Know More About Coffee Machine Features

There’s nothing like the smell of freshly brewed coffee, so whether you’re a committed coffee drinker or someone who wants to serve perfect after-dinner coffee, then investing in a coffee machine at home is great idea.

What coffee machine features to look for

Size and weight Think carefully about where you plan to use your coffee machine. Choose a small, lightweight machine if you plan to store it in a kitchen cupboard between uses. Large, heavy machines on the other hand can take up a fair amount of your available worktop space.

Capacity If a single cup of coffee is enough for your daily caffeine fix, consider a capsule coffee machine. However, if you need plenty of freshly-brewed coffee throughout the day or for entertaining guests, choose a large-capacity filter, percolator or bean-to-cup coffee machine. Check the water tank size on your espresso machine if you want to make several drinks in quick succession. Choose a coffee machines with a transparent water tank or visible guage so that you can easily see how much water is available.

Ease of use Some coffee machines can be fiddly to use with all sorts of filters, nozzles and buttons. If you’re strapped for time or not interested in releasing your inner barista, look for easy capsule or pod coffee machine with simple programmable cup size options.

Power and pressure If you’re in a hurry or need to make lots of coffee, opt for a high-wattage coffee machine. The higher the wattage, the faster the machine will boil water. With espresso machines, choose a model that provides between 9 and 15 bars of pressure, so you can create the perfect barista-style crema on top of your espresso.

Thermoblock Coffee machines that have thermoblock heating systems heat water to the perfect temperature needed for a rich espresso. It also ensures that a coffee machine heats up quickly and works efficiently, and by not overheating the ground coffee beans there’s less chance of a bitter tasting cup of coffee at the end.

Automatic shut off European regulations mean new coffee machines must automatically switch off after 30 minutes, with keep-warm functions limited to 60 minutes, to help save energy.

Milk frother To enjoy a range of milk-based coffee drinks such as cappuccinos, lattes or macchiatos, choose a coffee machine with a steam arm or built-in milk frothing function.

Coffee machine brands Many companies make coffee machines – from high-street brands such as Tesco, Argos and Currys to luxury brands that include Gaggia, Lavazza, Dualit, DeLonghi and Miele. You’ll pay more for a premium brand’s sturdy build, power and high pressure, advanced features and designer looks, but cheaper machines are often capable of producing great tasting coffee.