Six of the best gadgets and gizmos on a theme. This week: Six of the best coffee machines.
By Peter Jenkinson
It is easy to save yourself a small fortune as well as avoid high street queues by investing in your own coffee machine.
For those who can't get going without their early morning kick-starter, check out these fine devices to create your perfect barista-quality blend in the comfort of your own home.
Manual machine - ROK Espresso Maker - £129 from www.rokkitchentools.com
Not only does this ready-to-use machine create a marvellous espresso, it makes a decent work of art for your kitchen. Complete with all you'll need to make a top-class pot of coffee - plunger, water chamber and portafilter, splitter, storage tin and stainless steel milk frother - it is an attention-grabber of the highest order.
Upper class - Bugatti Diva Coffee Machine - £583 from www.amara.co.uk
This Bugatti number is sure to wow your kitchen crowd. It's a stunner - and guarantees to make the perfect espresso, cappuccino, latte or macchiato every time. With a cup warmer to boot, this is definitely one to have on show.
Pod machine - Nescafe Dolce Gusto - £89 from www.pixmania.co.uk
Easy to use and with no fuss, this small but powerful machine delivers coffee shop quality at a fraction of the price. Whether you like your cup frothy or intense, there's a plethora of pods available - just pop one in and you're ready to go in a matter of seconds.
Tamper, tamper - Krups XP5210 Espresso - £125 from www.johnlewis.com
Get yourself some top-quality coffee with this great-looking machine. An automated tamping system gives a perfect espresso every time and at the perfect temperature. Plus with a useful steam nozzle to foam up your milk, it's a great all-rounder.
Full service - Krups EA8005 Bean to Cup - £399.95 from www.krups.co.uk
Possibly the best bean-to-cup machine on the shelves, this compact device is first class. The 15-bar pressure and adjustable water temperature make it ideal for all manner of brews. And with an integrated burr grinder, one cup just won't be enough.
Smooth operator - Nespresso U - £119 from www.nespresso.co.uk
Cutting-edge technology combined with great looks makes this new U machine an ideal addition to any kitchen. Load up one of the many coffee capsules available and at the touch of a button, you've your very own home-based barista. Choose from three sizes for an authentic-tasting, hassle-free hot beverage.
App of the week: Wowcher - free on iTunes and Google Play
Wowcher has brought its online experience to the world of apps. You can save up to 80% on top brands, from spa days to gadgets and dining out, and be one of the first for grab daily deals in your city. And when you shop, you collect credits to redeem online. Head straight to your app store - and get paid to shop!