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Different coffee types explained

Welcome to Coffee 101 – perfect for complete beginners or barista-style brewers.

Whether you're a complete coffee newbie or you're craving that next caffeine fix, it’s difficult to choose what to make. Our handy guide explains some of the most popular coffee types, so you can easily pick out your next cup.

Simple but effective

An espresso forms the base of a lot of coffee drinks, but sometimes having it on its own is all you need. By shooting hot water through finely ground beans, you get a small but punchy bit of coffee.

Some models, like this De’Longhi Espresso machine have a handy self-priming system that reaches the perfect temperature in seconds – ready whenever you need it. For a pick me up after dinner, pour the espresso shot over some ice cream for an indulgent affogato. Bellissima!

Shop De'Longhi espresso

For coffee loving crowds

If you’re entertaining and want a simple option to fill lots of cups, filter coffee is a classic choice for you and your friends. Models like this Melitta Grind & Brew machine make up to 10 cups at once and you end up with a great batch of coffee.

Melitta filter machines

Coffee shop classics

You know the scene. Coffee in one hand, a nice book in the other, chillaxing in a Swedish-style armchair. Chances are you’ll have a cappuccino or a latte as you read through the latest crime thriller.

Recreating that barista-style quality is easy when you’ve got a bean to cup coffee machine, like Sage’s The Oracle Touch, at your disposal. It grinds and tamps beans at the touch of a button, and the automatic milk frother will give you delicious foamy tops every time.

Sage coffee machines

Something to suit you

Finding an amazing coffee is all about figuring out what works best for you. Coffee machines let you experiment with all kinds of flavours so you can find a drink that fits you perfectly.

Got a sweet tooth? Add a dash of chocolate powder into an espresso shot, top it off with steamed milk and you’ve got yourself an indulgent Mocha. Or you can keep things simple and top up your espresso shot with hot water for an Americano. Struggling to pick a coffee soulmate? You can control this De’Longhi PrimaDonna model with the Coffee Link App on your smartphone, so you can save all your favourites for future use.

De'Longhi coffee machines