When it comes to the holidays, lesser anticipated stocking stuffers can — and often do — end up resulting in the most thoughtful and useful gifts. For coffee lovers in particular, small gifts like tampers, scales or portafilters can make for the most memorable gifts of the season. Continue reading for our list of superb stocking stuffers!
Saint Anthony Industries Perfect Pourover Kettle
The first item on our list might take some creative planning when it comes to actually fitting it into your stocking, but we are confident it will be more than worth the hassle. Just like how your stocking will be bursting at the seams as you try to make everything fit, the Saint Anthony Industries Perfect Pourover Kettle is also jammed packed, albeit with standout features.
The Perfect Pourover Kettle is a balanced stovetop kettle with a narrow gooseneck spout that provides optimal pouring precision. It has a balanced design that helps ensure steady and accurate pours for even distribution of water over coffee grounds, and also includes a comfortable wooden handle engraved with “Saint Anthony Industries'' for a nice and thoughtful touch.
Acaia Lunar Scale
Our next selection is a much more compact option, it but packs just as big a punch in terms of both value and quality. All in all, it has the makings of an all-time great stocking stuffer.
The Acaia Lunar, with its most recent update in 2021, is a precise espresso scale that measures accurately to a hundredth of a gram for an unmatched level of precision. This 2021 version of the Lunar comes with a new Flow-Rate indicator that helps monitor the flow rate of extractions in real-time so you can know if your shot is perfectly dialed in every time.
ECM Olive Wood Portafilter
Another fantastic gift option seemingly tailor-made for stocking stuffing is a portafilter. With a compact, weighty feel, a portafilter will find its way to the bottom of the stocking you put it in, almost as if to ensure the best stuffer gets saved for last.
When it comes to top of the line craftsmanship and aesthetics, you can't go wrong with our line of portafilters from ECM. A prime example of this is the ECM Olive Wood Portafilter, a no-frills, all substance accessory made with high-quality chrome-plating and a weight-balanced olive wood handle. The look and feel of this 58mm bottomless portafilter is stunning, and the coffee produced with it has the potential to be extraordinary.
WDT Coffee Tool
Up next is a handy item that falls under the "I didn't know I needed this" category, which also makes it a perfect option for stocking stuffing. Trust us when we tell you anyone you gift a WDT Coffee Tool will thank you for years to come.
This coffee tool is simple and effective when it comes to distributing espresso more evenly in your portafilter, and is ideal for someone who wants to pull better shots but is not quite ready to spring for a new grinder. With a rounded wood handle, the device fits easily into the palm of any coffee lover’s hand, and the stainless steel loops easily break up clumps and evenly distribute coffee in the basket.
Brewista Professional Cupping Spoon
While a cupping spoon might not immediately seem like an gift worth investing in, we beg to differ. After investing in one for yourself or a lucky stuffed stocking recipient, we think you'll all see what makes the Brewista Professional Cupping Spoon an ideal gift for the coffee connoisseur in your life.
These spoons are available in stainless steel, black, or gold-accented, and serve as an ideal accessory for coffee lovers looking to try new roasts, host at-home tastings, or just add some undeniable class to their coffee bar.
Revolution Steaming Pitcher
If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer that successfully combines style and durability, look no further than the Revolution Steaming Pitcher. While most aspiring and seasoned at-home baristas may already have a pitcher, we're confident that whoever you decide to get this gift for will sing your praises to their other coffee companions.
This pitcher is ideal for steaming milk, and features a sleek matte black external finish for a layer of style often not seen with comparable products. It also incorporates a proprietary Teflon coating, which means it will hold up for years in even the most demanding settings.
Barista Improving Taste Flat Espresso Tamper
We round out our recommendations with yet another essential accessory for baristas new and old that fits the bill as a wonderful stocking stuffer. By now, the stockings you have been meticulous filling with thoughtful gifts are probably nearing maximum capacity. Before you rehang them and wait until you and your loved ones designated "unstuffing" time, why not squeeze in one last gift.
Our final recommendation comes by way of BIT, and their Flat Espresso Tamper. This 58.6mm tamper, now beautifully crafted with a walnut wood handle, is designed with a tapered edge and a subtle radius at the base to fit BIT BoB and Renato series filter baskets like a glove. When used together, the slight convexity accentuates the baskets’ intended design and helps to reduce channeling and over extraction of the puck.
The BIT Espresso Tamper is a flat 58.6mm espresso tamper with a tapered edge that was designed in tandem with the unique BoB and Renato filter series and ensures perfect tamping in curved filter baskets. $65.00
The BIT Espresso Tamper is a flat 58.6mm espresso tamper with a tapered edge that was designed in tandem with the unique BoB and Renato filter series and ensures perfect tamping in curved filter baskets.