Thanks to a certain Seattle-based juggernaut that shall not be named, the tiny little coffee bean has become quite the mighty commodity in the modern marketplace. We’ll readily shell out as much money for a flavored espresso drink as we will for a sandwich or a gallon of gas, which can seem a little silly in light of the broad range of awesome one-cup coffee makers that have sprung up over the past year or two. Today’s roundup highlights a handful of sleek single-serve coffee and espresso makers — one in particular custom-brews your beverage based on your fingerprint, while another uses the bar codes on its pods to tell it which kind of drink to make. These smart personal baristas get you up and at ‘em in no time flat for a fraction of the time and cash you’re spending on your way to work, and with the pop of a pod and the flip of a switch, they reintroduce the smell of java into your kitchen first thing in the morning. That’s something to rise & shine for.
Fingerprint-activated coffee machine found at Saeco.