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Gift Guide for Java Lovers: 5 Great Espresso Machines

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February 27, 2014 · 1.2k Views

Having an espresso machine at home saves time, money and hassle. Just think how great it would be to hit the snooze button one more time and to open your wallet at the end of the week to be greeted with $15 extra bucks. If you know someone who would love these conveniences without sacrificing their morning latte, check out these espresso machines. You’ll not only be gifting a fine piece of machinery, but also some extra shut eye.

Bialetti Mini Express 06810 Single Serve Espresso Machine

For people with smaller kitchens, this small, single shot espresso machine offers a perfect solution. At $149.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond, this machine is affordable and sleek. Similar to what you’d find in a hotel room, this machine is great for those who like smaller cups or don’t want a monster hogging all of their counter space. For a wedding, birthday or holiday gift, this espresso machine is a nice little appliance.

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

Those who prefer an all-in-one machine or java lovers who simply like stronger coffee will love this espresso maker. Made of stainless steel and complete with steaming wand, it is a professional style machine that you can put in your own kitchen. Offering the perfect pour, you can make single shot and double shot drinks, from a simple cup of espresso to a cappuccino. Similar machines can run over $1,000, but this one is available on Amazon for $399.

Breville Barista Espresso Machine

This machine has many bells and whistles that true coffee connoisseurs will appreciate. Not only does it include a grinder on top of the machine, but it also has several settings that allow you to customize your own latte. From the temperature to the pressure, this machine features several automated features that take the guess work out of creating your own coffee shop faves. Pick it up at Crate and Barrel for $599.

Primula Aluminum 6 Cup Stovetop Espresso Maker

Traditionalists will love this no frills, classic style espresso maker. This aluminum gadget allows you to make your own espresso on the stove top. Easy to clean and store, this espresso maker won’t take up any counter space. It is a centuries-old, tried and true method of making espresso—it just requires a little more patience than automated machines. However, for $25 at Macy’s, this investment will pay off in a week.

Nespresso Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Automatic Milk Frother

If your giftee is the type who likes things quick and easy, check out this machine. Working especially with Nespresso pods, this machine is not complicated, so those who have trouble with mornings will definitely appreciate it. Make yourself a straight shot or add it to a latte. The built in milk steamer allows for any coffee creation. For $299 at Williams Sonoma, this espresso machine makes for a great wedding or housewarming gift.

Coffee fanatics rarely go a day without a fix, so show that special someone how much you care with a coffee inspired gift that will brighten up each and every morning.

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Alaina Brandenburger is a Freelance Writer and author of the blog, Fashion Girls Unite. A regular contributor to the Shopping and Style section of CBS Denver’s Top Spots, she is known for seeking out the best shopping spots in her hometown of Denver, Colorado. Alaina is also a regular contributor to the Style and Fashion section of A lifelong shopping enthusiast, she has an eye for spotting amazing deals and looking fashionable on a budget. Alaina also supports local fashion designers and industry professionals, such as makeup artists and hairstylists and is always a fixture at fashion related events.

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