Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

We have an extensive range of Bean to Cup Coffee Machines to choose from

 
 

What are Bean to Cup Coffee Machines?

Essentially you put coffee and milk into the machine and it does the rest, providing you with a perfectly brewed drink of your choice.

Pros of Bean to Cup Coffee Machines
  • Grind beans on demand for a fresh brew.
  • Most will automate the coffee-making process.
  • Use a variety of coffee beans and some will handle ground coffee too.
  • Some settings are programmable, so you can tailor drinks and easily repeat favourite choices.
Cons of Bean to Cup Coffee Machines
  • They tend to be more expensive
  • The milk system requires daily cleaning
  • The grinder requires regular cleaning
  • The process can be noisy
  • The machines tend to be bulky

Buying a Bean to Cup Machine?

One downside of bean to cup coffee machines is that they’re expensive, with even a decent entry-level machine costing around £200. They can also be noisy and take up more space than another coffee-making method. Even the most expensive models will need regular cleaning and maintenance, which can be difficult and time-consuming. And while higher end machines come with a range of features, the more basic models may only make espresso coffee. This means that if you like lattes, cappuccinos or flat whites, you’ll need to invest in a milk frother too.

What To Consider When Buying A Bean To Cup Coffee Machines

As with all things coffee related, there’s a huge range of machines available on the market. Bean to cup coffee machines can be a considerable investment, so you want to get it right. When choosing one, you need to consider a few things:

While all bean to cup machines make espresso, as we’ve already mentioned, that’s all some can do. Some machines can make a range of coffee types but are designed with a particular type in mind. Some machines come with manual milk frothers, while others are integrated and automated to produce the perfect latte or cappuccino every time.

While you can get a basic bean to cup machine for less than £100, the reality is that you should expect to pay around £200 for a decent entry-level machine. Price is often an important factor when buying a machine, but it’s not worth scrimping if it’ll cost you more in the long run. With so many different moving parts in a bean to cup coffee machine, checking reviews on durability is essential. You might find a machine that makes the coffee you want at a lower price, but if it only lasts a couple of years, it’ll prove a false economy. Spending an additional £50 could get you a machine that lasts a decade instead. On the flip side, it’s easy to get carried away and spend more than you wanted on a shiny new machine with more buttons than a NASA space shuttle. Be realistic about whether the extra features are really going to improve your coffee experience.

Functionality

In this gadget-driven world, bean to cup coffee machines haven’t been left behind. We’ve already talked about milk frothers, but the functionality available is far wider than that. More expensive machines offer up to 15 different coarseness of grinds, automatic tamping, and variable valve pressure. For those fond of a more adventurous coffee, some can produce coffees as exotic as a lattemachiato espresso with minimal fuss. And if you like to have a cup ready and waiting for you in the morning, some bean to cup machines offer the capability of pre-setting times or can be connected to your WiFi.

Space

Bean to cup coffee machines are the largest of all coffee-making options. If space in your kitchen is limited, then size is definitely a consideration when purchasing a machine. Budget machines tend to be smaller in size, while some more expensive models wouldn’t look out of place on the counter of an artisan coffee shop. There’s no point falling in love with a particular model only to realise that you’d need to remove your sink to fit it in!

Bean to cup coffee machines are the ideal solution if you want a truly fresh coffee experience. The most expensive of the coffee making options, if coffee is your thing, then investing in one could be the best decision you make for a long time!

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Good to know about...

Pump Pressure

When making espresso, you usually want around nine bars of pressure. Nine bars is known to be the optimal pressure in making coffee.

Power in Watts

The power of the machines (in watts) relates to how quickly it can heat the water to make the coffee and in some case the ability to make steam. The higher the wattage, the quicker it will heat the water and be able to re-heat water if you're making lots of drinks.

Keep Warm Function

This function keeps the water in the boiler warm so that if you don't used the machine for a while, the water will still be hot enough for another coffee. It essentially speeds up the process so the boiler isn't heating the water from cold.

Cup Warmer

Some machines have space on top to place mugs/cups. The natural heat of the machine keeps them warm.

Container Volume

Most bean to Cup Machines have a water resevoir which needs to be filled with water. The bigger this is, the more drinks can be made before having to refill.

Water Filter

Water filters as the name suggests, filter the water from the resevoir. Some are washable and some have to be replaced. They both only have a limited lifespan.

Water Temperature

We all like our drink at different temperatures. Some Bean to Cup Machines have the ability to change this setting.

Boiler Type

There are generally 3 types of boilers, single, double and thermobloc. Single boiler: means that there is only one boiler to heat the water and to produce steam. Double boiler: the machine has two boilers, one to heat water and one to make steam. Thermobloc: is fabricated out of two plates of metal with a spiral route cut into it for the water to travel through.They are energy efficient as they only heat water immediately prior to it being used. While they are able to generate hot water extremely quickly, their temperature control is less perfect than other technologies.

Dripstop

When you have finished making a drink, the drip-stop feature ensures there are no drips from the spout ensuring little or no mess.

Removable Water Tank

This refers to the water resevoire. Some are removable and some aren't. They are easier to clean if they are removable.

Coffee Type

Bean to Cup Coffee Machines are not all the same. Some will only accept whole beans and some will accept whole beans and ground coffee. Some have the ability to take two types of coffee beans and be able to select between the 2 at the press of a button.

Grinder

There are 2 types of grinders, Flat and Conicle. Flat Burr grinders are noisier, hotter, and pricier than Conical Burr grinders, yet they produce a more consistent grind.

Grinder Settings

Depending on how course or fine the coffee is gound will depend on the final product. The more grinder settings, the more adjustment you'll have on the final product.

Beans Capacity

This is simply the quantity of beans the container holds, measured in grams. The more beans, the less often it will have to be filled.

Double Spout

Some Bean to Cup Machines have a double spout meaning they can make two drink at the same time.

Dispenser (spout) Height

It's always good a good thing to make sure your cups/mugs will fit under the spout. Some machines have fixed height spouts and some are adjustable for larger cups/mugs.

Control Panel

Choose from push buttons, touch screens, knob, dials, LED displays and full colour screens.

Programmable

Not all machines are programmable. If you like your hot drink a specific way, a fully programmable machine will allow you to store individual drink settings so you get a consistent drink all the time.

Milk Frother

These are either integrated into the machine or are manual. A fully automated machine will froth the milk for you while for a semi-automated machine, you may have to froth your own using the steam wand.

Milk Carafe

For fully automatic machines that do eveything, the milk carafe is integrated into the machine and needs to be filled before the drink is made. Some milk carafes are removable which makes for easy cleaning. The bigger the carafe, the more drinks can be made before it needs to be re-filled.

Water Hardness

Water hardness varies depending on where you are in the country. This function allows you to adjust the water hardness according to where you live in order to get a decent cup of coffee.

Coffee Machine Brands

A note on maintenance...

Cleaning

These machines do require regular cleaning, there is no getting away from that. Some have a One Touch cleaning cycle, these cleaning cycles typically last up to fifteen minutes. In most cases, these are used most of the time, and some machines will need a little manual effort every so often, such as cleaning a filter or emptying out the resulting build up of all of those automated cleaning programmes. Each manufacturer will give guidelines as to how often and what requires cleaned. Things like milk carafes should be emptied on a daily basis and cleaned once they have been emptied. The more you use the machine the more frequently it will have to be cleaned. You aslo don't want to be in a position where you don't use the machine because it hasn't been cleaned. If you're have problems with the machine a good first port of call is to give it a thorough clean - Cleaning is a good first step when troubleshooting.

Water Filters

Most Bean to Cup Coffee Machines have a water filter. Follow the manufacturers guidlines about when to get them changed.

Descaling

If you live in a particularly hard water area, you'll need to descale more regularly. Ultimately it's best to follow the manufacturers guidlines. To descale your machines, follow these steps: 1. Make sure the machine is turned off. 2. Remove the water tank. 3. Rinse it out and refill it with the required amount of fresh water and add your descaling tablet/liquid to the recommended dose. 4. Wait for this to fully dissolve, then pop the tank back in place and turn the machine on.