The Bean Counter

What: Sage by Heston Blumenthal Oracle Touch Next Generation
Why: Perfect for anyone who loves caffeine.

Coffee connoisseurs swear by Sage by Heston Blumenthal Oracle Touch Next Generation – a super-automatic espresso machine that pulls shots like a pro. Furthermore, the Oracle Touch connects wirelessly to iOS and Android devices via a well-designed app that monitors the machine, displays the machine’s status, and allows you to create an array of coffee drinks of your choice – be it an espresso macchiato, latte, Americano or cappuccino – whatever gets you going.

The sleek, efficient, and compact maker is equipped with automated grinding – allowing you to grind beans from coarse to fine depending on what you’re making. It also includes dosing and tamping by itself; a cup warming surface, and automated milk texturing. The 454mm tall can also adjust the temperature to suit your taste. Great-tasting drinks aside, the fuss-free maker includes a control panel festooned with an LCD screen that will help you navigate its various menus. Some might balk at Oracle Touch’s hefty price tag of US$1,999, but there are few espresso machines that have the looks and precision of Sage’s latest machine.