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Got a dad who loves coffee on your list of special people? You’re in luck. While all the other kids are tearing their hair out trying to figure out what to get Dad for Father’s Day this year, you’ve got an embarrassment of riches when it comes to coffee gift ideas. Seriously, you’ll never ever run out of coffee-related gifts because there’s always a new coffee gadget to try or a coffee variety he hasn’t sampled. Here’s a round-up of Father’s Day coffee gift suggestions starting at less than $10, with upgrades for those who want to spend a little more to make dad’s brew better all year long.
Vietnamese Coffee Phin
Expand dad’s coffee-making expertise to another country. Vietnamese drip coffee is a treat for the eyes and the taste buds. All you really need to do it is a Vietnamese coffee phin, a little stainless steel top hat that sits on top of your cup. At this price, you can add a bag of Vietnamese coffee to the gift and still come in under budget.
Upgrade: Choose a stainless steel option, or buy a pair and add a bag of specialty Vietnamese coffee beans with an inexpensive grinder, and you’re still coming in with a pretty cheap Father’s Day gift.
Manual Coffee Drippers and Filter Cone Holders
Hand-dripped coffees are all the rage at the fancy-shmancy coffee cafés. There are tons of coffee drippers, also known as drip filter holders, on the market for making pourover coffee. Manual drip coffee brewers allow the flavor to develop fully in the cup, use no electricity and give dad the maximum amount of control over the all-important brew parameters: water temperature, pour time and – with the right coffee dripper – saturation time. If you want to let dad try manual dripping on the cheap, you can pick up a Melitta Ready Set Joe single cup coffee brewer and mug for less than $10.
Upgrade: There are so many options for manual coffee drippers on the market, and lots of reviews out there to help you choose among them. Some of the better known names include the Kalita Wave Glass Dripper, the Hario V60 Glass Coffee Dripper, the Clever Coffee Dripper and the Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper – Large – Drip Cone Brewer.
Travel Upgrade: It’s not easy to meet your coffee standards on the hiking trail or in the hotel room, but there are ways to make it so much easier. We love this Cuissential SlickDrip – Collapsible Silicone Coffee Dripper, especially if you pair it with the Cuissential SlickBoil: Collapsible Silicone Tea Kettle . They collapse to just under 1 inch (the dripper) and 2 1/2 inches (the kettle), and weight practically nothing, making them ideal packables for making quality coffee.
Maximum Upgrade: Make this a really special gift for Dad by adding a gooseneck kettle made especially for using with manual coffee drippers. The gooseneck spout gives you an amazing amount of control over the pour, which coffee experts will tell you results in maximum good flavor from your coffee. Some of the most popular choices include the Hario Buono, the Bonavita Stovetop Kettle and the ultimate in high-end pourover kettles, Kalita Wave Coffee and Tea Kettle Pot 1L.
Is dad still using the plastic espresso tamper that came with his espresso machine? Father’s Day gives you the perfect opportunity to upgrade his espresso equipment. A good espresso tamper fits your hand comfortably and is sized just right to fit inside the portafilter from edge to edge. You can get away pretty cheap on a metal alloy Espresso Tamper that fits either a 50 or 58 mm portafilter just right. You could probably even have it engraved and still come in under $10.
Upgrade: For just a little more you can upgrade dad to an espresso tamper that’s a work of ergonomic art from some of the most respected names in the espresso accessory business. Check out the selection of Rattleware espresso tampers.
Getting milk to foam to the right consistency for lattes and cappuccinos is so much easier when you’re working with a professional quality milk frothing pitcher. Get dad started making foamy milk espresso drinks with a basic 12-ounce Stainless Steel Frothing Pitcher on the cheap. Add a an e-book for the home baristaad you’re still under the $10 target.
Upgrade: Choose a Rattleware 20-Ounce Latte Art Milk Frothing Pitcher, expressly made to give the barista more control over the pour, or go for the gold with the Espro Toroid 20 Oz Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher that uses patented technology (that is, a unique shape) to get the milk whirling just right in the pitcher.