Coffee. A day doesn’t start until you have had a proper cup of coffee. Whether it’s a milky latte from the nearest Starbucks on your way into work or shot of Espresso to wake your body up for the day ahead, most of us Brits start our day with our favourite hot drink. A long overdue catch up with friends is known to take place in a local coffee shop, maternity leave usually involves a cappuccino or two and a well earned break at work usually involves…you guessed it…a cup of coffee!
Nothing can beat the smell of freshly brewed coffee, especially when that smell is coming from your own kitchen. For decades we have been able to make our own ground coffee (none of that instant nonsense) in a cafetiere, however these are a thing of the past. The coffee machine is the ultimate contemporary kitchen gadget. We can finally have coffee shop coffee in our own homes. Thanks to the huge selection of coffee pods and capsules available, we can choose a coffee to suit our mood. We can also choose a machine to suit our budget. With options of grinding your own coffee beans and steaming your own milk through to letting the machine do all this for you, there is something for every wannabe barista out there to wow your guests, as well as providing you with that all important first coffee of the day!!
Here we will look at the different types of home coffee machines available from the traditional stove-top espresso makers to high end fully automatic coffee makers and try to help you decide what best suits your life style and budget. We include some books that can help you make the perfect coffee at home and have included customer reviews from Amazon.co.uk as user reviews can be an important part of the decision making process. Our list of the best, most popular machines on the market right now is sure to guide you in the right direction. With some great deals and prices on some of the top machines you are sure to find your perfect match! Happy shopping!
These products are extremely good value and not too heavy on the purse strings. Neat and compact machines that are ridiculously easy to use, heating up in no time and producing coffee at the perfect drinking temperature every time. With a wide range of capsules available at your local supermarket there really is a coffee to suit everyone. The best pod machines come in a range of colours and styles. Accessories are available for storing the pods, which not only provide ease of selection for you when choosing from the vast choice of drinks but are a modern addition to any kitchen.
Bean to cup coffee machines make the freshest brew, grinding the bean and pouring the coffee automatically. If you’ve never had freshly ground coffee you may not even realise there is a big difference to the taste of the coffee if you are drinking it minutes after the beans are ground. When using pre ground packed coffee you lose some of the intended flavors. He are some options if you think a bean to cup machine is right for you.
These espresso machines use Thermoblock technology making them smaller and much cheaper than a conventional boiler machines. Some espresso machines can be a little messy but are worth it for a decent coffee. So if you want control over your espresso, these pump coffee machines are ideal. They come with 3 filters for 1 cup, 2 cups or ESE pods and as they are designed for home use they very easy to use, you don’t need to be a barista to get the most from the machines.
Stovetop coffee makers may seem like a complicated machine but they are actually relatively easy to use and produce rich, authentic Italian coffee in minutes. The bottom chamber contains water. When heated the steam pressure pushes the water through a basket containing ground coffee, then into the collecting chamber. As they are made of compartments they are also easy to clean.
Filter or Drip Coffee is a cheap and easy way for coffee lovers to get there morning fix. With these machines you are basically pouring hot water onto ground coffee beans, then allowing to brew. It then drips through into a carafe where the coffee is kept warm by a hot plate so is usually good for a couple of hours. With so many ground coffee options on the market, there must be one to suit your taste.