Best Coffee Machine 2016
Top 7 Coffee Machines You Can Buy
Top 7 Coffee Machines You Can Buy
|Best Rated||Best Seller||Best Deal|
|Modell||De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200||Nespresso CitiZ and Milk XN760B40||Nespresso Inissia||Morphy Richards 172004||Bosch TAS2002GB||Bosch Tassimo TAS1252GB||Bialetti Elegance Venus|
|Capacity||1.8 L||1.0 L||0.7 L||1.25 L||1.5 L||0.7 L||0.45 L|
|Power||1450 W||1260 W||1260 W||1000 W||1300 W||1300 W||n.a.|
|Pump||15 bar||19 bar||19 bar||15 bar||3 bar||3.3 bar||-|
|Auto Power Off|
|Removable Water Tank|
|Product Dimensions||37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm||28.2 x 38.2 x 40.4 cm||30 x 23 x 12 cm||28.8 x 22 x 31.5 cm||27.8 x 29.8 x 19.9 cm||10 x 10 x 10 cm||15 x 13.5 x 25.4 cm|
|Weight||10 kg||6.1 kg||2.4 kg||3.5 kg||3.2 kg||2.5 kg||1.1 kg|
The beauty of coffee is that it’s not simply one type of drink made in one way. Depending on how you brew it, how you add milk and how much of it you pour, you get a huge range of different drinks. That’s not even to talk about the huge variety of coffee beans and the incredible range of taste that they give. The downside is that all of this choice makes it hard to work out what the best coffee machine is. Do you want a manual espresso machine, and create your own coffee-shop style creations? Or, do you want a pot of hot coffee that’s always on the go, preferring a filter machine? Check out our best coffee machine reviews!
Coffee machines can be split into two main types: filter and espresso.
Filter coffee machines drip hot water through ground coffee, while espresso coffee machines use pressurised hot water to extract the distinctive shot of coffee that you’re served in coffee shops. Filter machines make more coffee quickly and with less hassle, so they’re good for dinner parties, large numbers of people or just for having a lot of coffee ready to go. Espresso machines are best for smaller numbers of people and if you want to experiment with drinks: the espresso shot is the basis of every major type of drink from an Americano to a cappucino.
As you can see, things are starting to get quite complicated – If you want the full flexibility to create the types of drink that you like, then the best option is a manual espresso machine, which is similar to the ones used in coffee shops. If that all sounds like a bit too much work, but you still like the idea of using coffee beans, then a bean to cup machine is the right choice, as it grinds and pours coffee automatically. If you’re just after convenience, but still want proper coffee, opt for a capsule machine: they cost more per coffee, but are really easy to use and create virtually no mess. If you just want plain and simple coffee to fill a mug, best coffee machine reviews suggest a filter coffee machine will do the job for you.
Now you know what kinds of espresso coffee machines you can buy, we should talk about coffee and what defines it.
A good shot of espresso can be identified by its crema, which is the foamy head on the shot. Crema should be a few millimetres thick, have a smooth and oily-looking top, and should be reddish brown in colour.
Doing it yourself, the final shot of espresso should have the right crema and be poured at the correct temperature, which for espresso is around 60-65C. This is considerably cooler than instant coffee, but espresso should be drinkable right from the machine. For this reason, if you want to make a longer drink, such as an Americano or Long Black, you should add hot water (from a kettle or from the machine itself), in order to preserve temperature. Don’t get carried away by the rated pressure of a machine, either. Most best coffee machines will be rated at 15 bar, some nespresso coffee machines up to 19 bar, but the ideal espresso requires just 9 bar – the additional volume is overhead, required to produce a smooth flow.
Of course the quality of the coffee itself is almost fully a matter of your taste – It should at least have a full flavour though, a good temperature and also a healthy colour (not be seethrough).
There are a few things to consider when searching for the best coffee maker UK. Whether it be a krups Nespresso coffee machine for your Nespresso capsules, a DeLonghi filter coffee machine or a Bosh Tassimo cappuccino machine, they all have their up- and downsides, which no longer have to be a mystery for you after reading our best coffee machine reviews and tips below!
Manual espresso machines are, for a lot of people, the only way to make coffee. As the name suggests, they need some manual work to get them set up, but once you’ve learned the right skills you can produce the best-quality espresso.
If you like using ground coffee, a traditional espresso machine is ideal.
With manual machines you’ve got an amazing choice of coffee, from speciality single-origin coffee, to dedicated blends. Typically speaking, going to a specialist coffee retailer will give you the widest range of options, so experiment and find what you like to drink.
With the right type of coffee, it’s all about technique and what you do with it.
If you’re going to buy coffee beans (a coffee machine with grinder), you’ll need a burr coffee grinder; a blade grinder, will both burn the coffee and create a grind with large particles!
|Pros of manual machines||Cons of manual machines|
If you’re going to buy pre-ground coffee, make sure it’s ground for espresso coffee machines: most specialist coffee retailers will grind to order, so make the right choice when you buy.
These coffee machines, as the name suggests, take specially manufactured coffee pre-packed into capsules, which you insert into the machine. The coffee is packed exactly right to brew the perfect espresso, so there’s no messing around. They’re also incredibly neat and tidy, as you don’t have to worry about disposing of used coffee grounds.
A lot of capsule machines don’t have the ability to froth and steam milk, with only the more expensive models (check out popular nespresso coffee machines) providing this option. This can limit your ability to make a wide range of coffee drinks.
There are many different types of coffee capsule systems around, each of which is incompatible with each other. These include the Nescafe Dolce Gusto, Tassimo T discs, A Modo Mio and, the best-known, Nespresso capsules.
|Pros of capsule machines||Cons of capsule machines|
For example: Nespresso capsules range between 29p and 35p per capsule. It’s still cheaper than your local Starbucks, but you’ll pay less if you go for real beans.
Capsule machines are a great, no-fuss way of making decent coffee and of having a wide-choice of flavours on the go. However, the cost and limitations of capsules mean they’re best for people that don’t drink a lot of coffee and who aren’t bothered by experimenting with real beans.
The clue is in the name – these machines grind fresh beans to produce coffee straight to your cup. Bean to cup machines are designed to give you the best of both worlds:
The machines have a hopper to hold your beans, which are then ground on demand, tamped automatically and poured into a cup, all at the touch of a button. The used grounds are then poured into an output bin, which has to be emptied regularly. They’re arguably a good compromise between an espresso machine that uses ground coffee and pod machines, since you can fill them up and not worry much about the mess. They also make brilliantly fresh coffee as you’re grinding beans rather than using ground coffee.
Look out for the size of water reservoir. You’ll want at least 1L.
Cheaper latte coffee machines with milk frother come with a manual milk frother, requiring you to use the wand and manual controls to heat your own milk. These are a little trickier to learn, but with a milk thermometer and a bit of practice you’ll be pouring perfect milk drinks in no time.
As with manual models, a bean to cup machine with a single boiler has to increase its temperature to make steam to froth coffee. This takes time to do, and means that the steam has to be vented (automatically in most cases) in order to make another shot of coffee.
More expensive coffee machines with milk frother have automatic milk frothers. All you have to do is add milk to the milk container and select the type of coffee you want; the machine does all of the work and pours out everything for you.
|Pros of bean to cup machines||Cons of bean to cup machines|
Filter coffee machines are simple to use and make regular black coffee. When buying you need to decide if you want a machine with a washable filter or one that takes paper filters. Washable filters are easy to deal with, as you can take them out and clean them, before reusing them. However, they can taint the flavour of coffee over time.Paper filters are one-use only, so a little more hassle, but they’re cheap and you can try many different types to alter the flavour of your coffee.
Most filter coffee machines come with a large jug and a warming plate. They’re great for busy households, home offices or small offices where you want decent coffee on tap all day. But there are some varieties, such as one machine from KitchenAid which is designed as a single-person machine for convenient, decent quality and affordable coffee on the go.
Speaking of which, you need to work out if you want a glass or thermal jug. A glass jug is standard and sits on a hotplate to keep the coffee warm, but there’s the jumping point – constantly heating coffee makes it turn bitter. A thermal jug just uses insulation to keep coffee warm, so you get the same quality coffee from start to finish.
|Pros of filter machines||Cons of filter machines|
Lastly, look for a machine that will make enough coffee for you. Machines are usually marked by the number of small (around 85ml) or large (around 125ml) cups they’ll make. A 10-large-cup machine will do for most people, but go bigger if you drink a lot or have a lot of people to entertain.
If you buy yourself a coffee machine, it is always a good idea to keep it clean and tidy – also, there are various convenient features that affect this necessity in both ways. Not caring for your coffee machine can result in early functionality issues and bad coffee!
Here are a few things that will ease up your and your coffee machines’ life:
You can get a filter / espresso coffee machine with timer to prepare you a coffee automatically when you wake up in the mornings
The number of boilers is significant. Most home machines have a single boiler. This means that they can pour espresso or create steam, but not both at the same time. For a single boiler to create steam for frothing milk, it has to increase the heat of its boiler; once you’ve steamed the milk, you have to vent the steam through the machine or the water will be too hot to make coffee and you’ll end up with burnt espresso. If you’re making milk based drinks, it makes sense to froth the milk first to a higher temperature, making the espresso second, preserving the temperature of the entire drink.
Dual-boiler machines are rarer and more expensive. These have a single boiler at espresso temperature and a single boiler at steam temperature. This means you can make espresso and froth milk at the same time. This reduces the amount of time it takes to make milk-based drinks. Though, according to coffee machine reviews, unless you’re really into milky coffee, a single-boiler machine will make more sense.
A cappuccino machine? Or rather a latte coffee machine? Different brands produce different kinds of coffee machines, and those at different price points and with varying quality. To help you out, we’ve checked the marked and compiled a collection of well-rated brands that will not disappoint you with their offers.
Our top 10 best coffee machine brands:
Especially for coffee machine pods, choosing your brand is an important decision as some are more expensive than others, and all offer different varieties and choices. There are several brands of coffee machine pods, such as Nespresso, Dolce Gusto and Tassimo, with different companies supporting different systems, so it’s worth trying a few to see which one you like the best.
Of these, the Nespresso capsules are our top recommendation, as they have the widest range of coffee to choose from and produce the best results based on customers coffee machine reviews. If you choose to, you’ll have nice set and an easy life grabbing the Nespresso Aeroccino for easy frothing along with it!