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Coffee & Espresso Maker Reviews

Updated: Oct 4, 2015 18:31
alaScore 94

Jura Giga 5 Automatic Coffee Center

There’s no denying the Jura GIGA 5 is the Ferrari of coffee machines. It has all the bells and whistles anyone could want, and it’s got the looks to fit in the most high-tech of kitchens. The coffee it produced was strong to some, but the machine...

1 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

alaScore 94

Krups EA8150

It is 30cm deep, 23cm wide and 35cm tall at the bean storage area. There is a 28 page A5 booklet that covers operation and setting up as well as cleaning the product in sixteen languages. Seven of these pages use diagrams to cover most things then...

2 expert reviews | 31 user reviews

alaScore 93

Krups EA8298

Although the Krups EA8259 seems like good value for a machine that automatically froths milk, the actual procedure is fiddly and comparatively limited. Despite its decent espresso shots, the milk frothing really holds this machine back. Instead, you...

5 expert reviews | 48 user reviews

alaScore 92

DeLonghi inissia EN80

My machine stopped working this morning. I pulled the instruction manual to see if the blinking pattern on the buttons had any meaning, but I just discovered that the instruction manual is terribly poor as far as troubleshooting is concerned and that...

2 expert reviews | 81 user reviews

alaScore 92

Nescafe Dolce Gusto MINI ME

If you have a hankering for fancy cafe drinks at home, the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Mini Me is worth a look -- just don't expect anything close to real espresso flavor.

1 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

alaScore 91

Severin KV 8061 Piccola Premium

I got my machine in January 2015 and in March 2015 the message clean brewing unit appeared, this looked straight forward take it out and rinse under water. When taking the cover of the brewing unit I noticed it had what looked like customer service...

2 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

alaScore 91

De'Longhi EC155

If all you seek in a home espresso machine is the odd cappuccino or latte, then the budget-minded DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso is tempting. However aficionados won't be impressed by its erratic coffee quality.

5 expert reviews | 1549 user reviews

alaScore 90

Krups EA850B

The Krups EA850B is an excellent, but very expensive, beans-to-cup coffee machine

2 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

alaScore 90

Delonghi Lattissima+ EN 520

It may not come cheap, but the Nespresso Lattissima EN520 is the perfect match for someone who likes to drink a latte rather than sticking to pure espresso and Americano drinks. It's compact, it's simple and it makes great coffee.

5 expert reviews | 1773 user reviews

alaScore 90

Mr. Coffee 12-Cup Carafe - Black

Mr. Coffee is a perfectly serviceable machine at an affordable price.

4 expert reviews | 286 user reviews

alaScore 90

Krups XN1005

Very nice small footprint machine. We prefer longer coffees so have reprogrammed the amounts to give us half a large mug of coffee that we fill up with hot frothed milk from the aeroccino that we got bundled with ours. Yes it is a tad noisy, but only...

2 expert reviews | 41 user reviews

alaScore 90

Keurig 2.0 K450 Brewer

A nice, warm cup of coffee is a great way to wake up in the morning. It's also a great signal for guests to start packing at the end of a dinner party. The problem is, with so many single cup brewers making themselves at home on kitchen counters,...

1 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

alaScore 89

Delonghi ICM 15240.BK

Love this classic style of coffee maker. Very convenient for having more than one cup, whenever you like. Also like the Aroma feature for making the great coffee smell around the kitchen, and the fact you don't have to pull it out from under a shelf or...

10 user reviews

alaScore 89

Tassimo T65

bought this for the family for Christmas. a hit with everyone as they are all Costa fans and this machine covers all the options

49 user reviews

alaScore 89

Krups Nespresso XN1011

A bit expensive, not long enough guarante

15 user reviews

alaScore 89

KRUPS XN710641

The machine and coffee are fantastic cannot get better tasting coffee

12 user reviews

alaScore 89

Delonghi EC 860

This machine is easy to use and makes great coffee. Cleaning is a breeze. Highly recommended. We look forward to our morning coffee knowing that each cup will be very good. Excellent frothing too.

10 user reviews

alaScore 89

Hamilton Beach 46201

This is the best coffee maker I ever owned. It has a removable water tank that gives you the option to remove it if you want for cleaning. It is also designed so you don't have to lift the top to fill with coffee and filter. The front swings out to...

49 user reviews

alaScore 89

Breville Barista Express BES870XL

Breville, an Australian Brand you can trust. Honestly one of the best machine of this type on the market. Little bit tricky to setup but after few try, the Espresso is great.

11 user reviews

alaScore 89

Krups KP220540 Dolce Gusto Melody RED

very easy to use and clean machine . got one for our office and all 15 team colleagues love it and are now addicted to this. A happy team is a performing team ;-)

165 user reviews

alaScore 89

The Little Guy Home Barista Kit

After putting my Nuova Simonelli Musica into storage and moving on to a Motorhome I was troubled about getting our morning coffees. After much online research and a need for coffee with a crema and a flavour like it was Barista made. I bought the...

52 user reviews

alaScore 89

Nespresso Pixie

Awesome machine

47 user reviews

alaScore 89

Breville BES920 Dual Boiler with Smart Grinder

After a lot of time and research I decided on the BES920 for my new machine, replacing my faithful Gaggia. The old 900 model had a lot of positive feedback and a few minor issues which seemed to be addressed in the 920 update. So far I have been very...

13 user reviews

alaScore 89

Zojirushi EC

exactly as described. timely delivery.

11 user reviews

alaScore 89

100 Cup stainless steel coffee urn - Focus Foodservice 57100

I am an office manager and a large high school. I have purchased several sets of coffee pots over the years and these are the best by far. I have used them about 10 times so far. They are so well made and look very attractive. The coffee perks quicker...

10 user reviews


    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Coffee & Espresso Makers

    Will a cup of coffee do, or do you need the jolt provided by a freshly made shot of espresso? Either way, having a coffee or espresso maker in the home or office can save money and hassle when it's time for that morning wake up call!

    For coffee makers, the automatic drip machine is the most popular format. Bargain models do little more than brew the coffee, which is all that is required by many people. More advanced models will feature a number of welcome innovations including water filtration, automatic timer controls, built-in warming plate and serving carafe, and much more.

    Other coffee maker formats include manual drip, percolators, coffee presses, and the 'pod' style machines that use prepackaged packets of coffee. These require more work than the automatic drip models, including prep time and cleaning, but they also generally cost less and are an attractive starting point for budget conscious shoppers.

    For espresso machines, simple models use a pressure-brewing system – these machines are cheap, but rely on an operational temperature that might exceed the optimum brewing temperature. Pump or pressurized models use air pressure to facilitate the brewing process, which is the preferred method for true connoisseurs. As price goes up, espresso makers have a range of additional functions and conveniences just as coffee makers do.


    What to Look for in a Coffee & Espresso Maker

    Capacity – Larger machines, meant for businesses and offices, can brew up to 12 cups at a time, perfect when you have a lot of people that need a cup of coffee at the same time. Smaller machines meant for personal use typically make 2-4 cups – their smaller footprint means you do not need a lot of counter space to house them.

    Warming Options – If you plan on drinking coffee throughout the day, or at least beyond the peak morning hours, you will want a model that incorporates an insulated carafe to keep the coffee warm for extended periods.

    Automatic Timer Controls – Hate fumbling with controls before you have had a chance to wake up? Automatic timer controls allow you to load the machine well in advance; in the morning, or when you want your coffee, the timer kicks in and the coffee machine will brew your coffee quickly and easily.

    Additional Accessories – The almost limitless list for you to consider includes automatic safety shut-off, self-cleaning cycle, built-in bean grinder, pause and serve function (to prevent spills), brew strength and batch size controls. As always, more accessories and greater conveniences will cost more.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker Brands

    Black & Decker and Mr. Coffee are the two most familiar names among coffee maker manufacturers – each has models from entry level to the high-end, but specialize in models that offer solid performance at a reasonable price. Cuisinart has focused on upscale models that offer all the bells and whistles, and cost accordingly. Braun and Hamilton Beach offer functional models that are both well priced and well reviewed.

    Saeco and DeLonghi each makes both coffee makers and espresso makers for a wide range of prices and tastes. Cuisinart espresso makers, like its coffee makers, are marketed as higher end products.

    Popular Coffee & Espresso Maker products

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