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10 best pod coffee machines

Whether it’s a lungo or latte, get a great-tasting drink in seconds with one of these machines

 Get a professional standard brew with these gadgets ( iStock )

Can’t function without your morning dose of cupped lightning? You’re not alone. Just like all the rest of us who can’t see straight in the morning, the last thing you need is a complicated coffee brewer. Some of these things are so complex you’ve got to watch a video guide – and even then the consistency’s always a gamble.

Capsule coffee machines are a godsend. Not only do they offer the fastest route to your favourite cup of coffee, but they’re able to do it without making a mess. What’s more, the pod systems take the guesswork out of brewing and give you the same consistent quality every time.

Sure, bean connoisseurs might even call us pod lovers cheats, but there’s no refuting the capsule appeal if you’re short on both time and barista skills. You just pop in a capsule, press a button and enjoy the perfect cup in seconds – no faffing around.    

One more benefit that people seem to overlook is the fact that most capsule machines are designed to work with specific proprietary systems like Tassimo, Dolce Gusto, and Nespresso. Even the manufacturers are big brand names like Delonghi, so you can rest easy knowing both your machine and coffee capsules are of the highest quality possible.

Speaking of machines, we’ve compiled the most highly ranked capsule coffee makers in the UK.

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The Verdict: Best pod coffee machines

People with very minimal coffee needs might be more at home with a smaller, lighter duty machine such as the Nespresso Vertuo. If you’re on a really tight budget and want the most affordable unit, then we’d recommend the Nespresso Essenza Mini or Lavazza Jolie.      

But if you’re a true capsule coffee connoisseur who wants the best of the best and doesn’t mind spending a bit extra for it, then the Nespresso Creatista Plus Coffee Machine’s got your name written all over it. It’s a great all-rounder that excels in all the different aspects of coffee brewing that really matter.  

Sam Ellis is editor-in-chief of Coffee Tea Club

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