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Pod coffee machines

The Coffee Buying Guide

For most of us coffee plays an important role in our day-to-day lives, whether you rely on a full-bodied shot of espresso to get you going in the morning, or regularly catch up with friends over a warming cappuccino.

Our guide explores the colourful world of coffee machines and gives you some tips on how to produce coffee-shop quality at home. From the simple convenience of pod machines to barista-style bean-to-cup and espresso machines, we’ll help you find something to suit your taste.

If you want to see the differences for yourself, visit us in store and we’ll be happy to assist in finding the right coffee machine for you.

Craft the perfect coffee


A full-bodied shot of coffee that’s incredibly rich in flavour.

Caffe Macchiato

A shot or two of espresso ‘stained’ with a small amount of steamed milk.


A warming combination of espresso and steamed milk - usually one third espresso to two thirds milk.


A delicious shot of espresso with steamed milk-froth and a sprinkling of cocoa.

Flat White

A creamy, velvety mix of hot milk combined with a single or double espresso.


An espresso topped up with hot water to make a strong black coffee.


For chocoholics - espresso mixed with hot chocolate, steamed froth and milk or cream.

Cafe Au Lait

A less intense version of a latte, created with strong coffee instead of espresso - half coffee, half milk.

What type of Coffee drinker are you?

The classic coffee drinker

“I love my coffee and I’m happy to buy it from any of the chains although I definitely have a favourite and I’ll always try and go there – even it means driving out of my way. I’d love to be able to make coffee like that for myself at home but with a full-time job and a busy social life I just don’t have the time. Still, I want to impress my friends when they come for dinner with a barista quality cappuccino that they don't have to wait ages for"

We recommend the Bean-to-cup machine.

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The coffee connoisseur

“I buy coffee from the specialist coffee shop in a nearby village – and I like to experiment to find the exact blend to suit my taste. I enjoy the culture around coffee too and as I work hard it’s important to me to take time out and sit and relax while I enjoy it. I’ve tried pod machines, but I’d rather take control of the process and create something as close to what I get in the coffee shop as possible"

We recommend the Espresso machine.

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The convenience coffee drinker

“I commute to London for my job and my spare time is usually spent ferrying my three kids around, although sometimes I play football with the lads on weekends. I generally grab a cup of coffee on the go from whatever café is closest – I definitely need one to see me through the morning train journey! But I also enjoy a hot chocolate or mocha with the Mrs whenever we get to sit down and chill out at home."

We recommend the Pod machine.

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Types of Coffee Machines


From caramel latte to chai tea, pod machines are perfect for those who crave a variety of hot drinks. They’re uncomplicated, mess-free and can produce your favourite beverage in a matter of seconds.

Why buy a Pod Machine?

  • Quick, easy and mess-free - ideal for the first-time coffee machine user.
  • Huge variety of pods on offer including iced tea and hot chocolate.
  • Compact and colourful - available in a range of designs to match your kitchen.

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Espresso machines are similar to those you see in high street coffee shops and provide a full barista-style experience. You can get creative using pre-ground coffee and spend time crafting the perfect crema.

Why buy an Espresso Machine?

  • Perfect for connoisseurs who want to perfect the art of coffee making.
  • The steam arm allows you to craft a delicious steamed milk-froth for cappuccinos and lattes.
  • Professional and practical features such as cup warmers and drip trays.

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Bean to Cup

For the ultimate coffee enthusiast a bean-to-cup machine makes a great investment. You’ll be able to recreate all your favourite espresso-based drinks at the touch of a button, using your choice of coffee bean and you can even adjust the settings to suit your tastes.

Why buy a Bean to Cup Machine?

  • Easy to use and truly automatic - your favourite drink can be prepared at the touch of a button.
  • Integrated grinder prepares the freshest coffee as it grinds beans for each individual cup.
  • Premium features such as LED displays and touch controls let you customise your drink.

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Make the most of your coffee machine with our range of accessories, including thermal travel mugs to transport your beverage to work, and pod holders for stylish coffee storage. We also have a range of other coffee solutions including as filter machines and cafetières.

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