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Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart Review

The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart is an excellent bean-to-cup coffee machine with extensive tuning possibilities to suit all tastes.

Key Features

An automatic milk frother is one of the most important characteristics of this product.

Buttons for recipes that can be programmed

Hopper for two varieties of beans

reservoir of 1.8 litres

User profiles can be customised in ten different ways.

Introduction

The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS is one of my all-time favourite bean-to-cup coffee makers, so I was thrilled to acquire the new Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart.

The ‘Smart’ variant keeps the original’s flexibility, with its smart dual-hopper that accepts two different types of bean, but adds smartphone control.

Build And Design

The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart retains the original’s plastic housing and appears to be every bit the high-end machine. This coffee machine manages to keep its slim profile (372 x 259 x 467), making it easy to fit on a regular kitchen counter.

The original computer’s touch-sensitive buttons have been retained, but they appear to have been overhauled, and they’re now a little more responsive and easier to use; with the old system, the occasional tap went unnoticed.

Melitta’s meticulous attention to detail has persisted. The steamer tube that connects to the milk carafe, for example, can be installed on either side of the spout. The drip tray also has two connectors, one on each side, to take the tube when it isn’t connected to the carafe.
The spout adjusts in height to accommodate everything from an espresso cup to a tall latte glass. Almost all cups and glasses should fit comfortably underneath this coffee machine.

Features


I really like the original’s twin bean hopper, and it’s fantastic to see it reappear on this machine. It gives you a lot of options. Melitta anticipates that the left-hand hopper (number 1) will be used for espresso and milk-based drinks using darker beans, while hopper 2 will be utilised for cafe crema and more subtle drinks.

That is only a suggestion; you are free to set up the coffee machine anyway you choose. For example, you might choose to use decaffeinated beans in one hopper.

The coffee machine’s top features separate buttons for several drink kinds, such as espresso, long (cafe crema doppio), short milk (cappuccino), and long milk (cafe latte macchiato), as well as buttons to dispense only hot milk or hot water. There’s also a 2x button, which allows you to make two drinks of the same sort at once. The Caffeo Barista TS Smart impresses by being able to serve two milk drinks at once, a function not seen on all bean-to-cup machines.

There’s no need to be a slave to the recipes, too, because the front-mounted touch controls allow you to change the bean hopper, volume, and strength of your beverages on the go.

The machine has eight profiles, which allow various people in your home to customise their own drink recipes and override the front-panel shortcut buttons. Melitta offers a whopping 21 formulas, ranging from ristretto to flat whites, all of which may be customised in terms of strength, temperature, and volume. There’s a lot of customization available, so expect to spend some time getting things set up the way you want it.

While you can change settings through the menu system, the smartphone app is significantly more convenient. The software allows you to set and configure profiles and recipes by connecting to the Caffeo Barista TS Smart through Bluetooth. You may also distribute drinks using the touch controls, however this is a little slower.


Quality of espresso

You get good results right out of the box, but it’s worth fiddling with the settings to get the coffee just right. Using a finer grind (there’s a slider inside the back panel), setting strength to usual, and increasing temperature to hot worked perfectly for me.

Melitta has once again wowed us with the quality of its espresso shot, which is on par with the best you can get from a good manual machine. The drink is topped with a rich, full-bodied, and greasy crema that lasts a few minutes.
The coffee was excellent when served at 63 degrees Celsius. It kept the finer flavours of my test beans while giving a powerful acidity and body. There’s also an IntenseAroma setting, which alters the brewing process to provide a richer, more authentic-tasting espresso.

Quality of milk based drinks

The Caffeo Barista TS Smart shines in the area of milk frothing, which is normally where coffee machines fall short. Simply insert the milk tube into the carafe, and the TS Smart will automatically heat, froth, and serve your beverage.
You’ll need to change your recipes to fit your mug size (you can do it on the fly, and the coffee machine will keep the appropriate ratios), but once you do so, you’ll get perfect results every time.

Putting it to the test with a cappuccino With a cup of thick coffee topped with microfoam, I had near-perfect results. There is some separation in the coffee and milk, as with all bean-to-cup machines, but this is easily remedied with a good stir. Yes, you can get better results by hand, but this machine offers the most convenient, automatic outcomes.


Maintenance

Bean-to-cup machines require maintenance to keep them in good working order. Melitta makes things simple by providing on-screen instructions.

When you turn the machine on or off, it rinses itself. You’ll also be requested to perform the cleaning cycle after you’ve finished preparing a milk drink, which will flush steam through the milk tube and into the drip tray.

When you’re griddling coffee, you’ll hear a high-pitched whirring sound, as if the grinder is empty; it is; the Caffeo Barista TS Smart cuts off the hoppers and over-runs to prevent flavour tainting when switching beans.

An IR sensor will alert you when a hopper is empty, just like the original, but it can also alert you when there are still enough beans to make a drink. By covering the sensor with a finger, the Caffeo Barista TS Smart will continue to work. I propose doing this and then making a half-drink when you’re almost out of beans to flush them out before refilling.

When necessary, clear instructions on the LCD guide you through all other cleaning procedures, including the use of espresso cleaning tablets and descaling (you can set the water hardness, changing how often you receive a warning).

Emptying the drip tray and used coffee bin is once again a challenge. The long, shallow drip tray is heavy and difficult to transport without spilling.

The brewing unit on the side of the machine can also be removed and cleaned on a regular basis. The only other task is to replenish the 1.8-litre water reservoir and, when asked, replace the water filter. The frequency of this will be determined by the water hardness level you choose.

What are the benefits of purchasing the Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart?

The Melitta Caffeo Barista TS Smart is a top bean-to-cup machine if you desire versatility and great coffee. The AromaIntense and smartphone control enhance the Caffeo Barista TS, making an already excellent machine even better.

Melitta F85/0-102 Barista TS Smart Coffee Machine, 1450 W, 1.8 liters, Black
  • 21 coffee recipes. Double grain container. Intense Aroma. My Coffee function. Italian way of preparing coffee. Aroma System Plus. Melitta Connect. A quiet grinder. TFT color display. One Click. Touch and slide.
  • The function of two coffees at the same time. Coffee spout. PRO AQUA Filter technology. Removable brewing unit. Built-in milk frothing system. Easy steam cleaning. Automatic cleaning and descaling function. Energy saving function.
  • Color: black / silver. Type of coffee machine: automatic. Filaments: steel. Water tank: 1.8 l. Coffee container: 2 x 135g. Dosing control: 7 - 12g. Width: 25.9 cm.
  • Height: 37.2 cm. Depth: 46.7 cm. Weight: 10.4 kg. Power [W]: 1450. Pressure [bar]: 15. Plug type: Type C/EF - 2 pin (Europlug/FR-DE Hybrid).

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