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Best Coffee Maker for 2013

Roll into the New Year with this top-rated, programmable machine. The Cuisinart DCC-2600 Programmable Coffeemaker grants the option of choosing bold or regular strength flavor options, automatic shut-off and a brew-pause function.

$104.89 at Amazon

Best Espresso Machine for Your Money

Looking to add an espresso machine to your kitchen without spending mega bucks? This machine, the DeLonghi EC-155, with dual-function filter holders, a swivel jet froth and stainless-steel boiler is the perfect solution. Create cappuccinos, lattes and espresso shots in style for you and your guests.

$99.99 at Best Buy

Manual Coffee Grinder

We know what you're thinking. (What is that?) Don't worry, we thought the same at first, too. Turns out, manual coffee grinders are an imperative part of the espresso process. To cultivate the best single, bold, fresh shot of espresso, prepare to grind. Try this highly-rated model: Hario Skerton Ceramic Coffee Grinder.

$49.95 at Williams-Sonoma

The Best French Press

Enjoy your café hot off the press (pun intended) with the Bodum Chambord 8-Cup Coffee Press. Its superior stainless steel filter system, heat-resistant glass beaker and stay cool handle and knob all work together to culminate the richest, most heavenly brew.

On sale for $39.99 at Macys

Coffee Tamper

Indeed, a must-have on your coffee accessories list. Coffee tampers help compact your ground espresso prior to brewing to help enrich the flavor, which is in large part due to the tan crema; foam that develops on the top of your well-made espresso shot.

$9.95 at Sur La Table

The Best Milk Frother

We've done our homework, and for the price, the Aero Latte Milk Frother is a great choice. We like the travel set, which comes with a case to protect your tool while storing in the kitchen or on the go. This kitchen essential requires two AA batteries (included with purchase), so be sure to keep them on-hand.

$17.89 at Target

The Ultimate Travel Mug

Everyone dreads it. You're on your way to work, you grab your coffee in your travel mug, hit the road and before you know it? Coffee is everywhere. Down your white shirt, all over the car and perhaps on your morning meeting paperwork. Avoid the disaster with this travel mug.

$24.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond

Gift Card

Having a gift card handy can be like gold in your pocket. Looking for an alternative? Invest a few bucks into a gift certificate at a local coffee joint. They make great stocking stuffers, and are also a great way to say thank you to your gracious host over the holiday season.

Any Budget at Starbucks


What's one of the best items to scoop up for a coffee lover? (If you're scratching your head here, it may be time to pour yourself a mug.) COFFEE! One coffee that always pours to impress is Illy. Or, perhaps there's a local coffee shop with beans you can't resist? Wrap it up nicely for a gift, or simply serve a steaming mug to your guests; there's nothing better than enjoying a hot cup of coffee and a good conversation with those you love most.

$15.95 at


Whether it's a coffee table book, or you're on the prowl to learn everything there is to know about coffee, this newly released cookbook should bring you up to speed on everything from growing, roasting and drinking.

$16.74 at Barnes and Noble


A fellow coffee lover? Or perhaps you're on the hunt for holiday gifts for the ultimate coffee maven. Either way, we've got you covered. We realize that folks take their java very seriously, so we rounded up our top recommendations to share. If you or someone you know has ever been served a poor cup of joe, you know that this is something you don't want to mess up.

You'll love this top 10 gift guide for the best coffee products to purchase this holiday season. Check out our slideshow above to view.

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