Siemens EQ3 Espresso Coffee Machine is an entry level fully automatic coffee machine but has great price/performance ratio over competitor coffee machines. It has many great features which are not available at similar price range competitor Coffee makers.
Siemens EQ3 Coffee Machine is fully automatic Bean to Cup Coffee machine with great features. I’m pretty sure that Siemens EQ3 will meet most of the needs of coffee lovers in home comfort.
Siemens EQ3 Design
Siemens EQ3 Espresso coffee machine has a very clear LCD Display and big operation buttons. Big and clear buttons help you to make all types of coffee beverages easily. Certainly easy to use user interface.
EQ3 Coffee machine is a bit smaller than upper models (Like automatic coffee machines Siemens EQ6 and Siemens EQ9 series). It is about 7 Kg weight and that makes it stable. For this reason, no vibration during operation.
Siemens Coffee Machine
Siemens has great experience in home appliances. Perfectly combines engineering with functionality. As a result of that experience and development, Siemens making great coffee machines for years. EQ series are bean-to-cup coffee machines of Siemens. EQ family coffee machines are fully automatic and extremely easy to use coffee machines. EQ Coffee machine models range from entry level (EQ3) to networked (EQ9) bean to cup models. In all of the models, simplicity and quality is standard. In all of the Siemens bean-to-cup coffee machine you will get great aromatic coffee easily. When you examine bean to cup coffee machine reviews, you will see that Siemens EQ3 is one of the best coffee machine with reasonable price.
Compare Siemens EQ9 vs EQ6 vs EQ3
|Siemens EQ9||Siemens EQ6||Siemens EQ3|
|Bean Container Capacity||235g||300g||250g|
|Connection Rating (W)||1,500 W||1,500 W||1,300 W|
|Weight (kg)||11.495 kg||9.527 kg||7.348 kg|
|Water Reservoir Capacity||2.3 Liters||1.7 Liters||1.4 Liters|
|Milk Frothing System||Milk reservoir||Milk tube||Steam pipe|
|Operation Pressure||19 Bar||19 Bar||15 Bar|
|WLAN Support||Yes (Connect Model)||No||No|
EQ3 Siemens Coffee Machine Features
- One touch for Espresso, Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato
- Unique “sensoFlow system” heating system
- 1.4 Liter of water tank (removable)
- Separate milk foam and heat system
- 15 Bar pressure
- Cup warmer
- Easy removable brewing unit for cleaning
- Automated rinsing at startup and switching off
- Easily removable and cleanable milk nozzle
- One touch descaling & cleaning programme
- 250 grams capacity bean container
- Long lasting Ceramic grinder
- 1.300 W Wattage
- Multi language LCD display and menu
- Disposable Coffee grounds container
Bean to Cup Coffee Machine
Siemens EQ3 s300 is Bean to Cup coffee machine (Fully automatic BTC). Bean to Cup coffee machines are extremely easy to use coffee machines. Unlike to other classical (manual, moka coffee pot) coffee machines, you only put coffee beans (and water) as input and bean to cup coffee machine gives you perfect fresh coffee in a short time. You don’t deal with grinding coffee beans, heating water or adjusting proper amount of coffee for perfect espresso coffee. Because, bean to cup fully automatic coffee makers do it for you!
As I said, Siemens EQ3 s300 is fully automatic Espresso Coffee Machine. Siemens coffee machines has a feature named “iAroma System” combines and integrates all machine components and technologies to ensure a great taste of coffee (Always same taste, as long as you use same coffee beans). For this reason, it is a fantastic feature for people who want same great taste (Like me). Because you know what you get!
EQ3 s300 is entry level Espresso Coffee machine of Siemens. Other upper models are Siemens EQ6 and EQ9. Siemens EQ.6 and EQ.9 models have some additional features like more customization, onboard milk tank, WLAN (WiFi/Internet) smart phone connection etc. But in all series you get a perfect coffee.
Siemens EQ3 Touch Panel
Siemens EQ3 s300 has total of 10 big front buttons. Some for maintenance, some for additional options and some for coffee types.
On/Off Button -- Located upper center of the front panel. Used to switch on and off the machine. When switched ON, machine makes a quick self test and clean. This quick clean is very useful since it automatically cleans internal parts of machine and helps maintenance. Notice that, you must locate an empty cup for cleaning water disposal to the under part of the dispenser. Siemens EQ3 has also automatic switch-off function (default is 30 minutes and it is adjustable)
One or Two Cup Coffee Button-- Located left upper of front panel. Used when you want to prepare two cup of coffee (default is one cup). When you want to use this feature, locate two cup to the coffee dispensers and select this option. Good feature especially when you want to prepare two cups of coffee quickly.
Coffee Strength Button -- Located left upper of front panel (three bean figure). Used to adjust the strength/intense of your coffee. For example, some people prefers especially intense espresso and some people prefers light americano. There are 5 levels of Coffee strength: Very Mild / Mild / Regular / Strong / Very Strong. Each level is represented by a single bean figure (eg: 4 beans = Strong) on the display LCD panel.
Maintenance Control Buttons of EQ3
Cup Warmer Button -- Located left upper of front panel. Used to warm coffee cups. Although it looks like a great feature, it is not as useful as seen. It is a passively heated by means of boiler. It is not so powerful and it warms cups very very slowly! Especially if you are in a cold room don’t expect something much about this feature. For this reason, I think, this feature is removed from most of the upper models.
calc'nClean Button -- This is service programme. Frequency of service programme depends on hardness of water you used and how frequent you used your Siemens coffee machine. When calc’nClean button lights up you must perform a full calc’nClean service. (See service manual how to do a calc’nClean service). Calc’nClean requirement doesn’t prevent machine to work (at least for 1 month). This lets you to buy necessary Siemens coffee machine cleaning tablets and descaling tablets (or liquid). Total calc’nClean process takes approximately 30-40 minutes. After the cleaning service, you get a clean and healthy coffee machine. This is also necessary to use machine for years.
What Kind of Coffee Siemens EQ3 Can Make?
Mainly, you can prepare 4 different types of coffee with only one touch!
Espresso -- Espresso is the most basic type of coffee. Most of the other coffees are derived from one shot espresso, which is about 1 ounce (around 25-30 ml and adjustable) and usually extracted from 6 grams of coffee. With the Espresso program you get 1 shot espresso. It is a bit strong coffee. If you are not familiar with espresso you may find it very hard to drink but it is usually the best coffee for coffee lovers!
As I said, most of the coffees are derived from one shot Espresso. For example, if you want to make Iced Coffee Latte, this Espresso shot is a good starting point.
Caffe Crema -- When you see “Crema” word you may think that it is a milky coffee but it is not! When you chose this programme you get diluted espresso (around 80-200 ml and adjustable) with aromatic froth. That is somehow similar to filter coffee or americano but a bit more intense and smells great. Try it!
Great Milky Coffee by Siemens EQ3
Cappucino -- There are two stages in preparing Cappucino: Preparing Milk and adding Espresso. Firstly, you must pour some (around 2/5 of a cup) milk to a cup. (If you prefer a glass cup you get great looking Cappucino) Then place it under the spout. In order to froth the milk you should place the milk nozzle in to the milk. Rest is straight forward. Siemens EQ 3 will froth and heath your milk. Consequently, your coffee is added and you get great Cappucino.
Notice: If you are not planning to make another milky coffee, for hygienic reasons you must wash milk nozzle immediately.
Latte Macchiato -- Preparing Latte Macchiato with Siemens EQ 3 s300 is same as preparing Cappucino except you must use less milk. Certainly I prefer Latte Macchiato. Milk foam of Macchiato is denser than Cappucino. Spread of coffee over milk is also great.
Milk Button -- Although it is not related to preparing coffee, you can prepare only milk froth my Milk Button. Very convenient for your kitchen!
Siemens Coffee Machine (EQ3) Grinder
Siemens s300 EQ.3 Espresso is fully automatic Coffee machine and has 250g capacity Coffee Bean Container. Using fresh beans to brew coffee is definitely a big PLUS! Ground coffee starts loosing its aromatic flavor after 3-4 days. Grinding the coffee beans just before using is great feature of the EQ3 espresso machine.
EQ3 has a ceramic grinder. Ceramic grinders are superior to stainless-steel type grinders. Because, stainless-steel grinders easily heat as it is used. Hence coffee beans start to burnt and you get ruin flavor from any coffee you made. Fortunately, Siemens EQ3 has ceramic grinder and you will not meet such a thing.
EQ3 Coffee machine’s grinder is adjustable. You can set grinding level according to your needs or type of bean coffee you use. Siemens recommends finer grinding level for dark-roasted coffee beans and coarser grinding level for lighter coffee beans. It was at the finest level when I buy the machine. Then I changed to medium level and now I get much more better coffee! You must try all of the levels to find best level for you.
Unfortunately changing the grinding level is extremely difficult! You feel like the plastic rotary selector will broke! Product manual says that you must use rotary selector only when the grinder is operating. Yes, by that way you can change the grinding level but it’s still very difficult!
Update: Easiest way to change grinding level is to let coffee beans to finish and empty grinder! When it is fished it is much more easy to adjust the rotary.
Bean Container & Water Filter
Bean container can store about 250g of bean coffee. This is fairly enough for home usage. 250g / 6g for each espresso ~= 40 cups of coffee. But the problem is water tank is relatively small (1.4 Liter) and you must fill the tank frequently. If you are making too much coffee in a day, that might be annoying. But, if you are making 4-5 cups a day (like me) it is not a problem.
Meanwhile, I must mention about its water filter. EQ3 is capable of using Brita water filter. Unfortunately Brita water filter is not available in the box and sold separately. Good water is a MUST for making good coffee. For this reason if you are using hard water, it’s a good idea to use water filter in Siemens coffee machine. Alternatively you can use filtered water. Brita makes cheap and effective water jugs that produce good filtered water. Read the Brita Marella XL Review for more info.
Siemens EQ3 has one of the best price/performance ratio over common automatic coffee machines. It is extremely easy to use bean to cup coffee machine. Making coffee shop level quality coffee in home comfort is possible with EQ3. It has many customization options for most of the coffee lovers, like customisable coffee strength, customisable grinder level, customisable coffee volume, etc.
One of the best feature of the Siemens EQ3 is it’s moveable and removable external milk nozzle. Milk nozzle is extremely easy to use (and works great). Best thing is, it is extremely easy to clean the nozzle. Likewise, in similar coffee machines, there is a milk tank. When you want to make milky coffee, you first fill milk tank. After that, milk is transferred from milk tank to coffee cup through internal pipelines. The problem is cleaning that internal pipelines is usually very difficult and non-hygienic. The good thing with Siemens EQ3 s300 is that, it does not use such a milk process. Milk nozzle is external and removable. No internal pipeline = Very easy cleaning + Hygiene.
Although it is a perfect automatic coffee machine for most of the coffee lovers, it is not suitable for people who likes complete control over coffee they drink. They usually prefers manual coffee makers or moka coffee pot. On the other hand, this machine aims “best standard” coffee in all cases easily and actually do that! By the way, Siemens guarantee that you can make 15.000 cups of coffee in its guarantee period for personal use (not for commercial use) with EQ3. This is really awesome!
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