Gaggia Brera Bean to Cup Review

A high-end Italian coffee machine brand, it’s no secret that Brera are renowned for producing the best commercial machines on the market. Now, thanks to the introduction of the Gaggia model, one of the best bean to cup machines in the world is available to purchase. It’s never been easier to make rich and smooth espressos from the comfort of your own home whenever you like.

Key Features

  • Incredibly compact, the Brera would undoubtedly fit into any kitchen comfortably. It wouldn’t look out of place in a modern or classic styled room thanks to its retro styling.
  • As a Bean-to-Cup machine; the Brera comes equipped with an impressive built in grinder. This is adjustable if you wish to produce a finer or coarser grind, simply toggle the dial.
  • Setting up the Brera couldn’t be easier, the machine comes with a small screen that features clear symbols and indicators for you to follow. In total, four buttons adorn the machine: Power, espresso, full cup and strength of brew (3 stages).
  • A milk foaming wand is mounted on the front of the machine and is flexible enough for use with a fairly sizeable jug. However, we recommend a smaller vessel if you have one available.

Pricing

Despite being a high-end model, the Gaggia is surprisingly affordable, available for around £379.99 from Amazon. Bean-to-cup machines promote a more authentic coffee experience, inline with the taste you would expect from Starbucks or Costa. These types of machines always command a premium mark-up but are well worth the investment.

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The Gaggia Bera is a simple to use bean-to-cup machine with sophisticated peripherals and an iconic design. It allows easy access to the water tank and coffee grind waste via the front of the machine.

Gaggia Brera is the bean-to-cup, super-automatic espresso machine that delivers supreme coffee, all from the comfort of your own kitchen. Compact and light, this espresso machine boasts electronic controls, an LED display, a 250g bean chopper and a 15 bar pressure pump. A truly barista-like experience!

Its integrated ceramic coffee grinder gives you the freedom to choose from five different ground coffee options. The easy-to-remove brewing unit, stainless steel boiler and 1.2 litre water tank ensures a super-automatic espresso machine is easy to clean.

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Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 Review

 

Bosch are renowned for producing excellent coffee machines, and they are rightly regarded as one of the most reputable brands on the market. Renowned for technological innovation, each Bosch machine is slick and efficient. The Tassimo Joy 2 is no different, boasting brita filter technology and a simplistic yet elegant design. Find out below if the Bosch Tassimo Joy 2 is right for you.

Key Features

  • Compatible with all Tassimo capsules, the Joy 2 can produce roughly 56 different drinks at present, along with additional combination beverages courtesy of the milk frothing pods etc.
  • A generously sized 1.2 litre water tank reduces the need for frequent filling. It also increases the convenience factor of the Joy 2 leaps and bounds
  • This one of the quietest machines you’ll encounter. With some care when inserting a pod, you will barely hear the brewing process.
  • The customisable dispense function makes the Joy 2 one of more flexible machines on the market as you can choose from five different cup sizes. An adjustable drinks tray means even the largest, most elaborate mugs will fit underneath the dispenser.
  • Superb energy efficiency sees the Joy 2 consume zero watt hours when in standby mode. There is also an auto shutdown function which comes into action when unused for a period of time.
  • The Joy 2 is also supplied with a special ‘T-Disc’ which is used for cleaning and the descaling processes, massively reducing the onus on the user for cleaning.
  • Flow-through water heating sees the Joy 2 come to temperature almost immediately after powering up meaning there is no waiting around for a brew with Bosch.
  • The water flow system uses Brita filter technology meaning your drink will be made with the cleanest water. This filter is a permanent fixture so no costly replacements in the future.
  • Two year warranty for all parts and mechanical failures gives the buyer peace of mind should anything go wrong, though it is unlikely.

Pricing

Bosch usually fall down in terms of pricing. That said, you can purchase the Joy 2 for as little as £79.99 from Currys. A superbly advanced machine, and one of the best under £100. Currently, the Joy 2 one of the most desirable and popular machines on the market.

Tassimo capsules are also fairly inexpensive. 16 will set you back around £4.00; even for the limited edition and brand tie in varieties such as the Cadbury, Milka and Jacobs discs. Overall, this machines is inexpensive to buy and maintain. It clearly holds its purchase value as even the auction sites see used models sell for upwards of £60.

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The ‘behind the scenes’ function takes the Joy 2 beyond the realms of their competition. Even the Dolce Gusto and Nespresso machines cannot compete with the Joy 2, regardless of their impressive reviews.

It feels well built, there’s nothing about the machine that causes any frustration and it produces superb coffee from the Tassimo pods. You simply can’t go wrong with this machine and it’s a firm favourite amongst ourselves and its many customers.

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De’Longhi Scultura Review

According to many connoisseurs, Manual Espresso machines produce the best coffee. Quick brewing times mean these machines are ideal for producing great coffee in an instant. DeLonghi know the Manual Espresso machine has a place even in a modern market that’s littered with capsule and bean-to-cup machines. The brand have gone out of their way to make the Scultura a superb example.

Key Features

  • With a 1.4 litre water tank, you are able to brew anything up to 16 cups before any filling is required. This tank is removable to make for easy filling.
  • Many believe the manual process takes much practice but the Scultura has refined the process for ease. Simply load the ground coffee, lock the arm into place and press a button – simple.
  • All the necessary peripherals are included: Espresso arm, a variety of filters and even a coffee scoop with a built-in tamper to compress the ground beans.
  • The Scultura can be used with standard tea bags, effectively replacing the need for a kettle in the kitchen.
  • A steam arm is fitted for frothing milk and the temperature of both the water dispense and steam. This can be set at the touch of a button.
  • The top of the machine acts as a cup warmer to ensure the chosen vessel is at a suitable temperature.
  • The Scultura is also compatible with ESE espresso pods which can be purchased separately. This is most helpful if you don’t have a bean grinder nor any pre-ground coffee.

Pricing

At present, the Scultura is available via Amazon for an amazing £149.99, truly staggering for a manual machine of this quality. Its retro design will fit in with any kitchen design and it is compact enough that it won’t dominate a worktop. However, it isn’t small, per se, but it is a well designed unit that has maximised the potential of a medium-sized machine.

With everything you get for your money, you’ll have to look long and hard to find a better manual machine for this price. DeLonghi have priced themselves out of the market in years gone by but they have clearly addressed the issue here. This machine mid-priced yet exceptional.

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The sheer number of options with the Scultura make it a great option for any home and any user. There really is no need for a kettle in the kitchen with the Scultura. It will reach temperature faster than most and can also be used with a plethora of brewing mediums.

The side mounted steam arm also, this makes for a much easier milk frothing process. You can manoeuvre the jug without coming close to the hot parts of the machine. This allows for greater ease of movement and improved safety from burns.

In conclusion, all you really need to know is that the price is right and the Scultura makes exceptional coffee.

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Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Pro Review

 

The Latissima has long been a favourite of reviewers and customers alike as DeLonghi take the next step in improving their premier offering. This is in the form of the Lattisima Pro. The original was a great machine and only suffered due to its hefty price tag and blocky design. The refinements for the Pro version are evident even upon first glance.

Key Features

  • 19 bar pump pressure, 1.3 litre water tank and an improved 500ml milk carafe makes for a simply perfect capsule machine. The pressure is always on demand, the tank can produce up to 16 cups at once.
  • You will find a variety pack of 16 Nespresso pods included within the purchase price. This allows you the chance to experience much of the Nespresso range immediately.
  • The Latissima Pro has been deliberately designed to accept capsules from third parties who produce Nespresso-esque capsules. The less restrictive capsule receptacle increases its possibilities.
  • The automated milk frothing system is utterly genius and DeLonghi deserve all the plaudits for this innovation.
  • A high positioned dispenser allows for even the largest mugs to fit, plus the removable drip tray offers additional room, if required.
  • The Latissima Pro can be programmed to dispense based both on factory presets or, the user’s preferences.
  • It comes with internal bin for used capsules. This has an excellent capacity with the used pods automatically dropped into the receptacle.

Pricing

DeLonghi haven’t learned from their pervious mistake in regards to pricing. The machine retails for roughly £360.00 via Amazon and £400 elsewhere. A lot to pay for a capsule machine.

Admittedly, there is a lot more on offer with the Pro model but it still struggles to justify its price tag. Innovative milk system or not, buyers will reconsider their position when manual machines cost as much as the Pro does.

Granted, the price includes everything the machine needs to function and more, though it’s just too much.

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The coffee produced is absolutely outstanding and you really can taste the difference between the Latissima Pro and a cheaper model. Plus, the milk frothing system makes it very easy to make milk based drinks such as Cappuccino’s and Lattes.

The machine is rather heavy so once it’s in place, you’d be unwise to try and re-locate it after every use. The short power cable also causes issues, 45cm is all you get so you’ll need to position it in close proximity to a plug.

The Latissima Pro feels solid and well built but you expect this for the price you’re paying. It’s very difficult to get over the pricing point in order to focus on the positives. The con of the cost is just too great, this machine is best for those who prefer luxury living.

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DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 Review

DeLonghi pride themselves on manufacturing the very best of Bean-to-Cup machines and the ESAM4200 is no different. Elegant, reliable, and perfectly suited to coffee lovers that favour espresso and cappuccinos. The ESAM4200 is the complete machine, combining brilliant performance with exceptional value for money.

Key Features

  • The ESAM4200 works with both fresh/freeze dried beans and pre-ground or instant coffee, simply load the hopper and the machine gets to work with whichever type of coffee you choose.
  • A 15 bar pump is more than sufficient and is comparable to the professional systems you see in many reputable cafes.
  • Pre-programmed dispense settings are already in place with the ESAM4200, meaning you can brew a cup with a single touch. The manual explains in great detail how to amend these settings, or even create your own for the perfect brew for your taste.
  • A common complaint with many Bean-to-Cup machines is the lack of milk options, however, the ESAM4200 comes fully equipped with a milk frothing arm that is incredibly easy to use.
  • You needn’t worry about the machine breaking down. Their two year guarantee covers everything from mechanical issues down to the smallest pieces.

Pricing

DeLonghi machines can come in at much higher prices than other brands on the market but you must remember that you’re buying a machine that’s been designed with decades of experience.

The ESAM4200 is currently £229.99 and can be purchased from Amazon directly. This means it qualifies for the free one day Prime delivery service. The price may seem steep but the original RRP of the ESAM4200 was £449.99. So, you’re actually saving a small fortune on a machine that produces delicious coffee with minimal effort.

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Truthfully, the ESAM4200 has been in the shadow of DeLonghi’s overwhelmingly impressive ECAM Bean-to-Cup machine for some time. That said, its big brother costs nearly three times as much as the best price we found on the ESAM4200. Comparatively, you can’t justify the increased spend as the ECAM does little different to this machine.

The only real drawbacks with the ESAM4200 are the complexity of the grinder calibration process and the virtually useless cup warmer. Though you expect to spend a lot of time setting the grinder to your exacting standards. In regards to the cup water, this is simply a way for the machine to release its excess heat.

Put simply, the ESAM4200 is a brilliant machine that doesn’t cost the earth; that’s all you really need to know. You may not be able to warm your cups quickly and you’re likely find yourself losing your temper with the grinder initially, but all coffee machines come with a learning curve. Take your time, be patient and you will reap the rewards in no time.

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Coffee Machine Buying Guide 2017

Choosing the best Coffee Machine that suits all of your needs can be a challenging task, particularly with so many options available. In many instances, it can be rather confusing.

However, fear not! Our comprehensive coffee machine buying guide for 2017 will take you through the different types of Coffee Machines on the market. Our independent guides assess the merits of each different model, looking at everything from style to functionality.

Sit back, pour yourself a cup of the good stuff and digest our latest installment below:

Filter Coffee Machines

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If you have a need for a large quantity of coffee to be brewed, or don’t buy in to the more complex specific coffee varieties, you need look no further than a Filter Coffee machine. Easily the simplest to use of all the variants; ground coffee is loaded into a container lined with a paper or permanent filter and water is run through the filter to produce your brew.

The coffee runs into a jug which sits on a heated base to keep it warm, should it not all be consumed at once. However, it’s important to remember that coffee which has been sat for some time being warmed will deteriorate in taste after a while hence, you should only brew as much as you feel you will need.

The two main variants of Filter Coffee machines are permanent or paper filtered. Paper filters are disposable and are generally thrown away after a single use. These vary in size and how permeable they are. Permanent filters require cleaning after a few uses, depending on the product, but they can save you a lot of money in the long run as paper filters are roughly £7 for 250. This may sound like much but it’s still an additional expense.

The positives are clear with Filter Coffee machines: they’re straight-forward, cheaper than automated machines and they come in different sizes depending on your needs. The drawbacks are very apparent too. They only produce black coffee, you may need a bean grinder if you aren’t able to purchase ground beans in and, they can be problematic to clean.


Pod/Capsule Coffee Machines

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Capsule machines are very straightforward to use and ingle use pods are inserted to produce a variety of coffee products. Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? Insert pod, press button, receive coffee; why would you choose anything else?

Pods and Capsules can be expensive and some have a tendency to taste slightly artificial, especially those that have been created in partnership with brand names such as Oreo and Cadbury’s. There’s also the matter of waste – Nescafe may use aluminium which is infinitely recyclable but the others tend to use plastic which isn’t as environmentally friendly. Make sure you check out our brands section for the full lowdown on each make.

Many of the Capsule machines produce fantastic coffee and some even have the facility to produce lattes and cappuccinos using steamed milk. They’re also generally very inexpensive. If you’re looking for extreme ease of use at low initial cost this is the machine for you.


Espresso Coffee Machines

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Perfect for anyone looking for a small piece of Costa Coffee in their own home; the barista style Coffee Machine. The ground coffee is inserted into the receptacle and forced into place by the user, water is then forced through the holder to produce coffee. It all sounds very simple but sadly, that’s not quite the case.

Applying the wrong pressure to the coffee arm when inserting it to the machine can cause a bad seal. This will either cause water splash out or, produce a bad brew. Practice definitely does make perfect with these machines. The difficulty moves up yet another level should the machine be fitted with a steam arm for heating and frothing milk. This is a skill that takes a great deal of development or even training!

The difficult process is very rewarding once mastered, however you can expect to waste a lot of coffee with these machines. Also, you may need to invest in a coffee bean grinder as freshly ground beans produce far superior coffee. If you are patient or have worked as a barista before, this is definitely the way to go. Though, if you’re looking for ease of use, look elsewhere.


Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

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These are the jack of all trades as far as coffee machines are concerned. There is an in-built bean grinder that freshly grinds beans and produces filter coffee directly into your cup at the touch of a button. Many even have in built milk dispensers or steaming arms.

There really are no drawbacks as far as the performance of the machine is concerned. That said, cleaning them can be very frustrating. The used ground coffee will either remain in the filter until manually removed or it will drop into a bin somewhere on the machine. Be warned, once ground coffee has been used, it begins to mould after as little as 24 hours. This can produce a nasty surprise if you forget.

Basically, the machine’s ease of use and its cleaning issues counteract each other. Aiming for a basic Bean-to-Cup machine will remove the cleaning issue, no steam arm and a manual system for removing used coffee will save a lot of hassle.


Important Things to Consider

There are some very important factors you must consider before deciding on which Coffee Machine is best for you. Yes, you need to settle on the best style of machine for your needs but there’s far more to it than that:

Size and Weight
This may not sound like much of a problem as you will be unlikely to move your machine  once it is placed in your kitchen. Consider whether you will store the machine when it is not in use; will you be able to lift it into its storage location?

Ease of Use
Just how much time and effort are you willing to put in for a cup of coffee? If you’re used to boiling a kettle and spooning instant coffee into a cup, the step up to a full sized, barista style espresso machine is probably a bad idea. Choose a machine based on your level of ability or how much you’re willing to learn.

Wattage
The greater the wattage of your machine, the faster the water will come to temperature. If you need to make a lot of coffee, or brew in a hurry, choose a higher wattage.

Bar Pressure
9 and 15 bars is the right level of pressure to produce a perfect espresso. Anything higher or lower than this is redundant.

Heating Element
The most efficient heating element is a Thermoblock. These operate at roughly 90 degrees which is the optimum for espresso coffee. Overheating coffee will lead to a bitter, unpleasant taste.

Automated Shut Down
The energy conscious among us will look for a machine that shuts down after a certain period of time without use. It does save on electricity but be mindful of the time frame, you wouldn’t want the machine to switch off just as you’re about to make another brew.

Steam Arm
For those who prefer Lattes and Cappuccinos, a steam arm is essential. These can be difficult to use but are the only way to get the best from your Latte.

Water Tank & Capacity
For cleaning purposes, a removable water tank is essential. A fixed tank can cause access issues for cleaning and tends to a feature of less expensive machines. You will also want a clear or translucent tank to monitor the water level. There’s nothing as frustrating as wanting to brew a fresh coffee only to find the tank is empty.

Maintenance
Every coffee machine will come with some form of instruction manual. It goes without saying you should read this before using the machine. The guide should also contain maintenance advice which must be adhered to, otherwise any form of warranty could be compromised.

5 Best Nespresso Coffee Machines

The Best Nespresso Coffee Machines

Nespresso is one of the most famous coffee brands on the planet. A name spawn by global giants Nestle referring to their capsule coffee products; a single use container full of ground beans and some with added flavourings. Nespresso are one of the biggest names in capsule coffee and it’s easy to see why. Their range of coffee products is so expansive which enables you to brew amazing coffee from around the globe. Plus, their machines are truly exceptional.

Over the last decade Nestle have opted for certain manufacturers to create their Nespresso machines as they seek to take advantage of growing domestic demand. The most common machines available are made by Krups, Siemens, Magimix and DeLonghi but which one is the best? Fingers crossed our guide to the best Nespresso machines can answer that for you.

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DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus

£735.00

Immediately, we know what you’re thinking, that £735.00 is an awful lot of money to spend on a coffee machine. Stay with us to see why we think this machine is worth such a big outlay. It really is one of the best capsule coffee machines on the market.

Not only does this machine carry the DeLonghi brand, it also comes with a whole host of features no other Nespresso machine can offer. Starting with its rapid 40 seconds heat up time and whopping 19 bar pressure; this really is the top dog of Nespresso machines.

There are some quirkier features about the Lattissima too; you can program keys to dispense your favourite drink with a single touch. It also boasts an automated milk frothing system. The milk jug is attached to the front of the system and frothed milk can be added with a single touch. This is particularly impressive if you’ve ever tried to froth milk with a steam arm.

We appreciate that this is a relatively expensive item but for everything it offers, it is well be worth the money. And, there’s always the second hand market through Amazon should you be interested.


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Krups Pixie Coffee Machine

£360.00

At less than half the price of the DeLonghi, you expect the Krups Pixie to sit in its shadow but you’d be wrong. This little machine has star quality all of its own.

A fascinating design sees all the heating elements in the centre of the machine. You will find the sizeable water tank to the rear and the dispenser at the front. Pods are inserted just above the dispense nozzle. And, it isn’t only the look of the machine that is head and shoulders above the DeLonghi.

The Krups Pixie machine heats up in 25-seconds and can brew a coffee from the Nespresso pod in 30-seconds. If you’re on the go, you can certainly appreciate this monumental speed. Granted, you may think such fast heating would use a lot of power but the Pixie is a very low consumption product. It goes to power off after a short period thanks to its rapid heating time.

We were blown away by the Krups Pixie and at £360.00, we can justify the spend to a greater extent than we could with the DeLonghi. The only negative is the lack of foamed milk and you rely on the capsules themselves for Cappucinos etc. Though you could use the money you saved by not buying the DeLonghi to purchase a steamer!


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Magimix Pixie Coffee Machine

£149.99

You may be wondering how the Magimix Pixie differs from the Krups Pixie and, from first impressions, there’s not a great deal of difference. So why the massively reduced price compared to the Krups? There are a few key differences that affect the price but you’d be surprised how little they actually impact on the Magimix’s performance.

The Krups machine heats up in a lightning fast 25 seconds and the Magimix is slower than this despite a similar ThermoBlock heating system. Whilst it’s by no means tortoise slow, it’s a noticeable delay. This delay is offset by a clever standby system wherein the Magimix goes to ‘sleep’ after 30 minutes without use. However, the machine maintains an amount of heat in the system and this standby can be adjusted to just 9 minutes for the energy conscious.

The biggest positive for the Magimix is the inclusion of the Aeroccino 3 within the purchase price. The Krups’ downfall is the lack of fresh milk options. This detracts slightly from that bean-to-cup taste and the Magimix includes the Aeroccino 3 to combat this issue. The Aeroccino 3 is a milk frothing device that heats and foams milk at the touch of a button. To purchase separately, the Aeroccino 3 is a £50 peripheral, you can’t argue with the value.

The big question is which is superior, the Krups or Magimix Pixie? The answer is simple; neither. They both have their positives and negatives depending on your needs from a coffee machine. You can purchase an Aeroccino along with the Krups at additional cost but for those on a budget, the Magimix wins.


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Magimix Nespresso U

£129.99

Another entry from Magimix sees a very ergonomic take on the Nespresso machine – the Nespresso U. This machine was developed based on feedback from customers who found the Pixie and similar models too ungainly to sit on their work surfaces.

The Nespresso U addresses this problem by allowing the user to move the tank through 180 degrees, allowing for a side mounted tank if needed. It also utilises the same technology as the Magimix Pixie for its ThermoBlock heating system and standby mode.

There are three preset cup sizes to choose from and the machine automatically ejects a used capsule. Combining this with a three year Nespresso guarantee, including home collection, it results in a bargain machine. You even receive 16 Nespresso capsules in the box.

Admittedly, the lack of milk option does detract from the overall appeal but the Aeroccino is only £50 as a peripheral. St £129.95 for the machine, you can probably afford the addition.


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AllMyCoffee MCM001 Coffee Machine

£24.99

This is where things get a little interesting as the AllMyCoffee machine isn’t actually a Nespresso machine per se. It has been designed by a third party to be compatible with Nespresso capsules and the company have adhered strictly to the rules and regulations surrounding the development of the product. The result? A seriously affordable machine that uses your favourite Nespresso coffee capsules.

There are a few words of warning with the AllMyCoffee machine but they are relatively minor. Firstly, their user manual states the machine is compatible with most Nespresso capsules but it worked fine with all of the standard pods we have tried. Secondly, there is no mention of a direct warranty or guarantee so it reverts to statutory rights (12 months warranty from purchase).

At such a low cost, it is hard to see why you would look elsewhere. Though, one nagging doubt is the lack of full Nespresso endorsement. This isn’t an item you’d be sold by Del Trotter but if you prefer a household name, this perhaps isn’t for you.

Best Nespresso Machine

The machines we have tested and reviewed cover the bulk of the market. There are only so many designs and as the price increases, you really are paying for a brand name and faster heating times. When it comes down to what you want, bear in mind: price, warranty and quality of coffee.

Our personal recommendation is the Magimix Pixie with Aeroccino 3. This machine covers all bases as far as a Nespresso machine is concerned and includes an expensive add for a very reasonable price.

Coffee Machines Under £100

Buy Cheap Coffee Machines

Not everyone wants to spend thousands of pounds of a coffee machine, especially if their needs are met by something much cheaper. You may be lulled into believing a more expensive machine would be superior but this is not the case. You’re likely be paying for a brand name and/or features you simply don’t need.

To avoid the need for hundreds of wasted hours researching the market, we’ve compiled a full guide to the 10 best coffee machines under £100, from bean-to-cup to the very best filter coffee machines. There’s something for everyone here so you might just bag yourself a bargain:

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Cuisinart One Cup Grind and Brew

£99.99

A brilliant machine for those who only need one cup of coffee brewing at any one time; the Cuisinart not only brews coffee it also grinds beans with its built-in grinder. It’s even good for those who prefer to buy pre-ground coffee and is fully compatible with whole or ground beans.

A fully automatic system that is easy to clean sounds like it could be too good to be true but the Cuisinart fits this description perfectly. All removable parts are dishwasher safe, including the grinding chamber and filter basket. The drip tray is even adjustable to fit your chosen cup along with simple settings that can be amended to change the strength of your brew.

A very diminutive machine that would suit smaller kitchens perfectly. The machine is even sold with 100 filters saving you a small fortune right away. Perhaps the best news regarding the Cuisinart is its impressive three year warranty. The machine is distributed by Lakeland who are very flexible in their offerings on the guarantee.

A genuine triumph from Cuisinart – and a bargain at £99.99!


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Sabichi Stainless Steel Coffee Maker

£99.00

A manual espresso maker for under £100 isn’t particularly common, this may lead you to believe this Sabichi model isn’t all that but you’d be wrong. This stylish machine features a 1.5 litre capacity tank that is detachable for both easy filling and cleaning. Something many more expensive machines don’t have!

Manual machines are often thought to be very difficult to use but with this Sabichi machine, that just isn’t true. There are three buttons as controls for the machine: on/off, espresso and cappuccino – that’s it! It’s no more difficult than pushing a button. Naturally, the cappuccino function will need you to make use of the frothing arm but it is much simpler to use than on other machines. You can even leave it to foam itself assuming you keep an eye on it.

The Sabichi is a good example of a budget manual espresso machine; it does everything anyone could want aside from grinding the beans for you. Sadly, there is little information on any kind of warranty but when purchased through Amazon you can opt in for this at an additional cost.

Well worth the money at £99.00.


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Kenwood KMix CM030GY

£90.00

Filter coffee machines may not be the most complex in terms of the technology that goes into them, but they remain a firm favourite with coffee connoisseurs around the globe. The slow infusion creates the most intense taste available and Kenwood have certainly recognised this here. Not only does the KMix’s internal ThermoGen heating system brew the coffee at the perfect temperature, it also has an internal detection system. This turns off the machine after two hours and informs you when descaling is needed.

The tank is less than one litre which may deter some but it is incredibly compact at less than three kilograms. It is something of a quirky, retro design too which will sit well in modern kitchens – think SMEG!

Kenwood is also one of the brands you can trust and have a fantastic reputation for quality goods from kitchen appliances to stereo speakers. They really are jack of all trades. There are cheaper filter coffee machines available but this one is well worth the money for its clever design, reliable manufacturing and 12 month guarantee.

Simple and impressive for £90.00.


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Russell Hobbs 14899 Platinum

£89.99

It was never going to be long before Russell Hobbs received a mention. This grind and brew model is truly exceptional for the price. The most important feature of this machine is its LCD screen; there’s nothing better than having a screen to work through rather than trying to brew blindly. The screen handles functions such as programming the time of day you would like your coffee brewed, as well as how many cups you’d like. You’re able to have up at ten at once, genius!

Interestingly, this machine doesn’t require paper filters as its permanent filter can be easily cleaned and re-used. The integrated grinder does require you to use whole beans rather than pre-ground but the programmable brewing function means there is no waiting around.

Perhaps the main drawback of the machine is its size. It isn’t the largest in terms of dimensions but 100kg is a lot for anything other than a worktop. Certainly not the machine for you if it’s only to be used on special occasions, this is an everyday machine.

The price simply doesn’t reflect the functionality here. Russell Hobbs have created something truly brilliant for less than £100.


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Bosch Tassimo T34 Joy

£89.00

Pod/Capsule machines are renowned for being straightforward and Bosch have genuinely made this machine as simple as it can possibly be . It’s so simple there are only two buttons on the whole machine: on/off and brew.

The machine has an innovative barcode scanning system which recognises the pod inserted, the program required for the perfect brew and also features Bosch’s sensoFlow technology. This means heating up time is nil.

There’s no too much to say about Tassimo machines, the Tassimo pods are fairly inexpensive and have a very vast product range. The crux of the matter is whether the machine itself fits your needs. The Bosch is small, stylish and its clever heating system is superb.

For £89.00 you really can’t do much better than this Tassimo machine.


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Krups Dolce Gusto KP120840 Mini Me

£75.85

Surprisingly, as we work down in terms of cost we actually encounter some of the bigger brands. However, don’t be fooled into thinking these entry level machines are no good, it’s quite the opposite. This particular design is becoming synonymous with the Dolce Gusto brand, the rounded head and the volume selection slider. It’s incredibly user friendly and so straight-forward, you may not want to look at any other machines.

However, the tank is only 0.8 litres which is enough for around six cups. This is no real task as the tank is fully detachable. Granted, if you use the machine on its full volume option, you may not get six cups from a tank but such a well-designed, compact machine wouldn’t overly benefit from a larger capacity.

This particular model is actually the top of this Krups range and a similar product can be purchased for around £50. Though, for the best results it is wise to opt for this higher end model. The money you save on comparative models could be put to use purchasing one of Dolce Gusto’s attractive capsule holders .

A top brand name for very little outlay is exceptional – £75.85


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Russell Hobbs Brita Purity Filter Coffee Maker

£72.00

Recent ventures into the coffee machine market from Brita have gone down very well. Their rich history in water filters can now be combined with filter coffee machines making for an incredible coffee experience.

This particular model is very good value for money as it can be programmed to brew whenever best suits you and has an impressive water capacity of 1.3 litres. The biggest criticism of Brita in the past has been the extortionate prices of their replacement filters. Thankfully, isn’t an issue with the Purity as it is fitted with permanent filters.

The machine benefits from faster heating up than previous Brita models, around 75% faster than its rivals. It also features a heated base plate to keep brewed coffee warm and an auto shut down feature essential for energy saving.

In an age where filtered water is becoming so important, this machine really is a huge step forward and at £72.00, you can’t do much better for the price.


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Andrew James 15 Bar Barista Coffee Machine

£69.99 (on offer, £97.99 otherwise)

This really is a piece of Starbucks in your kitchen and for such a low price you’d be mad not to consider it. It may not be the easiest thing to use for a novice but with practice and practice, you’ll soon be brewing your own espressos, lattes and cappuccinos like an expert barista.

A straight-forward design sees a large dial on the front for selecting one or two cups, an on/off button and another  to select either the type of water flow; high pressure or hot water dispense. The machine comes complete with two filter arms and a steam arm for frothing milk. Basically everything you could possibly need and, the top of the machine even functions as a cup warmer.

The 1.7 litre water tank will produce anything up to 16 cups and is detachable for easy filling. The system works on 15 bar pressure which is perfect for brewing.

Not the biggest name in domestic appliances but if this machine is anything to go by, Andrew James might just become the most popular in your home – £69.99.


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Braun BRA KF560/1

£65.00

It couldn’t be long before technology giants Braun entered the market and their typically efficient style shines through with the BRA. The simple design features a 1.3 litre tank, this is filled from above. There is also a recessed area for the paper filter, these are the only two moving parts on the whole machine.

Reviews have been very favourable of this particular model, though its predecessor did include a Brita water filter. It appears this refreshed model does not and may have something to do with the ludicrous pricing of the Brita filters. In the past £65.00 on a coffee machine would soon lead to hundreds of pounds on filters.

A true return to simplicity by Braun and it does produce very refined coffee, a shame it uses paper filters but they are inexpensive for the most part.


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Breville Moments Hot Drinks Maker

£62.00

You can rely upon household name Breville to come up with a whole new take on the coffee machine. They have certainly delivered in the Moments machine. Instead of using expensive capsules and pods, the Breville has tanks for fresh milk and water. These can be heated to produce a drink of your choice using instant coffee or hot chocolate.

It may sound bizarre that we favour a machine using instant coffee rather than freshly ground but this really is a game changer. The Breville heats up in around 3 minutes, a lot faster than many of the budget coffee machines. It also makes use of fresh milk which the capsule machines sadly do not.

We concede it’s the choice of either milk or water but that isn’t uncommon. The machine itself only has three settings: off, heat up and dispense. So simple you could do it blindfolded, the same goes for cleaning the machine…virtually everything is removable and dishwasher safe!

Some may see the Breville Moments as something of a gimmick but it is so much more than that. It’s a very clever machine that is simple, affordable and reliable!

Best Coffee Machine Under £100

Obviously, this is a very subjective matter as some people truly prefer to use capsule machines whereas others prefer to take on the Barista machine head on. Personally, we believe any of these machines will provide you will everything you want for a very low outlay. This will free up money for any peripherals you may wish to purchase.

You can spend as much as you like on a coffee machine but avoid spending a fortune when there is no need. Check out the guarantees too; many brands won’t replace a dropped filter coffee jug and they can be very expensive.

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