Above: This automatic Nespresso Vertuo Plus coffee machine by Krups provides coffee with crema as well as espresso. It uses three different capsule sizes for up to four cup sizes – ranging from espresso to Alto. Price around £200 from John Lewis


We love our coffee shops, and independent roasters and specialist baristas are now more popular than ever. However, if you don’t fancy waiting in line, you can arguably create the same drinks you love without having to leave your house. There are lots of models available, from espresso machines to coffee makers that can personalise your cuppa right down to the water temperature and grind size of the beans.

Below Left: This brushed stainless steel and rose gold espresso maker would look elegant on your worktop. The 15-bar pressure model from Crux gives you the option of making two drinks at once use Beans or ground. Price £160 from Lakeland

Above Right: The Ninja Coffee Bar features Auto-IQ One Touch Intelligence that allows you to choose the size, strength and style of coffee while the Smooth Brew technology controls temperature, use Ground. Price around £119 from Lakeland

The first decision to make is a crucial one – do you want a built-in coffee machine or a freestanding one? If you have a bank of appliances already or are planning to include one in a new kitchen, then adding a coffee machine into the mix is a great addition. Not only will it look sleek and streamlined, it will also save on worktop space. On the other hand, there are lots of other models that not only produce quality coffee but make a design statement, especially when matched with other small appliances in the kitchen. 


Below: Use technology to prepare your coffee in the morning with the Magimix Nespresso Prodigio. Connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then you can prepare your drink from bed. use Capsules Price from £160


So what should you look out for when shopping for a new coffee machine? ‘Many freestanding machines offer the option of being able to grind fresh beans for a real coffee shop experience at home. Look out for models with a stainless steel conical grinder, which will be durable and also give off less heat when rotating for a coffee with a better flavour. Machines that can make two coffees at the same time can be a great option if you often entertain or have a busy household,’ explains Max McCormick, product manager at Miele.

Article by: Lucy Macdonald