The Best Manual Coffee Machine in NZ and How To Pick One That Makes The Best Brew

If you have read my other reviews on coffee makers, you might know by now that I’m a bit of a fanatic. If you don’t know yet, It’s time to educate you on the subject. Like most of the sleepy population in the world, I love coffee. I especially like the idea of pretending I’m a barista at home.

The five coffee makers we have on this list are all manual coffee makers. They are the most involved process of coffee-making that gives you complete control over the entire process. So get your bean grinders out and get ready. Today, we are looking for the best manual coffee machine NZ has to offer.

Top Five Manual Coffee Machines in NZ

The five we have narrowed this down to is below.

  • Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300
  • Breville The Barista Pro BES878
  • Gaggia Classic (Classic SIN 035)
  • DeLonghi La Specialista EC9335M
  • Anko Espresso Coffee Machine CM5013-SA 42629993

All of these make tasty brews, that is why they are on the list. In this case, our focus will be on ease of use features and thoughtfulness. We will get into the details below.

Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300

Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300
  • Power 1,550 W
  • Capacity 2.8 L
  • Weight 10 kg
  • Dimension 410 x 320 x 350 mm

The Sunbeam Barista Max will stretch what makes a manual coffee maker, as it has neat features that include programmable coffee quantities. Despite some minor stretching, you are still in complete control over the coffee-making process.

Ease of use is critical on this one, as there are a small number of buttons to choose. Those buttons are incredibly easy to read, so its pretty clear on what each feature does. For further ease, it has a removable water reservoir that makes it easy to clean.

The stickler on this is the lack of temperature consistency. It fluctuates between a variety of heats, but it doesn’t ever get too hot. It’s a pretty typical problem among manual coffee makers.

With this in mind, it does remain a convenient option. It’s excellent for large cups; it even has a cup warmer. Pick this up if you are looking for a cost-effective option among the best coffee machines.

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Breville The Barista Pro BES878

Breville The Barista Pro BES878
  • Power 1680 W
  • Capacity 2 L
  • Weight 9.1 kg
  • Dimension 404 x 353 x 417 mm

The Breville Barista Pro is what you would call a premium item. With its polished finish and a wide variety of features, it’s easy to see why this one made it on the list. It even produces a pretty tasty brew here in the process.

The Barista Pro has even solved some of that temperature inconsistency issue found commonly in other models. It can fit larger cups rather easily. Perfect for people who drink too much coffee, like me. Just don’t expect those cups to retain heat, as it doesn’t have a cup warming feature.

It keeps the same automatic-off and programmable coffee quantity features we have mentioned. This one also includes a dual boiler heater. AS a result, it heats quality in the fraction of the time as other manual models.

If you are quick on your feet, you could feasibly get out a good coffee in this one in around thirty seconds. Perfect for those who are looking to be a coffee shop barista in training.

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Gaggia Classic (Classic SIN 035)

Gaggia Classic (Classic SIN 035)
  • Power 1,300 W
  • Capacity 2.1 L
  • Weight 8 kg
  • Dimension 380 x 230 x 240 mm

The Gaggia Classic is one of the few that feels like an actual manual coffee machine. The reason I saw this is because they do sacrifice a lot of features included with other models. These include automatic-off features, programmable coffee amounts, and a digital display. Instead, you have to get a feel based on available instructions.

Thankfully, the controls up front are still pretty simple. You know what each button does by looking at the machine. You don’t feel like you are paying for any needless features—just a tasty brew.

However, it does recognize the need for a cup warmer. Others could take a lesson from this. However, it could take an experience from others when it comes to the milk frother, as it doesn’t froth with the same effectiveness. 

Overall, Gaggia makes an excellent product which emphasizes that you don’t need some needless features. If you are looking for a simple manual coffee maker, this is an excellent choice for you.

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DeLonghi La Specialista EC9335M

DeLonghi La Specialista EC9335M
  • Power 1,450 W
  • Capacity 2 L
  • Weight 13 kg
  • Dimension 445 x 315 x 369 mm

Returning to our focus on what’s considered modern, we see the return of automatic-off and programmable coffee amount features. The DeLonghi La Specialista is a reliable coffee maker that can produce a tasty brew in just under a minute.

It’s a bit more thoughtful on the milk frothing side of things. It can fit larger cups, and the controls are relatively simple to handle. Its also pretty consistent when it comes to temperature, offering the right consistency between brews.

For cleaning, you will have to get used to doing that pretty soon. Coffee grounds can stick to the inside of the machine if not quickly addressed.

Overall, this is what you would expect from an excellent manual coffee machine. A sleek design and an easy to use package makes it a natural choice for one of the best coffee makers in New Zealand.

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Anko Espresso Coffee Machine CM5013-SA 42629993

Anko Espresso Coffee Machine CM5013-SA 42629993
  • Power 1100 W
  • Capacity 1.2 L
  • Weight 3.17 kg
  • Dimension 30.3 x 31.6 x 21.6 cm

The Anko Espresso Coffee Machine is the most cost-effective object on our list. Expect the lowest up-front investment for getting this model.

Despite having the lowest investment, you don’t feel like you are getting a cheap product. The temperature consistency issue is limited in this model. It is pretty easy to use. The controls could use a minor improvement, but there would have to some sacrifice.

After you get used to it, it can be just as easy to use as any model on this list. It even emphasizes safety, as it has an automatic turn-off feature. Just don’t expect it to warm your cups.

Also, this thing isn’t for larger cups. If you like more massive quantities of coffee, you will have to move several smaller containers over. Overall, it is still easy to see why this one is a powerful contender.

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Features of the Best Coffee Machine

All of the coffee features should contribute to taste or ease-of-use in some capacity. Below, we will be going into features you need. Your needs may change depending on what coffee maker you need.

Programmable Coffee Quantity

As you may expect, programmable coffee quantities allow you to have direct control over the amount of coffee that goes into your cup. The Gaggia and Anko models are the only two that lack this feature. These two do not need this feature because of the next function.

Water Reservoir

A water reservoir allows you to attach a container of water for overtime usage. It helps make it easier to brew a single cup or many cups of coffee. The Gaggia and Anko models do not have this feature, as they are for having more manual control over the process.

Automatic Turn-off

Another feature that the Gaggia does not have is the automatic off feature. It will automatically turn off the espresso machine after a given period to prevent overheating and electricity waste. It is a wise option for those who tend to be forgetful.

Cup Warmer

The Gaggia and the Sunbeam are the only two that have this feature. It allows you to warm your cups so that the coffee can stay warm while you are waiting for the best time to drink it.

Coffee Making Time

Each of our coffee makers takes a period to warm up and make coffee. Since you can’t have coffee without both processes completing, we will consider this in overall coffee making time. Our list is below.

  • Sunbeam Barista Max EM5300: one and a half minutes
  • Breville The Barista Pro BES878: About thirty seconds
  • Gaggia Classic (Classic SIN 035): About two minutes
  • DeLonghi La Specialista EC9335M: About one minute
  • Anko Espresso Coffee Machine CM5013-SA 42629993: A bit more than a minute

The clear winner for speed is the Breville Barista Pro. If you were in the fast-paced barista environment, that would be the one you need. But since you are just someone in their home, any of these works excellent to get it to you promptly.

What is the Best Type of Coffee Maker?

This list focuses on manual coffee makers. If you have already concluded on wanting this type of coffee maker, this portion may be less useful for you. Regardless, it is good to have a quick comparison of the features behind various types of coffee makers.

Manual and Semi-automatic Coffee Makers

Manual and semi-auto coffee makers technically fall into the same category. Both require you to twist a portafilter into the machine. A portion of water runs through the portafilter to produce a small amount of espresso. Semi-autos, which exclude the Gaggia and the Anko, allow you to have a programmable coffee amount.

Automatic Coffee Maker

Automatic coffee makers give you less control of the process. However, they do grind the beans and run the pre-approved amount of water through automatically, meaning they are far more comfortable to use. Just expect pay more for these. Also, the quality of flavour goes down a bit given you have less control.

Capsule (Pod) Coffee Maker

These coffee makers take all of the guesswork out of making coffee. They have pre-flavoured pods for you to slap into the machine, where a pre-measured amount of water pours through those pods. In the worst-case scenario, you can end up tasting plastic. These also produce the most amount of waste, so get the re-usable pods to reduce this.


After a thorough consideration of available features, our vote goes to the Breville The Barista Pro BES878. The improvement on temperature consistency was crucial in this victory. With this in mind, the Sunbeam was a very close second place.

While this may be the best option for us, you may prefer more of the personal touch to your coffee-making process. It may have you lean towards the Anko of Gaggia models. Regardless of your focus, any of these will provide you with an excellent coffee-making experience.

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