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October 12, 2017

Beverage machines have become permanent fixtures in our home. Take this for example: you’re up early in the morning; you need a caffeine fix. What’s the first thing you look for? Why, your coffee machine of course!

It just goes to show how much we rely on beverage machines, and how topsy-turvy our lives would be without them. That said; drink-making gadgets aren’t limited to just coffee makers. There are great tea infusers, and even cocktail and beer devices to go for as well. Here are 11 of the best to make sure you’ll never go thirsty again:

Coffee

Nespresso Essenza Mini

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Bigger isn’t always better. Case in point: the Essenza Mini is Nespresso’s smallest coffee machine ever. Weighing in at just 2.3kg and no taller than 205mm, this pint-sized gadget makes for a cute home addition, plus it packs a punch too – it has two programmable buttons to prepare an Espresso or Lungo, to give you that perfect caffeine fix.

Nespresso Essenza Mini, starts from $158, available at any Nespresso boutique, authorised trade outlet, and online at www.nespresso.com.

Behmor Brazen Plus

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Here’s one for the control freaks. The Behmor Brazen Plus lets you control the coffee-brewing process right down to a tee. Whether it’s adjusting water temperature, presoak time, or manual release into alternate brewing vessels, this drip machine gets the job done, making sure that your brew is just how you like it.

Behmor Brazen Plus, $143.10, available via www.amazon.com.

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto LUMIO

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Design-wise, no coffee machine beats NESCAFÉ. And sophistication is at the heart of the brand’s latest machine – the LUMIO. Sporting a sleek, curved body, this gadget can brew 20 premium recipes, ranging from cappuccinos to hot chocolates, while cleaning is made easier thanks to a remodeled drip tray.

NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto LUMIO, $219, available via www.dolce-gusto.com.sg. 

Bonavita BV 1900TS

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If you’re all about that flavour, and have some barista skills to boot, then say hello to the Bonavita BV 1900TS. A simple porcelain unit that’s easy to clean by hand, this dripper is basically a pour-over cone that makes use of pour-over style brewing. Follow the right steps, and you’ll enjoy some of the best coffee of your life.

Bonavita BV 1900TS, $37.47, available via www.amazon.com.

Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker

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Making cold brew is usually troublesome. Not with the Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Its simplicity is one of its selling points, giving you an easy way to steep and strain grounds at room temperature. Oh, and it delivers as well. Expect your joe to arrive potent yet sweet – an ideal combo if there was any.

Oxo Cold Brew Coffee Maker, $203.72, available via www.lazada.sg.  

Tea

Finum Brewing Basket

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Brewing tea is a serious business – nope, not tea bags, but actual tea leaves that are loose and everything. For that, the Finum Brewing Basket is the best tea infuser in the market. It allows your tea leaves to swim around in hot water for maximum flavour, while its mesh doesn’t allow leaves to escape. Plus, it’s heat resistant too.

Finum Brewing Basket, medium ($10.68), large ($14.29), available via www.amazon.com.

Fred & Friends  

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Because tea brewing is serious, it’s easy to lose sight of what makes it fun in the first place. Fred & Friends’ tea infusers prevent that from happening. Coming in all sorts of cute designs like a “Manatea” – ha, get it, a sloth, and a whale, these quirky infusers are a fun way to introduce beginners to the world of tea aficionados.

Fred & Friends, Manatea ($7.80), Mr. Tea ($7.49), Sloth ($9.72), Brew Whale ($11.91), all available via www.amazon.com. 

Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot

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Drinking tea is a classy affair, so your teapot should look the part too. And it doesn’t get any classier than the Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru. A gorgeous Japanese-made apparatus, this glass teapot is fitted with a giant mesh brewing basket, making sure your tea leaves are fully immersed in hot water to bring out the ultimate fragrance.

Hario Chacha Kyusu Maru Tea Pot, starts from $12.50, available via www.amazon.com. 

Alcohol

Alchema Home Cider  

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With Alchema Home Cider, enjoying cider has never been easier. This revolutionary gadget actually turns fresh fruit into cider or mead in just two weeks, and it’s real simple to use. All you’ve got to do is choose a recipe on Alchema’s app, add the following ingredients, and wait for the app to alert you when it’s ready.

Alchema Home Cider, US$499.99 (currently sold out), visit alchema.com for updates.

Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer System  

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Ask any beer lover, and they’ll all say the same thing: great beer always comes in draft form. Which is why Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer System is a godsend. This contraption uses micro-foam technology to improve the flavour and mouth-feel of canned or bottled beer, so whatever you’re drinking is the maximized potential of your booze.

Fizzics Waytap Draft Beer System, US$129.99 to US$169.99, available via store.fizzics.com.

Somabar: Automated Craft Cocktail

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Can’t make a cocktail to save your life? Not to worry. The Somabar’s got you covered. This Wi-Fi connected kitchen appliance is actually a personal robot bartender that helps you make drinks via an app, which in our opinion is pretty darn useful, especially if you’ve knocked back a few stiff ones already.

Somabar: Automated Craft Cocktail Appliance, US$429 (currently sold out), visit somabar.com for updates.