‘I’m a Chef, and These Are the 3 Coffee Makers I’ll Be Shopping This Black Friday’

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As a culinary school grad, it’s only natural that I have super high standards for my morning cup of coffee—not to mention an absolute need for it to get through the day without slumping over with exhaustion. So, it’s no surprise that Black Friday deals on coffee makers can instantly make me feel like a kid at a candy store. This year, after extensive research (and holiday wishlist requests from my loved ones), I’ve narrowed down my favorite coffee makers to three machines—and they each have different capabilities to suit every type of coffee drinker and budget.

3 best coffee makers this Black Friday for every type of coffee lover

1. Best multi-purpose coffee maker and single-serve brewer all-in-one

I’ll be honest: Open countertop space in my kitchen is as hard to find as the frequently sold-out Mini Uggs have been this season, which is why I gravitate towards multi-function kitchen appliances. The Cuisinart Coffee Center Coffee Maker & Single-Serve Brewer is just that. This does-it-all device features a fully-automatic 12-cup coffeemaker on one side and a single-serve brewer on the other, which means it's ideal for sipping solo (it's fully K-Cup compatible) as well as serving a crowd as everyone in your household rushes out the door in the morning. Best part? Thanks to its two-in-one capability, it'll save you tons of space in the kitchen.

And if you love waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee, you'll be delighted to hear that Cuisinart's machine features an auto-on function, which means your coffee will be ready to sip on the moment your alarm clock goes off. Swoon. Plus, it’s super simple to set up, which is why this machine is an ideal gift for the minimalists in your life... or those that don’t want to read an entire handbook to understand how to use the darn thing in the first place (ahem, dad).

2. Best barista-style, single-serve coffee maker

When budgeting for the week, one of the first things many of us may consider cutting out is our pricy daily runs to the local coffee shop—we're all more than well-aware that the costs can pile up. One quick and easy solution to satisfying our coffee needs without compromising on flavor is investing in a high-quality espresso-style machine that can brew barista brews at home, which can help save tons of money in the long run. My go-to? The Nespresso Vertuo Plus Deluxe Coffee and Espresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother by De'Longhi. This machine is the best of all the worlds: It’s slim, has a milk frother, and makes coffee and espresso. Not to mention the fact this Nespresso machine has fast-heating technology, meaning the system reaches the ideal brewing temperature in just 15 to 20 seconds. Aside from its high-tech functionality and delicious lattes, I also can’t help but marvel at the elegance of the design—it makes for an aesthetic addition to my collection of beloved kitchen appliances.

3. Best high-end, splurge espresso machine

Now, if you’re looking to really transform your at-home coffee-making game into a luxury experience, it might be time to splurge on a system like the De'Longhi La Specialista Arte Pump Espresso Machine. It features a conical burr grinder (our fave!), a latte art wand (whoa!), and a barista kit (which makes tamping and prepping coffee like a pro easy as can be). The uniquely designed machine is suitable for small spaces, and it’s made with detachable and dishwasher-safe parts. Read: No scrubbing is required.

Out of the three options, this one takes the cake for the best consistency and control when it comes to brewing coffee juuuust the way you like it. The built-in grinder has eight precise settings that ensure the perfect grind size, and the active temperature control allows you to select the ideal temperature setting for the type of bean for optimal extraction. And for that picture-perfect latte art, the machine has a commercial-style wand for the frothiest foam ever.

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