The best bean to cup coffee machine is a great idea and their sales have quietly boomed in recent years as people realise they quite like ‘real’ coffee. In a way, they are like the high-end equivalent of the best pod coffee machine as they let you make high quality coffee with minimal inconvenience. They do this by combining an espresso maker, coffee grinder and milk frother into one unit. Not generally a very compact unit, but a unit nonetheless.
Talk to many a coffee expert and they will tell you flat out that all bean to cups are rubbish and to be shunned. But they are wrong. Actually, only most of them are rubbish. We have carefully hand-curated the machines that buck the trend of making insipid or bitter brews, and now present them in this artisan, locally sourced best-of feature.
Top 10 best bean to cup coffee machine in UK 2021
Below are our picks of top 10 best bean to cup coffee machine reviews.
1. De’Longhi Magnifica ECAM 2210SB
De’Longhi has long been one of the big names in espresso, and its Magnifica ECAM 2210SB machine is a great indication of why. It takes that timeless brand and puts an ultramodern twist on it, offering a unit that’s sleek, chic, and quite compact.
We really like the Magnifica’s 13 different grinder settings, which is enough to exert quite a bit of control over your espresso, latte, or cappuccino-making procedure. It also has an adjustable nozzle that you can use to pour for different sized cups.
Compared to other models, it is quite easy to clean and overall low-maintenance. If there’s a drawback, you’ll find it in the reviews: A number of users have found that over time, the whole beans stop flowing easily into the grinder from the hopper and have to be helped along. This may be due to oil buildup from dark-roasted beans that makes things a bit stickier. We recommend keeping the hopper and grinder nice and clean to prevent this—and of course, lighter roasts should help.
2. Krups Evidence Plus EA894T40 Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine
The Evidence Plus is Krups’ top-of-the-range bean-to-cup coffee machine. The display has clear graphics and large controls, and it also has adjustable strength controls. Unlike the others on this list, this model can make two milk-based coffees at the same time (and pour them evenly). This makes the EA894 a good choice if you often make coffee for two.
This model brought out nuanced flavours of roasted nuts and caramel, and we found the milk frother worked well (though the assembly was a little fiddly). The milk was glossy and had small, fine bubbles but we did find the temperature could vary by around 15C.
If it’s been off for some time, when you turn it on, it runs an automatic cleaning programme that we couldn’t turn off. This lasted nearly 15 minutes, which was frustrating.
3. Gaggia Brera
The Gaggia Brera is another popular model with a built-in fresh milk frother. It’s capable of making coffee from both ground coffee and beans, is designed to be energy efficient and is relatively simple to use.
When it comes to espresso, the Gaggia can make a decent cup – especially if you use ground coffee. The cappuccinos are also appetising with thefrothy milk combining well with the espresso. You can customise the output using the control panel and the ceramic grinder is designed to retain the coffee’s aroma (the coarseness can also be adjusted). A handy feature is that the ground coffee compartment allows you to brew a different coffee blend without removing the beans.
Energy efficiency is a hot topic in the home appliance world, which is why the Gaggia comes with an energy saving standby mode. After one hour the machine automatically enters standby. While in this mode, it uses less than 1kW each hour.
The main downside of the Brera is that it’s a relatively slow coffee machine. The stainless steel design also requires regular maintenance if you want it to maintain its stylish appearance. On the other hand, it’s quieter than many other bean-to-cup models.
We think the Gaggia Brera is a great model if you plan to use both whole beans and ground coffee. With its tasty espresso and frothy cappuccino, it’s easy to recommend this model.
4. Sage BES875UK The Barista Express
This machine from reputable electronic brand, Sage, has a mid-range price point and easy-to-use interface, making it a good choice for everyday use if you’re a coffee lover but not quite an aficionado. The challenge is in logging the preset functions as there are lots to choose from. Once you’re set up and away, you will be spoilt for choice, whether you want an espresso with a perfect crema or homemade flat white to rival your favourite coffee shop.
5. Beko CEG5311
Sometimes you’re testing a group of products and realise that two are very similar to each other. What’s even more interesting: sometimes they’re priced very differently. So it was with the Beko and the Dualit.
Both machines have a narrow footprint (the Beko is 24cm) and use a 19-bar pressure pump to make deep, full-bodied coffee. They both have touch controls on the top, with simple icons to select your drink.
Out of the box, the coffee was a bit mild, but there’s a dial to adjust the grinder. Once the grind was finer, coffee was tastier with a better crema. Meanwhile the froth from the steam wand was excellent.
Features are very similar to the Dualit: touch controls on the top select from a limited drinks menu, the coffee dispenser slides upwards to accommodate mugs, and it self-cleans when turned on or off.
Like the Dualit, you can adjust the grind but not the length of coffee shots: instead, if you want a longer drink you top it up with hot water from the wand. And again its pre-brewing system wets the dose of coffee for a richer extraction, releasing oils to maximise aroma and depth.
We found the light-up touch controls on the top hard to see in bright sunlight from the skylight above. But that was our only niggle: this coffee maker is hard to fault in terms of bangs (beans?) for the buck.
It’s so similar to its pricier rival that it’s hard to justify buying the Dualit. If you don’t want to spend a fortune, or take up too much worktop space, buy the Beko.
6. Miele CM6150 bean to cup coffee machine
City slickers will love this black coffee machine. It offers nine pre-programmed coffees at the touch of a button, an integrated burr grinder to preserve all those lovely flavours, and a cleaning function to keep your new appliance looking like a professional.
As with all Miele appliances this bean to cup coffee machine has been rigorously tested to the equivalent of 20 years. That’s three cups of a day for 20 years (over 25,000 coffees!) so you can buy with confidence that this machine will not only make you a wonderful brew but it will last for a very long time.
7. Jura Giga X3
The Giga has a water reservoir system or mains fed option meaning complete flexibility in location. With the established good looks common to the Jura range, the Giga will look quite at home in an office where perfect coffee with fresh milk is your team preference. Handling 200 cups a day, the Jura provides satisfying refreshment for hard working teams. A cup warmer can be added as a peripheral attachment that keeps cups at the right temperature to receive a stimulating shot of espresso, a satisfying latte or breakfast cappuccino.
8. Melitta E950-103 Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
There is no doubt that the Melitta E950-103 Caffeo Solo Bean to Cup Coffee Maker is an attractive model that will look great in many kitchens. It is a slim device, at just 20cm wide, and has either a clean silver look to the front or a sleek, all-black design.
As this is sold as a fully automatic coffee maker, there are high hopes from users about the ease of use with the espresso making process. There are plenty of options here to ensure that users get the type of drink that they want, such as the height adjustable spout, the adjustable temperature and the adjustable brew strength. Even so, it is designed to be easy to use with the simple controls and component.
Aside from a few issues with the manual, it isn’t too difficult to learn. This ease of use should also continue with the ease of cleaning, as this has a simple cleaning mode, removable parts, a surface that doesn’t trap the dirt and a bottle of descalent in the box. It isn’t a quick process, at 30 minutes long, but it is thorough and pretty hands-off.
9. Siemens EQ3 Espresso Coffee Machine
Siemens EQ3 s300 is classical bean to cup type super-automatic Coffee machine. Having iconic Silver/Black view with well engineered touches. Minimalist Design with Two Coffee dispenser, one moveable milk nozzle, garbage tray with LCD display and big control buttons.
Siemens EQ3 bean-to-cup automatic coffee machine has a very clear LCD Display and big operation buttons. Big and clear buttons help you to make all types of coffee easily. It has an easy to use interface.
EQ3 is a bit smaller than upper models (Like Siemens EQ6 and Siemens EQ9 series automatic coffee machines). It is about 7 Kg weight and that makes it stable. For this reason, no vibration during operation.
10. Bonsenkitchen Espresso Machine 20 Bar Coffee Machine
This espresso machine makes you feel like a true barista. With 20 bars of pressure, it pulls a neat and concentrated double espresso shot with smooth crema. This quality goes for its milk frother too, which has its own separate temperature gauge. This way, you have control over all the details of your espresso drink.
Apart from quality, this espresso machine is pretty easy to maintain. In particular, it has a removable water reservoir. Water quality is very important in espresso. Therefore, having convenience when thoroughly cleaning your water tank is definitely a plus.
Despite the intensity of this espresso machine, it has a space-saving design. It is tall and slim, making it easy to place between appliances on your countertop.
How to choose best bean to cup coffee machine?
As any coffee lover knows, there is nothing quite like having a nice cup brewed right in your home kitchen. These days there are a ton of options available when it comes to home coffee makers, and depending on what you’re looking for, you can bring home anything from the simplest coffee maker which does nothing more than brew you a few cups, to a full featured device with all sorts of bells and whistles like timers for automatic scheduled brewing, warmers to keep your coffee hot all day, and a variety of other neat and clever additions.
But do you really need all of that? Maybe you want absolutely simplicity, or the best bargain possible, or maybe you just need a few simple features but don’t want the full monty. Whatever the case maybe, we’ve assembled this handy home coffee maker buyer’s guide to help you get a handle on what is available and figure out what you want and need out of your home coffee maker.
You want a machine that meets your personal needs and the needs of your family. So, consider how much water the machine can hold and how many coffees the machine can make at once.
Think about how you plan to use your machine. If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, easy-to-clean option with minimal set-up and work, then pod and capsule machines are the perfect solution.
There are a fantastic range of Nespresso home coffee machines ranging between $150 and $900 so there is something for every budget. Once you have an idea of what you would like to spend, the buying process will become a lot easier.
Clear and simple controls
Look for machines that you will be able to use with ease. Machines with digital displays and indicator lights offer a simple and straightforward process.
Types of coffee
Think about the type/types of coffee you want to be able to make with your machine. Some machines offer the opportunity to make almost any kind of coffee your heart desires. Others have quite limited options so it’s important to know what you’re looking for here. If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all kinds of coffee, Nespresso’s Vertuo coffee machines have 28 coffee blends to choose from in five different sizes.
Quality of coffee
An expensive machine does not guarantee a quality coffee and a good entry-level home espresso machine can potentially create the perfect cup. This makes it difficult to say whether one machine is better than another. There are a lot of factors that impact on the quality and taste of a cup of coffee produced by your machine and the results usually depend on the experience of the user. Consider trying a coffee in store before you buy. Find your nearest Nespresso boutique to discover the quality of coffee and experience the range of flavours.
Some coffee machines come with a built-in milk frother while others are available separately. A built in frother offers the ability to create an all-in-one coffee while a separate milk frother opens the opportunity to create barista-style milk art.
Size of the coffee machine
If you plan on putting your machine away after each use, try to pick a lighter model. You may also want to consider how much counter space you have available if you decide to leave it out.
Of course, when choosing an automatic coffee machine or a similar appliance, you’re going to consider the sum that you’re able/willing to spend. However, you should also keep in mind that a coffee machine is meant to serve you longer than one year. This appliance will brighten your mood with a cup of delicious coffee day in and day out, and this means that you’ll be using it daily. Once you’ve identified your needs and wants, choose a coffee machine responsibly, so that you don’t have to feel disappointed after purchasing an appliance that isn’t right for you. If you want to save some precious time, contact our consultants, who will carefully analyse your needs/wants and provide you with offers that suit you best. Once you’ve purchased a coffee machine, don’t forget that the flavour of coffee depends not only on the machine, the technologies integrated in it and the available settings, but also on the coffee beans themselves. They should be fresh and of high quality. The bean assortment at “Coffee Friend” is extremely wide and designed for automatic coffee machines, so alongside a machine, we’ll pick out the beans that will suit your taste perfectly too. We’re eagerly waiting for your calls and letters!