We live in a fast-paced society; every day brings new goals to achieve and adventures to experience. If you are like most of us, then many of those achievements and adventures are fueled by espresso. Your friendly neighborhood barista is always there to make you that triple espresso latte that gets you through the day. Unfortunately, those daily coffee shop stops add up, both in time and money. Wouldn’t it be nice to have the convenience of the barista in your own kitchen? Well, with Miele’s espresso machines, you can do just that. Your super-automatic Miele will not be able to greet you with a friendly smile, but it will be able to brew your favorite specialty coffees with the touch of a single button.
Miele has been designing and building household appliances for over 100 years. They specialize in consumer convenience and that shows in their espresso machines. One thing that you are guaranteed to find on every Miele home espresso machine is customizable options. No matter which Miele you choose, chances are you will have more options than you know what to do with, at least initially.
Now, if you are researching espresso machines, it is probably safe to assume that you are a coffee lover and you know your stuff. But, just in case you want to brush up on your coffee knowledge, here is a quick overview of espresso and why Miele machines are ultra-customizable.
Grinding coffee is somewhat of an art. Every coffee lover knows that fresh ground beans make better, more flavorful coffee. What every coffee lover may not know is that the way you store and grind your beans also affects your coffee. Coffee beans should always be stored in an airtight container and it is best not to grind them until you are ready to use them. When you do grind them, be careful not to overdo it. If the grounds are too fine, your coffee will be too bitter. On the other hand, if you do not grind them enough, the water will rush through the bigger grounds too quickly and your coffee will be weak. A good policy is to start by grinding the beans until they are approximately the consistency of sugar. Then experiment a little to see what your preference is. Thankfully, each Miele espresso maker with a built-in grinder, also comes with grind options, so you always get what you like.
Quick Tip: Do not use oily or flavored coffee beans in your built-in grinder. Oily beans can gum up the works, as can flavored beans because of the sugars in them. The best policy is to have a separate grinder for your favorite flavored beans.
Espresso is made when highly pressurized hot water is forced through tightly packed coffee grounds. Some people may think that the hotter the better, but that is not true. If your water is too hot, you can burn your grounds, losing that silky smoothness of a good espresso. The trick is to keep the water temperature between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit. This sounds simple enough, but here is where your taste comes in. Every degree makes a difference in the flavor, the hotter it is, the richer the flavor. Again you will have to experiment a little to discover how much heat your beans can handle.
Quick Tip: If you make your espresso on the hottest setting and it still does not seem flavorful enough, do not increase the heat and risk burning your beans. Instead, choose the pre-infusion option available on most Miele machines. Pre-infusion is where the grounds are pre-moistened before pressurized brewing. Pre-infusion will bring out more flavor without the risk.
Who doesn’t love the crema? You may not know that you love it, but you do. Crema is that lovely silky foam on the top of freshly brewed espresso. It comes from the pressurization process creating tiny bubbles in the natural oils in the coffee grounds. Crema helps give espresso that full rich flavor and it adds to the aftertaste of your beverage. Although many people think that super-automatic coffee machines are hopeless when it comes crema, that’s not the case. Miele machines provide just the right grind and temperature settings to create beautiful frothy crema, just try it and see.
Quick Tip: If you want to improve the crema on your espresso, try using a warm cup. Also, make sure that the dispenser is as close to the cup as possible. This will not only improve the crema but your entire espresso experience as well because your brew will stay warmer longer, which helps with flavor.
Alright, now that we have discussed why all these options are important, let’s take a look at a few of Miele’s home espresso machines so that you can find the one for you.
Like all the machines we are going to look at in this article, the CM5300 is super-automatic. This means that all you have to do is choose your drink and press go. It comes with a 43oz water reservoir, built-in bean hopper and grinder, as well as an adjustable dispensing spout. There are four preprogrammed specialty coffee buttons right on the front: espresso, coffee, cappuccino, and latte macchiato. If those are not to your liking, there are many more options in the menu section which you can go through on the digital display. This model comes with all the temperature and grind options we mentioned as well. Milk heating and frothing are also completely automated through the use of an attachable milk tube. Simply attach one end to your Miele and place the other in your carafe or bottle of milk, and the machine does the rest. The tube even self cleans after each milk drink. The CM5300 is easy to clean as well, with a removable brew unit and dishwasher safe drip tray. Best of all, you can brew two specialty drinks at once with Miele’s signature ‘OneTouch for Two’ option.
- Preprogrammed Specialty Drinks
- Fully Customizable Drinks
- Easy to Clean
- OneTouch for Two
The CM6150 comes with all the same features as the CM5300 only on a grander scale. It offers a 60oz water reservoir and 6.6oz bean hopper. This model also comes with an adjustable dispensing spout that even accommodates a small carafe, brewing up to 8 cups at once. If you want the one-touch option, there are the four preprogrammed buttons on the front for your favorites. The customizable options are even more appealing on this machine because it has the ability to save your favorites. Once you have found the brew for you, you will never have to worry about remembering what options you chose, simply scroll through the menu and press go. The CM6150 is also simple to clean, meaning more coffee with less work.
- 60oz Water Reservoir
- Carafe Brewing
- Easy Cleaning
The options just keep getting better. Again, this model comes with all the same features as the CM6150, but with just a little added on top. This one has a 60oz water reservoir and a bean hopper that can hold up to a pound of your favorite roast. Remember how we said not to use flavored or oily beans in your built-in grinder? Not to worry, you can bypass the grinder and use pre-ground in an easily accessible opening on the top of your espresso machine. This way, if you would like something a little different once in a while, you can do that without the hassle of having to empty the hopper. Also, remember the tip about the warm cup? Well, Miele knows how important that is, so the CM6310 comes with a cup warmer on the top. Do not need a warm cup today? That’s no problem, just shut off the warmer and save energy. All the conveniences are there when you need them, but you can bypass them when you don’t.
- 1lb Bean Hopper
- Pre-ground Option
- Cup Warmer
Now to bring out the big brews. That is right, you guessed it, the CM6350 has all the same features as CM6310, but with a few more added on top. Miele’s OneTouch for Two means you can have two of any of the preprogrammed drink options, including espresso, ristretto, caffe latte, cappuccino, and many more. Not only can you choose from all of those favorites and save your own recipes, but this machine also allows you to save up to four different personal profiles. Every coffee lover in your house can have their own profile offering easy access to their favorite recipes. If you have a tea drinker in your house, or you like Americanos, there is also a hot water spout on this model. The CM6350 also comes with Miele’s custom double-wall insulated milk carafe, so your milk stays cold until you need it. With personal profiles and the option for single-cup pre-grounds, everyone can enjoy the coffee they love, no matter how different their tastes.
- OneTouch for Two
- Programmable Profiles
- Hot Water Spout
- Milk Carafe
Miele’s philosophy for all of their designs is ‘Immer Besser’, which simply means, ‘Forever Better’. They are forever trying to better their designs for home appliances, including their espresso machines. Miele offers super-automatic espresso makers that still provide customizable options. You have control over every step of the process, simply choose the options that are best for you. With a programmable machine, you only have to choose those options once, save them, and you can have your favorites every day with just the touch of a button. What more could you ask for?