If you enjoy a regular caffeine hit, then investing in a coffee machine of your own is a great idea.
There’s a wide variety of coffee makers on the market, so before buying think about what type of coffee you prefer, how many cups you want to make at a time, and how often you intend to use it.
Filter coffee machines are ideal for making larger quantities of brewed coffee. Water slowly drips through a basket of ground coffee, using either a paper or reusable filter. As the water flows through, it absorbs the flavours and aromas. The filter coffee is then ready to serve from the carafe or pot.
Filter coffee machines come in different cup volumes and are very easy to use. There’s no need to boil the water first. They usually have thermos pots and hotplates to keep the coffee warm.
Filter coffee machines are fairly simple, quick and inexpensive.
A pump espresso coffee maker is a very popular way to make espressos using a filter holder and espresso ground coffee.
Pump machines have a separate tank that heats up the water to the optimum temperature for making coffee. The water is then sent through the coffee filter holder at the correct bar pressure (15 bar) to produce a rich, smooth espresso.
Using the traditional milk frother you can also enjoy cappuccinos and caffe latte.
Many machines can also be used with Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods for added convenience.
For enthusiasts who like to grind their own beans, traditional pump machines are ideal. They are suitable if you want to make several cups of coffee at a time.
These coffee machines use a disposable plastic pod with the coffee sealed inside. The coffee is blended, roasted, grounded and then hermetically sealed in capsules, which stay fresh for up to 9 months. Once you put the coffee pod into the machine, water is heated and is forced through the pod, releasing the flavour and drink into the cup.
This system is an easy way to make great-tasting coffee. It’s very quick and convenient with no messy filter holders to clean and no spillages.
Pod coffee machines make one cup at a time.
For the coffee connoisseur a bean-to-cup coffee machine is just as the name suggests – literally delivering coffee from freshly ground beans, straight into your cup.
At the push of a button, a bean-to-cup coffee machine grinds the coffee on demand for each cup. The ground coffee is then automatically packed tightly and the internal brewing unit pushes hot water through the coffee at professional 15 bar pressure.
The espresso is then delivered straight into your cup, and the used coffee grinds are ejected into a tray. The whole process takes just seconds.
Some machines include a milk frother, using steam to heat and froth milk. Using the frothed milk, espresso can be transformed into cappuccino or caffe latte.
Bean-to-cup machines are the easiest of all coffee machines for the ultimate connoisseur, taking care of everything for you at the touch of a button.