Gifts for the Java Junkie

Originally published in Spokane-Coeur d’Alene Living, Dec. 2021
By Kate Vanskike

You’ve made your list and checked it twice, and still wondering what to give an aunt, coworker, or neighbor. Grabbing a Starbucks gift card from the grocery check-out line may be more convenient, but you did you that last year, and you want something with a personal touch for the coffee lovers in your life. Here are some ideas:

Shown here: stainless steel pour over filter, frother, Bialetti Moka Pot. (All are available at World Market if you can’t find at a local business.)

For the latte-obsessed

A battery-operated frother. Trying to make a little latte art at home is fun, and a small frother will fit nicely in a stocking. $10-15

For the environmentally conscious

Say goodbye to paper cone filters and hello to the reusable stainless steel pour over filter. $10-$12

For the at-home espresso tinkerer

Bialetti Moka Pot. This traditional Italian stove-top espresso maker is easy to use, and produces more quantity than a standard espresso shot machine. $30-40

GSI French press, Oxo burr grinder

For the outdoor adventurer

GSI Outdoors is a home-grown Spokane manufacturer of a full line of coffee products for the hiker/backpacker/camper in your life. The Javapress (French press for the outdoors), and the pourover system are both are lightweight and easy to use. GSI products are available at a number of regional outfitters. $25-50

For the coffee smeller

Oxo burr coffee grinder. Opening a bag of coffee and taking deep breaths to inhale the aroma is a sure sign that this person wants freshly ground beans every day. A good grinder is essential. $60 and up

For the mail carrier, dog groomer, babysitter, and teacher

Gift cards are great – especially when they support a local business that’s fueling our community. For your consider one of these regional shops:

  • Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene: Evans Bros. Coffee
  • Cheney: West Plains Coffee Roasters
  • Spokane Valley & Northside: Ladder Coffee & Toast
  • Downtown: 1st Avenue Coffee
  • Kendall Yards: Indaba Coffee
  • Logan Neighborhood: Arctos Coffee

Want a stocking stuffer instead?

Many local coffee roasters now sell single-serve instant coffee for an easy way to enjoy a favorite blend on the go.

If you’re able to pick up your purchases in person rather than buying online and worrying about shipping delays, you can find all of the above gifts at stores in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

May your holiday celebrations bring you joy, and may your coffee cupboard overflow with possibilities.