Types of Coffee Machine
Are you looking for a true barista experience, or a quick and simple coffee? With so many different machines on the market it can sometimes be a little overwhelming to know which one is the best option for you, or where to go to get the best deal. We stock a wide range of machines, with some great offers and discounts currently available on many models, so here is an overview of some of the different types of coffee makers that are available;
An espresso machine uses high pressure to force hot water through ground coffee. This results in a stronger coffee - the typical espresso - which is used as the basis for a number of popular coffee drinks, from the classic Americano to lattes. Espresso makers themselves come in a number of different types.
Bean to Cup Machines
Fresh beans are placed into the machine which are then automatically ground (though some bean to cup machines will also work with pre-ground coffee). 'True' bean to cup machines automate the entire process, including grinding and tamping, to provide a delicious hot coffee straight to your cup at the press of a button. However, there are a number of manual or semi-automatic espresso makers which are basically manual machines with a built-in grinder. These machines tend to be slightly cheaper and this in itself is not a bad thing - especially if you want to feel like you actually had a hand in making your coffee.
Coffee Capsule Machines
Capsule coffee machines are even simpler. They work with capsules of ground coffee that has already been tamped and is ready to go. All you have to do is place the coffee capsule in the machine and press the right buttons. Not all capsules are compatible with all makes of machine - so make sure when buying capsules that you get the right ones.
Manual Coffee Machines
With a manual machine you will need to do more of the work yourself, but you also have a greater level of control over the settings. If you want to be more hands on with making your coffee then a manual machine might be a good choice.
Filter Coffee Maker
The other main type of machine is a filter machine. Instead of using pressure, this simply drips hot water through ground coffee. The coffee is usually filtered into a pot, with many models having a heating plate to keep the coffee warm.
Coffee Machine Features
Nowadays, coffee machines can come with a range of features, with some more common than others. Grinders are featured on automatic bean to cup machines, as well as some semi-automatic machines. A number of machines now also come with milk frothers - either built-in or as a stand-alone device. We sell both grinders
and milk frothers
separately, so don't worry if you are looking at a model that doesn't have either.
We stock a wide variety of coffee machines from the best brands. Some of our top sellers include Nespresso
- who have worked in partnership with a number of other well-known names such as KitchenAid
and Sage by Heston.
You can use the filters on this page to narrow down your choices by brand and price, as well as other options. This will help you to see what products are within your budget. If you need more advice or assistance in choosing the right model then don't hesitate to get in touch with us and we can help you to select the coffee machine that is the best fit for you.