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Haute Coffee: The Coffee Makers & Espresso Machines That All the Best Kitchens Are Wearing

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? If you’re a coffee lover — like 62 percent of Americans — you probably go into the kitchen and turn on a coffee maker so you can get your daily jolt of caffeine. You might argue that coffee makers and espresso machines are the most important small appliances in the home. It doesn’t matter if you love to drink coffee in the morning or you need a shot (or two!) of espresso to get you through the day: The right coffee maker or espresso machine is a godsend. When you’re choosing your perfect machine, think about what kind of beverages you like. And, whatever your preference, here are some stylish options to consider that will instantly elevate the look of any kitchen.

1. Coffee & Espresso Maker Combo — Jura S8 

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The Jura S8 is a coffee and espresso maker that demands admiration. It is a sleek device that relies on simplicity and intelligence to make a delicious beverage to start your day right. With this machine, you can use the 4.3-inch high-resolution touch screen to choose your preferred specialty drink, be it a latte macchiato, flat white or a plain cup of coffee. Plus, you can grind your favorite coffee beans right there on the spot and top it off with freshly made milk foam. $2,900;

2. Espresso Machine — De’Longhi La Specialista Maestro Espresso Machine

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The De’Longhi La Specialista Maestro Espresso Machine may look a little intimidating, but you can bet this beauty will create a cup of coffee that rivals that of your favorite coffee shop. The La Specialista uses proprietary automatic features that give you more control and precision to get the best espresso from the comfort of home. The machine can also make six other types of coffee drinks and you can make steamed milk or milk foam right there on the same machine. If you like freshly ground coffee, this machine also features eight different grind settings. $1,300;

3. Capsule Espresso Machine — Nespresso Lattissima Pro by De’Longhi

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The Nespresso Lattissima Pro is a sleek espresso machine that is as beautiful as it is versatile. You can make seven espresso and milk drinks, including lungo, latte, ristretto and cappuccino. The unit features a milk-froth regulator with a fully automatic milk-cleaning feature. You can store 16 espresso capsules in the unit, so all you have to do is select an option on the sensor-touch control panel and wait just 25 seconds until you can sip on your favorite caffeinated drink. It doesn’t get much easier than that. $750;,

4. Easy-To-Use Coffee Maker — Ratio Eight

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The Ratio Eight is a beautiful drip coffee maker with wood accents that operates with a single push of a button. This intuitive coffee maker detects how much water is in the tank and will automatically change the brew cycle to make the perfect brew. When you’re using the coffee maker, it simulates a barista’s pour-over to which the water flow is precisely metered during the bloom and brew cycle. Also, there are five color choices and three wood choices to match any decor. $495 (BPA-free polymer carafe) and $670 (handblown glass carafe);

5. Coffee Maker with Carafe — Chemex Ottomatic Coffee Maker 2.0

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The Chemex Ottomatic Coffee Maker 2.0 brings elegance and simplicity to any kitchen counter. The machine is capable of brewing hot and cold coffee, which is perfect for those who like a little variety in their lives. The system automatically monitors brewing variables so you get the perfect cup every single time. The borosilicate glass carafe, with its iconic wooden collar and rawhide strap — a design so chic that it’s recognized by the Museum of Modern Art — can hold six cups of coffee, so you’ll have enough to last the morning without needing to start another pot. $350;

6. Best Pod Coffee Maker — Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker

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The Keurig K-Cafe Special Edition Single Serve Coffee Maker is an all-in-one coffee maker wherein you can make single-serve coffees, lattes and cappuccinos in just two steps. Simply put in a K-Cup pod and press a button. If you want to make a latte or cappuccino, you can press the shot button and it will produce a concentrated shot of coffee, to which you can add frothy milk (be it whole milk, skim milk, soy or almond milk). There’s also an option to make cold milk foam for your cold coffee beverages. $220;

7. Drip-Filter Coffee Machine — Smeg

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The Smeg harkens back to simpler times with its retro 1950s style. This simple coffee maker is nice and compact so you won’t have to worry about it taking up a lot of space. It’s available in three colors and features sleek chromed accents. On the control panel, you’ll find an auto-start feature, an aroma-intensity setting and cup-count settings. FYI, the carafe can hold 10 cups, perfect for the coffee-loving household. $200;

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