WSJ: Built-in coffee makers in homes increasingly popular. As someone who drinks between 10-15 cups of coffee a day (I’ve cut back from my college days), I look with envy at these machines when house touring, but from what I’ve heard, they tend to break and, when the owners get the repair estimate of a thousand bucks or so, they don’t bother to fix them and they sit, inoperable and taking up space, ignored. Any readers have experience with them? With prices ranging from $3,000-$12,000, I’m unlikely to be installing one in my pickup any time soon, but it’s information to pass on to my buyers.
Plus, I’m plain curious.
Appliances and presses are disappearing from countertops in luxury homes, as built-in coffee makers offer a one-stop coffee shop in the kitchen.
Such integrated brew systems are becoming both more common and increasingly automated—able to make a cup of coffee that fits individual tastes.
Dirk Sappok, a product-development manager with industry leader Miele, says the most significant advancements in built-in coffee machine design include easy usage and expanded programming options.
The devices—which average a few thousand dollars in price—include bean grinders with a half-dozen settings, adjustable dispensers that accommodate a range of cup sizes and multiple spouts that allow more than one drink to be prepared at the same time.
Some of the modern units can be attached either to the plumbing or to a water reserve, “allowing them to be installed virtually anywhere: from a butler pantry or wet bar to even the master bedroom,” Mr. Sappok says.