5 best cof­fee ma­chines

5 Best Cof­fee ma­chines

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One drink – so many ways to make it. How­ever you take your cof­fee, we’ve got gad­gets that do the job bril­liantly at a frac­tion of the cost of barista-made (there’s even one that turns in­stant gran­ules into an in­dul­gent mocha). Our Tech Edi­tor spills the beans…

1 the in­stant WHIZZ

Can US brands such as Sud­den and Voilà make in­stant cof­fee cool again? We’ll see, but for now, this ma­chine can ‘up­grade’ your gran­ules – add a scoop and some milk (it takes any kind), then twist a dial for a spot-on latte or cap­puc­cino in less than a minute. It does a mean hot choc or mocha, too.

MO­MENTS HOT DRINKS MAKER, £100, BREVILLE

2 the Sci­en­tific Siphon

In the crazy, mad-sci­en­tist world of cof­fee, siphon brew­ing is so hot right now. Your wa­ter goes at the bot­tom and grounds at the top. Then, as the wa­ter boils it’s forced into the up­per cham­ber, where your drink brews be­fore it’s sucked back down through a fil­ter. The re­sult? A cof­fee that’s aro­matic, in­tense and ut­terly de­li­cious.

SIPHON AR­TI­SAN CO EE BREWER, £160, KITCHENAID

3 the BEAN-TO-CUP BARISTA

Mak­ing ‘proper’ cof­fee can be a faff, but not so with this does-it-all op­tion. Fill it with beans and wa­ter (it’s got huge ca­pac­i­ties for both) then pour milk into the carafe and it’ll serve any drink you fancy. It’s great at ‘tex­tur­ing’ (froth­ing to you and me), and big but­tons up front make us­ing it a dod­dle.

ANIMA XL BEAN-TO-CUP CO EE MA­CHINE, £849, GAGGIA

4 the HAVE-A-GO hero

If you live for your Sun­day morn­ing cof­fee rit­ual, this hands-on ma­chine is a dream come true. It’s as well-built as any­thing you’d find in a cof­fee house, with dual-boil­ers so you can steam milk and pour es­presso at the same time. The cost equates to a lit­tle more than 500 Star­bucks tall cap­puc­ci­nos, but to an en­thu­si­ast, it’s worth ev­ery penny.

THE DUAL-BOILER CO EE MA­CHINE, £1,200, SAGE BY HE­STON BLU­MEN­THAL

5 the One to WAKE UP to

Have a freshly brewed cuppa wait­ing for you in the morn­ing with this app-con­trolled ma­chine. Pop in a Ne­spresso pod the night be­fore, then ei­ther sched­ule a brew­ing time in ad­vance, or wing it and hit ‘brew now’ as you emerge from your du­vet. The app also lets you pick the size and strength of your drink, check how many pods you have left and or­der more. PRODIGIO & MILK POD CO EE MA­CHINE, £200, NE­SPRESSO

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