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Show the coffee pot who's boss

Want to program this coffee maker? Just tell it when you want it to start making your morning cuppa, then sit back and enjoy.

Just as long as it doesn't start talking back. Primula

What's the first thing you do with a new kitchen appliance? In our house, I go for the instruction manual, but my husband tends to plunge right in. This has resulted in more than a few mishaps over the many years of our marriage.

The Primula Speak n' Brew, the world's first talking coffee maker, aims to simplify the coffee brewing process and eliminate the need to push a dozen buttons to program the machine. Instead, you can just tell this 10-cup stainless steel coffee maker when you want your coffee made.

It's pretty straightforward: press Talk, then tell the machine you want to set the coffee brewing time, and tell it when to brew. The machine repeats the time back to you as confirmation, and then, at the proper time, it goes to work.

Too tired to talk? The machine also uses old-school button-type programming.

It's available now for about $80.