Mother's Day Coffee Gift Guide for coffee lovers

Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Coffee Lovers

Mother’s Day Coffee Gift Guide

Far too many Mother’s Days have been greeting with boxes of candy, greeting cards, and spa vouchers.  It took me a long time to realize that what my mom would enjoy most is something I too would love: Coffee!  But why stop there when so many new products are on the market to help your mom create perfect coffee at home.

If you’re new to the site, our mission here is to help our readers discover truly great coffee.  And to do that, we argue it’s a simple matter of sourcing fresh roasted beans, grinding them yourself (to order so to speak), and using a manual brewing method.  With that in mind, the first gifts on the list are grinders.

Coffee Grinders

There are three levels of grinders represented for all budgets.  [Click here for more information about grinders.]

The first is a blade grinder.  While not the most effective machine for coffee, it does get the job done at an affordable price. KRUPS F20342 Electric Spice and Coffee Grinder with Stainless Steel Blades.

Next on the list is a low-cost burr grinder.  Generally speaking, burr grinders are better than blade grinders in that they create a more consistent grind and give you the option of selecting the coarseness of your grind.  This particular grinder is the one I have owned for the past five years.  In fact, if you scroll down in the review section, you’ll find mine near the top, and you’ll also notice I give it three stars out of five.  Here’s the thing to know: if you buy a cheaper burr grinder, it will work, but not as well as you might hope.  For that, you’ll need to spend a bit more money.

Finally we have the higher end burr grinder.  I can’t personally vouch for the Capresso Jura Infinity 560 Conical Burr Coffee Grinder, but it has stellar reviews thus far, and comes in just under the $100 mark.

Coffee Pots and Brewers

Once you have those wonderful coffee beans ground to perfection, you’ll need a proper brewing vessel.  No, that old ten dollar auto drip machine will not do.  The first coffee pot happens to also be the cheapest of the bunch, and my personal favorite: The French Press!

There are a number of different French Presses out there, but Bodum is one of the main players.  The above is just one example of your choices.  Find a design that suits your mother and her kitchen, or go for a different brand, the choice is yours.  If your mom dislikes how coffee tastes when brewed in a French Press, perhaps she’d prefer the refined flavor that comes from a Chemex.

The Chemex is a fine choice for the coffee lover who doesn’t mind a little extra work to brew her morning coffee.   And speaking of coffee, we have yet to discuss where you’re sourcing the fresh roasted coffee beans of which there has been so much discussion.

Coffee Beans

When it comes to the beans, there are scores of roasters around the country you can patronize.  As I’ve written in previous articles, it may be best to source coffee from local roasters in your area to ensure optimum freshness, but when you don’t have direct access, or simply want to try other varietals and roast types, the internet is your friend.

A new favorite of mine comes from a local roaster that I have reviewed in an earlier article.  Mountain Ridge Coffee is a great choice for artisan, specialty coffee.  I will be writing about Mountain Ridge yet again in a segment later this week.

Another one-stop shop that often has coupons and always ships coffee quickly is Go Coffee Go.  They offer coffee from dozens of different roasters (many of them award winners) from around the country.

I encourage you to explore the many roasters out there and find the coffee that speaks to you.

Weird or Otherwise Creative Mother’s Day Coffee Gifts

Till now we’ve traveled a fairly well-worn path.  It’s time we stepped outside the box for Mother’s Day.  If your mom is a lover of iced coffee, try this cute coffee  bean shaped ice cube tray.

Or you can order one of the many (MANY) cold brewed coffee products hitting the market as of late: Trader Joe’s Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate.  Or even consider buying her own dedicated cold brewer:  Hario MCPN-14B Water Brew Coffee Pot.

If your mother loves espresso, but you can’t spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy machine, fret not.  There are a few other options, like the AeroPress.

I have yet to try this particular brewer, but it generally gets very high ratings.  Another option (and one I have admittedly never mastered nor liked) is the Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker.  This technically is not espresso, but it does make a unique coffee.

Other fun add-ons to the main Mother’s Day gift are chocolate covered coffee beans, coffee flavored chocolates, a nice coffee set for the kitchen, a new kettle, a digital scale to weigh out coffee beans, and so much more.

I hope this Mother’s Day gift guide has given you some new ideas for your cover lover mother.  When in doubt, coffee is the way out.  Happy Mother’s Day!