Serious about your coffee? Well in that case, you can’t work with a pod machine, can you? In a pinch, you’ll use a French press system, but really you’re after a super automatic espresso and cappuccino maker. Are we right? Similar to single serve coffee makers, these are the machines that baristas keep at home.
What are super automatics?
These are the machines that do it all – they grind the beans just before brewing the grounds. You’ll get an incredibly flavorful cup of coffee that retains all the best flavors. This video explains many of the benefits you can expect from these incredible appliances.
It's really all about maintaining the flavors and benefits of the beans. You'd be surprised at how quickly ground beans can lose both.
Most of the super automatics have milk and frothing features – though not all of the machines incorporate it into a single step. Some of them require extra steps as they’re geared towards espresso drinkers. If you’re more a cappuccino drinker, you’ll want to look for one that enables a milk hookup. (Don’t worry; we’ve got both on this list.)
Options, Options, and More Options!
When choosing a super automatic, you want to consider the options that mean the most to you.
Want something with 1-touch operation for several different types of coffees? Look for that and then begin narrowing your options. Is space an issue? Look for compact models. Prefer serious customization? Yep, we've got that too.
We’ve spent a lot of time on this list, but we know you’ll be a little concerned that you don’t see a ton of products. We looked at dozens of machines and chose the ones that make their users the happiest, can all be considered best value-for-money, and all have features that people search for. Some missed the list because they were simply outclassed. Others, like the Delonghi Prima Donna Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Crema System have been discontinued by the manufacturers. (We actually strongly recommend it if you can afford it and can pick one up before they’re all gone.)
Now, it’s time to start drooling over the perfect cup of coffee… at home!