We’ve made quite a list of “best-ofs” for our Top 50 Gifts for Coffee and Espresso Lovers guide, but this time, it's personal. If you’ve still got a coffee lover on your list this holiday season, why not check out some of our staff’s personal favorite items from this year!
Katie: Gaggia Magenta Prestige
"This machine is perfect for someone who is a beginner in the espresso world. This super-auto is easy to use, fast, and sophisticated! The one-touch milk carafe gives the user the ability to make tasty milk drinks with the touch of a button. Personally, I love the Magenta Prestige because of how easy it is to use to make amazing espresso right at home!"
The Gaggia Magenta Prestige is a sophisticated and powerful espresso machine that produces authentic one-touch milk drinks on the fly with a crisp full color display and easy to navigate menu.
Marc: Gaggia Accademia
“I consider the updated Accademia a crossover machine. With the coffee boost function and flow control it makes espresso on par with semi-automatics without the hassle. Best milk system on the market, incredible drink selection, all metal body, beautiful glass front panel and responsive touch screen. Exceptional drinks made quick and easy.”
The Gaggia Accademia is a fully automatic luxury Italian espresso machine with painted stainless steel housing and a full color glass touchscreen display and front body panel. With a menu of 19 unique beverages and superlative customization options, your perfect specialty coffee awaits. Enjoy effortless Cappuccinos and other café favorites with the auto-frothing carafe, or master the art of milk frothing with Gaggia's exclusive commercial steam wand.
Jordan: Profitec GO
“The Profitec GO is a wonderful entry level espresso machine with great features from a high quality brand. I don't have a lot of room in my kitchen but the compact style of the new Go is perfect for my home set up. The simple buttons and sleek design is what drew me in at first but the PID, rapid heating and commercial grade steam wand is what truly made me feel like a barista.’”
Looking to keep your mornings moving when you’re on the go? Look no further than the Profitec GO. This sleek single boiler espresso machine has best-in-class features like PID temperature control and a fast heat-up time.
Tracy: Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Kettle
“I love my sleek, black Fellow Stagg kettle not only for how it looks, but also for how it helps me enjoy delicious French press and pour-over coffee! It also fits right with the rest of my coffee bar, and pairs well with my Gaggia Cadorna Prestige!”
The Fellow Stagg 1 L Pour-Over Kettle in matte black has a sleek, minimalist design and comes with a base that fits on just about any countertop without taking up too much space.
The precision pour spout helps ensure a slow, steady pour, the built-in thermometer lets you know when your brew is the ideal temperature and the counterbalanced handle allows for easier handling.
Erika: Camelbak Horizon Camp Mug
“I love having a travel mug with a handle, it still feels like drinking my morning cup at home. Since it's so well insulated, I find it to be the perfect camping mug. My coffee stays warm, the lid keeps the bugs away, and I don't have to worry about breaking it if I'm out and about.”
The Camelbak Horizon Camp Mug is a 12 oz, double-walled vacuum-insulated and stainless steel mug that retains drink temperatures for 6 hours cold and 4 hours hot.
Nick: Revolution True Tamp
“As our resident accessory enthusiast it's the little things that get me, and this year I was really impressed by the Revolution True Tamp. At $39.95 it should be in anyone's price range, but it does everything a tamper should do. The 58.3mm base fits snugly into baskets and the added depth prevents play while tamping. I also love that base also matches the contour of the handle so the True Tamp is very comfortable to hold. In my opinion it's a nicer tamp than pretty much anything that comes with machines these days, prosumer or otherwise.”
Improve your at-home, cafe, or restaurant coffee bar with the Revolution 58.3mm True Tamp in Black. This durable and stylish tamper is compatible with most 58mm commercial portafilters.
Bryan: Eureka Mignon Zero
“Having a long history working in specialty coffee, and being new to the Whole Latte Love family, I was very excited to try out as many products as possible. For the way I make coffee, single-dosing is the only way to go. So I tried several of our single-dosing grinders and eventually landed on the Eureka Mignon Zero. Little details like the vented shutter and clear plastic lid so I can closely monitor the grind, not to mention the very low retention, made this my favorite product of the year.”
Enhance your brewing setup with the Eureka Mignon Zero Espresso Grinder. This single dose espresso grinder has 55mm hardened steel burrs, micrometric stepless adjustments, and a high dose consistency that makes it ideal for any coffee aficionado.
Andrew: Crema Wave
“Crema Wave is the perfect 'do-all' coffee, presenting an ideal balance of sweet and nutty characteristics. It makes delicious espresso, creates sweet cappuccinos, adds a delicate flavor to lattes, and even makes great pour-over and press. Not only that, Crema Wave is safe for every class of machine and is extremely forgiving, making it a challenge to pull a bad shot. This roast has become the staple of my home coffee bar.”
Tested in our favorite machines, Whole Latte Love Crema Wave is a delicious 100% Arabica blend medium roast coffee with sweet notes of almond and honey.
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