QH TECH TOP THREE:
By Anthony Francis, 21 April 2015
Stay away from the queues at Starbucks and the morning rush, because QH has picked the top three coffee machines to make your perfect mug at home...
When we think about that perfect mug of coffee our minds usually take us to the inner streets of Colombia where the local coffee shops would be able to fulfil our craving for that perfect morning wake up.
Thanks to modern day technology, coffee machines have come along way since the once popular percolator. QH has taken a look at three of the best coffee machines available to create that perfect mug.
The first thing you notice about the Miele CM6300 is how stylish the sleek silver and black finish makes the machine appear, ensuring it will settle in any kitchen. It also allows you to programme a number of user profiles into it, remembering how each family member likes their fresh bean cup, allowing you to produce a range of coffees from an espresso to a cappuccino at the press of a button.
Another key feature is the heating rack; with its own timer, you are able to wake up to a warm mug for your coffee to fall in to. The insulated milk flask means the milk remains cool for up to 12 hours, add this to the 1.8L capacity and you are all set for working from home and the constant need for coffee to keep you focused.
If all that wasn't enough, the Miele CM6300 allows you to make two cups of coffee at a time. Did we mention there is automatic rinsing to help with the cleaning?
Flexibility is what the Smeg CMSC45 offers best, with a plethora of options for you to create the perfect coffee. Not only this, but you can use both beans and ground coffee, just in case you're running low on one or the other.
The Smeg CMSC45 gives you the power to control the temperature that your coffee is released at, meaning, if you’re in a rush, you can set the temperature so it's perfect for you to gulp before rushing out of the door.
One stand out feature is the ability to program the machine to switch itself on, no more waiting for the water to heat up in the morning.
Jura Giga 5
The first thing we notice about the Jura Giga 5 is its massive 2.6L capacity, you'd be right to think that this could prolong the time it takes to heat up ready for your coffee, but no. Jura have that covered with the unique thermos lock heating system, giving the machine the ability to heat water in moments.
The Jura Giga 5 is capable of preparing coffee and heating milk simultaneously before adding them to each other. Perfect for an early morning café latte and a skill usually only capable of machines used by professional caterers.
There's no confusion over what coffee you're requesting from the machine as the TFT display features a clear image for you to select or swipe to the desired drink. No more squinting at small text.
When using the Jura Giga 5 there is no noise. The machine is loaded with two ceramic disc grinders meaning the noise usually associated with coffee machines is almost none existent.