Your daily caffeine fix can add up to be an expensive habit, especially if you’ve been getting yours from your favourite café. Perhaps you’ve considered getting a coffee machine at home but are still on the fence about it.
We bust four common myths about owning and using a coffee machine.
Myth 1: A coffee machine is more expensive than buying coffee
Truth: Some automatic coffee machines may come with heavy price tags but have you ever thought about how much you are really spending per year if you’ve been buying your daily coffee from a café?
On average, a regular cup of coffee from your favourite joint can cost you around SGD$4.50/RM10. Multiply that by two coffees a day for every day of the year and you would have spent SGD$3,285/RM7300 on just coffee alone!
If cost is a concern, you’ll be happy to know that there are options for every type of budget. More importantly, price isn’t a measure of performance and quality. On top of that, a good quality machine should last you about five to eight years.
If you add up the cost of the machine (and how long it will last), coffee beans, milk (if you drink yours white), and maintenance per year, it will still be less than buying your coffee from a café daily.
Myth 2: It will be too complicated to operate
Truth: This is where choosing the right type of coffee machine matters as it has to suit your skill level and how much you are willing to learn to operate it.
There are different types of coffee machines available in the market — there are fully automatic machines that can prepare your coffee with just a touch of a button, pump espresso machines that allow you to brew your coffee like a barista, and your oldie but goldie drip filter coffee machines.
Automatic machines are easy to operate as the entire process from grinding the beans to frothing the milk are automated. You’ll be enjoying the convenience of having your coffee prepared fresh daily and all you have to do is select a recipe and press a button.
While manual or semi-automatic coffee machines may require more skills to operate, they can also give you more control over the brewing process, which can be perfect if you’re a budding barista or have strong preferences on how your coffee is made. With just a little bit of practice, you might be able to replicate the way your favourite barista prepares your coffee.
Myth 3: It is difficult to set up a new coffee machine
Truth: Brands these days are paying closer attention to the complete user journey from the moment you enter the store or visit their website, all the way to when you’ve completely set up your product. This can be to your advantage if you’re confused about how your machine works, and its features and functionalities.
Most of the time, coffee machines can be plug and play with just a few set-up steps to get you started. If you’re still having trouble, the customer hotline should be able to help you out. There are also a variety of tutorial videos online.
For a personalised experience, De’Longhi has a live coffee adviser who can walk you through the functions of your new coffee machine via live video conference. All you have to do is book your time slot, select your machine, and wait for your session. Once your session begins, your friendly coffee advisor will answer all the questions you have and even give you expert tips on how to maximise your machine and make the perfect cup of coffee.
Watch how the De’Longhi live coffee adviser works in the video below.
Myth 4: A coffee machine requires lots of effort keeping it clean
Truth: Thanks to technological advances, coffee machines these days are getting “smarter”. We may not have reached full “self-cleaning” innovation yet but we’re pretty close to it. Yes, you still need to clean your coffee machine but modern machines are usually designed to be low maintenance.
For example, the De’Longhi Dinamica Silver’s removable cleaning brewing unit, automatic milk cleaning and descaling alerts, and dishwasher-safe drip trays ensure that cleaning it will be fuss-free. If you want to give your coffee machine a deep cleanse from the inside, there are descalers in the market that will do all the work for you.
So there you have it, ignore any myths you’ve heard and consider the reality: a coffee machine will serve up a delicious – and cost-effective – boost to any home!
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