We’re a world addicted to coffee. Bleary-eyed, we trudge to the counter in the morning desperate for that jolt of java. We realize this. They say admission is the first step. But how can something so delicious be that bad for you? And when such sleek, stylish machines make the drink, well, we have no option but to throw up our arms in surrender. Pour another mug. No point in fighting a losing battle.
The Gaggia company built the perfect tribute to its namesake and founder, Achille. The Achille Gaggia Espresso Machine merges a retro feel with all the modern amenities. And it still makes one mean cup of espresso. Available at www.williams-sonoma.com,Rs57,274.
Cup o Joe
For those who require minimal steps (and really, at six in the morning, before that first cup of coffee, who can really do much thinking anyway?), the Morphy Richards coffee maker does just about everything for you. The 24-hour timer will start the brewing process. The machine will then grind the beans, boil the water and brew a fresh pot. All you need to manage is pouring the pot into a mug and sip away. Available at Shopper’s Stop, DC-1, Salt Lake City, Kolkata, Rs3,600.
Italians do have the world beat in this arena: coffee-making. And the classic Bialetti press, though deceptively simple, holds the bar high. The most recognizable stove-top coffee maker in the world, the Bialetti produces coffee buonisimo. Available at www.bialetti.com, Rs880 for a three-cup size.
To balance the five out, an option for those who want all the benefits of a morning shot of caffeine without even scratching the bank. The classic South Indian Coffee Filter easily lets rapid drinkers get their morning kick in a simple stainless steel cup. Available at Shri Rama Store, Munirka, Delhi, Rs219
Cafe au Lait
The efficient, classic French Press gets a makeover at Barista coffee stores. The end result is the same: Piping hot coffee, but the press is dressed up in a shiny silver coat with coffee bean cutouts for a dashing appearance. Available at Barista outlets, Rs799.
(Melissa A. Bell)