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Welcome to a weekly feature on my blog – Ben’s Zone. Written by husband… Ben. A foodie, coffee obsessed, ex-smoking, ex-drinking and Ridgeback loving Dad. Who is also seriously into his fitness. You can find him on the blog (most) Sundays. Enjoy 🙂
5 Father’s Day Gifts for the Coffee Obsessed Dad
Father’s day is always a tricky one in our house. On the face of it, I don’t think I should really get anything for being a dad as being a dad is the reward in itself. On the other hand, the wife and kids do seem to feel it’s important but often don’t know what to get me as my interests can be somewhat esoteric. A safe bet for me is coffee as I love a nice espresso, so in this article we’ve got 5 suggestions for fathers day gifts for a dad who loves coffee.
1. Burr Grinder
There are some really nice pre-ground coffees out there and for the most part that’s what I drink, however it’s nice sometimes to get coffee beans and grind them yourself. It means you can be particular about the bean and roast and the freshness and, most importantly, it introduces a level of unnecessary detail into a nominally simply process, which men love. For grinding beans, a grinder is required and there are two main types, blade and burr. For the coffee aficionado, burr grinders are preferable. The coffee is ground quickly and not heated by the blades and ground evenly meaning a more consistent brew. The facility to move the distance between the burrs means that the size of the grind can also be controlled to a relatively precise degree. The one I use is from Dualit and I chose it because it allows a good variation on size of grind and looks nice on the kitchen counter.
2. Dad sized espresso cup
My logic is that if an amount of something is good, then a truckload of it would be even better and so, while I like espresso in small cups, a dad size cup is better, such as this one.
3. Posh looking avantgard glass cup thingies
There’s a part of some Dads that still longs for the cool converted warehouse or loft, sparsely populated by Philippe Stark furniture and with a complete absence of anything Paw Patrol. In that imaginary loft I sip coffee from one of those stylish double skinned glass cups. Our sofa might not be Philippe Stark but sitting on it, before everyone gets up enjoying a coffee in a painfully stylish glass mug, I can almost imagine I’m sitting in my post industrial man-pad.
As well as nice espresso at home I enjoy a coffee when we go on holiday as well. For my money there’s no better bang for buck than the Aeropress in terms of portable coffee goodness. It’s easy to clean, easy to take places and it makes great coffee. Read my full review here.
5. Kopi Luwak Coffee
Ok, bear with me here. It’s cat poo. That’s the top line, take some time to get that straight in your head and when you’re ready, read on.
We good to go? Ok. So Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee you’re going to find. It is made from the poo of a cat called the Civet, which eats coffee cherries. The coffee beans are part digested and then passed into the poo of the cat and collected by enterprising chaps in the jungle. The value add of the poo factor is, supposedly, twofold, firstly the Civet cats select the very best coffee cherries as they’re good at finding them so the resultant poo beans are the best ones, second, the digestion process adds some niceness to the beans, less said about that the better. The result is coffee that has a complex flavour profile with no acidity or bitterness. For me, that’s a holy grail of coffee tastes. I do appreciate it’s a weird process, I don’t really want to know how anyone found out that this was where you got the best coffee from. What I would say is, before you write this off, thing about the other things you eat and drink and ask yourself whether this is really the worst of all of that (hint, that’s quite unlikely)