Spinn Coffee Maker Review 2023: The Force Is Strong With This One!

After working as a professional barista for many years, Arne Preuss founded Coffeeness.

All too often, so-called "revolutionary" new coffee makers just feel like manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. However, once in a while something truly interesting comes along, which is why I'm embarking on this Spinn Coffee Maker review.

All too often, so-called “revolutionary” new coffee makers just feel like manufacturers are trying to reinvent the wheel. However, once in a while something truly interesting comes along, which is why I’m embarking on this Spinn Coffee Maker review.

To be honest, I hadn’t paid the Spinn Coffee Maker much mind until recently. However, the excited noise people are making has become so loud that I just had to take a closer look. So, does this coffee machine live up to the outsized hype? Well, for $N/A I really hope so. Let’s find out!

Spinn Coffee Maker

Centrifugal brewing is so cool!

Compact design

Intuitive app

Makes great coffee

Innovative brewing method

Easy to clean

Quite expensive

No milk frother included

Spinn Coffee Maker Review Overview

To say the Spinn Coffee Maker was eagerly anticipated is the understatement of the century. The thing started out as a Kickstarter campaign around five years ago but didn’t actually see the light of day until recently. In fact, quite a few of the initial investors had kind of given up hope.

So, now that it’s here, what’s all the fuss about? Well, the Spinn brews coffee using centrifugal force. Now there’s something I’ve never seen before. I’ll get into the details of how this actually works later in my Spinn Coffee Maker review, but let’s just say my interest is piqued.

Aside from its revolutionary brewing method, the Spinn is touted as a fully connected “smart” device that’ll make espresso, coffee and cold brew. Personally, I’ve had mixed results when using apps to control coffee makers, but in this case you pretty much have to use your phone. Sure, the Spinn has a few buttons and lights, but adjusting settings and running cleaning functions has to be done in the app.

In terms of aesthetics, the Spinn Coffee Maker isn’t really going to enhance your kitchen in the same way as a Jura coffee maker or a Breville espresso machine will. Still, its compact size means it’ll blend into the background without drawing attention to itself. Up top there’s a bean container, below which you’ll find the meager user interface. Below that, the Spinn dispenses coffee from a single spout above the drip tray.

Although I’m categorizing the Spinn as a super automatic espresso machine, there’s no milk system included. That said, the manufacturer does offer a separate milk frother. I’ll take a look at that later in my Spinn Coffee Maker Review.

Spinn Coffee Maker Features

As you might imagine, there are tons of features to talk about in this Spinn Coffee Maker review. I, for one, am really interested to know more, so let’s keep this ball rolling!

User Interface

Closeup of the Spinn Coffee Maker user interface.

As I already mentioned, the Spinn Coffee Maker’s user interface is a little sparse. There are three preset buttons for espresso, lungo and coffee, as well as a customizable button for personal recipes. Aside from that, there are a few indicator lights for the machine to let you know when cleaning, emptying or refilling needs to happen.

Of course, the manufacturer wants you to use the app to control its coffee machine. However, I feel like the user interface could be expanded on a little. Besides, in my experience, fiddling with settings on your phone can quickly get frustrating and takes longer than pressing a couple of actual buttons.

App and Marketplace

The Spinn Coffee Maker app.

Although I’d be happier if the Spinn Coffee Maker had a more substantial control panel, I have to say the app is pretty darn cool.

From the Spinn app you can unlock all the impressive features this machine offers. For starters, you’re able to access a full menu of coffee drinks, then customize settings like strength, spin speed and water level. What’s more, you can do all this from the comfort of your couch if that’s your thing.

Once you’ve connected your phone to the coffee machine, you’ll get notifications when it’s time to perform cleaning and maintenance tasks. Plus, the machine itself will notify you via those flashing lights I mentioned above.

That’s not all, though. The manufacturer also offers a Spinn coffee subscription service, with beans from over a hundred coffee roasters available. What’s really cool is that each bag of beans comes with a unique recipe; you simply scan the label and the roaster’s recommended settings will show up.

If you’ve read my article on coffee marketplaces you’ll know I’m not a fan. However, there’s nothing to say you have to use Spinn’s subscription service.

Bean Hopper

Filling the Spinn Coffee Maker bean hopper.

With an 18 ounce (510 gram) capacity, the Spinn’s bean hopper will easily fit a bag of beans. With that said, even though the hopper has an airtight lid I’d always recommend storing beans in a coffee canister.

From what I can gather, the main complaint about the bean container is its shallow design. This can result in beans getting stuck and not flowing into the grinder as they should. I think we can call that a rookie mistake that should be addressed in the next generation Spinn Coffee Maker!

Conical Burr Grinder

I’d love to give you a detailed analysis of the Spinn’s grinder, but the manufacturer isn’t giving much away. What I do know is that the Spinn Coffee Maker is equipped with a stainless steel conical burr grinder. So far, so good. I also know that you aren’t able to manually change grind settings.

Now, call me a control freak, but that doesn’t sit too well with me. I like to know what’s happening with variables like grind size when I’m brewing coffee. Of course, the manufacturer likes to talk about how its coffee maker grinds with precision each time. Still, I’d like to at least know what’s happening in there.

Centrifugal Brewing

Built-in grinder? Been there. Sophisticated app-based operating system? Done that. Centrifugal brewing? Hold on a minute! What the heck is that? Well, now we’re at the part of my Spinn Coffee Maker review where I get to discuss something truly unique and exciting.

The Spinn employs an internal centrifuge that spins ground coffee and water at speeds of up to 5,000 rpm. The brewed coffee is forced through a perforated outer wall and the used grounds are deposited in a collection bin behind the drip tray.

I have to say I’m very intrigued by this brewing method. From everything I’ve heard, it works really well and produces delicious coffee. Suffice to say I’ve just given my credit card to Mauricio to look after for a while!

Water Reservoir

Located at the back of the machine, the Spinn’s 40 ounce (1.2 liter) water reservoir is fully detachable for easy filling. With that said, I’ve heard that the reservoir needs to be remounted “just so,” or else leaking may occur.

I’m happy to see that the water tank can be fitted with an Intenza water filter. Not only will filtered water make your coffee taste better, you won’t need to descale the machine as frequently.

Specialty Drinks

The Spinn Coffee Maker preparing cold brew coffee.

While the Spinn app gives you the choice of a number of beverages, they’re all based on either espresso, drip coffee or cold brew. Of course, the Spinn Coffee Maker can’t produce “true” espresso seeing as the preparation method is so different. However, the machine’s approximation of espresso does look quite impressive.

In case you’re wondering, the coffee machine alters water, grind size and rotation speed to achieve differences in coffee recipes. Plus, you can adjust strength and size settings to dial in further. As for the whole cold brew thing, I think you know what I’ll say – you simply can’t make cold brew in 60 seconds. Sure, the Spinn may be able to produce an approximation of cold brew, but it’s not going to be the real deal.

Cup Height

I actually really like the design of the Spinn’s neat little drip tray, which can be easily pulled out for emptying and cleaning. Even better, there’s a nifty shelf which you can use to bring your espresso cups closer to the dispensing spout. The Spinn can brew a maximum of 20 ounces (591 milliliters) at a time, and I’d say there’s plenty of room for a travel mug. Still, you can create extra headroom by removing the drip tray altogether.

Incidentally, the used grounds collection bin is located behind the drip tray. From what I’ve seen, the used coffee grounds are completely dry, which says a lot about how efficient the centrifugal brewing process is. Plus, I appreciate that the manufacturer suggests spreading the used grounds around your garden. Goodbye wasteful pods, hello sustainable living!

Accessories

The Spinn milk frother.

As I already mentioned, there’s an optional milk frother for the Spinn that’ll set you back $99.00 on Amazon. Alternatively, you can purchase the coffee maker and frother bundle for $749.00.

Whether or not the milk frother is worth having isn’t for me to say. However, you might want to check out my guide to steaming milk at home for other options.

The Spinn Coffee Maker does come with a water filter, but there are no cleaning products included. And here’s the rub: you need to use a special Spinn maintenance kit. I imagine using other products will void your warranty, so be careful. Anyway, you can be sure that the app will encourage you to purchase the cleaning kit whenever it has the chance.

Warranty

The Spinn Coffee Maker comes with a fairly standard one-year warranty that covers any manufacturer defects. There’s also a 45-day “no questions asked” return policy if you simply don’t like the machine. However, that particular policy only applies to coffee makers that have been purchased from the manufacturer’s website.

How To Use the Spinn Coffee Maker

It seems fairly obvious that the Spinn Coffee Maker has been designed for those who care about their coffee but don’t mind sacrificing a lot of control. With that said, the Spinn is far from cheap, so we’re also talking about folks who can afford a machine like this. Anyway, I’m just hoping the Spinn will lure enough people away from using single-serve coffee capsules.

First things first you’ll need to install the Intenza filter and fill the reservoir with cold water from the tap. Next, add coffee beans to the hopper and plug the machine in. Needless to say, you’ll want to download the Spinn app too. Once that’s done, follow the instructions to connect your machine to your network.

Incidentally, if you’ve bought coffee beans from the Spinn marketplace, now’s the time to scan the label. Otherwise, you can manually enter information so the machine knows what it’s dealing with and can adjust its recipe settings accordingly.

Drink Preparation

Making a latte with the Spinn Coffee Maker and milk frother.

I think it’s fair to say that those of you who are interested in this machine will be excited about using the app. So, for the purposes of my Spinn Coffee Maker review I’ll give you the lowdown on how to prepare coffee remotely:

  • Start by making sure the machine is connected to WiFi and is showing up in the app.
  • Next, select the Maker tab and choose a coffee drink.
  • Select Make Drink or Customize Drink. In the latter scenario you’ll see a couple of sliding scales for adjusting strength and volume.
  • Once you’ve selected Make Drink, brewing will begin.

That’s all there is to it! The app will keep you abreast of what’s happening during brewing, and once your coffee is ready there’s nothing left to do except enjoy!

Spinn Coffee Maker Cleaning

As far as cleaning and descaling goes, there doesn’t seem to be anything really out of the ordinary to deal with. The machine will let you know when it’s time to empty the used grounds container as well as the drip tray. You’ll also be alerted when it’s time to run a cleaning or descaling cycle, and the app will guide you through the steps.

What makes me nervous is the fact that the grinder can’t really be accessed. As far as I can tell, you can’t remove the upper burr, which seems very strange to me. Anyway, I’d recommend wiping out the bean hopper with a paper towel whenever you switch coffee beans. As for the grinder, maybe try and brush it out a little if you can.

The Spinn Coffee Maker user manual makes reference to something called a transport worm, which needs maintenance every so often. This has something to do with the way ground coffee is moved from the grinder to the brewer.

Apparently the machine will let you know when the transport worm needs to be cleaned, but you’ll need to contact the support team for instructions. Why the manufacturer is being so cagey is anyone’s guess!

Spinn Coffee Maker Specifications

SPINN Coffee Maker
Manufacturer

Spinn

Model number

Original

Product category

Super automatic espresso machine

Removable brew group

Housing material

Plastic

Color options

Silver

Milk frother

None

User interface

Touchscreen

App

User profiles

Memo function only

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

40.6 fl oz / 1.2 l

Number of boilers

1

Pump pressure

Maximum cup height

6.0 in / 15.2 cm

Minimum cup height

2.5 in / 6.4 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

N/A

Bean hopper capacity

18.0 oz / 510.0 g

Pre-ground coffee bypass

Grounds discard container capacity

5

Specialty drinks

3

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

Adjustable milk temperature

2-cup function

No

Pot function

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1250 W

Weight

18.5 lb / 8.4 kg

Dimensions

14.1 x 8.6 x 13.2 in
35.8 x 21.8 x 33.5 cm

Warranty

1 year

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction manual.

Current price on Amazon

$979.00

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Spinn Coffee Maker vs Others

As I mentioned earlier, I’m classifying the Spinn Coffee Maker as a super automatic espresso machine. Even so, it feels strange to compare the thing with actual super automatics. Still, I feel like my Spinn Coffee Maker review should give you other options. So, let’s take a look at a couple of other machines with functional apps.

Spinn Coffee Maker vs Jura Z10

Arne with the Jura Z10.

Okay, so the Jura Z10 is in a different league from the Spinn Coffee Maker. Heck, it’s in a different league from most automatic coffee makers. Still, if it’s amazing coffee drinks, an intuitive user interface and even cold brew capabilities you’re after, spending $3,995.00 on the Z10 might be worth it.

During my testing I was blown away by what this machine can do. The Product Recognizing Grinder is a real winner, and the coffee quality is outstanding. What’s more, the Jura app offers a seamless user experience, which can’t be said about apps from all manufacturers.

See Also: Jura Z10 Hands-On Review 2023

Spinn Coffee Maker vs DeLonghi Dinamica Plus

Arne with the DeLonghi Dinamica Plus.

Costing $1,658.80 on Amazon, the DeLonghi Dinamica Plus is also quite a bit pricier than the Spinn. However, this is one of my all-time favorite super automatics.

Again, the Dinamica Plus offers an iced coffee option that’s actually pretty great. The machine can also be used via DeLonghi’s Coffee Link app, which works very well. Ultimately, the Dinamica Plus makes superb espresso, cappuccino and latte macchiato. Moreover, I’ve yet to find another machine that matches it in terms of value for money.

See Also: DeLonghi Dinamica Plus Hands-On Review 2023

Spinn Coffee Maker vs Others Comparison Chart

SPINN Coffee MakerJura Z10DeLonghi Dinamica Plus
Manufacturer

Spinn

Jura

De'Longhi

Model number

Original

15361/15464

ECAM37095TI

Product category

Super automatic espresso machine

Super automatic espresso machine

Super automatic espresso machine

Removable brew group

Housing material

Plastic

Stainless steel with plastic parts

Plastic with stainless steel parts

Color options

Silver

Aluminum White, Diamond Black

Titanium

Milk frother

None

Cappuccinatore

Integrated carafe

User interface

Touchscreen

Touch screen with buttons and dials

Touchscreen

App

User profiles

Memo function only

1

3

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

40.6 fl oz / 1.2 l

81.2 fl oz / 2.4 l

60.9 fl oz / 1.8 l

Number of boilers

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

6.0 in / 15.2 cm

5.9 in / 15.0 cm

5.5 in / 14.0 cm

Minimum cup height

2.5 in / 6.4 cm

3.0 in / 7.6 cm

3.5 in / 8.9 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

N/A

Infinitely variable

13

Bean hopper capacity

18.0 oz / 510.0 g

10.2 oz / 290.0 g

10.6 oz / 300.0 g

Pre-ground coffee bypass

Grounds discard container capacity

5

20

14

Specialty drinks

3

24

16

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

Adjustable milk temperature

2-cup function

No

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Pot function

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1250 W

1450 W

1250 W

Weight

18.5 lb / 8.4 kg

27.0 lb / 12.2 kg

21.0 lb / 9.5 kg

Dimensions

14.1 x 8.6 x 13.2 in
35.8 x 21.8 x 33.5 cm

15.0 x 12.6 x 17.7 in
38.1 x 32.0 x 45.0 cm

13.7 x 9.3 x 16.8 in
34.8 x 23.6 x 42.7 cm

Warranty

1 year

2 years

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction manual.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk system cleaning container, Measuring spoon, Filter casing.

Included Accessories: Carbon active filter, measuring scoop, hardness test, cleaning brush, descaling solution, removable water spout, milk jug. TrueBrew Over Ice technology.

Current price on Amazon

$979.00

$3,995.00

$1,658.80

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SPINN Coffee MakerJura Z10DeLonghi Dinamica Plus
Manufacturer

Spinn

Jura

De'Longhi

Model number

Original

15361/15464

ECAM37095TI

Product category

Super automatic espresso machine

Super automatic espresso machine

Super automatic espresso machine

Removable brew group

Housing material

Plastic

Stainless steel with plastic parts

Plastic with stainless steel parts

Color options

Silver

Aluminum White, Diamond Black

Titanium

Milk frother

None

Cappuccinatore

Integrated carafe

User interface

Touchscreen

Touch screen with buttons and dials

Touchscreen

App

User profiles

Memo function only

1

3

Removable water reservoir

Water reservoir capacity

40.6 fl oz / 1.2 l

81.2 fl oz / 2.4 l

60.9 fl oz / 1.8 l

Number of boilers

1

1

2

Pump pressure

15 bar

19 bar

Maximum cup height

6.0 in / 15.2 cm

5.9 in / 15.0 cm

5.5 in / 14.0 cm

Minimum cup height

2.5 in / 6.4 cm

3.0 in / 7.6 cm

3.5 in / 8.9 cm

Grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Stainless steel conical burr grinder

Grind adjustment levels

N/A

Infinitely variable

13

Bean hopper capacity

18.0 oz / 510.0 g

10.2 oz / 290.0 g

10.6 oz / 300.0 g

Pre-ground coffee bypass

Grounds discard container capacity

5

20

14

Specialty drinks

3

24

16

Pre-infusion

Adjustable coffee temperature

Adjustable milk foam temperature

Adjustable milk temperature

2-cup function

No

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Yes (non-milk drinks only)

Pot function

Hot water function

Hot milk function

Milk foam only option

Water filter

Power consumption

1250 W

1450 W

1250 W

Weight

18.5 lb / 8.4 kg

27.0 lb / 12.2 kg

21.0 lb / 9.5 kg

Dimensions

14.1 x 8.6 x 13.2 in
35.8 x 21.8 x 33.5 cm

15.0 x 12.6 x 17.7 in
38.1 x 32.0 x 45.0 cm

13.7 x 9.3 x 16.8 in
34.8 x 23.6 x 42.7 cm

Warranty

1 year

2 years

2 years

Notes

Included Accessories: Instruction manual.

Included Accessories: Instruction booklet, Milk system cleaning container, Measuring spoon, Filter casing.

Included Accessories: Carbon active filter, measuring scoop, hardness test, cleaning brush, descaling solution, removable water spout, milk jug. TrueBrew Over Ice technology.

Current price on Amazon

$979.00

$3,995.00

$1,658.80

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Verdict: Spinn Coffee Maker Review

Spinn Coffee Maker

Centrifugal brewing is so cool!

Compact design

Intuitive app

Makes great coffee

Innovative brewing method

Easy to clean

Quite expensive

No milk frother included

At the start of this Spinn Coffee Maker review I touched on the fact that manufacturers are constantly trying to wow us with something new. All too often that turns out to be something mundane that we’d be better off without. However, it seems like Spinn has actually delivered a revolutionary new way to prepare coffee.

Regular Coffeeness readers will know just how much I want to buy one of these things. Besides, it only seems right that I investigate a brand new brewing method for you guys. As I already mentioned, if the Spinn Coffee Maker can convert just a few coffee lovers away from using pods, I’d call it a win for the planet. Now, if I were Mauricio, where would I hide a credit card?

What do you guys think – should I buy the Spinn Coffee Maker to test out? I look forward to your comments!

Spinn Coffee Maker FAQ

As an alternative to a machine that uses coffee pods, the Spinn is absolutely worth it. Using whole coffee beans will only result in a better-tasting cup of coffee.

You can definitely use your own coffee beans with Spinn. However, make sure not to use overly dark and oily coffee beans, as they can clog up the coffee maker’s insides.

The Spinn Coffee Maker is made in The Netherlands.

Although its grinder is fairly noisy, the Spinn Coffee Maker is surprisingly quiet when it’s brewing coffee.

To make your Spinn coffee stronger, use the app to customize the brewing parameters.

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