Creating authentic Italian drinks like cappuccino and latte is simpler with the DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System ($380). Place a Nepresso coffee capsule in the top, slide the milk container onto the front, push a button and you’re done. Three milk and two coffee selections provide for a variety of choice. Cleanup requirements are minimal, used capsules are automatically ejected plus the detachable milk container can be stored in the fridge. Illuminated controls make it easier to brew during those dark and dreary winter mornings. The machine self-primes too, so you won’t have to work so hard at first light.
Have coffee kit, will travel! Kaffeologie’s Complete Coffee Travel Kit ($110) lets you brew a cup of java wherever your heart desires, at a campsite, motel and even the airport. The kit comes complete with a Porlex bean grinder featuring long-lasting ceramic burrs, an AeroPress coffee maker and a stainless steel S filter. The compact design takes up little space in your travel gear and all components are easy to clean. All you need are beans and hot water.
Long on money but short on time? The Jura Giga 5 ($5,500) can make two cappuccino, espresso or latte at a time. There are two ceramic burr grinders and two bean hoppers so you can choose what to use. You can even mix beans from both hoppers, or you can use ground coffee if you want. Five strengths and three brewing temperatures allow for customization, plus there are settings for 18 different specialty coffees. Dual height-adjustable spouts accommodate a wide variety of cup sizes while an integrated water filter system removes any chlorine taste. Dual stainless steel thermoblock heating systems ensure quick heating to the precise temperature.
Brew yourself a cup of coffee in under one minute with the Cuisinart SS-700 Single Serve Brewing System ($185). Using Keurig K-Cups, you can brew over two hundred varieties of coffee and tea, and even hot cocoa with just the touch of a button. A large 80-ounce removable water reservoir makes it easier to brew coffee for a crowd since you won’t need to refill as often. Five cup sizes including tall travel mugs can be accommodated with this machine. It also dispenses hot water for use in instant soup, tea and hot chocolate. An integrated rinse cycle ensures no lingering flavor remains when switching between beverages.
The Danish designed Eva Solo Cafe Solo Coffee Maker ($70) is attractive, functional and unpretentious. No need for filters or steam and no pushing or pulling is required. It’s a simple method of ensuring complete extraction. Just fill the flask with ground coffee and add boiling water. Stir and insert the filter funnel in the top, wait four minutes and pour. The top flips open automatically while pouring and the inverted v-shaped filter ensures that liquid flows freely through the coffee grinds without clogging. An insulated neoprene cover keeps the liquid warm during the entire brewing cycle.