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There's lots to know about coffee so finding the perfect coffee machine can be a daunting task. We’ve put together three simple questions that are designed to help you select the right machine. Ask yourself...
What type of coffee do I enjoy?
What machines are available?
What's my coffee drinking style?
Water is passed through a paper or mesh filter containing ground coffee to make a black coffee.Shop filter coffee machines
Cold water is poured into the top of the machine where it’s warmed by a heating element before dripping down through a basket of coffee into a jug below. It's then kept warm by a hot plate.Shop filter coffee machines
Percolators work like filter coffee makers in reverse. Stovetop and electric models push boiled water from the bottom through the coffee filter at the top. The brewed coffee then settles in the bottom of the jug.Shop filter coffee machines
Water is boiled in a chamber and this creates pressure and steam. Eventually enough pressure is built up which forces the boiling water through to the coffee.Shop traditional coffee machines
A bean to cup machine is essentially a pump espresso maker with a built-in grinder. Fresh coffee beans are ground in front of you, creating the ultimate coffee making experience in the home.Shop bean to cup coffee machines
Coffee is blended, roasted, ground, and then hermetically sealed in capsules that stay fresh for up to nine months. Hot water is then sent through the pierced capsule and directed into a waiting mug.Shop coffee pod machines
Pump machines have a separate tank and a thermostatically-controlled boiler with a 'Thermoblock' system. This heats up the water to between 85-92°C – the optimum temperature for making coffee. Water is then sent through the coffee holder at the correct bar pressure, helping to create a robust and smooth tasting espresso.Shop traditional coffee machines
Although tamping coffee can be a fun part of the process, it can also prove to be quite time consuming and complicated. Pod machines work with pre-packaged capsules which provide coffee with a consistent cremà time after time. Pods come sealed, guaranteeing long lasting freshness which is also ideal for the occasional userShop coffee pod machines
The benefit of filter machines is that you can produce and enjoy multiple cups of coffee at one time. This is ideal for a large family of coffee drinkers, or just if someone wants to enjoy several cups throughout the morning. Many machines come with hot plates to keep the filter coffee warm, which is great for plenty of refills.Shop filter coffee machines Shop coffee grinders
If you’re a lover of the cappuccino or latte then you will sure to be looking for a machine that is capable of frothing milk. Generally, the steam required for the processes of pump and pressure machines can also be applied to milk so these are a good start. You can also purchase standalone frothing machines.Shop traditional coffee machines Shop coffee pod machines Shop milk frothers
Tamping coffee is a fun but tricky part of getting the perfect espresso. Levelling off the coffee before locking the holder into the machine helps the water to filter through evenly. It can be a fine art getting this just to your taste. For the aspiring barista and discerning espresso drinkers it's definitely worthwhile selecting a machine where they have total control of the style.Shop traditional coffee machines Shop bean to cup coffee machines
Choose a high wattage machine if you're looking to make large quantities of coffee or need your morning espresso in a hurry.View all coffee machines
A removable water tank makes cleaning easy. Opt for a higher water capacity if you're looking to make several cups of coffee in one sitting. Machines with a high water volume are ideal for large families and entertaining.View all coffee machines
Good bar pressure is important for making an impressive cremà. Between 15-19 is the optimum bar pressure for ensuring that the steam meets the coffee granules at the correct speed. Too slow and it could result in a bitter taste.View all coffee machines
A rich and flavoursome espresso requires the water to be heated to an optimum temperature of around 90°C. A machine with a Thermoblock heating system heats the water to the ideal temperature, preventing the coffee from being overheated and leaving a bitter taste.View all coffee machines