If you cannot begin your morning without your daily dose of caffeine, then it is more than likely that your bean to cup machine is high up there with one of your most prized possessions. As opposed to pre-ground beans from a jar, these super convenient machines create fresh, barista-worthy coffee in less than a minute – what’s not to love?
While we can all admit that bean to cup machines are one of mans best creations, there is just the small matter of choosing a model that best suits your requirements. With a plethora of exceptionally high-quality machines promising a taste of sensation from every sip, how could you possibly choose between options? Well, as your personal shoppers for all things coffee-related, we have conducted meticulous research to track down the best bean to cup coffee machines. And, luckily for you, we’re going to let you into our findings!
Your Personal Guide To The Best Bean To Cup Coffee Machines
So what makes a fresh mug of bean to cup coffee different? The answer is just that, they’re fresh, both ground and brewed. Your favourite roasted beans enter the machine, filter through to a built-in grinder, begin to brew and then out comes delicious coffee. It means that you can enjoy the full flavour, aroma and oil of the beans, as opposed to pre-ground coffee, which loses their qualities the longer that they are sat in the jar.
Thanks to the constant innovation of technology, almost all machines now feature custom programming, which allows you to personalised every cup of coffee. From temperature and pressure controls to the ability to create perfectly textured milk, every cup is guaranteed to rival the likes of Starbucks and Costa Coffee. Nowadays, you can even experiment with lactose-free alternatives such as almond milk – there really is nothing that modern machines cannot conquer!
While there are hundreds of brands promising to provide you with unique models, there are a handful of names that most definitely stand out from the crowd. Each brand has its own individual quirks, which makes their models a sought-after choice in the world of bean to cup machines. Begin your quest by taking a browse through our top reviewed models!
Sage Oracle Touch: £1,999
If you are on the hunt for a barista-style machine and happy to pay premium prices, then the Sage Oracle Touch should most definitely be a shortlisted option. The model is the perfect investment for a self-confessed coffee enthusiast.
Having won the hearts of coffee lovers across the globe, the Sage Oracle Touch features absolutely everything you could desire when dreaming of the perfect brew. It is controlled by a touchscreen control panel, which couldn’t be easier to use, allowing you to view an array of drink possibilities in just a few seconds. Once you have chosen your coffee type, you can then customise the cup to meet your tastebuds. With strength, temperature and texture settings, you can experiment with various combinations to track down the perfect beverage for you. Just when you thought that the Sage Oracle Touch couldn’t get any better, there are eight empty slots set to one side to fill with personalised coffee blends – you can even name them!
When it comes to the machine itself, we must confess that it looks the part. Featuring a sleek stainless steel design, the aesthetics of the Sage Oracle Touch would blend seamlessly in any luxury London cafe.
Jura S8: £1,495
Those who appreciate the taste of luxurious coffee blends, but do not quite have barista expertise would be the perfect owner of the Jura S8. The Jura S8 is explicitly designed to take the hassle out of bean to cup machines, making them a convenient addition to any coffee-loving home. One of the most notable qualities of the Jura S8 is its specialities in milk texturing, making it capable of producing an exquisitely smooth latte or cappuccino.
Similarly to the Sage Oracle Touch, the Jura S8 is equipped with a handy 4.3-inch touchscreen, which makes browsing through the 15 speciality coffees that the model has to offer a breeze. As the screen operates in full colour, you can also enjoy a digital animation of the brewing process, along with plenty of handy guide on how to customise your own machine preferences.
The only downside to the Jura S8 machine is that, due to its focus on producing the perfect frothy milk, it does require cleaning after each use. It comes alongside an allocated plastic pot, which must be filled with cleaning solution, diluted by water and then flushed through the components.
DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite Experience: £1,607.00
Those who are on a quest to replicate a Starbucks-worthy kitchen from the comfort of their home would be the perfect owner of the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite Experience. With the term ‘elite experience’ taking pride of place in the model’s name, the capabilities needed to live up to its name – and we must confess, it most definitely does! Unlike your conventional bean to cup machine, not only can DeLonghi’s latest model create the perfect hot beverage, but also cold alternatives. Frappuccinos, milkshakes and iced teas can all be created in just a few clicks of the touchscreen control menu.
One of the most significant benefits of opting to invest in the DeLonghi PrimaDonna Elite Experience is that it couldn’t be easier to clean. The machine is equipped with an integrated cleaning function, which is triggered after each cup. Once you have finished preparation, any components that come into contact with milk will be flushed through using hot water and steam to maximise hygiene.
Similarly to many other modern coffee machines, this model also comes alongside a smartphone app. Using the app, you can create personalised profiles of all of your favourite drinks and save the recipes for when you fancy something a little different.
Gaggia Anima: £499
As by far the most affordable bean to cup machine in our guide, the Gaggia Anima combines both contemporary Italian engineering with unbeatable prices. Gaggia are experts in the world of coffee machines and has built an exceptional reputation for designing convenient, yet high-quality models for both home and corporate use. Due to this, they absolutely had to win a place in our lowdown to the best machines of the year!
One of the most striking features of the Gaggia Anima is the sleek, contemporary appearance. With a gloss black base incorporated with chrome lining, the model can blend seamlessly into any kitchen. Even more so when we delve into the dimensions. With a height of 34cm, length of 22cm and depth of 43cm, the Anima is super compact, which means you won’t have to worry about reconfiguring your layout to slot in your new addition.
While the Gaggia Anima is considerably cheaper than almost all of its competitors, it doesn’t necessarily mean that owners cannot enjoy an array of cool features. Along with various options for drinks, also comes a full LED display, temperature control, coffee dose control and much more.
Melitta Barista TS Smart: £799
With over 20 different coffee specialities included, you won’t be short for coffee blends to experiment with when purchasing the Melitta Barista TS Smart. Not only does the machine come equipped with a coffee bean hopper for darker roasts, but also an additional hopper for lighter alternatives, along with a section for pre-ground coffee should you ever run out of beans. You will never have to begin your day without the perfect brew!
No modern coffee machine would be complete without a host of integrated technology – and the Melitta Barista TS Smart is no different! With each cup, there is a process to follow to customise your blend. Using the models touch-and-slide interface, you’ll select the bean, strength and size of cup you’d like, then wait for 60 seconds for your coffee to be made. The model has also become the first coffee machine to win the Quiet Mark seal of approval, meaning that preparation of your coffee will be almost silent.
Melitta recognises that every family member has unique tastebuds, which is why eight separate coffee preferences are set aside for individual personalisation. All of which can be cleverly managed using your smartphone and the Melitta Connect App. Included in the app is also a selection of handy tutorials on how to keep your appliance in immaculate condition.
Krups EA893C40 Evidence: £699
The Krups EA893C40 Evidence encompasses the traditional bean to cup machine aesthetics with a super stylish design. Similarly to the Gaggia Anima, Krups has paid careful attention to the sizing of this model, ensuring that the dimensions are compact enough to fit with any kitchen design.
The EA893C40 Evidence is absolutely ideal for those who are always on the go, for more reasons than one. It boasts its ‘one-touch’ capabilities, making it one of the most convenient machines in our guide. Not only does the ‘one-touch’ feature apply to 15 of the nation’s favourite hot beverages, but also if you wish to create two coffees at once. With extra space integrated into the design, there is plenty of room for you to fit two latte cups. You can even trigger the model to begin grinding and brewing your perfect brew from your smartphone. All functions can be controlled remotely meaning that you can wake up in the morning, pop on the machine and have your coffee ready for when you jump out the shower! When it comes to cleaning, of course, the EA893C40 Evidence makes this as easy as possible. The model automatically cleans, rinses and descales, which can be programmed to complete whenever you feel necessary.
What’s Your Verdict?
Now that we have delved deep into the best-reviewed bean to cup coffee machines of the year, its time for you to make your decision. Whether you are searching for convenience, aesthetics or the ability to customise the perfect cup, it is guaranteed that one of the above models would have struck your interest. Once you have invested in the best machine to fulfil all of your caffeine-filled requirements, its time to begin experimenting with blends. And of course, you’re in luck! We couldn’t possibly let you go without giving you the opportunity to sample some of the world’s best coffee blends. Our brand new, exclusive coffee subscription is ready to be delivered to your door. Each box is overflowing with handpicked surprises, from two bags of freshly roasted coffee to an array of delicious accompaniments. With every box, you will be given a generous dose of ‘feel good’ as your subscription will contribute towards the independent coffee farmers who provide you with rich caffeine goodness!