Coffee makers were once a rare sight in the average British kitchen. But with the rise of coffee culture on these shores, a jar of instant and a kettle simply won’t do for many people these days – people want a proper cup of coffee and the right equipment to make it with.
Coffee makers tend to be sophisticated pieces of equipment and often look as good as the beverages they produce. So whether you’re after a machine to make your filter coffee, espresso or cappuccino, read on to find out what the best buys are for you or your fellow burgeoning baristas in order to produce that perfect cup of delicious draught.
Delonghi ESAM04320 Magnifica
This fully automated metallic-silver coffee maker, with 13 grinding settings, will give you a beverage that’s indistinguishable from one you’d get from an established coffee house.
Among its many and varied features is a double-cup preparation option, an adjustable dispenser for cup size, water hardness settings, electronic temperature control, an energy-saving function and a cappuccino system, with adjustable froth settings. There’s even a personalised memory function, where the machine can be programmed to remember what temperature, strength and size you take your coffee.
Lavazza A Modo Mio Favola
The classic Italian brand. This Lavazza machine can produce Americanos and espressos that are strong enough to crack the cup, if that’s what you want (and few coffee lovers like their brews weak). A pod-only machine, it has a height-adjustable nozzle as well as a drip tray and 15-bar pressure. It comes in several stylish colours and is compact enough to sit unobtrusively on your worktop.
This is a stylish piece, make no mistake – compact yet powerful, cool (with its reflective Stainless Steel looks) yet classy. The Espressivo form Dualit allows you to make rapid-fire, delicious and strong espressos and has an automatic cut-off mechanism to regulate flow. There is also a drip-tray indicator so you can keep your device in top condition. It works with both pods and ground beans, has a 1.5 litre tank, a frothing arm and a warming plate, too.
Krups Nescafe Dolce Gusto Circolo
This strikingly bizarre pod coffee machine is an homage to 1960s space-age design with its circular shape and matte-silver finish.
This device has 15-bar pressure and a 1.3 litre tank. You can even make peach iced tea in this one – a drink which is neither hot nor a form of coffee, but then, this is an unconventional choice all round.
The Gaggia name alone bespeaks quality when it comes to coffee-making – and this machine will not disappoint die-hard caffeine-lovers. It is, in effect, a barista in automated form.
There is no need for resetting the preferences each time you wish to brew a cup of coffee, as the machine can memorise your milk and coffee preferences. There is even a self-cleaning milk dispenser.
This is an all-round, self-cleaning, bean-to-cup coffee machine, with a warming plate and 1.8 litre tank.
Whichever machine is the right one for you, you can rest assured that whatever your ultimate choice, you’ll no longer have any need to leave the comfort of your own home to get that all-important and delicious caffeine fix.
Author: Jeremy Koops
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