December 15, 2022
The best gifts for coffee lovers – according to the Kōkako team
With all the brew gear and accessories out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. So, we put it to the team and asked them for their suggestions — items they’ll be gifting to family and friends this summer or gifts they’d be stoked to receive themselves.
01 — Gemma / Kalita Ceramic 102 Dripper
This Japanese dripper was the first manual brewer Gemma, our Roaster & Dispatch Lead, ever used: “I’d buy it for any single-origin coffee lover who's ready to upgrade from their plunger.” She reckons it’s a bit of an underdog in the specialty coffee world but it's a favourite from her pour-over collection, and the one she reaches for whenever she’s QCing new coffees in the lab.
02 — Zoe / Kalita Wave Dripper
Zoe, our Sales and Hospitality Lead, loves the simplicity and ease of brewing on the Wave Dripper. This dripper is a little different from most, featuring a unique filter with 20 “waves” and a flat-bottomed brew bed for even extractions. You’ll find Zoe using this on her camping trips around Northland — she’s pointed out that the stainless steel dripper has the added bonus of no breakages!
03 — Kimberley / Hario Cold Brew Maker
Another bit of Japanese brewing ingenuity, this Cold Brew Maker is a must-have this summer. “We go through so much cold brew in summer — honestly, the hardest thing about it is remembering to start steeping the next batch," says Kimberley from the marketing team. We've made it even easier to get started with this Cold Brew Kit.
04 — Sam / Stanley Travel Mug
Sam from marketing is all about the new “blaze” coloured Stanley travel mug. “I just love how flippin’ bright it is. If you have someone in your life who loses things a lot or always forgets their reusable cup – this is the one for them.” At 16oz, it’s a sizeable vessel, and since it keeps your drink hot for 7hrs (or cold for 10hrs) it’s perfect for someone who wants a big ‘ol cup of Joe (or tea, or whatever really) to enjoy over a longer period of time.
05 — Sam / Clever Dripper
This clever little brewer is best described as the love child between a plunger and pour-over, and it’s our Head Roaster’s top pick! Sam says, “It’s well priced, easy to use and most importantly makes a delicious cup of coffee.” He reckons it’s the perfect present for anyone — from a full-blown coffee geek to a newbie.
06 — Charlotte / Moccamaster
Account Manager, Charlotte has dubbed it the “ultimate coffee fan’s present” — she would know, she’s got one sitting on her kitchen bench! Becky (one of our roasters) agrees, saying it’d be her choice if she was feeling splurgy or going in with friends on a present. Handmade in the Netherlands since 1968, this bit of brew gear is easy to use, reliable and delivers an amazing filter brew. It’s available in sorts of fun colours, so you can find one to suit anyone on your list.
07 — Mike / MiiR Camp Mug
There’s nothing quite like a trusty camp mug for summer, and you’ll be hard-pressed to find one more trusty than the MiiR. Mike, our MD, thinks it’s perfect for anyone who travels a lot since you can brew a pour-over coffee straight into it, pop the lid on and it stays hot for ages. “I’d buy one for anyone who wants a high-quality travel vessel that looks good and works a treat!” he says.
08 — Becky / A Pre-paid Coffee Subscription
Our roaster, Becky, is a bit of a Christmas connoisseur, coming in with her second pick — a coffee subscription. She says, “I don’t think you can go wrong with a subscription — it’s literally the gift that keeps on giving.” A pre-paid subscription will cover your mate for three, six or twelve months, dropping a rotation of our blends or single-origins right to their door.
Unfortunately Becky couldn't be here for our little roastery photoshoot — hopefully this shoddy Photoshop job conveys the joys of a coffee subscription! Note: Coffee pictured is not to scale...
Hopefully this little gift guide has left you inspired! We've got lots more gems on our website and at our Commercial Bay and Roller Door coffee bars — a quick browse will find something for everyone on your list!
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