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Would you pay $18,000 to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee?

If you imbibe coffee by throwing back espresso shots or — heaven forbid — by slurping vanilla caramel macchiatos through a straw, the Royal Coffee Maker "may not be for you," says Kelsey Kloss at Elle Decor. This $18,000 precision machine, handcrafted by sculptor Jean-Luc Rieutort, is modeled after the siphon coffee makers used by 19th-century kings, and it transforms coffee making into high ceremony. Grounds are placed in the Baccarat carafe and water in the accompanying 24-karat boiling pot. Perfectly heated water travels to the grounds before suction pulls a finished brew back into the pot.

See the full process below.

It's "the most indulgent coffee on the planet," says Kloss.