The Best Multi-Function Coffee and Espresso Machines

The Best Multi-Function Coffee and Espresso Machines

Taryn Williford
Nov 8, 2010

Today is National Cappuccino Day! But among all of the fun food holidays, celebrating this frothy espresso beverage is the toughest. After all, the cappuccino's biggest fans celebrate it every single day with their morning brew. So to give java a proper party, we're rounding up the best coffee and espresso makers with awesome extras. These guys are RSVP'ing with a "plus one."

1. Coffee plus a Roaster
Ok, so this one's a concept. But it's a really gorgeous and innovative concept. This coffee maker from designer Tom Metcalfe can roast, grind and brew delicious coffee from fresh green beans. Check out this post at Yanko Design to see more of the awesomely gorgeous mad-scientist style coffee maker.

2. Espresso plus a Grinder
Nothing's better than fresh grounds "burr"-ing in the morning. Celebrate National Cappuccino Day with Breville's Programmable Espresso Maker and a super-fresh java ($599.95 from Williams Sonoma).

3. Coffee plus Tea
Gotta take that caffeine fix any way you can get it, right? If you like to switch teams from coffee to tea every once in awhile, get a machine that can handle both, like this coffee and tea maker from Naoto Fukasawa (From Japanese Retailer Plus Minus Zero).

4. Coffee plus Breakfast
Need more than coffee to get your day started? What if your coffee maker could also prepare eggs and toast? That's the idea behind this Elite Cuisine 3-in-1 breakfast station. You'll get it all, plus 4 cups of coffee ($39.60 from Amazon).

5. Espresso minus Electricity
Added features don't have to come as a "plus." This espresso maker, designed by Patrick Hunt of Therefore Design, pipes out fresh shots without being plugged in. As a result, you can have your National Cappuccino Day cappy anywhere there's hot water. And the best part? Easy cleanup! (€119 from Matteria)

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