For the coffee geeks in your life
Looking for a gift for an aspiring coffee aficionado? We get the lowdown from Brighton favourite, Small Batch Coffee, on the best beans and gadgets without gimmicks to have them brewing up barista style from boxing day.
Remember people coffee is for life, not just for Christmas.
The ultimate gift for the coffee lover in your life, what could be better than some of the world’s finest beans delivered directly to their door! Choose from a regular despatch of one of Small Batch’s blends or the ‘Coffee Club’ featuring a different and unique single origin coffee from around the world every two weeks along with detailed sourcing and tasting information. Use code RESTAURANTBR to get 20% off all 3 or 6 months subscriptions this Christmas.
A modern classic, the Aeropress was designed by Alan Adler inventor of the Aerobee and brews coffee in a variety of styles all with a cleanliness and efficiency that makes it the undoubted king of mobile coffee brewing. Great for travelling or camping and pairs really well with the hand grinder to form a mobile coffee kit.
A Brighton festive classic returns for another year. Every Christmas Small Batch search for the most festive tasting coffees they can find. This year, they have sourced a blend of washed coffees from the Nova washing station in Rwanda and a Honey process lot from Mpanga in Burundi. The blend suits all brewing styles and is bursting with mulled wine and winterberry flavours.
The old favourite cafetiere or French Press is one of the enduring brew methods and perhaps the easiest and quickest way to brew a fresh cup at home. We love this model by Timemore as its 600ml capacity brews a genuine 2 cups of coffee and the secondary fine mesh filter removes the coffee oils and sediment that often make cafetiere brews taste muddy and heavy.
Pro tip – for an even better cup skim the crema off the brewed coffee with a spoon before plunging.
Outside of great quality coffee beans, perhaps the most important factor in brewing great coffee is grinding the beans just before you want to use them. High-quality electric grinders can be prohibitively expensive meaning a hand grinder is a great entry-level option if you are looking to up your home or office coffee game. Small Batch recommend this model from Rhinowares as it has durable ceramic burrs, is easily adjustable, packs down and travels well and holds up to 42g of coffee in one go.
Everyone wants to do their bit to cut down on takeaway cups and waste and Small Batch has all the options! The ECoffee Cups come in two barista standard sizes and are made from natural organic bamboo fibre. They are also, and most importantly fully biodegradable when you’re finished with them. If you really want to treat someone the 12oz Klean Kanteen flask is BPA free, has a sealable lid so you can stash it in a bag and keeps coffee warm for up to 8 hours. Buy any re-useable cup in one of the Small Batch cafes and they will fill it up with your coffee of choice for free! You’ll also get a 20p discount every time you use it.
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