Coffee machines: a buyer’s guide
With over two billion cups consumed everyday globally, the search for the best coffee machines has bean a tough one. If you can’t cope without a hot cup of java in the morning, you’re not alone.
According to the British Coffee Association, Brits consume approximately 95 million cups of coffee per day. If you’re one of the 80% who visit a café once a week, or the 16% that visit daily, then there’s definitely grounds to save money by investing in a coffee machine.
So if your weekly coffee spend is a bitter pill to swallow, check out Good Homes magazine’s list of the best coffee machines on the market…
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1. The bean-to-cup coffee machine
Love quality coffee, but lead a busy lifestyle? This is the machine for you. Offering fine tasting coffee at the touch of a button the Seimens TI351209GB EQ.300 bean-to-cup machine ensures every cup is identical in quality. It has four pre-programmed types, meaning all the hard work is done for you, so all you need to do is press and then sit back and enjoy a perfect cup. Additionally, this machine is height adjustable so you can fit your favourite cup in, whatever the size. Finally, the built-in milk frother gives it the ultimate barista finish!
2. The super-stylish bean-to-cup
A bean to cup automatic coffee machine from Smeg, the BCC02 is compact in size and comes in four matt colours to complement your kitchen – taupe, black, white and red. Simply fill the container with your favourite bean blend then its technology will brew up in a few seconds. It’s easy to use with an intuitive control panel and one-touch functions to select a variety of beverages including espresso, Americano and latte.
3. The compact coffee machine
Compatible with both Dualit and Nespresso capsules, Dualit’s Café Plus gives you the option of making coffee or tea as well as the convenience of buying capsules online, on the high street or in supermarkets. It’s compact enough for the smallest of kitchens and heats up in just 40 seconds; turning off after 10 minutes of inactivity to save energy. Perfect for making espresso, Americano or tea with a temperature boost for hotter tea. £129.99 from dualit.com
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4. The customisable coffee machine
Designed to make two coffees at once and prepare up to 17 different options including five milky coffees and tea, Evidence One from Krups can be customised for your favourites in terms of length, strength and grind. It also features Quattro Force technology for automatic rinsing and cleaning and an intuitive full colour OLED touch screen control panel with five one-touch beverages for ease of use. For a more budget-friendly customisable coffee machine, try the Bosch Tassimo My Way 2, just £99.99 from Curry’s.
5. The quiet coffee machine
In a gorgeous Rose Gold finish, Miele’s CM5510 Silence coffee machine offers quieter grinding, ideal for those who find noisy home appliances intrusive. It has OneTouch for Two, so you can make two of the same coffees at once at the touch of a button and you can also choose the coffee pot function for up to eight cups into a pot placed under the spout. This model makes espresso, cappuccino, latte and macchiato and features auto rinsing and easy-clean programmes.
6. The voice-control coffee machine
‘Alexa, make me a coffee!’ Technology goes to the next level with the Lavazza A Modo Mio Voicy, the first ever coffee machine to be equipped with Amazon Alexa technology so you can, literally, order your coffee just by talking to the machine! It doesn’t end there though, the machine also monitors capsule stock, records your daily coffee intake and tells you how to descale it! Additionally, this coffee machine of the future will also store your favourite coffee combinations so you don’t even have to name your order. Finally, the machine can also make and receive calls, play music and control other Smart Home devices.
7. The retro coffee machine
Want to show off your home barista skills? Earn your stripes with this machine. Smeg is well-known for its seriously stylish kitchen accessories, and the Smeg 50s Retro DCF02WHUK Drip Filter coffee machine is no exception. With its 1950s-style appearance and chic look, you’re onto a winner with this one. Not only can you make up to ten cups of coffee in one go, but it will also keep your cups of coffee warm for up to 40 minutes after brewing. It’s available in seven sleek colours, so you can select whichever fits best with your kitchen scheme.
8. The frothy coffee machine
Whether you’re a freshly ground fan or enjoy your coffee best from pods, this machine extract a smooth espresso with a consistent temperature. It’s ready to use in just 90 seconds, and can produce a single, double or pair of single espressos at just the click of a button. The Dualit DA4516 espresso coffee machine also has a built-in milk frother so you aren’t limited to just espresso. Broaden your coffee drinking with cappuccinos, lattes and even an indulgent hot chocolate.
9. The auto-sensor coffee machine
The Bosch Styline TKA8011GB filter coffee maker comes in black or white and features a DualHeating System to brew at an optimal temperature of 92-96˚C as well as a slightly lower temperature to keep coffee warm. An Aroma Sensor detects when the water fill level is low and automatically adjusts brewing time for the number of cups required. The 1.38L removable water tank is quick and easy to fill while a descaling programme keeps water tasting fresh.
10. The eco coffee machine
By opting to have a coffee at home rather than generating more rubbish, you’re already making eco-friendly decisions. However, all those coffee pods are a disaster for the environment. For a more eco-friendly coffee machine, try the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto Genio S Touch by De’Longhi. The coffee pods can be bagged and returned to the brand for recycling. Plus, the machine turns itself off after a minute, to help you reduce your energy use. The vast range of pods on offer also means you can have a vegan flat white, rich espresso, frothy latte macchiato, tea or hot chocolate.
11. The espresso coffee machine
Dedica Metallics from DeLonghi is a manual espresso maker designed for creating luxurious Italian coffee. Use your favourite blend or pod and drink your espresso as soon as it’s made, as the machine comes with Thermoblock technology to make your brew at the perfect temperature. It also comes with a built-in Adjustable Cappuccino System for a frothy milk topping or steamed milk for a delicious latte.
12. The barista-quality coffee machine
For delicious black coffee, the ENA 4 from Jura is a one-cup machine that can prepare one of four barista-quality coffees with three pre-selected aroma levels and an aroma grinder for fast grinding while preserving all the aroma of the beans. It also comes with an intelligent Pulse Extraction Process to optimise the preparation of short specialities by pulsing water through the coffee in short bursts to maximise extraction and flavour. £750 from jura.com.
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