Christmas and Coffee: 5 gifts that won’t be tossed in the garbage
Christmas is the time of year when useless novelty gifts flood the market – and the world of coffee is no exception. But before you spend good money on unnecessary and unwanted presents like a personalised spoon or a woollen mug-warmer or espresso cups in the shape of a space rocket, have a look at the list below. We’ve put together five ideas for meaningful and practical coffee gifts.
- Coffee club subscriptions: Dozens of online companies now offer great deals for three, six or twelve months. It’s simple – pay up and they’ll deliver coffee to your door. It makes a great gift for coffee lovers but before you sign up make sure the coffee is ethically-soured and that the beans are freshly roasted before delivery. One of the many options available is cafedirect.co.uk which also deliveries outside the UK.
Coffee Christmas Blend by Cafédirect
- Training courses: Looking for a basic coffee-tasting experience? Or would you like to transform your friends (or yourself) into a home barista? Training labs don’t come cheap – in the UK a three-hour espresso masterclass can cost 100 euro – but could be an unforgettable experience for coffee lovers to learn what happens behind the scenes of your favourite coffee shop. See scae.com for details of courses run by the Speciality Coffee Association of Europe. Other options include www.brewlabcoffee.co.uk or www.coffeepeople.es
Brew Lab Masterclass
- Directly support coffee workers: Coffee-growing communities across the world benefit from the work of non-profit, non-governmental organisations. For example in Guatemala De La Gente works with buyers to ensure a better deal for coffee farmers and labourers, helping provide education and financing opportunities. See dlgcoffee.org for details of how to donate or search online for other organisations helping coffee workers.
De La Gente explanation video
- Tickets for a coffee festival or barista championship: Check any What’s On guide these days and you’re sure to find a coffee event happening near you. Many festivals showcase local, independent roasters and traders as well as offering tastings, demonstrations and workshops. For details of many upcoming events across Europe see scae.com.
London Coffee Festival
- Re-usable coffee cups: The Guardian newspaper claims UK coffee drinkers throw away 2.5 billion coffee cups every year. That’s a lot of paper in the garbage. Buying a re-usable cup will help the environment and is also a great option if your budget is small. A word of warning: watch out for very cheap models which may impact the flavour of the coffee.
via Design Boom