What are the best beans to use in a bean to cup coffee machine?
The end resulting coffee isn’t just about the bean to cup appliance itself. In fact, a lot of it depends on the quality of the beans.
Most bean to cup coffee 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. Smart bean to cup coffee machines 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 bean to cup coffee machine 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.
What is an automatic bean to cup coffee machine?
Simply put, an automatic bean to cup coffee machine is a coffee machine which does everything for you and requires no extra attention.
So, it puts the right amount of coffee in, grinds it to the right level, and pours the right amount of water.
What is a self cleaning bean to cup coffee machine?
Simply put, you press a button and it will flush through hot water after every use to ensure that no excess coffee is stuck to the inner pipe work.
This is a great option for anyone who regularly uses their bean to cup coffee machine, and who wants to keep it as clean as possible in between big cleans every few months.
Should I get a bean to cup coffee machine which has a milk frother?
If you like milky drinks, yes! Some can be automatic, so the milk is added if you want to make a certain drink. Some have milk frother wands, so you control your own milk frothing in a separate jug.
Which you need depends on your coffee favourites – if you always opt for milk based coffee drinks, go for an automatic one. If you like to control your own and feel a bit like a barista, opt for a wand.
The best bean to cup coffee machine for you will likely be an investment, so you want to get it right.
Bean to cup coffee machine or espresso machine?
An espresso machine will use pre-ground coffee, so unless you’re grinding yourself, it won’t give as fresh results. They of course only make espressos too, so you’re a bit more limited in your end drinks options.
A fully automatic bean to cup coffee machine can usually make espressos and regular coffee drinks, as well as some milk based drinks. Yes, an espresso machine will sometimes have a milk frothing wand, but few will offer automatic options.
Are there any negatives of bean to cup coffee 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.