For the coffee connoisseur

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We know you're out there—you crazy coffee drinking fiends (and/or snobs). Our take is if a good cup of java perks (ha, ha) up your spirits, there are worse vices. And if drinking a fine, and we mean truly fine, cup a joe is your idea of heaven, consider this Mercedes of coffee makers (with a Mercedes price!). For $2,499.95, the Gran Dama Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine by DeLonghi, available locally at Bed Bath & Beyond should make a mean cup of coffee and clean up your kitchen when it's done. All kidding aside, it does have its fair share of features (as it should) including its sleek, all stainless steel construction, and one-touch cappuccino, latte and Italian macchiato function. Technically, it's 'Direct-to-Brew' system with 'Thermo-Block' technology is reported to provide superior heat distribution and its conical grinder allows users to determine just how fine their beans are ground. Or, then again, you could just go to Starbucks. —from our Local Scout Chicago blogger Beth Wilson

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