The 10 Best Capsule Coffee Machines for Every Budget

Easily make your own cup of joe at home.

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PHOTO BY Nescafé Dolce Gusto, UCC, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf ILLUSTRATION War Espejo

(SPOT.ph) If you can’t function without coffee, the past two years might have been an exploration of sorts on how you can get great coffee while you’re mostly at home. You might have tried a couple of instant-coffee brands, ordered bottled coffee for delivery from time to time, and maybe had quick coffee runs as the quarantine loosened up. But it was also during this period when home-brewing became real huge. There are coffee-brewing machines that stand out for their aesthetic qualities, cold-brew coffee makers for a no-fuss means of making coffee, and other must-haves to make the process as precise or as flavorful as it could be. But if you are pressed for time most days and learning coffee-brewing methods seem daunting (yes, there are things like coffee-to-water ratio and grind size to consider, among other things), you’d probably find a capsule coffee machine more to your liking.

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To operate one, you usually just need to follow these steps: fill up the tank with water, turn on the machine, and pop in a compatible coffee capsule. After pressing a button, the coffee pours out of the spout and into your cup! Its convenience makes it an appealing option for coffee lovers who would rather get their fix at home, or for those who want to have a great-tasting cup any time of the day sans the meticulous prep that comes with professional-grade machines. Of course, while the coffee that a barista makes is in a league of its own, these capsule coffee machines offer convenience, consistency, and a variety of flavors. A lot of coffee-machine manufacturers and even popular cafés have come up with single-serve coffee capsules that can be used on various machines. Convinced on getting a capsule coffee machine? Go over this list and find the device that suits your preferences and your budget.

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Check out these capsule coffee machines for every budget:

Portable Espresso Machine (P2,599) from Sonifer

sonifer portable coffee machine
PHOTO BY Sonifer

For coffee lovers who are always on-the-go, don’t forget to bring this to your next trip. This portable handheld espresso machine from Sonifer lets you brew coffee anytime and anywhere—it can extract coffee in 40 seconds! It has a rechargeable battery with a 2,000 mAh capacity, which can power the device for around 40 to 50 times before needing to charge again. You can use Nespresso-compatible capsules or even coffee powder to make your cup of joe. Take note that it has no heating function, so you’ll need to pour in hot water if you want to enjoy your beverage hot.

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Available on Shopee and Lazada.

Freshman Coffee Machine and Starter Kit (P3,199) from B Coffee Co.

B. Coffee Co. freshman capsule coffee machine
PHOTO BY B. Coffee Co.

This coffee machine from B Coffee Co. shot to fame during the quarantine for its relatively affordable price point and cute design. You can easily create your cup of joe thanks to its 20-bar brewing pressure and rapid pre-heating. While the brand has its own line of capsules with variants like Colombia, Intenso, Forte, Dulce, and Xoco, you can also use Nespresso-compatible capsules for more beverage options. The starter kit comes with the coffee machine, a Discovery Box which contains assorted capsules, and a milk frother. As for the machine, you can choose from red, orange, or black. 

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Available on Lazada and Shopee.

4-in-1 Capsule Coffee Machine (P3,998) from HiBrew

hibrew capsule coffee machine
PHOTO BY HiBrew

If you intend to try different coffee capsules and pods without having to buy a separate machine for each system, the HiBrew 4-in-1 Capsule Coffee Machine might be right up your alley. This 19-bar machine is compatible with Nespresso and Dolce Gusto capsules, K-Cup pods, as well as ESE coffee pods and ground coffee, thanks to its adapters. It promises easy operation with its straightforward button functions—you just need to fill the tank with water, pop in the capsule of your choice with its corresponding adapter, and select from the cup capacity options. Pro tip: you can select either hot or cold drink modes!

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Available on Lazada.

S.12 Espresso Machine (P5,950) from Essse Caffè

Essse Caffè capsule machine
PHOTO BY Blu Coffee

Yes, that’s no typo: Italian brand Essse Caffè is spelled with three S’s. It stands for "Scienza, Sapienza, Specializzazione" (science, snowledge, specialization), values that align with the company’s philosophy. The S.12 Espresso Machine is a compact option for fans of Italian espresso, with Giugiaro Design, a renowned name in the automobile design, behind its modern styling. It comes with temperature and drink-quantity controls and an illuminated cup area, too. While it’s only compatible with the Essse Caffè capsule line, you can take your pick from Arabica and Robusta blends, as well as other beverages like chocolate and teas in ginseng, chamomile, and lemon variants, among others.

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Available online.

MIJIA S1301 Automatic Coffee Machine (P5,999) from Xiaomi

Xiaomi coffee machine
PHOTO BY Xiaomi

Minimalists, we’ve found the capsule coffee machine for you! Xiaomi’s Mijia all-white S1301 machine will fit right in with your Scandinavian-inspired interior aesthetic. Its lightweight, compact form will make it a great addition to small spaces. It features a 20-bar electromagnetic pump and quick-heating technology that allows it to fully extract coffee from Nespresso-compatible capsules. This device comes with a removable 600 ml water tank and an adjustable cup-holder height. When it comes to safety features, the machine shuts down on its own after 10 minutes of inactivity and automatically stops in case of water shortage.

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Available on Lazada.

Genio S Basic Coffee Machine (P7,199) from Nescafé Dolce Gusto

Nescafé Dolce Gusto genio s machine
PHOTO BY Nescafé Dolce Gusto

Want to whip up drinks like a macchiato or a cappuccino without the fuss? The futuristic-looking Genio S makes use of Nescafé Dolce Gusto capsules, which has a wide selection of coffee, tea, and even chocolate. The machine features a high-pressure, 15-bar system and can produce a everything from a short cup to a 300ml cup with its XL option. It also has an eco-mode function that automatically turns off the machine after a minute of inactivity.

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Available on Lazada.

Drip Pod Machine (P8,000) from UCC

ucc drip pod machine
PHOTO BY UCC

UCC’s drip-pod machine has dedicated functions for making coffee, black tea, and green tea—ideal for those who want some variety within reach. It even has an extraction dial that you can adjust depending on the recommendation indicated on your selected drip pod’s packaging. Compatible with this machine are UCC’s drip pods, which are often referred to as capsules. Unlike aluminum or plastic capsules, the coffee is inside a "packaged pod sealed with non-woven material" and mimics the drip method as water flows on top of the pod. Choose from their coffee drip-pod lineup, which has the UCC usuals like Sumiyaki, Rich, and Special blends, alongside Jasmine and Earl Grey teas.

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Available on Lazada.

Clio Coffee Machine (P9,990) from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf machine
PHOTO BY Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

With Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s Clio, you can make espresso, brewed coffee, and tea using an elegant, black-and-white machine. The Clio has a dual-pressure system depending on which beverage you want to make: a high 15-bar pressure for espresso and a low 3.5 pressure for coffee and tea. It is compatible with the CBTL’s capsule range which spans 11 different flavors—from the espresso and brewed coffee line that makes use of top 1% Arabica beans from various regions to carefully cultivated teas. 

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Available on Lazada; see a list of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf branches.

CitiZ Coffee Maker (P14,500) from Nespresso

Nespresso citiz machine
PHOTO BY Nespresso

With its retro-modern design and premium finish, the Nespresso CitiZ is bound to be a standout on any countertop. It can deliver 19-bar pump pressure, and is equipped with two programmable buttons, a removable one-liter water tank, and a foldable drip tray to accommodate taller glasses. In a hurry? The CitiZ has a quick 25-second warm-up time, so you could prepare your cup of joe in a flash. Tip: You get a complimentary coffee set when you buy online, so you can try a variety of Nespresso capsule coffee blends.

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Available on Lazada.

Gran Lattissima (P32,000) from Nespresso

Nespresso gran latissima machine
PHOTO BY Nespresso

The stylish Gran Lattissima is ideal for those who like milk in their coffee. Its one-touch system will help you create any of the six available recipe options with milk: think lattes, flat whites, and even hot milk or hot foam. The removable water tank can hold up to 1.3 liters of water so you can prep plenty of cups continuously. The milk jug has its own rinsing system for easier cleaning and is also detachable, for those times that you want your coffee black.

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Available on Lazada.

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