What is a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine?
The best bean to cup coffee machines have to do many things really well. So, “Bean to Cup” means that you press a single button and the machine grinds the beans, brews the coffee.
The fact is this terms are not standardized at all. “Bean to cup” generally refers to a small household appliance that stores whole, roasted coffee beans, water and in many cases, milk.
What is a Bean to Cup Coffee Maker?
More often than not this terms means the same thing as Bean to Cup Coffee Machine. Some people prefer this term because the word “maker” makes it clear that it is a drip brewer.
Good bean to cup coffee makers with grinders can range from about $70 to maybe $200.
Some people use these terms to refer to both drip brewers and automatic and semi automatic espresso machines. So, for these people “Bean to Cup” is an umbrella term for both types. This is confusing. And no, strong drip coffee is not espresso.
Bean to cup coffee machines cost a lot less than espresso machines but are only for people who only want to make drip brew coffee drinks. Most of them grind beans and brew but do not have any milk system. So, you add milk or creamer separately.
What is a Bean to Cup Espresso Machine?
“Bean to Cup Espresso Machine” is usually used to refer to any automatic or super automatic espresso machine. These store beans and water, and have a built-in carafe of milk or a milk cup or carafe connected by a straw. They are fundamentally different than coffee makers because they express espresso they don’t drip brew coffee.
Many of these machines will make cappuccinos and lattes, and often up to a dozen other drinks with the touch of a button. In some ways you have to froth your milk and in some cases the machine does it all automatically.
Automatic espresso machines can range from a couple of hundred dollars to maybe $1000. Really good super automatic espresso machines range from $500 to $6000 and much more but come with a simulated daily trip to heaven included.
Best Bean to Cup Coffee Makers in 2020
In this category we are going to highlight our favorites coffee makers that store and grind whole beans and drip brew coffee all with the touch of a button.
Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machine under $100 for 2020
- 24H Program
- Brew-pause feature
- Auto shutoff to 4 hours
- Burr Grinder
Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machine $100 to $200 for 2020
- Burr grinder
- Regular and bold brewing
- Programmable on, time brew & auto shut off
- 30 s Brew-pause function
Best Bean to Cup Coffee Machine with Thermal Carafe for 2020
Capresso Coffee Maker
Model: 488.05 Team Pro Plus Thermal Carafe
- 10 cups brewing
- 8oz bean storage
- Thermal carafe
- Oily bean setting
- 3 grinder finenesss settings
Best Bean to Cup Espresso Machines
If you didn’t find what you like, consider a few other suggestions. The Zojirushi coffee maker, is an interesting, if not well known coffee maker. We really likes the Cuisinart Coffee Center machines. They have a lot of great features and the value is excellent. Also, the Technivorm Moccamaster 79312 KBGT is very good. The CHULUX coffee maker is an interesting pod machine as is the Keurig K70.
If you like espresso and espresso milk drinks also check out our Espresso Machine 2020 Buying Guide. In our opinion the use of the word “machine” should only be used with an espresso machine that uses pressurized steam and water to express espresso. The word “maker” should refer to a machine that brews drip coffee. If you disagree leave a comment and change our minds. I swear we are reasonable.
These are our 2020 best bean to cup coffee machines. All of them are great coffee makers and store and grind whole beans and drip brew coffee all with the touch of a button. You can real more coffee reviews and buyers guides on our Coffee Maker 2020 Buyers Guide.