About 18 months ago, I would have never had thought about drinking a coffee, I just wasn’t into it and didn’t like the taste. Until I went to Italy on a trip and were given espresso’s breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a couple for luck, 4 days straight and since then, hooked. Anyway, I like coffee now, quite a lot and when Melitta got in touch, asking if I wanted to try out one of their newer machines, I said yes please!
Melitta make an array of coffee machines, of all types and size and I’ve previously been impressed with a number of their machines, including the Caffeo Solo machine. Now I have the EPOS, an odd name most certainly but as for first impressions, it looks very modern and fun. Hopefully it delivers a good cuppa brew too.
The EPOS is an electronic pour over coffee machine with built in grinder. The idea is you grind your beans into your filter paper, then move it across to the water systems and it delivers a few cups of coffee.
- 360degree rotating water spout
- Integrated grinder with multiple grind settings
- Anti calc, the machine will tell you when it needs cleaning
- Variable coffee strength
- Removable water tank
- Hot plate to keep your coffee warm for 40 minutes
- 1.5kw total power
- 1L tank, makes upto 8 cups
Unboxing & Set Up
The machine itself is rather large, it is a 2in1 after all and it will take up a fair amount of space on your kitchen worktop. It’s black in colour with hints of either gold or silver, depending on which finish you go for. It’s constructed from plastic and metal, matte black finish throughout with plenty of curves and quirky design elements. It looks very modern in appearance and overall, I really like how it looks. It’s exciting to look at, it intrigues people who see it and it does have a luxurious vibe to it.
On the left hand side you have the grinder, with outlet below. There is a plastic lid to the top, take that off and fill up with your beans. The top section comes off, gaining access to the grinder for easy cleaning. To the right is the pour over part, with water tank at the rear, clip in section for the filter in front and the rotating water outlet above that. Below the filter is the glass jug, with plastic insert so it secures to the filter safely and helps achieve an accurate pour too. Below that, the heating plate and then below that and to the front, the touch controls.
In the box you get the machine, plus all the associated attachments, an envelope with 10 filters in and some instructions. I also got a bag of beans in the box but that may not be standard. A bag of BLOOM Ethiopia Limu beans, marketed to be used with the EPOS and other Melitta pour over products.
As for set up, very little involved as it comes in one piece, apart from the filter and glass jug, which are wrapped separately. Add the beans, add some water, turn on and you’re good to go.
There are a number of options and factors to consider while making your brew. Firstly, bean grind and there are three settings shown on the grind slider, coarse to fine but you can also push the slider in between the the settings, so you can have more than the three options but they wont lock into place. Next is the number of cups you want and you can choose between 2,4,6,8 cups. Whichever you pick, you need to match the amount of water with the number of cups you want. So select 6 cups of coffee and insert enough water for 6 cups. Lastly, strength of the coffee, 1, 2 or 3, or strong, medium, weak (although far from weak). Once you’ve thought about those, you’re ready to brew.
The machine has a number of touch controls on the base and touch them firmly to activate one. Turn the machine on via the power button and then press the other buttons to suit your brew configuration we’ve just spoken about. When happy, insert the filter paper into the filter and place it under the grinder. Hit the grind button (also the power on button) and the beans will grind.
Once ground, transfer the filter to the other side and click into place. You can now either pre brew or go straight into it. Pre brew releases a small amount of hot water, just to get the coffee grounds excited. Hit the brew button and it will either start brewing or pre brewing. If pre brewing, there will be a minute or so pause in water flow at the start. Make sure the water jug is under the filter.
Enjoy the wonderful aroma’s, sit back and watch the show or go continue your day, as the coffee will remain hot for sometime. Once the process has finished, the coffee will be ready to drink (although very hot so give it a couple of minutes) and will remain hot for maybe upto an hour, as the hot plate will stay on for 40 minutes. This duration of time cannot be changed and you cannot turn it off either, but you can of course turn the whole machine off. The machine has an auto off feature, so it will turn off after the 40 minutes is up. The hot plate is very hot, do not touch it and if you remove the jug, make sure you turn the machine off or keep hands away.
The machine heats the water up and releases it through 3 different sized and positioned outlets within the rotating head. This allows for a very good spread of water and pressure, across the entire surface of the coffee grounds and produces a nice bloom. The time taken to brew varies in how many cups you’re making but during that time, the head will rotate clockwise and anticlockwise, plus release water out of the three different outlets at varying times. Experts say this is a better way of brewing, it ensures an even coverage is produced and doesn’t leave any wastage on the sides. If you were doing this manually, you should be distributing the hot water in the same way.
The grind process is loud, like any grinder, while the brew is a lot quieter, until it’s nearing completion and lets off a little steam. The overall process is very efficient and it does deliver a good brew! The differing options for grind is good, you can see the difference with ease but noticing the difference in strength, is a little harder. This is partly due to the beans and will have different outcomes depending on that but I could taste a strength increase between 1 and 3.
The buttons work fine, there is not tactile response once pressed, just the lights but there are beeps when doing certain tasks which helps. Cleaning the machine is easy, you can get right into the grinder and brush that out, the rest of the parts can be washed by hand in the sink. The base where the glass jug is, is easy to wipe down. I’ve not had to anti calc it yet but from experience with other Melitta machines, the process should be quite straight forward.
Along with machine, I did get a bag of beans to try out. These specific beans, BLOOM Ethiopia Limu, had a very dark roast, so they were quite bitter and not quite my cup of tea, or coffee. I prefer a more lighter roast but my parents tried the coffee too and they liked it a lot more than me. Personal taste and all that. 200g bag costs £7.99, is fairly priced.
Pack of 40 filters is £2.99 and you can used others if you wanted, they’re generic in shape and size.
The EPOS is a lot of fun, both to look at and use. It performs well, extracting the coffee evenly and offers options on quantity and strength. It will take up a fair amount of space on your kitchen counter but so do some of the other high end machines. The addition of the warming plate is a fantastic idea and allows you to have multiple cups in the morning. A word on cups, there measurements are quite small, it’s a small cup in my mind when compared to a standard UK mug. Some may find the grinder pointless, if you buy ground coffee or already have a grinder, which may be likely and make that function redundant.
It currently retails for £299 in the UK. For more info and to purchase, head over to the official Melitta EPOS webpage.