By Coby Simmons
Jun 11, 2020
Everyone loves coffee. And whether or not we’re drinking a little too much, it's certainly important to us that we drink good coffee. Which
is where home coffee machines come in. With coffee shops across the globe shuttering and working from home becoming more commonplace every
single day, investing in a home coffee machine is important to ensure that you maintain your caffeine fix just the way you like it, while
honing your barista skills.
Whether you’re a mocha man, a latte lover, or cappuccino-crazed – keep reading to learn about the different types of espresso machines on the market, and once you’ve set your eyes on one you like, make an offer for it on the EnterOffer Marketplace!
Pod machines are the most popular type of home coffee machine in Australia. To use them, you insert small coffee capsules or pods, press a button or two, and voila! Out comes your coffee! Nespresso are the kings of capsule-coffee, with their latest Vertuo line of machines allowing even the most clueless barista to explore a wide variety of coffees in various sizes. The new Vertuo machines take advantage of extraction by centrifusion to ensure exceptional coffee quality and a generous and smooth crema.
The next level up from pod machines are the automatic variety. These represent a small but significant part of the market, partly due to the fact that they’re slightly more expensive than a standard capsule machine. These automated machines allow you to wake up to your favourite coffee at the touch of a button and smell the aroma of a freshly brewed cup. Customise and save your favourite coffee recipes and let the fully automatic coffee machine do the rest. The machines are self-cleaning and maintain themselves, often featuring an intuitive touchscreen. For the ultimate coffee-at-home experience, check out DeLonghi’s top-of-the-range Maestosa Luxury Automatic Coffee Machine.
Semi-automatic machines provides the amateur baristas with the best of both worlds, allowing you to maintain control of your cup while not worrying about when to stop the coffee flow. Semi-automatic coffee machines are also cheaper than their automatic counterparts, yet just like a manual machine, there’s still a lot of learning and experimentation involved in getting to know your machine. However, like an automatic machine, Breville’s Barista Touch allows you to create specialty coffee at home with ease – featuring a pre-programmed café drinks menu and automatic milk texturing. A built-in coffee grinder delivers the right amount of ground coffee on demand and with a 3 second heat up time, you go from bean to cup, faster than ever before. Another benefit of semi-auto machines over automatic ones if the adjustable grinder, which lets you find your perfect grind to suit the beans and the machine.
These let you get more hands-on and experimental with your coffee, yet they do require some knowledge of coffee-making techniques. Before investing in a manual coffee machine, ensure you’ve had some decent practice of grinding, dosing, and tamping your coffee. Usually, you'll need a separate bean grinder before using them, which is an added cost, but they generally come with a milk frothing capability. Also, these machines tend to be slightly larger so can often take up significant bench space. La Specialista EC9335.BM from DeLonghi is our personal favourite in this department with sensor grinding technology, a smart tamping station, and active temperature control.
All in all, when purchasing a coffee machine the utmost consideration is the machine’s features and how they align with your barista skills. Once you’ve made a decision on the features that mean the most to you, shop around for a model you like and make an offer on the EnterOffer Marketplace to achieve the best price.