Easy to use
Automatic grind coffee makers are rarely easy to place on a worktop and the EQ.700 is no exception. It is 35 cm wide and 47 cm deep, which leaves a little more than 10 cm margin on a standard worktop. Indeed, it is inconceivable to imagine him on a shelf, given his weight of almost 9.5 kg (exactly 9.43 kg).
Despite this impressive size, it is relatively unobtrusive and fits harmoniously into any kitchen, provided you do not choose it in white like our test model. Fortunately, there are more versatile colors (black, metallic gray, etc.) available.
As is already the case for the vast majority of automatic grinder coffee makers in our comparison, the bean container of the Siemens EQ.700 (which also houses the wheel to adjust the fineness of the grind) is located at the top of the device. The lid is fitted with a rubber seal to ensure watertightness and preserve the aromas of the wines entrusted to him. With a volume of 350 g, this container is slightly larger than the average (250 g as a rule).
The tank also plays the card with a large volume as it can hold 2.4 liters of water so you don’t have to keep filling it up. Good point, it is located to the right of the coffee maker, which is much more practical to fill it than if it was placed at the back. This means that the EQ.700 can be easily mounted under a wall unit. The term Integral indicates that the EQ.700 can accommodate a milk jug – of a rather unusual shape elsewhere – which simply snaps onto the left side.
The color touchscreen of the Siemens EQ.700 is still in the register of size and measures 5 inches. This main interface is quite responsive, even if you have to take the tuck during the first use. It should be noted that a series of sensitive keys below the display allow you to switch on the machine, activate/deactivate the preparation of two cups, start/exit maintenance operations and open/close the settings tab.
The large screen inevitably facilitates the preparation of a coffee that becomes almost playful. As so often, you choose your basic recipe before changing some parameters. Obviously, depending on the specialties chosen, the customizable options are not the same. In general, the user can change the amount of drink delivered, the intensity and the aroma. For milk drinks, you can also play around with the amount of milk used in the recipe.
However, coffee lovers will have noticed that an important parameter is missing. It is not possible to just choose the test temperature. Surprisingly (and quite impractical, I must admit) this aspect can only be adjusted in the vending machine options for all drinks and not on a case-by-case basis. Too bad… Which doesn’t really help, Siemens doesn’t give an exact temperature in degrees, but a rather insignificant estimate (normal, high, maximum). We have experienced more practice. All this is all the more strange because, on the other hand, you can select the temperature of the hot water (70°C, 80°C or 90°C) distributed by the EQ.700.
Another notable feature is that the Siemens EQ.700 does not necessarily warn when the grain bin is empty. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a cup of hot water instead of a well-packaged coffee.
The recipes that Siemens offers are very numerous and divided into two main categories: classic and CoffeeWorld. The first includes essential drinks such as espresso, long coffee, cappuccino or coffee cream. You can also froth milk or heat water for tea via this tab. The other selection emphasizes less standard recipes by providing information about the country of origin. From there you can start preparing an Australian Americano (yes!), an Italian ristretto or an Indian kaapi. We appreciate the explanations that the EQ.700 gives on the screen, which allows us to appreciate the various subtleties of the drinks on offer.
But not all global recipes that Siemens offers are displayed on the screen. Others can be downloaded via the Home Connect app. Because yes, the EQ.700 Integral can be linked to a smartphone to prepare other specialties, but also to take advantage of connected functions: set up a drink, various statistics, maintenance assistance… device connection test. It is not insurmountable, but we have had to try several times to achieve our goals.
Finally, the coffee machine can be linked to Amazon’s Alexa home assistant. If the voice commands sound gimmicky, it’s much more appealing to set up a scenario where the coffee is brewed while the lights come on in the morning.
Ease of maintenance
The screen of the Siemens EQ.700 Integral facilitates the preparation of coffee, but also the maintenance. It indicates very clearly and completely which operations must be performed. In addition, the device indicates at each step what to do and how long it can take. We therefore tackle descaling, cleaning the milk carafe or the percolation group without fear.
In this regard, the user can access the group very easily. He only needs to remove the water tank and the right side of the machine. If uninstalling isn’t a problem, reinstalling is a bit more delicate the first few times. Good point, easily removable parts are judiciously placed to prevent coffee particles from getting stuck in places that are difficult to clean. Remove these little red pieces to avoid wiping too often in hard-to-reach corners.
Emptying the grounds container may surprise you. Indeed, it has the shape of a rather flat tray, which can easily be confused with the drip tray. The latter also takes on an atypical shape with a very long discharge channel compared to the holding tank. However, this particular configuration is surprisingly practical, because even by shaking and sharply tilting the drip tray, the dirty liquid does not splash.