Seasons greetings, fellow coffee enthusiasts! Welcome back to my table here in the… middle of this cafe. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a table in the corner this time around because there’s a giant Christmas tree in it right now. So, grab a pen and notepad to jot some things down, and feel free to pull up a chair.
Do you have a coffee lover in your family that you just can’t think of a holiday gift for? Are you a coffee lover and want to get a mere coffee appreciator in your family something that will enhance their coffee experience, but don’t want to offend them with your gift selection? Are you a coffee lover and want to ensure that you get a great coffee gift by buying a little something for yourself?
Well, fret not! Yours truly has an in with Old Saint Nick and I happen to know for a fact that he’s a big time coffee enthusiast. So he and I put our heads together and came up with this: the 2012 Official Table in the Corner of the Cafe Top Ten Holiday Gifts for Coffee Lovers List!
(Unfortunately, we couldn’t come up with a more concise title.)
Talk about a gift that keeps on giving—month after month after month for an entire year.
Why choose just one coffee to gift to your loved one when you can sign them up for a coffee subscription, which will provide them with anywhere from one to four different offerings from roasters all over the country for a whole twelve months? That’s anywhere from 12-48 different coffees that they can try out!
I wrote a piece about a week ago in which I rounded up some of the best coffee subscription services around. Check that out to see which company best suits your loved one’s lifestyle.
Donate to a Kickstarter Project
Besides making an appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank or the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, the best way to get investors and funding for your company or your ideas is to start up a Kickstarter campaign. If you’re a consumer, Kickstarter is a really fun way of getting in on the ground floor of “the next big thing” and (usually) get something in return.
This is a great way to 1) gift two entities in one swoop and 2) ensure that your loved one gets a unique gift that they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else for a while.
Coffee companies are always on Kickstarter, generating funding for their projects so you’re almost guaranteed to find a campaign that you’d want to endorse. Consider one of the recent campaigns I donated to, for example: Kaffeologie recently developed a new stainless steel filter for the Aeropress; I donated money to them and received the filter in the mail before they were made available to the public.
Indeed, tis better to give than it is to receive.
Stainless Steel Filter / Cloth Filter
I’m sure that, by now, you’ve all read the doom and gloom report that coffee will be extinct by 2080, and you can be sure to assign blame to any number of parties for that shocking prediction. I will say, though, that if you’re not using green practices at home, you share part of the blame too.
One way small way to Do Your Part is to use reusable coffee filters.
A few companies are now producing both washable stainless steel and cloth filters. They work exactly the same as the paper filters that we’ve been using to take up space in landfills for the past several decades; the only difference is that they’re completely Earth-friendly, they’re completely designed to produce outstanding results in your cup, they’re completely reusable, and they’re a completely cool and logical way to go green and save green.
If you’re not using a digital scale to weigh your beans and brew, I don’t know where you’ve been the last couple years. If your loved one isn’t either, why haven’t you told them to get their head in the game yet?
Help your friends and family step up their brewing game with a brand new digital scale; maybe even attach a note to it, informing them of the many, many values of precise measurements. You could even include a cheat sheet that lists the parameters for a few different brewing methods.
Coffee Detox Scrub
It’s a proven fact—everybody loves the way coffee smells; even if they don’t necessarily like the way it tastes. I’ve met people who have actually just bought coffee just to have it around in the kitchen.
Coffee is a powerful stimulant for many of the senses—including touch, it seems! One company, Pacifica, has harnessed the amazing qualities of Kona coffee and applied it to a body scrub. Kona Coffee & Sugar Detox Whole Body Scrub is rich in vitamins and fatty acids that your skin craves. It improves the texture of your skin as well as helps hydrate. Along with the vitamins and fatty acids, it has coconut oil and Kona coffee to exfoliate and stimulate your skin.
This is a great gift for the ladies in your life.
Homemade Java Jacket
Speaking of going green, a really cute and unique gift for your coffee-drinking loved ones is a homemade java jacket (or a store-bought java jacket).
Think about this: cardboard java jackets, which end up taking up space in garbage cans, then end up taking up space in landfills, serve but one purpose—to provide a buffer between your hand a hot cup. That’s an awful lot of waste for such a little amount of function.
So why not save the Earth and show a little bit of your personality with your morning cuppa?
Baristas are the heroes of your every day. Aren’t they?
They wake you up with their delightful pours and caffeinated beverages to get your morning started off right day after day. Why not show your favorite barista a bit of gratitude with Nico, the one and only barista action figure.
Each 5-1/4″ tall hard plastic Barista Action Figure has moveable arms and legs and comes with two interchangeable heads and two different sized cups that she can hold in her hand. Comes on an illustrated blistercard with Nico’s history and other valuable information on the back.
While flipping through an engineering textbook, a tiny fact with huge implications caught inventor Rod Sprules’s eye: coffee grounds have more energy capacity than cordwood when combusted.
He got to thinking, and soon realized that two recent cultural trends could work together. Neighborhood coffeehouses and awareness of the need for a sustainable lifestyle were experiencing a groundswell of support all over North America. So he asked himself, what if we used coffee grounds from retail outlets, manufacturing plants, office buildings, and homes for hearth fires? The Java-Log Firelog concept was born.
Some of the advantages of the Java-Log advantages include: it diverts 12 million pounds of coffee grounds from landfills per year, it emits up to 78% less carbon monoxide and up to 66% less creosote than cordwood fires, and it features renewable all natural-based waxes.
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