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#35 - Cappuccino Machines

#35 - Cappuccino Machines

Franke Evolution 1-Step Espresso Machine
Price: $21,230

Coffee is the most popular beverage on the planet. I don’t know if that’s really true but it sounds believable. Coffee’s cheap, readily available and addictive, add socially acceptable to drink before lunch and it explains why alcohol is a distant runner-up. While most people have their favorite coffee shop, be it Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts, MacDonald’s or the local beanery, rich people manifest their love for coffee with overpriced and overcomplicated espresso machines.

Cappuccino machines can rival NASA for technological advancement. Fully automated, these marvels of brewing achievement feature multiple grinders for different roasts, single touch brewing, hands-free milk steamers and auto rinse for the perfect double shot, latte or cappuccino. You may ask, what’s the point of having a state-of-the-art, barista-free coffee maker given that the cook, maid or nanny is undoubtedly responsible for brewing a fresh cup for them? It is this brand of logic that ensures you will never be invited to their home to find out. If you want to make friends, keep your cynicism to yourself.

In fact, the wealthy take great pride in owning top-of-the-line European coffee makers. While an architect and interior designer will be commissioned for new builds and home renovations, espresso machine selection is strictly off limits to anyone but the man of the house. Choosing the right model may take months of research; for this reason, always accept an offer of coffee. Complimenting your host on the outstanding flavor will act as a verbal diuretic for your host and lay the foundation for a lasting friendship. Be warned though, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill, watered down grande mild. Pace yourself or by your third cup, you’ll seem like an inattentive child anxiously wondering whether it’s too soon to revisit the Philippe Starck bathroom suite! The wealthy, after all, are rarely amused by the bursting bladder bounce.

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