Panasonic has launched its first fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee machine, the NC-ZA1. We’ve tried out this £899 coffee maker to help you decide whether or not it’s worth splashing out on.
The new Panasonic coffee machine promises to make your perfect coffee, thanks to programs which let you specify exactly how you want your espresso, cappuccino or latte.
Which? coffee machines expert Lisa Galliers says: ‘It’s great to see a completely new product from a brand like Panasonic, which is well know for its breadmakers. This looks like a feature-packed coffee machine for true coffee fans with a big budget.
‘Fully automatic machines can take the hassle out of brewing an espresso – as long as they aren’t too complicated to use – and being able to change the temperature is a good feature to have as sometimes espressos aren’t as hot as they should be.’
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Compact coffee machine
This coffee maker is quite compact for an automatic machine – whilst it is 410 mm deep, it is only 195 mm wide. You can access all controls from the front of the machine, which should make it easy to load, set and clean.
The machine is fitted with a handy colour touch display which let you choose between various types of drinks, from espresso to cappuccinos.
The NC-ZA1 uses coffee beans for a fresher taste but it also has the facility to use ground coffee.
Does it make perfect coffee?
Panasonic says this machine enables you to have total control over coffee strength at each stage of the process as it allows you to select a finer grind, vary the milk to coffee ratio, adjust the temperature of your coffee and even specify the quantity of milk froth.
Larger mugs for milky coffees should be easy to fit under the machine as the drip tray slips in to make more space and the delivery head can be moved to different heights, avoiding splashing too.
But is it really as easy to use as it sounds? And does it make great-tasting coffee? We’ve used this machine to make a variety of drinks, so we can bring Which? members our Panansonic NC-ZA1 first look verdict.
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