My girlfriend is a coffee fanatic. I suspect she got this from her Mom, who pretty much mainlines the stuff 24-7. So, if you’re like they are, you will probably want one of these:
This is the Xelsis Stainless Steel from Saeco. It’s touted as a coffee bar for the home. And while (to me at least) it looks like some sort of futuristic explosive device from a science fiction flick, it is apparently capable of making multiple types of beverages: espresso, cappuccino, latte . . . even just plain ol’ hot water for tea.
The Xelsis can be customized for up to six people—and each can program six different beverages to a personal profile. Simply tap the icons on the machine’s touch screen control panel, and presto!
Want milk in your coffee? No problem. The Xelsis has the same milk capabilities of a profession espresso machine—including a large milk carafe that hooks on to the front of the machine to allow frothing for cappuccinos. And, to keep things sanitary, the milk circuit is separate from the rest of the machine.
This sucker costs $3000. When I saw that I actually said, “Holy crap” out loud. This is gotta be the most expensive coffee maker in the world – right?
But there are people out there who would happily pay that kind of cash for a good cup of coffee. Break it down over 5 or 6 cups a day, and maybe its a better deal than Starbucks. I don’t know, but I don’t think my girlfriend will be getting one for Christmas.
by John Barker