As a nation of coffee lovers, our habits have changed in recent years from thinking it a luxury to have a coffee machine at home to it now being a necessity for many. One of the highlights of investing in a built-in model is that it can fit seamlessly into a bank of appliances in the kitchen, saving valuable worktop space. This means that even if every guest wants a different drink, you are able to cater for everyone, just by pressing a couple of buttons. Not only that, the settings available on these machines allow you to personalise beverages to individual tastes, so you can choose the strength of coffee, water temperature and even volume. Automatic rinsing functions also make these built-in options quick and easy to clean.

 

Coffee on the go

Lead image If you love your gadgets then you will enjoy the new PrimaDonna Elite coffee machine from De’Longhi. Operated via its Bluetooth-enabled Smart Coffee app, you are able to make your perfect drink using either beans or ground coffee from your phone anywhere in the house. There are a whole host of different variations available and you can tailor the temperature, quantity of coffee and milk to your exact tastes. The water tank is 2l. (Prices are around £1,500)

 

Full of beans

Below A recent launch from Miele is the CM7300 bean-to-cup machine. It has an impressive 20 different coffee options available, such as a flat white, espresso and cappuccino, and the integrated bean grinder means that you can experiment with different coffee beans. The clever automatic CupSensor detects the height of cups and glasses so that no splashes occur. It also has a 2.2l water tank capacity. price £1,849

 

full of beans

 

Sleek and streamlined

Below The Smeg CMSC45 Linea coffee machine in stainless steel is fully automatic and is suitable for both beans or ground coffee. It’s packed with features including five levels of coffee strength, regular or double coffee function, steam function for cappuccino and a frothing nozzle. The water capacity for this model is 1.8l, and it can hold up to 220g of beans. price £1,129

 

sleek and streamlined

 

Colour match

Below left  Choose a pod machine that will stand out on your kitchen counter with the Artisan Nespresso by KitchenAid. There are six colours available: Almond Cream, Empire Red, Onyx Black, Medallion Silver, Candy Apple (shown) and Frosted Pearl. The removable 1.4l water tank is easy to fill and keep clean and a powerful 19-bar pressure pump ensures that maximum flavour is extracted from the coffee. price Around £309

 

full of flavour

 

Full of flavour

Above right From Neff is the fully automatic bean-to-cup coffee centre (C17KS61N0) in black. This machine allows you to save up to eight of beverages with individual names, so even in a large family everyone can have their favourite coffee on tap. The SensoFlow technology quickly heats water to the exact temperature required for each cup so you can get the best flavour possible. The removable water tank is 2.4l. price Around £1,510

Article by: Lucy Macdonald