Updated January 27, 2017
Ah, that smell. There’s nothing quite like a nice fresh brewed cup of coffee in the morning, is there?
Whether it’s just waking up or needing a midmorning or mid-day pickup, a great cup of coffee or espresso can really be the perk up you need.
But do you really want to make the run to the corner coffee shop just to stand in line?
And let’s face it, going for the carafe that’s been cooking on the burner all morning? Not a great choice either.
There’s a better way…
In this review we’ll take a look at three best coffee maker with built in grinder combos that will save you money, time, and eliminate waste.
Now, these aren’t your regular drip type coffee makers. We’re going for the premium made coffee makers. Premium coffee is what you’ve been buying and waiting in those long lines for, so this makes sense, right?
Why go to something inferior just to save money?
Top 3 Coffee Makers With Built-in Grinder
Top 3 Coffee Makers With Built-in Grinder
There’s a plethora (there, I finally used it) of coffee and espresso makers on the market.
How Do You Tell What’s Best for You?
It’s easy if you take a few minutes and answer these four questions.
- How much space do you have?
- Are you using the unit at home or in the office? – Capacity is the concern here.
- What kind of service do you need?
- What kind of features do you need/want?
With these questions in mind, we’ve chosen what we think are the three best coffee machine with grinder combos.
From large to small, many features to just the essential, they’re here for your review.
Each overview also connects you to our full review of each machine.
The three coffee machine withe grinder combos that we’re going to take a look at are the:
- Jura Impressa S9 One Touch Espresso Coffee Machine
- Gaggia Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine
- Saeco X-Small Vapore Espresso Maker
These three coffee makers range in price from under $700 to around $2000. They’re called super automatic coffee makers or bean to cup machines because they do just about everything for you.
Here’s a brief introduction to super automatics or bean to cup machines. Either term is interchangeable so use whatever phrase is most comfortable to you.
Super Automatics. What, Exactly, Are They?
A super automatic or bean to cup coffee machine takes a majority of the work of creating a good cup of coffee off your hands.
Here’s all you need to do…
You load up the bean hopper with your coffee beans, pop a cup underneath the spout and stand back as the machine takes over and makes your coffee, espresso or other coffee drink.
The built in grinder grinds the coffee beans and the grounds are prepared for the water (usually by pre-infusion.) The boiler heats the water to the proper temperature and brews your cup of coffee.
If you’re making milk-based drink like a cappuccino, some higher end machines will also handle the steaming and frothing of the milk.
Each individual cup of coffee is freshly made from freshly ground beans. This is a big deal.
Coffee or espresso that’s been made from freshly ground coffee is always the best. For more, read about why fresh ground is better and how to get it.
And don’t let the espresso maker moniker throw you. All three of these machines can make many different types of coffee drinks not just espresso.
They’re like having a barista in your house. If you want espresso, cappuccino or any other coffee drink, these units deliver.
Even if you only want a regular cup of coffee, you’ll enjoy a higher quality cup. You can even get hot water for tea and hot milk for your hot chocolate.
Why Are They So Cool?
Just about everything is done for you. Most super automatics will let you customize the type of coffee drink that you want. Each cup is individually made. No big pot or carafe of one type of coffee to start losing freshness as it sits on the burner boiling away.
For convenience, two of the reviewed machines have bypass dosers that allow you to use pre-ground coffee like decaf.
When Is the Coffee Ready?
Usually less than a minute. Expect a little more time if you’re going to be making milk-based coffee drinks. Frothing and steaming the milk is usually a separate step that adds just a short amount of time. Though some machines, like the S9, make that a one-button operation as well.
Okay, let’s go ahead and take a look at what we think are the three best coffee maker and built in grinder combos.
$1500 – $2000
Jura Impressa S9 One Touch Espresso Coffee Machine
The Jura S9 is the flagship of the S series Jura units and is what most people think of as a super automatic coffee/espresso maker. It’s a full size bean to cup machine offering a full range of coffee drinks.
It’s also more feature-rich than the other two units in this review.
These additional features make it particularly well-suited for office coffee room use.
The S9 has the following features:
- Automatic on/off – you don’t wait around for the machine in the morning, even better, it shuts itself off when you forget about it.
- 24 hour programmability – set different on/off times for multiple days of the week for your convenience.
- The proprietary Jura Aroma system – water pre-infusion of the grounds for more flavor extraction.
- 90 oz. water tank which means that you won’t need to refill very often.
- Large capacity dregs box and drip tray – less frequent cleanup.
- The hopper will hold 9 oz. and warns you when it’s about empty.
- Making milk-based coffee drinks is a one-button push away, rather than a two-step operation that’s required from other machines.
Standard features include:
- Ceramic conical burr grinder – for consistent bean grinding. Consistency and freshness guarantee a great cup of coffee.
- By pass doser for pre-ground coffee like decaf or flavored.
- 15 bar high-performance pump for high quality espresso.
- Adjustable drink spouts to accommodate different cup sizes.
The Jura is made in Switzerland and comes with a two-year warranty. Service maintenance is handled by Jura USA. The S9 would serve very well in the household kitchen or office dining section.
$700 – $1500
Gaggia Titanium Super Automatic Espresso Machine
The Titanium falls in the middle of this review because it can easily handle a home and small office kitchen set up.
To showcase this flexibility, Gaggia built the Titanium with two Thermoblock boilers. This helps cut the wait time between getting the coffee brewed and prepping the milk for your milk based coffee drink.
The Titanium has the following features:
- A 60 ounce water tank on the back of the unit – spinning the lazy susan base, you’re able to easily fill the tank when it’s time. The tank can be filled in place or removed.
- A removable brew group for easy cleaning.
- Five programmable temperature settings – you can have your coffee as hot as you want it.
- The hopper capacity is 8 ½ ounces.
- The grinder has an adjustable doser – you choose the strength of your coffee so you can dial it in if you prefer it a little weaker or a little stronger than normal.
Standard features include:
- A conical burr grinder with 18 grind settings so you can be sure to get the grind size you need.
- A bypass doser for pre-ground or flavored coffee.
- Three pre-programmed coffee volume buttons to control how much water goes into your drink.
- Ability to program up to three different coffee drinks. Set it once and just press a button next time.
- A 15 bar pump for your quality espresso drinks.
Made in Italy, the Gaggia Titanium comes with a one year parts and labor warranty and is serviced by Gaggia, USA
The Titanium is a quality entry level bean to cup machine. It’s aimed at the coffee drinker who wants the automation of the full size automatics but doesn’t need all the bells and whistles.
Equally at home in your kitchen or small office of around 10 people, the Gaggia Titanium is a quick coffee maker as well as easy to clean and maintain.
Saeco X-Small Vapore Espresso Maker
The Saeco Vapore X-Small really is small, especially when compared to its now retired older brother, the Vienna Plus. It’s perfect for the coffee drinker who is squeezed for space. But small doesn’t mean a loss of quality.
The Vapore has the following standard features:
- A conical ceramic burr grinder. The Vapore’s grinder has five settings that are adjusted with the included wrench rather than a knob.
- A Panarello wand for steaming and frothing milk.
- A removable and easy to clean brew unit.
- Programmable memo function that allows you to save your preferred brew combination.
- It also tells you when it’s time to run the descale process.
Since it is one of the smallest units on the market, capacities are a little smaller as well.
- The hopper size comes in at 6.5 oz.
- The water tank holds 33 oz. of water.
There are a few items that don’t come with a machine this size. There is no by-pass doser or cup warmer. The spout and drip tray are not adjustable.
None of these is a deal killer if you don’t need these features. Anyway, it’s all made up for in the compact size that easily fits under a cabinet, small cubby or even an RV.
This is definitely not an office coffee maker and is only meant to be a home kitchen unit. Even so, the price is good for a quality, affordable super automatic.
So What’s the Final Gavel Slamming Verdict?
So there we have it. If you’re looking for the best coffee machine grinder combo, you’ve got three great machines to choose from.
Looking for a full size machine with all the bells and whistles? The Jura Impressa S9 is a good choice. It can fill the bill for either the home or office with ease.
If you’re needing something just a little bit smaller or your coffee serving requirements aren’t as great to warrant one of the full size units, the Gaggia Titanium is a flexible bet.
Just getting started in upper end coffee machines with grinders or just short on space? The Saeco Vapore may be small but it’s big on serving great coffee and espresso.
Whichever direction you go, rest assured you’re covered by the manufacturers and Amazon in the event you’re not satisfied.
What’s Your Next Step?