Which is better: a fully automatic coffee machine or a capsule machine? Read here about the advantages and disadvantages of both coffee machines and see in a direct comparison table which purchase is more worthwhile.
The advantages and disadvantages of a fully automatic coffee maker
Compared to the capsule machine, the fully automatic coffee machine offers considerably more options and scope: you can add the optimum amount of water to your coffee, you can adjust the grind, make the desired amount of milk foam and have various drinks prepared.
The disadvantage is the relatively expensive purchase: you can currently get a decent fully automatic coffee machine for £250 and up. It grinds the beans fresh for each coffee, so you have a wonderful aroma in the house. Another advantage is the low price per cup: you get about 200 cups of coffee from 1.5 kg of coffee beans. Let’s say the package cost you 20£, so you pay 0.10£ per cup of coffee.
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The advantages and disadvantages of a capsule machine
First of all, the capsule machine impresses with its ease of use: one button for everything. What comes out depends on the capsule. But that’s where the problem starts: At least one capsule is used for each coffee production, two if you use a milk capsule. That’s a whole lot of waste if you use it frequently.
Then there is the high cost of the capsules: one capsule costs between £0.30 and £0.80. So if you make yourself a latte macchiato, you’re already looking at £0.60 to £1.10!
On the other hand, of course, the purchase costs are comparatively low: you can get a Nespresso capsule machine for as little as £35.
Another advantage is the relatively low maintenance: while a fully automatic coffee machine needs to be greased every now and then, for example, a capsule machine only needs to be descaled every now and then. There is also no risk of coffee powder flying around and getting stuck.
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Direct comparison of fully automatic coffee machine and capsule machine
|Fully automatic coffee machine||Capsule machine|
|Cost per coffee||0,10£ to 0,30£||0,30£ to 1,10£|
|Power consumption||Normally 1000 to 1500 watts||Normally 800 to 1300 watts|
|Amount of waste||Organic waste only||Any amount of plastic waste|
|Cost of purchase||From 250£||From 35£|
|Fresh||Freshly ground coffee||Ready coffee powder in plastic capsules|