While some runners can somehow roll out of bed and start running with the rising sun, the rest of us need a little extra motivation in the morning. For many, there’s no better gift than a dose of caffeine to start the day or to fuel a PR. Whether your friends will down anything with enough caffeine in it, or snub their nose at anything other than craft dark roast, we found some of the best gifts for coffee lovers to improve their mornings.
You don’t have to worry too much about encouraging a bad caffeine habit either: Research shows that most people can safely consume up to five cups a day without negative side effects like high blood pressure, headaches, or heart disease. One or two cups of coffee daily is actually linked to better cardiovascular health and comes with a slew of other benefits for runners like improved muscle recovery and faster runs. So feel free to help out your favorite runner friends make their pre-run ritual even better with these gifts for coffee lovers, from coffee makers, to mugs, and more.
This fancy contraption may look like a science experiment or steampunk deco, but it's actually a coffee maker designed to get the purest, least bitter taste from your beans. Despite the complex appearance, it is easy to clean and easy to use—and is a great conversation starter for any coffee lover.
Espresso is not the easiest drink to make—but it is very easy to make it badly. The Nespresso, however, can make a delicious espresso with the push of a button. This one is also slim, so it won't take up a bunch of space on their counters.
This cold brew is brewed and ready to go. It comes in a large box that can easily be stuck in a fridge, and even has a spout at the bottom for easy pouring. This one is the extra strong brew, but it also comes in six other flavors, and each one has a total of 16 servings.
If you drink a lot of coffee, chances are you make a lot of coffee grounds. Rather than throwing them away, combine them with old fruit and vegetable scraps in this compost bin and make some nutritious food for your plants.
Cold brew has been gaining popularity lately for its lower acidity, and now it's easier than ever to make at home. The extra-large cold brew maker can make up to 19 servings, and the 38 ounces of concentrate will stay fresh in the fridge for up to two weeks. This gift will keep them caffeinated and free up time in their morning routine—it's a win-win.
This Breville espresso maker may be expensive, but it can make all of your favorite drinks at home. Plus, if it prevents you from getting your daily latte from Starbucks, it may just save you money in the long run.
Tons of coffee aficionados are trying this coffee that claims to be the “world’s strongest.” If you know a runner who seems to never be able to have enough caffeine, let them put the Death Wish coffee to the test.
The healthiest and cheapest place to get vegan milks is your kitchen, but they can sometimes be more work than you are hoping for. This machine makes it easier, and allows you to use nuts, seeds, and grains to make the milk of your choice.
A thermos is essential to keep your brews hot while traveling or to save an extra cup for after a run. The Stanley Classic features patented vacuum insulation technology that’ll keep it steaming up to 24 hours.
Coffee machines are not always the most aesthetically pleasing appliances, but Smeg has managed to make them cute. This model comes in two different colors, and it will keep coffee warm for up to 60 minutes post-brew.
The Chemex proves that coffee-making is both a science and an art. Select from sizes ranging from three cups for personal use to 10 cups for serving brunch to a whole crew. Whichever model, the coffee lover in your life will get a precise pour-over and a stylish addition to any contemporary kitchen.
Who wants to wait in line for coffee when you can take a homemade brew on the go? This vacuum-sealed cup makes for an excellent gift for your commuting friend to keep their coffee hot until they reach the office.
Coffee Table Book
‘Coffee Dictionary: An A-Z of Coffee’ by Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood
For the coffee lovers who are interested in the origins of their favorite beans, this coffee table book shows where different beans originate from, how they are prepared, and the flavor profiles of each.
This coffee maker transforms the French press in an American way, making brew time faster with an easier cleanup. Compared to the French press, the beans don’t have to soak as long, and the reusable pod prevents mess from the sludge of grounds at the bottom.
This airtight stainless-steel storage container features a patented plunger-like lid to keep oxygen out and coffee beans fresh. It comes in 32- and 64-ounce sizes as well as red, mocha, and obsidian color options.
French presses may sound fancy to someone who’s only ever used automatic coffee makers, but we promise that it’s one of simplest ways to make a cup. Help a beginner friend up their coffee game with this popular, classic French press, available in tons of styles like black, chrome, copper, gold, white, and stainless steel.
Help save the planet with these reusable, natural-cotton coffee filters. All they'll need to do is rinse it with water and let dry for 10 minutes, then it's ready for that afternoon coffee break. Plus, they're compatible with cone machines or pour over.
For home baristas, this electric kettle guarantees a precise temperature for a perfect pour-over. The Stagg kettle also comes in a copper, silver, or matte black finish that won’t be an eyesore if left on the counter too.
Because sometimes there’s just not enough time to enjoy a cup at home. If you know a runner who’s always stopping into Starbucks for a quick jolt before or after a run, they’ll probably appreciate a gift card more than home-barista gadgets.
Your friend may have all the latest tech to track data on their runs, but we bet they don’t already have a smart mug to keep drinks at the perfect temperature. It even connects with an app to customize temperature preferences.
Gabrielle HondorpBefore joining Runner's World as an Editor in 2019, Gabrielle Hondorp spent 6 years in running retail (she has tested top gear from shoes, to watches, to rain jackets which has expanded her expertise—and her closets); she specializes in health and wellness, and is an expert on running gear from head-to-toe.
Paige SzmodisPaige Szmodis is an editor for Runner’s World, Bicycling, and Popular Mechanics, who researches and writes home, tech, and outdoor product reviews and news.