How Does a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine Work?

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​The recent past has seen the growth of coffee makers increase from just a jar to having the machines that make the perfect coffee. Not long ago we depended fully on restaurants and high-end coffeehouses to have a cup of coffee.

Well, with the fast-evolving technology, you can have your high-quality coffee made at the comfort of your home with a bean-to-cup coffee maker.

These coffee machines were introduced to have coffee enjoyed by people in different walks of life at the comfort of their homes without necessarily going to the restaurant.

In this article, you are going to see, step by step, how to make Espressos, lattes, mochas and other coffees to enjoy at home.

​What Is a Bean to Cup Coffee Machine?

Before using the coffee machine, you have to know exactly what you are dealing with. The bean-to-cup is an automated machine that is able to whip up an espresso, cappuccino, latte or mocha easily and efficiently.

It does everything a traditional coffee machine and barista would do. The term bean to cup refers to the coffee-making process. 

It begins with complete unground coffee beans to produce a cup of coffee. All you have to do is input the setting on the display to get started. From the bean-to-cup coffee machine, you get the best tasting coffee since the whole process begins with coffee beans in their actual state, there is no flavor that gets lost in grounding and whatsoever.

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​How to Use the Bean-cup Coffee Machine?

​How to Use the Bean cup Coffee Machine

First, you have to have the coffee beans fresh from the supplier and ready. Put them into the coffee machine in your kitchen. The machines come with in-built grinders, and depending on the quality of the machine, you will get varying qualities of coffee. Getting the best natural flavor from the bean to cup machine is guaranteed because there is little to no flavor loss whatsoever. You probably know the dangers of boiling water and coffee.

When you use boiling water in the coffee, it burns hence losing the flavor. So the machine is made in a way that the water meets the coffee at 90-95 degrees Celsius range. This allows for the flavors to settle in and prevents damaging of the coffee with the boiling water.

When buying a coffee machine, you have to get the best which means you have to dig deeper into your pockets so that you get the best results out of it. ​An intuitive control panel is common in the high-end coffee machines which helps in easy operation of the machine. The control panel allows you to adjust the temperature, the strength of the coffee, time used and what have you. It gets easier with a coffee machine that has a variety of features. Whether you are using a simple model of a coffee machine or the advanced one, the control panels are available, except that the high-end machine has advanced functionalities like a touch screen control panel. Every setting has an effect to the results of the coffee you get, in terms of the taste. Once you have that knowledge, you will be able to make your preferred coffee.

​Bean Grinding

​Making an espresso requires finely ground coffee. Not all coffee machines have the same grinding ability, so depending on the quality of your coffee machine, you get different grinding results. The brewing time is totally dependent on the fineness of the coffee available. When coffee is completely ground, the essential oils are produced that’s why the coffee comes out fresher with a great taste. The bean-to-cup machine grinds the bean on demand as soon as you have your settings ready. The coarseness of the coffee can be easily adjusted before the whole process begins to have the ideal coffee. Advanced models grind new coffee for every shot.

​The Final Step

​After grinding comes the pumping of hot water through the coffee. The water is usually stored in a reservoir and is heated with a thermoblock. This heating element lets the water move in one way so that only the required water is heated to speed up the process thus saving electricity. When the water is heated, it is forced into the ground coffee at high pressure. The end result is that you are able to get at least two cups of espresso with a strong tasting coffee that is thicker than water because of the rich crema.


​So far, we have highlighted the basic coffee making methods when you have the bean-to-cup coffee machine. It is easy and convenient when using this machine to produce the best tasting coffees. However, the whole process is achievable to produce the perfect coffee if you follow the instructions and use the correct settings to making the coffee.

About the Author Catherine Wheeler

Hey, I'm Cath :) Iv'e got two beautiful young girls who mean the world to me. I used to be a head chef over at my local restaurant but I gave that up to look after my girls. I decided to put my culinary experience to use here by bringing that wealth of kitchen related knowledge and sharing it with you guys.