A quick cup of coffee in the morning or a cappuccino in the afternoon? With a coffee capsule machine you can create every imaginable coffee variation in seconds! We have tested 3 coffee capsule machines, paying particular attention to handling, cleaning, speed and volume. Our test winner is the Bosch Tassimo TAS1002GB Happy Coffee Machine: The machine is a perfectly functioning device, easy to clean and space-saving in the kitchen. Our favourite with a test score of 9.3/10!
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The Krups Dolce Gusto Lumio coffee capsule machine is a well working machine and its design makes it a real eye-catcher. The great thing about this device is that the amount of water can also be changed individually, the water tank with its small opening is somewhat more difficult to handle than with the other devices.
Order capsules directly with the device, as they are not included.
Order capsule adapter to be able to use capsules of other manufacturers (not possible with BOSCH device)
Test procedure In the run-up to the test, we defined the following test criteria:
In order to be able to rate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the coffee capsule machines. In these tests, the machines have to brew several cups of coffee. First, the supply is checked and the machines are prepared according to the manufacturer's instructions. In most cases, this means cleaning the machine before use. When the machines are ready for the first use, the first cups of coffee are brewed. Meanwhile, it is measured how long the warm-up time takes, how long it takes for a cup of coffee and how loud the machines are. In addition, the power consumption is checked during operation and in stand-by mode. Handling and user-friendliness are assessed throughout the entire test phase. Finally, it is tested whether parts of the appliances are dishwasher-safe and how complex descaling is.
In order to exclude errors and to ensure the load of everyday use, each test takes place in several rounds.
The test criteria are given percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.
Product selection Our product selection is based on observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).
The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.
As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.
The last time that Stiftung Warentest (a German consumer organisation which compares goods and services of different manufacturers with each other) tested coffee capsule machines was in November 2015. Although Bosch, Krups and DeLonghi machines were also tested at the time, these were not directly predecessors of our test machines.
Twelve machines were assessed by Stiftung Warentest, three of them of identical construction. The DeLonghi U EN 110 and Krups XN 250 both won first place. In addition to the test winners, six other machines received good marks. The Lavazza a Modo Mio Magia LM6000 achieved a smooth 3.0, taking last place. Three other products also only achieved a satisfactory result.
In the test, the coffee capsule machines had to pass through the following six criteria in order to determine the final score: Sensory evaluation (30%), brewing (30%), daily use (25%), power consumption (5%), noise (5%) and smell of the machine (5%).
First of all, coffee was prepared with tap water at factory settings. Eight test persons evaluated the coffee with regard to taste, smell, appearance, mouthfeel and aftertaste. In average, the machines prepare good to very good coffee. Only the Tchibo machine produced very bitter coffee.
The preparation time for heating and brewing coffee was also measured. You don't have to wait long for most machines. Delica Cremesso, for example, prepares a coffee within 44 seconds. The Tchibo capsule machine, on the other hand, takes a good one and a half minutes. The Dolce Gusto machines are quite fast, but drip a little longer. The temperature of the drinks was also judged. To determine an average temperature, each machine had to make ten cups of coffee. The temperature of the first cup was compared with that of the following cups. Among others, the machines from Aldi Süd, DeLonghi Dolce Gusto and Krups Dolce Gusto showed particularly good results. The other products also scored well with well-tempered coffee.
In order to test the suitability for everyday use, the testers assessed settings, the insertion and removal of capsules, cleaning and descaling. In addition, the machines were subjected to an endurance test in which they had to brew 90 coffees. This simulated a use of one to two months. Apart from two devices, there were no problems with the coffee capsules. With the Krups Nespresso Inissia and Cremesso One, there was a problem: the capsules could not be inserted effortlessly, sometimes more power had to be applied when the handle was turned, and the capsules did not always land properly in the waste container. In general, the devices performed well at this point. Only the Krups Inissia XN 1005 and DeLonghi EN 80 machines had so many shortcomings that it was only enough for a satisfactory result.
With regard to power consumption and noise level, the results were good to satisfactory. There have not been really big dropouts. The Bosch device was the loudest, the Tchibo device the most power consuming. Lavazza's last-placed coffee machine once again lowered its overall score by a large amount in the smell test. This is because the product emits a strong chemical smell that does not disappear even after a while.
Anyone who wants to get a coffee capsule machine into their home is faced with the dilemma of choice. Models are now available in all different kinds. If you only drink a few cups of coffee a day, a coffee capsule machine is the best choice. With these machines, the coffee is prepared very fast and without large expenditure, which is why the machines are suitable for all humans, who get up in the morning and want their coffee immediately. Maybe you also belong to these people?
With a capsule machine, all you have to do is turn on the machine, put in the capsule, press the button and the coffee is ready! Every now and then you have to fill some water into the container and possibly also milk, into the milk container, if your machine contains one. Otherwise you have it very easy and don't have to worry, because you don't have to do much more to get your beloved coffee!
How do you find the right coffee capsule machine and what exactly should you look out for? What do the different systems have to offer and which one is the right one? So many questions...
A modern coffee capsule machine is one of the single-portion machines. With this type of machine a certain amount of coffee can be prepared. Usually this is a cup. One coffee capsule per cup is usually required for the preparation. So you can enjoy your coffee within seconds.
These machines are particularly easy to operate. The machines are easy to understand and therefore very easy to use.
How does a coffee capsule machine work?
Only a few steps are necessary to operate a coffee capsule machine. First a device or a special flap is opened with the conventional models. The capsule is then simply inserted into this opening and the device is simply closed again.
The next step is usually different depending on the model. With the simple, smaller models, the appropriate button for the coffee is simply pressed. The water heats up at the same moment and pushes through the capsules. There are also models with another device for heating and foaming milk. This means that cappuccinos or latte macchiatos can also be prepared.
A coffee capsule machine is particularly suitable for private households and the office. The advantage is that the coffee can be easily prepared in a few seconds with such a machine. In addition, there is a coffee for every taste, as the capsules are available in numerous flavours. However, the machines are not suitable for commercial purposes, as they can only be used to prepare small quantities. Otherwise, you can't complain, because if you want to use the machine for your own four walls, it won't disappoint you!
Feel Good Coffee: Lifestyle, convenience and environmental protection in one capsule
Launch the highest quality organic coffee capsule for the Nespresso®* system, filled with top quality organic coffee: That was the goal of Marcus Berthold and Gregor Sander. Together they founded the start-up company "Feel Good Coffee" in the summer of 2018: Exquisite organic coffee of the highest quality in 100% biodegradable capsules made from renewable raw materials, without plastic, aluminium or harmful substances, with a special, patented lid made from paper that is oxygen-tight and has the taste and aroma of the exquisite roasts for up to 16 months without any additives. Quality loss preserved. In principle, the capsule machine is a clever solution, also from an ecological point of view, says Berthold: "Energy efficiency in preparation is particularly useful for small and single households. With precisely portionable coffee quantities, food wastage can also be avoided". In his view, the huge quantities of aluminium and plastic waste, up to 20,000 tons per year, are not responsible:
"There are many ways of preparing coffee and everyone should drink their coffee as they like. We want to reach the many owners of Nespresso®* System1 machines in Germany and convince them of Feel Good Coffee. With pleasure, convenience and a clear conscience. We hope that many people will taste and feel the difference - and want to become part of the story themselves."
Coffee enjoyment with a clear conscience
What unites the founders on the one hand is their love of good coffee and their desire to make their consumption sustainable and ecologically responsible. "There are hundreds of small and fine private roasters in Germany that produce very good coffee," says Sander and enthuses: "Whether nutty, flowery or fruity, coffee offers sensational flavours, more varied and complex than wine. It is precisely these coffees that will be available in the Feel Good Coffee wonder capsule in the future.
For years, Sander has been working on the capsule filling process, which has recently gone into series production and is already available in the online shop at www.feelgood-coffee.de. Marcus Berthold takes care of the marketing: "When I had the capsule on the table, I knew immediately: This will revolutionize the capsule market", explains the expert for marketing, social media and innovation. Right from the start, it was important to the founders to involve the fans in the development, and customizing and crowdsourcing are equally important.
The members of the "Coffee Club" can take part in product samples, send in their favourite varieties or suggest new coffee blends. Three different types of coffee are currently on offer: Good Morning (Espresso), Feel Good (Espresso/Lungo) and Perfect Day (Lungo).
The sensory profile, determined by the factors sweetness, spice, fruit, mildness and roasting, is indicated on the website. Perfect Day, for example, is a lungo made from high-quality Robusta India cherry and convinces with a strong body and fine roast and nut flavours. The certified organic coffee comes from plantations in Peru, Honduras, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Sumatra, India, Colombia, Nicaragua and Brazil. "Our vision is to fill our Feel Good capsule with speciality coffees from private roasters," says Sander. "We want to combine lifestyle, convenience and environmental protection: enjoyment with the touch of a button, but with a clear conscience." After use, the capsules, which are one of the few products so far to have the " OK COMPOST " seal, are 100% compostable: they can be added directly to the household compost or organic waste, and also with a clear conscience to the residual waste.
1 cent per capsule goes to 4ocean & Co.
At its core, the young company is steeped in sustainable thinking: Feel Good Coffee is produced CO2-neutral, orders are shipped climate-friendly by DHL Green and with price advantages for larger purchase quantities. But offering a product that protects the environment is not enough for the two entrepreneurs; together with the community, they also want to actively do something for the environment: For every capsule sold, 1 cent goes to 4ocean and other projects to protect the oceans. The organizations free the world's oceans from plastic waste. "Lifestyle, convenience and environmental protection don't have to be contradictory. For me, it's a bit of quality of life when I can start the day with a capsule coffee with a clear conscience," says Berthold. "I hope that many people will share this feeling.
The simple operation and the quick preparation can probably be stated as essential advantages. You never have to use coffee powder again and you don't have to worry about the coffee being too weak in the end. The quick and fresh preparation is therefore an essential advantage.
The only disadvantage is the cost of the capsules, but it always depends on how much coffee you drink every day. People who don't drink too much coffee will love such a machine. Then the costs will be kept within limits!
Anyone who wants to bring a coffee capsule machine into their home should make sure that it is of good quality. There are many models today, but not all can score with longevity. So you should have a close look at the machine and possibly also read on the Internet what other customers have to say about the model. This will give you a much better overview of certain models and you can compare them with each other.
You should also choose a coffee capsule machine from which you also like the capsules. Not every machine can hold every capsule. This means that there are capsules that can only be used by the machines of their manufacturers. On the other hand, it must also be said that today you can buy many imitation capsules. This is especially the case with well-known manufacturers such as Nespresso.
A capsule machine must also be well cleaned. Nevertheless, this is usually very easy to handle with the usual models. Many elements such as the drip grid, the capsule holder or the water tank are easy to remove from most models and are also suitable for the dishwasher.
Most models also have a special cleaning mode. Hot water is usually pressed through the individual hoses at high pressure to remove coffee residues, etc.
Although coffee capsule machines are all very similar in the way they work, there are some differences in their systems.
Nespresso is probably the best-known brand when it comes to coffee capsule machines. Maybe it's the quality of the machines, the great taste of the capsules or just George Clooney, who was an excellent marketing strategy.
At Nespresso, the central element is the aluminium capsule, which is used to make coffee. The entire brewing process takes place inside the capsule. The capsule is inserted into the machine and enclosed by a capsule cage. Then it is pressed against the so-called pyramid plate and pierced by 3 thorns.
When the brewing process is started, hot water is pressed through the capsule at a very high pressure. If the pressure in the capsule is high enough, the aluminium on the underside of the capsule can no longer withstand it. What happens now? It tears. The coffee will now run out through the membrane and through the holes in the pyramid plate. Within seconds you have made coffee!
Nespresso offers different capsules, different types, each with its own individual taste. There is something for everyone!
At Tassimo, the capsules are often called T discs. They consist of a special thermoforming plastic capsule which is sealed with an aluminium foil. Tassimo capsules contain coffee, but also tea, because tea can also be prepared with the machines.
The capsules also serve as a brewing chamber. After each brewing process, the variety can be easily changed without having to clean the machine.
Unlike other coffee capsule machines, Tassimo always supplies the hot water and drains the finished beverages from the same side. In this case, the capsules are pierced from below. This process is called "inverse flow technology". After preparation, the entire capsule is disposed of.
At Tassimo you can prepare not only coffee, but also tea and even cocoa. So if you are looking for a suitable machine with which you can prepare several different hot drinks at the same time, Tassimo is the right place for you. Tastes are of course individual, but Tassimo is also appreciated by many people and is therefore a very popular machine.
Cafissimo enjoys great popularity. Just like the other brands, Cafissimo scores with its excellent taste of the capsules and with its high-quality, durable machines.
The set-up of the Cafissimo machines is comparable to a conventional capsule holding machine. Cafissimo machines usually have a steam tube with the so-called "Panarello" to produce milk foam.
The electronics allow a free programming of the amount of water needed for different coffee preparations.
In contrast to the Nespresso system, Dolce Gusto capsules are freely available on the market. Nespresso and Dolce Gusto both come from Nestlé. Nespresso capsules can only be purchased online or in the Nespresso stores.
With Dolce Gusto you can look forward to different varieties that can be prepared quickly. The system is similar to the Nespresso system and is indeed very similar to the Nespresso machines. The capsules can generally be purchased at a slightly lower price, which most people appreciate.
Coffee capsule machines are a good investment if you are longing for a good coffee machine that can make coffee quickly and easily. The machines themselves are usually very cheap to buy. The follow-up costs (the price of the capsules) always depend on the manufacturer. Many manufacturers create their capsules so that they do not fit into any other capsule machine, which forces you to buy the capsules from the manufacturer. Nevertheless, there are now many copies of capsules, especially for Nespresso machines. In the end, it is up to you which machine you choose. However, you should take a good look at the machines beforehand and compare them with each other so that in the end you really get the machine that is most suitable for your needs.
So just take a little time and find out about the individual models and manufacturers. Then you will soon be able to enjoy fresh coffee every morning (and evening, and in between) without much effort.
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