Gifts for Coffee and Tea Lovers

With Christmas just around the corner, we thought we’d find out who has good ideas for the coffee or tea drinker in your life. Here are some links the Victor crew found:

From Rodale’s Organic Life we found there are 23 gifts on this site. They offer ideas like pour-over coffee makers, espresso makers, coffee cups, coffee, coffee go-withs, items made with coffee, coffee wearables, and decor.

European Coffee Trip has some different coffee makers, accessories, and subscription ideas.

PopSugar has some different gifts from cups to coffee makers.

The Victor crew discovered Chocolove has a candy bar called Coffee Crunch in Dark Chocolate. It is fantastic and has ground coffee right in the chocolate. YUM!

Now for Tea:
My Modern Met has some quirky gifts for the tea lover, some of which are absolutely lovely.

World Market has some nice items from tea kettles to tea to cups.

Plum Deluxe has some nice offerings for the tea lover as well.

Coffee-tastrophe!

Your K-cup coffee maker broke. Now what do you do? Not to worry. The Victor crew found a blog post that gives you two methods to make it with your orphaned K-cups. There’s a pour-over technique and a tea-bag style technique.

For the pour-over, you need the K-cup, hot water, 2 cups or mugs, scissors. You remove the foil and empty the coffee into one of the cups. Using the scissors, cut off the bottom of the cup being careful not to cut through the filter. Put the hot water in the cup with the coffee and let it sit a few minutes. Pour the coffee into the clean cup through the filter you just used.

For a less messy procedure you may want to try this method. You need a K-cup, one cup or mug, a coffee filter, string, hot water. Open the K-cup and pour the grounds into a coffee filter. If you don’t have a filter, you can use a clean paper towel. Twist the filter and tie with the string and brew like you would tea for a few minutes.

How much is a cup of coffee?

No. We’re not talking about price. We are talking about volume. Ever wonder why there is such a disparity among what your coffeemaker calls a cup and what your coffee mug holds?

To Americans, a cup is usually 8 ounces. A cup of coffee is usually considered 6 ounces. This seems to have come about from the size of small coffee cups that usually came with place settings back in the ’50s. Coffeemakers seemed to follow suit to use the 6 ounce measurements. Later on, mugs became the norm and they were usually 8-10 ounces. My desktop insulated mug holds about 20 ounces so by these measures I’m drinking about 3 1/3 cups per day.

Now here’s another wrench to throw in – some companies’ coffeemakers are only 5 ounces. I remember once having a Mr. Coffee that had only 5-ounce cups. There may still be some with that measurement out there.

So if you have a coffeemaker that holds 10 cups or 12 cups, it’s really 60 ounces or 72 ounces (going by the 6-ounce standard) not 80 or 96 ounces.

Jody Victor