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Compact Coffee Machines for Small Kitchens

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Updated February 5, 2020

Sometimes it can feel as if the simple coffee brewer has transformed from a simple appliance to a small piece of furniture, full to the brim with features you didn't know or thought you needed.

Searching without compromise

If you live in a flat where the kitchen, living room and bathroom essentially share the same space, it can be difficult to set aside a square meter of space solely devoted to a coffee machine. The search for a smaller-sized model doesn't need to mean that one forsakes great coffee flavour in the process! Here are 10 models of coffee brewers, coffee presses and machines - all of which help you in keeping some clear space on your countertop.

DeLonghi Dedica Style EC 685

Type: Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Dedica Style EC 685 comes with a level of comfort in knowing that you have all you need to make yourself feel like a coffee aficionado. Take your coffee with milk? No sweat, just use the frother on the side and you'll instantly whip up your own cappuccino. Despite its rather compact size, this espresso machine delivers with great cups of coffee and draws the eyes with its appealing design.

Nescafé Dolce Gusto Mini Me

Type: Capsule Machine

If you're thinking about tossing your microwave due to a lack of space for a coffee machine, you can breathe a sigh of deep relief and enjoy both microwaved food and excellent coffee. Dolce Gusto Mini notably takes up little space on the countertop and undoubtedly has a capsule to match the preference of whomever you invite over for coffee. It has max capacity of 0,8 litres and serves both hot and cold coffee without much fuss on your end.

Bialetti Moka Induction 6 Cup

Type: Moka Brewer

It can be a real challenge figuring out how one gets the most out of a moka pot for the first time, but once you break the learning curve, you'll understand what makes it awesome. Nice to look at and equally easy to pack away, if you want to store it in a cupboard or drawer in your kitchen. The Moka Induction pot comes in two sizes and as the name suggests, it brews coffee by induction heat. Brew yourself a cup and enjoy on your laid-back Saturday morning.

Bodum Champbord 8 Cup

Type: Coffee Press

Are you really a tea-drinker and you're not keen on giving up any space in your kitchen for a coffee machine? Then a coffee press is the the option for you! Simply pick it up when your guests arrive and impress them by talking about how the coffee aroma is much better when brewed via press. Champbord is a real favourite and serves a whole 8 cups of coffee, which you can drink all your own or with some friends and family. It's an added benefit that it takes up minimal space in your cabinets as well!

Moccamaster Cup-One-W

Type: Filter Coffee Brewer

Moccamaster's Cup-One is a smaller variation on its predecessors and brews, just as the name states, one cup of coffee at a time and has a water capacity of 330ml. Just what's needed for a perfect cup of coffee. If you feel as if you'll be needed more than one cup to help you stay awake and alert throughout the day, no problem! Brewing time only takes around 4 minutes and the machine automatically switches off when the cup is served.

Chemex Classic 6 Cup

Type: Pour Over

The pour-over technique for brewing coffee is known for how it works by letting water slowly run through coffee, creating an aromatic and robust cup of coffee. Chemex Classic is easy to tuck away when not in use, but the idea is that having it out can also allow it to double as a decoration that looks like it came out of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as it is often considered one of the 100 best designed products of all time.

Nespresso Essenza Mini C30

Type: Capsule Machine

Essenza Mini C30 is a coffee machine that's easily cleanable, music to the ears of those who do not have a dishwasher handy. Aside from this, "ultra easy" and "ultra compact" pretty much says it all! All it takes to use is the press of a button, 25 seconds of heating and it even lets you choose between two volumes of coffee for you to a drink.

Aerobie Aeropress

Type: Coffee Press

If you're not frequently receiving visitors, it would be ill-advised buying a large contraption that can churn out 10 cups of coffee, when you could easily use an AeroPress to brew one fantastic cup of coffee at a time. Fast, smooth, takes up practically no space and is a great option for those who like starting the day with some regular coffee or espresso. It also makes for a great travel companion if you're keen on saving on coffee whilst on the move!

Bodum Pebo 1208

Type: Siphon Brewer

If you want something to feast your eyes upon whilst you wait for the first cup of the morning, a siphon brewer is the way to go. The fascinating vaccuum method of brewing coffee is old and is now considered a classic way to bring out the best in coffee. Sure they may be some parts that you have to wash by hand, but it's definitely worth it - just make sure you don't use it on the induction stovetop.

Nespresso Magimix CitiZ 11315

Type: Capsule Machine

If you have a limited amount of open surface space on your kitchen countertop, this stylish Magimix CitiZ 11315 could be a great option for you. Whilst maybe not the most fancy of capsule machines, it's only 13cm wide and it brews top notch coffee and requires minimal fuss and maintenance, as it has its own cleaning programme. Worth setting aside a wee bit of space for the sake of convenience with this coffee machine.

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