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Whether you’re looking for a good Italian coffee or you just want the occasional hit of caffeine, coffee machines have increasingly become an important feature of the modern kitchen. With increasingly busy consumers spending less time on the high street, grabbing a coffee at home is an increasingly popular option – and our expectations are high!


There is a wide choice of coffee machines to select for your kitchen with a variety of added extras to make your coffee in just the way you want. The Ciao Shopping Guide to Coffee Machines gives the coffee enthusiast an overview of some of the most important features to bear in mind – whether you’re perfect for an espresso machine or more suited to a classic filter coffee maker.


Don’t forget that different machines will suit different people. The first decision to make is whether you are a frequent or occasional coffee drinker, as this will affect the investment that you’re prepared to make.



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Want a quick and easy way to make yourself a fresh expresso?

Advantages: Easy to use
Disadvantages: May not suit everyone

~A quick and easy way to make yourself a fresh expresso~ If looking for a quick, simple and reliable way to make yourself a fresh and steamy cup of expresso for those moments when nothing else will do, then read on as in my experience you could do fa ...

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Enjoying the taste of Starbucks anywhere

Advantages: Cheap, very easy to use, portable (ideal for camping)
Disadvantages: 1 cup version too small, a chore to clean, takes ages to boil

Brief history Renato Bialetti, son of founder Alfonso Bialetti, is credited with being the man behind the Moka Express back in 1933. Story has it the Moka Expresso “revolutionised” the way of making coffee at home thanks to a successful advertisi ...

yackers1 13.06.2009 · Read full review
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An excellent piece of kit

Advantages: Quick and makes great coffee
Disadvantages: none

Intro I like my coffee, but it is the fresh ground coffee taste that I prefer. The smell alone is so inviting. The aroma of fresh coffee and the promise of a decent cuppa is very appealing. I do have a coffee maker, which also makes espresso and ...

donf18 05.09.2010 · Read full review
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The perfect cup of coffee

Advantages: Easy to use and makes delicious coffee
Disadvantages: fiddily to use and clean

The perfect cup of coffee I am a complete coffee addict and drink many cups throughout the day. Most of the time I drink instant because of the convenience but I do like to occasionally make a proper strong cup of fresh coffee. When living in Spa ...

jipp05 05.09.2010 · Read full review
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"L'omino con i baffi"

Advantages: Uncomplicated top stove espresso maker
Disadvantages: So easy to make you'll end up a nervous wreck

For as long as I can remember this coffeepot has been loitering on the cooker in my kitchen. Perhaps of the advertisers conditioning I was subjected to when I was growing up - I could sing you the tune! - , the distinctive mark - the man with the moustac ...

Margherita 24.11.2005 · Read full review
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