My brother-in-law, John, dubbed his rare, cutting-edge coffee machine — a behemoth of a stainless-steel contraption that took up a major section of real estate in his tiny Manhattan kitchen — “The Great Liberator from Starbucks.” That was way back in the ’90s, but shows how John — a physics major with an eye to the future — anticipated what has become an American obsession: the desire for a barista-worthy, perfectly concocted coffee drink on demand, at all hours, in the comfort of one’s own kitchen.
Today, a wide variety of fancy, techno-driven machines — made in Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Norway and the good old U.S. of A. — tempt coffee lovers seeking the perfect cup of joe, espresso or foamy cappuccino. Here are 10 that will brew up that hot, comforting antidote to cold winter days.
Where to shop:
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