Our pick of the best coffee makers
WHETHER YOU LOVE A CARAMEL LATTE MACCHIATO OR SIMPLE ESPRESSO SHOTS, WE’VE FOUND THE BEST IN COUNTRY-STYLE COFFEE MAKERS TO QUENCH YOUR CAFFEINE CRAVINGS
1 Best for... VALUE
For a similar style to the one seen here, try Distinta eci341 Pump espresso coffee maker, £149, De’longhi the stylish and fully featured ECI341 (H32xw19.7x d31cm) can whip up a cappuccino in minutes using the steam arm and metal jug, keep cups warm while you wait, and takes both coffee grounds and ese pods for added convenience. It’s a manual machine, so will take practice to master, but the 15-bar pressure ensures rich and velvety espresso.
2 Best for... REMOTE CONTROL
nespresso expert coffee machine, £249.95, Krups As well as using a clever water heater to keep the temperature consistent for your ristretto, espresso, lungo or Americano (you need a separate frother for milky drinks), this advanced pod system (H22.3xw28.7xl38.5cm) can be controlled by smartphone, enabling you to create recipes, receive ‘buy coffee’ alerts, and even set timers so your cup is prepared automatically.
3 Best for... CAFE QUALITY
Barista express, £479, Sage appliances designed with chef Heston Blumenthal, this exceptional 15-bar bean-to-cup design (H40xw33xd31cm) holds 250g beans, enough for 25 espresso shots, grinding them each time to give you the freshest coffee. you can adjust the coarseness of the grind for different drinks and the easy-to-master steam wand produces deliciously silky hot milk in moments.
4 Best for... SMALL SPACES
ecf-01 espresso coffee machine, £279, Smeg this machine looks and performs brilliantly, and at less than 15cm wide (H30.3xw14.9xd33cm), won’t take over the worktop. It has 15-bar pressure and heats up quickly thanks to the thermoblock system. the separate steam arm enables you to enjoy everything from a double espresso and cappuccino to a flawless flat white. Choose from blue, black, red and cream.
5 Best for... FILTER COFFEE
5Kcm0802bcu Pour over coffee Brewer, £179, Kitchenaid Combining the convenience of a traditional filter maker with the latest trend for ‘pour over’ coffee, this elegant machine (H38.5x w22xd29cm) extracts maximum flavour by expertly controlling water temperature (93°C) and flow. you can brew two to eight cups into the glass jug, adjust the darkness of the roast and programme its start time.
6 Best for... DRINK SELECTION
café cino, £199.98, Dualit.com this 19-bar nespresso-compatible machine (H25xw18xd37cm) makes more drinks than most – it’s capable of delivering espresso, lungo, cappuccino and latte using the built-in 500ml steam jug, plus a unique extra-hot tea mode for dualit’s teavolution tea capsules, and for the kids (big and little!) there’s a cold milk froth mode that’s perfect for milkshakes.