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If you found this page you are no doubt looking for a new coffee maker or machine which is great news because we have all of the best machines available, take a look through the reviews and be sure to check out some of our guides to help you find the best bean to cup coffee machines for your needs.

To make it easier we have broken down the reviews by budget and type so you can find the perfect fit, you can use the links below to jump to the reviews that match your requirements or read through all and maybe find something unexpected.

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Best Coffee Machines 2021

We have picked the best machine from each price range to give you the easiest way of finding the best on the market that fits your budget all in one table. If you have the money, there are some absolutely incredible bean to cup coffee machines available, however, you can still get great coffee at the budget end of the market if you choose from the options below.

So, our Top 3 Best Coffee Makers of 2021 are:

1.  DeLonghi ESAM 4200 Magnifica – Premium Range

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

2.  Russell Hobbs Chester Grind and Brew 22000 – Mid Range

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Russell Hobbs Chester Grind and Brew Coffee Machine 22000 - Black
  • Quiet brew technology
  • Large 12 cup capacity
  • Glass Carafe

3.  DeLonghi Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me – Budget Range

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Nescafe Dolce Gusto KP120540 Mini Me Coffee Machine, 1500 W, Red/Grey
  • Automatic ‘Play & Select’ coffee machine
  • Maximum 15 bar pump pressure for coffee shop quality
  • 40 varieties of hold and cold drinks

Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

If you are looking for the best barista at home experience, the models below are truly amazing and as such the price is premium too, but you really do get what you pay for here and there is no other way of getting the bean to cup coffee shop experience and taste at home.

1.  Heston Blumenthal’s Sage Dual Boiler

sage by heston blumenthalThis is an absolute gem of a bean to cup coffee maker on the market today in this price range.  Be your own barista and create amazing tasting coffee to rival the finest cafés.

The Dual Boiler™ is for the true coffee lover who wants to manage every step in the espresso process.  Just like with a professional barista shop machine, you can make your espresso and at the same time, froth the milk, which allows you to make perfect drinks by having both the milk and the expresso ready at the same time.

Precise Espresso Extraction – Dual Stainless steel boilers and heated group head, both regulated by Heston Blumenthal digital temperature control technology (PID), provide water at exactly the right temperature, eliminating temperature surfing for flawless espresso quality, shot after shot. The Dual Boiler™ also features an Over Pressure Valve (OPV) which helps to prevent bitter flavours in the shot by limiting the maximum pressure during the extraction – Click here for the full  Sage Dual Boiler review.

2.  Melitta Caffeo Barista

Melitta Caffeo BaristaIf you want to spend a little less money but still have one of the best bean to cup coffee machines in your kitchen the Melitta Caffeo Barista is an excellent choice.

The silver Melitta Caffeo Barista Automatic coffee maker immediately has the appearance of a professional machine with its bulky shape, sleek controls and the sizeable looking milk frother attached to the side. This machine would fit right in to Costa or Starbucks as much as the average home kitchen.

With its tough grinder it can create coffee from bean to cup for two different users at a time and guarantees “variety for coffee lovers” through a variety of drinks at a consistently high quality.

It’s this sense of quality and variety that lures buyers who are looking for a more professional, flawless machine, but are these qualities coming through in the use of this machine and the final product? – Click here for the full Melitta Caffeo Barista review.

3.  DeLonghi ESAM 4200 Magnifica – Premium Range

delonghi coffee machine esam 4200For the price, the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 is one of the best bean to cup coffee machines available and our favourite, all things considered.  The DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 is an automated coffee maker that offers an impressive range of features for the dedicated fan.

Not only does this machine grind beans in order to produce a rich, vibrant flavour, but it also offers you plenty of customisation options to help you tailor every inch of your drink (e.g. temperature, strength, etc.) to fit your tastes.

The Delonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 is a must have for any budding barista taking their first steps into domestic bean to cup coffee makers.

Making an espresso or an americana only requries the touch of a button and using the traditional milk frother, you can make the perfect lungo, latte, cappuccino, or any other milky drink. It produces 15-bar restaurant standard brews in the comfort of your own home and in the simplest way – Click here for the full DeLonghi ESAM 4200 Magnifica review.

4.  Heston Blumenthal’s Sage Barista Express

Sage-Heston-Blumenthal-Barista-Express-GrinderHeston has done it again, but this time creating on of the best bean to cup coffee machines available today.  Create great tasting espresso – from bean to cup – in no more than a minute.

The Barista Express allows you to grind the beans right before extraction, and its interchangeable filters and a large range of automatic or manual operations ensure quality, professional results quicker than you can drink!

Dose-Control Grinding. The integrated conical burr grinder with dose control delivers the perfect amount of coffee on demand, ensuring maximum flavour. Its adjustable grind size and dose let you customise to suit your tastes.

Precise Espresso Extraction. Digital temperature control (PID) delivers water at exactly the right temperature, ensuring the finest espresso extraction. The Sage Razor™ dosing tool trims the puck for a perfect dose and extraction  – Click here for the full Sage Barista Express review.

Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines – Cheap

These machines really are extremely good and some of them give the premium machines a run for their money.  I highly recommend checking out a couple of these, even if you are looking for premium options and if you are on a limited budget you will not find better than below or in our Cheap Coffee Machine reviews guide.

1.  Russell Hobbs Chester Grind and Brew 22000

Russell Hobbs Grind Brew 22000If you want to spend a little less money but still have one of the best bean to cup coffee machines in the mid range price bracket then the Russell Hobbs Chester 22000 is definitely worth a second look.

Coffee is at its best when it has been freshly ground and brewed by you. With the Russell Hobbs Chester Grind and Brew, your drink is made for you from bean to cup in a matter of minutes and is ready whenever you are thanks to the built-in 24 hour programmable timer.

The integrated grinder allows you to simply add fresh beans and water and then the machine does the rest of the work for you. It grinds the beans, filters the brew and produces delicious flavours quickly and smoothly.

The Russell Hobbs can produce between 2 and 12 cups, with a window in the side showing the water level. Once ground, the brew is passed through a reusable mesh filter to keep all the dregs out.

2.  Russell Hobbs Platinum Grind

russell-hobbs-14899-platinum-grind-brew-coffee-makerThe Russell Hobbs Platinum Grind and Brew Coffee Maker brings style and flawless performance to any kitchen. The Grind function allows you to effortlessly grind your beans from fine to coarse to maintain the quality of bean to cup coffee preparation.

This model also features a digital programmable control so that you can set your coffee to be brewed at any time of day, not to mention strength selection to suit your tastes. To add to its stunning looks, the Grind and Brew has a classy blue LCD display, 10 cup glass carafe and for ease of use, includes a permanent, removable filter.

Designed and built by Russell Hobbs as part of the Platinum Collection, this automated coffee maker enables you to choose what strength of drink you prefer, from light to dark, it’s up to you – Click here for the full Russell Hobbs Platinum Grind review.

3.  Smarter Coffee Machine

smarter coffee machineThe Smarter Coffee machine is a a leap forward in beverage making technology, giving you delicious, fresh drinks from the tap of  button, anywhere you can get a wireless signal in your home.

Available in 3 colours, (Black, Red or Bronze), the removable panels included in the box enable you to choose the right colour to suit you and fit your kitchen. The control panel also allows you to use Smarter Coffee in person if your phone isn’t nearby.

Grind and brew fresh beans any time, by just pouring in your selected beans, choosing the coarseness of the grind then starting directly from your smartphone or control panel.

With enough water to produce 12 cups, you can choose how many cups you want to make depending on if it is just for yourself, the family, or the whole office. Decide on the strength of your drink, between weak, medium or strong, to ensure you get the perfect cup. The warming plate can be turned on for up to 30 minutes to keep your brew warmer for longer – Click here for the full Smarter Coffee Machine review.

Before we get to our next category, you might be interested to take a look at our Krups coffee maker guide where you can find reviews and video guides on all things Krups coffee, from machines to grinders.  It is new and we hope you like it.

The Best Coffee Makers Available?

If you are looking for the all in one solution, these machines do exactly what it says on the tin, load them up with beans, choose your options and press the button.  Considered to be the best machines in the world, the same standard as what you get in Costa, Starbucks or your local shop.  If you have not seen the new Costa Coffee Autumn Menu, we have a full write up of what is new and what to try first.

You can find partial and full reviews of the best bean to cup coffee machines further up the page or in our How to Choose the Best Espresso Machine guide.

Buyers Guide

The machines we mentioned today, basically allow you to make espresso-style coffee.  From there you can go on to make flat whites, cappuccinos, lattes, Americanos and more.  However, they are not the only type of coffee maker you can buy.

  • Espresso coffee machines: These are just like the devices that are used in cafés and coffee shops like Starbucks and Costa Coffee. You’ll generally need to be quite involved in the preparation of the drink.
  • Bean-to-cup coffee machines: As discussed, they allow you to grind beans from scratch to give you a fresh drink.
  • Capsule or Pod coffee machines: They utilize pre-prepared coffee pods for a simple and quick brew. Generally, you’ll be restricted to a certain type of capsules, and the pods can be a bit expensive or hard to recycle.

Which Type of Machine Suits You Best?

So what are the pros and cons of each type of coffee machine?  To help, we have put together a simple guide so you can find the perfect fit for your taste and requirements.

Pod Coffee Machines

Machines like Dolce Gusto, Tassimo and Nespresso that use pods, are the most popular on the market. They can be good for anyone looking for an easy and quick way to make coffee at home.

  • Provides a range of coffee styles and flavours for when you need it, on the go.
  • Works well for occasional coffee drinkers thanks to the seal on the pod that keeps coffee fresh.
  • Some models also let you make tea and hot chocolate.
  • Consistent, simple, and quick results. Also, not much cleanup is needed.
  • Not very expensive. Some models can be as cheap as £30.
  • Most models are small in size, so it won’t take up much space in your house.
  • Generally, you’ll be restricted to use a certain capsule type only. This will limit your freedom of choice in drinking and buying. Some can only be purchased online.
  • Since they are plastic, coffee pods create waste. But there are some models that are more eco-friendly than others.
  • More costly than ground coffee or beans (per drink).
  • These machines are mass produced and cheap to buy, which is good till they break down or develop issues.  If you are having issues with yours, be sure to check out our Tassimo Instructions and Keurig Troubleshooting guides, which should get you up and running in no time!

The brand you choose will have an effect on the options available to you. Some might focus on a certain type of drink like espresso, while others will allow you to have a variety of different drinks like chocolate and caramel macchiatos.

Expensive models will give you more options. For example, some will allow you to save settings and preferences and adjust the temperature of the drink. Others can also be controlled via smartphones and also send you info about your capsule supply on your device.

Tassimo, Nespresso, Lavazza, Illy, and Dolce Gusto are the main coffee pod brands available on the market. You can head to our full Pod Coffee Machine guide to see how each of these brands compare, according to your taste, price range, and many other factors.

Pod or T-disc machines are really simple to use and do exactly what it says on the tin, i.e. you put a pod in, press the button and the machine makes your drink via the pod.  Very simple and quick to use.  Because of this, they are the ultimate no mess, no hassle drinks makers because everything they need, except water, is provided in each pod.  You simply choose the flavour you want from a wide selection of pods, stick it in and press the button.  Job done!

Bean-To-Cup Coffee Machines

If you are looking for fresh coffee, there and then, this is the machine for you?

  • Some models allow you to prepare two drinks at the same time.
  • Other models give you customisation options, so you can save preferences.
  • Can be used with a variety of coffee beans and even ground coffee in some cases.
  • A lot of models automate the process of coffee making.
  • Bean grinding on the spot for fresh coffee.
  • May make noise when grinding.
  • Can be prone to clogging and not easy to clean.
  • Some models are very large, so kitchen space can be an issue.
  • More expensive than other types of coffee machines to buy.

High-end models come with a touch screen and extensive drink menus, whilst other models have automatic milk frothers. Some less expensive models substitute milk frothing for a steam wand.

The price range can vary widely. You’ll find that models can reach up to £2,000, but the more you pay doesn’t mean you get better coffee. We’ve found great bean-to-cup machines for way less than £400. There have also been some pricey products which give mediocre results, so it is always best to check online reviews before buying.

Brands to look out for when it comes to bean to cup coffee machines are Krups, Melitta, Jura and Dualit. DeLonghi and Sage also produce some excellent traditional-style options. They come with built-in grinders but still require the user to be present during the process of coffee making, just like a barista in a coffee shop.

Espresso Coffee Machines

If you’re looking for more control over your coffee and don’t have a problem with getting hands-on in the coffee-making process, then a coffee shop style ground coffee espresso maker is what you will want to get.

They strike a good balance between the initial purchase price and the ongoing cost of coffee by the cup.

  • Allows you to prepare two drinks at the same time.
  • Gives you more control over the size, strength and types of coffee you want to make.
  • Cheaper than pods (per cup).
  • Some models utilise ESE pods, reducing the mess during the making process.
  • Can use any ground coffee as long as it’s the right grind level (fine espresso).
  • Requires more cleanup and manual prep than other types of coffee machines.
  • Might take some time to get used to it. It creates more risk of error.

Most models come with a steam wand, meaning that you have to froth the milk in a separate container. A lot of consumers go for models that have dials which allow you to control the size and the strength of the drink.

On the other hand, some companies like Sage (Breville in the US and Australia) focus on a more user-friendly design with the Touch series. Allowing you to have automatic milk frothing and preset settings.

DeLonghi offers the largest range, but you will also find excellent ground coffee machines from Sage and Krups. Other brands like Swan, Sainsbury’s, Beko, and Argos make some relatively cheap products which are worth considering.

Tips For Choosing Bean To Cup Coffee Makers

sage by heston blumenthalAre you searching for an espresso maker? If yes, it doesn’t matter whether it’s your first, second, or third because finding the best one can be a daunting task regardless of how many espresso machines you have previously had. As you may know, that’s because you need to go through a plethora of espresso makers, check prices, compare features, and finally, choose an espresso machine that can be a huge disappointment.

Now, if you’re wondering how you can find the right espresso coffee maker, you should know that the answer doesn’t lie in any of the espresso maker reviews available over the web but in this buying guide, which can help you understand the secrets behind choosing an appropriate espresso coffee machine for you.

Discover What’s Available

There are numerous brands of espresso makers, with prices ranging from $20 to more than $1,000. These machines are divided into different categories, such as stovetop models, moka, electric-pump makers, steam machines, and everything in between. You can also find manual and automatic espresso coffee machines, which address different needs and demands. While a manual version permits you to control the entire brewing cycle, the automatic version can grind beans, make coffee, and even collect used grounds in a bin by itself.

Some espresso machines employ pods or capsules, which come along with measured, pre-ground coffee portions that ease the entire process of getting a fresh and delicious cup of coffee whenever you want. Unfortunately, the wide variety of espresso machines will test your patience, knowledge, and discernment before allowing you to get one that matches your preferences. So, you better get ready for this!

How to Choose

To get an appropriate one for you, it’s essential to assess a few features, witch can help you comprehend why a specific machine is better than another. These features include:

  • Bean Grinder: To get a fresh, flavorful espresso, you need properly ground coffee. The best espresso makers will always have an in-built grinder, which delivers the right grind to improve machine’s efficiency and coffee quality.
  • Bypass Doser: This feature can be found only in automatic espresso machines. It allows you to bypass the regular dose provided by the machine when you want to use a different coffee, such as decaf.
  • Strength Controls: The top-quality espresso makers make possible grounds and water amount adjustment for each pull. By fine-tuning these controls, you can get your favorite espresso, cappuccino, or latte.
  • Water Filters: The latest espresso machines have integrated water filters that take out iron and chlorine from the tap water. Although this is a nice addition, it implies extra cost and maintenance.
  • Pod Compatibility: It’s important to purchase a pod-compatible machine because the pre-packed coffee pods turn espresso preparation into a very simple and clean operation. The latest espresso makers can take both coffee grounds and pods.
  • Pre-Moistening Cycle: This is another great feature that you should look for when buying an espresso coffee machine. Although there are many different names for this technology, it basically does a simple thing; namely, it enhances the coffee taste by moisturizing grounds and stimulating aromatic oils before pulling the coffee.

Is It Worth It?

delonghi esam 4200A good espresso maker can be quite expensive. However, if you choose wisely, you’ll not only get a high performance machine, which allows you to have your favorite coffee at any time of the day, but also save money on your daily mochas. That being said, buying one of the top espresso makers is really worth it, especially if you’re a coffee lover.

3 Golden rules for buying coffee makers online

With a lot of websites offering some of the best bean to cup coffee machines at very affordable prices, buying online can be a great way to save time and money.  There are 3 golden rules you should follow when purchasing;-

  1. Buy from an established and reputable company.  It may seem entirely obvious, but please do make sure that the company you choose has a reliable reputation and that shopping with them is known to be secure.  Read up on their privacy policy and make sure you are satisfied that they will not use your personal details for anything other than processing your order.
  2. Do your research.  There are so many types of machines out there that it can seem like a daunting task trying to figure out just which one is right for you.  Take the time to look through your options: read the specifications for the different machines and make sure that you think not just about the basic features, but also the extras features fitted.
  3. Check installation and warranty information.  Most machines should come with an instruction manual, however some also include installation in the price of the machine, having someone come out and install the machine for you can save time and hassle, particularly if you are buying a complex machine like the Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Dual Boiler.

Tip:  Also make sure that you get a decent warranty, it is likely to be an expensive piece of equipment, so it is important that you are covered if anything goes wrong.

Follow these three basic rules and you will be well on the way to finding the best bean to cup coffee maker to fit your exact requirements. Good luck!

Why buy your next coffee machine online?

When you buy a bean to cup coffee machine you want to get the most reliable machine which produces the best quality drinks and of course you want this at the lowest price!  These days it tends to be easier to buy online rather than taking the more traditional route of buying from a catalogue or in person on your local high street: buying online is faster, easier and you can access all the information you need to make an informed decision and buy the most suitable machine for your exact needs and requirements.

There are several different types of machines on the market, the main types being traditional filter, espresso, pod or capsule and automatic bean to cup machines.  On top of this, different machines come with different features and extras, so it is important when buying that you know exactly what you are looking for.  That sounds obvious but far too many people don’t really know what they want and only realise after they have had their new purchase for a few weeks which is a bit late by then.

Ask yourself these questions
  • What type of machine do you need?  Our review shows that pod coffee makers are ideal if you want people to serve themselves but if you are going to serve them personally, you might want to look at an espresso or filter machine.
  • If you are buying an espresso machine, how many cups are you going to need to make at once?  Budget machines make only one cup at a time, however there are machines that enable you to have six or more cups on the go which is perfect if you are going to need to cater for large numbers of people simultaneously.

With all this to consider it is no wonder that people are opting to buy coffee makers online. Who wants to go from shop to shop when you can find all the information you need to make informed decisions and buy the best bean to cup coffee machines at the touch of a button?  So take a look at the reviews above and find the best machine without any hassle

Coffee Machine FAQ

Q) Why are coffee machines so expensive?

A) Coffee machines range in price from £20 to £20,000, so they do not always need to be expensive.  But if you are looking for a machine that can make coffee like you get at your local Costa or Starbucks, it is going to cost you quite a bit more, think £400+.  There are a few good reasons for this:

  1. Cost of quality materials – A bean to cup coffee machine is built from quality components, and these are not cheap, they are made to last.
  2. Mass production – Because there is not a huge demand for premium coffee machines, they are manufactured in much smaller quantities, which in turn means that manufacturing is more expensive when compared to sub £100 coffee machines.  Thus they cost more to make.
  3. Branding and market placement – Companies work hard to brand themselves as producing quality, high end products.  Bean to cup coffee machines are at the top end of the market and manufacturers use their name (think Sage by Heston Blumenthal) to keep prices high and increase profit margins.
  4. Coffee taste – Does a £5000 expresso machine produce better tasting coffee than a £700 bean to cup coffee machine?  Probably not, but a £700 machine definitely makes better coffee than a £100 coffee maker.  Why?  Because a £700 machine will allow you to control the temperature that the water is heated to, the pressure that the water is forced through the ground coffee, so you can customise your coffee to get the best taste.  A £100 machine will not do this.

Q) What coffee do you use in a coffee maker?

A) The answer to this question depends on the type of coffee maker that you own.

  1. Bean to cup coffee machine – If you have a coffee maker which can grind coffee beans, you just need to add whichever coffee beans you prefer the taste of and let the machine grind and make your cup of coffee.
  2. Filter coffee machine – If you are using a filter coffee machine to make a pot of coffee, you should measure 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee per cup of coffee that you want to make.  So if you are making a pot of coffee for 6 people, I would use 10 tablespoons of coffee.  But then I like my coffee quite strong.
  3. Pod or capsule coffee machines – You should not use ground coffee or coffee beans in a pod or capsule coffee maker, you should only use the coffee pods or capsules designed for your machine.

Q) How much is a coffee machine?

A) This depends on the type of coffee machine you want to buy, but the following is a good guide.

  1. Espresso machines – Espresso machines cost from £50 – £6,000, but you can buy a decent machine for as little as £150 and a very good one for £1,200.
  2. Bean to cup makers – Bean to cup coffee makers cost from £300 – £15,000, but a good machine that will last for years costs around £700.
  3. Filter coffee makers – Filter coffee makers are cheap and cost between £20 – £650, but you can buy a very good one for £50.
  4. Pod coffee machines – Pod or capsule coffee machines are mass produced and cost from £20 – £350, however a Tassimo machine costing £20 is just as good as one which costs £150, as they use the same pods.

Q) How many calories does a black coffee have?

A) A regular cup of coffee made from ground coffee beans contains only 2 calories, and a single shot (or 1 fluid ounce) of espresso contains only 1 calorie.

Q) How to use a coffee machine?

A) If you have not used a semi-automatic espresso machine, or a drip coffee maker, it can seem a little daunting with all their buttons and parts.  However, once you work out how it works and what to press, you can make coffee, just how you like it, very quickly and with very little effort.  Follow the instructions below for drip coffee makers and espresso machines.

Filter (drip) coffee makers

  1. The first step is to fill the tank or reservoir with water.  Make sure you only fill the tank to the max line, and you should use cold water only, as the coffee maker will heat the water for you.
  2. Next you need to add ground coffee to the filter basket.  Take the filter basket out of the drip coffee maker and add 1-2 tablespoons of fresh coffee grounds for every cup of coffee you want to make.  So if you are making filter coffee for 6 people, you would want to add 10 tablespoons of ground coffee to the filter basket.
  3. All you now need to do is put the filter basket back in to the coffee machine, ensure that the coffee pot (or carafe) is sitting in the right position and turn the machine on.  The carafe (or coffee pot) usually sits on a warming plate directly below the filter.  It takes around 5 or so minutes to complete the brewing cycle.

Semi automatic espresso machines

  1. The first step is to fill the tank or reservoir with water. You will find the water tank either on the side or back of the machine, and be sure to use cold water, as the espresso machine will heat the water as part of the brewing cycle.
  2. Wait for the espresso machine to heat up.  If you have just added cold water to the machine or have not had it turned on a ready, you will need to allow it time to heat up to the correct brewing temperature before you can make a cup of coffee.  This can take anywhere from 15 to 45 mins, depending on the espresso machine you have, but typically it takes around 20 minutes.
  3. Grind the beans whilst you are waiting.  Your espresso machine requires ground coffee so now you need to grind your coffee beans using a coffee grinder.  A burr grinder is preferred vs a blade grinder as it ensures your coffee is ground to the same size, which improves the taste of your coffee.
  4. Add the ground coffee to the portafilter.  You now need to add between 18-21 grams of coffee grounds to the portafilter.  Level off the coffee when it is filled with a knife or your finger (if you must) and tamp it down using a tamper, so the ground coffee is compact.
  5. Replace the portafilter and brew your coffee.  Ensure the portafilter is locked back into position in your espresso machine and when the water temperature is at the correct brewing temperature simply press the brew button.
  6. Steam your milk (optional).  If you are not making espresso or americano, you will now want to steam your milk to add to your coffee.  Once you have turned on the steamer, you need to hold the tip of the steam wand under the surface of the milk in your milk jug for a few seconds, before pushing it down to the bottom of the jug and allowing it to heat the milk to roughly 60°C.
  7. Add your steamed milk to your espresso (optional).  Simply pour your steam milk into your espresso and your cappuccino or latte is good to go.

Q) How to make instant coffee?

A) If you do not have a coffee maker to hand, instant coffee is a great alternative.  You cannot make instant coffee granules at home as they are made from dehydrated brewed coffee, so you will need to buy your preferred instant coffee from a local shop or online.  But once you have it, you are good to go.

  1. Heat your water.  You can either do this using an electric kettle, stove top kettle, saucepan on your cooker, or in the microwave.  Using a kettle is the simplest method and makes it easy to poor into your coffee cup/mug.
  2. Add the instant coffee to your cup or mug.  How much instant coffee you add to your cup depends on how strong you like your coffee to taste.  Most people add a headed teaspoon but some prefer very strong coffee and will add 2 teaspoons.
  3. Cold water tip.  A lot of people will add the hot water straight into the cup at this point, but that will burn the coffee and make it taste bitter.  Add a little cold water to the cup first so the instant coffee granules dissolve and preserve their flavour.
  4. Add the hot water.  Now add the hot water and mix with a teaspoon in the cup.
  5. Add sugar to taste (optional).  If you find instant coffee a little bitter, you may want to add some sugar or an artificial sweetener.  Make sure you stir the sugar or sweetener into your coffee.
  6. Add milk/cream to taste (optional).  If you do not like black coffee (americano), add some milk or cream to taste.

Q) How to use ground coffee?  How to make coffee without a coffee maker?

A) If your filter coffee or espresso machine has broken, don’t panic, you can still make a cup of coffee to get you going in the morning, follow the below easy steps and you will be caffeinated in no time!

  1. Add water to a saucepan.  Place a saucepan on your stove top or cooker and add a bit more water to the pan than coffee you wan to make.  You need to use more water as the water will evaporate as you heat it, so you need a bit more.
  2. Add the ground coffee to the pan.  Now add the coffee grounds to the pan and stir them in.  Depending how many cups of coffee you want to make, determines how much ground coffee to add, but a good ratio to use is 1-2 tablespoons of ground coffee for a single cup (1 being normal strength and 2 for strong coffee).
  3. Bring the saucepan to the boil.  Turn on the heat and bring the coffee in the pan to boiling point, stirring every now and again to ensure you do not burn the coffee grounds on the bottom of the pan.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes.  Once your pan is boiling, allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Allow it to rest.  Turn the heat off on your stove or cooker and let the pan rest for 4 minutes so the coffee grounds sink to the bottom.
  6. Serve your coffee.  Using a ladle or spoon, you now need to scoop the coffee (water) from the pan into your mug.  Alternatively, you can poor the coffee (water) from the pan straight into your mug, but do this slowly so you don’t get any of the coffee grinds.

Q) What coffee machine does greggs use?

A) Greggs bakery use the Black&White3 bean to cup coffee machine in every one of their 1,650 shops across the UK.  This bean to cup coffee maker has a touch screen allowing you to select your preferred coffee type, and a bean grinder to ensure you always get fresh coffee.  If you want to get one for home, you can actually pick one up on Ebay for a reasonable price.

Q) How much caffeine is in a Greggs cappuccino?

A) A Greggs cappuccino contains 90 calories per 274 gram serving.

Q) Which coffee machine does costa coffee use?

A) Costa Coffee use Astoria espresso machines in every one of their 2,100 shops across the UK.  These commercial espresso machines are workhorses and capable of making coffee just how you and your customers like it all day long. If you want to get one for home or your coffee shop, you can actually pick one up on Ebay for £500.

Q) What coffee brand does McDonald’s use?

A) If you love the coffee you get at McDonalds and would like to drink it at home also, you can now pick up bags of the ground coffee from Amazon.  Not only do they have the normal McCafe Premium Roast Ground Coffee but they also sell the decaffeinated McDonald’s McCafe coffee too.