Festive gift ideas for the coffee lover
December has arrived. And along with it an endless loop of Christmas tunes in the malls, tempting slew of sales, and the rush to fill up Christmas stockings for the ones you love. Whether you've been naughty or nice, receiving gifts in this digital age is always a treat. There's nothing like unwrapping a thoughtfully chosen present that you won't end up regifting (yes, we're all guilty of that). As the giver, it's your job to curate items that'll make your giftee smile. Don't cut corners by reaching out for yet another photo frame or token Christmas sweater. Pick a gift you would love to receive. Below, we've rounded up items any coffee lover will need in their quest for caffeine nirvana.
1. Porcelain vessels in festive colours
One's collection of festive tableware isn't complete without serving cups that see a touch of gold. Here's where the genius of illustrator Lorenzo Petrantoni is put to good use. You'll find his striking black and gold festive motifs gracing Nespresso's PURE collection of fine porcelain mugs, espresso cups, lungo cups. Like what you see? Start stocking up now as they are limited edition releases.
2. Glassware for those looking to savour their brews
Here's something for the true coffee connoisseur: Coffee tasting glasses made of crystal, no less. Yes, the sip-and-swirl approach applies to coffee the same way you would contemplate a glass of Bordeaux. Borrowing the expertise of master glassmakers from Riedel, Nespresso's REVEAL collection of crystal glasses are crafted with smooth, sinuous lines, and precisely proportioned to allow for coffee to express its rich bouquet of notes.
3. Tools to start your own café at home
For those in need of a coffee machine, there's no better time than now to buy them a gift that keeps on giving. From now until 4 January 2017, enjoy $120 off the Inissia and Aeroccino (perfect for frothing up milk with one touch of a botton) milk bundle, as well as other selected machines.
4. A nifty vessel for those on the go
A travel mug for Christmas? Yes, we hear you. It might be a bit of a cliché, but not when the mug in question looks this sleek. For Christmas, Nespresso's tall, handsome TOUCH travel mug comes graced with Lorenzo Petrantoni's festive design, which maps across to the elegant gift box as well. Whether you're looking to keep your long black piping hot or ice latte suitably cold, this travel mug ticks all the right boxes.
5. Coffee that's practically dessert in a cup
When Christmas rolls around, the array of sweet treats, ranging from Bûche de Noëls to profiterole trees, is quite simply, irresistible. Cafés all over Singapore might be rolling out lattes spiked with Christmas flavours, but these deadly cups are laden with sugar and cloying syrups. Consider instead a more sublime alternative — a trio of dessert-inspired flavoured espressos. Hailing from the Nespresso Variations range, these limited edition festive flavours take a leaf from the age-old coffee house traditions of Vienna, where the city's famed chocolate and apricot Sachertorte cakes take centrestage. Variations Sachertorte distills the essence of this iconic dessert perfectly with a Livanto Grand Cru base touched with notes of soft chocolate and apricot. We might not find ripe, red fruit in Singapore, but the tangy flavours of the Austrian Linzer Torte comes to us in the form of the Variations Linzer Torte, which sees the well-rounded flavours of the Livanto enlivened with a burst of red fruit and Christmas-forward spiced dough. Then there's the good old Apfelstrudel, the classic layered puff pastry filled with warm cubes of apples spiced with cinnamon. These comforting flavours are imbued in Nespresso's Variations Apfelstrudel, quite arguably our favourite flavour of the range.
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