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Hit Me With Your Best Shot

It's easy to find the perfect shot of espresso at a neighborhood café. But for those who prefer to drink their first cup of the day in PJs, home brewing is iffier. Thankfully, a range of new luxury machines are up to the task. They offer plenty of the pressure required to make espresso and they're also good at making the crema on top.

Near the top end, Saeco's Primea Cappuccino Touch Plus prepares two cappuccinos or latte macchiatos at once using a built-in grinder to grind beans, a colorfully illuminated touchscreen and nanotechnology to clean itself ($2,900;

The Illy Francis Francis X6 is the iconic Italian espresso machine that has added pizzazz to kitchens for 20 years. It now uses premeasured Illy paper pods (about 70 cents apiece) instead of loose grounds to make each cup ($500;

The De'Longhi Lattissima is a one-touch phenom that uses a choice of 12 espresso pods (made by Nestlé's Nespresso, about 45 cents each; to effortlessly make all manner of coffee drinks. One touch brews the coffee and froths the milk ($699; Your local barista will miss you.

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