But why does Topten mix with the tastes and flavors of its visitors?
Adapted to the uses of the moment, fully automated espresso machines and, even more, pod or capsule machines are becoming increasingly popular. The offer is vast and the quality of the coffee obtained is well established.
But these small machines can be very energy intensive and consume more than a vacuum cleaner over a year. It’s a little strong coffee!
By choosing a device recommended by Topten , the consumption of this item can be halved in a fireplace! It’s worth paying attention to your purchase.
Most of the electricity is consumed not to produce tasty espresso, but to keep the hot water tank (at 85/90 ° C) waiting for the next Branded Coffee Cups . Now manufacturers are able to produce much more economical machines by setting up automatic extinguishing or standby systems, by properly isolating the tank and the heat block, or by heating only the quantity of water. necessary to prepare the desired beverage.
If you are already equipped and your machine does not have an automatic standby function, remember to turn off your machine after each use!
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- Why regulate?
Europeans consume nearly 2.4 million tonnes of coffee per year, more than 400 billion Branded Coffee Cups They buy between 20 and 22 million coffee machines each year. Unlike other categories of household appliances, there is no requirement for manufacturers to declare the energy consumption of coffee machines. But Europe has regulated the standby consumption of new coffee makers, and this is the most important for the impact due to the energy consumption of the different types of coffee makers. It is estimated that the regulations will save 2 TWh per year, the equivalent of the production of 2 medium-sized gas plants.
The new regulation provides, for models on sale since January 2015, that the machines have an “eco” mode automatically triggering the switch to standby mode after the last cycle of coffee preparation, generating just as automatically energy savings:
- After 5 minutes for filter coffee makers with an insulated jug,
- After 40 minutes for filter coffee makers with a glass jug,
- After 30 minutes for espresso machines.
The eco mode must be the one applied by default at the factory, but the regulation leaves the manufacturers free to create other programs without going into automatic standby, or leaving the users to choose, risking canceling the savings!
The Topten selection criteria provide for faster switch-overs for espresso machines, and especially that the user can not program the switch to standby mode after more than 30 minutes for pod machines and 3 hours for coffee machines. automatic machines.
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The environmental cost of Branded Coffee Cups
The energy consumption of machines is not what weighs the most in the environmental impact of a cup of coffee. According to a study by the Öko Institute in Germany, when we consider the coffee culture, its transport, its purchase in the store, the preparation of the drink and the treatment of the used machines, the use of the machine constitutes a third of the impact in terms of CO 2 emissions (including processing into ground coffee and the treatment of electrical and electronic waste). Coffee cultivation (including fertilizer production) represents the biggest impact: about 55% of CO 2 emissions (the machine itself weighs around 30% of emissions).
There are, of course, differences between the ways of preparing the drink – which also produce very different tastes.
Pod machines use significantly less coffee (around 7 grams of ground coffee per cup) reducing the impact of growing coffee, but the production and processing of coffee pods adds to the impact of coffee. machine itself. The manufacturers of pods are making progress, but there is no objective method of quantifying these impacts, which would be interesting also to compare the pods between them, aluminum-based or not, packaged individually or collectively, in plastic or other material, compostable after use, with or without an adequate recovery system, etc.
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- Buying tips
If you want to equip yourself, the choice and use of the model makes all the difference. The models selected by Topten consume little and you will make substantial savings provided you use the sleep mode . You can save more than 200 € over 10 years compared to a model that does not include automatic standby!
When buying a coffee machine, make sure that it is equipped with an automatic and programmable switchover function, from “ready to run” mode to standby mode after an hour maximum. The machine will be even more economical if it allows to go into sleep mode at the touch of a button.
Think about the type of machine you would like to buy, what type of coffee and what beverage choices: for coffee beans (with an integrated coffee grinder), for already ground coffee (currently not shown on Topten) or a coffee brewing system. pod. Regarding the latter, there are different types of capsules or sachets.
The prices of pods and capsules and the resulting waste can vary greatly. Remember that you will be more or less dependent on a brand of coffee and its selling prices …
Do you like your cappuccino in a big cup? Check that the Branded Coffee Cups are positioned properly. Otherwise, the preparation of your favorite cappuccino may be complicated. Do you prefer to drink your espresso in a cup? For this use, it would be useful if the dispensing nozzle could be lowered to avoid splashing.
Before buying your coffee machine, think about where you want to place it. Some models must be accessible from all four sides to be used, which limits the possibilities of installation.