Melitta SOLO E950-101 : Excellent coffee, reliable machine

Simple to use and excellent coffee.

This is my first bean-to-cup after living from tassimo pods for a few years. I finally gave in when i saw this as a lightning deal, but had to return my first order as the machine was leaking water. Having used the replacement for about 5 months now, my feedback is a follows:- it does the job fairly well; to be honest i don’t think there can be too much difference across similar priced machines and the quality depends more on the beans you use- it looks really nice, but is mostly made of plastic- it is a pretty standard machine so don’t expect any frills, e. It doesn’t tell you if there aren’t enough beans left; it will simply make a very mild coffee- the drip tray gets filled quite quickly and the metal grid is prone to scratching- the height adjustable spout is convenient and works really well- the description mentions a cup warmer which i am yet to findi wish i had the privilege of being able to compare this against other bean-to-cup machines, but overall i’m quite happy with my purchase.

Absolutely love my coffee machine. Used it daily for over two years now and it’s never missed a beat. Two years and 8 days after getting one of the buttons became temperamental, so i took a punt and emailed melitta explaining i was 8 days outside the warranty but could they do anything. Got a reply stating they’d fix it free of charge. They arranged collection on wednesday (supplying packaging), fixed it on thursday and had it back to me by the following day. Absolutely amazed by the speed of this. Good as new when returned to me with all buttons replaced with new ones. So for the machine itself and the customer services, it’s five stars from me all the way.

Bought this recently and love it, have it in my office, perfect for making my espresso or even a nice long black coffee, great value compared to jura and any other bean to cup, solid reliable and simplicity in its self to use, would give 10 stars if possible. Got mine with a melitta milk frother near by for those who like the odd milky drink.

I wish i had bought one with a milk warmer but the quality of the coffee is fantastic.

I bought this because i wanted something small, but powerful and bean to cup, to put on my worksurface in my new kitchen. It makes superb coffee – which is really hot – and does have a very small footprint. It also has an integral filter (which are easy to get hold of online through melitta or ebay) so the coffee tastes better if, like me, you live in a very hard water area where lots of chemicals and other nasties are added. It also has an added bonus in that the adjustable coffee spout is just that and you can get a nice, large or tall mug underneath, a problem i always had with my delonghi machine, this machine’s predecessor. The melitta caffeo solo has no creamer for cappuccino so i bought the melitta cremio separately and this makes the best foamed milk i have ever had at home. I know it’s another £60 odd, but well worth buying it with this machine unless, of course, you only drink expresso or americano coffee (or you simply don’t care about foamed milk) in which case you won’t need one. This machine is easy to use and you can vary the amount of liquid that goes into the cup by turning the dial on the machine, which is pretty useful. As i said earlier, the coffee out of it is really hot (my delonghi was never hot enough for me) and, although it doesn’t contain the whistles and bells that some of the very much more expensive machines do (and let’s face it, half of us don’t even use them) it is compact, stylist, good-looking and makes a brilliant cup of coffee.

Very clean to use and easy to guage strength of coffee required. Expensive but a real treat to have good coffee at the push of a button.

No fuss, makes perfect coffee. Only negative is water tank could be bigger. Apart from that would recommend this coffee machine.

  • Just great coffee
  • Still going strong 1 yr and 6 mths later – beautiful coffee
  • Happy customer

Melitta SOLO E950-101, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, with Pre-Brew Function, Black/Silver

Product Description, We have stood for coffee pleasure since Melitta Bentz invented the first coffee filter in 1908, thereby laying the foundation for the modern coffee enjoyment. This coffee pleasure was then and is now our inspiration to always offer the best quality and unique coffee enjoyment with competence, inventiveness and a love of the product.

Box Contains,

  • 1 x Melitta Caffeo Solo coffee maker in black

  • From the manufacturer


    At a glance:
    • Compact design (20 x 45.5 x 33 cm)
    • Aroma extraction system (A.E.S.)
    • Three adjustable coffee intensities
    • Guide to the App Companion App
    • Easy to use thanks to the intuitive control panel
    • Double-cup mode
    • Automatic cleaning and descaling
    • Easy to clean thanks to the removable brewing unit

    Pure Coffee Enjoyment

    Solo Bean To Cup Coffee Machine

    The slim fully automatic coffee machine which focusses on the essentials: pure coffee enjoyment with freshly ground coffee beans. Also gives you minimalist design, compact dimensions and ease of use. Sometimes less is more – more coffee enjoyment and more space.

    Pure coffee enjoyment of the highest quality.

    Melitta Companion App

    he free app supports you in using your fully automatic coffee machine. Whether you need practical tutorials, interesting information about coffee enjoyment or convenient service features: simply download the app to discover and enjoy the many features it offers. Tricks for delicious moments of coffee enjoyment as well as numerous service features. In addition to information on the perfect coffee, illustrated step-by-step instructions take you through the maintenance programmes. The app also gives you help with understanding the functional status of your coffee machine with the aid of the diagnostic tool.

    Unique coffee enjoyment

    Aroma-Extraction-System (A.E.S.)

    For maximum enjoyment Solo has a pre-brewing feature: The freshly ground coffee is moistened with water before the actual brewing, this releases the flavours in your coffee. Furthermore, you can adjust the grinding degree and coffee strength in three stages to get your ideal taste.

    Easy to use

    The intuitive operating panel with integrated LED symbol display is reduced to essentials, making it child’s play to use. You can adjust the coffee strength or choose descaling and cleaning by simply selecting the appropriate symbol. Furthermore Solo is equipped with a 0-Watt switch which enables to disconnect from the mains while your personal settings are kept.

    Easy cleaning and maintenance

    The removable brewing unit, perfect coffee pleasure. It is easily removable and you can rinse it under running water. The interior of the machine can also be wiped out with a damp cloth. Further Solo automatically lets you know you when to clean and descale.

    Companion App

    Unique coffee enjoyment

    Easy to use

    Removable brewing unit

    Solo Solo and Perfect Milk Solo and Perfect Milk Melitta CI Passione Barista TS
    Melitta Companion App
    Double-cup mode
    Number of pre-programmed recipes 2 specialities 2 classic specialities + 2 classic specialities + 4 classic specialities + 10 specialities 21 specialities
    Height Adjustable Coffee Outlet
    Adjustable Coffee Intensity 3 settings 3 settings 3 settings 4 settings 5 settings 5 settings
    Autocleaning/Descaling programme
    Milk Foam Preparation System Auto Cappuccinatore Auto Cappuccinatore
    My Coffee Memory Feature Max. 4 people Max. 8 people
    Dimensions (HxWxD) 20 x 32.5 x 45.5 cm 20 x 45.5 x 33 cm 20 x 45.5 x 33 cm 25.5 x 35.2 x 47.3 cm 25 x 39 x 40 cm 25.9 x 37.2 x 46.7 cm

    Filter Cartridge Liquid Descaler Milk System Cleaner 2 Lungo coffee glasses Insulated coffee Mug Coffee Grinder
    Description Filter cartridge for preserving the taste of the coffee and your machine, Ideal for freshly filtered water at each preparation, Easy insertion: screwing the filter into the bottom of the water tank, Without altering the taste of the coffee Liquid cleaner thoroughly removes all limescale deposits, Regular cleaning helps keep your coffee machine fresh and energy efficient, Optimise your coffee pleasure and ensure your coffee machine has a long and happy life Liquid cleaner gently removes milk deposits through the system, Regular cleaning helps keep your milk system fresh and energy efficient 2 glasses for Lungo coffee made of borosilicate glass (Height 11 cm), Double insulating wall and anti-burn, Capacity 200 ml, Microwave safe, Dishwasher safe 100% airtight insulated mug 350 ml, Silicone anti-slip handle, Preserves warm temperature for 2 hours, Dishwasher safe Electric coffee grinder for freshly brewed coffee beans, adjustable fineness of coffee grind, automatic shutdown, low energy consumption, capacity 200 g

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    I bought one in france in 2010. Shown sterling service every day apart from a period where we were in north america for a year when it was unused ( and i missed it dreadfully). Fair play it worked no problems even after that time. Currently into it’s 8th year now and we are thinking of getting another as our one starting to make some grumbling noises. I did have a grinder failure after a year or two, but i took it apart and all that had happened was the grinder had worn out the plastic nubs that held it still and the wires had disconnected, some duct tape later and no problems since. Yes the water container could be bigger and the coffee hopper too, but the device is small in the first place. I clean it regularly and now use 3rd party cleaning tablets and white vinegar for the descale. Get some pipe cleaners or a brush set to clean the gunk out of the mechanism, as coffee grounds are oily and messy. We don’t use milk, so this machine has been perfect for us. We use 1kg bags of lavazza gold for our brews.

    Great little coffee machine, i constantly drink black coffee so perfect for me, have this one in my home office, great melitta product and well worth the money, looks great and performs exceptionally, simple functional well built and great value what else can i say. Melitta really are the experts in coffee as they also make perfect filter coffee machines too.

    So happy with it after nearly a year. I weened the so off of her nespresso with this – she needed a bean-to-cup machine for ease-of-use, and i wanted something that makes a great cup with whatever beans i want to throw in it. Requires some very light maintenance every couple of months (several minutes of taking it through the cleaning steps at home). Daily cleaning is literally one minute for 4 cups made.

    I’ve worked my way through four decent coffee machines but the melitta caffeo solo (without the milk frother) is probably the best and easiest to live with. The coffee is also excellent. As i live in a hard water area i’ve got a melitta water softener in the water reservoir. There is a negligible effect on the taste. I’ve noticed some comments about the automated warning(s) that it’s time to either clean or descale the appliance. The cleaning process is pretty straight forward and quick. The descaling process does take about 30 minutes, but you only have to press a couple of buttons and empty a tray. I used melitta cleaning and descaling tablets.

    I purchased this for use in our (small) office, although it is not a commercial machine stands up well to the demands of our team of coffee addicts. Only minor issues are the water reservoir and drip try are quite small, so need filling, and emptying quite often, and the cleaning program is a bit of a palaver. Otherwise, smart looking, well made, and makes a great brew.

    Everything i’d hoped for, it’s better when you warm the cup first and you have to empty the tray on a regular basis but it’s perfect for the home and with good quality beans it makes great coffee.

    I’ve been looking for a reasonably price bean to cup machine since using one of the krupps machines about 5 years ago. The melitta certainly delivers a great cup of coffee and has replaced my tassimo machine for daily use. I live in a hard water area, so maintenance is essential on the machine to prevent limescale build up, it’s a bit of a faff as you have to remove bits, and put them back in the correct sequence, but it’s a small price to pay for a great cup of coffee. The ability to adjust the cup size means you can have anything from expresso to americano in any strength you want, and you can make 2 cups (or one strong cup) at the same time. Wanted to use it for a while before leaving a review, and i can quite happily say that it’s worth the money (and effort) as it delivers a great cup of coffee. I would advise buying the anti-calc and cleaning tabs with the machine, as you will need them to keep it working properly. Overall i’m really happy with the product, and at nearly 1/3 of the price of the krupps machine it’s brilliant.

    I bought this a christmas present for my brother (a bit extravagant) as he always buys me expensive gifts and i’m like here look at these socks i bought you. . He’s always drinking coffee at mine as i have a bean to cup so i decided to treat him to a machine he loves it, i have no idea how he sleeps with the the amount of coffee he’s drank since he’s opened it, needless to say he was well pleased with it.

    • Just great coffee
    • Still going strong 1 yr and 6 mths later – beautiful coffee
    • Happy customer

    Melitta SOLO E950-101, Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, with Pre-Brew Function, Black/Silver

    Latest: 27/11/2016coffee machine is now back with me – fully repaired with no hassle and very good customer service. (at no cost to me too)i’m updating to 4 stars on the basis that although the customer service has been excellent, the product shouldn’t have failed in this way in my view. Still, this is an entry level priced machine with excellent customer service – more than i could hope for given the price. The repair details the work done (which is nice) but it doesn’t state if this fault is likely again or if it has been modified in some way (updated software?) so that it doesn’t kill itself at the touch of a button. If they had set my mind at rest over this, i would probably have returned it to 5 stars. 21/11/2016very good customer service so far – 24 months warranty on these (better than i thought previously) so no worry over timing – email details of fault, proof of purchase and contact details and a repair will be organised. Might take two weeks (eeeks. Two weeks without coffee) still, nice efficient customer service which i can’t faultin starting to pack up the machine, i have managed to get the brewing unit back in and the machine works again although a small piece of broken plastic cam was sitting in the waste tray. So tempted to keep the machine as it appears to work but realistically it must go for repair as i do not know what will be affected by the broken cam / tooth. Have revised the ‘star’ rating from 1 to 3 given the customer service so far.

    Really simple to use and makes great coffee. It’s a little loud, but that is to be expected with the grinder.

    Really great machine, much better than expected.

    I have bought 2 of these machines from amazon (germany as cheaper at the time to buy there and have delivered to uk). I am so annoyed as the machine makes a great coffee but both machines have broken just after the 30 month mark and repairing in uk is too expensive as nearly the cost of the machine. It’s something to do with the pump valve. I clean clean clean and even put in a new brewing unit but the issue is a manufacturing fault which continues across the solo models. I would expect 4-5 yrs at least from a german bean to cup machine. I wonder if it’s deliberate like light bulbs made to burn out after a certain amount of time. Well it’s no longer an option for me to buy a third machine – it’s an environmental issue too – just more landfill.

    Very pleased with this compact machine.

    Everyone that visits loves our coffee. I invested in one of these bean-cup machines because making a cup of coffee from freshly ground beans really makes a difference – especially when you drink espresso. We use this every single day. I clean it when it reminds me and wipe it down when required. We purchase good beans and treat the machine well and so far it treats us as well. Unlike some other reviews i also want to confirm that a full cleaning cycle ensure you clean and descale the water tank and pipes and the dry grinder and mill. I would highly recommend to maintain both the machine and quality of the coffee that you perform both when the indicator tells you.

    Coffee is ok – small cup to ordinary mug. Don’t know what they refer to as cup warmer as non on mine. Hate the fact that the drip tray fills so quickly inside the machine so have to empty before i can make a coffee nearly every time. Wishing i had spent more on a better machine. The first one i ordered came with a cracked water tank and missing the welcome kit – amazon were great at replacing it so 5 stars for them.

    The price range of b-to-c machines is so vast it is hard to know which to go for. Needed a second machine after having owned a delonghi one for a long time. Realised that i had no need for the milk foamer. Plus if you’ve not owned a b-to-c machine before, if you have milk foamers or the like you need to be prepared to clean the machine regularly. In contrast, without the foamer it makes for a low maintenance proposition. (tip – if you want foamed milk, consider buying a stand alone piece of kit (eg. Nespresso airo-thingy) rather than mess around with an integrated mechanism. Cheaper, easier to clean, plus allows you to hide the foamer away when not using)bearing in mind my the preferences above, this machine in particular is ideal. Makes lovely expressos (which i convert to americanos with water from the kettle). Easy to drain used water and coffee grounds. And, really well priced compared to similar machines on the market.

    Previously owned a delonghi esam 5400 perfecta and this was half the price and makes a better cuppa – highly recommended when coupled with the melitta cremio milk heater/frother.

    No nonsense bean to cup machine. Makes some of the best coffee i’ve tasted. Pros- relatively low cost for bean to cup machine (and bought on lightning deal for £230 gbp)- not overly complicated, e. No cappaccino wand (personally i don’t think these work satisfactory on domestic machines)although plastic, feels robust and will last for years- feels like will last longer than four years (which previous £600 machine did – i can’t remember the make). Cons- quite complete to set up initially, you need to follow instructions to the letter, but the english version misses out pressing bean button in after each stage- need to replace filter every two months (200 cups) at £11 a time (although at least machine allows you to keep making coffees till you have replaced)overall, two months in it’s a good buy. However at the price i would expect to last 3-4 years with maintenance of descaling etc. Will update this review if issues. Update after two years – still working fine.

    Really easy to use, makes great coffee.

    This machine is absolutely amazing. Excellent quality, robust, super easy to clean.

    Overall, i am very happy with this machine. This machine makes a very good cup of coffee. As good as any i have had made for me in a domestic environment. It is easy to use and has a few useful settings to adjust the brew to your liking. At this price point, it is fairly good value, particularly when you consider that there isn’t a lot of choice for straight forward, black coffee only, bean to cup machines. The machine is not as small as other reviews might suggest. Whilst it is fairly slim, it is also quite deep and tall. The space saving benefits are minimal i would say.

    Drinking far too much coffee just can’t get enough of it looks stylish and makes a fine cup of coffee.

    I can only recommend the melitta machine.

    I have 2 of these bean to cup machines having previously had 3 delonghis which all scaled up after a year despite following recommended descaling procedures. This machine has a built in filter and is easier to clean and descale. If you don’t need a milk frother it is a wonderful coffee maker. Visitors are all impressed and i can’t face any other coffee. Offers different brewing temps. Doesn’t like ‘big’ beans which sometimes block the bean dispenser.

    Arrived – well packaged – earlier than predictedeasy to set up and operate. Very sleek and compact, as far as bean-to-cup machines go. Typically german – great product with no frills. Lack of a milk frother is a benefit: less cleaning and easily replaced with heating milk in the microwave in a small cafetiere and plunging. (great hint from a previous reviewer.

    Features and Spesification

    • Intelligent integrated three setting steel grinder
    • Easy to use. Three brew temperatures, three coffee strengths in any quantity with the flow regulator
    • Height adjustable spout, two cup option, cup warmer, removable water tank, easy to move, only 20 cm wide
    • Hygienic – push-button cleaning, easy-clean components and surfaces. Energy-efficient LED lights, shut down and stand-by modes
    • Box contents: Melitta caffeo solo coffee maker in black, one filter cartridge, one bottle descalent, one water hardness test strip