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Coffee machine buying guide

Pick out the perfect coffee machine with our guide.

Whether you’re a beginner barista or an Arabica aficionado, we’ve got the perfect coffee machine for you. With our handy guide, you’ll soon be heading to coffee heaven on a fluffy cloud of milky microfoam.

Different types of coffee machines
Bean to cup coffee machine

Bean-to-cup

Bean-to-cup machines are perfect for bringing the coffee shop experience home with you. Grinding fresh coffee beans for each cup you make, you can get your perfect drink at the touch of a button.

Sage espresso coffee machine

Espresso

With an espresso machine, you can create barista-style coffee with some serious equipment. Using ground coffee to make a shot of espresso, a lot of models have steam arms or milk frothers for silky smooth cappuccinos or awesome latte art.

Filter coffee machine

Filter

Perfect for anyone who enjoys a simple cup of coffee, filter machines offer great value for money. With a large capacity for plenty of java, you’ll be everyone’s favourite person in the morning.

Pod coffee machine

Pod

For a quick and easy way to soothe your morning craving, pod coffee machines are the way to go. Just press the button and it filters water through ground coffee in the pod, pouring you the perfect cup.

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Bean-to-Cup: Effortlessly perfect coffee

If you fancy recreating your coffee shop favourites, then a bean-to-cup machine is for you. These fully automatic machines grind coffee beans for each and every cup, so you can be enjoying the freshest flat white with a touch of a button. Because the machine heats the water and milk to the perfect temperature, you’ll be set to sip in no time at all on those hectic Monday mornings. Some models even have pre-set programmes to store your favourite drinks, as well as built-in milk containers - so you can craft your favourite milky coffees.

Bean-to-cup machines
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Espresso: Hone your barista skills

If you want to craft drinks your local barista would be proud of, you’ll love playing around with an espresso machine. These models are a serious bit of coffee making kit, using ground beans for an intense espresso shot. They often come with a steam arm or milk frother, so you can take that espresso shot and turn it into a silky smooth cappuccino, or top it off with awesome latte art. Some models even have a built-in grinder, so you can choose your favourite beans for your own personal cup of coffee heaven.

Espresso coffee machines
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Pod: Quick, easy and oh-so tasty

Quick shower? Check. Fresh outfit? Check. Super speedy morning coffee? Check. If you need your caffeine kick the quick and easy way, then a pod machine is perfect for you. These machines filter water through capsules, so all you have to do is pop in a pod and press go. Not only are these machines really simple to use, but there’s a huge range of drinks available – from creamy lattes to luxurious hot chocolates. And because pod machines come in a range of sleek and slim designs, they’ll fit right in to any kitchen.

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Filter: Fancy a top up?

If you need copious amounts of coffee to ease you into your mornings, we’re right there with you. Filter machines can make up to 12 cups of coffee at a time, keeping it warm for up to half an hour – perfect for busy days at the office or coffee catch ups with friends. All you have to do is choose your ground coffee and add water, and you can be sipping on your favourite blend in no time. And because filter machines are mess-free with a non-drip design, you’ll get maximum coffee with minimum fuss.

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