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Forget about giving all your money to the Seattle Coffee shop; coffee making machines have lifted the convenience of a self-made cup of brew to an artform, provided that you have the right machine. Here are some of the best.

Nespresso Pixie

R1 800

Living in a small space, such as a flat or bachelor’s pad or being on a budget, doesn’t mean you have to forego all life’s little luxuries. This affordable Nespresso machine also has a small footprint, ideal for smaller kitchen counters. Nor does it make you wait too long for your Nespresso fix, as it takes 25 seconds to heat up and can deliver that delicious drink in under a minute. Furthermore, the machine switches off if not in use within ten minutes, and accommodates the sixteen Grand Cru coffee varieties on offer.

Delonghi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Circolo

R2 500

Along with the fact that the Circolo (review) has more curves than Sofia Vergara, this machine offers one of the most no-fuss ways of generating an enjoyable cuppa. The machine can dish up an impressive array of flavours via the Dolce Gusto capsules, ranging from espressos and cappuccinos to caramel latte macchiatos and chocochinos. A scroll wheel enables you to ‘dial in’ the right dosage of water relative to the capsule. The machine, which weighs in at a transportable 3.6 kg, also caters to tall and smaller coffee cups better yet, its capsule bin and holder are dishwasher friendly.

Philips Saeco Vienna Plus Automatic Espresso Machine

R7 000

If espressos are your passion and you prefer a hands-on approach to making your own perfect brew, then the Saeco Vienna Plus from Philips may just light your fire and stir you out of bed in the morning. The machine enables you to customise your espresso, by specifying the amount of beans ground per cup. Along with dispensing hot water for other hot drinks, the machine also gives you complete control (control freaks, rejoice!) to froth the milk to your liking.

Miele CM5200

R20 000

This coffee maestro is able to deliver two beverages simultaneously thanks to its double spout. That means no more waiting for your partner to finish brewing their coffee before you can get your fix. The CM5200 can also dole out single or double shot espresso, cappuccino or latte. Furthermore, the machine can cater to your need for some hot milk or milk froth. The best part? It does so without giving a barista's disdainful scowl. Alas, having your own superb coffee(s) on tap doesn’t come cheap, as the CM5200 costs an eye-opening R20 000. If that doesn’t wake you up, nothing will.

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