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The key to choosing the best coffee machine

The key to choosing the best coffee machine

At folders we have a wide range of coffee machines and brands. In fact it can be a little overwhelming without a little bit of direction. Coffee machines come in all shapes and sizes, but which one is right for your home? Some want no fuss press the button type system to those that embrace the whole coffee barista experience.  

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a coffee machine for home:

- How many people will be using the machine?
- How much space do you have for the machine?
- How often do you plan on using the machine?
- What is your budget for the machine?

Built-in
If you are replacing your kitchen and updating appliances building a coffee machine into your kitchen cabinetry is an option. It does reduce your options but gives a streamlines look in the kitchen.

Bench top
There is a wide range of bench top models from  entry level to serious barista espresso machines. 

  1. Capsule machines should be considered entry level though often the price does not reflect this. Many people just like the convenience and ease of use but the cost per cup is high and for many the coffee taste a little weak as each capsule is not quite equivalent to a single espresso shot you would expect at a cafe. 

  2. Automatic espresso machines can deliver an excellent coffee with the convenience of pushing a button. No barista experience is required and the technology has improved significantly reflecting a quality coffee result that its half bad. they are also cheaper to run using coffee beans rather than expensive capsules. The more expensive automatic machines allow for a lot of customisation so you can tailor a coffee to your tastes.

  3.  Semi-Automatic machines will do some of the work. However, you will require to learn some barista techniques such as grinding, tampering, and milk frothing. With a little practise you may be knocking great coffee's to impress your friends. Even add the little latte art!

  4. Many real coffee connoisseurs demand the fully manual versions so they have full control of their barista espresso experience. Most of these machines are a scaled down version of the commercial machines. At folders we stock the Italian Vibiemme brand  which is a brilliant machine. Looked after and regularly serviced it will last for years.

Once you've considered these factors, you can narrow down your choices and decide which coffee machine is right for your home. Capsule, manual, or automatic? Integrated with a grinder or not? With so many options on the market, finding the perfect coffee machine for your home can be a daunting task. But with a little research and guidance, you'll be sipping on your perfect cup of coffee in no time. if you need advice give us a call on Ph. 0800 156 678

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