All-in-one coffee makers can be a huge space-saver in small kitchens, doing the job of 2 or 3 devices in one compact package. They also give you a lot of versatility for homes where everyone likes a different kind of drink.
We’ve rounded up the best all-in-one machines on the current market here. If you’re looking for an innovative way to make delicious café drinks at home, one of these machines is likely to meet your needs!
A built-in automatic milk frother makes the Keurig K-Café the easiest way to make café drinks like cappuccinos and lattes, as well as delicious drip coffee and espresso-based drinks. Even complicated drinks take just 3 steps to make and it can make cold froth for iced cappuccinos.
This Mr. Coffee Espresso Maker has a full 15-bar pump system, producing rich, flavorful espresso. The one-touch controls let anyone make cappuccinos, lattes, and other drinks perfectly to their tastes. Its automatic frother has an adjustable control knob, giving users more control over the texture of the foam. All told, it’s the top all-in-one machine for those whose main concern is taste and brew quality.
If you’re looking for a portable espresso maker, the hand-held Wacaco Minipresso is a compact way to make coffee anywhere. The advanced semi-automatic piston design improves the brew pressure and extraction compared to other portable espresso makers for a smoother, richer shot with excellent crema. While it doesn’t include a milk frother, it’s the most affordable way to brew truly taste espresso shots.
For entertaining, the Ninja Specialty Coffee Maker is a versatile way to make everyone’s favorite drink. It makes drip coffee by the cup or in large 10-cup batches, which brew right into the included thermal carafe. There’s a built-in frother as well for making lattes, cappuccinos, and even drinks like hot chocolate or frothed milk for au laits.
The Breville Vertuo can turn any Nespresso pod into a delicious espresso shot or full-sized specialty coffee drink. The large water reservoir and spent capsule capacity make it a low-maintenance choice, too, and the reservoir comes out for easier filling.
This semi-automatic espresso maker has a similar operation to models you’ll see in cafes. This does mean you’ll need to perfect your brewing and milk steaming technique, giving it a higher learning curve than more automated machines. You’ll also get more control over the brew, and it has the 15 bars of pressure you need to make rich espresso shots with excellent crema.
Here’s another great option for those who want to brew from Nespresso pods. This innovative espresso maker has a programmable touchscreen interface, giving users complete control over drink preparation. It’s fast-heating, too, and makes drinks quickly, with an integrated milk carafe that can be removed and stored in the fridge between uses. Its built-in recipes include most drinks you’ll find on a café menu, including macchiatos and lungo espresso along with lattes and cappuccinos.
This 10-piece, all-in-one espresso machine comes with a grinder, necessary for fresh espresso. There’s also a removable milk reservoir with automatic milk frothing, based on the 4 pre-programmed drink recipes. While you still have to manually tamp the shots, the mostly-automatic operation of this machine makes it a top choice for those who want café drinks but lack barista training.
The Phillips 3200 Series is one of the most compact fully-automatic espresso makers on the market. Its small footprint makes it a great choice for tiny homes and small kitchens. The built-in grinder makes it an even bigger space saver and gives it true one-touch operation. Just choose your strength, drink, and size, and the Philips 3200 takes care of the rest.
The Mr. Coffee All-in-One Specialty Coffee Maker truly does it all. For drip coffee, it brews up to 10 cups in a batch. It’s also an espresso maker, with a 15-bar pump system and a dual portafilter that can brew single or double shots. It’s easy to use, too, with an adjustable steam wand and cup tray and simple controls for adjusting the temperature and serving size.
The two-sided De’Longhi All-in-One Coffee Maker uses a dual heating system, making it the only machine on the list that can brew drip coffee at the same time it makes espresso drinks. On the espresso side, it has an Italian-style 15-bar pump and an advanced steam wand. On the drip side, you’ll get customizable brew strength and a 24-hour programmable timer. Both sides are controlled through the intuitive touch display.
For single-cup brewing, the all-in-one operation of the Lavazza Expert Coffee Bundle makes it a top choice. It can brew six different beverage styles, from drip coffee to macchiatos and lattes, all with one-touch operation using Lavazza pods. This is another super-compact option, too, the perfect size for a work desk or dorm room, and still has a good-sized water tank and used capsule storage.
It depends on the style of coffee maker. Manual machines like French presses and pour-over drippers can theoretically last forever with proper care and maintenance.
Automatic drip brewers, espresso machines, and other coffee makers with electronics and moving parts have a shorter lifespan.
You should expect home models to last around 5 years as long as you clean the machine regularly. Commercial machines are typically more durable and can last 10 years or longer.
As long as the coffee maker is still brewing at the right temperature and pressure, there’s no need to replace it even if it’s well outlived its 5-year projected lifespan.
If there’s no set time limit, how do you know when it’s time for a new machine? Here are some signs:
If your coffee maker suddenly stops brewing, the most likely cause is a clog in the waterline. Another sign of a clog is if the coffee maker turns on but only produces steam when you try to brew.
Clogs can happen when you use coffee that’s ground too finely for the machine, from hard water and mineral build-up in the lines, or from the growth of mold or bacteria. In all these cases, a good cleaning is the best fix.
If a full cleaning doesn’t work, remove the cover from the brewer and visually examine the line. You can use a straightened paperclip or a pipe cleaner to clear away any other clogs in the line.
There are a few different ways to clean a coffee maker and they all use things you likely already have in your home. Here are three easy ways:
Vinegar kills mold and bacteria, along with removing mineral build-up. Fill the coffee maker’s reservoir with an equal mix of vinegar and water then brew it through until all the liquid is gone. Refill the reservoir halfway with plain water and brew that through as well, to remove any traces of vinegar left in the lines.
Like vinegar, the acids in lemon juice have anti-microbial properties and clear away mineral deposits. If you’re using fresh lemon juice, make sure you strain it first. Pieces of lemon can get stuck in the lines and lead to even more clogging.
Lemon juice concentrate can work, too. Mix 1 cup of lemon juice with 1 cup of water then brew it through the machine, like you would with vinegar.
The abrasive particles in baking soda make it an effective cleaner for a range of appliances and kitchen tools. Mix ¼ cup of baking soda into 1 cup of warm water and brew it through the coffee machine.
This can be a great way to remove stains from the carafe as well as clearing the lines of clogs.lemon
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