Melitta Caffeo CI

Name: E970 Caffeo CI
Brand: Melitta
Type: Espresso
Operation: Automatic
Capacity: 1.8 litres

Melitta Caffeo CI (CI stands for Coffee Intelligence) is a clear example of the technology applied to such a classic and traditional process as espresso making. This is an automatic 15-bar espresso machine, but it has made considerable progress and differs from the more basic Melitta models, such as Caffeo Solo or Caffeo Bistro. This Melitta Caffeo CI corresponds to the Melitta E970 model.

The German company itself defines it as “a machine for coffee lovers“, thanks above all to its extensive customisation possibilities and the versatility provided by the additional milk tank (one-litre capacity!) or the double compartment coffee bean tank.

We’ll talk about all this in detail later on. However, we would extend that definition of Melitta and say that the Caffeo CI is a coffee machine for cappuccino lovers because it is in mixed drinks with milk foam that this Melitta E970 model shows off its enormous capabilities to the full.

The main feature of the Melitta Caffeo CI is that it has a plastic pipe that starts at the coffee nozzle and spout and can be connected to our milk tank. In this way, we can make the coffee machine “drink” the milk we have put in the tank (of the brand and properties we like the most) and use it for the automatic preparation of the drink we have selected.

What do we want to make a cappuccino? No problem: the coffee machine takes the right amount of milk, makes the foam and pours it into our cup. Which do we prefer better than a latte macchiato? The same thing: we press a button and let our machine take care of everything. The user does not have to worry about proportions, textures or the order in which each ingredient is served. That’s why we bought a super-automatic coffee machine.

As this conduit is connected to the dispenser, both coffee and milk or foam are served from the same outlet nozzle… which means that we don’t have to move the cup from place to place in any preparation.

Put the cup or glass in its corresponding place, and press the button for the drink you want. We wait a few seconds and we have our little work of art ready to taste. Isn’t that great?

This spout, as is usual with any automatic coffee machine, can be adjusted in height. By moving it up and down, we can achieve a space of up to 14 centimetres measured from the spout to the drip tray. So there’s no excuse if you want to finally make use of that special long glass for macchiatos that has been collecting dust in your living room’s bar cabinet for so many years.

As the milk unit is independent, we can separate it from the coffee maker and wash it in the dishwasher perfectly. In this way, we always guarantee unbeatable conditions of hygiene and cleanliness (an aspect that is always delicate when there is milk residue in the middle).

In addition, Melitta Caffeo CI takes special care to respect the preparation conditions of each type of beverage. For example, cappuccinos are made by pouring a thick layer of cream over a very intense espresso. A latte macchiato, on the other hand, is prepared by first pouring hot milk and milk foam into the cup and then pouring the espresso over it. The order of each of these ingredients is key so that each drink also has its own appearance and characteristic details.

Beyond this virtuosity in preparation, there is no doubt that the Melitta Caffeo CI is an automatic coffee machine with its own personality.

It has unique features, such as the LED light beam that illuminates the place where our cup is placed before the coffee is served. Or the spectacular digital display, which is particularly convenient not so much because of its size but because of the clear and diaphanous information it shows.

On the screen we can see, in considerable detail, all the characteristics of the coffee we are going to extract: the type of drink, its intensity, the amount of coffee measured in millilitres, the amount of milk foam (if applicable), the number of cups… all of these, as is normal, are parameters that can be fully configured by the user.

In addition, the Melitta Caffeo CI not only allows you to configure every detail of every coffee you make but also stores up to four different settings, which you can then easily select and apply using the “My Coffee” button.

And speaking of buttons…

The control panel of the Melitta Caffeo CI is quite clear, considering the enormous number of possibilities offered by the coffee machine. The LCD screen, not very large but very clear, has been placed on the left side, while on the right side, we find the logo of the machine (Caffeo CI) and the rotary control that controls the main operations of each process.

This control lights up when you have to press or rotate it… so there is no need to memorise every step of every preparation: the coffee machine itself will tell you, through these lights, when you have to operate control or perform an operation.

In the centre of the panel you will find the main button panel. It consists of seven operating buttons which run from left to right along the top of the front of the coffee machine and are used to activate, in that order, the espresso, normal coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiato, steamer, hot water and customised coffee functions. You can see this more clearly in the following picture:

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The truth is that the package that comes to our home after buying a Melitta Caffeo CI is quite complete. It includes not only the coffee maker but also a water filter, a water hardness test, a tablet for cleaning the internal pipes, and a bottle of decalcifying liquid.

And the other features of this Caffeo CI are not far behind either. Of all of them (we will not stop long, because we have already listed them all in the next section of this report) we are going to highlight two:

On the one hand, the Bean Select system, which is also present in the Melitta Caffeo Bistro, and which basically consists of dividing the grain storage in the grinder into two equal halves. In this way, we can have different varieties or raw materials of different origins in each one of them.

Next to the tank – which, by the way, is very generous: 260 grams of capacity – there is a small lever that serves to choose, in each preparation, which of the compartments we are going to grind coffee from. This whole unit is hermetically covered by a lid that prevents the aromas and nuances typical of roasted coffee beans from escaping to the outside.  (See next picture)

Secondly, we want to talk about Melitta’s Easy Cleaning system. This is a series of automatic rinsing, cleaning and decalcifying programmes that are run automatically and programmed in advance.

This ensures that the coffee machine will always be in perfect condition, without the need for users to intervene more than is strictly necessary. For example, the entire milk system and the parts in contact with the milk are rinsed with hot water and then cleaned with hot steam. This type of programme, although automated, can also be started at any time we want or need.

In addition, the coffee group – or brewing unit, you can call it what you like – can be removed from the side of the coffee machine and cleaned separately under the water tap.

As you can see, the maintenance of this Melitta Caffeo CI is quite simple, thanks to the number of automatic devices and programmed processes it includes. A good way to combat the inevitable laziness that all users have in applying basic cleaning guidelines to our coffee machines.

Melitta Caffeo CI: its colour range

If we look at its range of colours, it is clear that Melitta is committed to sobriety and classic tones when it comes to marketing Caffeo CI. Below you will find the purchase links for each model:

It is not bad to bet on a white front, although in our opinion, a coffee maker of this caliber looks much more with the classic metallic shell keeping its silver colour in a matter of taste.

Melitta Caffeo CI: main characteristics

These are the most relevant technical specifications of this Caffeo CI by Melitta or Melitta E970.

  • The pump works at 15 bar pressure.
  • Built-in LCD digital display.
  • It allows you to choose between 4 intensity levels (from lighter to stronger), 3 temperatures (low, normal, high), as well as to determine the size of the coffee (long or short) and the amount of milk foam to be used in your mixed preparation.
  • The water tank has a capacity of 1.8 litres.
  • The nozzle has 2 coffee outlets, and we can regulate its height. At the highest point, we have up to 14 centimetres of margin to serve the coffee in large glasses.
  • It is possible to prepare up to two cups simultaneously.
  • Energy-saving function: the coffee maker switches off automatically.
  • It is possible to serve only hot water (e.g. to prepare infusions).
  • Integrated grinder (can be configured).
  • The coffee unit or group can be removed separately from the coffee maker, and rinsed conveniently under the tap.
  • The tank for the coffee beans, located on the grinder, can store up to 260 grams of product.
  • This compartment for the coffee beans is divided in two. The Bean Select function allows you to choose which of the two types of bean to grind for each brew.
  • It includes integrated, automatic cleaning and decalcification programmes, as well as a special system for cleaning the milk unit.
  • It includes a 1-litre jug that acts as a milk tank, and which is the perfect size for storage in a standard refrigerator. This ensures that you can enjoy all your fresh milk preparations on the spot.
  • Compatible with water filters, which not only improve the taste of your coffee but also prevent decalcification.
  • It has a space to preheat the cups or glasses, in the upper part of the housing.
  • The milk carafe can be handled separately, and washed in the dishwasher.
  • Weight of the coffee machine: 1o kilogram.
  • Approximate dimensions: 35 x 25 x 47 (height, width, depth).
  • Power: 1500 watts.
  • Cable length: 110 cms.

Advantages of the Melitta Caffeo CI

  • The LED lighting on the cups is cool, although we have never really known what practical use it has.
  • Another strength of this coffee maker is the wide variety of customisation options it offers. It’s a super automatic machine, but you can precisely determine the intensity of your coffee (in up to 4 levels), the temperature (3 levels), the size or even the amount of milk foam.
  • Without a doubt, the main quality and competitive advantage of the Melitta Caffeo CI is the automatic preparation of milk-based drinks. Cappuccinos and Lattes Macchiatos are made without having to move the cup (thanks to the connection with the milk carafe, which allows the same spout to be used for both coffee and milk) and respecting the traditional order of the ingredients. A real experience.
  • The LCD screen is really explanatory and useful. It is not limited to showing drawings or graphics, but espressos at all times, in letters and figures, the characteristics of the coffee we are preparing.
  • The number of accessories and products that come with the coffee maker.

Disadvantages of the Melitta Caffeo CI

  • Prepare your wallet because a coffee machine of this quality, of course, is priced according to the unbeatable features it offers.
  • The Bean Select system (two separate compartments for grinding the coffee bean) is very useful for using two varieties of raw material, but it can sometimes leave traces of one grinding for the next.
  • This is a really voluminous coffee machine that reaches almost half a meter in depth (47 centimeters). It may not be suitable for any kitchen… so measure your spaces well and make sure you have room before you buy it.

Melitta Caffeo CI: some videos

If you are a regular visitor to our website, you will know that we like to complement our reports with videos and audiovisual demonstrations about the coffee machines we analyse in each case. The Melitta Caffeo CI, of course, will be no exception.

First of all, we will give you a demonstration of how to prepare a cappuccino and latte macchiato -one of the strong points of this model- automatically. You will also be able to see in passing how the illuminated cups go when the coffee is extracted:

And secondly, Melitta’s official commercial announcement on this model:

Why buy a Melitta Caffeo CI?

Of course, the name CI (Coffee Intelligence) fits this spectacular Melitta automatic coffee machine like a glove. It offers functions and details not found on other machines in its range, and in general, shows excellent functional performance in all its options. The technology used in the Melitta Caffeo CI does not give the impression of being a mere excuse or advertising gimmick but a tool that really serves to improve the user experience.

We recommend it if you enjoy savouring a cappuccino or a latte macchiato, and also if you can prepare it with the ingredients, you like best without leaving your kitchen. For this type of preparation, we can safely say that Melitta Caffeo CI is one of the three best options on the market.

If you don’t mind giving up so much technological progress, the Caffeo Bistro can give you a similar service (excellent milk foam) at a lower price. The main difference between the two is that the Melitta Caffeo CI allows you to make cappuccinos and lattes automatically, simply by pressing a button on the machine and without having to move the cup. Remember that the Caffeo Bistro is the Melitta E960 model, and this Caffeo CI is the E970 model.

As an alternative, we should turn to other large automatic coffee machines with cappuccinatore (automatic cappuccino preparation) functions such as the Saeco Incanto, the Delonghi ECAM 23.460 or the Jura Impressa A5.

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