Though they may charge more, most department stores with kitchen sections will carry this equipment, as will upscale retailers such as Sur La Table. Discerning drinkers, however, know to hit up Seattle Coffee Gear, which not only has an exhaustive haul of coffee gizmos but also a huge, caffeine-savvy customer-service staff at the end of the phone, ready to walk you through any major purchases or simply chat about the quality of certain beans. Their buying guides are comprehensive and can help you work through any machine-related snafus. Are they snobs? Of course. But they won’t judge you—they may even offer you a discount.
Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World (Portfolio).