Equip Your Kitchen
Some connoisseurs love brewed coffee, and others find solace only in espresso. Many of us drink both, and most of us require tools to fulfill both desires. Following are some of the latest and best machines for equipping your kitchen.
New this year from DeLonghi, the fully automatic coffee center called the GRAN DAMA AVANT offers a traditional coffee feature with two custom, savable settings; a professional-grade conical burr grinder; a direct-to-brew system that instantly grinds beans for espresso; a removable (for refrigeration) milk tank with one-touch frothing command; a decalcification water system; and a programmable timer. Sleek and stainless steel, it’s $3,000. delonghiusa.com
Saeco now offers XELSIS, the coffee-bar-in-your-kitchen model, allowing you to personalize with up to six different user profiles with nine varying drinks per user. The multitude of separate beverages can be accessed through the touch of a button. The fully integrated (but separately attached) milk component lets you make cappuccinos with ease while also allowing for quick cleaning of the milk carafe. In stainless steel and chrome. $3,000, shopsaeco.com
Jura’s latest automatic coffee center is the IMPRESSA C5. A bean-to-cup experience, it grinds, tamps, brews, and self-cleans in less than 60 seconds, giving a fine high-pressure brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, or café mocha latte in the blink of an eye. There’s a rotary dial with illuminated symbols, a conical steel burr grinder with six fineness settings, a dual frother (for cup or pitcher), a hot-water dispenser for hot tea, and a Clearyl Water Filtration System that purifies water. $999, designandgrace.com or capresso.com
One of the most recent pod coffee systems comes from Nespresso with its CITIZ & MILK ESPRESSO MACHINE, which makes espresso, latte, or cappuccino in moments. Slim and small (just five inches wide), it acts like a larger machine. A folding beverage tray lets you use short or tall cups too. There’s a built-in Aerocino milk frother that heats and/or froths cold milk. In black, red, or cream. $350, surlatable.com
Your best bet among the French press choices is the BODUM DOUBLE-WALLED CHAMBORD FRENCH PRESS, with an insulated eight-cup glass carafe ensuring hot, flavorful coffee for two hours. With stainless steel accents. $90 to $100, surlatable.com