Francis Francis X7.1 Espresso Maker

Francis Francis X7.1 Espresso Maker

The Francis Francis X7.1 may look retro, but the espresso it produces is anything but your grandparent's brew.  The X7.1 uses illy's iperespresso capsule technology, which utilizes a two stage-process instead of the conventional one-stage, in order to extract the very best flavor possible from illy espresso beans for a full bodied espresso and coveted crema.  If you prefer milk, there is a Pannarello steam wand that froths milk for a perfect cappuccino and latte every time.  The Francis X7.1 comes in either red or black, and at only $295 for the machine and less than a dollar per shot, it's the significantly more economical choice than your local coffee house.

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

Whiskey Barrel Coffee

Forget Folgers – the best part of waking up is Whiskey Barrel Coffee ($50) from the fine roasters at Espresso Smith Coffee Company.  It blends the delectable flavors of aged bourbon whiskey with the subtle richness of coffee, resulting in what may very well be the ultimate morning man drink.  Roast options include dark and light roasts as well as decaf, and it's sealed in a bottle that's individually hand-dipped in wax to ensure the ultimate in freshness.  If that's not enough to wet your whiskey and coffee appetite, Espresso Smith also offers the same whiskey infused coffee beans covered in your choice of dark, white and milk chocolates ($30), further satisfying your whiskey and coffee addiction all day long.

ROK Espresso Maker

ROK Espresso Maker

Making espresso at home is a must for any legitimate coffee lover, and the ROK Espresso Maker kit ($180) is easily one of the slickest ways I've seen to do it.  Unlike conventional espresso makers requiring electricity, the ROK is entirely manual – simply add your ground coffee and hot water, then use the polished aluminum handles to generate the pressure required to extract the perfect espresso.  The kit includes everything you need, including the ROK espresso maker with plunger, water chamber and portafilter, splitter, storage tin, stainless steel milk frother, tamp and spoon; with an included 10 year warranty ensures you'll get a decade of trouble-free, eco-friendly espresso making in the comfort of your own home.

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