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Selection Criteria Coffee Machines

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Scope

Topten.eu – Best Products of Europe – presents the best fully automatic coffee machines and portioned machines for capsules and pads. Not considered are filter coffee machines, machines with piston lever, combi-machines and (commercial) appliances with a permanent water supply.

Technical Criteria

In order to qualify for Topten.eu, coffee machines must meet the following criteria::
  • Auto-power-down function switching-off the permanent heating of the water after a certain delay time to "standby" or "off"
    • Delay time of the auto-power-down: Default (factory setting)
      • Portioned machines: max. 15 minutes
      • Fully automatic machines/piston machines: max. 30 minutes
    • Delay time of the auto-power-down: Programmable by the user
      • Portioned machines: max. 30 minutes
      • Fully automatic machines/piston machines: max 3 hours (It is planned that the programmable auto-power-time is further reduced and adapted to developments on the market)
    • The auto-power-down-function can not be deactivated by the users or any function.
  • Annual electricity consumption according to the Euro-Topten-measuring method:
    • Portioned machines: max. 35 kWh
    • Fully automatic machines/piston machines: max. 45 kWh
  • Topten intends to apply as soon as possible the new energy measurement standard for coffee machines EN60661. Manufacturers are therefore invited to measure and declare the energy consumption also according to EN 60661. As soon as there is sufficient experience available, Topten will set suitable limits.
  • The required values are to be provided by the supplier. Otherwise there is no entitlement to a presentation of the appliance on Topten. The informatoin may be checked by sampling measurement.
  • Available in at least one European country.

Data sources

Order of presentation

The products are ordered according to their electricity costs during 10 years. The order can be changed individually by clicking on the head of the tables.

Glossary

Brand, Model, Similar Models

The brand names and model names are on the list. Products of similar construction and identical technical values are displayed only once. Similar models’ names are listed under ‘similar models’. A click on the column of a product shows the detailed view.

Pump Pressure

Pump pressure in bar. Preparing a «real» espresso requires at least around 8 bars, while coffee machines that work with lower pressure produce more a kind of filter coffee.

Electricity Costs

Assumptions:
  • Product’s lifetime: 10 years
  • Yearly electricity consumption according to the typical usage pattern described in the Euro-Topten-Measuring Method and Calculation Formula for the Electricity Consumption of Coffee Machines for Household Use.
  • Tariff of electricity: 0.20 €/kWh

Energy

Energy consumed in kWh during a year according to the Euro-Topten-Measuring Method and Calculation Formula for the Electricity Consumption of Coffee Machines for Household Use.
The following typical usage pattern is assumed:
  • The coffee machine is being used in the factory setting.
  • Twice a day, 3 cups of coffee are produced within 1 hour (coffee period).
  • 2’190 cups are being produced per year, using 20 kWh (the number of cups has been identified in a representative survey in Switzerland in 2002).
  • Time in the ready mode (keeping hot) depends on the auto-power-down delay. Standby is assumed for the rest of the time in a year.

Standby Mode

Power in standby mode (watts). When a machine is in standby mode, the water heating elements are inactive. Accordingly, coffee can only be produced after the heating element has been heated up to the temperature needed. The machine’s control unit is supplied with electricity, allowing for instance a mode indication to be visible or a time-controlled activation function to operate in the background. Some coffee machines have two different standby values, e.g. before and after the auto-power-down.

Switch-off Delay

Delay time in minutes to activation of the switch-off (auto-power-down) after the machine has last been active or manipulated (factory setting).

Countries available

Countries in which a product is available according to producers delarations; country codes according to ISO.
EU = available throughout the European Union
On demand = producers could not indicate the availability and consumers have to ask on their own

Infoplus

Publications

Standards and Labels

  • Ecodesign of EuP: Non-tertiary coffee machines DG Tren Lot 25 (off-line)

Institutions

Links

  • The european council for an energy efficient economy eceee provides a status overview on all products in the Ecodesign & Energy Labelling process
  • Coolproducts informs about the EU ecodesign process on Standby and products. It is a coalition of NGOs' campaign for a stronger, fast Ecodesign Directive to save the climate and money.
  • SELINA: EU-project on Standby and Off mode Energy Losses in New Appliances measured in Shops
  • Energy Efficiency Indicators in Europe

Information for producers and retailers

Producers and retailers are kindly asked to contact info[at]topten.info to inform about more products which meet the Euro-Topten selection criteria.

Relevant values have to be provided by the suppliers. Suppliers who are not able to provide these values cannot claim to have their appliances displayed on topten.info. All declarations can be verified by random measurements.

06/2015 Nipkow/Josephy/Berger-Wey