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Comet Coffee owner Jane Turner believes part of making a good coffee is fresh beans, a good machine and a little practise perfecting your technique.
Comet Coffee owner Jane Turner believes part of making a good coffee is fresh beans, a good machine and a little practise perfecting your technique. Lee Constable

YOU could be saving more than $1000 a year if you've invested in your own coffee machine.

And with that $1000 you could purchase four capsule machines or a top-of-the-range automatic machine.

However, many would argue nothing can beat a professionally-made cup of coffee.

Especially those regular coffee shop customers.

Comet Coffee Mackay owner Jane Turner said she loved the idea of people making their own cup of coffee at home.

"It's a great investment as it becomes a hobby," Ms Turner said.

"It's interesting to know how to make it (coffee).

"(To find out) where beans come from and how fresh it is. It enhances the experience and adds knowledge."

Ms Turner said while home coffee machines were a good idea, it was crucial to know how the machines worked to get the best results.

"There are a lot of sophisticated machines on the market that replicate a barista type experience," Ms Turner said. "But it depends on how much people are willing to spend.

"They could spend thousands.

"But unless they spend the time training to use the machine you might suffer from bad (tasting) coffee."

Ms Turner laughed at the thought of coffee machines putting her out of business.

"There's a place for both I think, but we also have very loyal customers," she said.



Machines take hard work out of coffee

BEFORE buying a coffee machine there are a few points to think about.

You need to know how often you'll use the machine, how much you want to spend on your purchase and if you'll spend more than five minutes getting to know your new appliance.

Harvey Norman Mackay store manager Vlad Petrovick said buying a coffee machine was a worthwhile investment.

"They can be put into three categories - capsule, manual and automatic," Mr Petrovick said.

"The manual machines require the person to froth their own milk. Whereas the automatic machines have automatic frothing.

"Capsule machines range from $250-$1000 and for the whole year cleaning products will cost $50-$100 depending on the usage of the machine.

"The automatic ones can be set in a way that they always produce one type of coffee."

Mr Petrovick also said businesses were taking advantage of automatic coffee machines.

"Local businesses have invested in machines so staff can make their own coffee," he said.



  • Don't keep beans in the fridge as they will attract moisture
  • Make sure the grind is not too fine or too coarse as this will result in extremely weak or strong coffee
  • Invest in a milk thermometer as milk should be between 60-70 degrees
  • Fresh beans should have a strong aroma and look shiny
  • If the beans look dull and have no smell they are stale

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