All through December, SFoodie is bringing you local gift ideas for the food obsessives in your life.
The other day the kind folks at Blue Bottle sent over a little tin of special small-lot Ethiopian Nekisse coffee that retails for $15 for a third of a pound. We were initially struck by the high price tag, but once we tried a cup we realized that this was such a different breed of coffee that to compare it to our usual morning blend was like comparing a rare wine to something you pick up on sale at Safeway. Ethiopian Nekisse was more delicate, fruiter, and nuttier than your average coffee, with a flavor profile I hadn't encountered in a cup before. At the price, it's hard to justify buying it for everyday use. But with its impressive taste and hip packaging, it would make a great hostess gift or treat for the holidays.