From one shot wonders to self-cleaning marvels, there is a machine that is right for your flavour of coffee obsession.
One touch wonder
DeLonghi Nespresso Essenza Mini Solo (Capsule System)
Spilling the beans: It may have a small footprint, but within lies the heart of a champ – a 19 Bar Pressure System that will deliver consistent crema day in, day out, with a heat-up time of only 25 seconds. Simply drop the coffee capsule into place. There are two preset buttons – Espresso for 40ml, or Lungo for 110ml. If you want to stop the coffee flow or top up, just press again. You can also program the water volume for the Espresso or Lungo. And once you’re done, the Essenza will put itself in Eco mode after three minutes, and auto off after nine minutes.
The right blend: The convenience of the Nespresso capsule system in a compact package makes this a perfect fit when bench space is tight. In fact, it’s small enough to take on a weekend away, or in the caravan. The capsule container can hold up to six spent capsules for disposal later on. The range of 24 coffees available means you won’t be limited in your brews, plus once you get the thirst for more, you can complement the Essenza with a Nespresso milk frothing unit.
DeLonghi Nespresso Latissima One Coffee Machine (Capsule System)
Spilling the beans: Like the aforementioned Essenza, the Latissima has two coffee presets – Espresso and Lungo. However, it also incorporates a built-in Rapid Cappuccino System which can deliver 50 or 125ml of frothed milk – for Cappuccino or Latte Macchiato, respectively. You simply have to fill the Latissima milk jug to one of the two levels indicated. With its patented optical sensor, the Rapid Cappuccino System recognises the amount of milk, so there’s no wastage.
The right blend: It comes in a lovely smooth plastic casing, which highlights the soft touch interface. So it doesn’t just look great, it feels effortless. The Latissima ticks all the boxes as a fuss-free coffee system that can also deliver frothy milk to go.
Bring out your inner barista
Breville Nespresso Creatista Plus (Capsule System)
Spilling the beans: State of the art technology for effortless coffee creation, housed within an elegant, brushed stainless steel casing. The intuitive interface features a dial up of seven beverage recipes. If you like your coffee straight up there’s Risteretto, Espresso and Lungo. And for a touch of milk, the options include Cappuccino, Café Latte, Latte Macchiato and Flat White. A high-res display provides guidance for all programmed selections. Plus, heat-up time is only ten seconds for 19 bars of pressure.
The right blend: The push button ease of precision electronic controls, as well as a personal touch in beverage presentation. On top of the seven coffee recipes, this machine comes with a steam pipe, with presets for eight milk froth textures. Add to that 11 milk temperature settings and the Creatista opens up a whole world of caffeine and dairy dalliance.
Breville The Barista Express (Manual System)
Spilling the beans: Thanks to its built-in conical burr grinder, the Barista Express is a machine to bring you the flavours of freshly ground coffee. For maximum ease, a unique cradle mechanism places the grind straight into the espresso portafilter. You can even fine tune the grind via an adjustable dial on the side of the machine. Plus, the hopper of the grinder is removable, the better to vacuum store your beans for freshness. A PID-based digital temperature control means the machine delivers consistent water heat and pressure without loss of flow. There are two pre-programmed coffee doses – single shot (30ml) and double shot (60ml). Plus, a programmable button for your very own preference.
The right blend: A machine perfect for the budding barista. Not only does it have a grinder, there is a pressure gauge to ensure your machine hits the mark consistently for maximum flavour extraction. A nice size thermocoil also ensures this machine switches from caffeine extraction to milk frothing in less than 30 seconds. And it’s powerful enough to deliver just about any texture of milk you might want.
Total barista indulgence
Delonghi Dinamica Fully Automatic Coffee Machine (Automatic System)
Spilling the beans: The Dinamica offers push button simplicity, from grinding through to extraction. And if you think a high end machine is a bit intimidating, it’s the contrary. This intelligent appliance will flash a message if the water tank or grounds container is empty. Straight black coffees selectable via the touch menu include Espresso, Coffee, Espresso Lungo, Risteretto and Long. Milk-based offerings include Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Café Latte, Flat White and Hot Milk. Once you’re comfortable with its basic offering, the My Menu function can guide you through plenty of configurable options to make a blend that’s perfect for you.
The right blend: The Dinamica is made for convenience while offering an expanded range of coffee stylings. It has push button functions to clean its various parts. And the milk container is detachable, so you can have it in the fridge – recommended if you want to get the best froth. A well considered package for ease of use and maintenance that justifies its status as a high end model.
Jura E8 Fully Automatic Coffee Machine (Automatic System)
Spilling the beans: Jura is a Swiss brand focused only on top end machines. And the E8 is their most successful automatic machine. Released in 2019, this latest iteration is a significant update. It has 50 per cent more café quality specialities at the touch of a button – taking the total to 12. Other upgrades include a multi-level grinder that’s twice as fast. A premium foam frother ensures milky faves such as Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato are true to their distinctive texture and volume. And for connoisseurs of small volume specialty coffees such as Espressos or Risterettos, Jura’s unique Pulse Extraction Process delivers the best result by pulsing hot water through the ground coffee, at the optimum frequency, for the beverage selected.
The right blend: Swiss technology distilled into one-touch simplicity. The E8 is Jura’s best-seller because it blends ease of use with a range of configurability, to satisfy even the most demanding caffeine aficionado. They will appreciate the eight selectable levels for coffee strength, plus the ability to set the volume of the beverage, be it Espresso doppio or Cappuccino. This kind of Swiss precision is matched by an eye-catching aesthetic that makes the E8 a true statement piece.