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Got a graduation coming up in your family? Think coffee when trying to come up with the perfect gift for the graduate? Why should you consider coffee gifts for graduation? Traditionally, graduation gifts acknowledge that the graduate is moving on to a new phase in his or her life. The graduate might be heading off to a dorm room in the fall, or taking on a job in a new office. Some grads will be moving to a new apartment in a new city. In any case, they’ll be leaving behind their tried and true methods of getting good coffee and will appreciate a gift that ensure ready access to great java.
Coffee Gift Idea
Coffee may be readily available on campus during standard classtime hours, but what’s a studious academic to do to fuel late-night study sessions? That’s when they’ll really appreciate a dorm-room coffee making set up. Consider one of these DIY graduation coffee gift sets that will please even the most discerning coffee lover.
The Drip Setup
Coffee drippers are among the most popular and easy to use coffee makers on the market. Pick from one of the best-selling pourover coffee drippers and add a mug, a stand and an electric kettle for a dorm room coffee station that will be the envy of the whole hall.
Hario’s V60 pourover coffee brewer has set the standard for drip brewers. It’s available in a range of colors and materials so you can match your grad’s color preferences. It’s also available in personal size to sit on top of a mug, or in a larger size that makes up to 4 cups of coffee at once. It uses proprietary coffee filters, so make sure you include a pack of those in your gift basket.
The Beehouse Coffee Dripper is where it all began. The white porcelain cone dripper is designed to sit on top of a coffee mug. It uses standard cone coffee filters, making it more convenient than the V60, and the design makes it easier to get a spectacular cup of coffee without special pouring techniques.
Melitta created the first paper filter and they still set the standard for drip coffee makers. These days, the company offers a range of single-cup coffee drippers in plastic and ceramic, so you’ve got a range of drippers from which to choose. A few come complete with mug or coffee pot. Melitta cone filters are readily available in any grocery store.
Electric Pouring Kettles
Pouring kettles are ergonomically designed to make the coffee pouring technique easier. Their distinguished by the long, thin gooseneck spout and an offset handle.
The Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle is the top of the line, and the one most often used by baristas in competition settings. It’s fast, allows you to control the water temperature with precision, and features a separate heating plate so you don’t have to worry about getting tangled in the cord when you pour.
The Hario Buono is the original gooseneck pouring kettle. It’s now available in an electric version, making it a great dorm room addition for a coffee-loving graduate.
Single Serve Coffee Brewer
For grads who like their coffee simple, consider a B60 Keurig single serve coffee brewer. The personal size coffee brewer uses K-cups, which are now available in most grocery stores and from many coffee companies. It makes decent coffee, and cleanup couldn’t be easier — just throw away the used k-cup and you’re done.
You know what they say about office coffee, but it doesn’t have to be that way when you send your grad off to the new job with a personal coffee maker. The B60 single serve coffee brewing system is the ideal deskside companion. Include a paid subscription to his or her favorite coffee from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to make sure that the coffee is always available when it’s go time at the office.
Consider a coffee subscription to one of the coffee services that deliver specialty coffees once a month. Each month, the lucky grad will receive one or more packages of excellent coffee to enjoy or share with office or dorm mates.
Whatever kind of coffee gifts for the graduate you choose, you can be sure that your gift will be well-received and you’ll be thought of fondly every time they enjoy a cup of coffee.