Sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind and splash out on something for you. That’s why I’ve just bought myself a new bean-to-cup coffee machine and I’m LOVING the fresh coffee it provides each morning.
It wasn’t cheap – but it was worth the money. If you’re a coffee fanatic you won’t get fresher coffee even in a cafe!
Over the last few weeks I’ve spent a lot of time researching coffee machines, especially on sites like BeanToCupCoffee.co.uk. I was confused about the difference between bean-to-cup machines and espresso…whether I needed a burr grinder or something else…and why some machines are cappuccino makers while others just do “milk frothing.” That’s why I’ve decided to write this post – to help you get fresh coffee without needing to get through the same painful research process.
There are basically three types of coffee machine – filter, espresso and bean-to-cup. Filters make black coffee like you’d get in an a 70s cafe. Espresso machines can make – you guessed it – espresso but only from ground coffee. Bean to cup coffee machines can make coffee directly from the beans (the machines grind beans automatically).
So why did I choose a bean to cup model? The simple reason is that I found out how much taste is lost when beans are ground. When you drink ground coffee, much of the oil has evaporated as it was only being protected by the bean.
The longer time between grinding and brewing, the less tasty your coffee will be.
That’s why a bean-to-cup machine is so great. Instead of using pre-ground coffee, it grinds new beans for EVERY coffee you make. That means there is very little time for the oils to evaporate and the coffee tastes much fresher.
Some of the bean-to-cup machines I was looking at could automatically make cappuccino. For those who don’t know, this involves frothing milk and adding just the right amount to the coffee.
I went for a middle ground – the machine I chose has a milk frother but it doesn’t do it automatically. I have to admit my first attempts at making a cappuccino weren’t great, but I think I’ve got the hang of it now!
I’m thinking of starting a YouTube channel soon, and one of the first videos I’ll post is about the machine I bought (the Delonghi Esam). I’ve picked up some tips for making amazing coffee with it – I think you’ll enjoy it!
But for now check out the video below. It’s not he exact machine I’ve bought, but it’s pretty close: