The best coffee machines to buy right now

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Whether you love espressos, lattes or regular cups o’ java, we have the perfect coffee machines for you.

In the UK we drink 95 million cups of the stuff a day, according to the British Coffee Association. Sales are booming, and the quality of coffee machines, be they simple or chic, has much to do with our enduring love of the barista experience.

So what are the best buys if you want a coffee machine right now, and which type of coffee machine is right for you?

Best value filter coffee machine: Morphy Richards Verve

If you’re looking for a great value filter coffee machine that will deliver reliably good brews time and time again, this Morphy Richards is the one to beat. Currently available for just £49.99 from Currys, it offers a quality mug using regular ground coffee.

Buy it: Morphy Richards 163007 Verve Pour Over Filter Coffee Machine | £49.99 from Currys

With a pour over shower head and adjustable strength selector, it’s a snap to tailor drinks to taste, and its 1.8 litre capacity caters for up to 12 cups, so it’ll cope with even the thirstiest of coffee mornings.

Pros: Inexpensive, cheap to run

Cons: Limited coffee options

Best pod coffee machine: Nespresso Vertuo Plus Coffee Machine by Krups

For great tasting coffee that doesn’t require any effort, consider a pod coffee maker. They offer the widest variety of drink styles (look out for numerous special editions and collaborations during the year from your chosen supplier), and turn out a perfect brew without fail.

Being compact, they also occupy less space on the worktop than a bean-to-cup machine, and there’s next to no clean-up involved.

Buy it: Nespresso Vertuo Plus XN903840 Coffee Machine by Krups | £72 from John Lewis & Partners

When it comes to quality and variety, ease of use and value, this Nespresso Vertuo Plus offering by Krupps is difficult to top. There are actually several brands with lookalike machines in their ranges, and all share similar virtues, so always check for promotions.

This model, currently £72 from John Lewis, is our current best buy.

With one touch operation, the machine reads the barcode on the Vertuo pod and automatically recognises the coffee and cup size, gives a perfect drink every time. A separate water tank sits neatly behind the machine, while used pods are contained inside until full.

Stylish, easy to use with a formidable variety of coffee flavours to choose from? We’ll drink to that.

Pros: Easy to use, compact, huge variety of coffee

Cons: Pods can be expensive

Best bean to cup coffee machine: Delonghi Caffe Venezia Bean To Cup

If you want a premium barista experience, buy a bean-to-cup coffee machine with integrated milk frother. As you might expect, a bean-to-cup coffee machine grinds fresh coffee beans (which in turn opens up a world of new taste experiences) and offers ultimate versatility when it comes to strength and flavour.

Buy it: Delonghi Caffe Venezia ESAM2200 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine | £449 from Currys

Delonghi Caffe Venezia ESAM2200 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine
Delonghi Caffe Venezia ESAM2200 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine

Premium bean-to-cup machines can run into the £1000s, but there are cracking deals to be had. The Delonghi Caffe Venezia may seem pricey, but it's more affordable than most, and a definite investment.

This pro-style machine has a large 1.8 litre tank capacity and prepares two cups with a single brewing. The grinder offers 13 settings, while a removable brewing unit is easy to rinse and clean. You get a variety of recipe presets - including Lungo, Ristretto, Espresso, and Latte Macchiato - plus a Cappuccino System that mixes steam, air and milk for a creamy froth or perfect mid-morning café latte.

Pros: The ultimate barista at home experience

Cons: Takes up significant kitchen workspace

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