Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

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There is an abundance of coffee machines to choose from in our current marketplace so which should you go for? We all know coffee tastes good however, it’s made and whatever it’s made in but there are ways to improve the taste of your coffee by purchasing a quality coffee machine. Don’t get us wrong we may be a bit biased as we’ve both worked within a coffee house for fifteen years and only used coffee machines to produce the very best coffee in all different shapes, sizes, and tastes for adorning coffee fans. So, we believe that a good bean to-cup coffee machine would be the best coffee machine to go for in our expert opinion. Every coffee machine has of course their pros and cons, check out our reviews, we have picked what we think are the top five.

What Exactly is a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Let us start with the basics, bean to cup coffee machines are for those who really love their coffee and we mean really love coffee. If you want that authentic taste that you get in coffee shops but within the comfort of your own home, these types of coffee machines are the ones for you. Mainly used for whole coffee beans, these grind on cue, so your coffee is always fresh. We’d be very surprised if it didn’t come with a milk frother, nowadays most do and in our opinion, this is one of the best features. It allows you to create the perfect latte or cappuccino, nothing is better than having a creamy latte in the afternoon just to spice up your daily coffee intake.

We’ve found that bean to cup coffee machines are usually easier to use, with handy customisation features such as the coarseness of the grind, coffee strength, temperature, and cup size. It is not all about the whole beans though (although this is the main feature of a bean to cup machine obviously) most allow ground also. This comes in handy if you fancy a decaffeinated coffee for example.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing

Okay, so you’ve already made the final decision and you definitely want to go for a bean to cup coffee machine but there are a few things you want to consider before taking the leap and purchasing.

Tank Capacity

Consider how much coffee you’re going to drink at any one time, is it just for you or for you and a few others. You want to fill your coffee machine to exactly what you require, the last thing you want is for any of your coffee to go to waste. If it’s mainly going to be for yourself think about a model that has a smaller tank, this will make it better value for money, which is a plus. In addition, think about the position of the tank, if you’re going to be filling it up regularly throughout the day you don’t want to be clambering around the back to take it out. A tank positioned at the top or the side would be preferable in this instance.

Cleaning your Machine

The easier to clean the better. You certainly don’t want to spend more time cleaning your coffee machine than it takes to actually make the coffee itself. Pay close attention to the machines cleaning features, go for models that have self-cleaning features. These as it says, clean themselves at the touch of a button. They will internally clean the machine so you don’t have to which will, trust us, save you a heck of a lot of time and hassle. Hint, keep an eye out for those models that have a lot of self-cleaning features.

Noise Levels

If you don’t like noise, noise levels are definitely something to consider when purchasing. When we talk about the noise we’re not talking about when the machines make your coffee (although this can be noisy at times) we’re talking about when it grinds those beans in preparation. You’ve just woken up and we all know the first thing you need is a cup of coffee, the last thing you want is the machine screaming at you first thing, we’ve been there and it’s not enjoyable. You want a machine that is as quiet as possible, making your coffee experience one of beauty and relaxation. Something to note here, milk frother noise is difficult to avoid, pay closer attention to the grinding and brewing stages when it comes to noise.  

Milk Frothing Capabilities

The main feature for most, including us, is the milk frother. If you like milk in your coffee either full-time or from time to time a milk frother is an addition you should be looking for. We do love our lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos here.

With an automatic frother, all action takes place in a sealed tight jug. This is where the milk is heated and frothed automatically, of course, the jug will most likely be either glass or plastic depending on the model. In some models, the spout of the jug can be moved so the frothed milk pours directly into your coffee cup with the brewed coffee automatically without any assistance. In others, you have to manually pour the frothed milk into your coffee after the brewing process. With some machines, there is an automatic cleaning function for the frothed milk jug and in others, you’ll have to clean this by hand.

A steam wand, the most popular method, used in coffee shops. You’re going to know exactly what we’re talking about when we start explaining what this looks like. The steam wand is a long and thin pipe that produces froth milk using steam pressure. Decide how much milk froth you want by opening or closing the valve that releases the steam.

And last but not least the manual frothing accessory. This isn’t part of the machine but a stand-alone object meaning you’ll have to froth the milk yourself, less appealing but it might be for you.

Price

Bean to cup coffee machines can be expensive but there are many on the marketplace that are less expensive but still have the quality of a more pricey machine. For the best of the best you’ll have to be willing to spend over $1000, we would say here that they are worth the money, at this price range you definitely get what you pay for, the features in these kinds of models are incredible. What it comes down to is this, the more you pay for your coffee machine the less work is required from you in terms of grinding, brewing, frothing, and cleaning.

The De’Longhi Eletta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine

As the name suggests, this machine means business. It’s definitely on the more expensive side at $1,999.95 but it is worth it. Let us explain why. We hope you’re sitting comfortably as there are a lot of features to get through with this one, we’ll try and keep it brief.

Fresh Every Time

This machine guarantees that your coffee is going to be fresh with every cup. The integrated burr grinder has adjustable settings so you can decide the coarseness of your grind. It also has a second chamber for ground coffee that comes in useful for pre-ground specialty, decaffeinated, or regular coffees.

Foam, Foam, Foam

Think rich and creamy, the LatteCrema system makes perfectly layered espresso beverages like the latte or cappuccino.

Cleaning Made Easy

The small, easy to remove brew unit is easy to clean and self-adjusts so you can choose either one shot of espresso or two.

Customisable

Program how you want your coffee, this is one of our favourite features on this model. You can customise every cup of coffee depending on the temperature, strength, and milk-to-coffee-ratio. The best part, the machine will remember your customisation options, so you don’t have to tell it every time.

Brewing Consistency

Rest assured, your brew won’t change with every cup. Unless altered through customisation, the brewing temperature, richness, and density will be consistent with every cup.

 Gets the Temperature Right

This machine has two heating elements. The first is for the espresso and the second for the milk, simple as that. You won’t have to wait for your coffee to reheat with every cup.

One-Touch Intuitive Display

It couldn’t get simpler than this, each feature has only one button, you press it and let the machine take care of the rest. The clear digital display is intuitive and very easy to use.

Support

The De’Longi support team is on hand for your needs whether you want to discover the best beans for your new coffee machine or need help setting it up, they are there to help you.  

De’Longhi Eletta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Latte Crema System, Black
De'Longhi Eletta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Latte Crema System, Black
De’Longhi Eletta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Latte Crema System, Black
De'Longhi Eletta Digital Super Automatic Espresso Machine with Latte Crema System, Black

The 10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine

A coffee grinder and maker that produces good, strong coffee, it has a nice slim design that will fit perfectly into any kitchen at a very affordable price of $134.99. Here are its features:

Large Capacity

With a 1.5L capacity, this grind and brew coffee maker can produce up to ten coffees at any given time. It’s the perfect machine if you’re planning on having over family and friends. It doesn’t have to make that much of course; the setting runs in coffee amounts of two. For example, all you have to do is set the number of powder (2, 4, 6, 8, 10) by pressing the buttons CUP 2-10 and the machine will obey. If you don’t press your desired number of cups however the machine will automatically default to making ten cups so bear this in mind. Another thing to note here is, be sure to add the amount of coffee that corresponds with the amount of water.

It is Easy

This coffee machine takes both whole beans and ground coffee to produce your preferred drip coffee. It has a burr grinder, so you know it’ll grind those whole beans efficiently. Grinding the beans ensures your coffee stays fresh with every cup retaining the beans full flavour, the powder then falls into the filter.

Brewing Settings

Create your preferred cup of coffee, choose from three control settings, and pick the strength of coffee you want, controls include strong, medium, or mild, easy as that. It also has eight great grinding controls so you can pick how coarse you want your coffee beans, from coarse to extremely fine to create your desired coffee beverage. If you think the grinding process has been too much before it has finished, you can press the grind-off button which we have found to be a very handy feature.

Automatic Start Function

This function is a good one, set the time you want the brewing process to begin, and off it goes. Set the start time for just before your alarm goes off in the morning and be welcomed by a freshly brewed coffee ready for drinking straight out of bed. There is a warning bell to make sure you know when it’s ready, it also has a warming plate so it will keep your coffee warm for up to 120 minutes just in case you decide to stay in bed that little bit longer.

Promises and Service

This coffee machine comes with a two-year guarantee. If you have any problems, which we’re sure you won’t just let the company know and they’ll get you sorted out.

10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 950W, Black1
10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 950W, Black1
10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 950W, Black1
10-Cup Drip Coffee Maker, Grind and Brew Automatic Coffee Machine with Built-In Burr Coffee Grinder, Programmable Timer Mode and Keep Warm Plate, 1.5L Large Capacity Water Tank, Removable Filter Basket, 950W, Black1

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine

The Gaggia Brera Automatic coffee machine is a good size at 12.4”, it’s compact enough to fit into any kitchen and looks stylish too. It comes with the full works, capable of making anything from espresso to cappuccino. Its Pannarello wand creates delicious milk froth that is smooth and velvety. Its dreg drawer and water reservoir are located at the front for easy access. This machine comes in at $614.11, it’s slightly more on the expensive side, let us take you through its features.

Hopper and Bypass Doser

Brew your coffee with either whole bean or ground. This machine has a ceramic burr grinder for grinding your beans and a ceramic bypass doser for your ground.

Pannarello Steam Wand

The long thin wand injects air directly into the milk, creating rich and creamy milk froth.   

Removable Brew Group

The brew group can easily be removed for continuous cleaning and maintenance.

Front Loaded

As previously mentioned, the water reservoir and dreg box are located at the front of the machine.

Gaggia Adapting System

Brera’s Adapting System allows your machine to learn how to create your perfect coffee. It will adjust how it grinds your beans to accommodate your preferred brew.

Stainless Steel Front Panels

A very authentic look, the stainless-steel classic look gives the machine beauty and style making it a feature within your kitchen.

Rapid Steam

Get your steam, on-demand in only ten seconds.

Simple Interface

Simple yet effective. With just a small number of buttons, this machine is easy to understand and use. It has an LED screen that helps you brew and create a list of drinks, both classic and custom.

Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.
Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine in Black. Pannarello Wand Frothing for Latte and Cappuccino Drinks. Espresso from Pre-Ground or Whole Bean Coffee.

The Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1 Grind and Brew Automatic Coffeemaker

This fantastic 12-cup coffee maker has expert coffeemaking technology that delivers a delicious and rich coffee flavour. At a very affordable $99.95, we love the price. See below for more about its features.

  • Elegant Italian Styling
  • Automatically grinds whole beans before brewing
  • 24 hour fully programmable
  • Brew Pause™ feature lets you enjoy a cup of coffee before brewing has finished
  • Adjustable auto-shutoff – 0-4 hours
  • Grind off feature
  • 1-4 cup feature
  • 12 (5 oz. each) cup carafe with an ergonomic handle, dripless spout, and knuckle guard
  • Gold-tone commercial filter
  • Charcoal water filter removes impurities
  • Separate grinder chamber and filter area make for easy clean-up
  • Limited 3-year warranty
Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black
Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black
Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black
Cuisinart DGB-550BKP1 Grind & Brew Automatic Coffeemaker, 12 Cup, Black

The De’Longhi ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

A classic design, this coffee machine is a favourite of ours and comes in at $805.97.

Fresh Espresso with Every Cup

The burr grinder has 13 adjustable settings grinding fresh beans with every cup to ensure each is fresh. The second chamber allows for ground coffee to be used in your choice of decaffeinated or regular.

Your Foam, Your Way

This machine comes with a manual frother. This mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy milk froth just the way you like it.

Consistent Brewing

Each cup is brewed to the perfect temperature, richness, and density. Make your preferred coffee with the customised controls.

Easy to Clean

Take the small brewing unit out to clean easily. It also self-adjusts for one or two shots of espresso.

Cappuccino and Latte

Create the cappuccino of dreams at home with the Cappuccino System which mixes steam with milk to creates thick, creamy foam. Easily adjust the levels to also create magnificent lattes, macchiatos, or a flat white.

Customisable

Make it your way, program in your perfect cappuccino and espresso to make your perfect coffee. The machine will remember your preferences, so you enter them only once.

Easy-to-Use Control Panel

It couldn’t be simpler to adjust your menu settings for temperature, coffee strength, and cup size.

De’Longhi Support

If you need help with anything whether that’s setting your coffee machine up or advise about what beans would be best for the machine the De’Longhi team will help you out.

De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine, Silver
De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine, Silver
De’Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine, Silver
De'Longhi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super Automatic Espresso & Coffee Machine, Silver

The Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machine in Our Opinion

For us, the De’Longhi takes it. The coffee it produces is sublime and we love the manual milk frother, mostly because we’ve had the experience with a manual one so it comes easy to us but we do love the control a manual frother can give not to mention how creamy it makes your latte or cappuccino. An important part for us is the freshness you get with every cup; you can brew how every much you want so none goes to waste. The customise option as part of the machine is brilliant and saves a lot of time. When you’ve worked out your favourite coffee, save the preferences, and have that same coffee as many times as you like, we love this feature! Don’t take our word for it why not try it out for yourself, purchase it today, trust us you won’t be disappointed.

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Coffee addict and self confessed obsessive with all things Java, Dave loves to write about coffee nearly as much as he enjoys drinking it. Can always be found no more than 2 feet away from a fresh brew!

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