A "bean to cup coffee machine" is not all that new. They've been around in the US for quite some time now. But as coffee grows more popular in the UK, then more bean to cup coffee machines are starting to hit the shelves. They can range in price quite a bit. The really expensive ones will make your local Starbucks barista blush with envy from all the extras that they can do.
A bean to cup coffee machine will take fresh coffee beans and turn them into the perfect coffee. In making the coffee direct from coffee beans you're getting all the freshness that you start losing as soon as the beans get ground up. All the oils that are in the beans are lost when you buy pre-ground coffee. A bean to cup coffee machine does not have this problem, as the beans are ground up, then filter instantly
The massive price range of these coffee machines is reflective of the different options you can get with them. You can find a manual coffee grinder, that will then drip filter into an insulated mug, making a pretty good fresh coffee, for under £100. Obvisoly, the quality of beans makes a difference in the overall taste. If this is all you're after and you don't mind doing the grinding, then it's worth picking one up, even if it's just to try fresh bean to cup coffee. But the higher end ones have so many features, from Wifi connectivity, milk frothers, even personalised settings for different users. They also offer full automation, simply press a button, or some can even be operated from your phone, and a short time later you'll get a cup of coffee that is set to just how you like it.
Now that all depends on so many factors. Whats your budget? Do you want a lot of extra features? Do you favour one brand over another? One thing we'd suggest is picking one of the well known coffee machine brands. There are ones you'll have heard of from De'Longi, Melitta and Bosch. A good tip is to look around at what the customers who've bought these machines have to say about them. At the end of the day brand selection is completely up to you. The top brands that are similar priced, will have similar features, so it's just whichever you like the most for your own reasons.
So we hope you're a bit more armed when it comes to getting the latest kitchen gadget. We think you'll start to see more and more of these bean to cup coffee machines, and hopefully, this will start to bring the prices down. Below are the choices on offer from some of the bigger retailers in the UK. We've got all the bean to cup coffee machines from Argos, AO.com, Currys and Tesco Direct. Some of the bean to cup coffee machines cross over on each retailer, so finding the best price is easy, others are only available from certain retailers. Like we said earlier, it pays to read the reviews on these machines to know what others are saying. Also don't forget to look out for sales on bean to cup coffee machines from these bigger retailers too. They are far better placed to offer some good discounts on the coffee machines.
BEKO CEG5301X Bean to Cup Coffee Machine - Stainless Steel
£249.00 - Save £100.00
MELITTA Caffeo Barista TS F85/0-102 Smart Bean to Cup Coffee Machine - Black
£850.00 - Save £50.00
One of the biggest electrical and appliance retailers in the UK. It's also one of the few places where you can pick up the Neff bean to cup coffee machine. This is the daddy of bean to cup machines. Yeah, it will set you back over £1500, but it's just about the coolest coffee machine you'll find. Sadly you won't be going into your local Currys store to look at it as this is an online order only and not available in any Currys store. Also, you won't be surprised to find there are no customer reviews as of yet. Our guessing is not many people are shelling out over £1500 on a appliance that just makes coffee, no matter how well it makes coffee. But the Neff bean to cup coffee machine is the best around, and there are plenty of independent reviews of it online if you're looking to buy it.
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Argos have the convenience of having stores in most towns and cities up and down the country. Being able to browse their store online, then go to your local high street Argos and pick it up is a massive plus for us. Argos also usually have a decent range of products to look at. When it comes to the bean to cup coffee machines, they pretty much have all the De'Longi ones covered. These are a really top brand and if you're a coffee connoisseur, with a decent budget we might add, then these are coffee machines that are well worth a nosey around.
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AO.com are a web based electrical and home appliances store. They don't have any high street stores and can offer some really low priced deals because of this. They have a pretty vast range of bean to cup coffee machines, some with some hefty discounts added. They also do a monthly payment plan, which we find is a great help for first time buyers. Getting all the things you need for your first home can work out really expensive, this helps get the things you want, while spreading the cost. You can find all the best brands here too. The Melitta bean to cup coffee machine is a popular model on there site and the reviews it's getting reflect this.
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