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Friday, December 16, 2011

Top 5 Gifts for the High-End Coffee Lover

Posted By on Fri, Dec 16, 2011 at 3:00 PM

​It's holiday time and with the world sparkling with Christmas lights and menorah candles, it's time to start thinking about what to get for the coffee lover wedged in to the darker nooks of your family tree. Be it certified coffee geek or simple espresso fan, there's a gift out there for each of them. Sure, you can settle on your standard coffee fare - a bag of 30 dollar Ethiopian single origin beans or a logo-emblazoned tee from your favorite joe-slinging shop - but why not extend your mind (and your wallet) and reach for a gift a little bigger, a little better, and a lot more expensive.

Without further adieu, here's our selections for the best gifts for the high-end coffee kid in every family.

5. Zassenhaus Walnut Closed Hopper

Price: $135.50

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​Oh sure, the Zassenhaus Walnut Closed Hopper may look like a prop from the newest Sherlock Holmes film, but within the confines of  its Victorian looking heart, this is perhaps the best grinder on the market. Practical, efficient, and a dashing mix of gold and walnut hues, the Zassenhaus Walnut Closed Hopper would fit perfectly in your library next to your mahogany shelves covered with leather-bound books. Throw on a monocle, spark your pipe, stretch your forearm and lean back for some seriously dignified grindin'. 

4.  Technivorm Moccamaster Coffee Maker

Price: 299.00

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Yes, the Technivorm Moccamaster sounds like an errant character from a less read chapter of Frank Herbert's epic Dune series. Yes, the Technivorm Moccamaster looks like a device culled from some sort of fully automated, Jetson's era future-house.  And yes, the Technivorm Moccamaster is perhaps the home coffee maker to wow and impress your coffee lovin' relatives with.  One of only two at-home coffee brewers certified by the big guns at the Specialty Coffee Association, this stainless steel beauty will allow anyone, literally anyone, to turn their freshly ground beans in to individual cups of subtle, nuanced, delicious coffee.  Bid ta-ta to the flat, tinny taste of yester-years Mr. Coffee, the Technivorm Moccamaster is here.

3.  Extractmojo

Price: 599.00

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​Tired of fucking up coffee? Enraged that your 40 dollar half-pound of Costa Rican tastes like bitter water? Dear sir or madam, the Extractmojo is for you. The Extractmojo may look like a defibrillator from the 1980s but packed inside its off-white plastic are some seriously dork-worthy capabilities.  Invented by Vincent Fedele, inventor of the portable FireWire drive amongst many things, the Extractmojo uses a mind-blowing universal control chart (huh?) and an internal refractometer (wha?) to help you measure a berth of variables previously unknown to you. Brew strength? Check! Extraction rate? Check! Refractive index? Check!  And what does all this seemingly nonsensical technobabble amount to?  -- a scientifically proven damn fine cup of coffee. Afterwards, shove it in your armpit and you can tell if Noonsies has the sniffles.

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