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Something for her for Mother's Day. Something for him for Father's Day. How about a small-sized extravagance for the dream kitchen in your new house? When I attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Chicago last month, I saw endless possibilities–for example, how about a built-in espresso machine? Kuppersbusch, a German company, now makes one that fits into a standard 18-inch-wide cabinet box, and it's fully plumbed so you never have to clean the tank. This espresso maker also grinds the beans and makes the coffee, just like the new ones at Starbucks. It has a secondary cavity to make regular coffee or decaf espresso, plus a hot water dispenser to make tea and an auto cappuccino function so you can serve a professional-looking drink even if you're clueless about the finer points of espresso making. The machine makes two cups at a time and up to 240 cups an hour–just the thing for hosting large gatherings, and it's only $2,750. You may hate coffee, so here's another sm...

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