The Best Coffee Beans for Fully Automatic Coffee Machines

The Best Coffee Beans for Fully Automatic Coffee Machines

These beans are best for fully automatic coffee machines

Regardless of whether it’s full-bodied coffee, aromatic espresso or creamy cappuccino: At the push of a button, the fully automatic machine grinds the beans fresh so that their unique aroma can fully develop in every cup. But with the large range of coffee beans available, the question arises as to which beans are best suited for the fully automatic coffee machine. To answer this question, it helps to take a closer look at the different coffee beans.

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The different coffee beans

When looking for the right beans for fully automatic coffee machines, one thing quickly becomes clear: around 90 percent of the coffee beans traded on the world market are the two varieties Arabica (60%) and Robusta (30%). The remainder is made up of varieties such as Liberica, Maragogype and the “cat coffee” Kopi Luwak. The Arabica bean is considered to be the finest variety. Their beans are grown in countries like EthiopiaBrazilColombia, and Kenya. It is characterized by a low proportion of bitter substances and caffeine as well as fine taste nuances. Connoisseurs love their variety of aromas which can range from nuts to chocolate to citrus fruits.

The Robusta bean comes from growing countries in West Africa and Southeast Asia and is considered to be more resilient than the Arabica bean. It tolerates more intensive roasting and has a slightly bitter note compared to the Arabica bean, which is due to the longer roasting and / or storage. Connoisseurs describe their taste as more earthy or woody. Because of their roughly twice as high caffeine content, Robusta beans are mainly used in mixtures for espresso and darker crema.

Types of coffee that are unsuitable for fully automatic machines

Most roasted coffee beans are suitable for preparing coffee beverages in fully automatic coffee machines. However, caution is advised with very oily beans, as the oil escaping during grinding can clog the grinder. In principle, espresso roasts in particular have a higher oil content than others. However, that does not mean that you should completely forego espresso beans in the fully automatic coffee machine. When filling the device, just make sure that the beans aren’t already shiny. In this case, the essential oils come out of the bean, which can happen if the beans are stored for too long and is not necessarily due to the variety selected. There is then also a greater risk that the fully automatic machine could clog more quickly.

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Definitely unsuitable beans for fully automatic coffee machines are mixtures with so-called “Spanish” or “Torrefacto” roast. The coffee beans are caramelized with sugar to reduce acidity and bitter substances. In the coffee machine you can glue the filigree grinder, which entails complicated cleaning. To protect the machine, owners of fully automatic machines should also avoid artificially flavored coffee beans. Because added flavors such as amaretto or Irish cream can also damage the sensitive grinder. An exception are beans with the note “suitable for fully automatic machines” on the packaging.

The different roasts

There are basically five degrees of roasting coffee beans, which are characterized by their different brightness. The lightest degree of roast is called the “pale” or “cinnamon” roast. The so-called “breakfast roast” is a bit darker. Strong roasts are called “French roast” or “Viennese roast”. And finally there are the two very dark variants, the “double roast” and the “Italian” or “espresso roast”. The latter are – as the name suggests – particularly suitable for preparing an espressocappuccino or latte macchiato. For normal coffee, on the other hand, medium-roasted coffee beans are recommended.

Regardless of the degree of roasting, the term “ country roast ” is also used. It describes coffee beans that come from a certain growing country, because the coffee beans taste different depending on the growing area. Experts recommend always using freshly roasted beans for a full-bodied aroma. Immediately after roasting, the coffee bean oils and their taste slowly begin to evaporate. The fresher the roast, the more intense the aroma.


Already knew?  The more intensively the beans are roasted, the more they lose their individual character. This is why some experts rate particularly dark roasts as lower quality coffee beans. In principle, beans of different types and roasts can also be mixed together. However, there is no typical procedure or even instructions for this. The “perfect” mixture depends on the coffee machine and the taste of the coffee drinker.


Personal taste is crucial

Which coffee beans for fully automatic machines taste best in which drink ultimately depends on the personal taste of the individual. In order to really come to a final judgment, it only helps to try different varieties and roasts as well as different mixtures. There are no limits to the joy of experimentation. And such a coffee tasting in your own four walls is not only helpful when choosing, but is also fun. After all, there are so many delicious coffees that you have to find the best beans first.

Since tastes are different and there can be different coffee preferences within a household, most fully automatic coffee machines have two coffee compartments. One can be filled with whole beans, which are freshly ground for each cup of coffee. A second type of coffee can be filled into the second compartment, but this must already be ground. So that there is no argument about who gets which compartment: Simply grind the second type of bean in an extra coffee grinder shortly before preparing coffee and then pour it into the appropriate compartment. If you are still looking for a high-quality fully automatic coffee machine , you will of course find it with us.

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Conclusion: the best beans for fully automatic coffee machines

  • The most popular types of beans for fully automatic coffee machines are Arabica and Robusta
  • They are in different roasts and blends available
  • Arabica beans are very suitable for normal coffee while robusta beans can be used for espresso, cappuccino or latte macchiato.
  • Oily or flavored beans for fully automatic coffee machines are not recommended, or only to a limited extent
  • Personal taste is decisive for the selection of coffee beans .