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Coffee Machines

All the information you need to make an informed decision when choosing a coffee machine for your kitchen.

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Types of coffee machines - Coffee grinders

Coffee grinders deliver coffee from freshly ground beans, straight into your cup. Pressing just one button starts the bean-to-cup journey and delivers your espresso straight to your cup, the whole process taking just seconds. Many machines include a traditional frother - using the frothed milk, espressos can be transformed into cappuccinos, lattes or an Americano or espresso.

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Espresso & cappuccino

A pump machine is the most well-known way to make espressos and cappuccinos. Many machines can also be used with easy serving espresso (ESE) pods for added convenience. Ground coffee is inserted into filter provided, where water is forced through at high pressure to produce a rich, smooth espresso. Using the traditional frother you can enjoy cappuccino, caffe latte along with Americano and espressos.

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These coffee machines use a disposable plastic pod with either coffee or your chosen drink variety sealed inside. Once you put the pod into the machine, water is heated and is forced through the pod, releasing the flavour and drink into the cup.

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Pod machine & Nespresso

Filter coffee machines are ideal for making larger quantities of brewed coffee. Water slowly passes through ground coffee, using either a paper or reusable filter. As the water flows through, it absorbs the flavours and aromas. The filter coffee is then ready to serve from the carafe or pot.

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Factors to consider

  • Water - use fresh cold water at all times with your coffee machine.
  • Preheating - when applicable allow your machine to run through its own preheating cycle when it is first switched on.
  • Storage & Freshness - when opened ground coffee and coffee beans have a relatively short optimum usage time and can begin to lose taste and flavour after a few days.
  • Personal taste - Flavour, density of the coffee and quantities used are all down to personal taste. Experimenting with different styles of coffee is the best way to determine your perfect coffee.

Cleaning information

Keeping the appliance clean from residue and scale build up is essential for good consistent coffee.

All coffee machine instruction booklets have sections regarding regular cleaning and maintenance procedures.

Regularly cleaning both internal and external components and keeping them free from residues helps to maintain consistent quality of coffee.

Facts about coffee

  • Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum.
  • It takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity. The average yield from one tree is the equivalent of one roasted pound of coffee.
  • The first coffee house in Europe opened in Venice in 1683, while coffee was available in Europe as early as 1608, mostly for the rich.
  • 57% of coffee drinkers in the UK, and 30% in the United States sweeten their coffee with sugar or some other form of sweetener.