Would you like some espresso? With a lemon twist?

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.

Miele coffee machine

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’!

Miele espresso system
Miele espresso system

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.

Miele coffee machine warming drawer
Miele coffee machine warming drawer

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.

Gaggenau coffee maker
Gaggenau coffee maker

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.

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Amir J. Ilin, the president of Küche+Cucina, a design firm he started 24 years ago. Ilin’s work has been featured on HGTV, on Donald trump’s The Apprentice, in numerous national publications and on many national magazine covers. He is also the recipient of various design awards, among them “Best of Show Design Award”, from Signature Kitchens & Baths 8 times!Ilin was commissioned to design special projects in very exclusive homes, some located far away from his base in NJ. He was also chosen to create the cabinetry for the newly renovated Plaza Hotel, in NYC, as well as several luxury multi-unit projects around the country. To date, Ilin was involved in installations of more then 3,000 kitchens around the US and the islands, as well as many outside the US, many for well known clients.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Jan

    I like it. I love coffee and this design is so modern and perfect.

    Thanks for sharing.

  2. André

    At my work I use the newest Neff(Bosch, Siemens group) espresso maker, also a wonderful machine!

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