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Best Bean To Cup Coffee Machine In UK - Reviews 2020 - 2021

Written By Maria
Last Updated June 6, 2021
Product
Editor's Choice
Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black
Product Dimensions
46.7 x 25.9 x 37.2 cm
37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm
42.2 x 25.1 x 38.3 cm
Product Weight
10.82 Kilograms
10.52 Kilograms
7.21 Kilograms
Colour
Black
Silver
Black
Capacity
1.8 litres
1.8 litres
1.4 litres
Power / Wattage
1450 watts
1450 watts
1300 watts
Material
Stainless Steel
Plastic
Plastic
Smartphone App
Special Features
21 pre-set coffee specialities, Adjustable Coffee Intensity:4, Touchscreen, Automatic cleaning and descaling, Automatic Bean Select, customisation possible with the Melitta Connect App
Integrated Coffee Grinder. Milk Frother. Programmable. Removable Tank. Thermoblock. Cup warmer
One-touch function, Removable 1.4 litre water tank, Water pump with 15 bar pressure, Adjustable grind settings (multilevel), Descaling programme available
Rating
Editor's Choice
Product
Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel
Name
Product Dimensions
46.7 x 25.9 x 37.2 cm
Product Weight
10.82 Kilograms
Colour
Black
Capacity
1.8 litres
Power / Wattage
1450 watts
Material
Stainless Steel
Smartphone App
Special Features
21 pre-set coffee specialities, Adjustable Coffee Intensity:4, Touchscreen, Automatic cleaning and descaling, Automatic Bean Select, customisation possible with the Melitta Connect App
Rating
Product
De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
Name
Product Dimensions
37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm
Product Weight
10.52 Kilograms
Colour
Silver
Capacity
1.8 litres
Power / Wattage
1450 watts
Material
Plastic
Smartphone App
Special Features
Integrated Coffee Grinder. Milk Frother. Programmable. Removable Tank. Thermoblock. Cup warmer
Rating
Product
Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black
Name
Product Dimensions
42.2 x 25.1 x 38.3 cm
Product Weight
7.21 Kilograms
Colour
Black
Capacity
1.4 litres
Power / Wattage
1300 watts
Material
Plastic
Smartphone App
Special Features
One-touch function, Removable 1.4 litre water tank, Water pump with 15 bar pressure, Adjustable grind settings (multilevel), Descaling programme available
Rating

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Our Recommended Best Bean To Cup Coffee Machine Is The Melitta F86/0 Barista Smart 1.8 Litre Coffee Machine!

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel
  • 21 pre-set coffee specialities prepared according to the original recipes, Additional customisation of coffee with the Melitta Connect App
  • My Coffee Memory: Saves the preferences of up to 8 people, 4 pre-programmed classic specialities: Expresso, Café Crème, Cappuccino, Latte macchiato, Separate hot water preparation possible (e.g. for tea)
  • Exceptional taste: Genuine fresh coffee enjoyment cup after cup thanks to the Best Aroma System Plus and the Intense Aroma feature, 2 airtight grain compartments, Ground coffee chute, 5 settings for coffee strength
  • Simple and intuitive, Customised coffee selection with Automatic Bean Select, Touch display for selection of hot water, milk, foam and coffee and amount of coffee (25 ml - 220 ml), Automated choice of grain type, Double-cup mode
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling, Welcome pack cleaning kit, Removable brewing unit, Dishwasher safe, Whisper Grinder, Compact design, Made in Germany

Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machine UK (Updated 2021)

Most of us took an involuntary break from our coffee shop during a lockdown. The barista express service was almost a memory. However, it also made us look at doing things ourselves, including our own beans or ground coffee making.

With the desire to make the best coffee at home ever-growing, is it time to invest in a bean to cup coffee machine? The challenge of getting that perfect flat white can be a headache for many but with a one-touch coffee machine, can that headache go away?

A bean to cup espresso machine brings that coffee shop experience straight to your kitchen with more coffee types than you can shake a stick at.

The whole concept of these high-quality coffee machines is that they require little effort from you but with high reward - a delicious coffee. It couldn't be easier than pouring in the beans and filling up the water tank. Yep, that's right, water tank. No plumbing required.

So when it comes to buying a bean to cup machine, where you do start? Is expensive really the best? With features like automatic milk frothing, a cup warmer, dual boiler and burr grinder. What is necessary? What price range should I be looking at?

Well, we have taken the best bean to cup coffee machines and reviewed them so you can bring the coffee shop home. This guide features names such as; De Longhi, Melitta and Siemens, plus others. We will also be covering what features to look out for and other considerations when buying bean coffee makers.

So let's get to it!

Melitta F86/0 Barista Smart 1.8 Litre Coffee Machine (Editors' Choice)

The Design

Let's get straight into the design of this coffee machine. It can't help be the first thing you notice. Unlike a lot of bean to cup machines, this thing is a total work of art.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

It is finished beautifully and clearly, a lot of thought has gone into the design. There are no chunky buttons or ugly knobs to be seen, it is all touch-sensitive. As a result, it gives off the appearance of being really easy to use cup coffee machine - and it is!

Coffee Capabilities

Now we have addressed the design, let's get down to how this coffee maker functions. The quick summary is, the Melitta does a fantastic job at coffee making.

With plenty of different coffee options, you will be spoilt for choice. This bean to cup machine specialises in espresso, ristretto and lungo. Of course, it wouldn't be a coffee machine if it didn't do the double espresso for when you need that extra little kick of caffeine.

It doesn't stop there with the different coffee types, americano, cafe creme and a long black option is also there at the touch of a button. It is honestly, a great all-rounder when it comes to different types of coffee.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

Want to go extra creamy? Melitta has your back with a milk attachment chamber. If you are the type who likes to use more than one coffee bean and who doesn't like a change from time to time? This machine accommodates that with a dual bean store.

Totally removing the need to swap out coffee beans. Of course, if that isn't your thing, simply fill both sides with the same bean and you won't be needing to refill quite so often!

Ease of Use

We touched on how the design of this machine is a nothing short of a masterpiece and that follows through with the full-colour TFT screen. While some coffee makers go for no display or a simple LCD message, this most certainly isn't the case here.

That may sound overly complicated but actually, it makes the whole coffee-making experience very simple and intuitive - even the cleaning aspect.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

Speaking of intuitive, let's look at how well the controls work. Melitta refers to their controls as 'Touch and Slide'. This means that you can have a lot of control over how much coffee ends up in your cup, as well as how strong you would like it.

This bean to cup coffee machine is all about giving you the functions to make your perfect cup every time.

Cleaning

With that being said, what happens when different people use the machine? No worries, the Caffeo can save up to four different drinks configurations so there is no need to keep fiddling for every drink.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

If it isn't apparent, this machine is high end and that means you get features that make coffee making easier, no matter how complex the brew.

Extra Features

When you are wanting to make two cups, there is a function for that, thus quickening the pace of making coffee. This is particularly useful if you have several guests over.

People like different cups and mugs when consuming their coffee. That's a fact and it is something not all bean to cup machines allow for. With the Melitta, it does have nozzles which are adjustable in height.

This gives you a clearance of 14cm so this should be more than adequate for most people.

Not only is the coffee of high-quality but it feels like every aspect of this machine has been thought through.

Where the coffee is dispensed there are LED lights, which will illuminate the cup. It's simple but a really neat feature, even in low light you will be able to see your coffee goodness being made!

Ok so, the milk canister doesn't completely flow with the sleekness of the machine but it is finished in a stylish stainless steel manner.

Melitta has created a smart and simple solution to the age-old problem of cleaning the milk container. Not being part of the actual coffee machine makes it a doddle to clean, without having to disassemble the whole machine.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

Generally, this option is likely to be preferred by many as it gives you lots of flexibility of where to put the milk frother. Also for those where space is a bit limited, bean to cup machines with the milk unit built-in will be larger and take up more space.

A lot of the new bean to cup machines tackle the cleaning with a routine. This one is no different. Designed to be simple and cleaned with ease, this system will blast out steam and hot water (in the milk unit too), which really minimises the effort needed by you.

If you do live somewhere that suffers from limescale build-up then the Melitta has a descaling function, with fluid to help reduce the impact of limescale.

Overall this machine is brilliant. It is simple to use, high end and ought to provide you with your ideal coffee time and time again. For coffee lovers, it could be the best machine out there.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel

Pros

  • Comes with a two-year warranty
  • Space-saving milk canister offers great flexibility
  • The design of this coffee machine would not look out of place in almost any kitchen
  • Can make two cups at once
  • Will save up to 4 different customised drinks

Cons

  • In the higher price range but this machine should last a decade or more so consider it a worthwhile investment

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Our recommended alternative is The De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine!

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De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver
  • INTEGRATED GRINDER: Includes an integrated Coffee burr grinder with 7 adjustable coarseness levels; the beans are ground instantly for fuller flavour and a fresher cup of Coffee
  • MILK FROTHER: Be your own barista and prepare your idealy Cappuccino with the adjustable MILK FROTHER - warm-up milk or easily prepare a creamy and dense foam
  • CUSTOMISE Coffee: Make all your Coffee shop favourite drinks with the Magnifica ESAM 4200; whether you like a strong espresso or long frothy cappuccino, this machine will deliver the ideal drink
  • HOME COMFORT: Slim and elegant design of a coffee machine for barista-quality coffee at home, Dispensing level minimum/maximum: 80/110, Frequency: 50/60 Hz
  • EASY TO CLEAN: Automatic cleaning with Descaling, cleaning and rinsing programs; the Tray and the Ground Container are dishwasher safe

De Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine

Design

This bean to cup espresso machine adds a fair bit of style to any kitchen.

The espresso machine is wrapped up in stainless steel and really does look very sleek in appearance and even a slight commercial twist to it.

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

The body itself is reasonably compact and the water reservoir is located at the back of the machine so do give some thought about where you will place it - somewhere easily accessible would be my advice.

In typical De Longhi fashion, the build quality is excellent and of a high standard, as is the technology inside.

Coffee Capabilities

This bean to cup coffee machine is a semi-automatic coffee maker from De Longhi that provides you with a lot of conveniences. It uses a traditional pump espresso quality, paired with all the features that make bean to cup machines simple to use.

Due to the fact it is a semi-automatic espresso machine, this will take out the requirement for complicated barista skills to get you that perfect cup.

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

There is a burr grinder that is integrated. It is also very smart. It will prepare the exactly right amount of ground coffee for the drinks you make. Adding to the flexible nature of this bean to cup machine, there are six different options for grinding - coarse to fine.

When you need to refill your coffee beans, the machine will alert you of this.

Built-into the coffee machine is a smart tamper that has a pressure limiter. Gone are the days of removing the filter and tamping it manually. You do still need to insert the filter holder into the brewing unit.

Though, this semi-automatic bean to cup machine has made that process easier. All it requires you to do is insert the filter holder from the tamper station to the brewing unit. After that, press and button and give it a few seconds.

Cleaning

The stainless steel casing means that it is easy to clean, simply wiping away any spills or splashes. If you want to remove others bit for a deeper clean, that can be done by removing the drip tray, bean hopper and water reservoir.

These De Longhi coffee machines have a function called 'Rinse' which runs hot water through the brewing unit and steam wand after each use. This will help to keep the machine clean and hygienic.

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

There is a descaling setting on this coffee machine and to help you get it operating at the correct time, included in the box is a 'total hardness test'. Performing this test will help to find the right setting and the machine will be able to accurately determine how frequently the apply the descaling light. Obviously, this will help to increase the life of your coffee machine so it is a really smart function by De Longhi.

Extra Features

Nobody wants to wait too long for their first cup of coffee in the morning and that's perfectly reasonable. This espresso machine can be woken up within 30 seconds, due to the Thermoblock element. There is also an additional element for the milk frother. This really helps to minimise the time between you wanting a coffee and you get to drink a coffee.

There can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to getting the best and most perfect foam for your milk-based coffee. De Longhi has taken that challenge on. The steam wand that you get with this coffee machine makes milk foaming easy.

There are two options; FLAT or FOAM. Flat will get you steamed milk, with no foam. However, if you're after microfoam for your latter, select Foam. For added control, there is a steam dial so that you can control the steam from the steam wand.

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

So you get a steam wand, but you also get separate hot water dispensing spout. Some may believe that this isn't needed and several bean to cup machines do not come with this. However, one benefit of this is that you will get hot water, minus any milky taste or coffee residue so your coffee will taste better!

Overall this bean to cup coffee machine would suit those coffee-loving people but also there are features for those who don't share that love. If you are someone who needs hot water easily and quickly, this coffee machine will be able to do that for you.

It comes with two additional features, the hot water spout and adjustable wand that really help expand the different coffee options. As well as having the ability to add milk froth or foam to milk-based drinks and do so with ease.

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

Pros

  • Heats up and is ready to go quickly
  • Smart tamper
  • Built-in burr grinder
  • De Longhi build quality

Cons

  • Drip tray

De'Longhi La Specialista Bean to Cup Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Silver EC9335.M

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Siemens EQ3 Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Design

This bean to cup espresso machine from Siemens is a fully automatic coffee machine.

Sleek and stylish in appearance it is coloured in silver and black - seen quite often on Siemens products.

The design itself is delightfully minimalist, understated in some ways but nicely so. It features two coffee dispensers, as well as a milk nozzle that can be moved. There is also a garbage tray with LCD display and the controls are easy to use big buttons.

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

Siemens has ensured that the EQ3 is easy to use, as it is a fully automatic coffee machine that simplifies things straight away. However, usability is also very simple. The LCD display is very clear and can be easily seen. The buttons on the coffee machine are large and will make you a large variety of fresh coffee types, from espresso to cappuccino, from flat white to latte.

In terms of size, this bean to cup machine is a bit smaller than the other coffee machine in the Siemens range (such as the EQ6 and EQ9). This makes it ideal for those who want a compact machine or are limited on countertop space. It has a nice weight at 7 Kgs, this ensures the espresso machine remains stable and there won't be any vibrations when it is brewing up your favourite drink!

Coffee Capabilities

The water tank on this coffee machine is 1.4 litres so that is a decent size and will serve many people very well. On the front of the machine, there are 10 buttons, making everything very clean and simple.

When it comes to making coffee, the default is one cup. However, it does have the capability to make two cups. Very easily too. Pop two cups under the dispensers and select the two cup option. This is a particularly useful feature if you are making many cups of coffee at once as this will speed up the whole process - double-quick time!

Like a lot of things, people like their coffee differently to others. What suits one person, does not always suit another. Siemens understands that and caters for it. On this bean to cup machine, there are 5 different options for selecting your coffee strength. With the options of; very mild, mild, regular, strong and very strong. There is enough choice to suit every coffee lover.

When it comes to different types of coffee you can make 4 at the touch of a button.

Espresso is the most well-known and basic type of coffee. Espresso also forms the base of the majority of coffees so it is a good starting point for most people.

When making espresso, it is usually extracted from around 6 grams of coffee beans and will total around 25 - 30 mls. For those unaware of the taste, it can be quite strong. However, for coffee lovers, it is a popular choice!

Up next is a 'Crema' option. You would be forgiven to think that this is a milky coffee, but it is not. A coffee crema is a diluted espresso. You can expect around 800 - 200 ml on this coffee machine. It will have an aromatic froth to it. If you are familiar with filter coffee or americanos, it is quite similar but slightly more intense and the smell is divine!

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

Moving onto milky coffee!

Let's start with the well-known cappuccino. A two-stage process but with this bean to cup machine, an easy process.

Prepare some milk, this is going to be around 2/5s of a cup - if you're feeling fancy put it in a glass cup. Now it is time to put it under the spout, froth the milk. By that, we mean that the EQ3 will do that for you (we said it was simple!). After that, make yourself an espresso and add to your perfectly frothed milk. Job done!

A very similar method to a cappuccino is a latte macchiato. All you need to is use less milk. Generally a stronger coffee so for those after the best coffee hit, consider this drink!

If you are just after milk froth, no coffee, you can do that too on this bean to cup machine. That shows great versatility.

Cleaning

The milk nozzle on this coffee machine is moveable and also removable. Due to the fact it is removable, it is also very easy to clean.

Not only does this machine have a water tank, but it also a milk tank. When it comes to making milky coffee, fill the milk tank. During the process of making a milky coffee, the milk goes through pipes.

Cleaning these pipes often proves to be difficult and somewhat of a challenge. Also not terribly hygienic. Siemens has eliminated this problem by doing away with this milk process for this automatic bean to cup machine and it could be one of the best features.

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

The nozzle is external and removal, hence no pipes inside the machine. This makes for a much easier cleaning job and a more hygienic machine overall.

When buying a coffee machine you need to consider how you will clean it, it is one of the drawbacks to making your own coffee (one of very few, I hasten to add!). The EQ3 comes with a service called "calc'nCealn". An automatic cleaning function which will light up when the machine needs a clean. It will not prevent the coffee machine from being your coffee maker, however, you should take action.

The automatic cleaning process will take around 30 - 40 minutes and how often this is needed will depend on how hard the water is in your area and how frequently you use the fully automatic bean to cup coffee maker.

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

Extra Features

With this model of bean to cup espresso maker, there is a cup warmer function. This feature will slowly heat the cups for you when you're ready for your cup of coffee.

Just like a lot of high-end coffee makers, the Siemens has a ceramic grinder. Whereas it can be common to find stainless steel grinders in the mid-range of coffee machines. Ceramic is best and something you will see in a coffee shop.

The issue with stainless steel grinders is that they heat up quickly and can result in the coffee beans being burnt. As you can expect, the fresh coffee produced may be quite bitter. With ceramic grinders, this does not happen so consider your cups of coffee to be the best time and time again.

Another great thing about this bean to cup coffee machine is that the grinder is adjustable so it adds real flexibility and customizability to your cups of coffee.

Depending on your needs or cup of coffee desire, you can alter the grinding level. For those using coffee beans that are dark roast, then opt for a finer grinding level. For lighter coffee beans, a more coarse grinding level may be more suitable. Of course, different coffee stypes appeal to different people so definitely have an experiment and some fun with grinding levels!

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

The whole coffee beans container is capable of storing around 250g of coffee beans. For home usage, this is good and will be more than sufficient in most homes, without the need to be constantly refilling. For a guide, it will make around 40 cups of coffee based on a 6g espresso.

Pros

  • One of lighter bean cup coffee machines out there
  • Comes with a cup warmer - this isn't found on too many machines in this price range
  • Can use a Brita water filter
  • Milk nozzle is very easy to use
  • Full one-touch operation

Cons

  • Water dispenser could be larger
  • When grinding it can be a little noisy but not more so than others in the mid-range

Siemens EQ.300 TI351209GB Bean to Cup Automatic Coffee Machine - Black

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De'Longhi Magnifica Automatic Bean to Cup Machine

Design

A very popular bean to cup machine amongst coffee makers and with good reason, it could be one of the best mid-range machines out there.

When it comes to design, De Longhi has done well with this automatic coffee maker. For a bean to cup coffee machine it nicely compact and would look at home on almost any kitchen countertop, without taking up too much valuable space.

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

The design of this fully automatic bean to cup coffee machine carries on throughout and it really makes an espresso machine feel less intimidating to the average coffee maker.

You can't help but get a sense that De Longhi has thought about the end-user, the coffee lover. One of the best features is that the water tank is front loading. Imagine yourself changing an ink cartridge on your printer, it operates similarly. Pull it out, fill it up, pop it back in - easy!

The reason this is such a good feature is that the water tank is usually found on the back of a bean to cup coffee machine. Having the water tank on the front allows for much easier access and the speed in which things can be up and running and that coffee brewing is much quicker.

It features a height-adjustable spout (this is where the coffee comes from). The coffee head can be slid up or down depending on your cup size. Again, cups can be quite a personal thing so having this flexibility is a really good design feature by De Longhi.

The drip tray makes use of all the space under the coffee machine.

Coffee Capability

Another one of the best features of this coffee machine is that coffee makers will find it incredibly simple to use.

All you need to do is turn it on, fill the hopper with your beans and turn the strength setting to your preferred strength. The speed in which this fully automatic bean to cup machine delivers your coffee is impressibly quick.

People get bean to cup espresso machines for different reasons, though there is usually one thing in common and that is convenience. For those after an incredibly speedy cup of coffee may wish to use beans or ground coffee. But for those willing to wait a little bit (and we are only talking about a little bit) longer, you ought to consider this model of coffee machine.

It will ensure you have an espresso in your hand in under a minute - most can't argue with that?

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

So great, you can get an espresso in under a minute, but does it taste any good? You bet it does. The quality of espresso this machine produces is fantastic and should please even the best coffee drinkers - providing your beans are of high quality.

There are lots of different coffee types you can make using this bean to cup coffee machine and that gives a lot of versatility, which will inevitably impress your dinner party guests!

So far we haven't mentioned milk frother and this is because, with this De Longhi bean to cup coffee machine, you have to do it yourself. For this, you should get yourself a milk carafe. Now, this isn't the troublesome task some may be thinking it is and it really is a good opportunity to hone in on your barista skills.

Now if you really get into the spirit of being a home-style barista, this fully automatic bean to cup coffee machine will let you spread your wings and impress your Instagram followers, your dining guest or yourself.

A common feature on espresso machines is Panarello steam wands. This means that steam is introduced to the milk via side holes on the wand. If you are wanting to create a bubbled froth for a cappuccino, this is great.

However! What about latte art?! Who doesn't enjoy a bit of latte art, secretly or otherwise?

De Longhi has provided you with the tools to let that artistic side out in you. Simply pull off the Panarello from the steam wand. The steam wand will then become a single holed wand. Let your creative side shine!

The grinding aspect is quite quiet, no louder than a kettle boiling so it shouldn't provide much in the way - if any - disturbance. This is most certainly worth noting if you live in an apartment or are conscious about waking other members of the household.

Cleaning

As with so many aspects of this bean to cup coffee machine, the task of cleaning it has been thought through and designed with the end-user, you, in mind.

With easy access at the front, you can pull out the tray for drip and this will give you access to the coffee puck collector.

In there you will find your used beans or ground coffee pucks, these can be put into the compost. Give everything a rinse, including the tray and pop it all back in.

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

A wipe of the front will see you good and it is a good habit to get into as you will notice a few splashes from time to time.

As side from these bits, the espresso machine aims to take care of itself and that's one of the best bits. Every time the machine is turned on it will run an automatic maintenance cycle, this includes the descale cycle. Included with the machine is some descaling solution, which is handy to have.

Extra Features

The water tank is a good size at 1.8 litres and for home use, most coffee makers will find this to be a good capacity. The real stand out about this water tank is how easy it is to full. Pull it straight out from the front of the machine.

As previously mentioned, the drip tray uses up all the space at the bottom of the espresso machine. This means that there is no need to be constantly emptying it. This can seem like a little point but remember, bean to cup coffee machines are designed to be convenient so fewer tasks to do means that it's more convenient.

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

Overall this bean to cup coffee machine is designed well, especially the water tank. It is capable of making a wide variety of coffee types and could be one of the best mid-range examples of a coffee machine on the market today.

Pros

  • Height-adjustable spout ensures a clean coffee maker
  • Capable of doing latte art
  • The machine does a lot of the cleaning automatically

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

Cons

  • This is not a one-touch machine
  • May need to purchase a milk carafe separately - which is inexpensive

De'Longhi Magnifica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Espresso, Cappuccino, ESAM 4200.S, Silver

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Ariete 1313 15 Bar Espresso Machine

Design

The Ariete espresso machine has a stainless steel body, which makes it a real jewel in almost any kitchen. A machine that will stand out but also blend into the background equally as well. When it comes to cleaning, it also makes the machine easy to wipe down, keep it looking clean and ensures the optimum quality of the coffee machine.

The appearance is simple and for those unfamiliar with bean to cup coffee machines they ought not to feel intimidated by the look of this machine and its complexities as they simply aren't any.

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

Ariete have not gone down the touch control route and for those looking for a more traditional looking machine, should look no further. There are four buttons on the front display. These are all marked clearly and show what they do really well.

Also on the front of the machine, there is a dial to show the pressure, as this machine can go up to 15 bar, it is worth knowing where you brewing spot is. For those wanting the full barista express experience will find having those extra bars for brewing extremely useful!

Coffee Capability

This bean to cup machine comes with a burr grinder for pre-ground coffee. This will help give you that barista express feeling at home. There are 11 degrees to the grinding process, which is great and will mean that you can alter the strength of your coffee to your taste.

With this coffee machine, you be able to make adjustments to the amount of coffee that can be inserted into the filter - you have a choice between 1 or 2 cups. Once you have made your selection, the correct amount of water depending on your coffee filter level will then be dispensed.

The coffee capacity ought to be sufficient for the majority of home users. At 220 grams you shouldn't find yourself having to refill the beans too often.

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

Coffee created from this machine will be rich and full-bodied, much like a coffee created from a barista express but in your own home.

A nice and powerful machine that comes with 1600W of power. This coffee machine also comes with the function to generate up to 15 bar of pressure. This will give the user plenty of different options when it comes to making that all-important cup of joe.

With 15 bar you can expect to supply your guests with rich and creamy coffee or whatever type of coffee they favour.

The machine itself despite being fairly simple in appearance does have a lot of features but Ariete has not stopped there. Included with the machine you get a milk jug included. This will save on additional expense, and also allow you to continue your milk texturing adventures till your heart's content!

Cleaning

The body of the machine is stainless steel and as such will only require a wipe down to ensure it stays in optimum condition. As a way of designing a product, it is a really nice touch as the thought of cleaning a bean to cup coffee machine can be really quite offputting if you believe it may be difficult.

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

Once you have finished making your trendy latte art or brewing a tasty espresso, the steam wand can be wiped down. This is a really good habit to get into. It not only makes everything more hygienic it also ensures the build-up of milk and other residues will be minimised. The task itself will only take a couple of seconds and if you need anymore incentivising, it will make your coffee taste as good as when you bought the machine!

Additional Features

When it comes to convenience, this bean to cup coffee machine allows for 2 mugs of coffee to be made at the same time. In the morning this can obviously save a lot of time and stop a queue of people wanting to brew the perfect cup. Or if you are just wanting an extra-large cup, this is a way to achieve that, using half the effort.

We all want that barista-style coffee, even when we're at home. With this Ariete, you can be on your way to ensuring every cup is at that level as it comes with an integrated steam wand. For those who are fans of milky coffees, such as lattes, cappuccinos and flat whites and milk texturing, this machine could be the answer.

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

For those times when all you need is hot water, the Atiete espresso machine can help you out with that too. It has a feature that allowed for hot water to be generated so for the times when you are perhaps making a hot chocolate, you need not reach for the kettle. Instead, you can have instant access to hot water from your coffee machine.

Pros

  • Comes with a two-year warranty
  • 11 different settings for grinding
  • Good water tank capacity of 2 litres
  • 15 bar pressure gauge

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

Cons

  • Not a one-touch machine

Ariete 1313 Metal Espresso Machine, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Maker With Grinder, Barista Style Lattes Cappuccinos Americanos, Powder or Pods, Stainless steel

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Buyers' Guide: Things to consider when buying a bean to cup coffee machine

Cleaning Functions

Be it ground beans or ground coffee, it all needs cleaning from time to time. Although not always after every use as is the common misconception.

Although if you are somebody who only uses their bean to cup coffee maker once a month and it sits unused for 3 or 4 weeks. You probably want to clean it after every use. Especially if there is a built-in milk frother - let's not think about what would happen. Fortunately, most of us use our coffee machines more frequently than that.

A lot of machines come with their own cleaning cycle and take care of a large chunk of the cleaning themselves. These cycles can last between 15 to 40 minutes depending on the machine. These machines will occasionally need a bit of manual love to help keep them in the best working order but it won't be anything too taxing. Mainly cleaning out a filter.

If you don't maintain your coffee machine over time you will find that your coffee will not taste as good. Let's not forget, most of us want that barista express sensation at home and that's why we opted for a bean to cup coffee machine!

A lot of bean to cup machines have warning lights and will notify you of when a manual cleaning cycle needs to be performed.

The vast majority of these coffee machines will come with both cleaning and descaling functions.

When the cleaning function is running, it will run hot water through the coffee machine. This will help keep the ground coffee from clogging any pipes. Rather than this setting starting automatically, you will be prompted to start it. As a cup will need to be placed under the spout.

You will find that a lot of machines have a descaling setting. This can be a really important feature for your machine, particularly if you live in a hard water area.

During the life of a coffee machine, limescale can and will build-up. As a result of this water flow can be reduced, you may notice the machine makes more noise and the spout could start leaking.

There are a few things you can do to help with keeping your bean to cup coffee machine running in prime condition.

  • If your machine has a steam pipe you can use as a milk frother, over time this can become blocked if it is not cleaned. Another issue is that bacteria can grow inside the pipe. To clean this you can use a cloth to clean the exterior after you have made your cappuccino or latte. Then run steam through the pipe, this will remove the potential of build-up.
  • Beans or ground coffee can become stuck in the brewing unit. Should this happen you may need to clean the inside of the machine manually. The best bean to cup machines will have a brewing unit that can be easily removed and cleaned.
  • It can also be worth setting yourself a cleaning schedule so that you can keep track of how often you clean your machine.

Overall pre-ground coffee or ground coffee can cause a lot of build-up in your machine so it best to maintain and clean it regularly.

Milk Frother

If milk-based coffees are your thing, then you will need to consider a coffee machine with a milk frother, this will go a long way to help with milk texturing. This can be important if you want the barista-style coffee experience.

There are three types of milk frothers available, although it is common for bean to cup machines to come with an automatic milk frother.

  • Automatic milk frother - this will be a sealed unit, more often than not it will be a jug. This will froth milk and it is heated inside of it. Depending on the jug, you may be able to pour the frothed milk straight into the cup. Or you may need to pour it manually. Some coffee machines go as far as to have a separate cleaning function for the milk frother.
  • Steam wand - This is something you may often see in coffee shops. In appearance, it is a long and thin pipe which is attached to the side of the coffee machine. A steam wand uses steam pressure to generate a milk texturing effect and frother the milk.
  • Frothing accessory - This method will require you to froth manually. You may find yourself using a milk carafe to contain the milk while frothing. A frothing accessory is not controlled by machine but by you - you, in a sense, become the milk frother.

The Personal Touch

With a bean to cup coffee machine, you have the function that allows you to adjust the strength and the size of your coffee.

Consider how much of this you would like to do. Consider how many people are in the household, who will be using the machine, as this may affect how much customising may want to take place.

Several coffee machines will save different drinks so once you have perfected your drink, be sure to save it!

Smart Controls

It is becoming increasingly common to find coffee machines that have built-in smart controls. It was only a matter of time when you consider how many other home appliances have smart features built-in.

A smart coffee machine can be operated using an app. So, in theory, you can instruct your coffee machine (or even schedule it) to prepare your coffee for you while you take a shower and it will be ready for you when you go downstairs.

These types of machines are still fairly new to the market and as a result, they tend to be quite expensive but for those who are into their technology, may wish to give some thought to smart controls.

FAQs

1 . Which is the best bean to cup coffee machine?

Coffee taste is somewhat personal. Some people like weak coffee, some like strong, some like beans or ground coffee and let's be honest so people like bad coffee.

So when you have a machine that can do all of that (perhaps not bad coffee!), how do you choose the best?

Having carefully reviewed all of the bean to cup coffee machines, the Melitta Barista Smart coffee comes out on top as the best bean to cup coffee machine out there.

The design in itself is a work of art, it's almost worth buying the machine just to look at it.

But don't do that, use it! You will get some of the best bean coffee available from a bean to cup machine and so many different coffee types, including that double espresso!

The milk frother is designed in such a way that not only is functional, but it also saves space and is easier to clean than traditional ones.

The water tank is a good size, not too big that the machine will dominate your countertops. Not too small that you will be forever filling it back up.

Melitta understands coffee lovers. Having the ability to hold two different types of beans is nothing short of genius. It gives that variety people so often want and desire.

Overall the Melitta smart bean to cup coffee machine takes your ground coffee life to a whole new level and always wants to deliver on the best bean to cup experience.

2. Are bean to cup coffee machines worth it?

Bean to cup coffee machines are in theory a fantastic idea. Simple to use, choose the fresh coffee you would like, press a button and enjoy! Forget about that ground coffee, it's all about the beans! Easy one-touch operation on a lot of models.

These types of coffee machines can come in at a high price range, especially the high-end ones - so are they worth it?

That depends on you and your coffee desires!

Spend a bit of time thinking about what you want out of coffee makers. It often comes down to quality or convenience. If you want your espresso done but you want it done quickly, then bean to cup coffee machine will serve you well - it may not be full barista taste but it will taste good, especially if you use the right coffee beans!

If convenience is really where your mind is at, then you can't go far wrong with a Nespresso machine. There will be some degree of compromising on taste with that type of machine so bean to cup machines tend to strike that fine balance other coffee machines can't.

For those after a coffee machine that will deliver a fantastic espresso every time or that perfect cup of coffee, then a bean to cup machine could be your ideal next purchase.

3. How do bean to cup coffee machines work?

A bean to cup machine has one main objective - delivering you the freshest coffee possible.

Why? The fresher the coffee, the more flavour you'll experience.

These machines work by grinding the coffee while extracting the flavour to make an espresso. This is done in seconds.

On first glance (or even second), they can appear quite daunting to use. Especially when you start looking at into all the different options and features. However, bean to cup machines are easy to use.

They do the major of the work for you and all it takes from you is the touch of a button- sound great, right?

Some models do require tampering or the milk to be transferred into mugs but most do not.

You will find that bean to cup coffee machines can be used with ease and terms like "15 bar" will not seem so daunting anymore. Once more, that latte is only a milk frother away.

4. What is the best BAR pressure for a bean to cup coffee machine?

Making an espresso using pressure lowers then 7 BARs will not allow the water and air to pass through the coffee grounds. This means that the force required to extract oils and flavour will not be there, therefore your espresso will not taste particularly great.

Taking it to the other end of the spectrum to 15 BAR and this may make your espresso over-extracted and burnt - also not ideal.

The sweet spot is between these two. For a rich and creamy espresso, look at using your bean to cup machine between 7 - 15 BAR. The best coffee machines will go up to 15 bar pressure.

Getting a machine that goes up to 15 bar provides the machine with a good enough range to provide that initial kick of 10 - 12 bars. Making it possible to then drop to 9 - 10 bars once brewing has commenced.

Espresso machines will rarely use more than 11 bars of pressure.

Melitta F86/0-100 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Stainless Steel
  • 21 pre-set coffee specialities prepared according to the original recipes, Additional customisation of coffee with the Melitta Connect App
  • My Coffee Memory: Saves the preferences of up to 8 people, 4 pre-programmed classic specialities: Expresso, Café Crème, Cappuccino, Latte macchiato, Separate hot water preparation possible (e.g. for tea)
  • Exceptional taste: Genuine fresh coffee enjoyment cup after cup thanks to the Best Aroma System Plus and the Intense Aroma feature, 2 airtight grain compartments, Ground coffee chute, 5 settings for coffee strength
  • Simple and intuitive, Customised coffee selection with Automatic Bean Select, Touch display for selection of hot water, milk, foam and coffee and amount of coffee (25 ml - 220 ml), Automated choice of grain type, Double-cup mode
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling, Welcome pack cleaning kit, Removable brewing unit, Dishwasher safe, Whisper Grinder, Compact design, Made in Germany

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