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5 Best Coffee Machines In Australia

Elevate your barista skills with some of the best coffee machines around.

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With Australia loving coffee as much as it does, it should be no surprise that demand for a coffee machine at home has become increasingly popular over the last few years.

Australians are wanting the quality of a barista-made coffee, with the convenience of only having to walk to their kitchen (the less said about instant coffee the better). But with an oversaturated market, it can be hard to tell which coffee machines will actually brew barista-quality coffee (like they all claim to do) and which are going to be complete duds.

This is why we’ve rounded up the very best coffee machines to buy right now, all of which can be used at home and some of which cater to tight budgets – yes, it is possible to get a top-quality coffee machine for under $1000.

Coffee machine vs espresso machine:

The main difference between a coffee machine and an espresso machine is that coffee machines mix ground coffee with hot water, which then drops through a filter into a coffee pot. An espresso machine is what you’ll find in cafes. They shoot pressurised, boiling hot water through the ground coffee to deliver greater flavour. They can also come with a steam wand so you can froth some milk too.

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.

What 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 coffee machine that’ll permanently stay on your kitchen countertop.

You also need to think about how many people in your household will use the coffee machine. If you live alone, a small machine will definitely suffice, however, if there are a few of you who need the elixir of life every morning, a small machine will be frustrating to use as you’ll constantly have to refill and empty it.

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 it will have.

Some of the best coffee machines in Australia are actually relatively cheap, but you may find that they won’t last as long or have as many features as something more expensive.

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.

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. For those who want convenience, automation is the way to go.

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 drink it all, so it all depends on how you’re feeling of a particular morning.

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 one 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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So, now you should know which type of coffee machine you want for your home, it’s time to find out the best brands to buy from. We’ve rounded up five brands making some of the best coffee machines right now, and the ones you should be checking out.

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