The Ultimate Bean to Cup Coffee Machine Guide

What is a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine?

A bean to cup coffee machine is a fully automated coffee machine that takes whole coffee beans and grinds, presses and brews them into a delicious cup of coffee in a matter of moments.

How do Bean to Cup Coffee Machines Work?​

Bean-to-cup machines grind coffee beans individually for every drink to deliver exceptional coffee in the workplace. The coffee beans are stored in hoppers with a separate storage system for fresh milk. They require careful management to deliver their full potential and need to be cleaned and descaled regularly. 

Bean-to-cup machines do not require manual operation from a barista and are self-service operated. They produce coffee on-demand and at the push of a button. By grinding coffee automatically and texturising milk to a level of quality that would have heads turning, they are a great option for delivering fresh quality coffee.

If consistency is your priority, then a bean-to-cup machine is the right investment to make, providing premium espresso and offering the flexibility to serve coffee on tap without the need for specialist training.

Types of Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Whether you are looking for a budget bean-to-cup machine for espresso and cappuccino or a higher-end model with additional features, you can be sure to find a machine that fits your business requirements at Liquidline. 

Many models are designed to be super energy efficient, reliable and produce great-tasting espresso-based drinks. Some, for example, are built with the consumer in mind, especially for businesses that operate only in the day and do not require the machine to be in use overnight. Such machines come with an energy-saving mode – after one hour the machine will automatically enter into standby mode using less than 1W of power or less each hour.

Why Invest in a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine?


Coffee making is easy with a bean to cup machine, so you’ll no longer need to worry about the flow of customers coming through your door and not having enough time to cater for their needs. With bean to cup machines, you can produce aromatic espresso-based drinks with a single button and customise each drink to your liking.


Is your machine going to be well-equipped for offering fresh coffee? Find a machine with a large bean hopper so you can replace your coffee beans regularly.


Most bean to cup machines make coffee with just a few button presses. Some have more advanced systems where you can choose your drink and have it ready within seconds.


If you love having a variety of flavours to choose from at the touch of a button, then a bean to cup machine is ideal for you

Things to Consider When Buying a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine

Beverage Output

Firstly, you will need to consider how many drinks per day you will average depending on how many customers you get during busy periods. If you’re looking for a low volume machine, the Cafétouch Q1 is compact, affordable and produces up to 50 drinks per day. If however, you’re looking to produce in excess of 250 cups per day, then the Cafétouch Q3 would be more suitable.

Drink Options

Some models of machine offer more drinks variety than others. If you want to have up to 8 drinks selections for example, so you can have a range of espresso-based beverages to choose from, then go for a machine that can offer that to you.

The Schaerer Prime Bean to Cup Coffee Machine offers the ultimate in flexibility with over 40 speciality drinks options. Save time by compiling your favourites in the free to use Schaerer coffeeMYsation smartphone app.

Cleaning Cycles

Many new models of bean to cup machine have automatic cleaning cycles that notify you when they need cleaning. These cleaning programs often last up to about 1-hour at a time

Dual Boiler System

The more boiler space you can incorporate, the higher your water capacity and the more beverages you can produce.

Built-in Milk Frother

Some bean to cup coffee machines have a milk frothing steam pipe so you can produce two espressos at one time.

For those looking for a coffee-shop quality coffee with a luxurious extra fluffy finish, then the Shaerer Soul with Best Foam Technology should be your first port of call.

Removable Drip Tray & Brewing Unit

Most bean-to-cup machines have a removable drip tray so you can clean regularly and thoroughly by soaking in warm water.

WiFi Connectivity

If you want to turn on your coffee machine remotely or create new recipes then choose a model of machine with WiFi connectivity.

Customisation Settings

Many bean to cup machines, unlike instant machines, allow you to customise your own coffee. They provide you with fully functional customisation settings to determine how your coffee tastes. They come well-equipped with various pre-sets to help determine grind coarseness, variety and flavour. Additional features may include brewing temperature, coffee strength, automatic milk frothing, cup size and water amount. 

If you’re ready to invest in a bean to cup coffee machine for your business, or if you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with the friendly team at Liquidline now.