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Coffee and Coffee Snobbery are recurring themes on this site.  As you know, I work for the nice guys at Prima Coffee.  Naturally, I have a fair amount to say about coffee equipment.  Many coffee snobs find themselves (to their chagrin) receiving Starbucks cards for Christmas.  While I am thankful for such gifts, because Jen really likes their hot apple cider, I think it helpful to provide a list of good gift ideas for your favorite coffee snobs. So, here’s my list of great Coffee gifts divided under: $0-$25, $25-$50, $50-$100, and $100+.

GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS $0-$25

DCILY KeepCup$14.50

DCILY Keepcup

(http://dearcoffeeiloveyou.merchmo.com/products/detail/oz_DCILY_Mission_KeepCup_6087)

This is a sweet reusable travel cup featuring one of my favorite coffee blogs – DCILY.

Clever Coffee Brewer$16

Clever Coffee Brewer

(http://prima-coffee.com/brewer/clever-coffee-dripper-abid)

I have said multiple times before that the Clever is the best entry-level manual brewer on the market.  I absolutely love this brewer.  It is a great gift.

Intelligentsia Gift Card$25

Intelligentsia Coffee Gift Card

(http://www.intelligentsiacoffee.com/product/merchandise/intelligentsia-gift-card)

Intelligentsia is one of my absolute favorite roasters.  Their coffee subscription service on their website, however, is confusing. Thus, I recommend a gift card.  Intelli ships all over the place, and you can find great coffee (and sweet mugs) on their site.

Sweet Maria’s Green Coffee – $$$

Sweet Maria's

(http://www.sweetmarias.com/prod.greencoffee.mvc.php?source=side)

These vary in price, but if you know someone that does their own roasting, Sweet Maria’s is a great resource.

GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $25-$50

Aeropress$25.95

Aerobie Aeropress Coffeemaker

(http://prima-coffee.com/brewer/aerobie-aeropress-coffee-maker)

The AeroPress is a great little brewer.  A little more effort than a Clever, but it makes a great cup of coffee.  Mind you, it only makes one cup, but it does it well.

Hario Metal Coffee Press$27.75

Hario Metal Coffee Press

(http://prima-coffee.com/hario/coffee-press)

If you’re into French Press coffee, this is a good little brewer for you.  Prima is also selling it dirt cheap for Black Friday.

Hario Mini Mill Manual Coffee Grinder$31.95

Hario Mini Mill Grinder MSS-1B

(http://prima-coffee.com/grinder/hario-coffee-grinder-mini-mill-slim)

The best little hand grinder out there.  Gives you a good workout while grinding your coffee.  Functional for espresso to French Press, which is quite versatile…trust me.

Jennings CJ4000 Scale$38.75

Jennings Coffee Scale

(http://prima-coffee.com/catalog/jennings-cj4000-scale-29075)

I find that I brew coffee best when I am exact with the weights of both the grounds and the water.  The Jennings scale is precise.  It also has an AC adapter so you don’t have to buy batteries every six weeks.

Hario V60 Pour-Over Set-Up$43

Hario V60 Coffee Brewing Set-up

(http://prima-coffee.com/brewer/hario-v60-pour-over-set)

I have this set-up at home (except with a ceramic brewer).  I love this system. Although you will need to purchase a pouring kettle as well (see below).

Bonavita Electric Pouring Kettle$49.99

Bonavita Electric Pouring Kettle

(http://prima-coffee.com/bonavita/electric-pouring-kettle)

This is the kettle I rock at home.  It is also helpful for warming up my daughter’s bottles.

GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $50-$100

AeroPress and Mini Mill Combo$57

Aeropress Mini Mill Travel Combo

(http://prima-coffee.com/catalog/coffee-travel-kit-aeropress-and-mini-mill-17033)

Put two items from the list above and get ’em for cheaper. Enough said.

Hario Buono Pouring Kettle$53

Hario Buono Pourover Kettle

(http://prima-coffee.com/hario/buono)

Pours better than the Bonavita kettle, but it costs a bit more and doesn’t heat up water automatically. Your call as to which is better.

Counter Culture 3-month Coffee Subscription$64.95

Counter Culture Subscription

(http://my.counterculturecoffee.com/coffee/subscriptions/)

I love Counter Culture Coffee. They have a good subscription service for varying durations.

GIFTS FOR COFFEE SNOBS – $100+

Tonx Coffee 3-Month Subscription (2 12oz bags per month) – $114 ($38/mo)

Tonx Coffee Subscription

(https://tonx.org/7dd531b4)

Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder$129

Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

(http://prima-coffee.com/grinder/baratza-encore-conical-burr-coffee-grinder)

My favorite entry-level electronic grinder.  It is very flexible and reliable. We use it everyday in the office.

Six-month Craft Coffee Subscription$134.94

Craft Coffee Subscription

(http://www.craftcoffee.com/products/artisan-coffee-tasting-box)

Great subscription service. Craft coffee sends you great coffee from several great roasters.

Prima Tamp$140

Prima Tamp

(http://prima-coffee.com/prima/prima-tamp)

Just talked about this yesterday. It still rocks.

Bonavita Thermal Carafe Automatic Brewer$149.99

Bonavita Automatic Coffee Brewer with Thermal Carafe

(http://prima-coffee.com/brewer/bonavita-automatic-coffee-brewer-thermal-carafe)

The only automatic coffee brewer I recommend.  Great gift for anyone at half the price of a Technivorm (another good automatic brewer).

Until later friends…

Chicago Cubs fan have faced a lot of disappointment over the years.  If you want to help assuage some of that disappointment, here are some gift ideas for your beloved Cubs fans.  They are ordered by price lowest-highest.  For simplicity’s sake, I have divided these into four categories: $0-$25, $25-$50, $50+, and $You’re Insane$
CUBS GIFTS $0-$25

Chicago Cubs Cups$11.99

Cubs Cups

(http://www.fansedge.com/Chicago-Cubs-Plastic-Tumbler-4-Pack-_-349271733_PD.html?utm_content=pla)

I received these as a gift, and I use them regularly.  I especially like serving drinks to my Cardinals fan friends in them.

Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Chicago Cubs by Carrie Muskat (Cubs beat reporter) – $14.95

Banks to Sandberg to Grace

(http://www.amazon.com/Banks-Sandberg-Grace-Decades-Frustration/dp/0071385568/ref=wl_it_dp_v_S_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=2EHF2WXVULFV8&coliid=I3IE50JNAAJ4LR)

Carrie Muskat is the Cubs beat reporter, and she does a great job.  This book follows her experience with the Cubs.

Cubs Sippy Cups$14.98

Cubs Sippy Cups

(http://www.shopmyteam.com/store/index.php/mlb/chicago-cubs-sippy-cup-2-pack.html)

Start ’em young.

Chicago Cubs T-Shirt$20.00

Cubs T-Shirt

(http://www.one10threads.com/cubs-t-shirt.html)

This is a sweet, classy T-shirt.

MLB Infant Chicago Cubs 3 Piece Bodysuit Set$24.99

Cubs Onesies

(http://www.amazon.com/Newborn-Chicago-Piece-Bodysuit-6-9mos/dp/B007DOURBI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1353506233&sr=8-2&keywords=chicago+cubs+baby)

Start ’em even younger.

CUBS GIFTS $25-$50

Cubs Batting Practice Style Hat$27.99

Cubs BP Hat

(http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3875080&cp=3637327)

Pricey for a hat, but it does look nice.

1908 Cubs Personalized Shirt$36.95

1908 Cubs Shirt

(http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_0000000000000000515500000000000000000V8JP?sid=IDx20110310x00001i&srccode=cii_184425893&cpncode=31-52300169-2)

Let them relive the last Cubs World Series Championship with their name on the jersey.

Chicago Cubs Elite Polo$49.99

Blue Cubs Polo

(http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=13114532&cp=1452693.704257)

Help them support their Cubs on casual Friday at the office.

Kerry Wood eGraph$50

Kerry Wood eGraph

(https://www.egraphs.com/Kerry-Wood/photos)

I personally would not want one of these. I prefer meeting a player and getting an actual autograph. That being said, Egraphs are interesting.  You pay money, a digital autographed picture is sent to your friend with a recorded message from the player.  Other Cubs players include: Andre Dawson, Jeff Samardzija, and Brian Lahair.

CUBS GIFTS $50+

Framed 1908 Chicago Cubs Roster$55.26

1908 Cubs World Series Champions Frame(http://www.sportsmemorabilia.com/sports-products/11×14-framed-matted-1908-chicago-cubs-world-series-champions.html?gclid=CPKz1IKe4LMCFQ4EnQodFGIAtw)

Once again, all we Cubs fans have is the past. Help them relive the glory days with this.

1908 World Series Champions Panoramic Canvas Print$65.00

1908 World Series Champions Panoramic Canvas Print

(http://www.etsy.com/listing/112121596/chicago-cubs-1908-world-series-champions?utm_source=googleproduct&utm_medium=syndication&utm_campaign=GPS&gclid=CPXK-YGe4LMCFQ45nAodqBgAmw)

I’m not going to beat a dead horse, but this is cool.

CUBS GIFTS FOR $You’re Insane$

Chicago Cubs Game-used Ball Cuff Links$169.99

Cubs Cufflinks

(http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4254549)

If I were an incredibly rich day-trader, I might consider these. However, this is pretty insane. Cool…but insane.

1969 Chicago Cubs Team Autographed Ball$640

Cubs 1969 Team Autograph Ball

(http://www.legendsofthefield.com/1969-Chicago-Cubs-Team-Autographed-Official-MLB-Baseball-Santo-Sweet-Spot-12-Signatures/Baseball/Baseballs/-p9816023.html?gclid=CNmr17if4LMCFQu0nQodM1IAzQ#.UKzht4eunHY)

Oh the 1969 Cubs.  The Cubs fans’ greatest disappointment post-1908 and pre-Bartman.  What a treasure for any Cubs fan, but if you have this kind of money to spend on a ball I don’t know what you’re doing reading my blog.

Or there’s always a MLB Gift Card, which your Cubs fan can use for most of this stuff or and MLB.tv account so they  can watch every single Cubs win and loss.

MLB Gift Card – $$$

MLB Gift Card(http://shop.mlb.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4254549)
Until later friends…

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