A good cup of coffee can be hard to come by, especially with so many making their java at home nowadays. The thing is, even the fanciest at-home coffee makers have limitations and let’s face it, they’re not always the most aesthetically pleasing.
Finally, thanks to the functional and fashionable Saeco Xelsis machine, coffee lovers can invest in a beautifully designed product that’s able to meet all their beverage needs. Don’t just take our word for it, Netflix’s Say I Do star Jeremiah Brent stands behind the machine and uses it on a daily basis with his family. From bringing his husband, interior designer Nate Berkus, coffee in bed every morning to giving his daughter warm milk or hot chocolate with the machine’s variety of settings, to say the device is versatile would be a major understatement. In fact, it can concoct a total of 15 espresso and coffee drinks alongside the ability to froth milk, grind fresh coffee beans, quickly warm up water for tea, and so much more.
Additionally, the machine is self-cleaning and brews two cups of coffee at a time. You’ll actually get up to 5,000 cups without compromising taste whatsoever thanks to the machine’s AquaClean water filter. Plus, it’s definitely one of the few things Brent is proud to display on his kitchen counter. Ahead, get more details of why he loves the machine so much along with his thoughts on other design trends to keep an eye out for next year.
Isis Briones: Can you elaborate on exactly why the Saeco Xelsis is better than the rest?
Jeremiah Brent: “I’m always trying to find that hybrid between things that are really beautiful, but also functional. Obviously, as a designer, I’m constantly thinking about what the future is going to be, how you can bridge the practicality and necessity while still keeping things beautiful. That’s kind of one of my first tips when it comes to choosing a machine or anything that comes in your space really. I was just joking before that my countertop looked like where appliances went to go to die. There’s a tea pot, milk frother, espresso machine, and whatever else. The great thing about this machine is that it’s all-in-one and my favorite feature of it is the personalization. For me, personalization is the ultimate luxury. People are looking for things they can personalize and make their own to make life easier. This is truly what I believe is the future of design. I’m secretly a tech junkie, I love all the technology and the fact that this coffee maker is touch-screen is super chic. I make Nate coffee every morning and being able to press a button and it’s done in 30 seconds is amazing. As a dad, someone who works all the time, it’s just easier and it feels like a luxury. I don’t know how else to describe it.”
IB: What other helpful tips do you have for people picking out home appliances?
JB: “Find a way to pair old with new. There’s something fascinating about modern life alongside an item that provides an extra layer of a rich story. This coffee cup, for example, holds meaning to me because it was given to me by my daughter. She bought it from her school and came back from a function and said, ‘I got you a cup and it’s cream because everything in our house is cream and you love coffee.’I was like ‘I probably need more color in the house, but I’m glad you see me.’
On top of that, when I was younger, it was always a thing for us to bring my mom coffee in her room in the morning. It was one of our chores and now as an adult, I’m doing it for my husband, but I like doing it. It’s just turned into this ritualistic component. I love finding something like this machine that nourishes and continues those rituals. I like the ceremony of going to the machine every morning.”
IB: Quick switching over to holiday mode, do you have any favorite coffee drinks during this season?
JB: “Baileys and cream go a long way. Every night, especially around the holidays, there’s always espresso that goes around. There’s going to be a lot of espresso happening on repeat. Plus, with family coming into town, I’m going to need all the help I can get.
I also made my daughter hot chocolate the other day with the machine and we’ve done the pumpkin spice, which I can’t stand, but people love in my house. It’s really easy to use for all of those things and it’s fun. It’s great because even my daughter who likes to pretend she’s having coffee has a little button she pushes that gives her warm milk and she thinks she’s very fancy.”
IB: Lastly, what’s your best advice for holiday decorating?
JB: “Neutrals. I think the one thing about the holidays is I always amp up the personalization component. The holidays are super important for our family. We’re still in shock that we have a family of our own. We’re blessed to have this journey that we never thought we’d be on.
Whenever we put up the Christmas tree, our daughter always wants to be the one to add the star at the top. I think it’s really important to create those traditions, whether it’s you and your spouse or your family and friends. I know I’ve carried the same ones from my past with my children and it’s so special.”