I Found *the* Ultimate Gift for All the Coffee Lovers on My List—and It’s Under $30!

updated Dec 9, 2020
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This year has been all about finding little things to brighten our days. Relaxing with adult coloring books, mastering the art of baking sourdough, busting out the board games … and while I have tried a little bit of everything, my biggest joy has been my daily coffee routine. The few minutes I spend each morning brewing my cup of joe give me an immense sense of normalcy and comfort during this chaotic time—which explains why some of my closest friends will be receiving a box of Nguyen Coffee Supply in their mail this weekend. (For the sake of my carefully planned surprise, I hope they’re not reading this!) Besides offering an incredibly sweet giftable box that can brighten up just about anyone’s day, Nguyen Coffee Supply is also a brand with so much heart. Here is one are three reasons why I think they make for a wonderful gift.

1. It’s a female-owned brand on a mission.

Founded by filmmaker Sarah Nguyen, the direct-to-consumer coffee brand is one of the only craft roasters in the country to offer robusta coffee, which is a uniquely bold bean that includes two times the caffeine, two times more antioxidants, 60 percent less sugar, and 60 percent less fat than the regular arabica coffee. The coffee is directly sourced from a fourth-generation coffee farmer in Da Lat, a region in Vietnam’s Central Highlands that’s known for its optimal conditions for growing delicious coffee. The beans are then freshly roasted in small batches and packaged in Brooklyn. The brand also recently joined the International Women’s Coffee Association’s Vietnam chapter and is working towards promoting gender equality and socioeconomic advancement for women who work in the coffee industry.

2. This is really good coffee!

Yes, they’re an awesome brand, but it all truly filters (ha!) down to flavors. I thought I knew good Vietnamese-style coffee, but Nguyen’s beans are a game-changer. The brew has a distinct nutty, chocolatey flavor that even shines through when overshadowed with condensed milk. (A special shout-out for those who enjoy their coffee black without any dairy, because Nguyen’s beans will deliver that delicious bold cup that’ll elevate your morning.) I tried out the beans using my trusty French Press as well as my fancy coffee maker, but the beans tasted their absolute best when brewed using the traditional Phin filter. The slow-drip method allows the beans to bloom, releasing a deeply robust flavor and an entirely distinct coffee experience. While the brand currently has three flavors to choose from, the Truegrit (100 percent Robusta!) is hands-down their best one yet. It comes pre-ground, or you can opt for whole beans and grind a fresh batch right before you brew.

3. The price point makes it highly giftable.

When it comes to gift shopping, I’m one of those people who’s always scouring gift guides looking for thoughtful items that don’t cost too much. At a little under $30, Nguyen’s Original Phin Kit is one such gift. The pretty box contains a massive bag of delicious beans and a tiny stainless steel Phin filter, equipping my friends to start brewing their coffee as soon as their gifts arrive. Plus, right now the brand is hosting their first-ever sitewide sale (up to 40 percent off!), so you can snag a five-pound bag for yourself, too (I am!).

As a coffee lover who’s found so much comfort in this daily routine, I hope this gift can bring a similar sense of joy to my loved ones’ mornings. Hopefully, by the time they’re done brewing the very last of their Nguyen coffee, it’ll finally be time to share a cup in person.

Buy: The Original Phin Kit (Filter + Coffee), $28 (normally $30)