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Melitta Caffeo Solo bean to cup coffee machine review
Rating: 72 % (satisfying)
|Latte Macchiato:||63 %|
|Brand:||Melitta bean to cup coffee machine|
|Model:||Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk E957-103|
|Drinks:||Espresso, coffee, milk foam|
|Grinder:||conical burr grinder|
|Grinder setting:||5 levels|
|Coffee strength:||3 levels|
|Bean compartment:||125 g|
|Water tank:||1,2 l|
|Coffee spouts:||8,5-13,2 cm|
Conclusion on the Melitta Caffeo Solo
Optimal only for espresso and coffee drinkers
With the Melitta Caffeo Solo, you can prepare espresso and coffee at the touch of a button. We were particularly impressed by the intense espresso. In addition, small cups of coffee become very aromatic.
By the way, we chose the Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk, the model with cappuccinatore. However, the milk foam was not perfect, but very airy and with many large bubbles. In addition, cleaning the milk system is quite cumbersome. Therefore, we can only advise against this model.
However, this does not apply to the simple Melitta Caffeo Solo which specializes in espresso and coffee. This model is easy to clean and prepares good drinks with just a few clicks.
With a width of only 20 cm, it is the narrowest bean to cup coffee machine in our test. However, the water tank, bean compartment and collection trays are therefore somewhat smaller than in comparable models.
We recommend the Caffeo Solo for purists who prefer espresso and coffee, and especially for small kitchens. If you want to prepare milk foam, you’d better take a look at the Philips EP2220/10 or the DeLonghi Magnifica S.
- ideal for small kitchens – only 20 cm wide
- aromatic espresso & good coffee
- Beverage quantity infinitely variable
- hot milk for hot choclate & latte
- Milk foam quantity freely adjustable
- Relatively quiet grinder & milk system
- Double cup option possible
- Milk foam very coarse & airy
- Milk system difficult to clean
Summary of our Melitta Caffeo Solo review
The Melitta Caffeo Solo is available in a total of three different versions. Here we present the model “Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk” with cappuccinatore. This allows you to prepare milk foam at the touch of a button. The model “Caffeo Solo & Milk” has a simple nozzle with which you can froth milk yourself. And the “Caffeo Solo” model is designed purely for espresso and coffee. You cannot prepare milk foam with it.
Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk: The automatic cappuccinatore provides milk foam at the touch of a button. Ideal for those who want to prepare not only espresso and coffee, but also cappuccino or latte.
Caffeo Solo & Milk: With the integrated milk foam nozzle, you can prepare milk foam yourself. There are a few more steps involved but it’s perfect if you want to control the consistency and temperature of the foam.
Caffeo Solo: For those who simply want to enjoy good espresso and coffee at the touch of a button. Pure coffee taste, easy operation and less cleaning effort. Perfect model for small kitchens.
Then take a look at our detailed review. Use the table of contents if you are interested in something specific. If you still have a question, please feel free to leave us a comment .
- 1 Data sheet
- 2 Conclusion on the Melitta Caffeo Solo
- 3 Summary of our Melitta Caffeo Solo review
- 4 Melitta Caffeo Solo – Models
- 5 Any questions?
- 6 Individual parts in detail
- 7 Drinks
- 8 Settings
- 9 Cleaning – Melitta Caffeo Solo
The Melitta Caffeo Solo is only 20 cm wide and thus another 5 cm narrower than other small bean to cup coffee machines – such as the
Latte Go from Philips
. This makes it perfect for a small kitchen. The front panel looks visually elegant, although it is only made of a matte plastic.
Milk system of the Melitta Caffeo Solo
The bean to cup coffee machine prepares milk foam with the integrated cappuccinatore (semi-automatic milk system). To do this, hang the hose directly into a milk carton. Now you activate the steam on the bean to cup coffee machine and place your cup underneath. The device preheats briefly. Then open the valve at the top right and milk foam will flow into your cup. You determine the amount of milk or milk foam yourself by eye. Depending on how long you open the valve. For a cappuccino, place your glass under the coffee spout and prepare an espresso.
With an average of 63.4 dB, the milk system is quite quiet – it only hisses a bit louder once at the beginning. After the milk has been drawn, simply place the milk carton back in the refrigerator. You can completely disassemble and rinse the cappuccinatore (that’s what the milk system is called). However, there is also a rinsing program, but more about this under the point “Cleaning”.
You can only fill one cup with milk foam at a time, not two at a time. This is only possible with fully automatic systems. However, in addition to milk foam, you can also prepare warm milk, e.g. for cocoa. Very convenient if you have children. The quality of the Cappuccinatore definitely convinced us – it seems well thought out.
The bean compartment is on the top right of the bean to cup coffee machine and it fits 125g of beans. With it you can prepare about 10-14 drinks. Depending on how strong you drink your espresso or coffee. The Melitta Caffeo Solo is one of the few bean to cup coffee machines that will alert you to an empty bean compartment. Then the beans flash in the display. Simply refill and prepare a drink, then the flashing stops. The opening of the compartment is quite large and easy to reach.
Unfortunately, the lid is not darkened and also not completely airtight. However, both would be better for the flavor of the beans. However, since the bean compartment is so small, it hardly matters. The beans slide well in the direction of the grinder and are always completely used up. There is no extra compartment for ground coffee.
Grinder of the Melitta Caffeo Solo
The Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk features a conical burr grinder made of hardened steel. It can be adjusted in 5 levels. The switch for this can be found behind the cover (service flap) on the right side of the bean to cup coffee machine. On the far left is the finest level, on the right it gets coarser. The grinder should only be adjusted during the grinding process. Preferably also only by one level.
The adjustment is very simple and it is also clearly noticeable when the next level is set. This is not always as easy with every bean to cup coffee machine as it is here. With an average of approx. 67 dB, the grinder is relatively quiet. Although not as quiet as e.g. the
but quieter than many other bean to cup coffee machines.
The grinder setting is good at the finest level, but not very good. The goal is uniformly fine coffee powder. To check this, we dried a coffee puck and then took a close look at it. During our sieve test, however, we also noticed some coarser particles between the partly very fine coffee powder. We have seen better results with other grinders. But still, the grinder scores “good” overall.
The water tank is located on the back left of the bean to cup coffee machine. It can be easily lifted and removed via the integrated handle. However, you need a bit of space to the left of the Melitta Caffeo Solo to bring the tank to the front of you. It would be even more practical if the tank was mounted directly in front. But that’s probably not feasible with such a compact bean to cup coffee machine.
It fits 1.2 liters of water – so the tank is quite small. You need to fill it up almost every day. But that’s a good thing, because fresh water is important for good coffee. An LED lights up in the display if you need to refill water. The opening is large enough and you can easily wipe out the tank by hand.
At the bottom of the tank you will find a connection for water filters. You should use it if your water is very calcareous. Or you can filter it in advance using a table water filter. In any case, set the hardness of the water on the device – then it will remind you to descale. More about that later. The overall quality is good.
You can adjust the height of the coffee spouts from 8.5 to 13.2 cm. This is important so that nothing splashes past the small espresso cup and a large latte macchiato glass still fits underneath. The distance to the espresso cup is still quite large, but nothing went wrong in the test. A large latte macchiato also fits underneath. We had to tilt it slightly, but it works.
The Melitta Caffeo Solo has two coffee spouts. So you can also prepare two espressos or coffees at the same time. To do this, you simply have to press the reference button 2x. The bezel of the coffee spouts is shiny silver and visually chic. Unfortunately, fingerprints or water splashes can be seen quite quickly.
Drip tray & coffee grounds container
You can simply pull out the collection trays for water and coffee pucks to the front. Approximately 8 coffee pucks fit in the container. For regular use with two people, you will have to empty the collection trays once a day. But this is really simple. The drip tray never gets completely full, as the LED in the display reminds you to empty it beforehand. So nothing spills over like some other bean to cup coffee machines.
It is best to empty both containers at the same time, otherwise the Melitta Caffeo Solo will get confused when counting the coffee pucks. The containers must not be put in the dishwasher, at least there is no indication in the instructions. Some did it anyway. In eco mode up to 50°C, it’s probably not a problem.
The cup tray is made of stainless steel and makes a high-quality impression on us. The rest, i.e. the bezel and the two collection trays, are made of plastic. The quality is good, but not outstanding.
Melitta Caffeo Solo brewing unit
On the right side is a service flap behind which you will find the brewing unit of the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk. Simply press the small red button and turn the lever to the left. Now you can pull out the brewing unit. It is mainly made of plastic. Some heavy-duty parts are also stainless steel, such as the clamps that move other parts.
The brewing unit of the Melitta Caffeo Solo makes a good impression in terms of quality. In any case, the coffee pucks are well pressed and extracted. Because we found perfectly formed pucks in the collection bin. However, there are already some hidden corners. Let’s see how much coffee powder we find there after a few pulls.
The display is kept very simple and only uses symbols, no writing. But that’s all that’s needed here. The beverage quantity can be adjusted in 5 ml increments using a rotary control . You can set between 25 and 220 ml.
Click on the cup symbol to start the purchase of your beverage. Press the button twice to activate the double cup option. Then you can prepare two cups of espresso or coffee at the same time. Or a double espresso in a cup, for example, to prepare a large or extra strong cappuccino. You can adjust the aroma of your coffee via three levels (beans).
The third button is used to activate the steam. We need this to froth our milk. We’ll show you exactly how this works with the drinks.
The display is easy to read from the front. To make it even easier to read from above, a slightly slanted display would be even better. Tall people have to bend over a bit here. The buttons all have a clear pressure point and the next level can also be felt well in the rotary control.
There is no labeling of the buttons, everything is displayed via symbols. But these are really clear. For example, a tap + drip when the water tank is empty. You will certainly understand the Melitta Caffeo Solo without instructions. If a question arises, you will find short and clear instructions in the manual. Or you can use the Melitta “Companion” app. There, many things are simply explained step-by-step, e.g. how to use a water filter.
You can start the Melitta Caffeo Solo by pressing the round button to the left of the coffee spouts. On models without a milk frothing nozzle, the button is at the top right. It takes just under a minute for the bean to cup coffee machine to be ready for operation. In this minute, it preheats and performs a flushing process. Then you can directly prepare several drinks one after the other.
From the factory, the bean to cup coffee machine turns off completely after 30 minutes and goes into energy-saving mode after 5 minutes. You can adjust both to your needs step by step. We will explain how this works under “Settings options”.
Now we finally start with the important details about the different drinks. We explain to you exactly how you can best set the bean to cup coffee machine to achieve the optimal taste. For our tests, we always use the same coffee beans (blend of Arabica and Robusta) and the same organic UHT milk (3.8% fat). This allows us to directly compare the bean to cup coffee machines. The Robusta content provides a caffeine kick and a beautiful crema.
Strong espresso with the Melitta Caffeo Solo
First we prepare a strong espresso and then compare it with a mild one. To do this, we again set a beverage quantity of 40 ml. For aroma, we go to the highest levels (3 beans) so that the bean to cup coffee machine uses a lot of coffee powder. We set the grinder setting to the finest levels. After all, we want the strongest and most intense espresso possible.
The fine coffee powder generates a lot of counterpressure . In our test, the pump still has enough power for this combination. We have had bean to cup coffee machines whose pumps have failed. There was just some espresso dripping into the cup. But the Melitta Caffeo Solo convinces us.
By using a lot of fine coffee powder, the contact time is extended. We therefore expect a dark crema and an intense caffeine kick with lots of flavors. Let’s see if the Melitta Caffeo Solo can deliver that. The preparation takes a good 40 seconds. The temperature is 75°C. We get an espresso with dark crema. In terms of taste, it comes very close to the classic espresso from the portafilter. A real pick-me-up.
It’s not the best espresso in our test, but it’s still a very good one. The flavors of nut and chocolate, typical of our beans, come out well.
For the mild variant, we set a beverage quantity of 40 ml. This corresponds approximately to the middle of the first range at the rotary control. This time we set the aroma or coffee strength to one bean. Therefore, relatively little coffee powder is used. We set the grinder setting to level 2, which is the second finest level.
The “coarser” coffee powder forces the water through more quickly. This makes the espresso less intense. Due to the shorter contact time, the espresso tastes much milder. In terms of intensity, this is no comparison at all to the strong espresso before it. The draw including the grinding process again takes a good 40 seconds . We measure an optimal temperature of 73- 75°C. The espresso is hot enough in any case. By the way, you will taste most of the flavors at 60-65°C. So let the espresso cool briefly before drinking it. This is done quite quickly with the small cups.
The crema is fine and relatively light – almost too light for espresso. This one is actually characterized by a hazelnut brown crema. In terms of taste, the espresso is, as expected, significantly milder. This has little to do with espresso in the classic sense. We just wanted to show you the difference.
Now we come to the classic coffee. It is prepared differently in the bean to cup coffee machine. For comparison: in a filter coffee machine, the water slowly seeps through the coffee powder and through a paper filter directly into the pot. In the Melitta Caffeo Solo, the coffee (just like espresso) isbrewed in the brewing unit under high pressure. Now we’ll tell you how to set up the bean to cup coffee machine so that the coffee is a success.
We prepare two cups of coffee, 180 ml each, by setting the water volume control almost all the way to the right (beginning of the last range). By the way, the maximum possible is 220 ml per cup. In our tests, however, we obtained a maximum of 210 milliliters. The remaining 10 ml are probably still in the coffee puck – but no matter. We don’t want to be picky.
We set the coffee strength to 2 beans (medium) and the grinder setting to medium fine – level 3. If we were to use a very fine grinder setting here, the coffee could quickly become bitter. The finer the coffee powder, the longer the bean to cup coffee machine brews and the more bitter substances are released from the coffee powder. However, you are also welcome to try level 2 and experiment. However, we do not recommend the finest grinder setting in combination with strong aroma. Here, an Americano would be a better choice. We’ll show you later…
For the double cup option, we place each cup under a coffee spout and press the draw button 2x. Halfway through brewing, the machine presses a new coffee puck and starts a second brewing cycle. If only one puck were used for both cups, the coffee would be much too thin and bitter. The machine took 1:15 minutes for one cup. For 2 cups, it takes 2:25 minutes – twice as long.
The temperature of the coffee should be at least 70 °C. In our test we measure
– which is hot enough. The coffee also has a thin light brown crema. The taste is intense and aromatic and less bitter compared to other bean to cup coffee machines. We would place it in the front midfield of our
bean to cup coffee machine test
Cappuccino with the Melitta Caffeo Solo
When it comes to cappuccino, it now gets interesting for all milk foam fans, because as you know, the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk has a built-in cappuccinatore. By the way, in our test we got the creamiest milk foam with organic UHT milk (3.8% fat) . Plant-based barista editions made from soy or oat milk are also suitable, of course. It is important that your milk is “refrigerator cold”. Otherwise, the bean to cup coffee machine will heat it too much.
For a cappuccino, real baristas first prepare an espresso and then add the milk foam. However, many bean to cup coffee machines like to do it the other way around. However, with the Cappuccinatore we have the order in our own hands. That’s why we directly test both variants.
A flop – cappuccino in the classic order
First, we prepare a normal espresso. We set the beverage quantity to 40 ml and the aroma to level 2. We set the grinder setting to level 2, as recommended for espresso. You can experiment with the amount of water, aroma and grinder setting – depending on how strong you want your cappuccino to be.
As long as the espresso is prepared, we get the milk from the refrigerator and hang the hose of the cappuccinatore in the milk carton. Once our espresso is ready, we activate the button for steam (last of the 3 buttons). Now the bean to cup coffee machine preheats – this takes about 30 seconds. We push the cup to the right under the cappuccinatore. Using the rotary switch (top right), we start drawing the milk foam. The cappuccinatore now automatically draws milk from the milk carton, froths it up and feeds it into our cup. Once we are satisfied with the amount of milk foam, we close the valve again by turning back the rotary switch.
We try to get about 100 ml of milk (-foam) in the cup. A sense of proportion and feeling is necessary for this. The exact amount is difficult to determine. As a result, it can easily happen that we sometimes have more and sometimes less milk foam in our glass. The preparation was quite quick at 1:45 minutes.
But in the temperature check, the cappuccino only reaches 60 °C – that’s too low. Optimal would be 67°C. Actually, it’s no wonder, because the espresso already cools down while the milk system heats up. At least 30 seconds elapse here. Unfortunately, we can’t let the milk system heat up while the espresso is brewing either.
We are also only moderately convinced by the looks. The foam is partly brown, partly white with larger bubbles. No wonder, because the milk literally shot out of the cappuccinatore, hit the espresso and stirred it up. That is why the foam looks a bit messy.
Better: Cappuccino according to instructions
Next, we’ll try out the sequence that the instructions specify. This time we first prepare the milk foam and then the espresso. The advantage here is that the hot espresso comes later in the glass and can not cool down before. As a result, the overall temperature is also higher. We measure 68°C this time – that’s perfect. The milk foam also looks much “neater” this time. Apparently, we have solved the great mystery of why bean to cup coffee machines change the order of the cappuccino: they simply make it better that way. A bean to cup coffee machine is a machine that does not have the dexterity of a barista.
Our conclusion: the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk produces mediocre milk foam for its price category. The flavors of the espresso come through well, but we miss the slight sweetness of the milk here. The milk foam is not quite as fine and therefore less creamy than other models. We would describe the taste as “good” in comparison with other bean to cup coffee machines. In our bean to cup coffee machine test there are cheaper models that make better cappuccino.
Next, let’s look at the second milk foam classic – the latte macchiato. First we prepare the milk foam. To do this, we activate the button for steam. The device heats up again for about 30 seconds. Meanwhile, we hang the hose in the cold milk. We use the same milk again – organic UHT milk with 3.8% fat. Now place our large latte macchiato glass under the cappuccinatore and open the valve for milk foam via the rotary switch.
We prepare as much milk foam until the glass is 3/4 full – this corresponds to about 150 ml of milk (foamed about 300ml). By the way, the volume of the milk doubles when frothing. Once we are satisfied with the amount we close the valve again. Now we press the button for steam again to switch to the normal “coffee mode”. You can recognize this by the fact that the beans for the coffee strength are flashing again. Our latte macchiato glass is even large enough to fit under the cappuccinatore and coffee spout at the same time. That way we don’t have to postpone it again now. Now we prepare a 40 ml espresso with medium strength. In total, the draw takes about 2 minutes.
What we noticed with the milk foam: With the first drink, some hot water usually flows out of the cappuccinatore before the milk foam comes. This dilutes the milk and can water down the flavor. Apparently, the error is related to the technology of the cappuccinatore during heating. However, the amount of water is so small that we could not notice any difference in taste.
temperature was over 70°C
relatively high. This is perhaps because we have already prepared some drinks. The ideal temperature is about 65-67°C. The three layers of the latte macchiato are not so easy to see. The transition between warm milk and espresso is quite blurred here. There’s a whole lot of milk foam. The consistency is again ok, but not outstanding. The bubbles are not as fine and uniform as I had hoped. We miss the slight sweetness of the milk. The aromatic espresso makes the latte taste good in the end, but just not very good.
Many of you especially like to drink latte. This consists of half coffee and half hot milk. You can also prepare it with the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk. We will now tell you how to do it. First we prepare a normal coffee.
To do this, we set the grinder setting to 3 and the beverage quantity to 100 ml. To do this, you need to set the knob to about the top center. For the aroma, we choose a medium strength, so 2 beans. Then we start the reference. Then we activate the steam to preheat the bean to cup coffee machine – this takes 30 seconds.
Now we place our glass under the cappuccinatore . We switch the cappuccinatore from “milk foam” to “hot milk” (see photo). Now we prepare about 100 ml of hot milk to our coffee. For latte, the ratio should be 1 to 1. But you can of course adjust the amount to your taste – that’s the beauty of a cappuccinatore. Once we are satisfied with the amount of milk we close the valve again.
The milk creates a slight sweetness and the coffee becomes much milder. The fat in the milk further enhances the flavors. The latte went down really well with our testers. With
the latte is also hot enough.
Americano with the Melitta Caffeo Solo
A good alternative to the classic coffee is the Americano – an espresso diluted with hot water. And what is the advantage of the Americano? In a bean to cup coffee machine, the coffee puck is extracted for a maximum of 30 seconds for an espresso–up to one minute for “normal coffee”.
But the longer the brewing process takes, the more bitter substances are dissolved. From a taste perspective, it therefore makes sense to prepare an espresso first and then extend it with hot water. The Americano has less bitterness and is more digestible. In addition, the flavors of the espresso come out well.
For the Americano, we first prepare a 50 ml espresso with strong aroma (3 beans). We set the grinder setting to level 2. Of course, we do not use an espresso glass but a coffee cup. Once the espresso is ready, we hold the cup at a slight angle under the cappuccinatore. To the espresso we now prepare twice the amount of hot water. This time, we immediately open the control dial without first activating the button for steam. As a result, only hot water comes out of the cappuccinatore.
To the 50 ml of espresso we now add about 100 ml of hot water. We carefully let the water run down the cup wall. If we were to add it to the espresso right away, it would splash quite a bit as it comes out with quite a bit of pressure.
Our testers are consistently convinced and award more points than for normal coffee. The aroma comes out more clearly in the Americano.
The Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk does not offer many settings at first glance. But that is deceptive. You can set the beverage quantity in approx. 30 levels between 25-210 ml. The grinder has 5 levels and you can adjust the aroma in 3 levels. With milk foam you are completely flexible as far as the amount is concerned and alternatively you can also prepare hot milk (without foam). This results in a number of possibilities that we would now like to discuss for you.
A great advantage of the Melitta Caffeo Solo is the precise setting of the beverage quantity. According to the instructions, you can adjust this continuously from 30 to 220 ml. On the lower levels you get espresso, on the higher logically coffee. What bothers us a bit is that the controller is not labeled. Thus, we cannot say exactly how many milliliters we will get at which level. Between section 2 and 3 you will receive 100 ml of coffee. At the highest level we got 209 ml (instead of 220 ml) – at the lowest 25 ml (instead of 30 ml). Some water will probably always remain in the coffee puck. This allows us to brew even a stronger 25 ml espresso.
With many bean to cup coffee machines, you often only have 3 levels to choose from for espresso. Or you have a fixed quantity of e.g. 40 ml, which you can only reprogram relatively awkwardly. With the Melitta Caffeo Solo, you can adjust the espresso alone in 5 levels between 25 and 50 ml. And all this with just a flick of the wrist.
You are completely flexible when it comes to milk foam, as you can regulate the amount yourself via the valve. Admittedly, this has advantages and disadvantages. For example, you cannot prepare exactly 100 ml of milk for your cappuccino. So here you are always dependent on your sense of proportion. An alternative would be to measure the milk beforehand in another container. But this is again inconvenient and you have more washing up. Here, devices with a milk nozzle have the advantage that you can measure and froth the milk directly in your cup. The cappuccinatore on the Caffeo Solo continues to draw the milk from the milk carton until you stop the process.
Besides milk foam, you can also simply prepare hot milk with some foam. Ideal for cocoa or latte. To do this, you simply have to change the cappuccinatore. However, you cannot directly influence the temperature and consistency of the milk foam.
As you can see, you are very flexible with the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk. However, your sense of proportion is always required for espresso and milk foam. As a result, your drinks may not always taste exactly the same .
In addition, it is difficult to maintain exact ratios when it comes to drinks. For example, a cappuccino has a ratio of 1 to 3 (espresso to milk foam). For a 200 ml glass, you would have to prepare 50 ml of espresso and 150 ml of milk foam. If then still different cup sizes come into play you must calculate. Other (more expensive) bean to cup coffee machines adjust the drink to your cup size at the touch of a button. Of course, this is more convenient. However, the Melitta Companion app provides tips on how to best prepare various beverages with the bean to cup coffee machine.
You can set the brewing temperature in 3 levels. Level 2 is set ex works . This will make your espresso about 70°C hot. At level 3, we measured 75°C. For coffee, the measurements were very similar to espresso. The difference per level is therefore about 5°C. We recommend the highest level for the Melitta Caffeo Solo bean to cup coffee machine. This gave us the best results in terms of taste in our test. Unfortunately, it is not possible to influence the temperature of the milk foam.
Savingindividual profiles or even creating your own recipes is not possible with the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk. This would not work with the Cappuccinatore either. The bean to cup coffee machine remembers the last set coffee strength and beverage quantity after each draw. But that was it.
You can set the hardness of the water on the bean to cup coffee machine so that the machine reminds you to descale in time. With too much lime in the system, the machine might steam a lot or the water might not get hot enough for the brewing process. The better the care, the longer you get good coffee.
You can also set when the Caffeo Solo should turn off or switch to energy-saving mode. You have 4 levels at your disposal. Ex works, the bean to cup coffee machine turns off completely after 30 minutes and after 5 minutes it switches to economy mode. You can also reset the device to factory settings. This often helps when you get an error message that you can’t understand.
To ensure that the bean to cup coffee machine can prepare good espresso for you for a long time, regular cleaning is necessary. The collection trays should be cleaned daily and the brewing unit once a week according to the instructions. The cappuccinatore should be rinsed after each draw. Overall, cleaning the Melitta Caffeo Solo & Perfect Milk takes about 25 minutes per week. For the model without milk system, cleaning takes less than 10 minutes.
Descaling is necessary every 1-2 months, depending on the water hardness. The program for this takes about 25 minutes, while you only need to actively do something for 5-10 minutes. We have the right
descaler and water filter
Melitta water filter
Melitta cleaning tablets
Melitta cleaning set
Melitta milk cleaner
Cleaning the cappuccinatore
The Cappuccinatore can either be rinsed through manually or completely disassembled under running water . We recommend cleaning the cappuccinatore after each use. This is very important for all parts that come into contact with milk.
For the manual rinsing process, proceed in the same way as for milk foam. Only this time, you’re dipping the milk tube into a glass of water. Place an empty cup under the outlet of the Cappuccinatore. Now you have to heat up the milk system again via the steam button. Then use the control dial to open the valve for milk foam. Now the cappuccinatore draws the water out of the glass. You should flush until only clear water comes out. Finally, remove the milk tube and rinse it briefly with clean water.
Honestly, this way of cleaning is quite inconvenient as you need 2 cups and have to do everything manually. In our opinion, it is easier if you completely disassemble the cappuccinatore and rinse all parts with water. It takes less than a minute. Plus, you won’t need any more cups, and it’s bound to end up being even more thorough than the rinse program.
According to the instructions, you should clean the rinse cycle 1x per week with a
milk system cleaner
perform the rinse cycle. The cappuccinatore should probably not be put in the dishwasher. But the individual parts are too small for that anyway.
Overall, the cleaning of the milk system is somewhat more complex than in other
bean to cup coffee machines in the test
. You need about 20 minutes per week for cleaning according to instructions. Cleaning by hand is faster.
Empty drip tray & coffee grounds container
Since the Melitta Caffeo Solo is a very compact bean to cup coffee machine, the collection trays are also rather small. You must empty them after 6-8 drinks. Then this LED lights up in the display:
The coffee pucks end up quite dry and in perfect shape in the pomace container. So the brewing unit does a good job. Occasionally, some coffee powder ends up in the drip tray.
Emptying is very easy, because the notice does not appear only when the trays are almost overflowing. The bowls have hardly any corners and are therefore also easy to rinse. You can simply pull out the two shells to the front. So it all happens very quickly.
According to the instructions , the trays should not be put in the dishwasher. Some users have tried it anyway and nothing happens at a maximum of 50°C (eco mode).
You should always empty both bowls at the same time so that the bean to cup coffee machine does not get confused with counting the coffee pucks. Overall, the collection trays are easy to clean and you’ll only need about 3 minutes per week to do so.
Cleaning the brewing unit
Only a clean brewing unit will give you good coffee and espresso. Therefore, according to the instructions, you should rinse them 1x per week with clean water.
It is best to use a cleaning brush to ensure that you get all the coffee residue. Some corners are not so easy to reach. But do not use detergent, because otherwise you will also remove the important grease. Then the brewing unit could squeak or jam.
You can easily remove the brewing unit via the cover on the right side of the bean to cup coffee machine. Push the small red button up and turn the lever to the left. Now you can pull them out. And how does the brewing unit look after a few draws?
We found an average amount of coffee residue on the brewing unit of the Melitta Caffeo Solo. What we did notice, however, is that there is sometimes a bit more coffee residue in the interior. Of course, this is not good, because it increases the cleaning effort. Therefore, we do not give the full score.
However, there is an automatic cleaning program to remove coffee grease from the brewing chamber. It takes 15 minutes and should be done every 200 covers with with special cleaning be performed.
Descale & Water Filter
In the instructions and in the Companion app, you will also find detailed step-by-step instructions for descaling and degreasing the brewing unit. In the app, everything is explained with pictures and in simple sentences. We can only recommend this to you. Of course you should use the
original Melitta products
(descaler and cleaning tablets). During the warranty period, we would advise you to do the same. After that, you can also switch to cheaper alternatives.
Descaling takes about 30 minutes in total. You should run the program after 3 months at the latest if you have not received a message by then.
You can wash the water tank once a week with warm water and a little detergent. And the opening is also large enough to wipe it out once in a while. In any case, it can be removed very easily via the integrated handle. After descaling, you should also rinse the water tank again. Then the lime is just dissolved and can be easily removed. Do not put the tank in the dishwasher.
In the app you will also find tips on the water filter and instructions for cleaning the milk system. There you will find all the different LED hints and how to fix the problem. Melitta’s simple instructions make cleaning really easy for you. You can also order the matching products directly via the app.
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