We Singaporeans love our coffee. Don't ask us why, we just do. Some use it for the energy and productivity benefits it brings to the worktable, others enjoy it for its aroma, taste and exclusivity that a nice cuppa affords.

With caffeine being likely the No. 1 addition here on the sunny island, I'm pretty sure that you'd be spoiled for choice when thinking about what to buy this Christmas season for that discerning caffeine junkie pal of yours.

However, instead of the usual Starbucks mugs and tumblers which has since degraded the quality of those $20 and below secret Santas/Gift exchange sessions - why not consider a classier, elegant alternative - an affordable coffee press/maker?

Here's our 5 picks for gifts to coffee lovers this Christmas season:

No. 1 AreoPress


Fast and convenient, the AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker makes one of the best cups of coffee you'll ever taste. This innovative uses the ideal water temperature and gentle air pressure brewing to produce coffee and espresso that has rich flavor with lower acidity and without bitterness. It makes 1 to 4 cups of coffee or espresso (enough for 1 or 2 mugs), features a micro filtered for grit free coffee, and takes just 1 minute to make coffee (actual press time takes only 30 seconds). Make your coffee American style or Espresso style for use in lattes, cappuccinos and other espresso based drinks.


The AeroPress has received nothing short of fantastic reviews, and because of it's affordable price point yet fantastic quality, is often regarded as a perfect entry point to the world of coffee and brewing. Perfect for the coffee enthusiast or the fledging apprentice alike, the Aeropress also makes for a great gift.

Here's a video showing the Aeropress Coffee Maker in action through the hands of Gwilym Davies, World Barista Champion 2009:


No. 2 Clever Coffee Dripper


Aptly named the Clever, Abid's full-immersion dripper produces a clean, tasty cup that couldn't be any easier to use. To brew a cup, simply place a filter in the brewer, add ground coffee, pour water over the coffee, steep for 2-4 minutes, and then place the dripper on top of your cup. The cup's rim engages the release valve and the coffee begins to drain through the bottom of the dripper into your cup. Depending on the size selected, this brewer takes either a standard #2 or #4 filter.



No. 3 Porlex Manual Ceramic Burr Grinders


Brewing great coffee entails giving your full attention to every single step along the way, since even a fancy $500+ machine can’t spare your espresso from a fate defined by poorly ground beans. And contrary to those of the mechanical variety, Porlex’s hand grinder makes very little noise as you turn its manual hand crank to grind up to 30 grams of beans. Porlex uses ceramic conical burrs that adjust from fine to coarse at the turn of a lock nut, resulting in superior longevity since they stay sharp longer, clean easier, and won’t ever rust. Else, they come in two varieties – tall and mini – both which fit inside an Aeropress, and work just as well in the kitchen as they do in the middle of nowhere.



No. 4 Handground - Precision Coffee Grinder


Drawing from lifetimes of experience, the Handground represents the collective desire of thousands of coffee enthusiasts in one package and a new era of coffee grinders. From the size and shape of the wooden knob, to the length of the handle - every element is designed with the purpose of making simple good coffee in mind.


No. 5 Duo Coffee Steeper

Duo's Coffee Steeper incorporates the best features of both a French press and a pour-over to makes is ridiculously easy to brew good coffee at home. Use this to achieve complete control over the extraction time. With over eight months and over 50 prototypes developed before this version - you can be assured of a truly great product!






What are you waiting for? Just a couple of weeks left to grab your hands on these great gifts for your coffee loving friend! Have more suggestions? Let us know in the comments :)


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