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Melitta E970-102 Caffeo CI One-Touch Fully Automatic Coffee Maker with My Coffee Memory and Milk System - White
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- Coffee at the touch of a button. My coffee memory stores four personal coffee preferences
- Espresso or cappuccino - three brew temperatures, four coffee strengths, two chamber bean container, easy use milk system
- Height adjustable spout, two cup option, cup warmer, removable water tank removable milk system, easy to move
- Hygienic - push-button cleaning easy-clean components and surfaces. Energy-efficient LED lights, shut down and stand-by modes
- Box contents: Melitta caffeo CI one-touch E970-101, starter set of cleaning products, water hardness test strip, measuring spoon
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The Caffeo CI fulfils the highest requirements of coffee connoisseurs with its intelligent technology and sophisticated features it is perfectly suited to meet all your requirements. The exquisite details such as My Coffee Memory, the novel Plug-In-Milk-System and the Original Preparation Process will impress you.
Product Features: My Coffee Memory to save settings for up to 4 people, the plug-in-milk-system is easily removable and dishwasher proof and a milk container that fits in every fridge, One Touch Function for the preparation of espresso, cafe creme, cappuccino, latte macchiato, mil, frothed milk and hot water, Easy Navigation with memory switch and easy to use menu, Bean Select for the choice of different types of coffee beans eg. espresso beans and crema beans.
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Product Feature Summary
- Memory for up to four individual preferences
- Bean selection
- Pre-brew function for optimal flavour
- Height adjustable all-in-one milk, coffee and water spout
- Easy-clean milk system
- Energy saving mode
- Water filter
- 0 watt button
- Removable brew unit
- 1400 watts
- 15 bar
Four Generations of Coffee Expertise
For true connoisseurs
Would you like fabulous espresso or superb cappuccino all the time--at just the touch of a button? That's exactly what you get with the Melitta Caffeo CI One-touch E970-101.
My Coffee memory stores up to four individual preferences. Intelligent automatic grinder, flow control dial, choice of coffee strengths, easily programmable brew temperatures, and an easy to use removable milk system for hot milk or creamy froth all add up to a consistent, simple and enjoyable coffee experience.
Real ground coffee at the touch of a button from a low-maintenance machine. Pre-brew function injects water into the coffee as it grinds, maximising the flavour. Passive cup warmer means you can gently heat your cup before making your coffee.
Sophisticated Functions but Simple Care
The removable water tank has a safety sensor so the machine won't work without water. Convenient height adjustable spout (up to 13.5 cm) lets you make two cups at the same time. Automatic cleaning and de-scaling is quick, no fuss, push-button easy. Rinse the removable brewing unit under the tap, and just wipe down the easy-clean surfaces.
Sustainable Production and Sophisticated Technology
Eco-aware, energy efficient LED lights. Programmable automatic stand-by or complete 'off' switch for 0-watt consumption. Adjustable energy saving mode.
- The Melitta group of companies, with headquarters in Minden, has long been a successful manufacturer and innovative developer of coffee machines. Founded by Melitta Bentz in 1908, the company invented the coffee filter, and it's Melitta's passion for coffee that fuels the company. The employees' loyalty to Melitta products is something of which the group is particularly proud, and this loyalty has contributed to Melitta's expansion and development. Melitta's global family 'makes coffee a pleasure'
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Will update this review after a year / 1000 coffees, whichever comes first. So far, extremely happy.
So, time for change. We wanted a machine which was easy to maintain, flexible, simple yet flexible to use and above all that made decent coffee. Our research took us to the German press (we read the language perfectly) and the test published by an independent review magazine in December 2011 short listed 5 machines including the far more expensive Miele, de longhi and Jura. The Melitta Caffeo ci came out first; not bad against such fierce competition so we tried it in the shop and bought one.
What a brilliant decision. Let me take you through it so you can sense the pleasure we have from this device. First, to set it up is a doddle. Plug and play. Set the language to English (or whatever you want it seems). The water tank holds enough for normal use and to refill takes seconds as the tank is removable and so just pop it under the cold tap. To use a the water filter in our area is a must and can set the water hardness in the intuitive LCD menu. To fit the filter use the tool provided which also doubles as the ground coffee measure - more on that later. Next, fill the holders with fresh coffee beans. Yes - holders as there are two allowing you to have different coffees at flick of a lever. So if one person wants espresso (which we also use for latte and for cappuccino) and another wants a caffe creme from different beans, there is no fussing with having the wrong kind of bean loaded - you can have both.
Now the fun bit. The machine has a simple dial up menu which allows you to specify and store the strength and milk mix of the various coffees for up to 4 people. So, you can spend a while finding out how much coffee,(and how strong as it offers a choice of 4 strengths) how much milk and milk foam for the various drinks each person likes. Then store the results under each persons name.
Now to the milk. The simple and hygenic way this works was a major attraction for us. It is definingly simple. Just pour a liter of milk of your choice into the provided milk box, which fits easily in the fridge when not in use. Connect the milk pipe and it's good to go.
Now make your coffee(s); two of the same kind at the same time if you will! Just press the right button and the delivery tray and cups (which you can warm up on the plate on top of the machine) are then lit up by LED lights. It makes cappuccino the right way round; coffee first then milk. Latte produces the classic foam/coffee/milk layering. Obviously espresso and straight coffee come as they are. If you want to use pre ground coffee (this gives you a third choice over the beans) then place a single measure using the spoon provided into the special opening and the machine will recognize it. In this case only one cup at a time can be made.
To clean the milk system just connect the milk pipe to the drip tray and press the quick clean button. It flushes with hot water and then with steam. Pop the milk box back into the fridge.
The drip tray does fill up quickly but it's so easy to empty and rinse under the tap; the coffee grouts holder is a separate box on the drip tray and also very easy to empty. If you forget to empty there is a visual float and it will aso remind you in the display.
A brilliant innovation is that the entire brewing unit can be taken out for cleaning (or replacement I guess in the very long term) by slipping off the side panel and the whole unit then comes out with one lever movement. Rinse it under running water, shake it dry and replace. And the milk dispenser unit and pipe come off easily and you can then run them under the tap and use the provided brush to clean inside the pipe if you want.
We clean the milk system properly every week (or when the machine tells us to) using the Melitta approved sterilizing fluid which came with the machine. It costs little and keeps it all hygenic. From time to time (every couple of hundred cups I think) the machine tells you it's time to use a cleaning tablet. This drops into the ground coffee input and makes sure the interior workings are freed from coffee residue. Dead easy and takes very little time.
As to the coffee taste. Well that's as subjective as your choice of beans and milk and mixtures you decide are right for you - each to their own in this flexible machine. Each of us here has found just what they want but we still experiment with differnt beans; you can't do that so well with pad or capsule and of course the cost per cup is lower than those when taken over the full life cycle. And there's no rubbish from capsules etc. It's a win- win.
We are really delighted with this machine. It won the tough German competition and rightly so. We commend it to anyone looking for a great, flexible, easy to use and clean, intuitive coffee machine at a very sensible price.
We had this coffee maker as a wedding gift - something we would never spend so much money on ourselves. It makes fab coffee and is very cleverly programmable. It is however like having a child in the house because it demands so much attention:
It rinses itself when you turn it on and when it automatically turns itself off, so the drip/dregs tray needs emptying every 8 cups or so - an easy task but still rather too regular. It tells you when it needs descaling - every 100 cups apparently - again not a hard task but about 8 mins of time and a special sachet of descaler. Then it surprises you because it needs cleaning (a tablet that goes through a different bit to the descaler). The good bit is that it talks you through all this very well, the bad bit is that it all seems to come round quite quickly. We don't use the provided water filter as it would take up space in the smallish water reservoir, we use our own filter instead (also saves buying yet another consumable item). We're not fans of milky coffees so haven't even tried the milk attachment so I can only imagine how many more cleaning demands and consumable items that would invite!
All in all it's a great machine, but be prepared for the time in maintenance and expenditure on consumable items.
I finally settled on the Melitta E970-102 as the price was right (an offer at under £600), reviews are good and it's as featured as machines a fair bit more expensive. I've had it for around 6 months now so thought I'd add my findings.
Its fast to warm up / get ready so no need to leave it on.
Custom programs allow you to tweak the strength and size to your taste and cup.
You can dispense up to 250ml of hot water from a separate spout so no coffee residue, I use this to heat my cups.
Easy cleaning programs to keep things working, I like the steaming after milk use.
Milk frothing is excellent
No deal breakers, but worth noting:
As mentioned by others, lots of water waste requiring frequent emptying. (keeps things clean though)
Dual coffee chamber is no use to me as I only use 1 bean type, The Dark roast beans I like don't always flow well. All other beans I have tried worked fine. (I've tried most easy to get a hold of brands/ varieties: Illy, Lavazza etc) so its likely the beans.
Its not small.
Makes drinking coffee way to easy :)
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