The trend of coffee machines with grinder
They were thought to be destined for a privileged few. It is not so. The coffee bots with grain grinder seduce more and more fans of espressos served as the bistro. More and more design and easy to use, they fit perfectly in contemporary kitchens. Review of the advantages of these machines inspired by those of the pros.
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"It's not a standard drink, it's more like a culinary preparation, with floral or citrus notes." It is in these terms that we talk about coffee at De'Longhi. For the Italian brand, the second drink consumed in the world after the water is not drunk, it is eaten. Like a good wine. Hence the emergence of baristas, also called "coffee sommeliers". And amateurs are more and more numerous. Sensitive to the assemblages, aromas, colors, flavors, "they are in search of expertise", one continues at De'Longhi. Consequence: these consumers are turning to appliances capable of reproducing at home the espresso counter. Machines close to those of professionals, whose raw material is coffee beans. What compete with the capsules? "The machine market with integrated shredder is growing rapidly," says De'Longhi. And this, for five years. An exception in the sector of small household appliances dedicated to coffee - even if France is lagging behind its German neighbors: when 80000 machines of this type are sold in France in 2014, some 770 000 elapse beyond Rhine over the same period.
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Easy-to-use coffee machines
Contrary to popular belief, a coffee brewer with a bean grinder is no more complicated to operate than a capsule machine or filter coffee maker. Either a key is enough to activate the start of a preparation. Either the use of the touch screen of the machine is as instinctive as that of a smartphone. As for the preparation time, it does not exceed 40 seconds with the "Latt'Espress" of Krups, for example. And it is estimated less than a minute at Saeco.
"Robot Café Automatic", with a unique touch to prepare your espresso and milk carafe as an option. Automatically ejects the pomace. 1249 euros, Magimix.
A dosage tailored to the tastes and desires ...
Another advantage of the robot-coffee: in a few settings, it allows you to choose (and stall for the following uses) the fineness of coffee grinding, the temperature at which the drink will be served, and the intensity of it. "Such a machine is not only used to make an espresso, you can also prepare your morning coffee," says De'Longhi. "These robots allow great freedom in the choice and mixing of coffee beans reported from the roaster.The user develops his coffee to his taste," says Marie Berthet-Devienne, product manager at Krups.
Machine. "LatteCrema System", with exclusive technology for a perfect milk froth. Adjustable milk volume with one touch and "LatteCrema System" carafe that can be refrigerated. Cleaning the system in one press. 899 euros, De'Longhi.
Multifunctional coffee machines
The adaptability of the machine to a multitude of preparations is a consumer expectation. "It's the effect" Starbucks at home, "commented the manufacturers. Just as one can find a whole range of coffees in the addresses of the chain, one wants to be able to concoct at home cappuccino, mocha, latte ...
Automatic coffee machine "DED1140X", with fineness adjustment, temperature display, filling alarm and espresso modes, normal or long. 2200 euros, from Dietrich.
Easy-care coffee machines
For those who are wondering how to clean a coffee robot, do not panic, everything has been designed to simplify maintenance. The screen of Krups' "Latt'Espress" machine warns when it's time to clean it, and just press a button. On De'Longhi machines, the infusion block is extracted from the robot and happens "from time to time" under the tap. That's all. As for the internal circuit of the machine, it self-cleans like an oven. Same scenario on the Magimix model, which has automatic cleaning and descaling programs.
Machine "Latt'Espress", with "One Touch Cappuccino", "clean" self-cleaning function, automatic descaling, carafe of milk that can go to the refrigerator, metal grinder and LCD screen. Compact (A4 sheet size). 649 euros, Krups.
Ecological and economical coffee machines
Coffee-machine manufacturers are also raising awareness of the notion of sustainable development. "The cakes of milling are recovered and can serve as fertilizer", explains Marie Berthet-Devienne. Also at Krups, it is recalled that the machines of the brand are produced in France: Mayenne, Mayenne. As for coffee beans, "it can be from fair trade", says one at De'Longhi. Finally, the economic aspect is also put forward at Krups, compared to the average price of 33 cents a capsule or coffee pod.
Machine "Incanto8914", ultracompact, with automatic milk frother, ceramic grinder, large digital screen and descaling system. 699 euros, Saeco (Philips).
Built-in espresso machine, with automatic "cappuccino" function, 7 grinding fineness, 5 aroma powers (extrafull extrafort) and 5 water lengths (short to long). 2350 euros, KitchenAid.
The Cuillier roasting house, founded in 1844, encourages a coffee break. This is happening at the Lafayette Gourmet in Paris, with a selection of exceptional coffees to enjoy around a counter. Not to be missed: espresso made from a Victoria Arduino coffee machine, and iced "Shakeratto" coffee prepared in a shaker and served in a martini glass.
35, bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris.