What are Bean to Cup Coffee Machines?

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Bean to Cup Coffee Machines are the ideal coffee maker for coffee lovers everywhere. They are versatile and able to whip up a cappuccino, latte or espresso, easy to use and operate and, most importantly, make great tasting, fresh coffee.

How do they work?

Bean to Cup coffee machines are very easy to use. Unlike other coffee makers they have a built in grinder, meaning all you have to do is add the beans to the machine and it will grind them, heat the water and dispense the fresh coffee at the touch of a button. With most machines you can adjust the amount and strength of the coffee made. Most also come with a milk frother if you want to make your coffee extra special.

Why should I buy one?

There are several reasons why a Bean to Cup coffee machine is a perfect choice.

The beans are ground up seconds before being used, so the coffee is fresh and full of flavour. Ground coffee starts to lose it flavour immediately after being ground, so the sooner it is used the more the drink tastes of.

It is so easy. You can make a professional style coffee in only minutes, at the press of a button. The built in coffee grinder means there is no arduous task of grinding beans yourself.

There are a variety of different types of coffee beans available meaning there is plenty to suit all tastes. In recent years the coffee market has expanded rapidly and there are a great number of different beans available from all over the world. From the well known Blue Mountain Jamaican to the more obscure Kopi Luwak, a coffee bean that has been passed through the system of the Asian Palm Civet, there is something for all tastes.

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What are Bean to Cup coffee machines?

Are there Any Negatives?

The machines can be noisy while the grinder is in use and they do need descaling and through cleaning regularly. They tend to be aimed at cappuccino and latte drinkers so if you are after a killer espresso, a dedicated espresso machine may be more suited to the job.

How much do they cost?

There are lots of different brands and models available and prices can vary massively. For a basic machine, don’t expect change from £300 and top of the range models can cost anywhere up to £1,500.

There are also added extras, you may want a milk thermometer to ensure the frothed milk doesn’t get too hot and burn or a stainless steel jug to froth the milk in. The jug helps the milk retain its temperature once frothed so it isn’t too cold when it goes onto your coffee.

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Specialising in business software, Julia writes jargon-busting guides about VoIP, fleet management, dash cams, fuel cards, and more. Having spent almost a decade writing for entrepreneurs and reviewing business solutions, she loves helping exciting ventures – big or small – to flourish.