Coffee machines: Choosing a coffee machine Bean-to-cup coffee machines
Bean-to-cup coffee machines are great for real coffee aficionados looking for the freshest coffee possible: straight from the bean.
Unlike other models, bean-to-cup coffee machine varieties have an in-built coffee bean grinder - so there's no need to use a less fresh ground coffee or have to tackle the laborious task of grinding the coffee beans yourself.
Bean-to-cup coffee machines
Many bean-to-cup coffee machines are automatic: you simply add coffee beans and the machine will grind them and dispense and tamp the correct amount by the mere touch a button. There’s no need to use a porta filter – the coffee machine does all the work for you.
On the downside, bean-to-cup coffee machines tend to be pricier than traditional models - at least £300 - and they can be rather noisy to operate. But they’re easy to use, make great coffee and we have several Which? Best Buys available of this type.
Bean-to-cup coffee machines on test
You can also use our coffee machine product finder tool to compare features and prices of bean-to-cup coffee machines.
We've tested bean-to-cup models from brands including DeLonghi, Krups, Jura and Siemens.
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