As always there were a ton of new coffee and espresso machines at this year's Home and Housewares show in Chicago. We picked the ones that really stood out.
First up, Black & Decker's Select-A-Size Easy Dial Coffee Maker is made for simple operation. Choose from four- to 12-cup batches. The machine also uses what Black & Decker calls its "Vortex Water Flow" system. It's designed to evenly saturate coffee grounds for the best extraction of flavor.
Black & Decker is also working on a smart coffee maker. This prototype will support the Alexa voice assistant.
Braun's latest flagship drip coffee maker, the MultiServe, will brew single cups up to full pots. It also has modes for tea and iced coffee.
How about a milk-frothing appliance that makes hot chocolate too? That's exactly what the Capresso Automatic Milk Frother does. It warms and aerates milk.
Want to make that warm milk into the perfect cup of hot chocolate? Just add chocolate chips!
Dash has its follow-up to its original Rapid Cold Brew coffee maker. This second-generation unit should be easier to use, and it should create less of a mess, too.
The Dinamica is De'Longhi's latest fully automatic espresso machine. According to the company, one of its most impressive abilities is that it can brew proper over-ice joe.
The La Specialista is meant to go head-to-head against popular semiautomatic espresso machines like Breville's Barista Express. What sets this machine apart is that it grinds beans into its portafilter. You also tamp the grounds without removing the portafilter. That translates to less mess -- and less wasted grounds, too.
Place your beans in the hopper. It's airtight to keep whole beans as fresh as possible.
An internal grinder deposits grounds directly into the portafilter. The idea is to waste less grounds due to spillage.
A tamping arm on the side of the Specialista lets you tamp grounds without opening the machine.
Once tamped, the coffee grounds are ready for brewing.
During the brewing process a pressure gauge lets you know how things are going.
A pull-down shelf on the machine can accommodate smaller containers.
Steam milk for foamy cappuccinos, lattes or smoother, flat white coffee drinks.
De'Longhi's 3 in 1 Specialty Brewer certainly looks distinctive, but it stands out for its features too. The machine brews drip, over-ice and pour-over-style coffee.
Ember Technologies unveiled a bigger version of its smart ceramic mug. The new model holds 14 ounces of your favorite beverage. And like all Ember products, the mug keeps hot drinks at your preferred temperature.
Ember also had a copper version of its mug on display. According to the company, the copper finish also lends this mug an extra dose of durability.
Jura has created a new super automatic espresso machine. Called the Giga 6, it's capable of creating a wide range of cafe-style drinks at the touch of a button.