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What to get your coffee snob for Christmas

Last year you bought your coffee snob a voucher. But I know you. You’re better than that. You aspire to better things.

So this year you want to get your coffee snob exactly the right gift. Something that shows you’ve been listening to the endless monologues about beans, grind, water and the tyranny of Starbucks.

I’ve got you covered. I’m about to make you a hero. Here are some of the best gifts you can get for the coffee snob in your life:

An online coffee course

There are a few online courses available. My favorite one, and probably the most comprehensive, is this one on Skillshare, presented by Michael Phillips, Director of Training at Blue Bottle Coffee.

Here’s a preview:

Barista training

One of the best things I’ve ever done for myself is take a week’s leave, fly to Cape Town and do the Origin Coffee Roasting barista training course. 3 days behind an espresso machine. Learning to pull the perfect shot. Burning my hands trying to froth milk like a champ. And the euphoria of pouring perfect latte art. It was all kinds of awesome.

Origin-CoffeeA decent grinder

Buying good beans is a good start. But you could totally mess things up by grinding them incorrectly. This Perfect Daily Grind post is a great guide. And once you know what you’re doing, you can put that theory into practice with one of these grinders from Yuppiechef.

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Image by Yuppiechef

A chemex

To me, the chemex is the best way to make coffee. Period. I love it so much I’ve made it manmakecoffee‘s logo.

It’s so simple to use. Check out this video and you’ll see what I mean.

Of course, you’ll need a little more than just the chemex. And Cape Coffee Beans makes it super easy to be sure you’re getting all the right stuff with their chemex bundles. Also, they deliver.

I’ve bought from them before and they’re my go-to online coffee store.

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Image by Cape Coffee Beans

A coffee travel kit

Brace yourself, I’m about to quote Terry Pratchett.

For two reasons. One: I often fantasize about being more intellectual. Two: his quote perfectly captures why I love travel.

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”

And there are a few things I do to make travel as comfortable as possible. The most important of which is taking my coffee with me. Which is why I love the Bean There Adventure Kit. And your coffee snob will too.

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Image by Bean There

Merry Christmas. You’re welcome.

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