Here is a selection of some Bean to Cup machines. We have not formerly reviewed these machines and, as always, your need to arrive at your own buying decision.
Bean to Cup Machines do exactly what the name implies! They integrate a coffee grinder and a brewing system.
Their prices vary significantly for Bean To Cup machines (I have seen prices from around £330 to over £3,700). Although they essentially do they same thing (make coffee directly from the bean), its the way that they brew the coffee. There is a multitude of features available such as a light to illuminate the cups (seriously), side or font mounted water tanks, grinder type, dispenser height adjustment (important to control the crema), whether pre-ground coffee can be used and where the input hopper is located, the pump type and pressure (although 15 Bar is common), noise levels (noise can vary for different pump and grinder types), if they have a cup warmer, water filters, and more – and more still.
Of course, some boast their own patented system for drink preparation. Some have an integral milk frother that can deliver latte and Cappuccino with a single touch of a button – this is delightful and ideal if you always drink a milked coffee and drink them frequently. Personally I prefer a simple steam wand – its easy to use (and simple to clean) for the occasional milked coffee (95% of the coffee we drink ourselves is without milk) and a wand doesn’t require the regular, sometimes fiddly, cleaning of the milk preparation system. A steam wand means that you have a separate preparation step to take, however.
Some of the machines have simple buttons (even some of the very expensive machines only have simple controls), whereas some have illuminate symbolic displays, and some have multi-line LCD displays, on their panels.