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If you live by the motto "but first, coffee", check out these coffee machines that are easy to use and create the perfect brew

This article was first written on May 15 and updated on September 21, 2021.

True coffee connoisseurs know that a morning cup of joe is a non-negotiable way to kickstart the day. This is where coffee machines take the spotlight, especially now when we’re tackling the daily grind from home.

We’ve gathered a selection of coffee machines—ranging from capsule to drip filter—that will help you to produce a cup (or more) of liquid gold in as easy as a click.

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1. Gaggenau 400 series fully automatic espresso machine

For serious coffee drinkers seeking aromatic cups of joe, Gaggenau’s fully automatic coffee machine is built to impress. With a double grinding process and an avant-garde brewing cycle, the machine easily produces fresh coffee that is extra intense. The innovative machine also has an empty grinding function that allows bean lovers to switch seamlessly between different bean varieties without mixing them together.

Those who can’t function without that morning cup of coffee will be delighted to know that the machine can save up to eight personalised configurations, which means that he can prepare his first cup with little to no hassle. Another time-saving function is the machine’s continuous-flow heater, which provides a constant brewing temperature and eliminates any waiting time.

2. V-Zug Supremo XSL 60

V-Zug’s state-of-the-art coffee machine is perfect for home baristas and coffee connoisseurs alike. The innovative machine boasts the ability to effortlessly create a wide range of coffees, including milk-based varieties such as lattes and cappuccinos. Customising your cup of joe is simple with the Supremo XSL 60; the machine not only allows you to tweak the brewing temperature but also adjust the settings of the built-in conical grinder for your preferred coffee flavour. Designed to be a sophisticated showpiece for the kitchen, the built-in coffee machine features a black glass front with a full-colour graphic display touch screen that adds a sleek edge. 

3. Morning Machine

This sleek coffee machine has gained plenty of well-deserved buzz even before it launched. Conceptualised by Leon Foo and Andre Chanco, experienced founders of specialty coffee roasters PPP Coffee and Yardstick Coffee, the aptly-named Morning Machine combines the convenience of a machine with the skill of a barista. 

With ten default recipes, the machine is simple to use for the everyday drinker. For home baristas who prefer to wield full control of their brew, the machine offers various settings to take your cup of caffeine up a notch by controlling its temperature and pressure profile—a revolutionary first for coffee capsule machines.

To add to its acclaim, the Morning Machine has also recently clinched the 2021 Red Dot Award for Product Design for its innovative design. 

4. Nespresso Vertuo

Nespresso has a plethora of illustrious coffee machines under its belt but the Nespresso Vertuo takes it up a notch. All you need is a single touch and the revolutionary machine starts producing the perfect brew, automatically adjusting to your capsule of choice. 

Each machine has a patented Centrifusion technology equipped with a barcode recognition scan. Simply slide your capsule of choice into the machine, and let it do all the work. From here, the machine automatically identifies the capsule inserted and brewing parameters—from the temperature, flow rate, amount of water and down to the length of infusion is adjusted accordingly.

The Vertuo machine also sees Nespresso’s venture into larger capsule sizes, which in turn produces larger cups of coffee. You’ll have a selection of capsules from Nespresso’s expanded selection of 30 blends, with each containing its own intensity and aroma.

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5. Miele CM 7750 CoffeeSelect Machine

If you favour an assortment of beans and love having a different flavoured brew daily, Miele’s countertop coffee machine is perfect for you. With three bean containers, you can select the coffee bean of choice without fuss. 

The innovative grinder will ensure each cup is brewed with freshly grounded beans, and it’s quiet mechanism will definitely be appreciated for those who favour peaceful and quiet mornings. The machine also comes equipped with an auto-descaling function, so there’s no need to manually descale your machine. If you’re making a brew for two, the machine innovatively produces two cups of coffee at the same time with the touch of a button. 

Fancy a fresh cup ready for you when you leave your bed? Convenience is at your fingertips. Connect the smart machine to your wifi, and you can remotely operate the machine.

6. Smeg Drip Filter Machine

Known for their line-up of aesthetically pleasing kitchenware, Smeg’s coffee machine exudes the same charm as its other kitchen counterparts. For those who prefer using a classic drip filter machine, Smeg’s offering produces a reliable cup of brew.

Sporting a vintage design, the coffee machine will add a stylish flair to countertops. The straightforward machine is simple and easy to use; cleaning is a breeze as well. Depending on how much of a caffeine boost you require, you can select your coffee intensity between two different levels. The keep-warm mode will help ensure that you have an endless supply of piping-hot coffee to keep you going throughout the day.

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7. De’Longhi Maestosa EPAM960.75.GLM

Italian brand De’Longhi is known for their arsenal of distinguished kitchen appliances, and the Maestosa coffee machine fully embodies the brand’s hallmarks. The automatic coffee machine offers an adaptive grinding technology that allows the machine to produce precisely-grounded coffee beans for a smooth cup of brew. 

The swivelling touch screen display makes it easy to select your choice of coffee, while interchangeable stirrers within the machine can be utilised to prepare a range of drinks, whether it’s a rich cup of hot chocolate or a light, creamy cold coffee. 

If you’re a fan of lattes, throw your milk frother aside—the machine’s LatteCrema system helps froth your milk and creates creamy milk foam. Even better, the double outlet of the milk carafe can create two milk-based beverages at the same time, so you can share your cup of joy with your partner.

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