summer 2021, Tchibo introduced a new capsule coffee machine with integrated milk frother: Cafissimo milk. The device takes up little space and is easy to operate.
Tchibo Cafissimo milk in test with video
I have tried the Cafissimo milk for about two months and with the Cafissimo system from Tchibo I have had good experiences for years. With this review of the new Cafissimo milk, I would like to give you a selection guide for your purchase. Is this the right capsule coffee machine for you?
For transparency: for my independent test, the manufacturer provided me with a device and some capsules.
Packaging of the Cafissimo milk in the color “Soft Mint” | Photo: Editor
Features and functions
For its Cafissimo system, Tchibo offers different devices for coffee preparation. The special feature of the Cafissimo milk is its attachable milk tank with built-in frother. The tank is easy to attach and detach.
Fresh cappuccino from the Cafissimo milk in a glass cup | Photo: Editor
Otherwise, the differences between the individual machines are minor: the differences are not in the brewing technology, but in the other features and appearance. The quality in the cup does not change as a result.
Fresh coffee flows into glass cup | Photo: Editor
Like all current Cafissimo machines, the Cafissimo milk has its own start buttons for espresso, Caffè Crema and a type of filter coffee from the capsule. The use of different start buttons makes it possible to prepare coffee at different brewing pressures. Filter coffee requires less pressure than espresso. In addition, you can set the amount of water for each type of preparation to a value between 30 and 250 milliliters according to your taste. The default settings are 40 milliliters for espresso and 125 milliliters for filter coffee and Caffè Crema.
Preparing espresso with the Cafissimo milk | Photo: Editor
Like the Cafissimo LATTE before it, the Cafissimo milk has three additional buttons: for cappuccino, milk foam and for starting the rinse cycle. The cappuccino button makes it very easy to prepare a coffee drink with frothed milk, because all you have to do is insert the sufficiently filled milk tank, insert the desired coffee capsule, and press the cappuccino button. From then on, it’s automatic.
If, on the other hand, you want to make a latte macchiato, you first foam the milk using the milk foam button. You leave the glass with the foamed milk and press a separate button to start preparing an espresso.
For latte macchiato, the preparation takes place in two phases and the drip tray has to be removed | Photo: Editors
Design and workmanship
Congratulations: This has turned out really well. In terms of design, this is one of the best capsule coffee machines I’ve ever seen. The compact design with its rounded corners makes the Cafissimo milk look appealing – and less like just another technical gadget that takes up too much space in a nice kitchen and disrupts the homely feel. Not that this is so important to me, but I know that it is to many people .
With its A
ith dimensions of 25 cm in height, 18 cm in width and 35 cm in depth, the Cafissimo milk looks handy. However, at 4.8 kilograms, it is heavier than it looks. However, that earns it a plus point in the stability category.
The removable water tank is located at the back of the machine. It has a capacity of 1.2 liters. This is significantly more than the 650 milliliters in the smaller Cafissimo easy and Cafissimo mini models and a bit more than the Cafissimo LATTE, whose water tank only had room for 1 liter. However, a capacity of 1.2 liters does not guarantee that you will not have to refill water during the day.
Collection container of the Cafissimo milk | Photo: Editor
According to the manufacturer, the capacity of the capsule collection container is sufficient for 6 used capsules. These fall into the container as soon as the operating lever is raised again after the brewing process. How many used capsules actually find room is a matter of luck, because that depends on how they are distributed in the collection container when they fall down.
The control lever of the Cafissimo milk shines – after all, it is easy to clean | Photo: Editors
Except for the control lever on the top, virtually all visible parts of the device are made of plastic. This is clearly visible on the machine, which in my opinion is not a disadvantage at all. The machine looks – for this price range – high-quality and well-made.
Almost all visible parts of the machine are made of plastic [Photo: Editors] In
addition to black and white, there is a choice of “Soft Mint” as the housing color. This is also the color of my test machine, which you can see in the photos and video accompanying this review. I don’t mind creative color names for marketing purposes, but if I had to say what color the case of my test device is, the answer would be light blue. The devices in “Soft Mint” are not supposed to be available permanently, but only in the initial period. But let’s be surprised what’s still to come, because usually Tchibo brings out special editions with additional housing colors or other design features over time.
The manufacturer offers the Cafissimo milk for market launch in three colors: Soft Mint, Black, White | Photo: press photo by Tchibo
The front of the Cafissimo milk is black in all color variants, and in fact – this is of great importance to me – matte black. This was a very good decision. In some other reviews, I clearly criticized when the respective manufacturer had provided too many glossy surfaces, because stains naturally collect there during coffee preparation, as well as fingerprints and dust. Such things only look good when the machine has been freshly cleaned. In everyday use, it’s annoying when the shiny parts actually always don’t look quite clean.
That’s why Tchibo’s designers deserve a lot of praise: where it counts, there are no shiny parts on the Cafissimo milk. With one exception: the control lever, but even that is comparatively insensitive and can be cleaned very well.
Operation and user-friendliness
The water tank is relatively large, but even larger would have been even better. With small compromises in the design, it would have been possible to give the Cafissimo milk a larger water tank.
er to give it a larger tank. After all, it shouldn’t be a problem to “extend” the device to the rear. It just wouldn’t look as chic anymore.
The water tank is located at the back of the coffeemaker | Photo: Editors
Positioning the tank at the back of the coffeemaker allows for a slim housing. However, the rear positioning does little for user-friendliness. After all, fresh water has to be refilled about once a day. To do this, you either remove the lid and pour in new water from above. Or you detach the tank from the machine and fill it directly from the faucet.
The water tank of the Cafissimo milk can be removed | Photo: Editor
The water tank can be conveniently detached from its holder and just as easily reinserted later. To do this, however, you have to be able to reach the rear part of the machine easily. That means you have to think about where you can place the Cafissimo milk so that the tank is easily accessible. Since the tank is really easy to detach and reinsert, you can do this with your long arm, so to speak, and you don’t have to be able to see the rear part of the machine. However, this is not really convenient.
The lid of the tank can be removed while the rest of the
remains connected to the machine [Photo: Editor It
becomes more difficult if you want to leave the tank in its holder and only remove the lid to refill it with fresh water. You need space for this. This won’t work if you’re standing in front of the “wrong end,” so to speak.
Whether the position of the tank falls into the category “unimportant” or “annoying” depends on the conditions at the installation site. I would prefer easier access, and maybe you would too, because over the total service life of a few years, you will probably fill the tank with fresh water well over a thousand times.
The coffee spout is not adjustable on this model | Photo: Editor
The coffee spout is not adjustable, and for large cups or glasses (up to a maximum height of 13.5 cm), the drip tray has to be detached from the machine. On the one hand, this is cleverly solved because the device can therefore be quite small. On the other hand, the drip tray fulfills an important function. For medium-sized cups or glasses, it is enough to turn the drip tray around to get a bit more distance to the coffee spout. That’s clever!
The drip tray can be removed so that large cups can be placed under the coffee spout [Photo: Editors This
machine does not have an on/off switch. To turn it on, press any button. To turn it off, briefly press and hold the Espresso and Caffè Crema buttons at the same time. After about nine minutes of inactivity, the Cafissimo milk automatically switches to standby mode.
Attractively designed user manual of the Tchibo Cafissimo milk | Photo: Editors
Like all Cafissimo machines, the Cafissimo milk is very easy to operate. In the beginning, it’s worth taking a look at the user manual. In my experience, after the second day, you only need the manual if problems occur or to read up on what to do to start the descaling process. You can tell that descaling is necessary when the indicator light turns yellow.
In the operating
, Tchibo includes a
printed manual with the device, which is written and designed in an exemplary manner. This is what user manuals should look like! Other manufacturers can take an example from this.
The operating noise is quite low considering the relatively small casing.
Tchibo Cafissimo milk preparing a coffee | Photo: Editors
Cleaning and maintenance
Every time you have frothed milk, you must start the rinsing process at the end, i.e. when you do not want to prepare another drink with milk, so that the milk residues are washed out of the system. To make sure you don’t forget to do this, the light on the rinse button lights up after frothing. Of course, you can foam a second or third portion of milk before rinsing the milk system. But before you remove the milk tank and put it in the refrigerator, or before you clean the milk tank thoroughly, the milk system should be rinsed every time. This takes a little less than a minute.
Milk tank of the Cafissimo milk | Photo: Editorial team
Let’s move on to the only serious negative point: With my test device, frothing the milk did not always work properly right away. I don’t know what exactly caused this. What helped each time was to take the individual parts of the frother apart and put them back together.
Cafissimo milk froths milk for latte macchiato | Photo: Editors
What else is important
When it comes to coffee, there is more than just a versatile permanent range. Several times a year, Tchibo sells one of its so-called “Grand Classé Selections” for a short period of time. For these, green coffee from a very specific growing region is used, resulting in a unique flavor profile each time. In the meantime, these special varieties are often offered as capsule variants of the so-called rarities, i.e. the promotional varieties with whole beans from selected growing regions.
Meanwhile, flavored varieties are no longer only available for a short time, but also in the permanent range. The coffee for all varieties comes from sustainable cultivation. According to the supplier, the used capsules can be 100 percent recycled. To do this, they have to be put in the yellow bag or the yellow garbage can.
Tastes are different. Tchibo meets my taste with its Cafissimo range.
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