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Probably the best bean-to-cup under £1500
on 8 November 2015
I have spent a long time (2 years) researching 'bean to cup' coffee machines, using a budget of up to £1500, but there was never one that was quite right. The 'Italian' ones - Gaggia and the like - looked good but didn't get good reviews, and many others - de Longhi, Krupps, etc - were just plain ugly, and all had shortcomings in their spec. The best on my shortlist were various by Jura, and one from Miele, all around £1000. When I saw the press release for this Melitta it definitely ticked all the boxes, but I decided to wait until it had been around long enough to establish confidence...
In the event it is brilliant. The bottom line, of course, is that it makes absolutely superb coffee, whether expresso, latte or whatever, in a completely different league from the capsule machines.
Other top features are: It is very easy to set the details of how you want your coffee - strength, volume of water, one cup, two cups, etc. and it keeps itself clean without being tedious about it. The milk steam heater/frother is far and away the best I have found - and it is dead easy to rinse. (Don't be tempted to get a machine that pipes milk into the coffee delivery spouts - rinsing is a pain).
You can switch between 2 kinds of bean, and even pop ground coffee in for the odd cup of something different - the machine recognises that you are doing this just by the fact that you open the flap to put it in, and cancels the switch a minute and a half later if you don't use it. This also is self rinsing.
Cup size: the spout rises to 135 for mugs, and you can get 150mm latte glasses in by just removing the drip tray cover.
Finally, it looks the business.