Local coffee and tea gift ideas for the holidays
This holiday season, amp up your gift game with these ideas.
For those who love to steep, brew, stir and sip, gift them some local drinkware, products and other trappings to imbibe in style this holiday season.
For the Coffee Lover
A brew a day keeps the doctor away … right? This holiday season, amp up your white elephant or other holiday gift exchange with these coffee-oriented presents.
Watermarks don’t have to be part of the at-home cafe aesthetic — protect your giftees’ counters and tables with these quirky coasters from Bungalow608. Hand-woven in Rwanda, these robust mats will spice up any side table, island or other flat surface.
Find Them: $28, 116 E. Washington Ave., bungalow608.com
Twice baked and best dipped in a hot beverage, Cabibbo Bakery’s small-batch biscotti — which are slightly chewy rather than dry — are anything but ordinary. Grab an assortment of these “croccanti” biscuits and taste the tradition yourself. The lineup includes orange cranberry, cherry walnut and chocolate almond.
Find Them: $12, 404 S. Fifth St., Stoughton, cabibbosbakery.com
Donut Miss This Blend
Doughnuts and coffee are a match made in heaven. Through a partnership between True Coffee Roasters in Fitchburg and Greenbush Bakery, you can get both in a single swig with Donut Shop Blend. (A pack of Greenbush’s legendary doughnuts on the side certainly won’t hurt, either!)
Find Them: $10.99, Greenbush Bakery: 1402 Regent St., 257-1151; 5225 High Crossing Blvd., 416-5544, greenbushbakery.com; True Coffee Roasters: 800 West Broadway, Monona, 663-9390, truecoffeeroasters.com
From Chemex pour overs to French presses to Aeropress espresso makers, Orange Tree Imports is the place to go for coffee makers. The most difficult thing will be to decide which one will be a great addition to your loved one’s kitchen counter.
Find Them: Prices vary, 1721 Monroe St., orangetreeimports.com
New Favorite Mug
Some mugs have that certain size and design that are ideal for cradling in your hands on a chilly morning. Find your meant-to-be mug at Hatch Art House on Willy Street, which is always stocked with local artisans’ work, including the nature-inspired ceramics of Sand County Spirit or the sophisticated pottery of Mary Pulliam.
Find Them: Prices vary, 1248 Williamson St., hatcharthouse.com
Slowly sipping your first cup over a relaxing breakfast spread is ideal, but there isn’t always time for that. Take your joe to-go with a Kinto tumbler from Madison Modern Market. It’s guaranteed to keep your drink of choice hot or cold for at least six hours.
Find Them: $34-$48, 310 State St., shopmadmod.square.site
From matcha to loose leaf and the accessories needed to make both, these items make tea-riffic gifts for anyone on your list this season.
A symbol of strength and unity, cast-iron teapots last for generations and retain heat like no other. Brew to your heart’s content with the removable strainer basket, and browse the startling arsenal of teas offered at Macha Tea Co.
Find Them: $30-$34, 823 E. Johnson St., machateacompany.com
Forget a mortar and pestle — the new snazzy countertop accessory is a matcha bowl and matching whisk you can find at Macha Tea Co. Get ready to practice, as attaining the perfectly clump-free portion is certainly worth the effort.
Find Them: $40-$50, 823 E. Johnson St., machateacompany.com
All in the Details
Set the table for a magical tea party using these gorgeous, hand-dyed Shibori napkins. Just imagine these sitting nicely underneath an assortment of tea saucers and sugar cubes.
Find Them: $45, 116 E. Washington Ave., bungalow608.com
You can try as many different teas as you want, but there is something special about curating your own liquid masterpiece using herbs and spices. Chamomile and ginger calm the soul, and you can rely on hibiscus and rose petals to bring a little extra gusto to a tea lover’s day. Find your perfect combination at Telsaan Tea.
Find Them: Prices vary, 209 E. Main St., Mount Horeb, telsaan.square.site
Doughnut-shaped and twistable, these futuristic OMMO tea strainers from Madison Modern Market fit atop any mug, like this one from Good Day Shop.
Find Them: $20, 310 State St., shopmadmod.square.site
Get a batch of loose-leaf while supporting local tea with 6&12, distributed by Rusty Dog Coffee. Stuff a reusable infuser or biodegradable filters with 6&12’s herbal Blue Rooiby mix or a deep Masala Chai for peak relaxation.
Find Them: $5.50-$9.75, rustydogcoffee.com
If you and your pals haven’t hopped on the matcha fad yet, now is the time. A natural caffeinator with impressive health benefits, this electric-green concoction just might find its way into everyone’s pantries. For high quality drinking matcha, try Four Cultivar Matcha from Macha Tea Co. If you want to use it in cooking, use ingredient matcha.
Find Them: Four Cultivar Matcha: $27.50, ingredient matcha: $14 for one ounce, 823 E. Johnson St., machateacompany.com