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Coffee Machine Reviews
At Coffee Machine Reviews, we provide the finest reviews and information on domestic coffee machines. Whether you’re looking for a little piece of Starbucks in your kitchen or you have a preference for grinding your own beans; we can point you in the right direction to ensure the coffee machine you choose suits your needs perfectly.
We take you through the various styles of coffee machine including: Manual Espresso, Bean-to-Cup, Capsule and Filter Coffee systems. Each variant has its positives and its drawbacks depending on your desires – for example, a Capsule system is great if you like a variety of options but it isn’t so good if you prefer the taste of freshly ground coffee beans.
Here’s a brief overview of the different styles:
Manual Espresso Coffee Machines
Manual Espresso machines, often referred to as Lever Espresso Machines, are as hands on as you can get with a personal coffee machine. They can be very complex and frustrating to operate but they genuinely produce the best espresso you’ll ever have as a compromise for the potential irritation.
The Lever Espresso Machines have two main variants: Spring Piston and Direct Lever with both using high pressure instead of steam to produce Espresso coffee. The Spring Piston Machines use a specially calibrated spring to apply pressure to ground coffee and feed water through – they generally operate at steaming temperature which allows for milk to be steamed immediately after a shot of Espresso is produced.
Direct Lever Machines see the user as the one applying pressure to the water. They require a good touch which you will need to develop over time to get the best from your coffee. The Direct Lever is usually pointing straight up above the bed of coffee and by pulling it down and pushing down it allows the water to flow through the coffee producing a shot. Too much or too little pressure on the lever will make for a less pleasant coffee experience and practice makes perfect with these machines – they aren’t for those lacking patience.
Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines
One of the simplest systems available today, Bean-to-Cup machines simply need the user to fill the inbuilt grinder with beans, add milk to the flask and ensure the machine has a water supply and you’re ready to go. The machine will grind the beans for you and add the water/milk and there you have it – fresh coffee at the touch of a button.
They can be irritating as the smaller variants can have very low capacity for milk and beans meaning they will probably require filling more often than many realise. Our reviews will explain how to purchase the right machine for you and include information on how many cups a machine can make on a single filling.
Capsule Coffee Machines
Capsule Machines are great for people who are a little indecisive or love many different varieties of coffee as they offer a huge range of different coffee bean blends from around the world. Within one tiny capsule there’s flavours from South America, Africa and even Asia on offer – the only difficult part is deciding which variety to have.
The capsule machines themselves couldn’t be easier to use – you simply insert a pod and press the button. Granted, you will need to ensure there is a water and milk supply but otherwise Capsule Machines are probably the lowest maintenance on the market; some even allow for powdered milk to be used removing the risk of fresh milk turning sour inside the machine.
Filter Coffee Machines
Perhaps the most familiar of the coffee machines, filter coffee has been a mainstay of offices and hotels for years. They are considerably slower than the other variants in most cases as the basis of filter coffee is a slow infusion to give a rich taste and this takes time to perfect.
Over the years, the design of filter coffee machines hasn’t changed too much. They’re still very manual machines that require the user to insert a filter, an amount of ground coffee and then wait as the jug or cup slowly fills on a heated base. If anything, this sounds very archaic when compared to the more modern systems but the taste of filter coffee is truly unlike anything else available on the market – good things come to those who wait.
There are many brands entering the coffee machine market at present, including many better known for their instant coffee such as Nescafe and Kenco. Knowing which brand to opt for is key when choosing a coffee machine as you could be lulled into believing a technology brand would be superior to a coffee producing brand but don’t worry, we’re here to make the decision easy.
Our Brand Reviews have been compiled by experts who have spent a great deal of time testing various machines to highlight their positives and negatives. We cover every aspect of the brands from their machines and coffee products to their customer support should anything go wrong – you can find our Brand Reviews here.
Best Coffee Machines
Here at Coffee Machine Reviews, we are dedicated to helping you find the best coffee machine to suit your needs and your budget. Every one of our reviews feature key information that will guide you through to a great decision on your coffee machine – we want to ensure the machine you buy is user friendly, reliable and produces coffee to suit your taste perfectly. For the latest information on the best coffee machines available on the market this year then check out our guides section here.