Coffee machine guide
Brew like a barista with our tips, advice and recipe inspiration.
Why we love coffee
We're crazy about coffee in the UK and we've been enjoying it for centuries now. Although traditionally a nation of tea drinkers, coffee is quickly becoming the nations new favourite beverage.
Loved the world over for waking you up in the morning, there's also an important social aspect of coffee. The 'coffee break' is commonplace in most workplaces and is often accompanied by a sweet treat too.
The Swedes call this Fika, which essentially means 'coffee and cake break'. And with so many coffee machines to choose from, it's easy to make your own amazing brews at home.
Need some inspiration? Find recipe ideas, brewing tips and coffee machine buying advice below.
Our guide to the best coffee machine for your home
Discover the different types of coffee machines and find the one that makes the perfect brew for you. See the different types of machines and the ones that are best for each of your favourite hot drinks.
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Winter warmer recipes
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Blond chocolate veinnois.
This one never fails to leave an impression. As if thick, whipped cream floating extravagantly on a 80ml Bianco Leggero isn’t enough, the sprinkling of blond chocolate on top is the encore worth a standing ovation. Bravo!
- Extract a 80ml Bianco Leggero in a Lungo view cup.
- Get your whipping cream and stir it vigorously to create a thick foam.
- Add the whipped cream on top of the coffee. Cut some pieces of blond chocolate Nespresso and display them on the top.
Sweet popcorn cappuccino
Turn your coffee moment into a celebrity as you turn the wow factor up to ten with this little delight. Maple syrup, condensed milk and a popcorn finale all help to transform this cappuccino into a showstopper.
- First, use your Aeroccine or Barista device to froth 100 ml of 1.5% fat milk.
- Put 1 teaspoon of condensed milk in the bottom of a cappuccino cup.
- Pour the foam of hot milk into the cappuccino cup and extract 40ml of espresso Chiaro on the top. Display some popcorn directly on the foam. Pour some maple syrup over it.
Oh, doesn’t it look glorious? Sweetened with honey and topped with gingerbread pieces, the striking layers of the coffee and luxuriously whipped cream are reason enough to just stare at it alone.
- Extract a 230ml Bianco Forte in a Vertuo mug.
- Get your whipping cream and stir it vigorously to create a thick foam. Add the whipped cream on top of the coffee.
- Cut or grate some pieces of gingerbread to display on the top and pour some honey on it.
Gifts for coffee lovers
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More help and inspiration
Why buy at Argos?
Are you or someone you know a coffee connoisseur? Well you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a special selection of products dedicated to all the self-proclaimed bean experts and caffeine enthusiasts. Whether you prefer the slow grind of bean-to-cup models or the fast brew of a coffee-pod machine, you’ll find the perfect gift to treat yourself or someone who appreciates a quality cup of coffee just like you do.
Whether you need a cup of fresh homemade coffee in the morning or a mid-day pick me up in the office, our coffee machines come in different sizes and offer varied functions, so you can have your desired brew whenever you like, just the way you like it. There’s no doubt the coffee lover you’re gifting is already clued up on the latest machines and methods of making coffee so, we’re here to help you pick the right one. Check out our Nespresso machines, widely loved and wildly recommended, you simply cannot go wrong. They’ll feel like a certified barista with one of our stylish coffee machines sat on their kitchen counter top. Choose from compact designs or more traditional café style models for a coffee making experience like no other!
Coffee making accessories
There’s nothing like a fresh, full-bodied and rich cup of coffee in the morning and if you enjoy a more personal and raw coffee making experience then our coffee grinders are a must-have. Achieve the perfect texture and intensity with our stylish coffee grinders. Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of your favourite coffee bean made precisely how you like it, every time.
For such a sophisticated drink, it’s only right that you have an equally glamourous cup for your brew to flow in to. Sip your coffee in style with our glass coffee cups for a modern yet chic drinking experience; pair with one of our beautiful placemats and coasters for a look that’s totally Instagram worthy. Or if you prefer the traditional ceramic feel of a coffee cup in your hands, then our mugs would be the perfect finishing touch to complete your experience. Choose from modern or contemporary mug designs for a minimal touch or traditional patterns for a charming and rustic look. For the coffee lovers that are always on the go, get them a trusty travel mug to keep their drink warm and on hand throughout their busy day.