Smooth Flat Whites Made Easy!
So this is a question we often get about coffee machines, which one is best for making smooth and creamy milky coffees? Such as flat whites, machiatos and cappuccinos.
To answer your questions, the Melitta CI (http://amzn.to/2sQU4zc)
and the Barista (http://amzn.to/2tXNzJ7)
both make very similar milk froth. Smooth rather than overly airy.
If you’re really committed to the two hopper design then both are excellent machines. Few other companies make dual hopper machines, with the exception of Franke Flair and Jura (phenomenal machines but between £1k and £4k – so it depends on your budget).
However, if you use decaffeinated pre-ground coffee (or are happy to) then the Gaggia Brera has a bean compartment plus a pre-ground compartment. It has a manual milk brother which will allow you to customise the milk you want (it doesn’t take long to learn, although it’s not as convenient as automatic).
De’Longhi don’t have machines with two bean hoppers but the De’Longhi ECAM44.660.B Eletta (http://amzn.to/2tl63WN)
Makes fantastic flat whites with automatic milk. The De’Longhi Authentic also makes an excellent flat white (http://amzn.to/2uin2G4).
These only have single bean hoppers however, arguably beans shouldn’t be left for days in the hopper anyway- best in an airtight metal tin in the fridge (not a bag which can let food smells into it). So putting beans into the hopper each time you want a coffee is a good way to get the freshest taste.
The Melitta CI is really great for two hoppers but if you’re happy to change the beans, then the Eletta is hands down fantastic.
Hope this helps, do get in touch with the machine you decide on and let us know how you find it!