Which coffee machine should I buy?
Buying a coffee machine is like buying jeans – it has to be the right fit. So, which one fits you?
You'll want your coffee machine to suit your style, habits and budget. The kind of coffee you like to drink, how often you have it, and how much money you want to spend are all worth thinking about.
With that said, let’s get straight into it – and figure out which type of coffee machine is right for you…
1. The working parents
In a nutshell: Your mornings are chaotic, and you want a coffee that can roll with your hectic lifestyle – simple, speedy and tasty
Mornings are the busiest time in your house. There are the kids to get up and off to school, breakfasts to be made and work shirts to be ironed.
If you’re going to make the 08:02 train you’ve little time for faffing around with coffee machines.
However, with a pod coffee machine you can enjoy a barista style coffee at home. The pods are filled with premium coffee for the very best drink.
Your coffee is bought separately in little plastic capsules. Pop a capsule in your coffee machine, press down the lid and push the button. That’s all there is to it.
Benefits of a pod machine:
- You can get a coffee under way in seconds
- Choose from all kinds of different coffees – from espresso to caramel latte, macchiato to Americano
- The coffee is in a pod, so spillages are minimal – it’s mess-free
- Adjust the water temperature to create fresh ice teas in the summer
A pod machine we love: Delonghi Infinissima
2. The serious coffee connoisseur
In a nutshell: You know your beans and want a machine befitting of a professional barista
Coffee culture has been ‘a thing’ since the 14th Century, when coffeehouses sprung up in Turkey – but you’ll probably be more familiar with the more modern coffee culture made popular in Friends.
As time has passed, coffee lovers have become increasingly sophisticated about the stuff they drink: single origin coffee, artisan independent coffee roasters and new trends like cold brew.
If you’re looking to replicate this kind of coffee seriousness at home, there’s only one thing for it: you need an espresso machine.
Hot water is forced through ground coffee using a motor-driven pump.
- Order your short, tall or venti at the touch of a button
- Next, take your pick from a fantastic menu of pod flavours
- Press to go and you don’t have to wait long before the perfect cup of coffee is ready
No mess, no fuss, just a new experience waiting in your mug for you to try out.
For a sleek little espresso machine with lots of options: Nespresso by Krups VertuoPlus in Piano Black
3. Coffee and cake gossipers
In a nutshell: You love going for a coffee and a good chat-up with your pals. You want to recreate the same experience at home without the mess
You’ve long spent lazy afternoons in your favourite cosy-corner coffee shop with your friends, sipping caramel lattes and discussing the week’s events over a selection of tasty cakes.
Over the years, it’s become a ritual. But what about recreating the same vibes at home? With as little hassle and faff as possible?
You need a bean-to-cup machine.
You pour whole coffee beans into your machine and it grinds them as it makes each cup. The built-in grinder makes these machines larger.
Benefits of a bean-to-cup machine:
- Easy to use – create your favourite coffee at just the push of a button
- Create your cappuccinos by choosing a model with an automatic frother
- While it makes coffee you can get on with other jobs – great for busy households
- Every coffee you make has freshly ground beans
A bean-to-cup machine we love: Delonghi ECAM 23.460
4. The hot or cold debater
In a nutshell: You want a coffee machine that gives you options suited for all weathers
Did you think that an iced coffee option was only within the realm of coffee shops?
Think again. New pod coffee machines are adaptable beasts that can create the piping hot creations you desire, or delicious cool drinks that go down great in hot weather.
Just press the blue cup to set your cold brew going. The hard part might be deciding which you want to go for…
A pod coffee machine with the option to go cold: Delonghi Autentica ETAM 29.510.B Coffee Machine