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How to buy the best coffee machineUpdated a year ago

HOW TO BUY THE BEST COFFEE MACHINE

There are so many ways of making coffee that investing in a coffee machine for your home can be confusing. Before buying a coffee machine, you need to have identified what coffee you most enjoy drinking, how often you want to drink it and how many cups you will usually want to make.


If a cup of coffee to wake you up in the morning is a necessity, but you don't have much time before leaving the house then a capsule machine could offer you the speed and convenience you need. If drinking coffee is a way of relaxing and you like to take your time, then a machine that can make a larger amount and keep it warm, might be a better option.


TYPES OF COFFEE MACHINE 

Bean to Cup Machines

The machine will grind your chosen bean to the desired grind size, then automatically tamp and extract the espresso into your cup. Bean to cup machines offer an easy way of making coffee from the bean, as apart from selecting the type of grind and the type of coffee you want the machine will do all the work for you.

Espresso Coffee Machines

A "pump" machine where hot water is pushed through a coffee filter at the correct bar pressure to create the rich, dense crema associated with the perfect espresso. Thermobloc heating systems heat water quickly. You have the choice to buy already ground coffee or buy beans and grind them yourself if you have a grinder. Espresso coffee machines work best with finely ground coffee. The machine usually comes with a holder for you to measure in the coffee which will then require tamping. This involves patting down the coffee so it is not too loose in the holder and smoothing the top surface. Some machines have a frothing arm for steaming and frothing milk for lattes and cappuccinos, giving you a wider choice of drinks.

Filter Coffee Machines

Water is poured into the tank in the top of the machine. The machine heats and then dispenses hot water to a filter filled with ground coffee. This drips through slowly to a carafe below, from which the black coffee can then be poured. The carafe usually sits on a hot plate that keeps the coffee warm. Filter coffee machines are good for making coffee in large quantities and are easy to use. Filters can vary between disposable paper filters and reusable filters that can be washed.

Pod or Capsule Machines

These machines use coffee that is pre-ground and tamped and packed into a capsule. The machine pierces the capsule and hot water is forced through to extract the coffee. Capsules are mess-free, fast and convenient; ideal if you don't want to spend a lot of time making coffee. Some machines also offer the option to froth milk, ideal if you like milky coffees such as lattes. Depending on the machine you purchase you may be limited to buying a certain brand of capsules that are compatible.


WHAT TO CONSIDER 

Power

The higher the number of watts a coffee machine has, the faster the water will reach the required temperature.

Automatic shut-off

Machines with this feature will switch off automatically after a certain time if unused; saving energy and helping to keep the machine is good working order.

Steam Arm

If you like milk in your coffee then a built-in steam arm or frother will help you create a wider variety of coffees, such as macchiatos, cappuccinos and lattes.

Heating Element

Coffee machine systems that need to heat a large amount of water, such as though used professionally, will usually be fitted with a boiler. Thermoblock heating systems heat water quickly to the optimum temperature for making coffee (90-95 degrees), without overheating and boiling the coffee. They are more commonly found in domestic espresso machines. Water is heated in a metal block with an exterior element. Thermoblock systems can switch between providing hot water and steam.

Ease of use

How much time do you want to spend making your coffee? Pod and capsule machines provide the quickest option. Programmable memory for dispensing and cup sizes with touch buttons are often easier to operate and faster than manual machines. Filter machines, percolators and cafetieres are easy to operate but require time to brew.

Size and weight

Machines vary in size, with capsule machines more likely to be smaller. Consider the space you have on your worktop. If you plan to store your machine in between uses be aware that some, such as a bean to cup, can be heavy and not practical to move around.


ESPRESSO COFFEE MACHINE

Dualit's Espresso Coffee Machine is fast, easy to use, makes consistently good coffee and won't take too much space on your worktop.


Compatible with ground coffee and ESE pods

Manual dosing machine

Boiler heating system

Small worktop foot print

Capacity to make 10 - 15 espresso shots

Fast heat-up time of 90 seconds from power on

Simple dial control - turn for steam or coffee

Water level indicator

Can steam enough milk for two lattes before the boiler needs to recharge

Sleek and compact design

Light-weight

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BEAN TO GO MACHINE

Create your coffee shop favourites at home at the touch of a button


Produces café quality coffee at home

Five adjustable grind settings to suit your coffee beans

'One touch' espresso, lungo and double shot buttons

Double shot button grinds twice and extracts twice

Pre-brewing infusion to extract the full flavour & aroma of the beans for an authentic coffee taste at home

Steam wand for frothing milk & dispensing hot water

Fast, powerful thermobloc heating system

Stylish, compact design that's small in footprint on your worktop

ECO Mode - cuts illumination and decreases auto shut-off time

Speed Mode - allows you to make coffees faster

Touch buttons can be operated with wet hands

Adjustable nozzle to accommodate different height cups

Programmable dosing memory recalls your favourite cup size

Low power mode kicks in between shots

Auto-flushes before every use to keep the machine clean

Removable infuser, coffee grinds container and drip trays for easy cleaning

Descale function with warning light

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ESPRESS-AUTO 4IN1 COFFEE & TEA MACHINE

A choice of coffee and teas with programmable touch buttons for ease of use


Use a choice of ground coffee, ESE Pods, Coffee capsules or tea capsules

Tea function to boost water temperature when using tea capsules

Programmable dosing memory

Automatic cooling purge when switching from tea to coffee

Easy to use steam wand

Automatic switch-off after 30 minutes

1.5l removable water tank

Extra height for larger cups

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CINO™ MILK STEAMER

Designed for commercial use, but compact enough to fit in your kitchen


Froths and steams milk to a professional standard

Sleek, stainless steel design

Freestanding, compact, portable machine

Powerful, thermobloc element providing continuous steam on demand

Heats milk in one minute (dependant on milk type, ambient and milk temperature)

Descale function with advance warning light

Water filter system to reduce limescale

Numbered dial to set for month descale is due

Includes 850ml bowled milk frothing jug, thermometer and three water filters

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3IN1 COFFEE MACHINE

Same choice of coffee and teas as the Espress-auto, but with manual operation


Use a choice of ground coffee, ESE Pods, Coffee capsules or tea capsules

Pure Pour® technology creates smooth coffee streams for the perfect crem

Easy to use steam wand

Thermobloc heating system gets the machine ready to use in 45 seconds

1.5L removable water tank

Extra height for larger cups

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CAFÉ PLUS CAPSULE MACHINE

A fast, convenient drop-through capsule machine that makes espressos, lungos and teas at the touch of a button


Dualit and Nespresso® compatible*

Simple, touch button operation

Programmable dosing memory

Tea function to boost water temperature when using tea capsules

Dedicated espresso and lungo settings

Thermobloc heating system

Automatic switch-off after ten minutes

800ml removable water tank

Descale warning light and descaling program

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* Suitable for original capsules only. Excluding professional, built-in and Vertuo capsules. Nespresso® trademark is owned by société des produits Nestlé S.A. * Suitable for drop through machines only. Excluding professional, built-in and Vertuo models. Nespresso® trademark is owned by société des produits Nestlé S.A. * Suitable for drop through machines only. Excluding professional, built-in and Vertuo models. Nespresso® trademark is owned by société des produits Nestlé S.A.


Suitable for drop through machines only. Excluding professional, built-in and Vertuo models. Nespresso® trademark is owned by société des produits Nestlé S.A.

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