Caffeination is an art that many people take quite seriously, and treating a couple to a new coffee-making device is sure to make you an all-star friend. Take it to the next level by combining the [coffee maker / French press / coffee bean grinder] with some world class coffee beans.

Here are a few of my favorite choices for coffee beans:

Cafe Grumpy, one of my first coffee loves in New York, now available to be shipped nationwide. Buy by the bag or a 12-month subscription. (They also have one of the most amazing logos, so feel free to throw in a logo mug for good measure.)

Citizen Bean offers  3-, 6- or 12-month subscriptions. They emphasize sustainable roasts from small-batch roasters across the country, and they donate a portion of each month’s sales to a charity designated to each roaster.

Intelligentsia Press has a wide variety of single origin and blend coffee options. Staff from this company actually work directly with growers from around the world to establish better protocols on their farms.