More people are seeking to brew the perfect espresso at home as sales of coffee machines defy the credit crunch.
John Lewis sold a coffee machine every 45 seconds during the Christmas period, saying: ‘with more people choosing to entertain at home, they are becoming a must-have worktop appliance’.
It’s also been reported that the store has seen coffee machine sales increase by 16% over the last six months. Meanwhile, market analyst Euromonitor’s analysis shows that shoppers are spending twice as much on coffee machines as they did in 2003.
Coffee machine reviews
Alison Eastwood, Which? kitchen appliance expert, said: ‘It’s clear that coffee machines are becoming increasingly popular and there’s a huge range of different types available.
‘Which? is testing more and more coffee machines to help you choose the best options from traditional ground coffee models, convenient bean to cup options, or pod and capsule machines.
‘Our tests of every machine include a coffee expert’s taste assessment, so you know you’re getting one that makes great coffee.’
Although some espresso machines can be pricey, you can make great long term savings by making espresso at home instead of buying from a coffee shop.
Making your coffee at home can cost as little as 8p a cup (1p for water and electricity, and 7p for supermarket own-brand ground coffee), or £18.40 a year.
If you buy an espresso each day from a high street coffee chain, you could spend around £345 a year. A saving of around £225 could be made by ditching the high-street treat and buying a £100 Which? Best Buy coffee machine.
Alternatively, if instant coffee or a good old cup of tea is more your style, check out our reviews of 130 kettles to help you choose the best options from brands including Breville and Morphy Richards.
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