Which? reveals coffee maker energy running costsThe price of your home-brewed coffee uncovered

05 November 2011

Magimix Nespresso Pixie coffee machine

The new Nespresso Pixie by Magimix

Ever wondered how much your espresso machine costs to run? The latest Which? tests reveal that despite rising energy costs, the price of using a coffee machine is not as much as you may think. 

We've been analysing coffee machine energy costs, recorded during our coffee machines testing, and discovered that generally coffee machines use a tiny amount of energy. No matter what type of coffee machine you prefer, the cost of making a single espresso is less than a penny. 

The average cost to brew seven espressos would be less than a penny using a traditional espresso machine and about 1p using a capsule machine, such as the popular Nespresso or Dolce Gusto machines. Even a fancy bean-to-cup machine uses an average of just 1.5p worth of energy to brew seven espressos.

Cheaper coffees

Which? coffee machines expert Lisa Galliers says: 'As our tests show, energy use should be one less consideration to make when shopping for a new machine. Choose a coffee machine because it makes the best espresso - our coffee machine reviews reveal the top 42 coffee machines we recommend.

'Our data shows that buying a coffee machine that displays an A-class energy label or specific "eco" mode won't make much difference to energy bills as they all use such a small amount of energy.

'The most important thing about any coffee machine is that it makes great coffee; you can see exactly what we look for when testing coffee machines in our video guide to what makes a Best Buy coffee machine.'

Nespresso Pixie reviewed

Which? has just published full test results for fourteen of the most popular coffee makers available to buy right now, including new star ratings for espresso crema, appearance and aroma.

We've reviewed and rated machines that take ground coffee, such as the Rancilio Silvia, the latest bean-to-cup machines from DeLonghi, and colourful capsule machines such as Magimix and Krups Nespresso Pixie.

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