Holiday Gift Guide: Pour Over Perfecter!
Do you have that person on your gift list who starts every morning with a carefully crafted pour over carafe? It can be tough to find the perfect gift for someone who’s already embedded in the world of pour over coffee, but we’re here to help! Let’s jump in to this gifting guide:
While this will be a staple in many coffee crafters’ collection of gear, it’s worth remembering that the Chemex Classic makes a fantastic gift. Affordable, gorgeous, and easy to use, this is definitely one of the first ways to enjoy pour over that many coffee drinkers experience. Complete with that classic wood handle and hourglass design, this Chemex made the brand a household name among coffee fans.
While it can take a bit of practice to get the filter folding and placement down, after the initial learning curve this pour over couldn’t be easier. Chemex’s special filter design is also great at producing a cleaner cup and retaining excess oils during brewing. If your giftee doesn’t already have one of these coffee classics, now’s the time to change that!
Another long-standing craft coffee favorite is the AeroPress. This simple design uses a plunger and brew chamber to create pressure with the air between the rubber head of that plunger and the bed of coffee. The result of this brewer is a bit different from what you get using a more traditional French press, instead, this is a versatile brewer that can make a more drip-like full cup or more espresso-like concentrates.
This new version of the AeroPress is, as the name implies, clear plastic instead of smoked. This means you can get a full view of your beautiful brew as you steep and press it. This update makes it a great gift, even if they already have the classic smoked version. With how great the AeroPress is to have on the go, an extra for travel or the office is great too!
The Baratza Encore coffee grinder has long been a favorite of pour over aficionados. Its rugged construction, smart design, and simple use makes for a pretty perfect option for any slow brewing. With the ESP, Baratza has really kicked this grinder up a notch. Instead of just being suitable for slow brewing methods, this grinder is a true all-purpose machine. Instead of adding complex adjustment methods, Baratza has simply made the first 20 settings finer micro adjustments to work with your espresso grinding. Once you go to the more coarse end of the range you get large macro adjustments for slower brewing.
It all makes this grinder one of the best around for any user, and perfect for the pour over fan that might get interested in espresso down the line.
Every coffee setup needs good brewing accessories, and that’s especially true in the case of pour over. First, we have the Fellow Stagg EKG Variable Temp Kettle. You can’t make a pour over without hot water, and the Stagg EKG delivers on this front. With an easy to use interface, quick heat up times, a gooseneck for precision pouring, and excellent build quality, this kettle is a great one and done option that will work for years and years.
Every pour over enthusiast also needs a scale, and we love the Rhino Coffee Gear Stealth Espresso Scale for this. While it says espresso in the name, this is a great digital scale for any application, and its built in timer and high degree of accuracy is a boon for pour over in addition to espresso. The included adapter plate expands the surface of this scale for a larger carafe or preparing two pours at once into single cups. Plus - if they decide to try out espresso in the future this is the perfect scale for that as well!
One of the easiest gifts to give a coffee lover is, well, coffee! First, we have Counter Culture’s Apollo blend. This is a citrusy, floraly blend that works great as espresso or pour over. Its lighter flavor profile offers something a bit different from what you might be used to, and it’s a great way to try to dial in a pour over setup due to those unique flavors.
Next, another lighter flavor profile great for pour over: Brandywine Coffee Roasters’ Orbital Motion blend. This coffee is a little less floral and citrusy than Apollo, and leans more into honey, brown sugar, and spice flavors, while maintaining a light and fruity body. Another one that will go great with pour over, but also delicious as a drip brew.
If you’d like to see the items in this gift guide in action then check out the video below!