Philips Saeco Xelsis Fingerprint ID Espresso Machine

The fingerprint recognition system on the Philips Saeco Xelsis Fingerprint ID Espresso Machine ($3,200) isn't meant to keep anything more secure — unless you consider your personal drink preferences a well-guarded secret. Able to store up to 6 unique profiles, the Xelsis also features Saeco Brewing System technology that lets you dial in just the right strength and consistency, an integrated, automatic milk carafe for perfectly frothed milk, an adjustable, built-in ceramic grinder, protective coffee bean hopper, and removable 54-ounce water tank. All of which helps you save a grand per person per year over hitting up the local coffee shop.

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