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Nothing says ‘pick-me-up’ like a cup of fresh coffee. While there are plenty of places to score a great cup of joe around town, there’s something immensely satisfying about brewing and enjoying the perfect cup at home. For those who are looking to step up their home-barista game, here’s a guide to the best coffee machines and the right beans for every taste.

Smeg 50’s Style Automatic Coffee Machine from J Select*

Aside from its drop-dead gorgeous mid-century modern-inspired design that comes in four colours, Smeg’s bean-to-cup machine stands out for its ease of use and functionality. The intuitive interface allows users to brew a wide range of beverages at just the touch of a button, from simple black coffee to espresso, Americano or ristretto. Oh, and it’s also super easy to clean, making it the perfect all-round choice for those who prefer not to use capsules.

Nespresso Essenza Mini C30 from J Select*

The Essenza Mini proves that good things really do come in small packages. Slim and light, this sleek and compact machine can use two cup sizes, so you can whip up your choice of espresso or lungo — and if you need it now, you’ll be happy with the impressive heat-up time of 30 seconds. As expected from the Nespresso brand, the machine delivers consistently high-quality brews every single time. It’s also one of the best-value coffee makers on the market.

Fuel Dark Cuvée from Fuel Espresso

The folks at Fuel treat espresso with the same reverence as is given to fine wines. The company only selects washed Arabica coffee beans, which are batch-roasted in a dedicated facility in Fuel’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand. Of special note is the fact that Fuel ages its coffees to further develop their flavours. To taste the fruits of the team’s labours, try the Dark Cuvée, which was developed specifically for Hong Kong and Shanghai. This blend is roasted in the style typically found in Milan and boasts a profile reminiscent of a robust Burgundy. Expect a complex brew that’s rich, sweet and spicy, with just a touch of acidity and a smooth finish.

EG Roastery O.G. Espresso Blend from Elephant Grounds

Hong Kong’s very own Elephant Grounds has been bringing the ‘coffee & chill’ experience to the city’s coolest neighbourhoods for almost a decade. Aside from sourcing single-origin beans from small producers around the globe, the indie micro roaster also has its own blend. It’s served at all its locations, but you can also buy it to brew at home. Combining beans from Brazil, Ethiopia and Guatemala, the brew boasts a floral and nutty flavour, with notes of cocoa and caramel and a spice-tinged finish. In other words, it’s the perfect cup to wake up to.

Temescal Blend from Blue Bottle Coffee

Java junkies were understandably excited when third-wave coffee pioneer Blue Bottle opened up in Starstreet Precinct, the Cali-born brand’s largest location in the 852. From the thoughtfully curated selection of beans, be sure to try the reimagined Temescal Blend, a bright and balanced coffee that celebrates the chain’s Oakland roots and 20-year history. If you’re looking to recreate Blue Bottle’s exceptionally executed pour-overs or cold brews at home, just follow the steps listed in its detailed brew guides.

Pike Place Roast from Starbucks Reserve

One of Starbucks’ signature blends, the Pike Place Roast was named after the Seattle farmer’s market where the coffee giant opened its first store in 1971. The blend is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, thanks to its chocolatey, nutty and easy-drinking profile. Full-bodied yet smooth and well-balanced, this medium roast is a great choice for any time of the day.

* Order at for pickup at Pacific Place