There aren’t really any companies that dominate the global coffee machine market. This means that consumers have a wide variety of choices when it comes to coffee machines. New products, many of which include new innovations or improved features, are launched to the market.
Although not new anymore, pod and capsule machines represent one of the biggest changes, as companies like Keurig, with their K Cup machines, and Nestle with the Nespresso machines, offer simple coffee-making options for all consumers. More recent innovations that have yet to fully take hold of the market include touch-screen operation and smart machines that connect to a smart-home system.
Below are the 10 largest coffee machine manufacturers this year.
The 10 Biggest Coffee Machine Manufacturers:
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Keurig K-Classic|
Keurig is best known for its K-Cup machines, which is a pod coffee brewing system. They are designed to be easy to use and to offer uniform coffee that tastes the same every time it is brewed. They typically only work with K-Cup pods, which may put some potential buyers off, but Keurig has taken the US by storm and has made the journey to other parts of the world.
The Keurig Classic is an updated version of the company’s first such machine, and it is now an affordable but still high-quality machine.
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Panasonic NC-ZA1|
Panasonic has a fairly limited range of coffee machines, but it does sell a lot in its home market of Japan. The Panasonic NC-ZA1 was the company’s first espresso machine, launched in 2014, and it continues to update and sell the machine. The Japanese manufacturer also sells a roaster and offers a green bean subscription service so that owners can enjoy roasting their own fresh coffee at home.
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Nescafe Vertuo Plus|
Nestle founded Nescafe in 1938 and has become one of the biggest names in all areas of coffee. It is an especially popular instant coffee brand, but with the introduction of the Nespresso range, Nestle not only sells a lot of coffee machines, but also the pods and other ground coffee and coffee beans.
The Dolce Gusto is an especially popular Nespresso machine. As a pod machine, it is easy to operate and claims to offer 25 coffee-shop quality drinks at the touch of a button and is aimed at commercial buyers. The Nescafe Vertuo Plus offers similar ease of use for home buyers.
4. Newell Brands
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Mr. Coffee Café Barista|
Newell Brands owns the Mr. Coffee brand through which they offer drip and pour-over coffee makers, espresso machines, and some specialty machines that make drinks like iced coffee and frappes. The Mr. Coffee Café Barista is a semi-automatic coffee machine that makes espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes and has its own automatic milk frother in a compact unit.
|Notable Coffee Machines:||De’Longhi ESAM|
De-Longhi is an Italian coffee machine manufacturer, so it’s hardly surprising that they concentrate on espresso machines. Of particular note are the company’s bean-to-cup machines, including the ESAM, which is one of the more affordable bean-to-cup machines on the market.
Unlike a lot of similar machines, the ESAM doesn’t include an automatic frother but does have a steaming wand, which allows users to texture milk exactly the way they want.
|Notable Coffee Machines:||EKF330|
Electrolux makes a range of home and commercial appliances, and they primarily sell coffee machines and coffee makers to restaurants and other commercial venues. One notable exception is the Electrolux 900, which is a built-in espresso machine that makes espresso and espresso-based machines and fits snugly into a kitchen design without taking up counter space.
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Barista T Smart|
Melitta is a specialist coffee machine manufacturer and supplier of coffee beans and ground coffee. Its Melitta Barista T Smart Fully Automatic Coffee Machine is not only a bean-to-cup machine that does everything from grinding the bean to frothing and pouring the milk, but it is also one of the first smart machines. It has a touch screen and can connect to your automated home system so that, as part of your daily routines, you can have a coffee prepared and ready for you.
8. Morphy Richards
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Coffee On-the-Go Filter Machine|
Morphy Richards does make espresso and cappuccino machines, but it is probably best known for its filter coffee machines. The Coffee On-the-Go Filter Machine has a reusable filter, so users don’t need to buy replacements and keep throwing away used ones, and it can prepare hot coffee in minutes. It also includes a travel mug, hence the name On-the-Go.
9. Koninklijke Philips
|Notable Coffee Machines:||Eco Conscious Edition 5,000 Series Coffee Maker|
Another trend that looks likely to be adopted by at least a portion of the coffee industry is sustainability. As well as there being a wider range of ethically sourced coffee, manufacturers are starting to look at the waste produced in the coffee-making process. Some companies, for example, are making disposable or compostable pods so they aren’t sent to landfills, while Philips has launched the Eco-Conscious Edition 5,000 Series Coffee Maker that is made from 100% bio-based plastics and has features like an automatic shut-off to conserve energy.
10. Hamilton Beach Brands
|Notable Coffee Machines:||The Scoop|
Hamilton Beach is another US brand and one that manufactures a range of coffee machines from drip coffee makers to espresso machines. They also make The Scoop, which is a single-serve coffee maker that can make a single cup in a minute and a half, costing pennies per cup. It has a stainless steel mesh filter, which means no more replacement filters are needed.
The pandemic dramatically changed the way many people enjoy coffee, with a greater concentration on making coffee at home rather than heading to coffee shops and cafes. This has also seen an increasing number of coffee machine manufacturers launching new products, as well as new innovations being launched.
Although Keurig can reasonably lay claim to being the biggest coffee machine manufacturer in the world, the marketplace isn’t really dominated by one or two names, and the 10 companies above are joined by an extensive list of companies from all around the world.
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