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The Best Coffee Machines To Buy In Australia For Cafe Quality At Home

There’s no denying that Australia has a huge coffee culture. Australians usually find that when travelling abroad, no other country can produce specialty coffees with rich authentic flavours as we can. Therefore, it’s no surprise that home coffee machines have become increasingly popular over the last few years.

Australians are obviously wanting the best coffee possible when at home; none of this instant coffee nonsense. But with an oversaturated market, it can be hard to tell which machines will actually brew barista-quality coffee (like they all claim to do) and which machine will satisfy your personal coffee taste buds.

The difference between a coffee machine and an espresso machine:

A coffee machine is usually referred to as a ‘drip’ coffee machine and is when ground coffee is mixed with hot water and then drips through a filter into a coffee pot. The result is a simple black coffee that can either be drunk as is or can have milk and sugar added to it before drinking. These machines are super popular in America, and if you’ve seen any American TV show ever, you would’ve seen a drip coffee machine when a character goes to a diner.

Espresso machines are what baristas use at cafes, although there’s now a whole market dedicated to providing people with smaller espresso machines to use at home. These machines shoot near-boiling water through ground coffee with a bit of pressure behind it to create bold, concentrated flavours and will allow you to create specialty drinks at home; espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, etc.

One isn’t necessarily better than the other, it all depends on your personal preference but coffee enthusiasts (or rather, coffee-snobs) will usually prefer coffee made with an espresso machine as they produce a richer, more authentic coffee flavour than drip machines.

Things to consider when purchasing a coffee machine:

Size

Do you have a small or large kitchen? If you have a small kitchen you may want to consider a small coffee/espresso machine that won’t take up too much kitchen space, or a lightweight machine so you can easily pack it away in a cupboard after using it. If you have a larger kitchen, you may want to get a medium-large sized machine that’ll permanently stay on your kitchen top.

You also need to think about how many people in your household will use the machine. If you live alone, a small machine will definitely suffice, however, if there’s a few of you wanting to use the coffee machine, a small machine will be frustrating to use as you’ll constantly have to refill/empty the machine.

Price

Do you have a coffee/espresso machine budget? Some machines can go upwards of AU$1000. While price doesn’t always necessitate quality, the more expensive a machine is, the more features and benefits the machine will have.

There are some pretty decent machines out there that are relatively cheap but you may find that the machine won’t last as long or have as many features as a more expensive one. Think about what you want from a coffee machine and how often you’ll use it; try and figure out how much the cost per use will be for you. For example, if you drink only one cup of coffee at home per day and then spend 365 dollars on a machine, that works out to be only one dollar a day.

Ease Of Use

Manual espresso machines can be really fiddly and tricky to use if you don’t know what you’re doing. Plus, even for a professional barista, a manual machine will take a little bit of your time to make a cup of coffee; although you’ll have more control over the end result of your beverage.

Automatic espresso machines, however, will make your drink with the touch of a button; meaning you can pop a coffee pod in, push a button, and then walk away knowing that when you return, your coffee will be ready-made.

A drip coffee machine will take a bit of time to brew initially (although many now come with the ability to pre-program the machine to start brewing at a particular time) but will then keep a whole pot of ready-to-drink coffee at the perfect temperature all day; or until you consume the whole pot!

Think about your lifestyle and whether you want a machine that’s extremely easy to use, or whether you’re happy to play around with your machine a little to get a perfectly customised cup of coffee.

Milk Frothers

Do you like cappuccinos or lattes? If so, you’re going to need a milk frother. That way you can create perfectly frothy coffees at home. Some espresso machines come with milk frothers built-in, while others you’ll have to purchase separately. However, if you like espressos or black coffee, there’s really no need to get a milk frother.

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If you’re looking to get a coffee machine or an espresso machine for your home, these are the best brands to buy from. Whether you’re after an automatic or manual espresso machine or a drip coffee machine, and no matter your budget, you’re sure to find the best coffee machine for you!

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