Who wouldn’t want their coffee experience to involve one of the best bean to cup coffee makers for 2018? You get the freshest cup of coffee possible that way. Think about what you need from your coffee maker and then scope out the options below.
The 8 Best Bean to Cup Coffee Makers for 2018
Whether you want a cappuccino or a regular cup of coffee that happens to be as fresh as possible, there’s a solution for you. Here are the top eight bean to cup coffee makers for 2018. None of these take up a ton of counter space, but they allow you to get the local coffee shop experience in the comfort of your own home. You may never go out for coffee again.
The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300 is an automatic espresso/cappuccino maker that makes the whole process easy, from grinding the beans to frothing the milk. You can make specialty drinks with silky foam back to back with it.
- Direct-to-brew system grinds beans and sends them straight to the filter
- Rotary and buttons to manually control the machine
- Cup warmer
- Removable drip tray for easy clean-up
- Automatic brewing and manual milk frother for a perfect drink every time
- Rich, creamy froth
- Quick to clean
- Bean container holds 8.8 ounces of beans
- Easy to clean
- Minimal effort to make delicious specialty drinks
- You don’t have to wait between cups of coffee; make them back to back if you need to
- Pretty compact for all of the features it has
- Costs just over $500.00, which may be steep for a coffee maker for some budgets; you may be able to buy a coffee maker and grinder separately for less
- Doesn’t come with a container to froth milk in
The Capresso CoffeeTeam option has a conical burr grinder and makes 10 cups of fresh coffee. Get with a glass or stainless steel carafe.
- Compact design
- Conical burr grinder that deposits grinds straight into the filter
- Six-ounce bean container
- Ability to set the grinder for your preferences
- Permanent gold tone filter
- Ergonomic design
- Automatic shutoff after two hours
- It’s under $200.00 (the glass carafe is the less expensive of the two)
- Bean hopper holds enough whole beans for 20 cups of coffee
- Make two, four, six, eight, or 10 cups of coffee
- Doesn’t let aroma escape between grinding and brewing
- Make mild, regular, or strong coffee
- Programmable grind and brew
- The price could be considered a con, compared to other options, depending on your budget and what you’re looking for
The Cuisinart Fully Automatic Grind & Brew 12-Cup Coffee Maker won’t make you a cappuccino, but if it’s just a big, fresh pot of coffee you’re after, this might be the one you want. It won’t even take up more room than the average coffee maker, even though it does more.
- Makes coffee, not espresso
- Burr grinder
- Control your coffee strength
- Grind just enough beans for two to 12 cups of coffee so you always have the freshest coffee
- Permanent gold filter
- Charcoal water filter
- Limited three-year warranty
- 24-hours programmable
- 16.34” x 11.61” x 8.27”
- Weighs 10.47 lbs
- Glass carafe
- Eight-ounce bean hopper
- Removable filter basket
- Most bean to cup brewers make espresso, but this one will give you a glorious 12-cup pot of coffee
- Lightweight and easy to move around the kitchen (or from one home to another)
- The permanent filter means you won’t need to spend money on paper filters
- Automatically shuts off
- Parts are dishwasher safe
- Only around $120.00
- If you want a machine that also makes espresso, this one isn’t it.
- If you want something that’s interesting to look at that adds a little something special to your décor, this isn’t it either.
The Breville Barista Express Espresso Maker is a beautiful machine with a conical burr grinder that you can use to create delicious specialty drinks.
- Conical burr grinder
- 15 bar Italian pump
- 1600 Thermocoil heating system
- ½ lb bean hopper
- 2-liter water reservoir
- Volumetric controls
- Low pressure at first for optimal extraction
- 1600 watts
- 360-degree swivel steam wand
- 13.2” x 12.5” x 15.8”
- 23 lbs
- Adjustable grind size
- Fresher beans give you better crema
- Consistent, precise dosing for predictably good espresso every time
- It comes with a kit that includes everything you need to make your espresso, so you won’t have to buy anything else
- Easy to maintain, clean, and use
- This one’s about $700.00 at retail price, which is quite steep compared to the other options
- While it does come with a stainless steel milk jug, steaming and frothing the milk won’t be a hands-free experience
The Jura Impressa has a conical grinder and a simple design that makes espresso-making a delight. It’s simple to use and has some additional features that make using it even better.
- Adjustable coffee spout height
- Clean, simple design
- Rotary switch
- 15 bar pump
- Adjustable coffee strength
- Energy save mode
- Thermoblock heating system
- 16.1” x 11” x 13.6”
- Available in all black or silver and black
- 22 lbs
- There is an option that includes a milk container, care cartridge, decalcifying tablets, and ceramic cups and saucers for about $1000.00
- You can use any size coffee cup with it because of the adjustable spout height
- Will fit in with almost any kitchen décor and the combination of matte and gloss finishes make it interesting to look at
- Special care has been taken to ensure light, airy foam
- Though it’s easy to use, it’s still customizable enough to get your drink just the way you like it.
- Easy to maintain
- The rotary dial and digital screen make it incredibly easy to select what you want and make the perfect drink
- Reviewers say this makes better coffee than what you can get in a café
- It’s just over $900.00, which makes it a pretty big investment for most people.
- May not be the most aesthetically pleasing option
Saeco Incanto Plus Super-Automatic Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder has a sleek and simple design that won’t take up a lot of room on the counter.
- Shiny finish
- Seattle Coffee Gear exclusive
- Your choice of steaming option (panarello wand or automatic cappuccinatore attachment)
- Programmable auto-off function (from 15 minutes to two hours)
- Programmable shots and hot water preferences
- Easy to program
- Everything loads into the top (beans and water)
- 60 oz tank
- 1850 watts
- 16” x 8” x 13”
- 17 lbs
- 15 bar pump pressure
- Automatic cleaning cycle
- One-year warranty
- So much is programmable, including the strength of your coffee
- It saves energy when you program it to turn off early
- Drinks produced will have great flavor
- Ceramic blades
- Grinder is adjustable (five-step)
- One of the bigger water reservoirs on a machine like this
- The LCD display makes it easy to use and operate
- There’s even a decaffeinated power option
- Works quickly and efficiently
- Not exactly inexpensive at about $800.00
- Could be harder to get than some other options since It’s limited to Seattle Coffee Gear, but you can purchase it through Amazon, too. You just won’t be able to go to just any department store and pick it up.
The Gaggia Brera Super Automatic Espresso Machine comes in black or silver and has a lot of features that make perfecting your drink each time totally doable.
- LED screen
- One-year warranty
- You can use cups from 3.25 to 4.5 inches high
- Holds almost nine ounces of beans
- Pannarello steam wand that can be used to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes or dispense hot water for Americanos and tea
- 10” x 15.5” x 11.5”
- 19 lbs
- Super automatic
- 1.2 liter water reservoir
- Self-rinse cycle
- Ceramic grinder
- A little less expensive than some other models at just over $500.00
- Heats up quickly
- Easy to clean
- Easy to use
- Everything loads from the top so you don’t have to worry about needing extra space above the machine
- Program your espresso and crema the way you want them
- You can skip the grinding process if you have pre-ground coffee.
- You can make light, medium, or strong brews, plus you have the option for espresso or café lungo—and all you have to do is push a button.
- If you like the idea of having a lot of control over your espresso, you probably won’t want this one because so much is automated.
- Doesn’t appear to come with accessories needed to brew the perfect coffee or clean the machine
The Black and Decker 12-Cup Mill and Brew option is one of the more budget-friendly ones. It makes regular coffee, not espresso. If that’s what you were hoping for anyway, check this one out.
- Comes in black, black/gray, red, and white so you can match your kitchen.
- The grinder feeds straight into the brew basket (it’s all one piece).
- 24-hour programmable so you can set your coffee to brew right before you get up
- Quick and easy to program (it also shows the time you set it to brew in addition to the current time)
- Use whole beans and grind them or bypass that feature and use pre-ground coffee (great if you love flavored coffee).
- Two-year limited warranty
- Bronze tone permanent filter
- Glass carafe
- Backlit display for ease of use
- 10” x 13.5” x 15.5”
- 9.5 lbs
- Regular retail price is under $80.00
- Choose the strength of your coffee
- Auto shutoff to save energy
- You can grab a cup of coffee before the pot’s done brewing
- Easy to clean up
- The carafe and brew basket are dishwasher safe
- You won’t need paper filters
- Will automatically grind the beans for the time you have programmed, so there’s no need to do it beforehand
- Should be relatively easy to find in-store if you don’t like to shop online
- You can take the grinder/filter out and rinse it.
- It’s easy to see how much water is in the machine so you know if you need to refill before making your coffee.
- There’s no room for bean storage, really, so you’ll need to keep them in a separate air-tight container. You just pour in what you’re about to use.
- Some reviewers report leaking, so beware of that potential issue before choosing this one.
- You can’t set the brew temperature.
How to Choose the Best Bean to Cup Coffee Maker for You
While most of the best coffee makers for 2018 do basically the same things, there are a few differences to keep in mind when you’re shopping.
What Do You Want to Make
First, do you want to be able to brew a big pot of coffee from your fresh beans, or are espresso drinks what you’re after? There aren’t a lot of high-performing beans-to-coffee-pot options out there or on this list, so that will narrow your choices down quite a bit.
If you’re just in the market for something you could make cappuccinos, lattes, etc, with, you’ll have a wider range of features as well as price points to choose from. There will even be more to consider aesthetically, as well.
How much do you want the bean hopper to be able to hold? How much control do you want to have over the way the espresso shots turn out? Do you want one that’s pretty much automatic after you push a button, or do you want to be able to customize your drinks a lot?
Narrowing It Down
There’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for a bean to cup coffee maker, but keep in mind what you need it to do—and what you’re willing to do—and that should help you narrow it down to just a few choices.
Gordon is seriously addicted to coffee. He also likes to write. Match made in heaven? Yes. After years of boring casual coffee drinkers to death with bean origin stories, he took to writing publicly here at 2Caffeinated.