Bean to Cup coffee machines


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Roasting level
Coffee feature
Coffee type
Coffee origin region
Preparable recipes
Coffee beans type
Control type
Water tank
Coffee bean tank
Burr type
Extra features
Arabica variety
Capsules suitable for
Suitable for
Milk container
Smart app
Moka pot capacity
SCA score
Portion size
Type of use
Number of bean containers
Portion selection for black coffee
Type of coffee grinder
Burr construction
Coffee capsule contains
Cup warmer
Portion selection for coffee with milk
Drinks with milk
Drink recipe
Saved user profiles
Tea type
Amount of drink servings
Chocolate type
Retains heat for
Chocolate kind
User-created recipes
Programmable grind time
Built-in grinder
Decaffeination method
PID temperature controller
Pressure gauge
Hot water wand
Quantity of products in the set
Delivery time
Fast delivery

Which milk system is the most convenient?

When choosing a bean-to-cup machine, we suggest considering how often milk beverages will be made, what is your budget for the coffee machine and what quality of milk beverages do you expect? According to these criteria, each milk system meets a specific customer need: Manual frother. It is often used in mid priced coffee machines. Making a milk foam in this way is not difficult, however it requires some knowledge and practice. Coffee machines with manual frothers are chosen by clients that want to purchase coffee machines for a lower price and have the ability to make milk coffee. Automatic milk pype or integrated milk tank system. This milk system is one of the most popular and preferred. Its peculiarity - the ability to make milk beverages without any particular skills, often, just with one or two button presses. Automatic milk pype system is preferred by clients who want very simple maintenance and good quality milk foam. Meanwhile, the integrated milk tank is useful for those that do not have free space for milk next to the coffee machine and want to enjoy great milk coffee. Latte go system. It is the newest milk system with exceptionally easy maintenance. Just rinsing is enough for the milk tank to stay clean. This system does not have a milk frother, so those who avoid spending too much time on a coffee machine maintenance - this system might be the most convenient.

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When is a coffee machine considered to be a bean-to-cup?

A bean-to cup coffee machine is a coffee machine that has an integrated grinder and coffee brewing mechanism.

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How to maintain an automatic coffee machine?

Maintenance of an automatic coffee machine is quite simple because it is highly automated. In most cases, the machine itself indicates in one way or another that a certain maintenance program needs to be performed. Maintenance of automatic coffee machines can be divided into daily and non-daily maintenance. Daily maintenance: 1. Fill with water and beans (if necessary). 2. If the appliance has a milk system, rinse it thoroughly by disassembling all parts of the milk system (even if the appliance has an automatic rinsing program). 3. Discard the grounds from the coffee grounds container, drain the water from the drip tray and wash it. Non-daily maintenance: 1. If you use a water filter, it must be replaced regularly (approximately every few months). 2. Descaling program. The automatic coffee machine asks for it. It is very important to do it on time and with special products indicated for that purpose (by no means with citric acid or vinegar). 3. Cleaning program. The automatic coffee machine asks for it. The program uses special coffee degreasing and residue removal tablets. A cleaning program should be performed about every few hundred portions produced. 4. Manual cleaning of the coffee brewing unit. Once a month, we remove the brewing unit, rinse under running tap water, dry and lubricate the moving parts with special grease. (This must be done for all coffee machines except JURA brand machines).

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What is the difference between bean-to-cup coffee machines?

With such a great variety of automatic coffee machines, many are wondering about the main differences between them. All the more so as prices range from 300 to several thousand pounds. Key differences: 1. A variety of available drinks. Some machines prepare only espresso and black coffee, while others make up to several dozen different recipes at the touch of a button. 2. Type of milk system. There are three main types of automatic coffee machines according to the type of milk system available: Machines with a steam nozzle (you need to froth the milk manually, like a barista), machines with an automatic frother, which is separate from the coffee system (the machine prepares the milk foam separately from coffee), machines with a fully automatic milk system (just press the button and the machine prepares a milk-based coffee beverage). There are several types of automatic milk systems: With a connected milk pipe (you can put it directly into the milk package) or with an integrated milk container. 3. Customization of taste. All automatic coffee machines have the possibility to adjust the grinding level, the amount of ground coffee used, the water temperature, and the portion size. The key question is: How much customization do you get? Can you choose from only a few levels, or from a dozen? High-end coffee machines even have the ability to adjust the flow rate of water through the coffee (depending on the consistency and taste of the coffee being prepared) and the consistency and temperature of the milk foam. 4. Programming features. In lower-end coffee machines, only certain coffee parameters can be adjusted. On high-end coffee machines, it is possible to program and save all your settings, not only for one person, but for the whole family by creating several user profiles. This way everyone can have their own separate menu named after them with their favourite drinks. 5. Type of control. Depending on the type of control available, the machine is easier or more complex to operate. It can be a small text screen with control buttons or a wide colourful touch screen with the ability to control the coffee machine via a smart app directly from your phone or another smart device. 6. Maintenance. In cheaper automatic coffee machines, the maintenance process is indicated by symbols - without the user manual, it can be tricky to follow the steps of a certain maintenance program. With a high-end coffee machine, everything is clearly displayed on the wide colourful screen - you just need to follow the instructions which are often in pictures. In addition, some machines are more automated and require less manual work, while others require more. 7. Design and finishing materials. Automatic coffee machines can have a simple plastic body, be metallic, shiny or matte, or covered in more luxurious materials. They can have water tanks or cup lighting, offer unique, interesting shapes and designs.

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About bean-to-cup coffee machines

Bean-to-cup coffee machines have revolutionised the way we enjoy our daily cup of coffee. With just a touch of a button, these appliances prepare aromatic and delicious drinks, grinding beans freshly for each cup. Whether you prefer a strong espresso or a creamy cappuccino, a bean-to-cup coffee machine can cater to all of your coffee cravings.

Which bean-to-cup coffee machine should I buy?

When it comes to choosing a bean-to-cup coffee machine, there are around 150 models for you to select your favourite one from, including those produced by some of the world’s best-known brands as well as appliances made by niche manufacturers. When picking the right coffee machine for you, you’ll have to consider several factors, so let’s delve into the key aspects that will help you make an informed decision.

Bean-to-cup coffee machines with a grinder

One of the main advantages of automatic bean-to-cup coffee machines is their integrated grinder. The type of grinder used can significantly impact the flavour and aroma of your coffee. In our range, you can find espresso or filter coffee machines that grind beans freshly for each cup too, by the way. Look for them in the general category of coffee machines with grinders. If you’ve settled on a bean-to-cup coffee machine though, the way your beans will be ground is something you’ll definitely want to pay attention to:

Burr vs. blade grinders. Burr grinders are known for their precision and consistency, ensuring a uniform particle size and a richer taste in your cup. In contrast, blade grinders are more budget-friendly, yet these may result in uneven grounds, affecting the overall coffee quality.

The material the grinder is made of plays an important role as well:

Ceramic grinding systems are particularly durable and consistent. Ceramic burrs are harder than steel burrs, which means they stay sharp for longer. This results in a more consistent grind size, leading to better extraction of flavours. When it comes to ceramic grinders, Siemens bean-to-cup machines offer the widest array of choices.

Steel grinding systems, on the other hand, are known for their versatility and affordability. Steel burrs are easier to manufacture and replace, making them a popular choice for bean-to-cup coffee machines. While steel burrs may not provide the same level of consistency as ceramic burrs, they still produce a satisfactory grind for most coffee enthusiasts. If you’re interested in this sort of grinder, take a look at De’Longhi bean-to-cup machines.

Bean-to-cup coffee machines with a milk frother

If you enjoy milk-based beverages, such as lattes or cappuccinos, opting for a coffee machine with a milk frother is definitely the right choice for you. There are two main types of milk frothers on the market: automatic milk frothers and steam wands.

Automatic milk frothers take the guesswork out of the frothing process. With just a push of a button, the machine froths and pours milk directly into your cup. The milk systems found in automatic coffee machines vary though: some of them boast removable milk containers (check out Gaggia bean-to-cup coffee machines, for example), while others are equipped with milk tubes that can be immersed in a milk carton or container. All in all, automatic milk frothers are perfect for those who appreciate convenience and repeatability.

On the other hand, steam wands provide a more hands-on approach to frothing milk. By manually placing the wand in the milk and releasing steam, you can create velvety milk foam that boasts your preferred texture and thickness. If you’re an aspiring home barista who enjoys the art of brewing, a coffee machine with a steam wand is absolutely worth a closer look.

Built-in bean-to-cup coffee machines

For those who prefer a seamless and integrated look in their kitchen, a built-in coffee machine is the way to go. These machines are designed to be installed directly into your kitchen cabinetry, providing a clean and cohesive look. While they may require you to plan ahead a bit more, the end result is a coffee machine that blends perfectly with the rest of your kitchen appliances. In our assortment, you can find various built-in machines made by different brands and boasting a wide range of features. Check out our selection of Bosch built-in models, or the built-in coffee machines from Electrolux or Neff. All of them offer the features found in free-standing coffee machines (some even boast additional functions!), with the added advantage of saving space and providing a modern look. This is particularly useful if your kitchen is on the small side or if you prefer clutter-free countertops.

Bean-to-cup coffee machines for offices

Bean-to-cup coffee machines are suited great for both home use and offices. These machines can cater to the needs of smaller and larger office spaces. For smaller offices, compact models from Siemens or Saeco are available, providing a convenient and efficient solution for your team. Larger offices can opt for Dr. Coffee or Franke commercial bean-to-cup coffee machines: these offer larger containers and are capable of preparing a larger number of servings throughout the day.

Fully automatic coffee machine features

In addition to core functionalities, automatic coffee machines often come with additional features that enhance the overall brewing experience. Here are a few notable features to consider:

Numerous drink recipes

One of the major advantages of bean-to-cup coffee machines is their ability to prepare a wide variety of coffee beverages. From classic espresso and black coffee to indulgent lattes and cappuccinos, these machines can cater to all of your coffee needs. For example, some advanced Melitta bean-to-cup coffee machines offer more than 17 different recipes, allowing you to explore various flavours and experiment with different brewing methods.

Adjusting drinks to your liking

Personalisation is key when it comes to enjoying your coffee. Bean-to-cup coffee machines offer maximum flexibility by letting you adjust various brewing parameters to your taste. You can customise the strength of your coffee, the grind size of your beans, the amount of milk foam, and even water temperature. This level of customisation ensures that every cup of coffee is tailored to your unique preferences.

If you’re a true coffee connoisseur who loves to experiment with different beans, you may want to consider getting a dual hopper bean-to-cup coffee machine. For example, some Melitta and Siemens bean-to-cup coffee machines come with dual hopper systems. This means that you can use two different types of coffee beans in the same appliance, switching effortlessly between flavours and aromas.

Two drinks at once

If you like enjoying your cup of coffee in the company of a friend or family member, or if you want to serve multiple guests faster, consider getting a bean-to-cup coffee machine that can prepare two drinks simultaneously. This feature eliminates the need to brew multiple cups one after another, helping you save some time in the process. Some models even allow you to prepare two milk-based beverages at once, making it ideal for entertaining guests.

Operation via smart app

Smart technologies now allow some bean-to-cup coffee machines to be operated via a dedicated mobile app. Using an app like that, you can create and program recipes, save them on multiple profiles, and even monitor maintenance programs remotely. This level of convenience and control ensures you’ll be able to enjoy coffee brewed exactly the way you like it—and with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet too! This feature is especially popular amongst Nivona and Miele coffee machines, but it can also be found in other smart models. To look through them, use the filter at the top of the page.

Wide variety of designs and colours

Coffee machines should not only deliver excellent coffee but also adorn your kitchen or office. Bean-to-cup coffee machines come in a variety of designs and colours, guaranteeing you’ll be able to find the one that suits the style of your kitchen. From sleek, modern shapes to vibrant and colourful options, our range of products is bound to include the coffee machine that best matches your interior. You can use the filters at the top of the page to view the machines that match your preferences. Take a look at SMEG bean-to-cup machines of numerous different colours, for example, or go for a more classic look and examine the black and silver Krups bean-to-cup machines.

Automatic coffee machines within your preferred price range

Bean-to-cup machines are available at a variety of prices, each catering to different budgets and preferences. Here are some options falling into different price ranges:

Best bean-to-cup coffee machine under £300

For those on a budget, there are affordable bean-to-cup coffee machines that deliver excellent performance without breaking the bank. These machines offer basic features, such as an integrated grinder, a milk frother and customisable drink settings. While there may not be as many models to choose from in this category, you can still find excellent machines or catch a promotion enabling you to purchase something special at a very competitive price.

Best bean-to-cup coffee machine under £500

If you’re willing to invest a larger sum of money, you can find fully automatic coffee machines with advanced features and greater customisation options. These machines often boast more robust grinding systems, intuitive control panels and additional drink recipes. The price range includes a variety of innovative models (you can check out the Philips bean-to-cup machines under £500). If you catch a discount, you may even be able to get a particularly smart model with up to 19 different recipes to choose from!

Best bean-to-cup coffee machine under £1000

For those seeking a premium coffee experience, bean-to-cup coffee machines priced under £1000 offer top-of-the-line features and exceptional build quality. These machines often come with high-quality ceramic grinders, automatic milk systems, smart app integration, and a wide array of recipes. The category in question includes some semi-professional, or even fully professional, automatic machines designed to brew a large number of servings every day: take a look at the Saeco Royal OTC coffee machine or the slightly more expensive, yet office-friendly Dr. Coffee F10.

To view the coffee machines that fall within your preferred price range, use the filters located at the top of the page.

How to clean a bean-to-cup coffee machine?

Proper maintenance are essential when it comes to keeping your bean-to-cup coffee machine running smoothly and producing delicious coffee. One of the most common issues is limescale build-up: it can affect the taste of your coffee and the performance of your machine. Luckily, most bean-to-cup coffee machines come with an integrated descaling program. These machines even prompt you to run it when the time to descale your appliance rolls around. It’s recommended to use descaling products designed specially for coffee machines, by the way, as using vinegar or other substances can end up damaging your appliance. You can find a range of coffee machine cleaning products on our website.

If your machine is equipped with an automatic milk frother, it’s important to rinse the milk system regularly too. To do that, follow the instructions in the user manual of your appliance. Some machines even boast automatic milk system rinsing programs, which makes the whole process completely hassle-free.

Need any help?

With so many options available, choosing the right bean-to-cup coffee machine can be a daunting task. Luckily, Coffee Friend’s consultants are here to assist you in finding the perfect brewing companion. If you have any questions regarding size, installation, design or different types of coffee machines, our experts are always ready to provide you with advice and help you make an informed decision.

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