Miele Built-In Coffee Maker Review - Barista Style Drinks at Home

As a pioneer of built-in coffee makers, Miele is a special indulgence for coffee lovers to have in their modern homes. Their innovative systems not only look stunning with their visually pleasing and timeless design but will also brew you a fantastic cup of coffee each and every time. Miele thinks of every small detail that will be pleasing to even the most discerning of coffee connoisseurs.

Four reasons you need to get a Miele Coffee System

1) Easily make coffee shop style beverages at home

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Brewing your favorite coffee beverage has never been easier with the latest built-in coffee systems by Miele. With the touch of a button you can brew an espresso, cup of coffee, or even a coffee shop style milk beverage like a latte or cappuccino, all customized to your preferences.

This Miele coffee system is capable of making many popular specialty drinks with just one touch. You can choose from espresso, regular coffee, long coffee, cappuccino, cafe latte, latte macchiato. There is also a hot water spout that dispenses hot water with a maximum of about 180 degrees. The results speak for themselves and each drink is perfectly brewed everytime.

For drinks requiring milk, you'll use the included glass container. The container easily slides into place and since it's clear you'll always know how much milk is left. The glass container is much easier to clean than previous versions that were stainless steel. Since it's removable, you can put the container in your refrigerator when it's not in use.

One-Touch System

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The one touch system really shines with complicated drinks like the latte macchiato which requires three separate steps make. First, the brew unit will automatically lower to the height of your cup. Next, the system dispenses hot milk. Then, the machine will freshly grind coffee beans to make a strong espresso. Since the brew unit has lowered to your cup there will be minimal temperature loss from exposure to air as the espresso is dispensed. Finally, a milk froth is dispensed and sits on top of the beverage. Again lowered brew unit is the ideal distance to the glass to ensure the froth sits perfectly on top. The result is extremely impressive.


2) Brew the best coffee you've ever tasted

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Making a perfect cup of coffee comes down to the amount of beans that you use, the brewing temperature and the pre-brewing. Miele achieves coffee perfection with their Aromatic System, which is made up of five components:

  • Bean selection: All beans work with Miele, so you can choose any bean on the market including ground coffee or decaf.
  • Coarseness of grind: Having more surface area for extraction (the process of water draining through the grind) means that a finer grind brings a bolder and more flavorsome brew. Miele’s ceramic conical grinder is extremely effective, and you are easily able to adjust coarseness with a small lever.
  • Brewing temperature: Miele provides you with the option to use their default settings or choose your own temperature setting from min, low, medium, high or max. Since each bean type has a different ideal temperature, you are able to set temperatures for each drink on the user profile which comes in handy when you are experimenting with various bean types.
  • Pre-brewing time: The pre-brewing setting determines the amount of time that the water sits in the chamber before dispensing.
  • Portion size: You have the option to use the size system defaults or you can adjust for each drink on your user profile. You can choose the amount of water and milk that you need and save all settings, or have the machine learn your favorites without having to study a complicated menu.

3) Great for your morning coffee, flexible enough for an entire party

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The Miele coffee system is all about convenience. Miele has introduced the ability to create custom drink profiles so everyone in the house can set and save their preferences. The process is extremely easy. Additional, you can brew two beverages at the same time.

I have guests coming over, can I make an entire pot of coffee?

Yes, you can. Miele’s coffee pot feature demonstrates the effectiveness of the pump system which is otherwise lacking in other manufacturer’s models. It enables you to make eight consecutive cups at a time or you can dispense this amount into a coffee pot so you can have it ready for when your guests arrive. Miele have introduced a stylish 1 liter coffee pot so you can serve coffee to your guests while relaxing in your home or garden.


4) Miele is the easiest coffee machine to maintain

The easy to open door comfort door provides access to the internal components. Inside you'll also find a removable drip tray that comes in handy if overfill your cup. The drip tray also serves as a major component of the automatic cleaning system and will collect waste water as the system automatically rinses the coffee and milk systems. Finally you'll find waste containers for used coffee grinds. The system will automatically notify you if either the grinds or drip tray need to be emptied.

To keep your Miele coffee maker working with optimum performance, regular cleaning and maintenance needs to happen. The more you look after your machine, the longer use you will get out of it. To make things slightly easier for you, Miele have included pre-programmed features to remind you when cleaning needs to take place.

Daily: At the end of each day, you should clean the milk flask and lid, water tank, waste unit and drip tray.

Weekly: Once a week (or more if you are a heavy user) you should clean the front of the machine, main dispenser, sensor cover, interior, inside drop tray and brew unit. You should also clean the milk valve with a cleaning brush.
Monthly: The coffee bean container should be cleaned once a month and it is also suggested to lubricate the cap on the main dispenser connector.

When prompted: As mentioned, the Miele coffee maker will tell you when the waste needs cleaning, along with the milk pipework, brew unit (degrease with cleaning tablets) and when the machine needs to be descaled.
While most of the coffee maker parts are dishwasher safe, it’s important to only hand wash the main dispenser cover, brew unit, coffee bean container and service cover.

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Miele coffee system accessories

Miele thought of everything and includes all that you need to take care of your coffee machine, so you can get on with making perfect cups of coffee day after day.

For coffee and machine preparation:

  • Measuring scoop for ground coffee
  • Milk flask with lid
  • Water hardness test strips

For cleaning and maintenance:

  • Cleaning agent for cleaning the milk system
  • Two cleaning containers
  • Descaling and cleaning tablets
  • Silicone grease for lubricating main dispenser connector seal
  • Cleaning brush
  • Spare parts: main dispenser connector cap and milk pipework elbow

Which built-in Miele Coffee Maker should I buy?

All Miele coffee machines are capable of brewing a great cup of coffee. The only difference in the availabe models are the control style and whether you need the unit to be plumbed or non-plumbed.

Direct Sensor Controls (Good) vs. M-Touch (Better)

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When it comes to the two available control styles, we tend to prefer the M-Touch controls. M-Touch provides a large full color screen and similar to using a modern phone or tablet, you can easily swipe to navigate the available beverage options and settings. With a coffee machine like this that has so many options, we feel as though you'll benefit from having easier access. With that said, you'll save a little bit of money if you go with the direct sensor controls and if you already have older Miele appliances and you want all of the controls to match, direct sensor may be the better pick.

Plumbed (Recommended) vs. Non-Plumbed

The Miele coffee system can be ordered as plumbed or non-plumbed. The plumbed version will allow you to directly connect a water supply line to the system which is a major convenience and means you won't be constantly refilling a water tank. The non-plumbed version has a water tank that needs to be refilled with water periodically. If you are on the fence about which machine to buy, the plumbed version also has a water tank, so if you don't currently have a water line but want to have the flexibility to add one in the future, we recommend going with the plumbed version.

Control Style Plumbed Model Link to Buy
Direct Sensor Water Tank Only CVA6401 Buy Now
Direct Sensor Plumbed or Water Tank CVA6405 Buy Now
M-Touch Water Tank Only CVA6800 Buy Now
M-Touch Plumbed or Water Tank CVA6805 (Most Popular) Buy Now

What if I don't have the space for a built-in coffee maker?

Unless you are renovating or already have an older built-in machine, odds are you'll have a hard time working this into your kitchen design. Luckily you can still get all of the same great features performance in Miele's countertop coffee systems.

The bottom line

At Designer Appliances we have complete faith in Miele's innovative and stylish coffee systems and stock four models starting from just $3,099. The Miele built-in coffee system is one of our favorite appliances. Between our staff and our customers we use this machine all day everyday without issue. Maintenance is all automatic which makes caring for the machine pain-free. We highly recommend this machine for any who loves coffee or loves to entertain.

Our team are on hand to answer any questions you have regarding the Miele coffee systems and will happily deliver to you nationwide.