Wake up and smell the high-tech coffee in kitchens equipped with handy devices that make morning meal prep a little more interesting.
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Until someone invents a device to deliver your morning coffee in bed, the next best thing is being able to crank up a fresh pot from your smartphone. Mr. Coffee’s 10-Cup Optimal Brew is controlled via the free WeMo app, so you can schedule precisely when you want your coffee to start brewing and be waiting in its thermal carafe. $150. (800) 672-6333; mrcoffee.com.
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Craft your own specialty coffee drinks at home with Melitta’s Gourmet Espresso Maker. The 15-bar pump delivers professional-grade pressure, and a simple slide-and-lock filter works with pre-made pods or your favorite roast. With its built-in milk frother, you’ll be cranking out lattes and cappuccinos in no time. $150. (888) 635-4882; melitta.com.
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If you like your coffee just so, starting with perfectly ground beans, you want your own grinder. Cuisinart’s DBM-8 Supreme Grind Automatic Burr Mill offers 18 different settings, from ultra fine to extra coarse, so you can start your day with the perfect cuppa joe. $50. (800) 462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com.
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Squeeze all the juicy goodness you can out of your fruits and vegetables without hogging counter space. Cuisinart’s Compact Juice Extractor features one-touch operation and holds up to 16 ounces of juice and 40 ounces of pulp. $100. (800) 462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com.
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The creamiest breakfast smoothies are just the start of what you can do with the KitchenAid Pro Line blender, with its high-powered 3.5-horsepower motor. The thermal control jar lets you create hot soups in just minutes, and the self-cleaning cycle takes the labor out of clean-up. $600. (877) 812-6235; williams-sonoma.com.
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Those flat-top griddles in greasy spoons are perfect for cooking up the breakfast treats we love. Recreate a mini diner experience in your own kitchen with an All-Clad Electric Griddle from Williams-Sonoma. Its nonstick cooking surface and dual heating zones let you cook up eggs, bacon, French toast and pancakes for a morning feast. $200. (877) 812-6235; williams-sonoma.com.
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The only thing better than a breakfast sandwich is two breakfast sandwiches. Add your bread, then stack anything you like—eggs, sausage, cheese, ham, veggies—and Hamilton Beach’s Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker cooks grab-and-go breakfasts to get the family out the door twice as fast. $40. (800) 851-8900; www.hamiltonbeach.com.
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It looks a little space-age, but Cuisinart’s Vertical Waffle Maker actually solves an annoying first-world problem: how to get the batter into every nook of the waffle plate for perfectly shaped waffles. A top spout makes pouring batter in easy, and the five-setting controls let you choose your browning preferences. Sweet. $60. (800) 462-3966; bedbathandbeyond.com.
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Warm and toasty
Toaster ovens have long offered countertop cooking versatility. Now, with a convection feature offers quicker and more even results. With Black & Decker’s 6-Slice Toaster Oven, you can brown several slices of toast or bagels to your liking by tweaking the controls, and avoid the dangers of fork-in-toaster by sliding out the finished foods when they’re cooked. $44. (888) 280-4331; amazon.com.
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It’s always time to make the donuts with VonShef Deluxe’s 12-Hole Mini Donut Maker Snack Machine. Fill it with your favorite flavored batters, and pop out batch after batch of mini treats that may make your kitchen the most popular breakfast site on your street. $30. (888) 280-4331; amazon.com.