There’s coffee, sniffff… and then there’s coffee. If you’re just popping in a pod each morning for the caffeine, then stop reading as this might not be for you. If you enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee made from grounded beans; now we’re talking.
A Starbucks or some local gourmet coffee shop can make these wonderful gourmet coffees but we can also get these wonderful cups of joy in our home as well. No…it’s not the instant pod machines, we’ll be looking at the built-in coffee units that can grind the beans and make you an espresso with a press of a button.
Now that I’ve had your attention and craving for coffee, let’s take two popular coffee units on the market, the Miele and Bosch.
We’ll compare the features of two, what types of coffee it can produce and how they differ from other units on the market. Before we start, let’s get one question out of the way.
You may be thinking, "I have my pod coffee machine that makes a perfectly fine cup of coffee, why do I need this?"
Imagine being able to incorporate a barista and the whole gourmet coffee store into one small and neat unit in your kitchen. A unit that you can program and have a cup made at the exact time you want.
Pod systems are great, but you can totally customize your cup with your own preferred freshly ground coffee with a Miele and Bosch coffee system.
There are not too many options from major brands for built-in coffee machines. Most companies either scrap the idea of producing one or have another company's OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) unit made. Miele and Bosch have the best so we'll stick with their products.
Miele is a German-based, family-owned company who prides themselves in quality control. Their “Immer Besser” motto, which means Always Better, sums up their philosophy of manufacturing. This mindset has driven Miele to produce durable products with low service rates.
Bosch is part of the giant parent company, BSH, which is also German based. They have three major appliance brands; Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau.
Bosch vs. Miele Coffee Systems
Bosch BCM8450UC - $3,099
Beverages - Café Latte, Cappuccino, Coffee, Espresso, Espresso Macchiato, Latte Macchiato, Ristretto, Hot Water, and Warm Milk
Home Connect App - allows you to prepare coffee from anywhere in the home
My Favorites - Stores up to 8 of Your Favorite Coffee Preferences
Brews - One or two cups at a time
Reservoir – Stores water in refillable tank
I like the Home Connect feature that Bosch offers. Automation and voice control is being incorporated into almost everything electronic. Bosch is staying ahead of the pack by giving you the ability to connect the coffee system to your Wi-Fi.
This enables you to remotely control the machine and load your favorite recipes. It’s even compatible with Amazon's "Alexa!"
Miele 6805 - $3,799
Beverages – Espresso, Coffee, Long Coffee, Cappuccino, Caffe Latte, Latte Macchiato, Hot Water, Hot Milk & Milk Froth
Cup Sensor – Recognizes the height of the cup being used and automatically adjusts the spout
Up to 10 user profiles – tailored coffee menu to each user in the housing hood
Brews - 1 or two cups at a time.
Coffee pot option – Produces 8 cups
Plumbed – Direct water connection. A reservoir model is also available.
The best feature of the Miele? It is plumbed. Having the ability to a run a direct water line to the unit is a huge benefit. There is no need to refill the reservoir or worry about how long the water has been sitting in it. This ensures new water is being used every time for the perfect cup.
Their milk containment system on the Miele is a lot easier to use as well. Just take the pre-filled bottle from the fridge and click into the machine when you’re ready to use it. Bosch, on the other hand, has a straw type system requiring set up.
So, the real comparison is the Wi-Fi voice-driven ability of Bosch versus the straightforward simplicity of the Miele.
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