Compact Automatic Coffee Machines

We already announced this in our guide to cheap super automatic coffee machines. To enjoy an automatic espresso machine in your home, you basically need two things: firstly, a big budget. And secondly, a lot of space.

Super automatic coffee machines do not fit into any kitchen: they are very bulky appliances, which apart from having a lot of technology and internal components, are also prepared to provide many services.

One of the consequences of this is that the water tanks are very large (around or even more than two litres), and therefore the final dimensions of the machine as well.

Fortunately, there is a range of what we could call small or compact super automatic coffee machines, which are characterised by reducing the dimensions and space occupied by each piece to a minimum.

How do you get a small automatic coffee machine? Well, mainly in two ways:

1. By sacrificing capacity in the water tank. The tank is the largest physical component in a coffee machine… and most of the time it is full of air. So compact coffee machines mount much smaller tanks than normal (usually between 1 and 1.25 litres), and thus manage to reduce the final size of the machine a lot.

2. By opting for a very sober design, which dispenses with any useless elements: edges, gaps … everything is reduced to the minimum. Compact espresso machines usually have very straight lines and an almost perfect cube shape. They are very recognisable.

The Best Small Automatic Coffee Makers

You already know the benefits that you have to take on, if you dare to buy a compact automatic coffee machine: smaller tanks (you’ll have to fill it more often) and inconspicuous, almost minimalist designs.

Here is an exhaustive selection of the most attractive models we have found on the market, always within the requirements we have already mentioned in the guide.

Melitta SOLO E950-222, Compact Bean to Cup Coffee Machine with Pre-Brew Function, Automatic...
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Melitta SOLO E950-222, Compact Bean to Cup Coffee Machine with Pre-Brew Function, Automatic...
  • Compact espresso machine for home or office, Exceptional and genuine fresh coffee enjoyment thanks to patented Aroma Extraction System involving pre-wetting of beans
  • Double-Cup Mode for simultaneous pour, 3 intensity settings, Beautiful LED and symbol display with choice of auto-cleaning and descaling, 0-Watt switch for disconnection with settings still intact
  • Height adjustable spout for a variety of glass and cup sizes, Removable brewing unit for efficient cleaning
  • Made in Germany, High quality, Comfortable to use, Compact design, Noise reduction system, Conical steel grinder, Energy saving, Descaling system compatible with Melitta filter cartridges
  • Contents: 1 Melitta SOLO E950-222, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Weight: 17.6 lbs, Dimensions (L x D x H) : 7.8 x 12.9 x 17.9 inches, 1 m cable, Water tank (1.2 L), Grain compartment 125g
Jura CD White Pressure Coffee Maker A7 Piano, 1450 W, 1.1 liters
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Jura CD White Pressure Coffee Maker A7 Piano, 1450 W, 1.1 liters
  • Display: Clear text on the display. Rotary Switch. Energy Save Mode - ESM . Hourly programmable switch. Power switch: Zero-Energy Switch. CLARIS filter cartridge: CLARIS Blue. Integrated cappuccino...
  • Adjustable height of the double spout: 55 - 138 mm. Frothing milk: A delicate foam nozzle. Hot water spout. Ground coffee container. Water tank capacity: 1.1 L. Grain tank capacity: 125g. Coffee...
  • Frequency: 50 Hz. Power: 1450 W. Power consumption while waiting: 0. Energy consumption in E.S.M. mode: 4.7. Weight: 9.9 kg. Width: 23.9 cm. Height: 32.3 cm. Depth: 44.5 cm. Energy efficiency: 42.3....
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Melitta Fully Automatic Coffee Machine, Avanza Series 600, Art. No. 6767843, Stainless Steel, 1450...
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Melitta Fully Automatic Coffee Machine, Avanza Series 600, Art. No. 6767843, Stainless Steel, 1450...
  • Compact fully-automatic coffee maker with 5 grinder settings, 20 cm wide with choice of espresso, café crème, latte macchiato and cappuccino
  • Storage of your preferences including size/strength of coffee and water-hardness level, Simple process of selection and press of a button
  • Auto-cappuccinatore for easy prep of warm milk, hot water and naturally light-frothed milk-- all of customisable quantities, Auto-off feature
  • Ideal contact time between water and coffee for flavour optimisation, Anti-scratch stainless steel drip tray, A clean and compact machine
  • Contents: 1x Melitta Fully Automatic Coffee Machine, Avanza Series 600, Stainless Steel, 45.5 x 20 x 35.3 cm, Mystic Titian, Art. No. 6767843

Later on we will talk in more detail about each of them (although to have a really complete information, we recommend to go to the reviews of each machine that we have already written and are published in this website).

Jura Compact Automatic Coffee Machines

The Jura brand is possibly the reference and maximum exponent of small super automatic coffee machines in the European market. It has in its catalogue not just one model, but a complete line of automatic coffee machines of very small dimensions, with small tanks and bodywork reduced to the minimum.

We are referring, fundamentally, to the Jura Ena Micro coffee machines, which have various models with correlative numbering. They all follow the same guidelines and similar philosophy, but the superior models introduce some new features or premium functions such as water filters, intelligent dispensers, automatic milk foam preparations…

Of course, the price of these machines is very high, but they are perhaps the only compact automatic machines that can do exactly the same thing and with the same features as the large automatic machines. They have a capacity of 1.1 litres and a size of 32 x 23 x 44 cms (we have taken this as a reference).

The Jura A7 also has similar characteristics. It is not part of the Jura ENA range, but it is more recent (year 2016).

Melitta Caffeo Solo

The most basic model of the famous Melitta firm also falls into the category of super small automatic coffee maker. It is the Melitta Caffeo Solo, which has a capacity of only 1.2 litres, and a quite spectacular straight-line design.

In the Melitta Caffeo Solo line, there are three different models or variants:

  • Melitta E950: has no steamer and only makes espressos (black coffee).
  • Melitta E953 (Solo & Milk): the same as the above, but with a steamer. We can froth the milk ourselves, manually.
  • Melitta E957 (Perfect Milk): apart from having a steamer, the coffee machine foams milk automatically and allows us to prepare specialities such as cappuccino or latte automatically.
Melitta SOLO E950-222, Compact Bean to Cup Coffee Machine with Pre-Brew Function, Automatic...
3,303 Reviews
Melitta SOLO E950-222, Compact Bean to Cup Coffee Machine with Pre-Brew Function, Automatic...
  • Compact espresso machine for home or office, Exceptional and genuine fresh coffee enjoyment thanks to patented Aroma Extraction System involving pre-wetting of beans
  • Double-Cup Mode for simultaneous pour, 3 intensity settings, Beautiful LED and symbol display with choice of auto-cleaning and descaling, 0-Watt switch for disconnection with settings still intact
  • Height adjustable spout for a variety of glass and cup sizes, Removable brewing unit for efficient cleaning
  • Made in Germany, High quality, Comfortable to use, Compact design, Noise reduction system, Conical steel grinder, Energy saving, Descaling system compatible with Melitta filter cartridges
  • Contents: 1 Melitta SOLO E950-222, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Weight: 17.6 lbs, Dimensions (L x D x H) : 7.8 x 12.9 x 17.9 inches, 1 m cable, Water tank (1.2 L), Grain compartment 125g
Melitta SOLO & Milk E953-102, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, with Milk Steamer, Silver
  • Enjoy your daily coffee just the way you like it, Choose between an expresso or an americano, Suitable for cups up to 13.5 cm (5.3 in) thanks to height-adjustable coffee outlet
  • Preparation of coffee, hot milk, cappuccino, hot water and hot or cold lattes, For expresso, americano, cappuccino, latte macchiato, and lattes, Melitta Companion App: Tips and tricks for delicious...
  • Exceptional taste: Genuine fresh coffee enjoyment cup after cup thanks to the Aroma-Extraction-System for maximun coffee enjoyment, 3 settings for adjusting coffee strength, Double-cup mode
  • Simple and intuitive operation, Prepare your coffee with a touch of a button: 3 strength intensities, Adjustable water quantity (30-220ml), Valve fir steam and hot water dispensing, LED display
  • Preserve the machine and coffee taste with automatic cleaning and descaling, Compatible with Melitta filter cartridges, Easy to clean interior thanks to the removable brewing unit - Dishwasher safe

Severin Piccola Semplice

This is the most basic and most economical of the two automatic coffee machines presented to us by the Severin firm.

The Severin Piccola Semplice has a twin sister, with identical capacities and size: the Piccola Premium. The difference is that the latter has a milk tank and a plastic sleeve to prepare automatic cappuccinos and lattes.

The dimensions of the basic model are 38 x 23 x 32 cms. not bad for the storage capacity it has: 1.35 litres in the water tank, and 140 grams in the grinder container.

Philips Saeco Series 2000

If you are familiar with this world, you will know that the Philips 2000 Series coffee maker came to replace a legendary and very popular model: the Saeco Xsmall. To do so, it slightly updated its interface, but respected the classic and recognisable design that made the original Xsmall famous: a very small automatic machine, with only 1 litre capacity, but which literally fits anywhere.

Its dimensions are almost unbeatable: 29 x 42 x 32 cms. Bear in mind that the Philips 2000 Series is marketed in several versions: a basic one, and other somewhat larger ones (with or without pannarello, with or without additional milk jug…).