The best Bean to Cup machines

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Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machines

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We’ve reviewed the best bean to cup machines!

Bean to cup machines are automatic coffee machines with integrated grinders, which allow you to put roasted beans directly into the machine and get a great cup of fresh coffee in return.

We’ve shortlisted 5 of the best bean to cup coffee machines for home use and provided a short summary of the key features of each. There’s something for everyone – no matter your budget or experience brewing your own coffee you’ll find that one of these machines are great for your home.

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De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM 4200

De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 4200

The Best For: Being the most reliable bean to cup machine

Price: £££ (check)

Size: 36 x 38 x 28 cm

Capacity: 1.8 litres

Weight: 10kg

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 4200 is solid and reliable

If you are buying your first bean to cup machine, or replacing your old faithful, the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 4200 is a reliable choice that will look great in any kitchen.

This is the perfect choice for coffee connoisseurs who want coffee shop quality beverages, but also want to keep the fuss to the minimum with a simple, easy to use machine. It’s usually priced at the lower end of mid-market prices which means it is an investment, but it will last you for years to come.

Key features of this model

  • A stylish bean to cup machine
  • It can make espresso, capuccino, latte, flat white and americano
  • You can use both ground coffee and fresh beans
  • It has a built-in burr grinder
  • A simple 1-touch operation

Why this one is best…

Simplicity and reliability are at the heart of this machine, and you can expect it to last for many years to come. De’Longhi have a fantastic reputation for producing quality coffee machines, which means you can rely on this brand.

JURA E6 Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

JURA E6

The Best For: Being a technologically superior bean to cup machine

Price: £££ (check)

Size: 49.78 x 29.71 x 40.38 cm

Weight: 8.96kg

Special Features: Integrated grinder and milk frother

The JURA E6 is a technological marvel

The JURA E6 quite literally revolutionises the home coffee brewing experience. JURA have developed a technology – Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) – which ensures the optimum extraction time by pulsing hot water through your ground coffee, delivering a superior brew.

If that wasn’t enough, you can further leverage technology to aid your coffee brewing activities via the “JURA Smart Connect” accessory (which is sold separately). This allows you to connect your coffee machine to Bluetooth devices which let you wirelessly control the machine. Sadly, we don’t currently have robots to also bake some pastries while you wait for your brew, but at least you will find yourself one step closer to technological utopia!

Key features of this model

  • A fully automatic bean to cup machine
  • Barista quality coffee
  • Integrated burr grinder
  • Thermo-block heating technology
  • 7 individually programmable coffees
  • Use with fresh beans

Why this one is best…

This is every technophile’s dream – a small step for a great coffee, a giant leap towards a fully automated home. Despite the new tech at play, the machine is also incredibly easy to use which will mean it’s great for all the family.

Sage Barista Express Bean to Cup Machine

Sage ‘The Barista Express’

The Best For: Being a great Barista-quality bean to cup machine!

Price: £££ (check)

Size: 42 x 39.5 x 39.5 cm

Capacity: 6 litres

Features: Barista quality, packed with features

The Sage ‘The Barista Express’ lets you make barista quality coffee

If you’re looking for a simple coffee machine to deliver a quick cuppa, this isn’t it.

‘The Barista Express” offers you ultimate control over every aspect of brewing your perfect cup of coffee and that does take a degree of finesse that many coffee drinkers perhaps won’t appreciate. But for the select few who will only brew coffee from the freshest of beans, the breadth of control this machine offers will delight.

Similar near-professional bean to cup machines may be priced upwards of £1,000, but this machine sits around low to mid £000s which makes it ideal for home use. This is a great upgrade for coffee lovers who may have started out with a lower priced machine (such as the De’Longhi Magnifica) and now want to up their game.

Key features of this model

  • Dose control grinding
  • Precise espresso extraction
  • Micro-foam milk texturing
  • Grind size dial
  • Hands-free operation

Why this one is best…

This mid-market priced bean to cup machine from Sage is amazing quality and features on our list as the best for Barista-style coffee. The range of features gives you ultimate control over your cuppa and while the price tag may be steep for your first bean to cup machine, it’s right on the sport for coffee aficionados who appreciate the quality that comes with precise control over each aspect of the brewing process.

Sage The Oracle

Sage ‘The Oracle’

The Best For: Making barista-style coffee

Price: £,£££ (check)

Size: 37 x 50 x 45cm

Capacity: 2.5 litres

Features: Fully automated, ‘White Glove Service’, Milk frother, Integrated grinder, Barista quality coffee

The Sage ‘The Oracle’ gives you barista quality coffee

‘The Oracle’ from Sage is the priciest bean to cup machine on our recommended list, so it’s definitely one for coffee aficionados. But you don’t need to be reminded that with a high price tag comes an exceptionally high quality product.

If you’re looking for barista quality coffee in the comfort of your home, The Oracle comes fully loaded with functionality that’s usually only found on professional coffee machines. And don’t worry if that level of functionality seems daunting at first – when you buy The Oracle, Sage will arrange to send one of their experts to your home to show you how to use it!

Highlights of the model

  • Automatic grinding and tamping
  • Programmable pre-infusion for a balanced extraction
  • Looks fantastic and will compliment any kitchen
  • LCD information display
  • Easily adjust coffee strength, milk texture and temperature to suit your taste

Why this one is best…

OK, so ‘The Oracle’ from Sage is definitely aimed at people who are serious about their coffee. From the home visit from Sage’s ‘White Glove Service’ to help you get to grips with the machine, to the superb range of control you have over your coffee, this bean to cup machine delivers. This top end coffee machine is a wonderful additional to any home and if don’t mind paying extra for a high quality cuppa, then this machine is for you.

Russell Hobbs The Chester

Russell Hobbs ‘22000 Chester’

The Best For: Being the simplest home bean to cup machine

Price: £££ (check)

Size: 38.6 x 35 x 27.8 cm

Capacity: 1.5 litres

Features: Quiet brew technology, programmable timer

The Russell Hobbs ‘22000 Chester’ Grind & Brew is a no fuss coffee machine

We really love the ‘Chester’ from Russell Hobbs as it’s a solid, simple, no fuss coffee machine from a well-respected brand. This is great for people who just want some fresh coffee but don’t want to get too hands-on with different controls and options. 

The ‘Chester’ keeps things simple – it has a permanent filter so you don’t need to buy (or indeed, throw out) disposable filters! The simple 24 hour timer means you can program the machine to get your morning brew ready and the quiet brew technology means you’ll only be woken by the smell of fresh coffee (Russell Hobbs claim that the machine is 60% quieter than comparable machines).

Highlights of the model

  • Quiet brew technology – only the fresh coffee will wake you, not the noise
  • A simple 24 hour programmable timer
  • A permanent filter, so there’s no waste from disposable filters
  • Accepts both filter coffee and coffee beans

Why this one is best…

If you’re like many of us and are finding the choice of your first bean to cup machine to be a bit overwhelming, then the ‘Chester” from Russell Hobbs is a great choice. No bells, no whistles, just a simple coffee machine that brews a great cup of coffee.

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