KitchenAid and Breville have launched coffee machines designed for people on the go, if you can’t get through the morning without your daily travel mug of coffee.
We’ve tried out the KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker and the Breville Coffee Express to see whether a coffee machine that brews straight into a travel mug makes the ideal gadget for the commuter in a hurry.
If Starbucks or Costa are a regular stop on your journey to work, find out if these machines are a suitable alternative – and how they could save you £300 per year.
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Coffee machines reviewed
Both the KitchenAid and Breville single serve coffee makers are available for less than £100 and have the convenience of brewing straight into provided travel mugs. Our researcher Adam Marshall put both coffee machines on trial.
Adam said: ‘I love the convenience of these personal coffee makers. With both models, I can simply top them up with water and ground coffee, hit the ‘on’ button, and in five to six minutes I have a freshly brewed cup of filter coffee that I can drink on my commute.
‘But some people might find them a little bit limiting – if you want a coffee machine capable of making espressos for example, these aren’t the models for you.’
Say goodbye to your Starbucks?
The new KitchenAid and Breville coffee machines may not make barista-style coffee, but if you’re looking to reduce the amount of money you spend at cafes, then they’ll soon help you to start saving.
£300annual commuter coffee saving
We compared the average price of a bag of supermarket brand ground coffee (£2.25) at nine cups per bag, against the cost of a Starbucks ‘grande’ filter coffee (£1.75). Based on these costs we calculate that if you drink one coffee a day from Monday to Friday, you’d save £7.50 per week if you swap from your shop bought drink to one made by the KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker or Breville Coffee Express.
That’s the equivalent of around £300 per year, once you’ve taken into account the cost of the coffee machine – give or take the odd splash of milk, spoonful of sugar and electricity.
But is the coffee from these machines as good as your Costa or Starbucks cuppa? Read our full first look reviews for the KitchenAid Personal Coffee Maker and Breville Coffee Express to find out.
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