When it comes to a marketplace as saturated and myriad as coffee machines, it can be really tricky to know what you should be spending. Everyone loves coffee so having a coffee machine in the kitchen at home as well as whilst you are out an about, or even upgrading your office coffee machine, means you can have delicious barista-style coffee at the push of a couple buttons. However, with so many different models at different prices, not to mention the varieties from filter to bean to cup coffee machines, you can’t just grab the first thing you see. If you’re looking for a commercial machine, or one for one for your office, Honest Coffees machines and coffee products are an exellent place to start, but for the hoome buyer, her are a few suggesstions.
You need to spend the minimum to get quality, great tasting coffee and a long functioning life, while keeping to a budget and not splashing out on unnecessary extras. And you can taste the difference, when it comes between a £30 machine, and a £500 machine. It’s all about finding the machine that meets your needs, and makes great tasting coffee.
Budget – NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Melody 3 Coffee Machine – £54.99
As a budget option, but still very much a top notch performer, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Melody 3 is a great option. At well below £100, it’s very much in the budget range, but it definitely punches above its weight.
Minimal mess and effort, and just a simple case of popping in a pod, and enjoying a hot cup of coffee. The pods come in over different taste varieties of both hot and cold options. It’s a very simple case of placing your pod in, and turning the handle. As the coffee grinds stay in the pod, it’s none of the usual cleaning hassle people associate with coffee machines.
While it does rate the coffee as being barista quality, many reviews aren’t quite as complementary. However, the coffee pods are fairly good quality, a vast improvement on instant coffee options. It has limited functionality, but it does what it does, makes tasty coffee, conveniently. However, you are limited to the pod flavours and options.
Intermediate – Nespresso by Krups XN300540 Pixie Coffee Machine – £119
The Nespresso by Krups XN300540 Pixie machine is pretty big step up from the Dolce Gusto option, as you’d expect, with it being more than twice the price. This extra cost shows itself in the quality of the coffee, which is definitely barista quality in the home, as the label boasts, as well as promising a wide range of other options and features.
Features include variable sizing, all the way from espresso to large, functions with the full range of Nespresso coffee, automatically turning off after 9 minutes of non-use and its incredibly quick heating, meaning you get your caffeine fix as quickly as possible.
The Nespresso coffee capsules come in a vast range of different flavours and blends, however, once again you’re generating a lot of waste per cup of coffee, especially when compared to simple instant coffee. While the taste is great, you’re still limited to the Nespresso range, which, if you don’t like, you’re a little stuck.
Luxury – Coffee Machine De’Longhi ECAM 22.110 – £379
This is it, the big one. While £379 isn’t crazy money for a coffee machine, it is in the vicinity of where you expect a solid, long-term, reliable and quality machine. This is a machine that’s going to last you a long, long time. This particular example features an integrated milk frother, and with clear, easy to use controls, it’s not a hard machine to learn to use.
This machine is no instant coffee, grounds, coffee pod nonsense. This machine uses freshly ground beans. That is a real seal of quality. True, genuine barista quality coffee, in the home. Unlike many machines, this one features a milk frother, which really gives it an authenticity, and gives you a delicious cup of coffee.
The fact is, at £379, you can expect a quality machine. However, the quality of your coffee does still depend on the quality of coffee beans you’re buying, and if you’re buying terrible beans, you’ll taste it.
Here’ we’ve focused on coffee at home but for those of you looking for a machine for a professional environment there will be another article just for you, in the mean time here’s a demo of a great professional bean to cup machine…