Coffee Lovers and Stocking Stuffers

Well, we’re here. We’ve made it deep into the holiday season, and halfway through our cheap, chocolate filled advent calendars. If you’re like me, you’re still (stressfully) shopping for the people on your list. Bearing that in mind, I give you my final 2016 holiday gift guide! This one covers your coffee lovers and your stocking stuffers. Enjoy!

FOR THE ALWAYS-CAFFEINATED

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Just like last year, I’m obsessed with the idea of coffee being delivered straight to my mailbox (instead of realizing I’m out at 6am and pouting for 10 minutes before I settle for a cup of old tea). Coffee subscription boxes allow you to try different beans from all over the country, and sometimes from all over the world.

Driftaway Coffee is a customized coffee subscription service that bases their selections for you on your given flavor profile preferences. First, they send you a box FULL of different kinds of beans (my favorite so far is the Brazil. SERIOUSLY one of the best coffees I’ve ever had). Once you’ve had a chance to try them all, you enter what you liked and didn’t to the Driftaway app. From there on out, the beans you receive will be chosen by the experts at Driftaway based on what they think will perk you up the most, allowing you to discover new beans and roasts that you never knew about before.

Learn more here!

Of course, it’s not just what you brew, it’s how you brew it! I like to keep it simple with my coffee setup, but also enjoy experimenting with new brew methods.

  • Bodum Pourover Set — I saw this at Target the other day and freaked out! This pourover set up is a) aesthetically pleasing and b) has a built in filter. HELLO. This is great for your friends who are having trouble coming to terms with their strained relationship with Mr. Coffee.
  • Hario Skerton Coffee Mill — This hand grinder allows the brewer to have ultimate control over the grind of their beans, while also getting a sufficient bicep workout. Probably best for the experienced coffee drinker, and not your friend’s mom who is going to mistake this for a ~ swanky pepper grinder ~
  • Bodum Travel Press — ALERT ALERT! YOU CAN NOW MAKE A FRENCH PRESS WHILE YOU TRAVEL. Easiest decision you’ve made all day.
  • Aeropress Coffee Maker — This simple piece of brewing equipment has completely changed the game for my At Home Coffee Routine. The coffee produced by an aeropress is clean, and full of flavor. It also takes less than 5 minutes (if your water is hot) and you’ll look really cool prepping it in your office’s kitchen. Seriously, do recommend.

    [Also the aeropress kit literally comes with everything you need to brew, with the exception of beans. Have I sold you yet?]

  • Turkish Coffee PotWatch this video and then tell me* you don’t have a hip, home-barista friend who doesn’t need this in their life.

*ADMITTEDLY  I’ve never had Turkish coffee, but I hear that it’s some of the most aromatic and richly flavored around. PLUS THE POT IS COPPER!! Who doesn’t love copper in the kitchen?


Looking for something small and (possibly) snackable?

See below for my compilation of food-and-drink-centric stocking stuffers, all produced by small businesses and local makers from across the U.S.!

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And that wraps it up for holiday gift guides! I hope that everyone has had a fabulous holiday season so far, and that it only continues to be great.

SO looking forward for what’s to come in 2017 (and what’s to enter my stomach).

Nashville Guide: Farmer’s Markets 2014

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my favorite parts about visiting a new city is visiting its Farmer’s Markets. It’s exciting to me that by visiting one I am completely thrusting myself into the industries and people of its community. You might catch a whiff of the sizzling street food being prepared or the vibrant colors of this season’s produce; the buttery feel of a handmade lotion or the intricacies of a craft; the music of a local performer or the taste of a cheese sample that wins you over from the first bite. By visiting a Farmer’s Market you are supporting a community, and why only do it when you’re away from home?

When I started looking into to the markets in Nashville I was overwhelmed by the answer I got. Nashville has nine Farmer’s Markets in the metro area, each of them offering something unique. There is one in almost every large neighborhood, from Sylvan Park to East Nashville to Franklin. Even better than that, they are put on during different days of the week so it’s easy to make a visit to more than one. Check it out:

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FARMERS MARKETS OF NASHVILLE:

Nashville Farmer’s Market – Richland Park:
Where: 4711 Charlotte Avenue
When: Saturdays 9a-12p; May 3-October 25

West End:
Where: 4101 Harding Pike
When: Saturdays 9a-230p; April-November

Nashville Farmer’s Market:
Where: 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
When: Everyday 8a-5pm; Year Round

Greenwood + Porter:
Where: Corner of Greenwood + Porter Rd, East Nashville
When: Mondays, 3-7p

East Tasty:
Where: 110 Gallatin Ave, In front of East High School
When: Saturdays 10a-2p, Will not be opening for 2014!
Sorry for the misinformation!

East Nashville:
Where: S. 20th St, Shelby Park
When: Wednesdays 330-7p; May 14-Oct 29

12 South:
Where: 3000 Granny White Pike, Sevier Park
When: Tuesdays 330-630p; Beginning May 6

hip Donelson:
Where: 2730 Old Lebanon Rd
When: Fridays 4-7p; Beginning May 9

Franklin:
Where: The Shed @ The Factory; 230 Franklin Road, Franklin TN
When: Saturdays 8a-1p; Year Round

No matter where you live, find out about the Farmer’s Markets in your area. Get excited about your community.

 

Speak to you all soon!

 

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