You’re reading a coffee blog. So I’m guessing you already know that grinding coffee beans immediately before brewing is the key to balanced flavor. But let’s face it. Sometimes maximizing taste maximizes mess.
Okay, I’ll spill the beans. Even the most careful baristas occasionally lose fresh grounds. (The short distance from grinder to espresso machine is not for the faint of heart).
What’s the solution to this uncaffeinated clumsiness? A coffee machine that does it all.
If you just need a recommendation, check out our top 3 picks that will revolutionize your at-home espresso experience directly below.
Otherwise, keep on reading to find out why the Breville Oracle Touch is the best bean to cup coffee machine on the market.
What Is Bean To Cup Coffee?
Bean to cup coffee machines combine grinding, pressing, and brewing to one machine. (Often they’ll also offer auto milk frothing.) These machines used to be the exclusive purview of coffee shops. But no longer!
When you’re making espresso at home, bean to cup coffee machines can cut down the hassle of making great coffee. This ease is largely thanks to built-in grinders. Yep. These machines grind coffee beans right before turning those grounds into espresso.
But bean to cup coffee machines are not cheap. Plus, there’s a wide variety of machines. On one end you have machines that automate the entire coffee making process.
On the other end you have machines that turn brewing a double espresso into a scientific process.
In a perfect world, you’d be able to test coffee machines before making your decision. But in the absence of a perfect world, consider the following best bean to cup features.
Bean To Cup Coffee Machine Key Features
Ease Of Use
There’s a decent range of variety when evaluating a coffee machine’s ease of use.
As you’re selecting a bean to cup coffee machine, consider the machine’s basic design. At some point, you will have to refill water and beans. So note the location of bean hoppers and other components you’ll want to access easily.
Also consider how intuitive the display is. Fancy technology becomes useless if you can’t figure out how to make basic adjustments.
Personalize Your Drink
Before you try to figure out the best bean to cup coffee machine, figure out how much automation you want. Generally speaking, a more automated experience will increase convenience but limit customization options.
For some people, being able to change brew strength is enough personalization. But more particular connoisseurs might want more than five size options for grinds.
Ask yourself: how much control do I like to have when making my coffee? There’s no right or wrong answer. But your preferred level of personalization will determine the best bean to cup coffee machine for your home.
Auto Milk Frothing
Many bean to cup coffee machines offer automatic milk frothing. What does this feature mean for you?
You don’t have to be a coffee expert to make a fabulous flat white or an enviable espresso macchiato.
An automatic steam wand or milk frother will also simplify your morning routine. Select a pre-programmed milk-based espresso drink.
Put the milk container under the steam wand. Bam! The machine will froth milk for you, leaving your hands free to slather cream cheese on your bagel.
But if you’re a coffee control freak, you might want to find a coffee maker with a manual steam wand.
Keep in mind that the bean to cup machines on this list offer a wide range of steaming situations. Many of these machines use a hybrid approach to guide beginning baristas.
Ultimately, manual steam wands will give you the most control over milk consistency. But an automatic milk wand will produce consistent milk results for beginners.
Water Tank Capacity
Water tank capacity determines how often you need to refill the reservoir.
The average bean to cup machine for at home use will hold about 60 ounces of water. (The highest capacity on this list is 84 ounces. The lowest is 41 ounces.)
When considering water tanks, also check if they have space for filters. Filters will reduce how often you need to descale your machine.
Cleaning maintains machine performance and coffee quality. Bean to cup coffee machines cut the mess of transporting grinds. (Even the shortest distance can spell disaster if you haven’t had that first cup.) But these machines still need internal cleaning.
When it comes time to clean, automation is always helpful. Look for machines that perform self-cleaning functions. Also check how easily you can remove moving parts. Easy removal means easier and more thorough cleaning. (Double-check that parts are dishwasher safe. When in doubt, wash by hand.)
Many bean to cup coffee machines offer smart technology features to digitize coffee-making. Some machines let you start your morning brew from your phone.
Instead, think of smart features in terms of automation and programmability. Do you want your machine to make many of the adjustments and decisions usually left to a barista?
Or do you want to tinker with dosage and milk consistency? (Either way, many of these bean to cup machines let you save your preferences.)
Also, consider if you want a touch-screen display or a push-button display.
Best Bean To Cup Coffee Machines 2023
1. Breville Oracle Touch
The Breville Oracle Touch is a top-class machine best for at-home baristas. This hybrid machine combines convenience with customization.
To put it simply, the Oracle Touch gives you the best of automated and manual espresso machines.
- Includes 45 grinder settings
- Attached 84-ounce water tank
- Touchscreen interface allows you to quickly adjust coffee settings
- Most expensive machine on the list
- Might overwhelm entry-level coffee makers
Freshly ground beans are one of the most crucial components of an excellent espresso. The Oracle Touch uses a built-in conical burr grinder to maximize freshness. And with 45 grinder settings, you can adjust your size for every shot and still get an even grind every time.
The steam wand is another feature that sets the Oracle Touch above the competition. At first glance, the steam wand is manual. Amazing!
A manual steam wand gives you the greatest control over milk consistency. But what if you don’t have milk frothing experience yet have already fallen in love with the Oracle Touch?
No problem. Stick the steam wand into the milk jug. Select a foam consistency level from 1 to 9. And… yep, that’s it. The Oracle Touch will froth the milk for you.
Whichever way you froth, a double boiler lets you steam and pull espresso at the same time.
The Oracle Touch’s 84-ounce water tank tops this list in the capacity category. This extensive capacity is a great choice for a family who loves the frequent latte macchiato.
It also works for those individuals too lazy (err, busy) to refill the water tank frequently. And when you do finally deplete that reservoir, it’s easy to refill. Simply pour water into the top front loader. Or, if you prefer, pull the entire tank from the back of the machine.
Cleanliness is the hidden essential to great coffee. Manual cleaning will give you the most comprehensive cleaning.
But you can also let the Oracle Touch do some of the hard work. Run a quick clean by putting a blank into the portafilter handle. Deep clean the spouts with brushes provided by Breville.
Also remember that every few months you will need to clean your unit from any mineral build up. Roller bearings on the bottom of the machine also simplify cleaning. (Don’t worry, you can lock these rollers in place when you’re finished cleanup.)
The Oracle Touch isn’t the smallest machine on the list. And it weighs a hefty 35 pounds. But if you have the counter space, you’ll love how its design merges classic and modern features.
Breville’s updated Oracle replaces buttons and levers with a full-color touchscreen. This smart update lets you easily choose between pre and self-programmed coffee settings.
The price tag is nothing to understate at $2,799. But if you want high quality coffee in the comfort of your own home? Well, you might need to see the Breville Oracle Touch in your future.
2. Philips 3200 Series
The Philips 3200 Series is a fully automatic bean to cup espresso machine. The Oracle Touch might prioritize user customization.
But the Philips 3200 Series prioritizes ease of use. If you’re a beginner barista, this no fuss bean to cup coffee machine keeps it simple.
- Very simple operation
- Fully automatic
- Compact design
- Fast extraction process can reduce taste
- Can’t adjust milk consistency for microfoam
This Philips has a minimalistic interface that uses push-buttons rather than touchscreen technology. The front panel lets you select one of five coffee drinks: espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, Americano, or black coffee.
Within these five options you can customize the shot length and brew strength. You can also adjust the temperature of your coffee.
Once you’ve made your adjustments, add milk and put your mug in place. This machine will brew your selected drink in less than a minute.
The ceramic flat burr grinder offers 12 sizes. Without getting into any grinder debates, I’ll note here that you usually find ceramic flat burr grinders on higher-end machines.
So you might not get an extensive choice in size, but you will get quality, even grinds. (There’s also a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee.)
The machine’s automatic LatteGo milk system is a deciding factor. You’ll either love it or hate it. Forget the milk jug and steam wand. On this machine, you’ll fill a container with milk. After you clip this container into its holder, frothing begins with the click of a button.
The machine froths this milk and then automatically dispenses it into the cup. The foam itself is consistently thick and creamy. Meaning it’s perfect for cappuccinos, but less-suited for other milky coffee drinks. (Strangely, the Philips 3200 puts together cappuccinos in the wrong order. It puts the milk froth in first. Then it adds the espresso on top.)
Fancy a cup of tea? Remove the LatteGo system to draw hot water.
The water tank holds 60 ounces. It’s located at the front right side of the machine, meaning it’s easily accessible for refilling.
Plus, it includes an AquaClean filter which promises to delay the need for descaling to about 5,000 cups. (But you will have to replace the filter itself every 50 tanks.)
The Philips 3200 has many removable parts. This means you can clean the milk container, brew group, coffee grounds container, water tank easily, either by hand or dishwasher.
Its compact, mid-range size doesn’t take up much counter space.
If you’re looking for a low fuss automatic espresso maker, the Philips 3200 is a good option.
Related Read: Best Super Automatic Espresso Machines
3. Gaggia Velasca Prestige
The Gaggia Velasca Prestige is a super-automatic bean to cup coffee machine. Are you a person who prioritizes convenience but doesn’t want to sacrifice taste? If so, this might be the bean to coffee machine for you.
- Hassle-free automatic cleaning
- Cup-warming plate
- Removable hot water dispenser for drinkers of Americanos and tea
- Minimal ability to adjust froth levels
- Single boiler
Don’t let the Prestige’s minimal design fool you into thinking it doesn’t offer ease of use at every turn. Simple push-buttons let you select from a variety of one-touch beverages such as espresso lungo, cappuccino, and more. You can also customize coffee volume, milk volumes, brew strength, and pre-infusion levels.
The top-mounted ceramic burr grinder gives you ten size options. The grind-size selector uses a key. This means you’re not going to accidentally change settings when you’re bumbling around first thing in the morning. The hopper will hold up to 10.5 ounces of beans. It also includes a bypass doser for pre-ground coffee.
The Prestige includes many other clever design features that optimize ease of use. You can adjust the height of the espresso spout to fit a variety of cup sizes.
Like any bean to cup machine worth its salt, the Prestige offers an automatic milk frother. But it also automatically dispenses milk.
Once the milk is steamed, an integrated carafe dispenses the milk into the cup that has just caught your espresso. This feature maximizes convenience. (The downside is that it makes adjusting milk consistency basically impossible.)
The front-loading water tank holds 54 ounces. The machine also comes with a removable carbon water filter. This filter softens the water while removing impurities. What this means for you is better-tasting coffee and less frequent descaling.
Automatic rinse and descaling cycles make cleaning the Gaggia pretty simple. After making a midday macchiato, quickly rinse the milk circuit by touching a button.
Or for a more thorough cleaning, pop the milk carafe in the dishwasher. A dregs drawer and drip tray will also help you keep your kitchen tidy.
4. De’Longhi Dinamica
If you’re an iced coffee drinker who assumed it’d be a waste of your time to look for espresso machines, think again. The De’Longhi Dinamica is an automatic espresso machine perfect for iced coffee lovers.
- Five strength settings for one-touch drinks
- TrueBrew feature makes iced coffee
- Designed for small spaces
- Manual steam wand doesn’t rotate
- Difficult to produce micro-foam
The De’Longhi Dinamica features an iced coffee feature called the TrueBrew. This setting increases coffee dosage, pre-infusion and extraction time.
Ultimately, it produces a more robust coffee that keeps its flavor even as the ice starts melting. Put a glass full of ice under the espresso spout, push the over-ice button, and that’s it. You are cool and caffeinated from the comfort of your home.
This bean to cup machine also produces espresso, lungo, and coffee. Yep. The De’Longhi Dinamica is an espresso machine that not only produces iced coffee but also classic drip-style coffee. (Essentially, it does this by using a lower pressure than it would to extract espresso.)
The Dinamica’s simple display offers four one-touch drink buttons: espresso, lungo, over ice, and coffee. It also lets you customize your coffee’s volume and strength. The machine’s steel burr grinder lets you choose from 13 settings, as well as a bypass for pre-ground beans.
The steam wand is a Panarello frother that blurs the line between automatic and manual operation. Calling it a steam wand is also a bit of a misnomer. To get technical, the Panarello wand produces froth, not steam.
In a coffee shop, a barista will usually be the one to add the air bubbles by how they ‘ride’ the milk as the steam brings it to temperature. The Panarello wand adds the air for you along with the steam. (This feature also compensates for the lack of steam power offered by a single boiler machine.)
So this feature is good if you’re not fussy about milk texture or you’re an entry-level at-home barista.
Do you frequently make milky espresso drinks? If so, this Panarello wand might be your deciding factor. It does not provide the ease of a one-touch auto-dispenser machine. But it also doesn’t give you complete control over milk texturization.
Yes, you can practice latte art. However, it’s nearly impossible to create microfoam with this wand. As someone who loves a silky flat white, I think that this wand does more harm than good by splitting the difference between manual and automatic. The simplified process isn’t quite simple enough. And the available adjustments simply don’t offer comprehensive control.
But, the wand does double as a hot-water dispenser to top up your americanos or make a cup of tea.
The Dinamica offers easy cleaning. Every time you turn off the coffee maker, the Dinamica completes an automatic rinse cycle. It also features a rinse button which lets you start a clean whenever you’d like. You can pop the drip tray into the dishwasher, but you’ll need to clean the wand and brew unit by hand.
The Dinamica is a compact machine. The hopper sits flush into the machine. The water tank, charcoal filter, and dregs bin are all front-facing.
5. Breville Barista Express
The Breville Barista Express is an excellent option for beginning baristas who want to gain more experience.
- Manual and automatic functions
- Barista-level control
- Choice between hands-on and hassle-free
- Not designed for portability
- A little pricey
The Barista Express lets you choose between manual or automatic settings. But this hybridization requires compromises.
The degree of customization is not as extensive as you’d find on more advanced coffee makers. But neither does the Express offer tons of smart features that do the work for you.
Both bean hopper and grinder sit on the top of the machine. The grinder is a stainless steel conical burr grinder offering 18 settings. This range of grind-size might feel overwhelming to beginners.
But coffee connoisseurs will likely want more precision. Again, this is a downfall of trying to make a machine suit a wide range of experience levels.
The milk frother is a conventional thermoblock wand. This means you will have to take milk matters into your own hands. The wand fully rotates, making it easy to get the perfect angle. Clumsy coffee folk will appreciate the wand’s rubber grip that helps prevent burning.
Removable parts make cleaning this machine fairly straightforward. The Barista Express indicates when it’s time to complete a flush back cycle.
But the cleaning process is not as automated as its automatic peers. An indication light is not included for the descaling cycle. Breville recommends running this cycle every two to three months. You will also want to change the water filter every three months.
The water tank is back-loaded. A handle on the top of the tank makes it a little easier to remove the tank. And as it holds up to 67 ounces of water, you won’t have to refill your tank too often.
Like it’s Breville peer the Oracle, the Breville Barista Express is heavy. But if you’re not planning on rearranging your kitchen every couple of months, the extra weight will be worth it.
The Barista Express is a bit pricer than other entry-level options on this list. So it might not be the best option if by beginner we mean ‘not sure if I like drinking or making espresso’. But the Barista Express is a great option if you have some extra cash and want to improve your coffee craft.
Related Read: Breville Barista Express Review
6. De’Longhi La Specialista
The De’Longhi La Specialista is a semi-automatic espresso machine. Want to hand-craft your coffees but still need some guidance? The Specialista might be the best bean to cup machine for you.
- Smart tamping system
- Dual-heating system allows for simultaneous brewing and steaming
- Stylish control panel
- Limited amount of grind-sizes
- Back-access water tank
One of the chief advantages the Specialista offers is its double boiler. This dual heating system means you can steam milk while the machine extracts espresso.
A double boiler might not make a difference to folks who drink a couple espressos throughout the day. But if you’re making milky drinks this feature will save you precious time. Particularly if you’re trying to make those drinks in rapid succession.
The machine’s integrated burr grinder offers six grind settings and a bypass for pre-ground coffee. More advanced coffee makers might prefer an espresso machine with more grind options.
But if you’re just starting out, you’ll appreciate that the machine includes a pressure gauge which guides you toward the optimal coffee dosage.
Like its De’Longhi sibling the Dinamica, the Specialist has a steam wand that combines automatic and manual features. The Specialist’s wand offers greater rotation than the Dinamica’s.
You can choose a wand setting to adjust the foam to fit the drink, whether that’s a flat-white or a cappuccino. So the machine won’t steam the milk for you, but it will help you achieve the appropriate texture if you need some help.
It’s hard to deny that the machine, with red-framed industrial facing, is pretty. Attractive push-buttons operate the simple display . But don’t expect a wide range of smart pre-programmable beverage profiles. (The only preset drinks are espresso, coffee, or americano.)
But the Specialista does include thoughtful features such as a cup warming tray. A foldable shelf below the espresso spout lets you raise small cups. And a separate hot water spout means you’ll never end up with the odd fleck of old milk in your tea.
Regardless of how attractive you might find its design, this machine is not ideal for small spaces. It’s one of the tallest machines on this list.
More significantly, the water tank and power switch is at the back of the machine. The water tank has a capacity of 70.4 ounces, so you won’t have to fill it too frequently. But if you’re literally short on counter space, you might find it difficult to access two of the machine’s chief features.
When it comes time to clean, you can rinse the portafilter and group head with a push of a button. Plus, you can easily remove every moving part on the machine. The downside is that these parts can’t go in the dishwasher.
7. De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300
The De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM3300 combines customization and automation. It gives users control over basic settings, making it a good bean to cup option for confident beginners.
- 13 Grind Sizes
- Adjustable nozzle
- Bean hopper can clog
- No display screen
The stainless steel cone grinder offers 14 grind-sizes. (But the machine’s pump can’t quite keep up with the two finest grind settings.) This is a good range if you’re starting out. But more advanced baristas will likely seek a greater range of sizes.
The Magnifica includes a steam lance that perfects the milk for you. Note that you do have to hold the milk container during the steaming process.
If you’re not interested in the milk frother semi-automation, you can remove the wand’s plastic sheath. Then you can use the inner, stainless steel wand as you would a traditional wand.
A compact design makes the Magnifica easy to clean. Plus, you can easily remove the brew group to clean it by hand. The Magnifica’s 60 ounce water tank does not have a place to attach a water filter.
This means you’ll have to descale your machine more often – particularly if you live somewhere with hard water. Fortunately, the machine will alert you when it needs descaling. Also note that the coffee-grounds container is quite small.
The coffee-grounds container is front-loaded. This easy removal is necessary as the container is quite small.
These front-access features make this machine easy to use in smaller spaces.
Related Read: DeLonghi ESAM3300 Review
8. Jura EN4
The Jura EN4 is a sleek automatic coffee machine. It does not include a steam wand or milk frothing system.
So if you’re hoping to please the latte lover in your life, keep scrolling. But if you exclusively appreciate a black coffees or a basic espresso this machine will produce high quality cups of both.
- Ease of use for quality black coffee
- Make coffee from your phone
- Sleek, compact design
- An expensive black coffee machine
- No milk system
Think of this machine as an answer to Keurig and other pod-based coffee machines. In other words? The Jura EN4 keeps it simple. This barebones interface lets you choose between espresso or coffee.
You can then choose between several different brew strengths. You can save coffee customizations, matching your preferred grind with drink size. A conical burr grinder grinds beans immediately before brewing your drink. (The machine also features a pre-ground bypass.)
The water tank is housed in an attractive faux-crystal container. It features an Intelligent Water System (I.W.S.) that eliminates the need for programming or descaling.
The Jura Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.) pulses water through grounds in short bursts rather than applying a consistent stream of water. The idea is that P.E.P maximizes extraction and flavor for espressos.
At just under $900, the Jura EN4 is not a cheap way to make black coffees. Its main advantage over cheaper filter coffee brew methods? It grinds the beans for you, reducing mess and hassle.
It is a compact machine, making it a decent option for small spaces. But note that the 36.8 ounce water tank sits on the side while beans load from the top. This means you’ll need a bit of space around the machine.
Like other Jura models, the Jura EN4 features J.O.E technology. This Jura Operating Experience allows you to make coffee from your phone or smart watch. You can also get alerts to refill water and beans. Best of all? The machine is fully self-cleaning.
9. Gaggia Brera
The Gaggia Brera is a super-automatic entry-level espresso machine best for small spaces.
- Ceramic burr grinder
- Automated ease-of-use
- Pannarello wand makes frothing foolproof
- Only five grind settings
- Not ideal for making many drinks in a short time
The front panel is a simple display with four buttons – one of which is the power button. Two beverage buttons allow you to choose between espresso or long coffee. The final button allows you to customize and store your coffee preferences.
And by preferences I mean brew strength and volume. But you can also adjust coffee dosage and aroma strength. Once you’ve found the key to your perfect cup, you can save your settings for easy access next time.
The Gaggia Brera doesn’t offer much adjustment when it comes to grinds. The ceramic burr grinder has five settings plus the usual bypass feature for pre-ground coffee.
The wand is a Pannarello wand. Want to upgrade from semi-automatic frothing to fully-automatic? No problem. You can purchase Gaggia’s Cappuccinatore auto-frothing kit. As is, the steam wand also gives you hot water.
The water tank holds 41 ounces. This is a smaller capacity than most other tanks on this list.
Cleaning this Gaggia is pretty simple. (This is good since smaller capacity means you will have to empty the drip tray and dreg drawer more often.) The machine completes an auto-rinse upon powering on/off.
Plus, the machine alerts you when you need to descale it. It does not include a filter. But it will fit Mavea Intenza filters.
A compact design and small footprint make it the best option for smaller spaces. The water tank and dregs door are front access.
The removable brew group is side access. The spout to tray space is a bit short, fitting cup sizes under 4.5 inches. The price tag is also on the smaller side of this list. It will help you produce a quality cup without breaking the bank.
Related Read: Gaggia Brera Review
10. Miele CM6160
The Miele CM6160 is a milky-drink-lover’s dream.
- Automatic cappuccinatore
- 18 Pre-programmed specialty drinks
- Tea-friendly temperature control
- Milk container not included
This machine lets you start the morning’s first brew from your phone. The WiFiConn@ct technology also allows you to monitor the machine remotely. When it comes to in-person interaction, the LCD screen uses touch sensor buttons.
From this screen you can select from 18 pre-programmed specialty drinks. (Within these specialty drinks you can adjust coffee strength and temperature.) Plus, the Miele includes four user profiles. This feature will no doubt help prevent familial coffee conflicts!
Tea drinkers will also appreciate this machine. It offers pre-programmed water temperatures and steep times for different varieties of tea.
The grinder is a stainless steel conical burr grinder with five size settings. Although you can adjust these sizes, that’s a narrow range of size for folks who want to tinker with their drinks. There is a ground coffee bypass.
This machine is best for fans of milk based coffees who want a fully-automated frothing process. Forget steaming milk by hand. The CM6160 doesn’t even include a steam wand to achieve MilkPerfection.
Instead, this Miele automates the foaming process using a double milk pipework system. This system produces consistently creamy foam. The downside is you don’t have hands-on control over this milk process. Also, you have to buy the glass milk container separately.
The brew group is easily removable for quick cleaning. The milk system has a self-rinsing function. But you’ll probably still want to clean it by hand every so often. The water tank holds up to 61 ounces of water. But it does not house a filter, so you will have to descale more often.
The Miele CM6160 is relatively compact, meaning you can have automated coffee without taking up much counter space.
The Final Verdict: Best Bean To Cup Coffee Maker
So what’s the best bean to cup coffee machine? If you have the skills and the money, it’s hard to beat the Breville Oracle Touch for barista style coffee.
A full-color touchscreen lets you quickly adjust coffee settings. And with 45 grinder settings, there is plenty to adjust. But if you’re still mastering bean basics, this machine offers automation features that help you make the perfect cup.
Making a bean to cup machine both manual and automatic requires compromise. But it’s hard to fault this hybrid.
Whether you want a double espresso or an espresso macchiato, the Touch will let you make great coffee.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do bean to cup machines make good coffee?
Yes. Bean to cup coffee machines make good coffee largely thanks to their fresh grind and ease to brew a cup.
How much coffee beans do you use per cup?
Use 7 grams of unground coffee beans for a standard cup of coffee. For a stronger brew, use up to 10 grams.
If you want a weaker coffee, add hot water rather than adjusting bean weight. Reducing the amount of beans can produce a bitter taste.