Bean-to-cup coffee machines are one of the best investments coffee lovers can make. There’s truly nothing better, fresher, or smoother than a cup of coffee made from one of these easy-to-use machines.
Need more convincing? Here are five reasons why you should own one.
Simple — No training required
What sets a bean-to-cup coffee machine apart from a traditional espresso machine is that it’s a fully automated machine.
It functions like a conventional coffee machine and it also does what a barista would normally do manually. All the pro tasks are done for you at the touch of a button, such as putting the beans through the grinder, pressing them down the portafilter, operating the espresso machine, and if you prefer your coffee with milk, steaming and frothing the milk.
With a bean-to-cup coffee machine, you won’t have to go for intensive training to learn all these steps. You also won’t need to own multiple devices because functions such as grinding, extraction, and even milk-steaming are all built into just one machine.
Still weighing your options? Here are the key differences between a semi and fully automatic coffee machine.
Convenient — Quality coffee at a touch of a button
With a bean-to-cup coffee machine, you won’t have to stand in line at a crowded café to get your daily caffeine fix. With just a touch of a button and in less than a minute or two, you can get your freshly made cup of coffee without even stepping foot outside of your house (and enjoy your coffee in your PJs—we won’t tell!).
Did you know that pre-grinding coffee can make it lose some of its flavours? With a bean-to-cup coffee machine, you won’t have to worry about losing out on quality and taste as these machines only grind your beans just before they are extracted. This means you get the highest possible quality, flavour and freshness with each cup.
And because everything is automated and the processes don’t require any human intervention, such as manually pressing down the grounds into the portafilter (applying the wrong tamping pressure results in inconsistent flavour extraction), you get consistent quality each time.
Cost-effective — A more sustainable option
Not only are these machines a lot more cost-effective in the long run, they are also a more sustainable option.
For example, only the exact volume of beans are ground depending on the drink recipe chosen – this ensures that there is little or no coffee wastage. It also eliminates the use of paper filters and coffee pods which can accumulate over time and end up as waste if you don’t recycle them.
What’s more, you don’t need to get a separate grinder or milk frother because these smart machines come with integrated functions. When it comes to upfront costs, bean-to-cup coffee machines are also priced flexibly which means there is a suitable machine for every budget.
Versatile — Multiple users and recipes
A bean-to-cup coffee machine is also a convenient option if there are a number of people who will be using the machine as it can support a wide range of drink recipes and preferred drink options.
Not only can you get more out of a single machine, one machine is also flexible enough to cater to everyone’s drink preferences. It goes beyond coffee, too! Recipes include hot chocolate and hot and cold milk foam or froth. So whether you’re placing the machine at home or in the office, you’re sure to get the most out of it.
For example, the Prima Donna Elite Experience allows you to customise a wide variety of recipes for up to six user profiles, giving you the freedom to personalise your preferences or whip up your own one-of-a-kind creations. For an elevated experience, the De’Longhi Maestosa even comes with two coffee bean containers that have independent grinders.
Technologically advanced: Smart coffee machines
What’s a modern coffee machine without some high-tech touches? These days, bean-to-cup coffee machines have WiFi connectivity to allow you to access it remotely via your smartphone. Imagine placing your coffee “order” from your bed the moment you wake up so that a delicious, freshly made cup of coffee is already waiting for you the moment you step into your kitchen. Now, that’s a great aroma to start the day.
The De’Longhi CoffeeLink App is one such innovation that allows you to access a full suite of possibilities online, from creating your own recipes to controlling settings like size, strength, aroma and milk preferences. Some De’Longhi coffee machines also come with intuitive LCD touch screens to make operation even easier.
Watch how the De’Longhi CoffeeLink App works in the video below.
There’s really very little standing in the way between you and your perfect cup of joe, all you need is a reliable bean-to-cup coffee machine!