Noth­ing beats a cup of java to kick-start the morn­ing. guided by Henri Koh, se­nior barista and trainer at Etre Bon Gallery and Academy, fig­ures out which cof­fee ma­chine does it best.

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HOW IT WORKS An au­to­mated espresso ma­chine makes espresso from whole beans at a touch. The beans are ground on the spot in a built-in grinder be­fore hot wa­ter is flushed through them for your cof­fee. The ma­chine comes with a milk frother to make cap­puc­cino (equal parts of espresso and milk) or cafe latte (one part espresso to two parts milk) – you foam or warm the milk be­fore adding espresso to it. JURA ENA 7 $1,650, from Tangs Or­chard and Takashimaya D.S. Bean container: 125g Wa­ter tank: 1.1 litres BREW­ING THE COF­FEE The most user-friendly on all counts. The LCD screen and but­tons on the top of the ma­chine are eas­ier to see and reach than those of the other ma­chines, which are on the front. But­tons are clearly la­belled by cof­fee type – espresso, long black, cap­puc­cino and latte, and on-screen in­struc­tions are clear. I also liked that I could pro­gramme how much cof­fee I wanted – press and hold the cof­fee but­ton un­til the words “Enough Cof­fee” ap­pear on the dis­play, re­lease the but­ton to dis­pense the cof­fee, then press it again to stop when there’s enough. The ma­chine then stores my pre­ferred amount. It is also the least noisy ma­chine, whether grind­ing the beans or mak­ing a shot. Its height-ad­justable spout fits cups up to 11.1cm tall. FROTH­ING THE MILK It was the most sim­ple to make a milky cof­fee with – great for cap­puc­cino and cafe latte lovers. The frother con­nects to a tube that draws milk di­rectly out of the car­ton, to be heated and dis­pensed into my cup. I could then place the cup un­der the cof­fee spout to add my espresso shot. It made the best cap­puc­cino of the lot, with a fine and smooth foam. CLEAN­ING UP Be­ing the small­est and most com­pact, it was eas­i­est to rinse out the brew­ing unit (the drip tray and dump box that holds used cof­fee grounds). But I would have liked it bet­ter if the wa­ter tank at the back of the ma­chine was eas­ier to re­move. EX­TRA FEA­TURES Like the De’longhi Mag­nifica, it has a com­part­ment for ground cof­fee to give you the flex­i­bil­ity of us­ing ready grounds. But it’s the only one with­out a cup warmer. VER­DICT Eas­i­est to use and pro­duces the best foam, mak­ing it the star of the lot.



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