The Ultimate 2023 Holiday Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Published on 12/07/2023 · 11 min readThis guide brews together the finest selection of gifts, handpicked for every type of coffee lover from home baristas to the newly coffee-curious!
Andrea D., Coffee Expert
By Coffee Expert Andrea D.

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While doing your holiday shopping, don’t forget about the coffee drinkers and espresso lovers in your life! There are endless gifting options when it comes to coffee and espresso machines, grinders, and accessories — use this guide to help find the best gifts for family or friends (or yourself!).

Gifts Under $100

1. Fellow Carter Cold Tumbler — $35.00

While I could recommend any of Fellow’s products on this list, their new cold travel tumbler has become one of my favorite items in my kitchen. It stays cold longer than any other cold tumblers I’ve tried and still allows you to use a straw! At 16 ounces, this cold tumbler is the perfect size for iced coffee, vanilla iced lattes, or iced caramel macchiatos.

Why I Love It: This tumbler stays cold for over 24 hours. Stainless steel travel mugs also tend to lend a strange aftertaste to coffee, but the ceramic coating on this tumbler ensures the proper taste.

Standout Features: This tumbler features a rubber gasket in the lid around the straw, making this as leak-proof as you can possibly get for a cup with a straw. It’s dishwasher safe and has a ceramic coating inside that makes it extremely easy to clean. It’s also available in six colors!

Perfect Gift For: Any coffee or tea lover who likes taking their cold beverages to go or a caffeine fiend who, like me, is a slow sipper. Plus, it’s stocking-stuffer sized!

2. Espressione Conical Burr Grinder — $89.99

Conical burr grinders are ideal for getting a consistent grind, which is key for even extraction. Use it for your pour-over, French press, cold brew, or coffee maker to instantly increase quality and get the best-tasting coffee at home.

Why I Love It: A burr grinder is a must-have for any home coffee lover. A consistent grind is hard to achieve with a blade grinder, and freshly ground coffee beats pre-ground any day!

Standout Features: The anti-static collection chamber means less mess when you’re done grinding, which is a common issue with less expensive grinders. This grinder also features a timer, ensuring that you are grinding the perfect amount of coffee every time.

Perfect Gift For: Someone who is looking to up their coffee game at home and is currently using either pre-ground coffee or a blade grinder.

3. Flair NEO Flex — $99.00

The Flair NEO Flex is a manual espresso maker that makes espresso the traditional way — by using hot water and hand pressure. If you have a coffee lover who loves getting hands-on, this gift will allow them to make true espresso at home.

Why I Love It: Espresso is not a cheap hobby to get into, but Flair makes this possible by lightening up the complexity of its more pricey models. Basically, this machine makes tasty espresso without the expensive equipment. As long as you have a way to boil water and have a small scale, you’re set — no extra gadget needed! The Flair NEO Flex is also extremely lightweight, portable, and packable — desirable features if you have a small space, travel frequently, or want to show off your espresso setup to your hiking or biking friends.

Standout Features: One of the best features of the Flair NEO Flex is its Flow-Control Portafilter, which is essentially a pressurized basket. This means you can maximize savings by using pre-ground coffee or a separate grinder. However, the Flex also comes with a standard filter basket so that the setup can eventually be upgraded to add a grinder that will improve espresso quality.

Perfect Gift For: Someone who likes getting hands-on and enjoys drinking espresso but doesn’t have a home setup yet.

4. Eureka Precision Scale — $99.00

Eureka is best known for their espresso and coffee grinders, but their Precision Scale complements any home coffee or espresso setup.

Why I Love It: Small, precise, and quick scales are crucial to any home espresso setup. Tiny scales that have longevity are usually twice this price (or more!). To have a scale directly from Eureka, a well-known espresso grinder manufacturer, you can’t get much better.

Standout Features: A built-in timer lets you weigh and time your shots at the same time. This petite espresso scale weighs to the tenth of a gram, allowing for precision with every shot.

Perfect Gift For: An espresso enthusiast who’s looking to ramp up their espresso game.

Gifts Under $500

1. Fellow Stagg EKG Pro Electric Kettle — $195.00

Surprise, surprise — another Fellow item makes the list. It’s actually not surprising at all, for this item is not only a Curated favorite but an Oprah favorite as well, making it onto Oprah’s Favorite Things of 2023!

Why I Love It: This kettle from Fellow includes all the bells and whistles you could want but at its core is a high-quality and well-designed product. It’s not just form over function — it takes both design and performance into consideration.

Standout Features: The Pro version of this kettle can be programmed on a schedule to have the kettle automatically heat every morning. This kettle is also extremely comfortable in the hand — it’s well balanced throughout the entire pour, meaning you can easily regulate your flow rate for your pour-over.

Perfect Gift For: Someone who enjoys making their own pour-overs at home and who wants the convenience of their kettle being ready to go in the morning.

2. Breville Bambino Plus Espresso Machine — $399.95

Breville is an established brand, known for their home consumer-focused espresso machines that are easy to use, have an attractive price point, and deliver on quality. The Plus is a standout in both craftsmanship and ease of use with its autosteam functionality for consistent milk texture.

Why I Love It: The Bambino Plus is an upgraded version of the well-known Breville Bambino. It’s incredibly easy to use but delivers on beverage quality. You can use pre-ground coffee with the included pressurized portafilter baskets, or you can step up your espresso quality by adding an espresso grinder with the included standard portafilter baskets.

Standout Features: The auto-steam feature on this machine makes it unique. Set your pitcher on the temperature probe and choose your foam level and temperature for consistent, high-quality milk drinks. The milk frother is also upgraded, with four holes in the tip of the wand on the Plus compared to just one in the Bambino.

Perfect Gift For: Someone who wants café-quality drinks without the high price tag or the complexity of a more traditional semi-automatic espresso machine.

Gifts Under $1000

1. Terra Kaffe TK-01 Espresso Machine — $795.00

An inviting option for someone looking for a one-touch espresso machine, the Terra Kaffe TK-01 is extremely customizable and highly regarded by even the pickiest home baristas.

Why I Love It: This machine creates easy-to-use, high-quality drinks and has a plethora of settings that you can change so that each beverage is made to order.

Standout Features: Allows for the most personalization of any machine we’ve seen at this price point and up: brew temperature, espresso dose, brew volume, steam temperature, and more.

Perfect Gift For: A coffee and espresso fan who wants the most customizations without getting a semi-automatic machine.

2. Breville Barista Touch Espresso Machine — $799.95

The Breville Barista Touch is a true semi-automatic espresso machine, but with an integrated grinder and assistive features such as auto-steamed milk and a touch screen to guide you through making each drink.

Why I Love It: The Barista Touch gives you café-quality espresso and milk drinks without all of the manual work of a traditional semi-automatic. This machine is a great option if you want high-quality drinks but don’t want to go through the learning curve of other semi-automatic machines.

Standout Features: Customizable milk temperatures and foam levels with the auto-steam feature allow you to make the perfect latte every time, starting on day one. No learning curve here! Perfect Gift For: Someone looking for café-quality espresso and/or milk drinks but wants the process to be as easy as possible.

Gifts Over $1500

1. Ascaso Steel DUO Espresso Machine — $1,725.00

We have a hard time keeping this machine in stock, and for good reason — it offers quality plus features galore at an appealing price point. If you’re looking for a high-quality espresso machine for the espresso lover in your life, you have found it.

Why I Love It: The Ascaso Steel DUO functions as a dual-boiler machine (separate boilers for brewing and for steaming, ensuring consistent and stable temperatures) without the dual-boiler price tag. It’s one of the most consistent, easy-to-use semi-automatic machines out there and is well regarded in the home barista community.

Standout Features: The Ascaso Steel DUO espresso machine is an outstanding machine with tons of features, including two separate heating systems (one for brewing, one for steaming), the fastest heat-up time of any of its competitors, volumetric dosing … I could go on and on!

Perfect Gift For: A home barista looking to upgrade their current espresso setup. This is a great “end-game” espresso machine that’s still easy to use but gives total control of the espresso process.

2. Lucca A53 Mini V2 Espresso Machine — $2,295.00

I might be a bit biased on this gift idea because it’s the machine I myself have at home, but there's a good reason for that! Take it from someone who worked in cafés for eight years: This machine is a dream to work on. The Lucca A53 Mini is a commercially rated machine, so you know it is robust and has longevity. This machine will help create café-quality espresso and drinks because, well, you can find these machines in cafés!

Why I Love It: Ask anyone on the Coffee team here at Curated what my favorite machine is — they all know it’s the Lucca A53. This machine gives total flexibility in programming plus decently sized dual boilers, which are must-haves for quality home espresso. A large steam boiler and commercial steam wand are key features for replicating cafe-quality beverages at home. You can steam 10 ounces of milk in under 20 seconds with high-quality microfoam for that perfect latte!

Standout Features: Dual boilers for rock-solid temperature stability and crazy good steam pressure — perfect for a high-end home setup. Programmable brew temperatures (ideal if you use different roasts and blends, for different temperatures will unlock better flavors in your espresso), pre-infusion, steam pressure, and app connectivity to schedule machine startup times.

Perfect Gift For: A barista or home barista who wants a high-quality machine for the home that feels similar to a commercial machine — because it is one! If you’re looking for a splurge, bundle this with a solid espresso grinder.

Last-Minute Gifts!

Did someone spring a last-minute holiday party on you, and you need a gift? Did you put off your holiday shopping, and now it’s December with not enough time for a gift to arrive (I’ve been there!)? Don’t fret — you have options! You can spoil them with a Curated gift card or grab something more coffee-specific, like …

1. Trade Coffee Gift Bags (3, 6, or 12)

Truly a perfect gift — letting them pick out their own coffee! Trade Coffee is an online marketplace for small roasters. They have hundreds of bags of coffee to choose from, and you’re able to filter down what you’re looking for by roast level, flavor profile, brew method, and more. Trade offers subscriptions that you can cancel at any time, or you can use the prepaid gift packs to queue up bags of coffee to send at whatever interval you like.

2. Brewing with Dani 1-on-1 Home Barista Workshop — $165

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Do you know someone who has their own espresso setup but struggles to get decent drinks from it? Or maybe your partner is getting a new espresso setup but they’ve never made espresso before? This three-hour, one-on-one virtual espresso workshop is a fantastic gift option! You get a private session with a professional barista trainer who can help you with the equipment you have at home! (Note: Must have a semi-automatic espresso machine, a dedicated espresso grinder, and a scale to be eligible for the class.)

Let a Curated Expert Help You Find the Perfect Gift!

As the holiday season winds up and ever closer, don’t stress over your gift list (or wish list!). Reach out to me or a fellow Curated Coffee and Espresso Expert, and let us help you with your holiday shopping. We can make sure you stay clear of some of the common mistakes buyers make, and with so many incredible options, we can find the perfect gift for anyone on your list!

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