These Stylish Countertop Appliances Prove Your Go-To Kitchen Items Really *Can* Look Good

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Café Appliances

When it comes to countertop appliances, our minds initially turn to function over beauty. But after giving it some thought, we decided that beauty is just as important. Why? Think about how often you’re standing at your kitchen counter. Between washing dishes, brewing coffee, hosting guests or answering emails, we spend a lot of time at those counters. So it’s only fair we want them to be as aesthetically pleasing as possible.

That’s where the Café Expressions Collection comes in. Instead of unsightly, bulky, generic-looking countertop appliances, the Expressions Collection pairs style with substance. In other words, you’ll want to display these appliances rather than try and hide them behind a stack of cookbooks. Let’s take a deeper dive, shall we?

What does the Café Expressions Collection include, exactly?

The unique line features small appliances in three key areas: espresso, specialty coffee and toaster. There are five products total (more on that later) that include an automatic and semi-automatic espresso maker, specialty drip coffee maker with a thermal or glass carafe and rapid toaster. In addition to their bold style, these appliances have the innovative features you crave. Think: “Alexa, brew my coffee.”

What makes you so sure I’ll want to display them?

Call it instinct. This collection is unlike any other in that each finish is designed to reflect your personal style. First, there’s matte white that offers a timeless, clean complement to your home and a relaxed texture for added warmth and light. If you prefer darker hues, opt for matte black, which connects natural tones together to create a soothing, layered look. Finally, stainless steel brings a welcome modern touch to any countertop. No matter which finish you choose, they’re all complete with Café’s signature copper accents.

OK, let’s talk product.

As mentioned, there are five products that make up the Expressions Collection—and we suggest you make room on your counters for all of them. The Café Affetto Automatic Espresso Machine + Frother has built-in WiFi capabilities that work with the SmartHQ app, in addition to a conical burr grinder, balanced extraction and bean hopper. Plus, the automatic feature makes it easy to show off your barista skills by creating custom cups of espresso recipes in less than 90 seconds. The award-winning Café Bellissimo Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine is designed for easy brewing while still giving you complete control over the shot. It has an Italian-made 15 bar pump and 15 precise grind settings for full flavor extraction, along with a steam frother, bean hopper and quick heating system. Ideal for espresso pros.

The Café Specialty Drip Coffee Maker (there’s also a glass carafe version) is SCA certified, which means it’s passed rigorous tests to ensure that you can enjoy a professional cup of coffee at home. It also has built-in WiFi that works with the SmartHQ app, Alexa and Google for voice-controlled brewing. If you’re someone who’s always running late in the morning, try the Café Express Finish Toaster; it’ll give you the perfect toast in about one minute. There are even extra-wide slots for bagels or English muffins and eight shade options to choose from.

Shop some of our faves below and get ready to start looking at your countertops in a whole new light.


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