Holiday Gift Guide: For Coffee & Tea Lovers

December 6, 2016 2:40 pm Last Updated: December 6, 2016 2:40 pm

Calm and Clarity

Ippodo Starter Set. (Bowl not included). (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Ippodo Tea Co. Starter Set. (Bowl not included). (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

For some, coffee causes nervous jitters. Matcha historically has offered a completely different experience, conferring calm and clarity. Ippodo Tea Co., a purveyor of fine Japanese green tea grown in the area around Kyoto since 1717, sells starter sets perfect for those who want to give it a try. Sets include a bamboo whisk, whisk stand, and matcha. ($80 for a five-piece set, $45 for a three-piece set). Ippodo-Tea.co.jp/en

A Delicate Rooibos

Marriage Frères Marco Polo Rouge. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
Mariage Frères Marco Polo Rouge. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

During this time of year, black tea usually gets a spice overhaul, but its flavors can all but disappear under overpowering notes of cinnamon and clove. Mariage Frères offers Marco Polo Rouge, a delicate caffeine-free rooibos with notes of red fruit and berries that pairs well with holiday treats ($25). DeanDeluca.com

Holiday Coffee

The Hario Copper Pour Over and Joe Coffee's holiday blend, The Rockefeller. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)
The Hario V60 Copper Dripper and Joe Coffee’s holiday blend, The Rockefeller. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

Sipping on Joe Coffee’s annual holiday coffee, The Rockefeller, uncovers layers of molasses, dark chocolate, and currant flavors, carried on a creamy body. The coffee beans come from Las Flores farm, in the Marcala region of Honduras, at 4,960 feet above sea level. For every bag sold, Joe donates $1 to the NY Cares Annual Coat Drive ($17.50 for a 12-ounce bag). JoeCoffeeShop.myshopify.com

Stylish Pour Over

Hario’s V60 Copper Dripper adds festive pizzazz to the holidays. But more than just presenting a pretty face, the copper transfers heat more evenly. Unlike most pour-overs with a small opening, this one has a large hole at the bottom of the dripper, which allows for both a fast or slow pour, depending on whether you prefer a light or full-bodied brew ($59.99). TheBrooklynKitchen.com

The Perfect Cuppa

(Courtesy of Anthropologie)
(Courtesy of Anthropologie)

Looking for the perfect vessel for that cuppa? Anthropologie has a limited edition Golden Monogram Mug ($10)—there won’t be mistaking who that mug belongs to. Or for a touch of hygge (a Danish concept that roughly translates to warmth and coziness), the Saga mug pulls inspiration from the pages of a Scandinavian folk tale ($12). Anthropologie.com