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Coffee Buying Guide - Bean-to-Cup Coffee

Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines

Bean-to-cup machines provide a premium experience, creating a huge range of espresso-based drinks at the touch of a button. These all-in-one machines use whole beans and are perfect for those who love variety but want more speed and convenience than offered by an espresso machine. Once you’ve filled the coffee machine with beans, water and milk, each coffee will only require you to press one button. They also allow you lots of freedom with the ability to customise the coffee strength, water temperature and more.

Bean-to-cup machines have everything a coffee lover could want, such as bean containers that preserve the aroma of your favourite blend, milk carafes, cup warmers and more. With all the tools you need to recreate barista-style drinks at home, you’ll save money and you’ll impress friends and family.

Why choose 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.
  • Key Features

    Bean-to-cup machines have a built-in grinder and tamper, saving you from having to grind and pack the coffee beans yourself.

    Easy controls allow you to tailor the taste of your favourite drink.

    Machines come with either a milk carafe to make frothy milk or a manual steam wand for drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos.

    Features to look out for

    Bar Pressure

    Having the correct bar pressure is crucial for extracting the best flavour from your coffee. Between 9 and 15 bars is the perfect pressure for full-flavoured coffee with a professional crema.


    Machines with thermoblock heating systems are incredibly fast and efficient. Thermoblock machines heat the water to the optimum temperature for making coffee - around 90-95 degrees - so that the coffee beans don’t burn and leave behind a bitter taste.


    The filter is where you put your ground coffee. It usually sits in a handle-shaped holder and has very small holes for the coffee to pass through.

    Bean Grinder

    Bean-to-cup machines allow you to grind your beans to the perfect coarseness, and some feature separate compartments for decaffeinated beans.

    Milk Solution

    The addition of milk frothers and containers allows you to enjoy a wide range of drinks on a bean-to-cup machine. The simple controls will let you create a rich and sweet froth for a truly satisfying cappuccino, latte or macchiato.

    Memory Function

    For the ultimate convenience, a memory function will let you store your favourite drink so you can make it every day at the touch of a button.

    LED Display

    Bean-to-cup machines boast premium features such as LED displays that add a professional design touch. Some models even feature contemporary touch controls for added functionality.

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