Melitta Barista TS Smart
This Bean to cup machine is huge. So if you have a small galley style kitchen and need every inch of worktop this may not be the machine for you.
If however you love a top quality mug of coffee and to make your coffee bespoke to your taste then this is a real treat.
The machine allows you to have two different types of beans in play at a time and even comes with a water filter and a test to see if your water is hard. If you have hard water you are advised to fit the filter. So after a bit of fiddling to connect up the device to fit the filter and adding coffee beans you are ready to brew.
The machine can be controlled either from the panel on the front or from the Bluetooth app. My phone a Huawei was a bit of a pain to connect but other Bluetooth phones connected without a problem.
The control panel on the front lets you select how much coffee, how strong the coffee is, which beans are used and the size of the mug. The sliders seemed to work better than the plus minus buttons. There are various default buttons that you can select from. However if you are a coffee buff then hit the recipe button and ok and you are into a large menu of different coffees from ristretto, to red eye, flat white etc. Far too many choices to mention but it was pretty obvious which one to pick.
The milk is in a separate container so you can just disconnect and place the milk back in the fridge.
The app allows you to create personalised recipes and save these in the app so you don’t need to keep setting it up each time you want a cuppa. So great for a personalised experience and you can make the coffee without leaving the sofa. However the milk container was not refrigerated so it might not be suitable for setting up overnight (unless perhaps you use long life)
The milk is connected by a flexible pipe which when you have finished you connect to the base of the tray and the machine will offer you the chance to run a cleaning cycle every time it makes milky coffee and it always cleans before shutting down to save power. It has a safety feature that it makes sure you have moved the flexible cable to the tray before blasting with steam to clean the milk jets.
The tray is at the bottom of the machine and holds the ground coffee and the cleaning water. You get a warning if the tray is removed but if you place the tray back and forget to place the coffee ground tray there is no warning. The tray is quite shallow and you are advised to place the machine away from a sink. However if you do so you may have fun carrying the pretty full shallow tray to empty. It is a compromise as it would be annoying to be asked to empty the tray every 5 minutes but you need to be good at carrying carefully. The cleaning is quick easy and other than a clean of the tray the machine does the lot for you.
So what is the coffee like? It is fabulous and clean tasting and I love the ability to change the strength of the brew. I ended up with the machine set up one with a stronger bean for those who love that taste and a milder Ethiopian bean which I preferred.
Then I started the challenge of working my way through the recipes…yes there are quite a few. This is a top quality machine that provides high quality coffee freshly ground and brewed. The app control just adds to that by allowing you to totally customise a favourite recipe.
It’s fair to say this is a serious luxury item and it’s easy set up and clean added to this. We've found it online for around £730 which seems a lot but if it allows you to miss two trips to your favourite coffee shop a week then it is easilly earning its money back.
Recommended for serious coffee lovers who like to blend their own brew and because of the innovation we are pleased to award this our