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The 10 Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines [REVIEWS]

April 7, 2020

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Now that so many of us are working from home you may be thinking of investing in a decent coffee machine. Something that can recreate your favourite flat white, latte, cappuccino or espresso at the touch of a button.

But with some models costing as much as a foreign holiday, you want to be sure that you’re getting the right piece of kit. And the choices are endless – milk frother or no milk frother? Plumbed in or tank fed? Integrated grinder? Automatic cleaning system? Decisions, decisions.

Here at Bibium, we have over 8 years of experience of recommending professional bean to cup machines for some of the UK’s biggest offices, cafes and restaurants, so for this guide we’ve turned our attention to the domestic market.

Here is our pick of the 10 best bean to cup machines for use in the home, covering important considerations including:

  • Ease of cleaning (a must!)
  • Size
  • Durability 
  • Overall performance

We’ll be reviewing all 10, but here’s a summary of each of these machines and their standout quality:

  1. De’Longhi Autentica ETAM – best bean to cup coffee machine for compact spaces (just 19.5cm wide!)
  2. De’Longhi Eletta – super low maintenance due to its large bean holder, a water tank and drip tray, meaning less refilling/emptying on a day to day basis
  3. De’Longhi Magnifica – best-selling De’Longhi model at a very affordable price 
  4. Krups Automatic Coffee Machine 1.8 Litre 15 bar – continental style and quiet grinding.
  5. Severin S2 – bold colour choice for people looking for something a bit different
  6. Sage The Oracle – best for coffee alchemists (and millionaires). If you’ve been hunting the holy grail of your perfect coffee, this is the best for you.
  7. Krups EA 826 – A step up from the Krups Automatic machine, this newer version has a few more bells and whistles, including a cup warmer
  8. Melitta CI TOUCH F630-102 – Italian flair and two bean chambers (meaning you could have a decaf option as well as your usual coffee beans, for example)
  9. Melitta F85/0-101 Barista TS – comes with its own app, so you can order a coffee to be prepared from your phone
  10. Jura CD Piano – super sleek, futuristic design from a big-name commercial coffee brand

Bean to cup coffee machine buyers guide

Before we get into each detailed review, let’s recap some of the key considerations when looking for your coffee machine.

Integrated milk frother or manual?

This comes down to personal preference. For a start, any sort of milk option only really makes sense if you like cappuccinos, flat whites or lattes, otherwise, you can save yourself a fair bit of cash by just looking at the espresso machines (which you can easily lengthen into an americano, or even just add pouring milk too if you’re not fussed about the foam).

But assuming you do like the frothy coffee drinks, the advantage of having an integrated milk option is speed and convenience – you literally push a button and the machine makes the drink for you. Depending on the machine, you might be able to control things like the temperature or the amount of milk used, but the beauty of an integrated, automated option is that once you’ve set this up to your liking you can recreate it whenever you want, at the push of a button. 

The disadvantage of this option is that the built-in frothers can sometimes be a bit on the tepid side; they pull the milk in from a chamber so it doesn’t heat as well as having the steam from a wand pushed through it (like in the manual option). Another thing to consider is the aesthetics of a milk fridge and the maintenance of it. You’ll need to keep your milk either in a built-in chiller (some models come with this) or in a slide-in/slide-out fridge compartment.

Going for a manual option means you’ll pour a bit of milk into a jug and place it under a steam wand, turning on the steam and frothing the milk yourself, ready to pour into your base of an espresso or an americano. This is generally how it’s done in cafes. The advantage of this is that you get ultimate control over the temperature and the frothiness, and if you want to, you can really perfect your technique to get microfoam and even do your own coffee art. The downside is that it’s a bit more time consuming; it’ll take probably 3-5 mins each time. 

Whichever option you choose, you need to stay on top of the cleaning routine. Both steam wands and milk tubes need to be cleaned regularly, and not doing so can affect the overall lifetime of your machine as well as the ultimate taste (and hygiene) of the coffees you make.

Plumbed in or tank fed

For use in homes, we’d recommend only looking at tank fed options. The larger the tank, the more coffees you can make without having to go to the sink and fill it up. Really, unless you’re powering a small enterprise from your home office, we can’t imagine you’d need to fill it up more than once or twice a day, so it doesn’t make sense to go for the more expensive, more complicated plumbed in models for domestic use.

One thing to remember with the water tanks is the need to clean them and descale them from time to time.

Water filter or no water filter

Believe it or not, the type of water you use to make your cup of coffee can have a huge impact on the final flavour. We’ve done taste testings with hard water vs soft water, using exactly the same coffee beans and coffee production method, and the coffees can taste totally different. Lots of bean to cup machines come with their own in-built water filters, but it’s worth checking this out in the product specs. Also, if it’s not included in the box, it might be worth buying a separate water hardness testing kit, so you can calibrate your machine to account for particularly hard or soft water.

Integrated grinder or no integrated grinder

By definition, a bean to cup machine has an integrated grinder, so all the machines in this review have this feature. In our opinion, making the coffee from beans really does produce a superior, deeper flavour as only the exact right amount of coffee beans are ground every time, so there’s no loss of flavour or aroma that you might get using ground coffee (ground coffee will lose its flavour quicker than whole coffee beans).

However, some bean to cup machines also have a chamber to take ground coffee, and this can be a good “cheat” way to serve up decaf coffee, rather than having to pay a few hundred pounds more to get dual bean chambers.

Cleaning systems

Pretty much all bean to cup machines these days come with automatic cleaning programs. This means that at the end of each day, you open up a little flap, pop a cleaning tablet in, push a button and off you go. The machine will flush itself through, dumping out the rinsed water as it goes (so remember to put a beaker or something under the spout, and never a coffee cup… No one wants to drink chemicals!).

We’d strongly recommend getting the most straightforward machine you can; cleaning rituals are vital for these machines, so if you’re not super dedicated you might run into problems a year or two down the line, and getting a bean to cup machine repaired can be very expensive. Think of it as a car, its engine needs cleaning and servicing to run properly. The cleaner you keep it, the better it will run, the longer it will last and ultimately the cheaper it will work out to be.

One tip: check out the price of cleaning tablets/solutions before you buy your machine. Some cheap machines have very expensive cleaning products and vice versa. So when you’re doing your sums be sure to factor this cost into your workings, so it’s not a surprise. If you buy a machine with a milk tube, look into the specialist cleaning products you’ll need to keep it clean, as sometimes it can be cheaper just to buy replacement tubes rather than trying to clean or unclog them.

Price

As you’d expect, the price range for a bean to cup machine varies wildly, with the cheapest costing a minimum of a couple hundred quid. Meanwhile, you could spend well over a thousand pounds for a real top of the range model, such as the Sage machine we review below.

Really though, what you’re paying for comes down to function. The more bells and whistles, the more you want to control every element of the coffee-making process, the more you’ll pay. So have a good think about a few things – how much do you really care about the science of a coffee? Are you a frustrated barista who wants to spend hours perfecting the tamp, grind, pour speed etc? Or are you more of a high street coffee drinker, just looking to make your favourite latte or cappuccino at the touch of a button? The differences in price between high-end models and an entry-level coffee machines can be over a thousand pounds, so it’s important to be really honest with yourself about how much time you’re going to want to spend making and enjoying each cup of coffee.

Noise

Generally speaking, bean to cup machines are loud. For some people, this adds to the theatre of making a cup of coffee. And it’s also unavoidable – every time you make a cup of coffee you are literally grinding up a handful of coffee beans into a fine tamp of ground coffee that the hot water is then pushed through, extracting the flavour, aroma and all-important crema. The noisy part is generally very short though, maybe 10 seconds while the coffee beans are ground up. 

While some machines pride themselves on being quieter than others, in our opinion it’s a slight misnomer to be looking for a “quiet” machine. Even the quiet ones make more noise than anyone would like. So you might be spending an awful lot of money on that one feature when the same amount of money could be spent on other features that more directly affect the end result of the flavour or quality of your cup of coffee. 

Having said that, for some people noise is very important, particularly if you’re chain-drinking throughout the day, or sharing a small space with other people.

Our pick of the 10 best bean to cup coffee machines

1. De’Longhi Autentica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Cappuccino and Espresso Maker

Coffee machine brand

De’Longhi

Price range

£££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.4L, enough for around six americanos, 10 lattes, or 25 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 34cm x 19cm x 48cm
  • 13 drinks available
  • 1400 W

De’Longhi Autentica Review

The De’Longhi Autentica is one of the most popular home bean to cup coffee machines around, due to its super compact size. Standing just 19.5cm wide by 34cm tall, it should fit into the tightest of spots. Its integrated milk frother is a real bonus that lets you be your own barista. With it, you can make lattes, cappuccinos, even flat whites.

It has a soft-touch control panel which also lets you fully customise your drink’s strength, volume, and even length. Fancy something a bit stronger? Try the doppio plus feature, which is like a supercharged double espresso.

Some people are put off by the size of the water tank (1.4L), thinking it’ll be too small, but it’s certainly large enough for most families to get through the day without having to refill. And it’s a good idea to refresh the water every morning anyway.

Unless you’re making a gazillion cups a day, this one is by far the best bean to cup coffee machine for most people. Here’s a few more reasons why.

Customised coffee drinks

Choose up to 13 different coffee drinks with the De’Longhi Autentica, which means you can enjoy your coffee exactly how you like it. With one touch, you can make a single or double espresso, a doppio, a ristretto, or a single or double long coffee.

Power consumption

The Autentica’s auto-shutoff feature ensures you the coffee machine won’t waste precious electricity if you forget to turn it off. At 1450W, it’ll cost you around 15p per hour to have the coffee machine turned on.

Aesthetics

Unlike some other home bean to cup coffee machines, the Autentica also looks great. It’s trim, slim, and sleek. The stainless steel black shell sits beautifully in any kitchen.

Cleaning

The auto-clean function and removable brewing unit make this bean to cup coffee machine a dream to clean. Just push a button and you’re done; it even switches itself off when the cleaning program is finished. It lets you know when the drip tray needs emptying or the coffee beans are running low, so it really is incredibly easy to operate and maintain.

2. De’Longhi Eletta, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Cappuccino and Espresso Maker

Coffee machine brand

De’Longhi

Price range

£££££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 2.0L, enough for around eight americanos, 12 lattes, or 32 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 36cm x 26cm x 46cm
  • 11 drinks available
  • 1450 W

De’Longhi Eletta Review

It has a soft-touch control panel which also lets you fully customise your drink’s strength, volume, and even length. Fancy something a bit stronger? Try the doppio plus feature, which is like a supercharged double espresso.

A favourite of coffee connoisseurs, the Eletta scores highly for the quality of coffee it produces; many reviewers mention its ability to extract the intense flavours that many cheaper coffee machines can’t. This is a newer version of the old Eletta, and the redesigned milk carafe takes up even less space in the fridge (the benefit of the milk carafe is that you can keep your milk in the fridge right until you want to use it, so the chances of you having to dump out milk that’s gone off are reduced).

There’s a hot water spout, so you could also use this machine to make tea, or blend a bit of hot water with some cocoa powder before adding a coffee to make a mocha.

It’s larger than the Autentica, so it holds more coffee beans and more water, so depending on how much you drink you won’t need to refill it very often. 

As with other De’Longhi models, the quality of the build is second to none.

If you look after this machine well it should be making you delicious coffees for years and years to come. For those of you with bigger families or huge coffee needs, this’ll be one of the best options for you..

Customised coffee drinks

It has a built-in milk frother, so you make all your frothy milk drinks (lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites etc). One pet peeve that reviewers have mentioned is the temperature – slow pulling the milk from the carafe tends to produce tepid froth, not to everyone’s taste.

Power consumption

The Eletta has an energy-saving function and also an automatic switch on/off timer, which is programmable. So no fear of leaving your machine running if you’re not using it.

Aesthetics

It’s very sleek, and the black cover will look smart in any kitchen. There’s a snazzy backlit digital display.

Cleaning

As you’d expect with a machine of this calibre, the auto cleaning program is very easy to use and includes a descaling option, especially useful for hard water areas. Most components (including the milk carafe, drip tray and milk tube) are safe to use in the dishwasher.

3. De’Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Cappuccino and Espresso Maker

Coffee machine brand

De’Longhi

Price range

££

Coffee machine material

Plastic

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.8L, enough for around eight americanos, 12 lattes, or 32 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm
  • 2 one-touch drinks available
  • 1450 W

De’Longhi Magnifica Review

It has a soft-touch control panel which also lets you fully customise your drink’s strength, volume, and even length. Fancy something a bit stronger? Try the doppio plus feature, which is like a supercharged double espresso.

One of the cheapest decently made machines on the market. The Magnifica has been around since 2007, and people who’ve had their machine for years still swear by it. It makes a very decent cup of coffee and all the drink varieties you’d expect thanks to the manual milk frother.

While the Magnifica doesn’t have the automated options that other models have, you can produce espresso or a double espresso at the touch of a button. So with the option of the manual milk frother (or simply adding hot water), you can use these espresso bases to make any of your longer coffee drinks.

Its casing is plastic (a very nice, not cheap-looking plastic), so that helps to keep the price down, but the technology inside this machine is on a par with most other De Longhi models, and we don’t think you’ll notice the difference in price in the flavour or quality of your coffee.

Customised coffee drinks

The manual milk frother is fantastic if you like to control how hot or frothy you like your milk. What you lose out on automation you gain in autonomy, and people who find automatic milk frothers produce cold drinks will prefer this setup.

Don’t be put off by the “basic” offering of two drinks at the touch of a button (espresso and double espresso); if you don’t mind frothing your own milk you can make any of your coffee shop favourites. If you’re a barista or espresso-maker purist you might prefer this extra element of control anyway.

Power consumption

No energy-saving features to speak of, but the 1450 wattage is relatively economical, costing around 15p an hour to run.

Aesthetics

Although the casing is actually plastic, it doesn’t look cheap at all. At a glance, you’d assume it was made of stainless steel. The milk frother arm lends it a more authentic appearance, similar to a coffee shop style barista machine.

Cleaning

Like other DeLonghi bean-to-cup models, the Magnifica has an automated cleaning program; just pop in the cleaning sachet, press a button and it cleans itself – this is one of the best features in our opinion.

From time to time you might want to thoroughly wash the drip tray and the ground coffee container, both of which are safe to use in the dishwasher.

4. Krups Automatic Coffee Machine 1.8 Litre 15 bar, Cappuccino

Coffee machine brand

Krups

Price range

£££

Coffee machine material

Plastic

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.8L, enough for around eight americanos, 12 lattes, or 32 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 36.5 x 26 x 32 cm
  • Espresso only
  • 1450 W

Krups Automatic Coffee Machine Review

Although it’s a German company, Krups machines are made in France and are very popular in the rest of Europe. This slightly retro-looking machine fits in the cheaper range of bean to cup machines, and if you’re after a straightforward espresso maker, this is a good buy. There is a steam nozzle to warm/froth your own milk if you want to make a latte or cappuccino, for example.

One of the perks of this machine is that it’s quiet; at 60db that should be the same noise level as conversational speech. So you shouldn’t find yourself shouting to compete with the coffee machine!

Customised coffee drinks

There are many customisable features, from the size of the coffee to the coarseness of the grind. While there is a steam nozzle, we wouldn’t recommend this machine if you mainly take milky drinks; it’s not as easy to clean as other models so this is better suited to an espresso drinker.

Power consumption

No energy-saving features to shout about, but fairly economical power usage at 1450 watts.

Aesthetics

We’re reviewing the black version, but this also comes in white which looks particularly stylish. The appearance is definitely a touch retro and maybe more continental, you have a bigger view of the bean hopper which is pretty cool. Whilst there is no digital display, the icons on the front of the machine are designed to make it easy to use. 

Cleaning

As it’s a fairly simple machine, the cleaning program is pretty straightforward, as you’d expect. Not too many parts to worry about. However, the steam nozzle does need a decent clean after each use, which could become tiresome. Some reviews mention the spout can get a bit spluttery if regular maintenance isn’t kept up.

5. Severin S2 One Touch Coffee Machine

Coffee machine brand

Severin

Price range

£££££

Coffee machine material

Plastic

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.5L, enough for around five americanos, 9 lattes, or 24 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 44.5 x 38.8 x 46.8 cm
  • 4 drinks available
  • 1500 W

Severin S2 One Touch Coffee Machine Review

Who said bean-to-cup coffee machines all have to look the same?

The S2 certainly stands out from the crowd with its jazzy bright red design, and in fact, you can get these machines in a variety of colours to suit any decor.

Severin coffee machines pride themselves on being super easy to use – minimum fuss, one push coffees. Everything about the S2 is straightforward, from the one-touch milky drinks to the cleaning programs (rinse, clean, descale). Compared to other machines on the market, this is one of the easiest “plug and play” machines; reviewers say you could be making your first coffee in as little as 20 minutes.

Severin is actually a big name in hotels – you won’t necessarily have heard of them, but Severin coffee machines are extremely popular in the hotel industry in Asia and the Middle East, where quality and reliability are essential. If you’ve even been to an all-inclusive in Dubai, there’s a chance your coffee came from a Severin machine.

One thing to note – the noise of the grinder is perhaps a little louder than other models, but certainly no louder than what you’d hear in a coffee shop. 

Customised coffee drinks

You can make some of the best milky drinks at the push of a button with the integrated milk frother, so that’s super convenient. If you have a friend round, you can override the settings to make the coffee stronger or weaker.

Each machine comes with a free water hardness testing kit, so when you’re first switching the machine on you can calibrate the coffee settings to factor this in.

Power consumption

The Severin S2 scores an A+ energy rating and beats the criteria needed to achieve this by 20%. So it gets top marks for its green credentials. 

Aesthetics

If red is your thing, you’re going to love this coffee machine! It certainly makes a statement in a kitchen or home office and is a very unique and striking design. The build quality is high, as you’d expect from German brand Severin, which protects against the tacky or gimmicky image that some colourful gadgets have.

Cleaning

Again, it’s at the touch of a button, so super straightforward to do. All the important components (including the milk tube) are dishwasher safe as well.

6. Sage the Oracle Coffee Machine and Grinder

Coffee machine brand

Sage

Price range

££££££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 2.5L, enough for around ten americanos, 15 lattes, or 40 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 40.9 x 37.3 x 45.3 cm
  • 3 (single/double espresso and Americano)
  • 2400 W

Sage the Oracle Coffee Machine and Grinder Review

As one reviewer says: “The last word in coffee preparation at home”.

This really is the Rolls Royce of espresso makers. If you are a coffee nerd you are going to be blown away with all the special features in the Oracle. All your preferences are programmable, so once you’ve tinkered with everything to your heart’s content you can save your settings and make the same coffee time and time again, just at the push of a button.

You can play with virtually every element of espresso-making – the grind, the tamp, the dosing… And then the temperature, the amount of water to add, the speed of the pour… If you’re steaming milk, you can create microfoam and adjust the texture to your liking. 

Yes, the price tag is eye-watering and will be out of the reach of most people. But if you can afford it, and you really, really love making coffee, this bean-to-cup machine is one of the best.

Customised coffee drinks

It doesn’t get much more customisable than this. Literally everything can be adjusted then stored as your preference, so once you’ve got the tamp, the grind, the froth exactly as you like it you’ll be able to repeat it over and over again, all at the touch of a button.

Power consumption

This machine is a beast, so is a bit pricier to run. But hey, if you’re investing in a machine that costs over £1,000 maybe you don’t mind so much.

Aesthetics

Something of a cult classic, the Oracle looks pretty stunning. It’s like a barista machine from the future. Of course for the price, the build is second to none, and you’ll notice the quality in every component from the steam wand to the LCD displays.

Cleaning

One of the only models to have a self-cleaning steam wand, the Oracle really is very special even when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. Although in our opinion, if you’ve spent this much money on a coffee maker you’d expect nothing less.

7. Krups EA 826 Fully Automatic Coffee Machine

Coffee machine brand

Krups

Price range

££££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.8L, enough for around seven americanos, 11 lattes, or 30 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 38.1 x 28.7 x 48.3 cm
  • 3 coffee sizes, then you can froth/add milk
  • 1450 W

Krups EA 826 Fully Automatic Coffee Machine Review

This is a smart choice for someone looking for artisan-style coffee without breaking the bank. Krups is renowned for its quality manufacturing, and this coffee machine certainly justifies the price tag.

It’s a stylish design and the quality of the materials feels very high end. In terms of performance, reviewers rave over the flavour of the coffee and reliability of the pour. 

An added bonus to this model is the hot water function, so you can lengthen your coffees or even use the same piece of kit to make a tea, rather than needing a kettle and coffee machine.

Customised coffee drinks

The Krups EA 826 makes three different coffee sizes, espresso, ristretto and lungo. Then there’s the steam wand to froth milk to make your cappuccinos and lattes. There’s an automatic version of these drinks but reviewers say they prefer to froth the milk manually.

Power consumption

No energy-saving features to speak of, but there is an auto-shutdown mode for when the machine isn’t being used, which is sure to save on bills.

Aesthetics

Krups is a very high-end German brand, so as you’d expect the finish on the machine is best quality. The stainless steel casing looks very expensive, and the animated icons for maintenance prompts (e.g. refill the coffee beans container) are attractive and intuitive. 

Cleaning

There’s an auto-clean and rinse function, and all of the essential components are dishwasher proof, even the milk canister. 

8. Melitta CI TOUCH F630-102 Coffee Machine

Coffee machine brand

Melitta

Price range

£££££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.8L, enough for around eight americanos, 12 lattes, or 32 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 25.4 x 47 x 34 cm
  • 10 drinks available
  • 1400 W

Melitta CI TOUCH F630-102 Review

For someone looking for maximum flavour with minimum fuss, this is the machine for you. The integrated milk frother means that you can have your latte or cappuccino at the touch of a button, with an average pour time (for a milky drink) of under 2 minutes.

Unlike other machines, the temperature of the final drink is also customisable, so if you like hot coffees (sometimes a gripe with built-in milk frothers) you won’t be disappointed. Some reviewers mention that it takes a while to set up while you tweak with all the settings to get the coffee just the way you like it, but once you’ve done that you can recreate it at the push of a button, day in, day out.

This machine won an award in 2019 for the low-level noise of the bean grinder, something to consider if you’re going to be making a few drinks throughout the day.

Customised coffee drinks

This bean-to-cup coffee machine has a built-in milk frother, so no steam wand to worry about. There are 10 programmable drinks on offer, and you can tinker with the settings until you have the ideal coffee strength and ratio of beans to water/milk just the way you like it. Melitta prides itself on the “Italian way of making coffee”, and reviewers certainly rave about the flavour of the coffee it produces.

Power consumption

There is an energy-saving mode, and as it runs on relatively low wattage (1400 W) it will be fairly economical when it comes to electricity bills.

Aesthetics

The touch-sensitive buttons at the top of the machine look very sleek, and reviewers like the ease of only having one knob to make all the adjustments for each drink. The overall appearance is very stylish; we think this is a great-looking coffee maker.

Cleaning

It has several automated cleaning programs, including a steam clean. No steam wand means no manual cleaning at all, so this really is a fuss-free machine.

9. Melitta F85/0-101 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine

Coffee machine brand

Melitta

Price range

£££££

Coffee machine material

Stainless Steel

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.8L, enough for around eight americanos, 12 lattes, or 32 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 46.7 x 25.9 x 37.2 cm
  • 21 drinks available
  • 1450 W

Melitta F85/0-101 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine Review

With a slightly eye-watering price tag, you’re paying for ultimate convenience.

This bean-to-cup coffee machine comes with its own app which lets you program the settings for your drinks, as well as (we think) tell it to start making a coffee. So you could be upstairs and use your app to order the machine to make you a coffee and have it waiting for you by the time you get down to the kitchen.

It also has a useful “My drinks” profile which lets you store the favourite drink options of up to 8 people. Handy if you like your coffee a particular way.

The milk frother is integrated, so as with other machines like this, some reviewers do mention that the temperature of milky drinks can be a bit tepid.

Customised coffee drinks

There’s not much about the coffee that you can’t customise – the size of the grind, the coffee strength, the amount of water, coffee and milk to use. In total, this machine offers an impressive 21 pre-set drinks options.

Power consumption

The Melitta has a power-saving mode and auto shut off, so it should be pretty economical to run compared with some other models.

Aesthetics

Whilst it looks pretty amazing, some reviewers have commented on the depth of the machine. So make sure you measure closely and have enough space to avoid it taking up the entire kitchen worktop.

Cleaning

Reviewers love how easy this coffee machine is to clean. It runs a rinse after every drink and has automatic cleaning programs including descaling and a steam clean. The app will also let you know when it needs a clean or descale.

10. Jura CD Piano White Pressure Coffee Maker A1

Coffee machine brand

Jura

Price range

£££££

Coffee machine material

Plastic

Coffee machine features

  • Integrated coffee grinder
  • Milk frother
  • Water filter
  • Removable water tank
    • 1.1L, enough for around four americanos, 6 lattes, or 15 espressi
  • Programmable
  • 44.5 x 23 x 32.3 cm
  • 13 drinks available
  • 1450 W

Jura CD Piano White Pressure Coffee Maker A1 Review

Jura is one of the best brands when it comes to the professional market, you’ll find their machines in plenty of offices and restaurants, bars and hotels the world over. This is their smallest, most simple coffee machine for use in the home.

It has a patented “PEP” technology, Pulse Extraction Process, and reviewers comment that this model seems to make a better-tasting coffee than its various predecessors. Maybe this is why.

One thing to note – it is on the small size. So a great option for a single coffee drinker, but maybe a bit of a pain having to refill the coffee beans and then empty the drip tray if you’re making coffees every day for two or more people.

Customised coffee drinks

Jura is serious about coffee, but this machine has distilled a lot of know-how into a simple operation. You can make a delicious black coffee, and the espressos have a great crema. The grinder is fast but quiet, so it doesn’t take long to pour either.

Power consumption

An auto shut off mode will help keep bills down and ensure you don’t leave the machine running too long by mistake.

Aesthetics

We’re reviewing the version in white, but you can also get it in black. We think the simplistic, modern design is absolutely stunning, and the slant on the front of the machine is really striking. 

Cleaning

Very easy to use, it rinses, cleans and descales at the touch of a button. Jura recommends using their cleaning tablets but other non-branded ones work just as well.