Bean to cup coffee makers can be known as automatic coffee machines. These coffee makers will use whole fresh coffee beans to produce a fresh brewed coffee on demand. Rather than the filter machines that use ground coffee, you just place the beans of choice into the hopper and then the coffee maker will grind the beans per cup, pass the water through the fresh ground coffee and then dispose of the remains into a side tub.
Fully automatic models such as the Delonghi PrimaDonna will also then froth your milk on autopilot before adding to your cup for the fully automated bean to cup cappuccino.
Other coffee machines will allow you to froth your own milk manually to get the perfect result.
Various makes such as Gaggia, Capresso, Saeco, Bosch, Siemens, Bodum and many others offer different types of machines that range from manual, to semi automatic onto fully automatic.
They vary considerably in price too, with some costing thousands, even for the home.
When you consider the spend per day though of an average coffee drinker from retail outlets such as Starbucks, Cafe Nero, Costa Coffee etc, you can see how someone could actually save money as well as have their own perfect espresso, cappuchino or latte on demand.
Most machines will allow you to alter the grind and other settings to increase or reduce the strength of your finished cup of coffee.
The average water tank size will be around 50oz. but some will be twice that capacity, such as the Jura-Capresso Impressa S9 Automatic Coffee Centre which holds up to 96oz.
Shop around for the machine that best suits your own needs and tastes, but do not be tempted purely on looks. Whilst you want a stylish design to fit in with your other luxuries, you should ensure the machine suits your taste on the product it delivers first and foremost.