14 best coffee machines in comparison

Coffee specialties at the touch of a button, that’s what a fully automatic coffee machine offers, and the appliances are finding their way into more and more German kitchens. Whether café crema, espresso, latte macchiato or cappuccino, with a fully automatic coffee machine, you can prepare your favorite coffee beverage in no time and with an incomparable taste and aroma that only a pressure-brewed coffee made from freshly ground beans offers.

But not least because of the usually high acquisition costs, the purchase of a fully automatic coffee machine will be well considered. What can the machines, what do you have to pay attention to when buying and who pays to buy a coffee machine? What should be considered when cleaning the devices and what alternatives are there to the fully automatic coffee machine? The answers to these and many more questions can be found in this guide. We also took a look at the test winners and test results of Stiftung Warentest.

The best 4 fully automatic coffee machines in detailed comparison

Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine

brand

Philips

size

21.5 x 37 x 33 cm

mass

8.41 kg

grinder

100% ceramic, 5-stage

display

milk container

milk frother

Cups per brewing process

2

Height adjustable spout

Capacity water tank

1.8 l

Can be used with coffee powder

water filters

Brewing group removable

colour

black
to offer
Available at 380,50 € € 299.99
Saeco Incanto HD8916 / 01 coffee machine

brand

Saeco

size

21.5 x 33 x 42.9 cm

mass

7.2 kg

grinder

100% ceramic, 5-stage

display

milk container

milk frother

Cups per brewing process

1

Height adjustable spout

Capacity water tank

1.8 l

Can be used with coffee powder

water filters

Brewing group removable

colour

black
to offer
Available at 751.62 € Check price
Melitta Caffeo CI E970-101 Coffee machine

brand

Melitta

size

47.3 x 25.5 x 35.2 cm

mass

9.3 kg

grinder

Steel cone grinder, 3-stage

display

milk container

milk frother

Cups per brewing process

2

Height adjustable spout

Capacity water tank

1.8 l

Can be used with coffee powder

water filters

Brewing group removable

colour

silver
to offer
Available at 636.67 € 489.00 €
De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S Coffee machine

brand

De’Longhi

size

37.5 x 28.5 x 36 cm

mass

10 kg

grinder

Conical grinder, 13-stage

display

milk container

milk frother

Cups per brewing process

2

Height adjustable spout

Capacity water tank

1.8 l

Can be used with coffee powder

water filters

Brewing group removable

colour

silver
to offer
Available at 284.95 € 282.95 €
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8.41 kg 7.2 kg 9.3 kg 10 kg
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1st The Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine with memo function prepares your favorite coffee at the push of a button.

The Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine is equipped with a 100% ceramic grinder. He prepares coffee from fresh beans at the push of a button and the absolutely taste-neutral ceramic ensures that you will taste nothing but the pure and unadulterated taste of the coffee beans. The grinder can be adjusted individually and delivers both a full-bodied espresso and a light coffee.

The Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine has numerous setting options and a memo function regarding the cup filling quantity, coffee strength and temperature. So you always enjoy your espresso just as you like it at the touch of a button.

The Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine features a user-friendly display with clear and easy navigation that lets you easily select and customize your favorite drinks. With her classic creamy milk froth like the barista, the milk frother with steam creates a delicious cappuccino or latte macchiato in no time at all to.

When it comes to hygiene and cleaning, the Philips EP5310 / 10 coffee machine convinces with its removable brew group, which can easily be cleaned under running water. The integrated AquaClean technology ensures that the water is reliably decalcified and you can prepare up to 5,000 cups of coffee before decalcifying the machine.

second The Saeco Incanto HD8916 / 01 coffee machine with the practical, removable milk decanter

The Saeco Incanto HD8916 / 01 coffee machine delivers coffee specialties such as espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato or a simple, full-bodied coffee at the touch of a button. The removable milk carafe provides creamy milk froth and the machine gives you the opportunity to rinse and clean the milk-carrying parts automatically after each use. This ensures maximum hygiene and leftover milk can easily be stored in the milk carafe in the fridge .

The Saeco Incanto HD8916 / 01 coffee machine is equipped with a professional ceramic disc grinder. The taste-neutral material provides a pure and natural taste and you can easily adjust the grinder to adjust the aroma of the coffee to your personal preferences via the grinding degree.

The Saeco Incanto HD8916 / 01 coffee machine is equipped with an AquaClean filter that removes limescale and the finest dirt particles from the water with ion exchange technology and a microporous filter. This makes the coffee taste even better and you can make up to 5,000 cups of coffee without decalcifying the appliance. On the clear control panel you can select your desired coffee specialty and adjust the strength and temperature of your coffee specialty on the practical display.

third The Melitta Caffeo CI E970-101 coffee machine stores individual presets for four users

The Melitta Caffeo CI E970-101 fully automatic coffee machine gives you the ability to save individual preferences for up to four users via the My Coffee Memory feature so that each family member gets their favorite coffee. The coffee machine prepares various coffee variations with milk or milk froth, keeping to the original Italian recipes in the order of the ingredients.

The Melitta Caffeo CI E970-101 fully automatic coffee machine has a two-chamber filling for different coffee beans and a powder tray for ground coffee. Through a manual selection you can switch between aromatic-strong espresso beans and fine-mild coffee beans or simply use a ground coffee.

The Melitta Caffeo CI E970-101 fully automatic coffee machine has a milk system with a separate milk container that is easy to remove and produces both warm milk and milk foam. The milk container is dishwasher-safe and all milk-carrying parts can be cleaned quickly and hygienically with steam and hot water.

The brew group can be taken out for cleaning. The Melitta coffee machine is very easy to operate with an LCD text display and One Touch and the machine comes with a Welcome Pack consisting of a
water filter , a coffee spoon / screw-in aid for the water filter and water hardness test strips.

4th The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S coffee machine is equipped with a particularly quiet grinder

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S fully automatic coffee machine has a quiet, 13-stage conical grinder whose grinding degree can be adjusted individually. This way, the aroma of the fresh coffee beans can easily be adapted to your individual preferences. In addition to freshly ground beans, the machine can also process coffee powder.

Whether it’s espresso, latte macchiato or café latte, with the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S coffee machine you can make all the coffee specialties and the special milk frothing nozzle made of stainless steel ensures perfectly tempered milk and creamy milk foam.

The coffee spout of the De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S fully automatic coffee machine is infinitely adjustable between 80 and 110 mm. This fits all your favorite cups and glasses under the machine.

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3200 S coffee machine is equipped with a low-maintenance brewing unit that can be completely removed and easily cleaned under running water. The machine’s interior is also easy to clean when the brew group is removed, and the machine is equipped with a fully automatic rinse and descaling program.

The hot water feature also allows you to make your own tea, and the controls are easy to use with one-touch controls, using the direct-dial buttons and knobs that adjust the coffee strength and volume.

5th The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3000.B coffee machine prepares tasty specialty coffees with a direct selection button

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3000.B coffee machine has a large 1.8 liter water tank and a pump pressure of 15 bar. With the two-cup function and the 13-step, quiet conical grinder, you can prepare tasty coffee specialties in no time at all.

You can choose your favorite drink with a direct selection button, and even specialty coffees such as a cappuccino, latte macchiato or café latte are perfect thanks to the wide range of setting options. The milk is brought to the optimum temperature and the milk frother makes for a creamy milk froth.

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3000.B coffee machine not only has a grinder for fresh coffee beans, whose grinding power can be adjusted individually, but in an additional compartment, the machine can also process ground coffee. For example, you can make decaffeinated coffees.

The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM 3000.B coffee machine is equipped with a height-adjustable coffee spout, a cup warmer and an automatic shut-off. The large water tank is removable from the front and thanks to the hot water function can also prepare tea. The brewing unit can be easily removed for cleaning and a fully automatic rinsing and descaling program ensures the required hygiene.

6th With the Krups EA8108 coffee machine, thanks to CTS, you can enjoy hot coffee from the first to the last cup

The Krups EA8108 coffee machine is a compact coffee machine with a triple adjustable metal cone grinder. The patented Compact Thermoblock System (CTS) provides hot coffee from the first cup and you can make individual settings for the amount of water, the temperature and the coffee strength. The Cappuccino Plus milk frothing nozzle foams up the milk directly in the cup and ensures that your specialty coffees such as cappuccino, latte macchiato or Café Latte are optimally prepared.

The Krups EA8108 coffee machine is equipped with a removable coffee container for nine coffee preparations.

Multifunctional knobs provide intuitive operation of the Krups EA8108 coffee machine and offer many setting options. The coffee machine is equipped with a high-quality brewing group with a stainless steel chamber, which, like all other components, is fully automatically cleaned by a highly efficient self-cleaning system.

The machine has a height-adjustable spout, a two-cup function and a hot water feature that you can use to make tea. The water tank with a capacity of 1.8 liters can be easily removed and the Claris Aqua filter system prevents rapid calcification of the coffee machine.

7th The DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM 22.110.B coffee machine processes coffee beans and instant coffee

The DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM 22.110.B coffee machine has a special milk frothing nozzle that perfectly blends Italian coffees like cappuccino, latte macchiato or café latte, and even a simple coffee or cup of tea made with the hot water feature promises great enjoyment. The integrated conical grinder is extra quiet and grinds the fresh coffee beans for each individual brewing process.

The aroma protection lid keeps the bean’s aroma and with an individual coarse to fine grinder setting, you can adjust the flavor to your tastes. The machine can also process coffee powder in an extra compartment.

The operation of the DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM 22.110.B coffee machine is simple and intuitive thanks to the clearly arranged direct selection buttons and rotary control. Many different parameters such as the strength of the coffee or the amount of coffee can be set just as easily as the choice between the one- and two-cup function.

Cleaning the DeLonghi Magnifica S ECAM 22.110.B coffee machine is very easy thanks to the removable, compact brew group. It can be rinsed under running water and also the machine interior can be easily cleaned when the brew group is removed. All milk-carrying parts can be rinsed fully automatically.

8th The Melitta Caffeo Solo E950-222 Coffee Machine fits into the smallest kitchen

The Melitta Caffeo Solo E950-222 fully automatic coffee machine is one of the smallest automatic coffee machines with a width of only 20 centimeters and fits perfectly into a small kitchen. Its simple design with chrome-plated elements still makes it an eye-catcher and thanks to its pre-brewing function it ensures optimum coffee enjoyment.

It has a 3-point adjustable flavor intensity that you can use to prepare your favorite coffee and the beans are also freshly ground for each coffee by a 3-stage adjustable steel cone grinder. The coffee spout is height-adjustable up to 135 millimeters and you can prepare two cups of coffee or espresso at the same time.

In preparation, the Melitta Caffeo Solo E950-222 coffee machine is limited to the two coffee classics espresso and coffee cream. Latte macchiato, café latte or cappuccino can not be prepared with this coffee machine.

The water tank of the Melitta Caffeo Solo E950-222 coffee machine has a capacity of 1.2 liters and is equipped with automatic water level monitoring. The tank is easy to remove, making cleaning and refilling easy.

ninth The Siemens EQ.9 s500 TI915531DE coffee machine is superSilent

The Siemens EQ.9 s500 TI915531DE fully automatic coffee machine offers perfect coffee enjoyment with maximum and individual flavor. The worldwide unique sensoFlow system ensures a constant ideal brewing temperature between 90 and 95 ° C, with which all flavorings are gently removed from the coffee. Thus, the coffee machine ensures maximum flavor and taste for every cup.

Milk coffee specialties such as cappuccino or latte macchiato are perfect thanks to the integrated milk system, and with just one touch of a button, you can choose to make one or two cups at a time. Thanks to superSilent, the coffee machine is the quietest coffee machine from Siemens, and it ensures relaxation when preparing the coffee.

The Siemens EQ.9 s500 TI915531EN fully automatic coffee machine is equipped with the fully automatic autoMilk Clean steam cleaning system, which thoroughly cleans the milk system after each brewing process.

With the baristaMode you can individually set the five most important parameters for optimal coffee taste. Temperature, capacity, coffee strength, coffee-to-milk ratio and brewing speed can be easily adjusted to your preferences and the machine stores up to 10 individual coffee settings.

The Siemens EQ.9 s500 TI915531EN coffee machine features a Brita Intenza water filter that reduces the limescale content of the water, and it is easy to clean thanks to the fully removable brew unit.

10th The Jura Impressa C60 – coffee machine with the largest brewing chamber on the market

The Jura Impressa C60 coffee machine has a plain-text display with simple menu navigation and 3 touch panels for care, steam preselection and programming functions. The coffee quantity and the coffee strength are programmable in four stages and the coffee machine works with an intelligent pre-brewing system.

The unit has a variable brewing chamber with a capacity between 5 and 16 grams, making it the largest brewing chamber on the market. The coffee spout is height adjustable from 65 millimeters to 111 millimeters and you can make two cups of coffee at the same time.

The Jura Impressa C60 coffee machine is equipped with a warning light, which always tells you when to fill the coffee beans in the bean container with aroma protection lid.

A fine foam nozzle ensures fine-pored milk foam, so that even specialty coffees such as latte macchiato or cappuccino can always succeed with the Jura Impressa C60 coffee machine. The device is equipped with a filter and with care programs and can be adjusted to the water hardness.

. 11 The Krups EA815070 coffee machine has a long service life

The Krups EA815070 coffee machine is equipped with a high-quality brewing unit with a stainless steel chamber, which ensures a long service life of the appliance. An extra-large LC display provides a simple and intuitive operating concept, with the help of which parameters such as temperature, coffee strength or amount of water can be set individually. In the Favorites menu, you can program and save two favorite foods so you can quickly recall your favorite coffee.

The CappuccinoPlus milk nozzle enables milk frothing directly in the cup and ensures that even specialty coffees such as latte macchiato succeed optimally.

The Krups EA815070 coffee machine has a water tank with a capacity of 1.8 liters, a steam and hot water function, a coffee spout adjustable in height from 60 to 105 millimeters, an automatic double-meal function for a large coffee, a programmed automatic switch-off and a triple-adjustable coffee machine metal conical grinder.

The patented Compact Thermoblock System (CTS) provides quick heating and hot coffee from the first cup, and the system reduces calcification, extending the life of the coffee machine. The cleaning of all components, including the brewing group, is fully automatic with a highly efficient self-cleaning system.

12th The Saeco HD8927 / 01 PicoBaristo coffee machine makes all settings easy

The Saeco HD8927 / 01 PicoBaristo coffee machine with its intuitive high-performance display ensures clear and easy navigation. With the help of symbols and text overlays, you can easily set and save parameters such as the amount, temperature and strength of your coffee individually. The grinder made of 100% ceramic is absolutely tasteless and ensures a pure coffee taste. You can adjust the grinding strength individually and thus match the aroma of the freshly ground coffee beans to your preferences.

The Saeco HD8927 / 01 PicoBaristo coffee machine has an integrated milk decanter and heats the milk and foams it twice. This creates a perfect, creamy milk froth in just the right temperature for specialty coffees such as cappuccino or latte macchiato. The milk system can be cleaned completely automatically and the integrated milk decanter can be removed and stored in the refrigerator.

The removable brewing unit makes it easy to clean the Saeco HD8927 / 01 PicoBaristo coffee machine. The AquaClean technology also ensures that you can enjoy up to 5000 cups of coffee specialties without having to descale the coffee machine.

. 13 The Bosch TIS30159DE coffee machine VeroCup 100 is well suited for small kitchens

The Bosch TIS30159DE VeroCup 100 coffee machine is equipped with a long-life ceramic grinder that ensures the maximum aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The small coffee machine has a removable water tank with a capacity of 1.4 liters and it is particularly space-saving and fits well into a smaller kitchen.

All elements are easily accessible from the front, so there is no space left on the sides. Thanks to MilkMagic Pro, the fully automatic coffee machine prepares a fine-pored frothy milk directly in the cup, without the need for an extra milk container. Luscious coffee specialties such as latte macchiato or cappuccino are just as successful.

The combined calc’nClean cleaning and descaling program reliably removes both limescale deposits and coffee oils. This significantly prolongs the life of the device.

For cleaning, brew unit, drip tray and coffee grounds container can be easily removed from the front. The components can be rinsed under running water and then used again. Before switching off, the machine also carries out a flushing process on its own.

14th The Miele CM 6350 coffee machine with AromaticSystem brews perfect coffee

The Miele CM 6350 coffee machine is equipped with an Aromatic system that perfectly mixes coffee and water in the brewing chamber. Thus, the coffee machine ensures an intense coffee aroma for maximum coffee enjoyment. The cappuccinatore will quickly deliver creamy milk froth or hot milk for cappuccino or latte macchiato, and after the preparation of specialty coffees, the milk line will be automatically rinsed.

The Miele CM 6350 coffee machine also offers a treat for the eye, as the soft BrilliantLight LED light ensures that every cup is optimally staged. This is how the enjoyment of coffee begins even before the first sip.

With the One Touch and OneTouch for Two feature, you can easily prepare one or two cups of delicious specialty coffees at the touch of a button. Even more comfort is provided by a heatable cup shelf on which preheated cups are always ready to hand. The easy-to-remove brewing unit, which can be easily cleaned under running water, ensures quick and easy cleaning, optimum hygiene and longevity of the coffee machine.

What is a coffee machine?

Fully automatic coffee machine test & comparison The coffee machine is much more than a simple coffee machine and it prepares many different coffees at the touch of a button. The following features distinguish a coffee machine from a coffee maker, capsule machine or pad machine:

  • The coffee machine is equipped with a grinder and paints the fresh coffee beans before each brewing process
  • The coffee machine can produce a variety of specialty coffees, such as Espresso or Café Crema
  • Most fully automatic coffee machines are equipped with a milk frother and can also prepare milk coffee drinks such as latte macchiato or cappuccino
  • Coffee Makers work similar to Espresso Machines with printing
  • With a good coffee machine, you can set parameters such as amount of coffee, water quantity, temperature and grinding degree manually and save on many models
  • In contrast to the coffee machine, individual cup portions are prepared individually with the coffee machine

Unlike a traditional coffee machine, a coffee machine is a much more versatile device that offers more options for producing coffee drinks and also works differently than a conventional coffee machine.

How does the coffee machine work?

Everyone knows the working method of a conventional coffee machine. Water is poured into the water tank, it is heated and then passes through the filter with the coffee powder. The jug under the filter feels like coffee and is kept warm by a hot plate.

However, the coffee machine works quite differently, because this is where pressure comes into play. But look Let’s start with the preparation of a coffee drink in the coffee machine from the beginning. Unlike a conventional coffee maker, a coffee machine does not work with coffee powder, although some models also offer the ability to process instant coffee.

After you have chosen your coffee beverage, the first thing you need to do is grind the fresh coffee beans in the required quantity. In addition, every coffee machine has a grinder, which can often be set individually, because the degree of grinding of the coffee beans affects the flavor.

The finer the grind of coffee beans, the more intense the aroma becomes. If the grind is set too fine, however, too many aromas are released from the coffee and the coffee becomes bitter. This is called overexpression. On the other hand, if too few flavors are given off when the grind is too coarse, the expert speaks of under-extraction and the coffee tastes thin and bland. For a coffee machine usually a fine grinding degree is recommended, since the contact time of the coffee powder with the water is rather short.

While the coffee beans are being ground, the coffee machine heats up the required amount of water. Usually coffee machines operate at a temperature between 90 and 95 ° C, because at this temperature, the flavors of the coffee can best be extracted. The ground coffee powder now falls from the grinder directly into the brewing chamber.

There, the coffee powder is compressed until a certain contact pressure is reached. The heated water is now also pressed into the brewing chamber and if a certain pressure is reached here, opens a valve with a small opening at the end of the brewing chamber. Through this opening, the coffee is now pressed and it flows through the coffee spout into the cup. The coffee powder is held back by a sieve.

The so-called crema is produced on the coffee through the valve, which is why the valve is also called a crema valve. If the pre-set amount of water has been pressed through the valve, the coffee machine stops brewing. As a last step, the used coffee powder, the so-called pomace, is thrown into a receptacle, which must be emptied and cleaned regularly.

Depending on the model, the coffee preparation pressure is between 7.5 and 9 bar. Ideal value for preparing an espresso is 9 bar.

If you want to prepare milk coffee drinks with the coffee machine, you need to work in the same way, where the milk is heated and frothed and mixed with the coffee.

The History of the Coffee Machine

The inventor of the first coffee machine with integrated coffee grinder is the German entrepreneur Otto Bengtson. He invented the device in the 1960s, after he had already invented, among other things, the first coffee machine of the GDR, a fully automatic coffee brewing system for catering and a coffee machine for self-service. His invention of a coffee machine with integrated coffee grinder is the basis for all today’s coffee machines.

In the 1970s, the Swiss engineer Arthur Schmed also developed a coffee machine after he had dealt with the repair of a defective espresso machine. Schmed’s automatic coffee machine was presented at a trade fair in 1985 and the Swiss subsequently founded the well-known company Saeco, which still manufactures automatic coffee machines today.

Coffee machines quickly became an integral part of the restaurant business, and smaller machines have been inexorably gaining access to private households, especially since the turn of the millennium.

What are the differences between a coffeemaker and a coffee machine?

The most important difference between coffee machine and automatic coffee machine lies at the heart of the coffee machine, in the brew group. There, unlike a conventional coffee maker, a pressure is created to prepare espresso and other specialty coffees. Further differences lie in the versatility of the coffee machine, which can prepare different coffee drinks depending on the equipment, such as:

  • Espresso
  • Cafe Crema
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte Macchiato
  • Café au Lait
  • Viennese Melange
  • Tea and other hot drinks with the hot water function

Some coffee makers are not only able to prepare coffees and hot water, but you can also use them to make chocolate drinks such as hot chocolate or chocolate milk.

The coffee machine also differs from the coffee machine in that

  • that he has an integrated grinder and uses freshly ground beans,
  • that single servings are prepared,
  • that parameters such as water quantity, temperature and coffee quantity can be set,
  • that these parameters can be stored,
  • that there is a separate milk system and
  • that a fully automatic cleaning can be carried out.

For whom is a coffee machine suitable?

Fully automatic coffee machine Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world and is for many people, much more than just a caffeinated drink to wake up in the morning. If you are also one of the coffee lovers and connoisseurs who can not get enough of the aromatic drink in the different variations, a coffee machine is just the thing for you.

Whether a coffee machine is suitable for you and whether the purchase makes sense, therefore, depends among other things on how much coffee you drink and how important the taste is to you. Anyone who drinks a cup of instant coffee half-asleep in the morning will certainly not need a fully automatic coffee machine for several hundred euros. If, on the other hand, you love an aromatic coffee in the morning and enjoy it during the day regularly like one or the other specialty coffee and put a lot of emphasis on taste and aroma, a coffee machine is actually indispensable

If two coffee lovers still live in the household, the investment will of course be all the more rewarding. Coffee drinker or low drinker, so that’s a question you should ask yourself when considering whether a coffee machine is right for you.

But not everywhere, where a lot of coffee is drunk, a coffee machine is the right device. In regular coffee gossip with several participants, the coffee machine is rather impractical, because it can be prepared in contrast to the conventional coffee no coffee in large quantities. The coffee machines have a capacity of a maximum of two cups and if you want to serve 15 or even 20 people in a larger company, the first coffee may be cold or drunk before the last ones get their cup.

In terms of variety, fully automatic coffee machines are almost unbeatable. An aromatic Café Crema in the morning, a delicious latte macchiato or a cappuccino in the afternoon and a strong espresso after dinner – that’s no problem with a fully automatic coffee machine, provided it has the necessary equipment, such as a milk frother or a milk system.

And as far as enjoyment is concerned, most coffee lovers are in agreement: the taste of a coffee prepared with pressure from a coffee machine is just as inappropriate for coffee from the conventional coffee machine as it is for drinks made from pad or capsule machines. Coffee machines are, in short, suitable for anyone who loves coffee in all variations and who value taste and aroma.

Alternatives to coffee machines

Of course, a coffee machine is not the only way to prepare coffee. Are you satisfied with a morning filter coffee, the conventional coffee maker or a manual coffee press is usually sufficient. If you like to have a latte macchiato or cappuccino every now and then, pad or capsule machines are an alternative or you can make the drink yourself.

This is a bit more time consuming, but usually works quite well and you can quickly find many instructions on the internet. For the less demanding, there is also the possibility of resorting to a ready mix that is simply infused with hot water. In this method, however, must be made in comparison with an original usually significant compromises in taste. If you prefer to drink a strong espresso after eating, but do not care about specialty coffees, a simple espresso machine is a good alternative.

In view of the variety of specialty coffees that can be prepared at the touch of a button, the coffee machine is and remains an alternative.

Questions and answers about the coffee machine

Above all, if you are dealing with a coffee machine for the first time, there are usually many questions to ask and the most important ones we want to answer here in our guidebook.

What do I have to look out for in the grinder?

The most important thing about the grinder of the coffee machine is that it can be individually adjusted. The degree of beating of the beans has an influence on the aroma and not only the tastes are different, but different coffee beans may well require a different degree of grinding. There are also differences in the grinder as regards the design and the material. The design distinguishes between conical grinder and disc grinder. In most cases, a conical grinder is installed.

These grinders take up little space and the coffee beans are hardly heated when crushed. Disc grinders are used much less often, but they have the advantage that they are quieter than conical grinders. The material used is usually ceramic or hardened steel. Both materials have their advantages and disadvantages. Ceramics are absolutely tasteless, but a foreign object gets between the coffee beans, it can lead to chipping. Hardened steel is much more robust, but heats up more when grinding.

Which coffee beans are needed for the coffee machine?

Most suitable for the coffee machine are aromatic beans with a not too light roast. You should also make sure that the coffee beans are not too oily, which is best recognized by the roasting profile.

Light roasts such as the so-called cinnamon roast are rather unsuitable and suggest oily beans, while the Italian roast or espresso roast is usually good for the coffee machine. You should also refrain from using flavored coffee beans, as they can clog the grinder as well as oily beans.

To be on the safe side, you can choose coffee beans with the words “Suitable for fully automatic machines”. You can use these beans without hesitation with the coffee machine.

What’s up with the brew group?

Coffee machine comparison The brewing unit is the heart of the coffee machine. In this component, the actual brewing of the coffee takes place under pressure. To ensure that the fully automatic coffee machine can be cleaned well, the brew group can be removed from many vending machines. Other models rely on a fully automatic self-cleaning, but you as a user can not verify. Many owners of a coffee machine therefore prefer a removable brewing group that can be cleaned under running water.

What is the difference between the milk system and the milk frother?

To produce specialty coffees such as latte macchiato or cappuccino, the coffee machine must have at least one milk frother. With this milk frother, the milk in the cup is foamed and it does not run through the machine, but the milk frother emits hot steam, which foams the milk.

On the other hand, if the coffee machine is equipped with a milk system, the milk is either sucked in via an integrated milk container or via an external container, heated and foamed if necessary. In order for such a milk system no harmful germs, it is very intensive cleaning. On many machines with a milk system, an automatic cleaning is performed immediately after use. If this is not the case, you must clean the milk system manually every day.

How much pressure should the coffee machine produce?

The optimum pressure for preparing an espresso is 9 bar. This pressure should bring a good coffee machine. However, this value should not be confused with the outlet pressure, which should normally be around 15 bar, so that the required 9 bar arrives in the brewing chamber.

Does the coffee machine need a water filter?

Many coffee machines are equipped with a water filter. This is especially useful if at your residence very lime water from the drinking water pipes comes. You can get information about the calcium content of the drinking water from your water supplier, where you can check the regional water hardness. The harder the water, the more meaningful the water filter is and the less often the machine has to be descaled.

What parameters can be set in a coffee machine?

Almost all automatic coffee machines can be set certain parameters, with which you can brew the coffee exactly to your liking. Which parameters can be set exactly varies from model to model. As a rule, the following values ​​can be set:

  1. freeness
  2. amount of water
  3. amount of coffee
  4. temperature

What is the memory function of a coffee machine?

With the memory function you can save the settings for your favorite coffee, so you do not have to re-enter it every time you prepare. Depending on the model, up to 10 settings can be saved.

What is the difference between a fully automatic machine and an espresso machine?

The difference between a coffee machine and an espresso machine lies mainly in the way it works. Although both devices work differently than a conventional coffee machine with pressure, but an espresso machine works only semi-automatically. The previously ground coffee is filled with the espresso machine into a portafilter and then hot water is pressed under high pressure through the ground coffee.

Today, this is usually done with an electric pump, but real baristas still use hand lever machines that generate pressure manually. The coffee machine, on the other hand, works fully automatically as the name says, and you only have to fill in water and beans and the machine does all the work on its own. Depending on the model, coffee drinks can be prepared in addition to espresso.

Maintenance and Care of the Coffee Machine

Fully automatic coffee machine testing Coffee machines are cleaning-intensive devices, especially when they have an internal milk system. But even without an internal milk system, the equipment must be cleaned regularly and thoroughly, otherwise it can quickly lead to a harmful growth of bacteria and even mold can arise. Some components of the coffee machine have to be cleaned on a daily basis, others on a weekly basis, and in some cases a monthly cleaning is sufficient.

The following parts of your coffee machine should be cleaned daily:

The Water Tank

You should rinse the water tank once a day under running water and then dry it thoroughly. The water should not remain too long in the container, as quickly fungi and bacteria can settle, so you should get used to clean the water tank after the last use of the day and fill only with the next use fresh water. So you do not accidentally use water that has been in the machine for a day or two.

The Milk System

If your coffee machine is equipped with an internal milk system, all milk-carrying parts must be cleaned every day. On some machines, this cleaning automatically takes place after each use, while others require you to think about it. A daily cleaning is really essential here, because milk residues provide an ideal breeding ground for germs, bacteria, mold and fungi.

The milk frother

If your coffee machine is equipped with a milk frother instead of a milk system, it must be cleaned daily. Again, many machines offer automatic cleaning, where the milk frother is rinsed with hot water. Alternatively, this cleaning must be done manually.

The pomace container

In the residue container, the used, wet ground coffee is stored. So that no mold forms here and no breeding ground for bacteria develops, you must empty the pulp container daily, wash out and dry well.

Drip tray and drip tray

The drip tray and the collecting grid should also be cleaned daily with water and then dried.

coffee outlet

You should also wipe the coffee spout with a damp cloth every day.

Automatic Cleaning

Many modern coffee machines are equipped with an automatic cleaning system. If the cleaning system does not start fully automatically, you should run it once a day.

Weekly cleaning

Weekly cleaning is especially important for the brewing group. It can be taken from most modern coffee machines and you can rinse them under running water. After removing the brewing group, you can also gently wipe the inside of the machine with a damp cloth.

Before cleaning, you should always unplug the power cord first.

coffee machine For models that do not allow the brew group to be removed, this component can only be cleaned by the machine’s internal cleaning program. You should also do this cleaning at least once a week. About once a week you should also clean the bean container of the coffee machine. For this he is wiped damp and then dried well. It is important that you completely remove the coffee grease.

Monthly maintenance and care

If the machine is not equipped with a water filter, it must be descaled once a month. You should use a special descaler, which is especially suitable for the descaling of fully automatic coffee machines. Home remedies such as vinegar and the like should rather not be used. For fully automatic coffee machines equipped with a filter system, it is important to replace the filter at appropriate intervals. For details, refer to the instruction manual of your coffee machine.

Other maintenance and care

At regular intervals you should use cleaning tablets to clean the coffee machine. The tablets dissolve the coffee fats that escape when grinding and pressing the coffee beans and that can accumulate in the grinder and in the small sieves and clog them. You should use the cleaning tablets about every 10 to 14 days or after preparing about 50 cups of coffee.

The external cleaning of the coffee machine should be done with a soft, if necessary damp cloth. So you can wipe the coffee machine and keep it clean, because there are easily fingerprints, dust and dirt accumulate. A microfiber cloth is particularly well suited to remove these residues.

Accessories for the coffee machine

The trade offers a lot of accessories for coffee machines. These include wear parts such as hoses, seals and the like. But also cups and glasses as well as cup warmer are offered as accessories. If the coffee machine is broken, the trade offers many spare parts, with which the machine can be made afloat again. If you do not have the necessary technical know-how, you should better leave a repair to a specialist. In addition, you will find many cleaning and care products for coffee machines on the market.

You have to pay attention to this when buying a coffee machine

An aromatic espresso or delicious milk coffee specialties at the touch of a button, and much more is offered by a coffee machine.

  • The coffee machine offers different coffee specialties at the push of a button
  • The taste and aroma of coffee are significantly better than, for example, with capsule machines or pad machines
  • Compared to capsule machines and pad machines, a coffee machine has a low price per cup
  • Many parameters such as grinding degree, temperature and coffee strength can be set and often saved

  • High initial cost
  • Cleaning Intensive

Important criteria for your credit rating For coffee lovers, a coffee machine brings many advantages and the low price per cup, the purchase pays off, especially in comparison with pad and capsule machines for coffee drinkers quite. However, if you have decided to buy a coffee maker, you should keep a few things in mind so that you can really enjoy a fresh coffee experience with the new device. The most important factors you need to keep in mind when buying a coffee machine are here in our guide.

Cleaning

Coffee machines are very intensive cleaning and for the sake of both health and taste, they must be thoroughly cleaned daily. When buying a coffee machine, you should therefore make sure that the machine is equipped with a fully automatic cleaning and descaling function and that the brew group can be removed for regular cleaning.

With or without a milk system?

If you like drinking dairy coffees such as latte macchiato or cappuccino, the coffee machine must have a milk system to prepare these drinks. Coffee machines for preparing creamery beverages are available in two versions: with an internal milk system that sucks, heats and foams the milk from an integrated carafe or external container, or with a milk froth nozzle that merely foams the milk with hot steam without she walks through the machine.

Which coffee machine is better for you depends strongly on your personal preferences. If you do not make much of milk specialty coffee, a milk frother is usually adequate, and if you do not want to make any caffiene coffees you can even do without it.

For lovers of latte macchiato & Co., fully automatic coffee machines with integrated milk system are exactly the right thing. With these devices, however, you must make sure that especially the cleaning of the milk system is quite complex and for reasons of hygiene on no account may be neglected. Many machines therefore offer a function in which the milk system is rinsed through fully automatically before and after each use.

The size of the machine

Kaffeevollautomat Test Coffee machines have a certain size and therefore do not fit without them More in every kitchen. Especially with a small kitchen and little space, you should therefore decide on a smaller machine and make sure that all the important components such as the water tank, the pomace container and the brewing group can be removed from the front. Before you buy you should definitely measure in the kitchen, so that the new coffee machine really fits in its planned place.

Operation

Modern coffee machines often come with many settings that allow you to tune your coffee drinks to your liking. The operation of the coffee machine should not, however, degenerate into a science and be simple and intuitive. Many coffee machines bring with them a large display or handy knob.

The grinder

Aromatic coffee made from freshly ground beans is one of the main arguments in favor of the coffee machine. Accordingly, the device must be equipped with a good grinder, which should be adjustable, because the degree of grinding has a great influence on the aroma. If you want to avoid loud noises when grinding the beans, a coffee machine with disc grinder may be more suitable, because these grinders are less noisy than the more commonly used cone grinders. The grinder should be made of 100% ceramic or hardened steel.

With or without a coffee maker

Although the coffee machine works primarily with freshly ground beans, it may be convenient to have an additional powdered coffee compartment. For example, you can use decaffeinated coffee drinks are.

The variety of drinks

Depending on the equipment, a coffee machine can prepare different drinks. Espresso and Café Crema belong to the absolute basic equipment. To prepare specialty coffees such as cappuccino and latte macchiato, the coffee machine needs a milk system or at least one milk froth nozzle. Many appliances are also capable of cooking hot water to brew tea or other hot drinks, and some coffee makers can even make chocolate drinks.

Performance and Pressure

Coffee machine comparison The pressure plays an essential role in the preparation of the coffee in the coffee machine and is partly responsible for the good flavor. The ideal pressure for a cappuccino is 9 bar and in order for this contact pressure to arrive in the brewing chamber, the outlet pressure should be around 15 bar. The performance of a coffee machine is usually around 1,500 watts.

With or without water filter

Many modern coffee machines are equipped with a water filter. It reduces the lime content in the water and prevents even the smallest particles of dirt from entering the water-bearing system. In particular, if your water supply hard, kalkhaltiges drinking water, a coffee machine with water filter is the better choice. The hardness of the water you can ask your local water supplier. Coffee machines without water filters have to be descaled about once a month.

Water tank capacity

Most fully automatic coffee machines have a water tank with a capacity between 1.2 liters and 1.8 liters. Whether a smaller or larger water tank is better suited, depends primarily on how often the coffee machine is used. However, the water should never be left in the container for too long and replaced daily. The capacity of the water tank also has an impact on the size of the machine, which often makes smaller kitchens more suitable for smaller kitchens.

Bean Container Capacity

The capacity of the bean container is in most coffee machines between 200 and 300 grams. Some machines offer a bean hopper with different compartments so you can fill different types of coffee beans.

Adjustable coffee spout

Many machines are equipped with a height-adjustable coffee spout so that the most varied of vessels, from the small espresso cup to the tall latte macchiato glass, can be placed under the coffee spout. In particular, if you want to prepare a latte macchiato that not only tastes good, but also looks visually appealing, you must make sure when buying that the coffee spout is sufficiently adjustable to place a latte macchiato glass underneath.

Is there a coffee machine test of the Stiftung Warentest?

Stiftung Warentest carried out a coffee machine test in November 2017. A total of 38 espresso machines were tested in this test, including 33 fully automatic machines and five portafilter machines. Among the coffee machines tested by Stiftung Warentest were De’Longhi, Jura, Krups, Melitta, Miele, Philips and Saeco brands.

30 of the tested coffee machines were equipped with an automatic milk frother and the test criteria included safety, reliability, handling, environmental properties and sensory evaluation. The test winner in the coffee machine test of the Stiftung Warentest is due to the timeliness of the test only for a fee.

Already in the years 2016 and 2014 there was a coffee machine test of Stiftung Warentest, but even these test results, which are included in the current test, are only unlockable for a fee. For this reason, we can not present you here any test winners and test results from the Coffee Test by Stiftung Warentest, but you can for the appropriate fee all results get here online.

Fully automatic coffee machines under test at Öko Test

In December 2014, the consumer magazine Öko Test tested six coffee machines with grinders. For real coffee machines are these devices of the brands Philips, AEG, Russell Hobbs, Cuisinart, Beem and Petra but not and the test results and test winners are also available at Öko Test only for a fee, so we can not present you here results. The test you can here .

Should Ökotest carry out a coffee machine test in the future, we will inform you here about all results and test winners in the coffee machine test.

            

            

            
                                

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