Full of beans: FoodTribe’s guide to the best coffee machines out there
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So, you want to buy a coffee machine, but don’t know where to begin? Thought so. Aside from there being hundreds upon thousands of different types of machine to choose from, you also have to ask yourself niggling questions like ‘capsule, or no capsule?’ and ‘milk or no milk?’ It’s enough to grind your beans right down.
So, to help take some of the confusion out of choosing which coffee machine is right for you, we’ve put together this list of the best models money can buy. Go forth and froth!
The multi-tasking one: The De’Longhi Eletta
This sleek, serious-looking gizmo may be at the pricier end of the coffee machine scale – but by Jove, does it make some good joe. Plus, there’s good news for the technologically challenged among us: its fancy one-touch controls make it nigh-on foolproof to use.
Whether your own particular poison is an americano, flat white, latte or cappuccino, the De’Longhi Eletta can take your order and sort you out in a matter of moments. It’s even got something called ‘LatteCrema Technology’, as well – ensuring that you get a perfectly creamy foam every single time (if you want one, that is).
The teeny-weeny one: The Lavazza A Modo Mio Tiny Coffee Machine
When the folks at Lavazza say ‘tiny’, they really do mean it – this mini coffee maker is compact enough to barely intrude on your kitchen worktop. But does its diminutive size mean it can’t measure up to the rest of the bunch in terms of making an excellent brew?
Nope. The Lavazza A Modo Mio Tiny is a feisty little thing – and its espressos are really bloody good. Just fill the water tank, stick in your eco-friendly capsule, press the button on the top and prepare to be impressed. We’ve heard it can come in useful if you’re partial to an espresso martini, too…
The espresso lover’s one: The De’Longhi Scultura Espresso Machine
The De’Longhi Scultura isn’t just a pretty face, you know. If you like yourself an espresso or cappuccino first thing in the morning, this suave little chrome number could be your new gadgetty BFF.
With an espresso-making whiz like this at your side, you can achieve great things – like making not just one, but TWO aromatic espressos at the same time. And if you’re after something a bit creamier? Mastering the art of the built-in milk frother is easy as pie (and you’ll end up with a satisfying foamy texture, too).
The handy one: The Nespresso Inissia Coffee Capsule Machine
Coming in at a teeny 12cm wide, this one’s another space-saving coffee machine – but it’s got an ergonomic handle on top to help you carry it around. Want to make coffee all around the house? Now you can live out your wildest dreams!
The Nespresso Inissia’s drinks menu is limited to just espresso or lungo, but if you like, you can pimp your machine with a milk frother upgrade. Saying that, the brews it does produce are of a really high standard – and they’re ready for you to drink in just 25 seconds. Nifty.
The best-selling one: The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 4200
This one’s an Amazon bestseller. Why? Probably because the De’Longhi Magnifica is the nearest thing to having a fully fledged barista at your disposal, 24/7.
Wanna use coffee grounds one day, and beans the next? No big deal. It’s got two compartments, so you can sleep easy knowing that they’ll never get mixed together. And see those two dials on the front? One’s for how much water you want, and one’s for how strong you want your coffee. Once you’ve got the magic formula, you’re pretty much set for life.
The fancy one: The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch by De’Longhi
Tired of regular, non-doughnut shaped coffee machines? Then you’re in luck. Because, for some reason, the Nescafé Dolce Gusto Eclipse Touch is shaped like a big ol’ circle. And not only that, but it’s a great ‘all-rounder’, too (sorry, but it is).
Capable of producing over 40 varieties of hot and cold drinks, this eye-catching coffee-bot can really deliver the goods. All you need to do is select your Dolce Gusto pod of choice, tap in your water requirements on the touch screen, and wait for its high-pressure system to do its thing.
The shiny one: The Russell Hobbs Luna Filter Coffee Maker
With its stainless steel facade and posh copper accents, this shiny little model looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. But that’s not all the Russell Hobbs Luna coffee maker has up its sleeve – it also comes equipped with something called ‘showerhead technology’.
What does the technology do? Apparently, it works to ensure that the water’s fully distributed, allowing for an improved temperature and optimum taste. And if you find yourself craving another coffee once you’ve downed your first, the Luna’s heated plate is there to keep your carafe nice and toasty. Ahhh.
The small-but-savvy one: The Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me Coffee Machine by Krups
Look, it’s a baby Dolce Gusto! This chip off the ol’ block is small, but surprisingly mighty; it can make all the different types of drinks that the bigger, rounder Dolce Gusto can (depending on your Dolce Gusto pod preferences, of course).
If you’re in the market for a coffee machine that’s quick, convenient and looks like a Star Wars character, the Dolce Gusto Mini Me could be your match made in heaven. But if you’re somewhat of a coffee connoisseur, you may prefer a gadget that isn’t limited to pods alone.
The milky one: The Nespresso Lattissima Touch
With its in-your-face milk container, this coffee machine puts good old semi-skimmed front and centre – literally. And handily, it comes with six preset, one-touch recipes for all your coffee needs: ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato and, erm, ‘warm milk froth’.
Again, the Nespresso Lattissima Touch relies on Nespresso capsules to work – but unlike most of the other pod coffee machines out there, it gives you plenty of options to add and froth milk. Plus, with intuitive descaling and cleaning alerts, it practically cleans itself. Which is always nice.