If you love a latte and aren’t that fond of instant coffee, then yes, you’re going to benefit from a coffee machine at home. It’s convenient, will save you cash in the long run, and can turn your morning routine into a ritual with a barista style beverage.
You might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the new lingo, so it’s helpful to do some research. We’ve put together this handy coffee machine buying guide to kick things off and bring you up to speed with the basics, and you’ll likely realise there’s more to the humble ‘cup of Joe’ than just beans and hot water.
The type of coffee machine you’ll love and get the most use out of will largely depend on a couple of things. First, what kind of coffee do you and your family like to drink? There’s a big difference between the person who wants to know the origin of the coffee beans and someone who’s half asleep and just needs their morning caffeine hit.
The other thing to consider is how much time you’d like to spend making coffees. If you’re short of time in the mornings and just need to throw an espresso back, you’ll want to factor that into which machine you choose and whether or not you need all the bells and whistles.
In addition, the size and weight of your coffee machine is also important because the larger the machine, the less portable it will be. So if you’re after something you can store, then a smaller and lighter machine might be the better option.
There are three main types of coffee machines available for you to take home: coffee pod machines, automatic machines and manual machines. They differ in a few key ways from the types of coffee drinks they make, their internal mechanics and how much work it is to produce a fresh, hot drink. So let’s take a look at all three and a few examples of the coffee machines we think will level up your caffeine game at home.
Coffee pod machines (aka capsule machines) are possibly the fastest and cleanest ways to make a decent cup of cafe quality coffee at home. The Nespresso Vertuo Next Deluxe Bundle is the perfect entry level coffee machine for busy households who appreciate coffee but don’t necessarily have peculiar tastes. Complete with a milk frother, this machine will make all your favourite drinks (like lattes and espresso) and uses Nespresso's Patented Centrifusion coffee brewing technology to deliver a consistent cup every time.
Another great option is the Lavazza Desea White Cream, an easy to clean pod machine with a selection of 10 different pod coffee flavours. The difference with this machine is that it comes with its own specific mug which will help you make the most of the five milk options and four pre-dosed coffee options – it does it all in one so there’s less mess and more time to kick back and enjoy your barista-style coffee in peace.
For when you’re on the run, automatic coffee machines will save you time (and effort) because of their inherent simplicity. Just pour the beans into the top and the machine handles the rest! Unlike a pod machine, you’ll need whole coffee beans for this one as the built-in grinder ensures your coffee is as fresh as they come.
The new DeLonghi PrimaDonna Soul makes enjoying professional quality coffee easier than ever. The intuitive touch screen features pre-set coffees from short black to cappuccino and pots of coffee or create your own personalised setting for coffee just the way you like it. But if you’re after a machine with simple operation that produces excellent coffee, the Jura E6 Automatic Coffee Machine Platinum is another good option. It has a built-in grinder and milk frother, plus a choice of coffee settings to choose from depending on what mood strikes.
For a completely different design, check out the DeLonghi Clessidra Drip coffee machine. Brew up to 10 cups of drip coffee, a process where boiling hot water is dripped through the coffee grounds to make black coffee. It takes a little longer than an espresso machine, but it is a great option for those who love their coffee straight up, no milk.
For the coffee lover who may even roast their own beans, nothing beats a manual coffee machine. By far the most flexible option, manual machines allow you to experiment with time and temperature, giving you the freedom to be the in-house barista at home.
The Breville Oracle Auto manual espresso machine is top of the line and one of the most powerful machines on the market. With a massive 2.5L capacity and one-touch settings, you’ll experience the joys of crafting coffee that’s more like art than a simple ‘heart starter’. But if that sounds too complicated or involved for you, the DeLonghi La Specialista is a great alternative. It has all the same basic features, like a grinder and frother, but it’s more compact and lighter, making it easier to store if you’re low on bench space.
If you’re a fan of all things vintage, then the Smeg 50s Retro Style coffee machine might make a brilliant addition to your kitchen. Make Italian style coffee or your milky faves with this vintage-inspired machine. This award-winning appliance uses a thermoblock heating system to get coffee-ready in only 40 seconds, so you can get fueled and ready to roll in a flash!
Now you know the different types of machines and have a few options to choose from, you might be scratching your head and wondering which one is right for you. Picking a coffee machine is both a practical and emotional decision. You’ll want to make sure the machine you buy can make the kind of coffee drinks you love, but also fit neatly into your kitchen’s style and space.
Given the recent lockdowns and global pandemic, having easy access to coffee at home is one of the biggest perks of investing in a coffee machine. The other is money. Considering the average coffee will set you back around $4, if you’re having one a day, that’s close to $1500 each year. You could use that money to get yourself a top of the line machine for home and have an on-demand supply of caffeine, any time of the day.
Imagine waking up on Sunday morning to the smell of fresh coffee wafting through your kitchen and all through your house. Adding a coffee machine to your home can bring a touch of comfort and give you and your family another reason to gather together and enjoy more of each other’s company.
So if you’re ready to level up your coffee game, drop into your local Good Guys store for some of the best deals and range Australia-wide. We also offer Click & Collect and contactless delivery because coffee is important and we want you to enjoy your next cup of java in style at home!
1 Granwal, L. 2020. "Australian coffee market - Statistics & Facts". Statista.