In every circle of friends, there's one brew snob who wouldn't touch a Starbucks cup with a ten-foot pole, one coffee fiend who's better at detecting notes of Arabica terroir than balancing a checkbook, one caffeine aficionado who worships at the altar of Chemex.
For this person, a Dunkin' Donuts gift card just won't do. Go the extra mile and show your favorite coffee snob some love. Here are six gifts sure to bring joy to their caffeine-fueled hearts.
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6. Breville Duo-Temp Espresso Maker
There are few gifts more impressive, more sophisticated, or more useful than an espresso machine. Even at $349.95 a pop, if you line it up against coffeehouse costs, it'll pay for itself in a month or two. And the gift recipient will be forever grateful that you made their coffee dreams come true.
For espresso drinkers, pounding those grinds is some serious business, and a good coffee tamper makes all the difference. Opt for a handcrafted, stainless-steel, European version. Because if anyone understands the importance of coffee, it's the Europeans. They run $33.99 to $37.99 from Bed, Bath and Beyond, depending on size.
Keurigs?! Mr. Coffees?! Ha! Discerning drinkers aren't into anything automatic. Aficionados swear by Chemex as the most legit way to brew good beans. For a basic cup, nothing but hot water, a filter, and the best coffee money can buy. A three-cup classic runs $37.50, so it won't break the bank either.