Fed up with the increasing cost of your latte and espresso at Starbucks or Costa? Then try out a coffee machine in your own home and save yourself a few quid everyday. No, I’m not talking about those awful filter type ones you used to get in the 80’s, these days coffee has grown up on the High Street and now you can experience the same quality cappuccino as if you have employed your very own barista.
For those who need a quick fix of caffeine at a decent price, I’ve found a fantastic bargain on electricshopping.com. At an amazing £50.03, down from £122.99, the Kenwood ES416 Cafe Chic Espresso Machine delivers pure, strong creamy espresso and includes an adjustable steam attachment for milk frothing. Simple and straightforward to use.
For the budget conscious try out the De’Longhi EC270 Pump Espresso Maker, on sale at Amazon.co.uk right now for £79.99. Features include a cup warmer and obligatory milk frother. Customers who have bought this trendy looking machine have said that it provides the proper ‘crema’ layer on espressos and is easy to clean.
Available from Argos is the Nescafe Dolce Gusto Pod Coffee Machine retailing at £119.99 and comes with a free welcome pack. This machine is ideal for ease of use and variety as the ‘pods’ come in the usual latte and espresso but you can also get a range of iced teas and hot chocolates. The pods are around 40p each to buy and leave you with no messy coffee grinds to clear up afterwards. A great gift idea too.
Mid range espresso machines include the Villaware Espresso Machine priced at £449.99, designed for people who make their coffee the way they cook food, with passion and imagination. A quality product with a beautiful finish, this machine is really a piece of art more than simply kitchen equipment. With Thermoblock technology and the option of automatic or manual brewing, you’ll find you’ll be playing with this machine for hours.
Also in the mid range is the highly recommended Bugatti DIVA Espresso Machine in hot red. For £555.56 available from amazon.co.uk this machine has a dual gauge for coffee and steam readings, can be used for ground and coffee pods and comes with 7 free coffee pods. The 15 bar pump means that you can make one or two cups and included is an instruction dvd and a recipe book.
Now for the serious home baristas out there, the crème de la crème of machines I’ve kept until last. Made in Switzerland, the Jura ENA5 at £750.00 really has to tick all the boxes and for this price it does. Capable of using fresh coffee beans or grinding them, it is fully automatic with the ouch of one button and comes with a range of accessories.
It incorporates a 2 stage frothing nozzle which draws off steam then heats the milk to produce a perfect cappuccino. It has an ‘Aroma Boost’ function that freshly grinds the beans to produce the maximum flavour to make an ultra strong espresso. Slim line for the space conscious, this beautifully crafted coffee machine is for the true coffee lovers out there. Available from garraways.co.uk and coffeeitalia.co.uk