Recently my wife purchased a Nespresso espresso machine for the house. I was leery at first, but I am totally sold on it these days, due to the low cost and how clean the thing is. The only downside is that you have to buy coffee in these little pod containers that are the size of a normal half and half container, but made of plastic and foil. While these things are proprietary, it isn't going to last forever (or at least at the rate my special monkey goes through the caffeine), so I'm not too worried about being trapped into a standard. I guess I'll never be a coffee purist, just a practical caffeine enthusiast.
What got me thinking about the sweet dark elixir was this article in GizMag. OMG, a walk-in coffee machine! That's almost like relaxing inside the udder of a cow waiting for some milk, in a less creepy way.