- Do you entertain a lot?
- How many coffees do you need to make at a time?
- Will you be making mainly milk based coffee?
- How much bench space and height do you have available. Measure up first!
- Do you need to have a hot water arm for making long blacks or tea?
- Ask about after sales service and repairs, availability of parts, where is servicing done, does the machine need to be sent away for repairs, warranty.
When deciding to purchase a machine you should, at some time, plan to purchase a grinder, whether it be at the same time or in the future. A quality grinder is every bit as important as the coffee machine. A grinder gives you control over the grind of the coffee which directly impacts on taste and flavour of the coffee. It allows you to keep your coffee fresher as you can then buy your coffee as whole beans and grind as required. Nothing smells better than fresh coffee, but stale coffee smells rancid, like a dirty ashtray. By following this small bit of advice you will hopefully enjoy the experience. Maintenance and cleaning of your machine is extremely important if you want to continue to make good coffee at home. Machines that are not descaled regularly will result in bitter tasting coffee. Bitter tasting coffee is generally a result of dirty equipment, incorrect storage of beans, incorrect grind and or poor barista skills, not fresh coffee beans.