Jot is an ultra coffee concentrate, which is just a fancy way of saying it's incredibly strong. You measure out one tablespoon of Jot, then mix it with hot water, cold water, milk, or anything else you'd like in order to create the perfect cup of coffee.
Personally, I love drinking Jot cold because I can make it very strong, similar to a cup of cold brew coffee. However, I must admit that when you drink it hot, it blows any other "instant" coffee out of the water.
Because I love Jot so much, I was able to get a referral gift for ya. If you click the button below, you'll be able to purchase a set of 2 Jot concentrates with a FREE Fellow Mug (scroll down a few items in this list to see that mug and why I love it). If you want to just go with the concentrate on its own, the referral code "Matt" will always save ya money.
Ground & Hounds is coffee with a cause that is perfect for the dog lover in your life. I've been a long-time customer of theirs not only because I love dogs so much, but because their coffee beans & coffee grounds are incredible.
20% of all sales are used to fund innovative and impactful rescue programs throughout the country, which is worth supporting in my book.
They offer a sample pack of their best-sellers to get you started, but I highly recommend browsing all of their coffee options. And while you're at it, they have very fun drinkware and apparel, too!
We all have that person in our lives that can drink 10 cups of coffee and not feel a thing. Put that caffeine tolerance to the test with this high-caffeine Death Wish Coffee! I'll be honest: I don't find this to be the greatest tasting coffee in the world. But as someone who needs caffeine to function, I found this coffee to be very fun to try, and it definitely makes for a great gift.
I am a sucker for a nice mug, and I always gravitate towards "diner-style" mugs. These are the mugs with a thick wall, which I find far superior to any cheap mug out there.
Whenever I travel, I try to find a diner-style mug from the place I'm visiting, so I have quite the large selection. But if you're looking for something a little less touristy, these are the perfect mugs to serve up coffee to your guests.
This travel mug looks like a Tic Tac, and I am absolutely obsessed with it. I got one as a package deal with the Jot coffee (see the first item in this list) but it makes for a phenomenal gift on its own. This mug comes in various colors and sizes, and each one completely seals so you can tip, flip, or throw the mug (if you really wanted to) without your coffee spilling.
And speaking from experience, this mug keeps coffee hot for many hours. It definitely rivals Yeti, and in my opinion, is much cooler.
The Ember mug is the perfect gift for the slow coffee drinkers out there. Personally, I drink my coffee far too quickly, so it's not an issue for me. But for someone who likes to savor their coffee, they may find that they have to reheat the coffee once or twice before finishing. This mug sits on a coaster that keeps the coffee at the perfect temperature for as long as you need, and the best part is that the coaster is not hot to the touch!
Ember also sells a travel version, so if you have a long commute in the car, you can keep your coffee hot the entire time.
I mentioned Grounds & Hounds coffee, but their mugs deserve a very special shoutout, too. They have a TON of amazing mugs, glasses, and more for any dog lovers out there. Frankly, it's impossible for me to choose just one mug, and I own several from 'em.
Home Brewing Gifts
There's truly no wrong way to brew coffee, but depending on your preferences, there may be a "best" way. Here is my list of home-brewing essentials to cover my favorite brewing methods.
If you want to feel like a coffee pro, you need to get yourself a gooseneck electric kettle. The long neck is ideal for pouring, especially if you're going to be making pour-over coffee. Electric is also ideal, as you can have this kettle posted up right next to your coffee bar without the need to fire up the stovetop.
There are tons of different pour-over options out there, but nothing beats a Chemex. It may feel silly to spend up on a simple glass carafe, but the quality of a Chemex is unmatched. Trust me: I've had cheap pour-overs that were much thinner and ended up cracking & breaking on me. You won't have that issue with the Chemex, and the classic look of it makes it an amazing gift.
If you choose to buy a Chemex, be sure to pair it with the coffee filters.
A French Press is another fun way to brew coffee that is much simpler than a pour-over. Just add some coffee grounds and water into the container, let it set, then press down to filter out the coffee grounds. I don't use a French Press very often, but it's a popular choice for people looking for a quality cup of coffee that want the process to be mostly hands-off (outside of using a drip coffee machine, of course).
The French Press is also a great way to make a very simple cold brew, but we'll get into actual cold brew gear further down this post.
When it comes to home-brewing, a good coffee grinder is an absolute must. If you use a cheap spice grinder to grind up coffee, which is what I used for a while, but a quality coffee grinder will change your life. With the particular coffee grinder (the one that I use) you can set the coarseness of your beans. For espresso, you can go with a super-fine grind, and for French press or cold brew, you can keep it very coarse. Being able to adjust to your preferences is amazing, and this one looks pretty darn nice, too.
There's nothing worse than sour coffee that has gone bad. Once you open a bag of coffee, you have about a week of freshness before you start to taste the difference, which is way too quick. With a quality airtight canister, you can extend that shelf-life! I prefer to store fresh beans in the canister to then grind them up when needed, but it's also great for storing coffee grounds, too.
No home coffee bar is complete without a classic drip coffee machine. This Ninja specialty coffee maker is absolutely amazing, and I love mine. You can choose to make a single cup, travel size, or even a full carafe for guests, and you can adjust the brew based on what you want to make. Brew it extra strong to make iced coffee, brew a rich XL cup for a latte, or anything else you can dream up! If you want delicious coffee without needing to work too hard for it, this machine does it all.
When it comes to espresso, you just can't be this classic stovetop espresso maker. When I traveled to Italy, this is all they used there, and even though it is incredibly simple, it makes an amazing cup of espresso. This is definitely a must-have for anybody who enjoys espresso!
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard of Nespresso. I'm not an espresso drinker, but I have never heard a single bad thing about Nespresso from those who are. The pod system makes brewing incredibly simple, and it yields a perfect cup every single time. And from what I've heard, this blows the Keurig out of the water.
Cold Brew & Iced Coffee Gifts
No matter the weather, I always prefer cold coffee to hot coffee. If you're not well-versed in cold coffee, it's important to note that cold brew and iced coffee are not the same things! To simplify it: cold brew slow steeps for 12-24 hours, and iced coffee is any hot coffee that is served cold over ice (but I wrote up a full detailed breakdown here).
But whether it's cold-brewed or just served cold, it's always my preferred coffee!
If you have someone in your life that prefers cold coffee, there's a gift here for ya.
When you brew hot coffee but then decide you want iced coffee instead, you always end up with watered-down coffee. In order to make it cold, you need to use a ton of ice which then just ends up melting. Enter: The HyperChiller.
You keep this stored in the freezer, then all you have to do is take it out and pour your coffee right into it. Within seconds it will completely chill your coffee so you can pour it over ice without it getting watered down! The best part is that you can re-use it over and over again.
This is an absolute essential for anyone who enjoys cold coffee!
Cold brew coffee requires planning ahead, as it needs to steep for at least 12 hours. For some people, remembering to do that becomes a real pain. This portable cold brew maker changes that. All you have to do is load up the top with the coffee and water at night, then in the morning when you're getting ready for work or school, just press the bottom to strain the water into the portable mug below and you are ready to go!
Even better, you can keep this on your desk at work so you never forgot. Just load up the coffee at the end of the day, then when you come in the following morning, you'll have cold brew waiting for you.
The OXO cold brew maker is what I use every single week. If you make cold brew, this is the gold standard, in my opinion. You load up the top portion with ground coffee, add water, then let it sit. When you're ready, it strains out into the carafe below.
There are a few reasons why I love the OXO so much. One, it makes a concentrate in a small carafe, saving you a ton of fridge space. Two, the lid to the carafe measures out a perfect portion for you, so you don't have to guess how much concentrate to use. And three, the top portion has a "rainmaker" design, meaning you can pour the water over the top and it will distribute it evenly over the coffee grounds so you don't have to.
Love cold brew but don't feel like making your own? Wandering Bear is the way to go! They sell these cold brew taps, which is absolutely perfect if you don't want to go through the entire brewing process. While it's not a gift that you'll be able to use more than once, you can actually sign up for a subscription to receive a new tap every month. When you do that, it comes out to about $2 per cup of cold brew, which is cheaper than opting for Starbucks.
When making cold brew, you want to start with coarse-ground coffee. When you use regular ground coffee that's very fine, you can end up with "muddy" coffee that has some coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup, which is appealing to nobody. This Stone Street coffee is coarse ground, and some of the best I've ever had when it comes to making my own cold brew.
If you want to take cold brew to the next level, this mini nitro keg is the way to do it. Nitro cold brew is simply cold brew that is served through a nitrogren-infused tap, giving it a smoother finish with a little bit of froth to it. It's delicious, but if you've ever ordered it at a coffee shop, you know it can also be super expensive- that's why I make my own!
Just brew your old cold brew (or buy some) and pour it into the keg, then let the nitrogen do its thing for about an hour before serving.
What coffee-related items would you add to these lists? I’d love to hear ’em!