Buyer’s guide to coffee machines
With over two billion cups consumed everyday globally, the search for the best coffee machines has be(an) a tough one.
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Can’t cope without a hot cup of java in the morning? You’re not alone.
According to the British Coffee Association, us 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 our list of the best coffee machines on the market:
Love coffee a latte, but haven’t got the space for a large machine? This one’s for you.
If you’re living in an urban location, chances are your space is a little on the slim side.
Lavazza’s Tiny espresso coffee machine offers a unique taste and quality experience. Practical, compact and silent, Tiny brings a touch of pop into the home with three fun colourways. Dedicated to espresso lovers, Lavazza’s most compact machine is a design object that fits in with any home environment, bringing cheerfulness and character to the coffee corner in three colours: red, black and white. Silent but with a style that sparkles, Tiny’s small form contains all the excellence of Lavazza and offers an extremely straightforward user experience. One button switches it on, turns it off and makes coffee.
The Capsulier Lite is a revolutionary new gadget which allows you to make your own reusable and sustainable Nespresso pods and is the world’s first single-push, mess-free capsule maker.
The machines expertly designed capsules save you money, reduce waste, are mess-free and preserve the aroma and flavour of your favourite coffee. The easy to use stainless steel capsules can be reused time and time again in place of single-serve coffee pods, another sustainable swap for your kitchen.
Simply load your favourite roasted and ground beans into the Capsulier, close the lid, and push the lever, you’ll have a capsule of your own ready for use in seconds.
The Capsulier Lite is available to buy online from Amazon.
Bit of a coffee connoisseur? Hit the ground(s) running with this machine.
With its sophisticated design, maximum simplicity and serious innovation, the Lavazza Idola is the ideal solution for coffee purists. The Idola satisfies everyone’s needs with a touch interface that lets you choose from four different coffee recipes – Espresso, Short Espresso, Long Coffee and Free Dose Coffee – meaning tailor made coffee to enjoy whenever and however you want. The Boost temperature button produces a piping hot espresso with an unmistakable Lavazza aroma, for guaranteed quality every time.
Want to show off your home barista skills? Earn your stripes with this machine.
Using both ground coffee or pods, create coffee in style with Breville’s One-Touch VCF108 Coffee Machine, complete with rose gold accents. With two cup sizes, you can opt for a larger drink if you need a bigger boost, while the 19-bar pressure delivers quality espresso with a rich créma layer on top. This machine comes complete with an automatic milk frother for creating that delicious foamy top for cappuccinos and lattes. Plus, for added convenience, the milk tank can be stored in your fridge door when not in use, so you can enjoy chilled milk straight away when you’re ready for your next drink.
Love a frothy, milk-based coffee or hot chocolate? Create a cloud full of créma with this machine.
With five pre-programmed milk recipes – Cappuccino, Cappuccino Large, Latte Macchiato, Hot Milk Froth and Cold Milk Froth – different serves and an innovative One Touch Barista interface, the Deséa offers a uniquely personalised coffee experience, at the touch of a button. Equipped with superior technology, the Deséa is the quietest A Modo Mio system yet (only 43db during delivery) – perfect for those late night hot chocolate cravings or naughty night caps! It also uses the exclusive foaming method patented by Lavazza and has an alert system for simple and intuitive daily maintenance.
Been watching Bake-off with brew in hand? You’ll recognise this brand!
Available in six delicious colours including Candy Apple, Almond Cream and Frosted Pearl, the kitchen appliance company famously known for their stand mixers hascollaborated with Nespresso to bring you a stylish countertop coffee machine. With a huge 1.4L removable water tank that takes less than 30 seconds to heat up, it’s perfect for passing the time in the ad breaks! Compatible with Nespresso pods, tailor your coffee to your chosen strength and volume. We suggest serving your coffee with Candice Brown’s coffee, date & walnut marbled bundt cake.
Coffee capsules and the environment
Now that you’ve scoped the machines, it’s time to think about pods. With issues around sustainability and plastic in the media, it’s important to consider choosing biodegrable or recyclable capsules.
Nespresso capsule recycling
Made from aluminium, Nespresso has its own dedicated recycling scheme, offering a range of options to make it simple and convenient for customers to recycle their used capsules. With more than 6000 collection points in the UK & Ireland, a growing network of Boutiques and a home collection initiative, its ambition is to have the brand’s capsules included in established recycling schemes, and it is working with governments and local authorities to achieve this.
Lavazza coffee capsules, £4.40
Available to buy from November 2019
Lavazza is launching 100% compostable coffee capsules. The new Lavazza Eco Caps are completely industrially compostable capsules that if correctly processed, biodegrade in 180 days. Better still, unlike other similar products on the market, Lavazza have undergone extensive research to retain the delicious flavour Lavazza is known and loved for and to maximise shelf life to prevent waste. Available to buy across the UK by November 2019, the Lavazza A Modo Mio compatible capsules will enable consumers to enjoy the finest espresso coffee at home sustainably, without compromising on taste or quality.
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Like your coffee with a good slice of cake? Make sure you grab your £10 tickets to meet baking stars including Candice Brown and Selasi Gbormittah at The Cake & Bake Show.
The UK’s biggest baking event will be held at Excel, London on the 4-6 October 2019.
The show is brimming with all things baking, cake decorating and sugarcraft. Gain insight from celebrity experts, stock your shelves with the latest baking equipment and be wowed by the spectacular Cake Competition and exquisite wedding cake display tables, plus many more treats for your taste.
Save £8 on the on-the-door price by buying your tickets online quoting our discount code ‘GH10’ at the checkout or by clicking here.