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Bean-to-cup coffee machines

A bean-to-cup coffee machine has an in-built grinder which grinds coffee beans on-demand.

Grinding coffee beans on-demand produces the freshest coffee possible. 

Furthermore, bean-to-cup coffee machines are simpler to use than other coffee device types, especially if you share something in common with a Luddite, bean-to-cup coffee machines are relatively easy to control in terms of technology.

Some models also take ground coffee as well.  However, bean-to-cup coffee machines aren’t inexpensive despite their ease of use and tend to be more expensive than other coffee device types.

Price range is roughly £250 to well over £1000

Examples

Examples of bean-to-cup coffee machines
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De'Longhi Eletta bean-to-cup coffee device (black) (1 cup, 2 cups) (15 bars)
De'Longhi Caffe Corso bean-to-cup coffee device (black and silver) (1 cup, 2 cups) (15 bars)
KRUPS Arabica Manual bean-to-cup coffee device (black) (1 cup, 2 cups) (15 bars)
Sage The Barista Express bean-to-cup coffee device (brushed stainless steel) (1 cup) (9 bars)

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Espresso coffee machine

Espresso coffee machines tend to be more affordable than bean-to-cup coffee machines and take a range of ground coffees.

When compared to a pod and capsule coffee machine, an espresso coffee machine does not restrict usage to a particular coffee brand.

Additionally, ground coffee is a less expensive than coffee pods and capsules.

However, espresso coffee machines require a more hands-on approach and of course, there are more rigorous cleaning requirements than bean-to-coffee machines.

Environmentalists can also sleep easy without knowing that they’ve contributed less waste than they would with a pod and capsule coffee machine.

Price range is roughly between £100 to £200

Examples

Examples of espresso coffee machines
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Sage The Dual Boiler espresso coffee device bundle (black sesame) (1 cup, 2 cups) (15 bars, 9 bars)
Tefal Coffee Grinder
De'Longhi Blade KG49 Coffee Grinder - Black
Sage The Dual Boiler espresso coffee device bundle (brushed stainless steel) (1 cup, 2 cups) (15 bars, 9 bars)

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Pod and capsule coffee machines

Pod and capsule coffee machines provide a quick, easy to make and mess-free way to make a coffee drink at home.

The pods and capsules help to keep your coffee fresher for longer. However, you’re usually limited to pods and capsules provided by the coffee brand of the pod and capsule coffee machine.

Furthermore, pod and capsule coffee machines are more expensive than bean-to-cup coffee machines and espresso coffee machines.

Price range is roughly between £50 and £150 but can reach up to £450 and beyond

Examples

Examples of pod and capsule coffee machines
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Francis Francis for Illy X7.1 Expresso Coffee Maker, Red
Lavazza Italian Fantasia pod or capsule coffee device (creamy white) (Lavazza A Modo Mio pods)
De’Longhi Nescafé Dolce Gusto Jovia Manual pod or capsule coffee device (black) (Dolce Gusto pods)
Magimix Nespresso Prodigio pod or capsule coffee device (silver) (Aldi Alcafe Ristretto, ASDA Extra Special Intenso, Café Royal Espresso Forte Taylors Colombia Huila espresso, Cafépod Ristretto Espresso, Dualit Intense, L'Or Espresso Ristretto No. 11, Lidl Bellarom Espresso Viola, M&S Italian, Nespresso, Pact Sertao Dark Roast, Percol Organic Ethiopia Espresso, Podista Intenso, Roastworks The Espresso, Sainsbury's Taste the Difference Intenso, Starbucks Guatemala Antigua espresso capsule pods)

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Conclusion

If you’re looking for the most affordable coffee machines, then you are looking for Espresso coffee machines.

If you’re looking for something easy to use then pod and capsule coffee machines are easiest to use.

If you’re looking for something with the most features then you’re looking for a bean-to-cup coffee machine.

If you’re looking for the freshest coffee then a bean-to-cup coffee machine is best.

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