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    Do you give coffee related presents to family and friends for christmas, do you do up interesting or unsual packs for them. If so We would love you to share with us your ideas. We are thinking of doing up some christmas baskets for friends and family this year with the home made feel to it with Coffee Beans, Home made Chai Tea, Home Made Shortbread, Home Made Fruit Mince Pies etc.

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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    This will be our first foray into giving coffee related presents to colleagues, staff, etc. (about 70 people).

    I bought a big box full (500) of 100gm bags and will fill them with ground coffee (yes, I know) suitable for filter to match with a vietnamese coffee pot (bought 300 of those), a tube of condensed milk to go with the coffee, and of course home-made shortbreads.

    Should be fun! ;)

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    Come on guys , loosen up the purse strings. Its Christmas.

    Two occasions in the year when people deserve and expect good presents: Christmas and birthdays.

    With respect, I think the home-made food as gifts just doesnt cut it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robusto link=1195337897/0#2 date=1195343816
    With respect, I think the home-made food *as gifts just doesnt cut it.
    On our just-married, part-time work/uni-students budget a couple of years ago I made some hampers with a few bottles of red, teas, plus homemade lavender shortbread, gingerbread, rocky road, white Christmas, and truffles. I dont think our families minded. :-/

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    Yea, I am not sure about the home cooking bit, but last year did give (my) roasted Mountain Top beans in the one way black bags with a fancy (home made) label to my partners corporate bosses, they loved them.

    Created lots of conversations and they used them over Christmas.

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    robusto you could be like me and craftily challenged.
    My wife however is gifted in that way and has been making up baskets for years.
    Ive been telling her she should do it as a business.

    Admittedly she doesnt usually put in home made foodstuffs but the presentation is very professional.

    The exception is Easter when eggs and biscuits are de rigueur.

    One of my colleagues at work is contemplating a coffee related gift for his mother this Christmas.
    With my help of course.
    He was thinking of a plunger, a grinder and a variety of home roasted coffee samples courtesy of moi.
    Im now on the lookout for suitably small containers for the roasted beans.

    So whats a good present????????????

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    Quote Originally Posted by robusto link=1195337897/0#2 date=1195343816
    Come on guys , loosen up the purse strings. Its Christmas.

    Two occasions in the year when people deserve and expect good presents: Christmas and birthdays.

    With respect, I think the home-made food *as gifts just doesnt cut it.
    Sorry, I have to disagree. If somebody went to the effort of making all those wonderful things for me, I would love it.

    To have shortbread or mince pies made with real butter, real good quality ingredients nice and fresh instead of something that is full of additives, vegetable gums (which I am highly sensitive to) and preservatives that were made 6 - 8 months ago is wonderful.

    Not to mention the time and effort it takes to make these things.

    Its easy to go and spend ten or twenty dollars in a shop, but to make something from scratch with better quality ingredients shows how much you care for someone.

    My friends love it when I give them a basket full of home made goodies every year.

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    With respect, I think the home-made food *as gifts just doesnt cut it.
    Sheeze Robusto, if that was bait then Ill bite the hook!

    The best presents I have ever been given have been consumable items. *Home made shortbread, chilli-sauce, wine, strawberry jam, fruit cake, whacky-coffee-items (coffee soap, candles, lollies etc), *even hampers of pre-packaged "interesting" food items from around the world that you would not normally find in the supermarket (which has included things that I never want to try again but that is half the fun).

    Im a bugger to buy things for because I have a bad habit of buying what I want/need when I want/need it. *

    Give me home made or unusual consumables in front of dust collecting trinkets and pictures that Im "expected" to display anyday!

    :)

    edit: (snap Lucinda, I do need to type faster)
    8-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Freeman link=1195337897/0#7 date=1195351177

    Im a bugger to buy things for because I have a bad habit of buying what I want/need when I want/need it.

    Give me home made or unusual consumables in front of dust collecting trinkets and pictures that Im "expected" to display anyday!

    :)

    Indeed.... agree 100% - I dont wait for a "special day" if I need something.... and hope someone will buy it for me - and get the right one as well!!!!

    I love to receive things which have shown some thought and effort..... rather than just something purchased because of commercial hype...

    And if it can be consumed - even better!!

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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    In the non-edible catagory of coffee-related presents.....

    Collection of blind/double/single baskets
    tamper
    digital scales
    steaming jugs
    cup sets
    thermometer
    digital multimeter with thermocouple

    Of course, most coffee aficionados would have most of these things... but not all of them do.


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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    whats cheap about buying 300 coffee pots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmyb link=1195337897/0#10 date=1195362939
    whats cheap about buying 300 coffee pots?
    I love it!!! That really sums it up, well done.

    Incidentally, did you about the guy who bought his mother in law a chair for Christmas, but...she would never plug it in.

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    Hmm Robusto, 70 baskets, steaming jugs, tampers,etc. wont mean much if they dont have a machine in the first place ;)

    Digital scales... good idea - everyone wants a set of those so they can carefully measure out the ingredients for shortbreads to give as gifts

    Cups? Cups? Did you really say CUPS???? ;D

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    Breathe Dennis...breathe.........

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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    Did someone say cups?

    Is Dennis asking for more orders for cups for next year?

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    No I think Dennis is ordering us the new Atomic replicas instead.

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    Im waiting eagerly for your ... er ... cupping notes at the end of this bloody journey that youve embarked on mate! ;D

    Onya for taking it on, though Dennis - it seems that the majority of CS subscribers are forgiving/understanding/conciliatory, & basically willing to listen to a genuinely agreeable compromise from your angle.

    Do you have any tulips left that I can tippy-toe through?


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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    Quote Originally Posted by lucinda link=1195337897/0#6 date=1195350749
    Quote Originally Posted by robusto link=1195337897/0#2 date=1195343816
    Come on guys , loosen up the purse strings. Its Christmas.

    Two occasions in the year when people deserve and expect good presents: Christmas and birthdays.

    With respect, I think the home-made food as gifts just doesnt cut it.
    Sorry, I have to disagree. If somebody went to the effort of making all those wonderful things for me, I would love it.

    To have shortbread or mince pies made with real butter, real good quality ingredients nice and fresh instead of something that is full of additives, vegetable gums (which I am highly sensitive to) and preservatives that were made 6 - 8 months ago is wonderful.

    Not to mention the time and effort it takes to make these things.

    Its easy to go and spend ten or twenty dollars in a shop, but to make something from scratch with better quality ingredients shows how much you care for someone.

    My friends love it when I give them a basket full of home made goodies every year.
    Bravo!!! Very well said! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrindOnDemand link=1195337897/15#16 date=1195391363
    Do you have any tulips left that I can tippy-toe through?
    Haha, funny guy. But I think that any mention of tulips now will be like waving a red rag to a bull! ;D

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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    Or perhaps a bull in a china shop!!!

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    My family is really appreciative towards home made things as they know the effort that goes into making such items.

    Maybe its a bit Old School, but anyone can go out and pick out a present with out much thought at all for someone, but I think the people that we give these presents to really appreciate the effort.

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    Re: Coffee Christmas Presents

    Last year we made up little tins of the Darjeeling SFTGFOP tea and packets of coffee with nice labels.

    These were very much appreciated in the office here and among friends (along with Mrs Grendels shortbreads).

    Something different that I have been making is a coffee Liqueur and this year I am going to attempt coffee ice cream - in small quantities, but hey, gotta start somewhere!

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    Do you have the recipe for that coffee liqueur, Grendel? Im intrigued!

    White rocky road goes pretty well in a Christmas hamper - melted white chocolate poured over macadamias, chopped (not dessicated) coconut, chopped vanilla marshmallows and optionally some dried berries. Some lightly roasted coffee beans mightnt do any harm, either ;)

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    Anyone tried doing the chocolate coasted coffee beans at home. If so, what was the secret if they were successful?

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    So Robusto, you find none of these ideas tempting? If you do, youll probably have to eat your words instead.... :D :D :D

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    I can get you a coffee icecream recipe. I have a very nice one. I will hunt it down and put it in the recipe section.



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