SPILLING THE BEANS

COUN­TRY STYLE NEED-TO-KNOW

Country Homes & Interiors - - HOME TECH -

WHAT’S THE EAS­I­EST TO USE?

Pod/cap­sule ma­chines have taken the faff and mess out of mak­ing qual­ity es­presso and Americano at home (many top restau­rants use them). You just pop one in the slot and press a but­ton.

AREN’T PODS WASTE­FUL?

Yes and no. They do cre­ate more waste, but Ne­spresso and Lavazza of­fer re­cy­cling schemes, while Dualit has a com­postable Ne­spresso-com­pat­i­ble pod.

CAN I MAKE A GOOD ES­PRESSO ON A BUD­GET?

Yes, with prac­tice. Pre­par­ing the ground cof­fee and steam­ing milk is an art form, but a good man­ual pump ma­chine (from £100) with steam wand will work.

PRAC­TICE? I DON’T HAVE TIME!

OK, a lux­ury au­to­matic cof­fee maker can grind beans, steam milk, pro­duce café-qual­ity cof­fee at the push of a but­ton, and even clean it­self – but you will need to spend £400-£1,200.

WHAT’S THE KEY FEA­TURE?

You need at least 15 bars of pres­sure to force the wa­ter through the cof­fee.

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