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Important Things to Consider Before Buying a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine This Winter

Fresh is Best

If getting the freshest possible cup of coffee is important to you, then a bean-to-cup coffee machine is going to be the best option for you. At the touch of a button, the coffee beans are ground for you to make the coffee as you wait. There is no fresher option.
When you look to buy a bean to cup coffee machine, it is worth researching beforehand as the price ranges from around £250 to well over four times that at £1,000+, so know what you want from your machine.

Range of Cups

If you want the instant hit an espresso will give you and nothing else, there are espresso-only machines to give you that. You might, however, prefer something flexible enough to give you or family members and guests a choice - cappuccinos or a macchiato perhaps, or a flat white. In that case, you will need to buy a bean to cup coffee machine with a few more tricks up its sleeve.

Choosing the Right Machine

The pros and cons will depend on what you want from your machine, but as a basic rule, expect to pay in the region of £300 to get a 'best-buy' type model. These are expensive pieces of equipment, but if coffee is important to you, then the value will be no issue. If you need additional features such as an automatic milk frother, you'll need to increase your budget. The top models from top brands will cost closer to £2,000.

Simplicity is Key

Sometimes, the machines using ground coffee are more complicated than bean-to-cup versions, which can be especially true if you're not a budding barista. Many will take beans and ground coffee, which gives you even more options. There are so many different coffees out there which are full of flavour, with beans available from many brands, including some fantastic options from big-name supermarket chains.

Bean to cup machines are generally simple and easy, but they are bulky and can be noisy. They are quick to use, so you can programme your coffee while you make breakfast. There is no doubting, though, that the initial outlay can be significant, and they are often quite difficult to clean.

Check out the big name brands like DeLonghi, Gaggia and Bosch, but be prepared to consider other brands as there are some much less well-known names that are producing some great machines. If you are very brand loyal, it is also worth comparing several models from the same brand.

Before you make the commitment, think about what you like from your coffee, and what you need. Do you always order the same thing at your local coffee shop, even down to size, or are you willing to try the seasonal special? How many cups do you drink in a day, and how often do you make coffee for other people? Narrow down what you want from your machine and you'll be in a better place to set a budget and pick the right model for you.