How We Review Products

Here at Moderno Coffee, we strive to give you the best reviews possible on the web. So you can make an informed decision about what products to buy.

The two main categories of products we review on this site are coffee makers (including Nespresso machines) and coffee. We also review accessories from time-to-time.

Here’s how we review our products and our scoring criteria for each category.

Our Review Process

We go through a step-by-step process when reviewing coffee and coffee makers.

Let’s go through these steps now.

1. Extensive research online

We begin by gathering information from various sources like official product websites, industry blogs, and press releases to understand the product’s features, specifications, and intended use.

2. Read through user reviews

We analyze reviews from customers on e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, forums, and social media. Pay attention to both positive and negative feedback to gauge overall satisfaction and common issues.

3. Check competing products

We identify direct competitors and compare features, prices, and performance. This helps in understanding the product’s market positioning and value proposition.

4. Check expert opinions and endorsements

We seek out opinions from industry experts, including independent reviewers, tech analysts, or professional users. Also, check for any awards or professional endorsements the product has received.

5. Personal testing or hands-on experience (if possible):

If feasible, we personally test the product or seek out hands-on demonstrations, like visiting a store or viewing detailed video reviews. This can provide practical insights into usability, quality, and overall user experience.

Some Things to Keep in Mind…

First, we are committed to unbiased reviews.

Moderno Coffee maintains a strict policy against accepting sponsorship fees for higher rankings. Our reviews are based solely on thorough research and factual data, ensuring that our recommendations are unbiased and trustworthy.

Next, your feedback matters to us.

We value your opinions. In the near future, we plan to include a rating option after each article where you can share your thoughts. We regularly update our content based on your feedback to improve our guides continuously.

For now, please reach out to Colm by emailing with your feedback.

Bottom line: Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive and reliable coffee product reviews. We hope this insight into our review process helps you understand our dedication to bringing you the best in the world of coffee.

Coffee Makers

The pie chart above shows our review criteria for coffee makers. We score each maker based on the following:


We assess how well the coffee machine brews. This includes checking brewing temperature, speed, and most importantly, the taste quality. We rely on technical specifications for objective assessments and delve into YouTube and user reviews for subjective opinions on taste and performance.

Ease of use

Our evaluation covers how easy the machine is to use. This includes the user interface, setup process, and daily operation. This involves examining the simplicity of controls, cleaning process, and maintenance needs, again referring to online demonstrations and user reviews for real-world insights.


The visual appeal and ergonomics of each coffee machine are evaluated. While this can be subjective, we aggregate general opinions from user reviews and YouTube. Where possible, we review the machine personally and give our own take on the design.


The variety and usefulness of features such as programmable settings, milk frothing capabilities, and grinder quality are scored. We use product specifications for feature lists and consult reviews for effectiveness in real-world usage.

Value for money

We assess whether the cost of the coffee machine is justified by its performance and features. This involves comparing its price with its overall score in other categories


Our coffee review criteria are based on five factors. Where possible, we try to brew the coffee ourselves and base our reviews on actual experience. If this isn’t possible, we score the product based on extensive research.

Let’s break down our criteria.


Here we evaluate the freshness and intensity of the aroma. Consider aspects like richness, complexity, and whether the aroma matches the product description.

Flavor profile

We assess the taste of the coffee. This includes acidity, sweetness, bitterness, and balance of flavors. Consider if the flavor matches the described notes (like chocolate, fruit, nutty, etc.).


We rate the texture and body of the coffee. Is it light, medium, or full-bodied? Assess the mouthfeel – is it smooth, creamy, thick, thin?

Origin & transparency

We consider the clarity of information about the coffee’s origin. Is there detailed information about the farm, region, and processing method?

Sustainability & ethical practices

We evaluate the brand’s commitment to sustainability and ethical sourcing practices. This includes fair trade certifications, organic farming practices, and environmental impact.

You Can Trust Our Coffee Reviews

Each coffee product is scored in these categories, with the total score reflecting its overall quality and appeal. This structured approach ensures a comprehensive review covering all critical aspects of coffee quality and experience.