As the Melitta LatteSelect is made from the same mould as the CI Touch, its dimensions are identical in every respect. It is 25 cm wide and 47 cm deep, which requires a relatively large amount of space on the worktop. The design is very simple, which we like. The LatteSelect has classic, yet refined lines and the overall look inspires confidence. It is mainly covered in plastic (brushed stainless steel and black) and some parts are chrome-plated (the cup rest, the cup-warming plate, the dispensing nozzles, etc.). It would seem that Melitta has made an effort on the materials used – the overall design of the CI Touch had not left the same impression on us -, even if some might object to the absence of more noble materials, what’s more on a device sold for nearly €1000 all the same.

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On the left side of the machine, there is a small (non-touch) screen that allows you to follow the evolution of the preparation of the drink. If the size of this display remains modest, one can nevertheless access a reading of the recipes (in all letters). All programming is done using the touch-sensitive keys and the thumbwheel, equipped with a push button in its centre. If the control panel of the CI Touch lacked responsiveness, we have absolutely nothing to reproach the LatteSelect’s, which responds expressly to the slightest touch. The pictograms have been improved, which makes it easier to distinguish the different recipes offered in the absence of labels. There are still 6 beverages directly accessible: espresso, long coffee, cappuccino, latte macchiatto, milk foam/hot milk and hot water. In addition, the LatteSelect can make two cups at once, and store 6 custom drinks (compared to 4 for the CI Touch), which can even be named.

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Like many other automatic coffee makers with grinder, this Melitta gives some freedom in the preparation of drinks. Before the beans are ground, it is possible to adjust the coffee strength in four levels by manipulating the dedicated button. As for the amount of water in the cup, it can be adjusted during the grinding process, when the preparation is started, which is very comfortable.

There are many settings for this coffee maker. You can access them by pressing the central button on the knob for 2 seconds. The screen that appears then allows you to set up your machine in depth (setting the time, water hardness, maintenance phase…). Here again, you navigate through the tree structure with the wheel and confirm your choices with the central button. If the set is very complete, we deplore however the absence of temperature adjustment – a feature very common at Delonghi – which would have allowed for true custom preparation.

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As the name suggests, the LatteSelect prepares milk drinks, it comes with a milk jug which is not directly integrated into the machine and which has to be connected to the spout with a plastic hose. As is often the case in this configuration, the milk is not heated in the container, which necessarily limits the possibilities. Impossible, for example, to vary the thickness of the foam, unlike what the Delonghi Dinamica ECAM350.55.B offers.

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The volume of the water tank (1.8 l) means that it doesn’t need to be filled too often. But when it comes to doing so, the operation is not a problem: the tank is easily extracted from its location on the left side. The presence of a water filter will delight and reassure those who are attentive to this point.

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On the top of the machine, there is a cup-warmer tray and a double container that can hold 2 x 135g of beans. You can switch from one vintage to the other by simply flipping the selector to the right or left. And for those who want to make a little decaf coffee from time to time, there is a flap for ground coffee right next to it. The grind setting is located on the back of the machine, which is not very practical. Remember that the finer the beans are ground, the stronger the taste of the coffee.

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The pouring spout – protected by an imitation metal plastic body – is always adjustable in height. At maximum, the space between the nozzles and the cup rest is up to 14 cm. That’s enough space for a good-sized mug. The two LEDs that light up as soon as the LatteSelect is in operation are still appreciated. The benefit in use is not decisive, but it adds a neat touch to the whole.

Thanks to the small display, the Melitta LatteSelect is very easy to maintain. All the information needed to maintain the machine is shown on the display. It warns the user that it is time to fill the tank or empty the drip tray. A small diagram even indicates where the part to be handled is located. Practical!

Like many automatic coffee machines, the nozzles are cleaned at start-up and shut-down, which even the most fastidious users should appreciate. Melitta has provided a complete set of automatic programs to clean the nozzles, the milk circuit, the coffee filter, the filter pan and the filter pan. or for descaling. If that wasn’t enough, the manufacturer provides access to the extractor for a more thorough cleaning of this element.

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So it’s hard to find anything to complain about here.

Finally, the only thing one could reproach it with is the length of its drip tray, which is rather long and therefore requires careful emptying to avoid getting drops everywhere.

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