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2012 GadgetGuy Holiday Gift Guide: Appliances

By Leigh D. Stark | 5:24 pm 12/12/2012

Cooking is cool, and with some of the latest appliances in your Santa Bag you’ll raise the kitchen fun quotient for all the folks on your gift list.

We’re not talking fondue sets and corn forks here, but slick, on-trend gadgetry to complement today’s modern scullery and turn anyone into a food and beverage rockstar.

Coffee

Coffee machines are, like, so hot right now. If it takes capsules (or pods), makes a great cup of Joe or hot chocolate, and is easy enough for a six-year-old to operate, it’s in demand.

Here are our picks of the pack.

Woolworths Caffitaly S14

Price: $100

Possibly the cheapest pod machine on the market, and with pods among the most affordable of any capsule coffee system, the Caffitaly is great value for lovers of a steamy mug.

It supports capsules intended for the ‘MAP’ coffee makers sold by Officeworks too, meaning there are other flavour options outside those stocked at Gloria Jeans and Woolworths.

Read our review…

Nescafe Dolce Gusto Genio

Price: $249

Conveniently stocked at Coles and IGA supermarkets, Nescafe’s Dolce Gusto range provides a quick and clever cuppa, with a range of flavours to choose from –  some with the milk already in the pod, ready for action.

It does more than just hot coffee too,  with hot chocolate, iced coffee, and even iced tea pods available.

Read our review…

Nespresso U

Price: $299

The most affordable Nespresso machine, the U is a compact device that asks little of its barista – just throw a pod in, select one of three coffee sizes and watch the drink materialise right before your eyes.

Nespresso’s U includes the Aeroccino milk frother, so you can make a tasty cappuccino and then pour the milk in, or vice versa.

Read our review… 

Nespresso Maestria

Price: $699

If the Nespresso U is not fancy enough for the coffee snob on your Santa’s list, consider the Maestria.  The biggest pod machine in the Nespresso line-up, it features premium materials and a chic design complemented by controls that allow you to specify how long your lungo will be, and how short that short black can be.

Read more about this…

Breville Infuser Coffee Machine

Price: $549

No pods here – Breville’s Infuser Coffee Machine mixes old school with modern Thermocoil technology for heating the water for your morning brew.

A big 1.8 litre tank means it’s easy to produce many cups before having to refill, and included in the package is a tamper, several filter baskets and frothing jug. Best of all, the semi-automatic system makes it easy enough to produce a home-made coffee that’s as close as you can get to the one from your local.

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