I just had to ‘stick’ that line in there – if you don’t remember, it is from Beverly Hills Cop, when Serge (Bronson Pinchot), who was working at the art gallery, is offering Det. Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) a cup of espresso.
When this movie came out, the espresso ‘craze’ was already at full swing – everyone were getting the personal espresso machines that set on the counter, in the kitchen and usually made very mediocre espresso, at best.
Then, about 7-8 years ago, Miele came out with the first built-in espresso maker. One that gets built into the cabinetry, the same way a wall oven does. High end kitchens were never the same, after that… Even if you were not a coffee drinker, you had to get one of these babies put into your kitchen or your kitchen was just not ‘it’!
With the push of one button, you get an excellent cup of espresso and as long as you use good coffee and fresh water, your espresso (or cappuccino) will as good as any coffee shop out there, maybe even better.
Within a couple of years, several other brands have come out with their own built in coffee makers – Gaggenau, Dacor, Kuppersbusch and others, all have their own but Miele have definitely ‘cornered’ this segment of the market. Being the first and now offering more choices, sizes and a great service put them up front. You can now get one that is capsules driven or stick to the whole bean system. You can get a unit that is plumbed in or one that needs to be refilled. You can add a warming drawer, to keep your cups warm or just a matching drawer to store your coffee and accessories. You can even get a coffe maker that is reduced in depth, to fit into a standard wall cabinet.
An Exclusive Tip for European Kitchen Design Readers!!! – If you just want an excellent espresso maker and are not ready for a new kitchen, you can just purchase the same machine, but the counter model, that is as good as the built in one or perhaps even a newer model. The espresso maker, inside the Miele coffee maker, is made by a company named Saeco, who makes some of the best espresso machines in the market.