MORE and more of us are waking up and smelling the coffee – literally – as we opt to brew at home.The cost of popular takeaway drinks has shot up 22 per cent in a year, according to coffee supplier UCC.
8The Sun’s Hayley Richardson tests seven pod coffee machines and rates each out of 15Credit: Darren Fletcher
For those who want a cheaper option to perk themselves up in the morning, pod coffee machines are a winner – and there are some fantastic Cyber Monday deals to be had.
But which are worth coff-ing up for?
Hayley Richardson tests seven and rates each out of 15 for design, value and taste.
(Was £104.99 – now £59.99)
THE slimline, compact design doesn’t hog counter space, and as well as taking single and double L’Or espresso pods it’s also compatible with Nespresso.
It’s noisy but very quick, and serves drinks with a creamy head at the ideal temperature.
8The Philips L’Or Barista Sublime is noisy but very quick and serves drinks with a creamy head at the ideal temperatureCredit: Darren Fletcher
Overall score: 12
(Was £179.99 – now £125.99)
A GREAT option for wannabe baristas, this seems more like a traditional espresso machine.
It has a steam nozzle to froth milk, and uses pods, pads or ground espresso.
8The Beem has a steam nozzle to froth milk, and uses pods, pads or ground espressoCredit: Darren Fletcher
I made a tasty flat white with fresh milk which was less synthetic than pods.
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THE machine that smoothie George Clooney plugs is sexy and sleek, with a single button and Bluetooth connectivity.
But it only uses Nespresso Vertuo capsules, which are a bit pricey.
8This machine only uses Nespresso Vertuo capsules, which are a bit pricey
Even so, you get a lovely creamy coffee top, which tastes delicious.
(Was £106, now £29 at ao.com)
IT’S hard to fault this compact, light and easy-to-use machine.
The water tank is built into the side, making it easy to manoeuvre round a counter top, and it takes up little space.
8The Tassimo by Bosch is hard to fault and is light and easy-to-useCredit: Darren Fletcher
It feels super-sturdy, heats up quickly and, like the other Tassimo machines, can produce a huge range of drinks.
Its Intellibrew system means it automa …