Published On: Fri, Jul 5th, 2013

First At-Home Coffee Machine: Which is Right?

We put a coffee question to the Marketing Manager at De?Longhi UK…

TAKING THE PLUNGE

Q. I am about to buy my first coffee machine, so am looking for something easy to use and affordable. I?d like it to last a long time, too, and make a range of different drinks if possible. What can you recommend?

A. With choosing a coffee machine, it?s simply a case of knowing where to start. With so much choice for coffee machines these days, it might be hard at first to know which model to plump for. But rest assured, there?s one out there to suit your lifestyle and palate.

Bean to cup machines tend to create a pro-standard latte, espresso or cappuccino at the touch of a button. Beans are freshly ground in the machine and most premium machines also have an auto-cleaning milk carafe that froths and delivers fresh milk for your favourite milky coffee drinks. Perfect if you?re looking for a range of different results, and these always last a long time.

Alternatively, enjoy a relaxed barista-style experience at home with a traditional pump machine. This is the best-known way to make espressos, caffe lattes and cappuccino using a filter holder, espresso-ground coffee and a frother. These can also be used with convenient ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods.

Similarly, capsule and pod machines are an easy way to make caf?-style drinks at home, with no fuss. They are perfect for those who want to save time but aren?t prepared to sacrifice coffee quality ? all the hard work is done for you. Replacement pods are widely available from supermarkets, as many people across the UK now use these.

A filter coffee machine will suit those who wish to make large quantities of freshly brewed coffee. Machines generally feature a hot plate under the carafe to keep coffee hot and a drip-stop device, allowing you to remove the carafe, even when brewing.

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