The history of coffee goes back as far as the 13th century, when the first Saturday-morning cartoons inspired monks to wake up a little earlier. Make the start of the day more animated with today’s Groupon: for $165, you get an illy Francis Francis Y1 espresso maker at Gold Roast (a $333.35 value).
Gold Roast arms offices, their workers, and everyday citizens with the coffee and brewing equipment to jump-start sluggish mornings. The Francis Francis Y1 by illy, a noted manufacturer of Italian espresso and accessories, serves up potent joe at the push of a button. Insert a caffeine-containing capsule into its sleek aluminum silhouette, and the melodious machine extracts creamy, full-bodied espressos through top-of-the-line technology and java-themed sweet nothings. Ten seconds later, drinks are ready to be steadily sipped from cups that have been nestling in the tempered glass cup holder. The machine automatically disposes used containers into a side compartment, providing an easy means of cleanup and ensuring that, like a celebrity and a stalker with an oddly lenient restraining order, capsule and cup never come within a few inches of each other. Gold Roast is a national repair depot for the Francis Francis, able to service sabotaged machines at a moment's notice, and it is one of few retailers that wholesale additional illy espresso capsules should coffee chuggers run out (21-capsule tin, an additional $18).
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