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Become Your Own Barista at Home with Box

22nd January 2021
It's safe to say it's been a while since we've cosied up in a coffee shop, enjoying a freshly made Cappucino and watching the world go by. If there's one thing to learn during lockdown, it's how to make the perfect cup of coffee (so you can go back to enjoying those little moments). With so many appliances on the market, where do you start? Let's take a look at at-home coffee making options for each price bracket, so you can find something to suit you!

When it comes to at-home coffee making, it's important to know that there are three main types of machines available- pod, bean to cup, and ground coffee. Consider which type of machine will suit your lifestyle best, and go from there!

Pod/capsule machines: Quick, easy and straight-forward coffee making. They simply require a coffee pod (or 'capsule') and a machine. However, most machines are suited to specific types of capsules, which is important to note.

Bean-to-cup machines: These machines are pretty much self-explanatory- they take coffee beans, gride them, and produce tasty hot beverages which require minimal effort. Being bean-to-cup, these machines make the freshest coffee possible.

Ground coffee machines: Mostly seen in your local café, these machines require you to be slightly more hands-on in the coffee-making process, using ground coffee to produce tasty drinks. The aroma will really take you back to those coffee-shop days! 

£650 and above

At the highest end of the scale are built-in coffee machines. Yep, you heard that correctly. You've seen built-in ovens, now check these out! For the hard-core coffee fans out there, this built-in coffee-machine from Whirlpool is definitely one to invest in. Coming in at £1,149.99, this machine is fully automatic and offers an intuitive bean to cup solution with LCD touch controls. The hot water spout ensures you have readily available hot water without having to boil- perfect for even instant ready meals or soups! Oh, plus it even has a milk steam frothing nozzle for those really creamy coffees you miss.

£300 - £400 Range

Short on space? This mid-range option by Melitta is perfect for those after a more affordable, bean-to-cup option. Its sleek design looks so classy and very on-trend! Featuring an ultra-quiet grinder, this machine is perfect for that morning espresso. Short on time? With the double cup mode, you can prepare two coffees at once, adjusting the coffee outlets to accommodate various size cups.

For those looking for a more hands-on experience, the Ariete Metal Espresso Coffee Maker with Grinder is an ideal option, coming in under £400. This machine is a real show-stopper, made entirely of stainless steel and dedicated to true lovers of espresso. The unmistakable aroma of freshly ground coffee will really take you back to your local coffee shop (plus you'll totally feel like a barista). 

Under £200 Machines

Don't have the time to deal with coffee beans and grounds? Coffee pods might be the option for you. Enjoy the taste of your favourite classics by simply inserting a coffee pod, and letting the machine do the work. Our favourite option under £200 is this Smeg Lavazza coffee machine, available in a gorgeous cream, retro red or classic black. Super sleek, stylish and so on-trend. 


Under £100 Machines

Looking for just a simple, coffee machine without all the bells and whistles? Meet the Beko Barista 15 Bar Espresso Maker. Perfect for the minimalist, this machine is easy to use and offers a simple way to make delicious barista-style espresso from your favourite ground coffee- all from the comfort of your home. More of a latte person? Not a problem. A steam nozzle is also included for making your favourite frothy beverages.

For a slightly trendier option, the Tower Cavaletto Espresso Machine is a lovely machine for its price point. Being under £50, it's perfect for those working from home who want to treat themselves to a caffeine-hit during the day. From flavourful espressos to frothy cappuccinos, this four-cup machine lets you enjoy a full-bodied hot beverage at home. With a removable drip tray, it's so easy to keep clean! Plus, the black and rose gold exterior adds a sleek feature to set off your kitchen.

Which coffee machine catches your eye? We hope our guide to coffee machines helps you on your barista journey!

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