Last Updated: 02-08-2020

10 Best Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines 2020

The perfect way to bring out your inner barista, a bean to cup machine is a little bit of your favourite coffee shop right in your own kitchen.

Without leaving your home, you can have fresh coffee at your fingertips. Grinding the bean just before it is used means it has stayed as fresh as possible, which is why coffee shops will use beans rather than pre-bought grounds.

Finding the best bean to cup machine means taking into consideration your particular taste in coffee, as well as your budget and if you like milk-based drinks to be made with ease.

Our Top Picks

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De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200.S
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 1.8L
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Beko CEG5311X
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 19 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans
  • Water Tank: 1.4L
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De’Longhi ECAM650.85.MS PrimaDonna
  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 2L
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The Best Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machines

1.
De’Longhi ECAM650.85.MS PrimaDonna

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 2L

Able to combine the latest smart technology with making a cup of coffee incredibly easy, the PrimaDonna makes personalising your cups the norm at the touch of a few buttons.

Whether it is a bit more milk or a bit less water, use the machine’s touch screen technology or the new coffee app on your mobile phone to get things just right. If you are a fan of a cappuccino, the LatteCrema System will ensure the perfect froth each and every time.

It will also ensure the right crema on other hot coffee-based milk drinks and makes for a silky smooth texture throughout the cup. The first De’Longhi machine for online connectivity, it will also guide you through any maintenance procedures using the online screen.

Like most other machines, you can easily turn the coffee into an iced coffee in Summer. But why bother, when the PrimaDonna is the first bean to cup machine on the market to make them for you? Choose the strength, length and froth, and it will be perfectly mixed for you.

Iced coffee can be used as a base for many cocktails, so it is a machine which can take you from morning till night, and can be used with beans or ground coffee.

Reasons to Buy

  • Online connectivity makes choosing coffee a breeze
  • The first B2C to make iced coffee as an option
  • Simple to clean

Reasons to Avoid

  • It’s pricey, but you’re paying for state-of-the-art

2.
Beko CEG5311X

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 19 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans
  • Water Tank: 1.4L

If you’re looking for a stylish bean to cup coffee machine which reliably makes a great cuppa, froths your milk, looks stylish and yet won’t break the bank then Beko’s CEG5311X might be the one for you.

It doesn’t ‘just do the job’ either – it has a spec to rival many of the more expensive machines. Beko have taken the essentials most shoppers look for in a bean to cup machine and have created the perfect option with a price tag under £300. This stainless steel machine won’t only add a touch of modernity to your kitchen and be the perfect finishing touch, but will also perk up your mornings!

It is an affordable pick from a brand which gives us great value products which last years. Compatible with all kinds of beans, you can make your drink of choice time and time again, or experiment with drinks you’ve never had before.

It comes complete with an adjustable height nozzle, steam wand and a self cleaning function to make maintenance a breeze. This is the most affordable option we’ve found which includes a steam wand for frothy milk, letting you make the perfect latte or cappuccino.

It has ‘mild’ and ‘strong’ functions so you can choose your preference. You can also adjust the grind and amount of water. Two pre-programmed functions give you results at the touch of a button, and there is also a memory function to remember your preferred drink (just in case you’re too tired to remember) so it’s easy to make once you have hit the nail on the head and made your best cup of coffee ever.

Double and single shots of espresso are further available to cater to strength preferences, and it will automatically clean through when finished.

Overall, a lot of features for not a lot of money. The only thing left to think about is which beans to choose!

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact and Stylish
  • Tons of features and functions
  • Affordable
  • 2 year manufacturer warranty

Reasons to Avoid

  • Bean feeder capacity is on the small side

3.
De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200.S

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 1.8L

Whether you’re partial to a strong espresso in the morning to give you a kick or a frothy cappuccino to ease you into the day, this De’Longhi model can deliver. It is perfect for anyone who is picky about their coffee and wants the best taste, without time-consuming gadgets and the price tag that comes with them.

It automatically grinds the beans on your behalf thanks to the integrated burr grinder, so your cup of coffee is completely fresh and tastes at its best. Or, you can use pre-ground granules if you have a brand and blend you particularly love.

The strength and length of your cup can be personalised for your tastes, and for whatever drink you may be making. Two can be made at any one time, or you can stick to the one if you fancy a full cup.

There is a frothing nozzle for preparing milk-based drinks and giving you that perfect base which is so hard to recreate at home, for things like Latte Macchiatos or Flat Whites. The water tank is also a generous size, which would make about 5 cups of coffee.

Instructions are very easy to follow, and all setup steps are well explained, including the descaling process when the time comes. Cleaning it all is also easy, which is great as it can look like a complicated piece of kit. Used coffee is turned into a round tablet when finished, so it doesn’t necessarily have to be cleaned out after every use.

It is loud – in fact, one of the loudest we reviewed – but the time from switching it on to having your coffee ready is only about a minute so don’t let this put you off what is otherwise a fantastic machine for the price.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great price for what it does
  • Coffee produced tastes great
  • Milk froth is velvety and creamy

Reasons to Avoid

  • Noisier and more plastic than the original ESAM4200

4.
Sage BES875UK The Barista Express

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Grounds
  • Water Tank: 2L

Sage by Heston Blumenthal is a range most associated with high-end appliances and kitchen gadgets, and to have this coffee machine offered at such a great price without skimping on quality seems like a bit of a steal to us.

From whole beans to espresso in just under a minute, it is super fast yet doesn’t cut corners, meaning the end result is velvety smooth and tastes great. Without any effort from you, both the volume and grinding level of each coffee is consistent, so you don’t have any unpredictable delivery.

Steam output is also high pressure for an extra-frothy texture. With a vast choice of 18 grind levels to choose from, there is little chance of you not getting the consistency and flavour levels you want, and the 15 bar pressure builds up in stages for even extraction of flavour.

Packed with smart features, it will only grind the amount of coffee you need so there is no chance of waste or it being too strong and the digital temperature control means the water is the correct warmth when it hits the grounds, so you can’t risk overburning everything.

For that full coffee shop experience, the milk is held in a stainless steel jug rather than a plastic container so you can get practising your latte art like a pro. There is also a separate hot water arm if you wish to preheat your cups or add a bit of extra water to your long drinks.

Reasons to Buy

  • Brushed stainless steel finish
  • Full flavour results

Reasons to Avoid

  • A bit cumbersome to set up completely and get used to

5.
De’Longhi ECAM23.460

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans
  • Water Tank: 1.8L

Have a home full of coffee lovers?

This machine doesn’t only allow them to personalise their drinks based on strength, size and temperature, but the integrated milk frother will also ensure that they are able to make a cappuccino just as easily as a black coffee.

Two cups can be served at the same time, ideal for busy mornings and slow, indulgent weekends. The twin-shot brewing cycle will ensure that both cups are perfect too – it is no secret that some other double brewers can make pretty lacklustre cuppas if they are overworked.

Automatic cleaning of the entire milk section will make life a lot easier for you, and the container can also be taken out and stored in the fridge in between uses in case you are very conscious about waste. This cleaning and cold milk combo ensure the best tasting coffee time after time.

But importantly, the integrated coffee grinder lets you grind whole coffee beans to your taste with 13 adjustable settings, meaning a whole wealth of drinks are at your fingertips.

Reasons to Buy

  • Choice of grinder settings
  • Keeps itself clean enough for everyday use
  • Personalisation options are extensive

Reasons to Avoid

  • Water reservoir is on smaller side for such a big machine

6.
Siemens EQ6 TE651209GB

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans
  • Water Tank: 1.7L

Siemens is an incredibly underrated manufacturer of coffee machines here in the UK. But this machine is a worthy addition to our rundown, able to give you barista-style drinks at the touch of a button.

There are 6 pre-loaded options on the machine, giving you a range from perky espresso to creamy cappuccino. Just touch the icon on the screen across the top and it is as simple as watching it do its magic. Don’t worry if you want to adjust the strength and cup size though – this can be done before it pours.

The iAroma system automatically adjusts the perfect temperature and water amount depending on the beverage and settings you have chosen, and there is a milk pipe too so you can go all out and fully froth, or just add a touch more crema.

As a bonus, the calc’n’Clean function rinses and descales the machine for you when needed, so you don’t have to dread making a coffee thinking about the cleanup afterwards. The coffee is smooth, and it is perfect for any bean lover.

Reasons to Buy

  • Touch LCD screen for easy choices
  • Keeps itself clean
  • Milk wand is easy to use

Reasons to Avoid

  • Limited programmes for those who love experimenting

7.
De’Longhi Eletta ECAM 44.660.B

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Grounds
  • Water Tank: 2L

With a water capacity of 2 litres and coffee beans capacity of 400g, this is one of the largest coffee machines on the market which makes it perfect for professionals and busy households alike.

It also takes personalisation to a whole other level, giving you full reign with the strength and length of your cup by merely navigating the digital display.

With the touch of one button, it can make single/double espressos, ristrettos, long coffees, macchiatos, lattes and cappuccinos and all their variants thanks to the automatic milk frother, as well as americanos and flat whites with a few more tweaks.

Latte crema technology gives a rich, smooth milk froth which tastes great and gives the end product a real luxurious feel, similar to that from commercial appliances at the very high-end of the market.

The milk carafe is removable, so you can store it in the fridge ready with the milk for when it needs to be used. There are 13 grinding choices to pick from, so the coffee has the texture and taste of your perfect cup, and the grinder is really durable as well so will be hard wearing and last for years to come, which is one less thing to worry about.

The temperature of the end coffee is ready-to-drink, which may be a little niggle for those who like their hot drinks really hot. But the taste isn’t affected, so we presume De’Longhi are merely going by the old “high temperatures damage the taste of the coffee” rule here.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large capacity overall
  • Great choice of drinks are one-touch operation

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not as warm as other models

8.
Miele CM6150

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 1.8L

A very modern looking and sleek bean to cup, if you are after the latest trend to blend into your kitchen.

It will grind your beans to your preferred level, resulting in a taste which is spot-on according to personal preferences. You can make two speciality coffees at any one time as well, which should save the household some time.

With an integrated milk frother, there is no issue when wanting something a bit fancier or coffee shop quality. But what if you prefer your coffee a bit stronger compared to your partner or housemates? Well, the profiles allow you to save your preferences by name, so at the touch of a button, you get everything perfect.

After making a milky coffee, the machine automatically rinses itself, so it remains clean and in the best working condition. When it needs cleaning beyond this, the removable parts make it all easy so you won’t damage anything.

Reasons to Buy

  • Individual settings for each user
  • Automatic cleaning programme
  • Everything is digital for precision

Reasons to Avoid

  • Quite bulky so you need some space on counter

9.
Sage BES980BSS

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 9 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans
  • Water Tank: 2.5L

The big, bold brother of The Barista Express, The Oracle is, as suggested, a bit of a know-it-all when it comes to coffee. Cafe-quality drinks are produced without you having to learn the tricks of the trade.

Everything which would usually be manual is now automated. While this could suggest a possible recipe for disaster, it simply results in the perfect brew. The low-pressure deliverance results in maximum taste and even the milk texturing is all done for you, so it is perfect every time.

The triple-heating boiler system will please anybody who is obsessed with the temperature of their drinks. With precision within 1°C, a boiler to deliver instant steam, and simultaneous espresso extraction and milk frothing (so they’re both delivered at the same time), your brew will be hot enough without causing any damage to the taste.

Flavour delivery is pretty unrivalled. Whereas other machines can sometimes produce an uneven taste, with one sip being strong and the next watery, the Oracle makes an even blend with balance. The milk is silky, with a micro-foam texture which is perfect for latte art (if that is something you like the idea of).

It is a complex machine to set up, which is perfectly understandable. Sage do offer a White Glove Service, where a coffee expert comes to your home and sets everything up on your behalf while talking you through how to get the most out of the appliance. This could be the best bet if this is your first exploration into the world of high-end coffee machines, or if you are starting a business and want everything perfect.

Reasons to Buy

  • Best tasting coffee of all machines
  • Precise temperature control
  • Automated system

Reasons to Avoid

  • Descaling process is long as it is thorough

10.
Melitta Barista TS SMART

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans/Grounds
  • Water Tank: 1.8L

With 21 pre-set coffee varieties, five adjustable intensity settings and the ability to remember the preferences of up to 8 people, the Melitta TS Smart is a great sophisticated gadget for any kitchen and coffee lover.

Being able to manually set the amount and strength of the coffee on the machine is great for anyone who doesn’t like the ‘traditional’ coffee recipes which come automatically, but using the app is really where this machine comes into its own. The full use of recipes can be chosen and personalised here, and these settings can then be saved to the automatic button choices on the appliance, meaning it is one of the most configurable coffee makers on the market.

We loved the fact the bean compartment was split into four separate spaces, so you can pick which is used before everything gets ready. Great for any households who not only don’t like their coffee the same but also don’t like the same beans and blends.

Two black coffees can be prepared at once, and the milk carafe is removable and attached to the body of the machine via a special tube. This saves space when it isn’t in use, or ensures you can store it in the fridge in between uses.

It will turn itself off after being left on idle for a little while, and there is also an eco-mode, so the machine doesn’t use more energy than needed. If you’re prone to grabbing a cup of coffee in the mornings before you leave the house but feel the bean grinder will wake the kids up, the quiet one on this model will likely appeal. In fact, it is so quiet that it has been awarded the Quiet Mark, which is great for a machine which grinds beans.

The fact it can be catered to up to 8 individuals would make it a great choice for any office spaces, as long as you can all agree on the saved settings via the compatible device.

Reasons to Buy

  • Completely configurable and personalised
  • Good build quality
  • Quiet mark

Reasons to Avoid

  • Pretty reliant on the app for setting up personalisation

11.
Jura E8

Specifications

  • Milk Frother: Yes
  • Pump Pressure: 15 bar
  • Coffee Types: Beans or Ground
  • Water Tank: 1.9L

With 15 pre-programmed coffees, and the ability to control the machine using smart technology, this is a coffee machine ideal for personalising your experience.

A height-adjustable spout lets you choose your favourite mug, whether you’re after a little espresso pick-me-up or a big comforting mug of cappuccino. Talking of espresso, the Pulp Extraction Process gives you the ideal level of crema, so it will be worthy of your favourite coffee shop.

Smartphone control allows you to get the coffee ready before you even get out of bed so it is one less manual task for you to undertake on busy mornings, and when the coffee is being consumed, the self-cleaning mode will flush away any residue so it is ready to go for next time, and is well-maintained to last you for years to come. To finish it off, you can even control how strong each cup is, with one shot, two shot and manual strength options in easy button form.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wide choice of drinks options
  • Smartphone control
  • So easy to use thanks to touchscreen

Reasons to Avoid

  • Milk is measured in seconds rather than millilitres – confusing at first

Bean-to-Cup Coffee Machine Buying Guide

What is a bean to cup machine?

A bean to cup machine is a form of coffee maker which grinds coffee beans just before they are used, resulting in a fresher taste.

These coffee grounds are then mixed with the preheated water and dispensed into the cup. Many come with milk frothers so you can also choose to make drinks such as cappuccinos as well as espresso shots, and the strength and length of the coffee are usually adjustable in some form.

Why bean to cup machines are popular

Once beans have been ground, they immediately start to lose their flavour. That is why instant coffee will never taste like the one you get out of the coffee shop on your lunch break.

As a bean to cup machine grinds the beans on-demand, the result is a full flavour which would be found in a cafe.

A built-in grinder means you don’t have to do this yourself or buy any extra gadgets.

How to find the best bean to cup machine

The best machine for every individual changes from person to person.

Think about how many cups you will want to make at any one time, as well as how personalised you like your coffee. Some machines will just allow you to change things like how much water you put into the cup, whereas others may be able to alter the intensity via the grinding process or change the amount of milk which goes into the drink.

Price

The price of bean to cup machines can vary, but they are among some of the most expensive options generally. This isn’t surprising, given the technology which goes into making them work.

In contrast, they are thought of as one of the cheapest options to run over time. Buying coffee beans is usually less expensive than pre-ground coffee, and definitely cheaper than using pods (as well as being better for the environment).

FAQs

What are the best beans to use?

The end resulting coffee isn’t just about the appliance itself. In fact, a lot of it depends on the quality of the beans.

Most machines recommend you don’t use oily beans, as this can damage the texture of the grinder over time.

And, as a personal recommendation – don’t skimp on quality. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you’re going to be wanting the best taste. Same applies if you’re looking at bean to cup machines in the first place.

There are good quality brands available from supermarkets or local shops, so don’t worry if you have no coffee stores around. A case of trial and error may be the best option, to see which suits both your taste buds and the method of the machine the best.

How does a smart coffee machine work?

Pretty much the same way as most other smart appliances. They are usually connected to a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, and you operate them through the official manufacturer app.

Each will vary, but you can usually control the appliance and get it to make a cup of coffee remotely if you are in range, such as being in bed. High-end options may let you choose from a wide range of different coffee types, personalise them, and save the particular drink for easier access the next time you use it.

Are there any negatives of bean to cup machines?

They need descaling and cleaning often, as a lot of the appliance is used in the coffee making process. Some make this more comfortable than others, by simply blasting a shot of hot steam through the internal operations, and some require you to take them apart and hand wash everything separately.

Some are also quite noisy when grinding the beans, but this can’t be helped and usually only lasts a few minutes maximum.

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