CH Gift Guide: Coffee Culture

Beans, machines, mugs and more in our caffeinated picks from our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re coffee fanatics all year-round, but as winter approaches and the waning daylight makes it harder and harder to get out of bed, what could be better than giving the gift of the perfect pick-me-up? Suitable for bean enthusiasts and casual sippers alike—there’s a good chance you’ve got at least one on your list—here are our eight coffee-inspired picks from our 2012 Gift Guide. Plus, you can ease your own holiday-season stress by downloading our new Gift Guide iPad app, which enables you to heart, compile and email all your own gift wishes.

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Heart Roasters Kenya Ndumberi Coffee Beans

Each batch of Heart’s freshly roasted, season-specific coffee beans is roasted and packed by hand at their Portland location. With quality at the “heart” of their process you can’t go wrong, but try Kenya Ndumberi for a festive palate of black currant, ripe plum and cherry.

Ka-Pow Coffee Bar

Portland chocolatier Elizabeth Montes produces her coffee bars with finely ground direct trade beans and top-notch cocoa butter. Sugar crystals throughout give the bars a crunchy texture, while 96 grams of caffeine puts an extra jolt in your life.

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Stanley 100 Year Anniversary Insulated Bottle

An ode to the original 1913 design by William Stanley Jr., this 1.10QT vacuum bottle brings a classic design up to speed with double wall insulation and an easy pour lid.

Good Fucking Design Inspiration Mugs

Get your ass in gear with Good Fucking Design’s no-nonsense inspirational mugs, which are printed with blunt reminders like “Don’t Fucking Procrastinate,” “Work Fucking Harder” and “Stay Up All Fucking Night.”

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Kaffikaze A-Z Coffee

Dubbed, “a kick-starter for geeky coffee conversations,” Kaffikaze’s A-Z Coffee guide is a caffeinated force to reckon with. Valuable bits of coffee knowledge are dropped next to drawings by the talented London-based illustrator Lars Kolstad Huse.

The Independent Coffee Book: London

London isn’t just a town for for the perfect cuppa tea.The Independent Coffee Book is packed with guides to the city’s top cafes and roasters. It’s all that and a cup of Joe.

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Breville Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine

Breville’s Dual Boiler Semi Automatic Espresso Machine delivers with every shot, allowing you to produce coffee shop quality beverages in the comfort of your own home. The sophisticated machine is simple to use and eliminates any bitter vibes with its over-pressure valve and dual boiler system.

Nespresso U Espresso Maker

Perfect for small-space dwellers, the Nespresso U Expresso Maker not only brews espresso pods with a single click, but the individual components can be moved around to adapt to the smallest of countertops.