#5 Best Espresso Machine With Grinder Built-In
Krups EA8250 Espresseria Super Automatic Espresso Machine Coffee Maker with Built-in Conical Burr Grinder
When manufacturers claim their espresso machine is “fully-automatic” I always take it with a pinch of salt.
With the Krups EA8250 that moniker is completely justified though. Once you’ve got your settings dialed in just the way you like it all you need to do is add beans and water and press “brew”. It will grind your beans, tamp the coffee down and deliver a great cup of espresso all in under 2 minutes.
Their Thermoblock System is the main reason for this super fast delivery and ensures a hot cup of coffee every time instead of the almost-hot shots that you get from some machines.
The grinder is a solidly built conical burr grinder but as with most integrated grinders you’ll get better results with less oily beans. I would have preferred a removable bean hopper but that’s about all I can complain about.
The grinder of the Krups EA8250 is a solidly built conical burr grinder.
The integrated steam nozzle does a great job of turning milk into froth if you’re into lattes and I liked that the machine comes supplied with its own stainless steel milk container.
I enjoy drinking coffee, not cleaning coffee machines. The EA8250 only needs to run through its automatic cleaning cycle every 360 cycles and leaves you with very little to do yourself. Every few months you’re going to need to replace the water filter and that will set you back around $20.
If you use pre-filtered water then you can get away with doing this less often. This is not a cheap coffee machine by any stretch of the imagination but the fact that it makes a great cup of hot espresso so quickly and easily makes it worth every cent.
What’s especially impressive is how they’ve managed to fit all the mechanical wizardry and what must be at least 3 little barista elves inside such a compact and attractive housing.
Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine With Integrated Conical Burr Grinder
If you like the idea of making espresso the way the pros do but you’re still learning the ropes then this entry level machine is ideal.
It offers a great automatic function while still allowing you a few manual adjustments if you want them. Not only does it look the part but it produces a great espresso really fast. From grind to brew to in the cup all takes just under a minute.
It won’t automatically tamp the grounds for you but the magnetized tamper spot storage makes it a breeze to remove and store the tamper.
The stainless steel conical burr grinder is fed by a removable half-pound bean hopper. The attractive control interface allows you to vary the grind anywhere from fine to coarse and how much coffee you want dispensed into the filter basket.
This machine is solidly built and very stable with the non-slip feet ensuring that the machine stays put when the grinder is doing its thing. Once tamped down the Italian made pump produces 15 Bar of pressure to drive the hot water produced by the 1600W Thermo coil system.
A flat head water spigot then dispenses water evenly across the coffee puck for maximum coffee extraction. If you’re a bit of a newbie then the dual-wall pressurized filters will automatically regulate the pressure so that you get the best extraction.
If you’re feeling a little more adventurous you can use the included single-wall non-pressurized filters and then the pressure regulation is all up to you. It’s easy to select to brew either one or two cups and you can even override this selection manually if you change your mind halfway through.
Another very detailed and informative video, not only about the Breville Espresso Machine but also tips and tricks about how to make a good espresso.
Eventually the “clean me” light will come on but it’s easily done with the supplied cleaning kit that stores in a hidden compartment. This machine makes great coffee really fast and even when not in use is an attractive feature in your kitchen.
DeLonghi ESAM3500.N Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso And Coffee Machine With Built-In Grinder
If you think espressos are too boring or sometimes just want a bit of variety then this may be the machine for you.
They call it a “super-automatic” machine and they’re not kidding. Do you want an espresso, Americano, cappuccino or latte? No problem. Press a button, take your beverage.
The preset latte or cappuccino button means that once you’ve dialed in your strength, amount of shots, amount of milk and froth preferences the machine will deliver your drink just the way you like it with a single button press.
You don’t even need to hold the contained while frothing the milk. This is as hands-free as it gets.
Had your tenth cup of coffee for the day and want to dial back the caffeine buzz? No problem.
It has a hot water spigot for when you just want some hot water to make tea or cocoa. I also liked that the spouts are height adjustable to accommodate the size cup you’re using.
The ESAM3500.N uses an integrated conical burr grinder to grind the beans for each brew. The grind fineness is adjustable and the grinder is fed by a 7-ounce hopper. You have to make sure there are beans in the hopper though because the machine doesn’t check.
While the grinding and brewing process is really quick the machine does take around 5 minutes to warm up once switched on. Use the auto on and auto off timer wisely so you don’t have to wait. Even when the power goes off the battery backup will ensure that it comes back to life with the correct time and your settings intact.
The machine does a great job of keeping itself clean but you’re going to need to clean out the coffee grounds yourself and you’ll need to do a descale cycle about once a year depending on the hardness of your water.
They’ve made a lot of the parts removable and they’re all dishwasher safe which makes cleaning and maintenance a lot easier than other machines.