So you love espresso. You really, really love espresso. Do you love it enough to spend nearly $2,000? That's the suggested retail price of the Miele CM5000 Espresso Machine offered at Williams-Sonoma. To be sure this is a godly device among mere mortal coffee makers. "Each cup of coffee or espresso can be customized to your exact preferences for size, strength and temperature," we are told in a marketing pitch. A "powerful 15-bar pump" provides "maximum extraction of flavor." But that's a whole lot of trips to Starbucks ( SBUX) right there. For java junkies who entertain guests frequently (or, pehraps, run a small coffee shop out of their garage) this unit may make sense. But most espresso makers can be added to that great and growing pile of kitchen accessories that seemed like a good idea at the time -- ice cream makers, electric water kettles, fondue sets, chocolate fountains, the Ronco Showtime Rotisserie and so on.
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