bean-to-cup coffee machines

Bean-grinding, crema-topped coffee magic


A bean-to-cup coffee machine is an ideal way of bringing your favourite coffee shop directly into your home. At the touch of a button, these machines can produce high-end quality coffee, from freshly ground coffee beans, with minimal inconvenience. Says Miele’s Mercia de Jager: “The sales of bean-to-cup coffee machines have quietly boomed in recent years, as increasingly more consumers discover the delicious aromas and taste of coffee made from freshly ground coffee beans. Producing delicious high-end coffee creations has never been easier – simply press a button, and voila, your favourite type of hot beverage is created in seconds.”

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What is a bean-to-cup coffee machine? 

It stores and grinds whole coffee beans on demand to produce a range of espresso-based beverages at the touch of a button. Miele’s coffee machines, for example, are equipped with OneTouch, and OneTouch for Two functionalities, which allows you to prepare one, or two coffee specialities simultaneously, by simply touching a button. The major benefit of any bean-to-cup coffee machine lies in the fact that grinding beans on demand allows the maximum flavour, aroma and freshness of the bean to shine through, resulting in a superior cup of coffee that showcases the perfect crema – the natural creamy textured layer that is so often lost.

How does it work?

It starts with the upper chamber, where the beans are stored in an airtight container. From there, the beans fall into a grinder, so that when you are ready for a cup or two, the grinder will activate and pending on the setting you have chosen, it will create a coarse or smooth grind. This feature is probably the most important element of a bean-to-cup coffee machine, as the quality of the grinder will drastically affect the quality and aroma of your cup of coffee.

As such, Mercia says that it is better to spend a bit more and purchase a machine with a high-end quality grinder: “Miele’s coffee machines boast the AromaticSystemFresh grinding and brewing system, which ensures aroma-preserving and silent preparation. Miele’s innovative conical grinder is made from high-end, non-abrasive steel for maximum durability, it also operates particularly quietly, and it is positioned directly above the brew unit to ensure that no old coffee grounds can remain in the grinder, to ensure a perfectly fresh brew every time.”

After going through the grinder, the grounds are then hard-pressed into a cup that is ready for hot water to be passed through. The water is stored in a separate container, and gets heated up and passed through the grinds and out into your cup. Mercia says that the brew chamber is an essential element to consider: “Thanks to the AromaticSystem, the brew chamber of Miele’s coffee machines, for example, expand when the water flows in. The ground coffee is, therefore, able to mix thoroughly with the water and the maximum coffee aroma can unfold, making for a more aromatic cup of coffee.”

Any bean-to-cup coffee machine worth it’s salt should also offer a milk frother as well, notes Mercia: “Miele’s coffee machines boast a fully functioning Cappuccinatore that can prepare hot milk or milk froth in no time at all. Afterwards, it can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.”

Some other important features to look out for:

bean-to-cup coffee machine

Customisation and user profiles: Any high-end bean-to-cup machine, like those from Miele for example, will allow you to customise and save your personal coffee preferences, says Mercia: “The preparation parameters can be set individually, depending on your preferred type of coffee and flavour intensity – these include grinder setting, amount of coffee and water, brewing temperature, and pre-brewing protocols. You can also save your favourite drinks to your personal profile – the Miele machines can hold up to 10 user profiles, which is great for larger families or offices. The user profile stores all individually-set parameters for your favourite hot beverages.”

Easy cleaning: The cleaning of your coffee machine should be as easy as possible, notes Mercia: “Daily cleaning is carried out by all of Miele’s coffee machines, virtually autonomously. The milk pipework is automatically cleaned after every drink made with milk. Our machines also feature a very useful automatic descaling programme, AutoDescale, as well as an easily removable drip tray, water and waste container that are dishwasher-safe thanks to ComfortClean.  The brew unit can also be easily removed and cleaned, ensuring the highest hygiene levels can be maintained.”

Timer: This is a very useful feature that allows you to programme the machine to switch on and off according to your needs. This way, coffee can be made as soon as you get up in the morning, and the machine will automatically switch off when you leave for work.

Versatility: Modern bean-to-cup machines can prepare a very wide variety of coffee specialities, and some can even brew tea to perfection, explains Mercia: “Miele’s CM7 for example, can make up to 21 different types of hot drinks automatically – aside from mastering a wide range of Italian coffee specialities, it can also produce the individual preparation of various types of tea. Whether green or black, herbal or fruit tea, the water is always dispensed at the optimum temperature for the perfect tea flavour.”

Lockdown Special Price Drop

The one and only drawback of investing in a good quality bean-to-cup coffee machine are that they are usually priced at the upper end of the spectrum. However, if you consider how much money you will save on shop-bought coffee or coffee pods, you will see that they pay for themselves, and then some, over their lifetime. Mercia says that if you consider that Miele’s coffee machines are designed, manufactured and tested to last for a minimum of 20 years, then that is a lot of coffee that each machine will be brewing.

If you are in the market to invest in one of these magical machines, then why not take advantage of Miele’s current Freestanding Coffee Machine Promo:

If you purchase one of Miele’s utterly gorgeous freestanding coffee machines from any Miele Gallery nationwide, or via its online shop, you can enjoy massive discounts, as well as a free 1kg pack of luxurious Miele coffee beans, a voucher offering you a further 25% discount off your next online Purchase of Miele coffee beans, and free nationwide delivery from Miele’s Logistic Warehouse.

The massively discounted prices on Miele freestanding coffee machines comprise:

Miele CM5300 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Obsidian Black:

Was: R19 999,00

Now: R14 999,00

Miele CM5500 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Rose Gold:

Was: R22 999,00

Now: R16 999,00

Miele CM6150 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Brilliant White:

Was: R24 999,00

Now: R19 999,00

Miele CM6150 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Obsidian Black:

Was: R24 999,00

Now: R19 999,00

Miele CM6350 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Obsidian Black:

Was: R29 999,00

Now: R22 999,00

Miele CM7300 freestanding bean-to-cup coffee machine in Brilliant White:

Was: R44 999,00

Now: R34 999,00

 

You will also get a free 1kg pack of one of the following types of Miele coffee beans:

·      Coffee One For All: Full-bodied flavour with a subtle fruity note – ideal for all coffee types.

·      Coffee Café Crema: Lightly balanced aroma with floral fruitiness – for the perfect Café Crema.

·      Coffee Espresso: Intense taste with a spicy chocolate note.

·      Coffee Decaf: Decaffeinated through a gentle biological procedure.

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Freestanding Coffee Machine Promo: Valid from July 2020, until stocks run out. 

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