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Percolating the best …
So you want to enjoy a barista-worthy cup of coffee made in your kitchen? Well,
buying a bean-to-cup coffee machine has become quite a bit more complicated that
it used to be… Mercia de Jager from leading kitchen appliance manufacturer, Miele,
offers some insights for those in the market for a new dream-caffeine-machine.
05 April 2017, Johannesburg: Bean-to-cup coffee machines are highly ranked
amongst coffee aficionados the world over as being able to make the freshest
coffee, as they grind the beans as you use them – leaving no time for the
flavoursome oils and delectable aromas to evaporate, which so often happens
with pre-ground coffee.
There is a huge variation of bean-to-cup coffee machines out there – ranging in
prices, with the top end models generally showcasing the most automated
features and being able to produce a cuppa that a barista would be proud of.
Mercia elaborates: “Bean-to-cup coffee machines provide a premium coffee
experience, creating a range of espresso-based drinks at a touch of a button.
These all-in-one machines use whole beans and are the ideal choice for those
who love variety and quality, but also want speed and convenience. Once you
have filled the coffee machine with beans, water and milk, each coffee variety
will be available at a touch of a single button. Any machine worth its salt, will
also allow you the freedom to customise the coffee strength, temperature and
lots more – for a truly personalised experience.”
She provides a 8-point checklist of things that you should consider when
choosing your bean-to-cup coffee machine:
1. Variety and customisation: A bean-to-cup coffee machine should allow
the user to adjust the settings to suit their unique taste preferences, says
Mercia: “The Miele machines, for example, can make the following
delicious coffee varieties: espresso, coffee, long coffee, cappuccino, caffe
latte, and latte macchiato. They also allow you to create up to four unique
profiles where you can customise the preferences for a unique coffee
blend – you can adjust the pre-infusion time, temperature or volume. You
can also adjust the strength of your coffee and the grind setting. In
addition to the bean container, Miele’s machines also have a chute for
ground coffee – which allows you to make a second type of coffee, such as
decaffinated brews, for example.”
2. Quality of the brew: The quality of the coffee that is produced by a
machine is dependent on many different variables. However, Mercia notes
that there are a few features that you can look for to help ensure a great
result: “Be sure to look at the grinding mill, as this dictates the quality of
the coffee aroma, as well as the even and precise grinding of the coffee
beans. Miele, for example, fits a conical grinding unit made from highquality, non-abrasive steel into all its coffee machines, which grinds the
coffee beans in a special flavour-preserving way. The brewing component
is also important – it is the ‘heart’ of automatic coffee preparation, and
you should be able to remove it easily to clean it. This will ensure a
hygienic brew unit, as well as consistently high coffee quality and the
longevity of the machine. Also, be sure to take a look at the aromatic
system – the brewing chamber of Miele coffee machines for example,
expands when water flows in to allow for a more intensive aroma. The
ground coffee is mixed very thoroughly with the water and the coffee
aroma is efficiently dispersed.”
3. Speed and variety: A good bean-to-cup machine should offer a variety of
different hot drinks at a touch of a button, Mercia notes: “Miele has taken
this convenience one step further, and not only offers the OneTouch
function for a single serving, but it also offers the OneTouch for two
function, which automatically makes two delicious coffee specialities at
the same time by pressing just a single button. When you are entertaining
many guests, the Miele coffee machines can dispense up to 8 cups of
coffee one after the other into a coffee pot placed under the spout – saving
you a lot of time and effort.”
4. Convenience: Be sure that the machine you choose is able to switch-on
and switch-off according to your individual needs and routines, says
Mercia: “For example, your first cup of coffee can be programmed to be
automatically dispensed at 7am when you wake up, and then again at
6pm, when you get home from work. To conserve energy, the machine
should be able to switch off automatically when it is not being used.” She
says that another lovely feature to look out for is a built-in cup warmer:
“A machine with a built-in cup warmer allows you the absolute luxury of
being able to enjoy the perfect cup of coffee from pre-warmed cups – it
really takes the experience to another level…”
5. Hygiene matters: Since you will no doubt be using your coffee machine
several times a day, it is imperative that you choose one that is easy to
clean, explains Mercia: “In order to ensure perfect results for handling
and hygiene, a good quality bean-to-cup machine must have easy to use
cleaning programmes, together with an automatic rinsing function, which
automatically rinses any components that carry milk. This will prevent
limescale and soiling before they can build up, which contributes to better
quality coffee, and a longer lifespan of the machine itself.” She says that
another thing to look for are systems that let you clean them in the
dishwasher: “Miele’s ComfortClean system ensures that a number of
machine parts, such as the water container and waste container, can be
removed and cleaned in the dishwasher.”
6. Technological innovations: Look to see what unique special features
various machines offer, advises Mercia: “It’s the small things, the special
features, that can really give a machine that ‘Wow!’ factor. Miele has a
number of unique innovations that take the coffee-making experience
into a class of its own. For example, the CupSensor recognises the height
of a cup and positions the central spout accordingly. The ideal distance
not only avoids splattering, but also ensures the perfect coffee
temperature and the best possible crema. Also, after the addition of milk,
the central spout is moved upward by 1cm to prevent soiling. Miele’s
BrilliantLight is another unique feature comprising soft LED lighting that
showcases every cup and provides an ambient mood in your kitchen.”
7. Green credentials: In this day and age, it is your civil and moral duty to
consider the green credentials of any product you buy – including
appliances. First, look at how energy efficient a machine is – Miele’s coffee
machines for example, boast an Eco mode that conserves energy by not
heating up until just before the first beverage serving. Also, Mercia notes
that you shouldn’t just look at the energy efficiency of an appliance, but
you should look at its overall impact on the environment: “Miele’s
appliances are all designed, manufactured and tested to last for a
minimum of 20 years, which dramatically reduces their overall carbon
footprint when compared to the majority of other appliances that only
boast an average 7-year lifespan.”
8. Brand affiliations: It must be remembered that the preparation of a
perfect cup of coffee not only requires a high-quality coffee machine, but
also an exquisite coffee. To this end, Miele has partnered with Nespresso
and with illy coffee to bring its clients only the best coffee available. If you
prefer the Nespresso capsule system and the convenient selection from
16 different varieties which are always portion fresh – Miele has the
answer with its Nespresso coffee machine with a carousel that can hold
up to 20 capsules. Alternatively, you can purchase world-famous illy
coffee beans and ground coffee from Miele to ensure an absolutely perfect
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