand that these little beauties let you make coffee literally anywhere, from your local co-working space to lakeside holidays. To get brewing, all you need is ground coffee, paper filters and hot water - then it's time to kick back with a fresh cuppa. At well under $100, this is a great budget coffee gift, and the paper filters make a great stocking stuffer.
The wild card
Is your favourite coffee lover a big fan of animals too? These Protect the Animals mugs are handmade in Pennsylvania from stoneware, and $5 from every cup goes to the Global Wildlife Conservation. No two are the same, making these delightful mugs a unique gift for any animal-loving coffee fiend.
Having fresh beans show up at your door every month is any coffee lover's dream. You have the power to make those dreams come true with a gift subscription from Aussie locals Three Thousand Thieves. There's a new roaster each month, so we reckon it's nearly as good as taking your loved one out to a different local cafe every few weeks.
A fancier brew
So they've got the fancy coffee machine, the milk jug, and the tamper - what's next? The Brewista Smart Scale II is one for the serious caffeinators, with 6 simple modes to take them effortlessly from espresso right through to pour-over. This USB rechargeable, water-resistant brewing scale is designed to sit underneath their preferred brewing method while the water flows, timing that hot bean water to perfection.
Smells like coffee
Even if they're not the 'milk and two sugars' type, we reckon they'll rate this local GOJICO Vietnamese Coffee Scented Candle for its mouthwatering smell. With the scent of fresh coffee and sweetened condensed milk, this is something your fave coffee lover can enjoy at any time of day. These small-batch candles are handmade in Melbourne using coconut soy wax and cotton double wicks. We like that they're also free of colourings, additives, and phthalates.
For Turkish coffee fans, we recommend Aussie company 40layers' stunning ceramic mugs, each dusted with 24 karat gold. They'll love sipping from these delicate coffee cups, and every single mug is hand painted for a gift that's truly theirs. 40layers also sell delicious gift boxes of sticky-sweet baklavas for a perfect coffee pairing.
The Italian OG
The Bialetti Moka Express oozes old-school cool. These alternate brew coffee pots were invented by Alfonso Bialetti in the 1900s, and they're well-known around the world as the original stovetop espresso makers. To brew, you simply put water in the base, add ground coffee to the middle chamber, screw the top on and pop it on the stove. These make great gifts for caffeine enthusiasts, especially if they're suckers for great design.
If they're always the first to suggest a coffee run, your next shout should be these Reusable Coffee Carriers by Queensland company Hold Dem Cups. Made from lightweight, water-resistant neoprene, these carriers are designed to fit a range of cup sizes. They're easier to hold than cardboard trays, and they don't tear if you spill anything, either. You'll also get a free one when you buy 2. That's smart gifting.
Set includes six 10-7/8-ounce glasses The original french tumbler, made by the company that invented tempered glass Duralex is 2-1/2 times more resistant to breakage and chipping than normal glass, can also withstand sudden thermal shock: from -4-degree F to 212-degree F Duralex glass is very hygienic: it is non-porous and does not absorb liquids, colors or flavors Dishwasher, fridge and microwave safe; Products maintain the original look for years