You'd think that coffee lovers have it easy – there's a Starbucks on every corner and coffee itself has become a commodity in any city. But that doesn't mean that good coffee is readily available everywhere. If you're a javaphile (the slang term for coffee
snob enthusiast), you prefer your favorite roast, even while traveling. So if you're in the market for a gift for a traveling coffee lover, here are our top picks for gift ideas.
#1 Angel's Cup Coffee Hunters: Blind Coffee Tasting Subscription
Here's a coffee subscription box with a twist – you drink the coffee blind! Well, I don't mean that you're blindfolded or anything, I just mean that Angel's Cup Coffee Hunters sends you a box each month with coffees from different roasters around the world and you don't know what you're drinking until after you've roasted them. Traditionally this is called a “blind taste test” and now you can have one every month from the comfort of your home, or buy a subscription for someone as a gift.
#2 Espro Travel Coffee Press
This combination travel mug / coffee maker is your most portable solution for brewing coffee on the go. Simply pour coffee grounds into the Espro Travel Coffee Press, add hot water, stir, and in 4 quick minutes you'll be enjoying a portable cup of your favorite blend.
#3 Goat Horn Travel Coffee Mug
Nothing screams World Traveler like drinking coffee from a goat horn! This is the Indiana Jones of travel coffee mugs right here. And it comes with two straps so that you can attach it to your bag or wear it over your shoulder.
#4 Duo Coffee Steeper
The Duo Coffee Steeper is similar to a French press in how it makes coffee by fully submerging the coffee grounds, but has a double filter to remove the gunk that's often found at the bottom. It can be used for hot or cold press, and there's an optional tea filter for steeping loose-leaf tea. It's not the smallest coffee maker you can find, but it's portable and makes a quality cup of coffee.
#5 Canon Camera Lens Replica Travel Mug
Are you gift shopping for a coffee lover and a travel photographer? The two worlds often go hand in hand. Travel photographers can spend hours waiting for the perfect shot and need to keep their energy up with caffeine, so they may as well drink their favorite brew from this replica Canon Camera Lens Travel Mug.
#6 Heated Smart Travel Mug
Nothing's worse than drinking your coffee too slowly on a road trip and having to endure lukewarm coffee for the remainder of your drive. Solve this problem for your traveling friends with this Smart Travel Mug that keeps coffee at a constant temperature between 85 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit the entire time they drink it. It'll also alert the driver when the drink has reached their desired temperature! Powered by an included 12V auto adapter and made exclusively for use in your car.
#7 PixMug Photo Travel Mug
If you want your loved one to think about YOU while they travel, buy them one of these PixMug Photo Travel Mugs and insert your best selfie. You can insert a single 6″ x 9″ photo or two 4″ x 6″ photos, and they even include a cutting template so you don't have to guess.
#8 Mini Coffee Bean Canisters
As Coffee Gator (the company behind these canisters) says, “No longer will you be stranded without access to fresh beans.” These airtight canisters hold 4 ounces of beans or coffee grounds and are guaranteed to seal in the freshness of your favorite roast in small doses.
#9 Bean Box World Coffee Tour Gourmet Sampler
Described by Bean Box as, “Around the world in 80 sips,” this coffee sampler kit includes 16 roasts from 16 different regions around the world including Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, and Kona. A great way to sample coffee from around the world in your home or take with you on the road since they are packaged small enough in individual 1.8 oz bags.
#10 Bookman Cup Holder For Bikes
If the person who you're gift shopping for travels by bike, then they will find use out of this bicycle cup holder that'll fit a range of travel coffee mugs or your average coffee shop to-go cup. It clamps to your bike handle, no screws required, and comes in a range of color options.
#11 Freehand Caddy – Luggage Drink Holder
For people that never have a free hand in the airport, introduce them to the Freehand Drink Caddy which fits into the handle of your carry-on luggage and holds your coffee cup. It may not be something that your traveling friends really need, but you can probably guarantee that they don't have one already so it'll make for a unique gift.
#12 Timbuk2 x Blue Bottle Coffee Sabbatical Travel Kit
Here's a classy weekend coffee survival kit for coffee aficionados who like to travel in style. Neatly packed in a leather bag is everything you need to make coffee during a weekend getaway including waxed canvases, a travel dripper, filters, tumblers, felt zarfs, and two packets of Blue Bottle Three Africa's coffee beans.
#13 Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine by De'Longhi
If your friend is more of an espresso drinker than a coffee drinker, then here's the gift for you. The Nespresso Essenza is one of the smallest portable espresso makers you'll find. It heats up in 30 seconds and is preprogrammed to make two different sized espresso shots. It's obviously not as small as the photo shows, but in terms of espresso makers, it's pretty compact and good for traveling.
#14 Icon Speak Shirts w/ Coffee Icons
Need coffee? Don't know the word for coffee? Just point to the coffee icon on your ICONSPEAK World Edition travel t-shirt which is designed to overcome language barriers by featuring a set of commonly needed items when traveling. Check out the interview we did with Florian Nast, the founder of ICONSPEAK.
#15 Instant Electric Immersion Liquid Heater
We've seen a lot of portable coffee makers, but there's always one thing missing which is – where do we get the hot water from? Problem solved with this portable electric water heater that clips to your mug so you don't have to fuss with it while it boils your water. This is a must-have accessory for any travel coffee set.
#16 Books About Coffee
For avid readers, there are a few books on coffee that make great gifts for world travelers. A few great mentions are:
- The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing — Coffees Explored, Explained and Enjoyed – Can a cup of coffee reveal the face of God? Can it change the world? Journalist Michaele Weissman treks into an exotic and paradoxical realm of specialty coffee where the successful traveler must be part passionate coffee connoisseur, part ambitious entrepreneur, part activist, and part Indiana Jones.
- The Devil's Cup: A History of the World According to Coffee – Stewart Lee Allen treks three-quarters of the way around the world on a caffeinated quest to answer these profound questions: Did the advent of coffee give birth to an enlightened western civilization? Is coffee, indeed, the substance that drives history?
- God in a Cup: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Coffee – Mark Pendergrast tells the story of coffee from its discovery on a hill in ancient Abyssinia to the advent of Starbucks. This updated edition of the classic work reviews the dramatic changes in coffee culture over the past decade.
- Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World – A world guide that takes the reader on a global tour of coffee-growing countries and presents the coffee bean in full-color photographs that show the origin of coffee including where it is grown, the people who grow it, and the cultures in which coffee is a way of life.
- Coffee Obsession – Takes a journey through the coffee-producing nations around the world, presenting the different styles, flavors, and techniques used to brew the perfect cup and explores how coffee gets from bean to cup in each region.
#17 Collapsible Tea Kettle
Another way to boil water while traveling is with this collapsible travel tea kettle by Dltsli that holds up to 42 ounces of liquid. You can use it for coffee, tea, or even heating up soup. And when not in use, it collapses into a compact shape that doesn't take up much room in your bag.
#18 Collapsible Coffee Dripper
If you're a fan of the pour over method, consider this collapsible coffee dripper which goes perfect with the collapsible tea kettle. It's got a built-in mesh screen on the bottom so that you don't have to mess with paper filters.
#19 Travel Milk Frother
Jessica from One Girl, Whole World pointed out that I was missing a portable milk frother from my list and she's right! So I found this travel milk frother by Aicok which has everything you need to make foamy milk in one device. Alternatively, you could pick up a battery operated handheld frother but you'd also have to have a steel frothing pitcher, so that's why I featured the Aicok instead since it's everything you need in one device.
What'd I miss? What other products have you found would make a great gift for a traveling coffee lover? Leave your suggestions in the comments section below or e-mail [email protected]lislife.org.
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