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Miele CVA6401 Operating And Installation Instructions

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Operating and Installation Instructions
Built-in Coffee System
To prevent accidents and machine damage, you absolutely must read
these instructions before installation or use.
en – US, CA
M.-Nr. 10 214 050



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  • Page 1 Operating and Installation Instructions Built-in Coffee System To prevent accidents and machine damage, you absolutely must read these instructions before installation or use. en – US, CA M.-Nr. 10 214 050...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS..............5 Preparing your appliance for an extended vacation ..........14 SAVE THESE INSTRUCTIONS................14 Guide to the appliance ..................15 Controls and display .................... 17 Accessories ......................18 Before using for the first time................19 Before using for the first time................. 19 Turning on for the first time ..................
  • Page 3 Contents Profiles ........................39 Accessing a profile....................39 Creating a user profile..................39 Selecting a user profile ..................40 Changing the name................... 40 Deleting a user profile ..................40 Changing a user profile..................41 Settings ......................... 42 Accessing the "Settings" menu ................42 Changing and saving settings................
  • Page 4 Contents Rinsing the coffee system..................64 Rinsing the milk pipework..................64 Cleaning the milk pipework..................65 Degreasing the brew unit ..................67 Descaling the machine ..................68 Frequently Asked Questions ................72 Messages in the display ..................72 Unusual performance of the coffee system............75 Unsatisfactory results ....................
  • Page 5: Important Safety Instructions

    To avoid the risk of personal injury or damage to the coffee system, it is important that you carefully read the instructions. Miele cannot be held liable for damage caused by non-compliance with these IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS.
  • Page 6: Intended Use

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Intended use  Use this coffee system only in standard household environments for making coffee beverages such as espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato, etc. Any other type of use is not permitted.  The coffee system is not suitable for outdoor use. ...
  • Page 7 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Safety with children  Caution! Danger of burning and scalding on the dispensing dispensers. Children's skin is far more sensitive to high temperatures than that of adults. Ensure children do not touch hot surfaces of the coffee system or place parts of their body under the dispensing dispensers.
  • Page 8: Technical Safety

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Technical safety  Installation and repairs may only be carried out by a Miele-author‐ ized service technician. Installation, repairs and other work by un‐ qualified persons can cause considerable danger to users.  A damaged coffee system could be dangerous. Before building in the machine, check it for any externally visible damage.
  • Page 9 Do not close the cabinet door while the coffee system is in use. Ensure the coffee system has cooled down completely before closing the door.  Repair work should only be performed by a Miele-authorized service technician. Repairs by unqualified persons can cause con‐ siderable danger to users. ...
  • Page 10  Use only genuine original Miele parts. If parts or accessories from other manufacturers are used, the warranty may become void.
  • Page 11: Proper Use

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Proper use  Danger of burning and scalding from the dispensers. The liquids and steam dispensed are very hot.  Please note: – Keep away from the area underneath the dispensers when hot liquids and steam are being dispensed. –...
  • Page 12 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  Do not use green (unroasted) coffee beans or mixtures of coffee beans which contain green coffee beans. Green coffee beans are very hard and still contain a certain amount of residual moisture. These can damage the coffee system grinder as soon as grinding begins.
  • Page 13: Cleaning And Care

    Descale the coffee system regularly depending on the water hard‐ ness level in your area. Descale the machine more frequently in areas with very hard water. Miele cannot be held liable for damage arising from insufficient descaling, the use of incorrect descaling agent or the use of descaling agent that is not of the appropriate concentration.
  • Page 14: Preparing Your Appliance For An Extended Vacation

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS For machines with stainless steel surfaces:  Do not use sticky notes, transparent adhesive tape, masking tape or other types of adhesive on stainless steel surfaces. These dam‐ age the surface, causing it to lose its dirt repellent protective coat‐ ing.
  • Page 15: Guide To The Appliance

    Guide to the appliance Front view a On / Off button  b Controls and display c Door handle d Hot water dispenser e Drip tray cover f Height-adjustable main dispenser with lighting g Milk flask with lid...
  • Page 16: Interior View

    Guide to the appliance Interior view h Ground coffee chute cover i Brew unit j Ground coffee chute k Grind control lever l Coffee bean container m Water tank n Drip tray with no-spill grid o Waste unit p Drip catcher q Main dispenser connector r Service cover...
  • Page 17: Controls And Display

    Check or change settings for prepar‐ ing coffee e Back For returning to the previous menu, l Optical interface canceling unwanted actions (for Miele Service only) f Arrow buttons  For showing more selection options in the display and highlighting a se‐ lection...
  • Page 18: Accessories

    Accessories Additional accessories are available. Optional accessories Contact Miele or visit the Miele website Miele also offers a range of optional ac‐ for more information.These products cessories, as well as cleaning and con‐ and other useful accessories can be or‐...
  • Page 19: Before Using For The First Time

    – Language and country The setting is now saved. – Date – Time of day – Display (time of day)  Tap the On / Off button . appears briefly in the Miele - Willkommen display.
  • Page 20: Water Hardness

    Before using for the first time Display Water hardness You can choose from the following op‐ The water hardness level indicates how tions: much calcium is dissolved in the water. The higher the calcium content, the – : The time and date are always harder the water, and the harder the visible in the display when the appli‐...
  • Page 21 Before using for the first time Determining the water hardness You can measure the water hardness yourself using the enclosed test strip. Alternatively, your local water authority will be able to tell you the hardness of water in your area. ...
  • Page 22: Operation

    When the following appears in the dis‐ To exit the current menu, tap Back. play, you are in the drinks menu:  Miele Select drink To prepare a coffee drink, tap one of the drink buttons. You can find more drinks in the Addition- ...
  • Page 23: Filling The Water Tank

    Filling the water tank  Change the water every day to prevent a build-up of bacteria. Only use cold, fresh tap water to fill the water tank. Hot or warm water or other liquids can damage the coffee system. Do not use mineral water. Mineral water will cause serious limescale deposits to build up in your machine ...
  • Page 24: Filling The Coffee Bean Container

    Filling the coffee bean container Fill the coffee bean container with whole roasted espresso or coffee beans if you want to use freshly ground coffee beans for each cup of espresso or coffee. Alternatively, you can make coffee or espresso with ground coffee (see "Mak‐ ing coffee drinks from ground coffee").
  • Page 25: Turning The Machine On And Off

    Turning the machine On and Off Turning on Turning off When the coffee system is switched on,  Tap the On / Off button . it heats up and rinses the pipework. After a coffee has been dispensed, the This not only cleans the pipework, but machine pipework is rinsed before the also warms it before coffee is prepared.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Coffee Dispensers To The Cup Height

    Adjusting the coffee dispensers to the cup height You can adjust the main dispenser to suit the height of the cup you are using so that the coffee or espresso will not cool down as quickly and the crema will have a better consistency.
  • Page 27: Preparing Beverages

    Preparing beverages Making a coffee drink  Danger of burning and scalding from the dispensers. The liquids and steam dispensed are very hot. Keep away from the area underneath the dispensers when hot liquids and steam are being dispensed. Do not touch hot components. You can choose from a variety of spe‐...
  • Page 28: Double Portion

    Preparing beverages Double portion Canceling preparation You can request two portions of es‐ Drink preparation can be canceled as presso or coffee at once in one cup or long as is visible in the display. Stop in two separate cups simultaneously. ...
  • Page 29: Coffee Pot: Preparing Several Cups Of Coffee One After The Other

    Preparing beverages Coffee pot: Preparing several Making coffee drinks from cups of coffee one after the ground coffee other To make espresso or coffee using ground coffee, add a portion of ground You can automatically prepare several coffee to the ground coffee chute. cups of coffee one after the other (max.
  • Page 30 Preparing beverages  Open the appliance door. Making coffee drinks from ground coffee If you want to make a drink with ground coffee:  Use the arrow keys  to select and tap OK. You can now select which type of drink you would like to make with ground coffee.
  • Page 31: Drinks With Milk

    Preparing beverages Drinks with milk Notes on the milk flask Milk is not cooled in the milk flask.  Danger of burning and scalding Therefore, place the milk flask in the from hot steam coming out of the refrigerator if you are not going to use main dispenser! milk for a while.
  • Page 32: Preparing Hot Water

    Preparing beverages Preparing hot water Caution! Danger of burning and scalding. The water dispensed is very hot.  Place a suitable container under the hot water dispenser.  Tap .  Use the arrow keys  to highlight . Then tap OK. Hot water ...
  • Page 33: Preparing User Profile Drinks

    Cool the milk until the next time you use it. Milk froth can be made only using cold milk (< 50°F / 10°C). The compact cap It is available from Miele.
  • Page 34: Coffee The Way You Like It

    Coffee the way you like it In order to customize the coffee system To avoid damaging the grinder, to the type of coffee being used, you please note the following: Only adjust the grinder one setting at a time. – Change the grinder setting Grind the coffee beans again if you –...
  • Page 35: Displaying And Changing The Parameters Of A Drink

    Coffee the way you like it Displaying and changing the The setting is now saved. parameters of a drink Tip: If the coffee is too strong for you or it tastes bitter, try a different type of  Tap . bean.
  • Page 36: Brewing Temperature

    Coffee the way you like it Brewing temperature Pre-brewing ground coffee The ideal brewing temperature will de‐ When the pre-brewing function is pend on: turned on, the freshly ground coffee is first moistened with a little hot water. – the type of coffee, Then the remaining water is forced –...
  • Page 37: Portion Size

    Portion size The flavor of the coffee produced de‐ Changing the portion size dur‐ pends not just on the type of coffee ing drink preparation used, but also on the amount of water You can adapt the portion size for es‐ used.
  • Page 38 Portion size Changing the portion size in Changing the portion size for different user profiles the Parameters  menu You can set the portion size for individ‐ You can adapt the portion sizes for ual drinks for each user profile. lungo coffee, caffè...
  • Page 39: Profiles

    OK. ate profile files in addition to the Miele profile. Letters will appear in the display that In each profile, you can make settings you can select with the arrow keys. You...
  • Page 40: Selecting A User Profile

    This selection is only possible if a pro‐ file has been allocated in addition to file has been allocated in addition to the Miele standard user profile. the Miele standard user profile.  Use the arrow keys  to highlight ...
  • Page 41: Changing A User Profile

    Profiles Changing a user profile You can program the coffee system so that it changes back to the Miele stand‐ ard profile automatically after each drink is dispensed, so that the Miele profile is always active when the ma‐ chine is switched on or so that it retains the most recently selected profile.
  • Page 42: Settings

    Settings Accessing the "Settings" menu Changing and saving settings  Tap Settings.  Tap Settings. Now you can check or change any set‐  Select the setting you wish to change tings. with the arrow keys  and tap OK. The check ...
  • Page 43: Setting Options

    Settings Setting options The factory default for each option is indicated by *. Menu item Available settings German*, English and other languages Language  Country Time Show – Night dimming Clock format – 12 h 24 h Date Timer Timer 1 –...
  • Page 44 Settings Menu item Available settings Info Number of drinks – Total no. of uses Espresso Coffee Coffee Americano Cappuccino Latte macchiato Caffè latte Milk froth Hot milk Hot water No. of uses until appliance needs descaling: No.of uses until brew unit needs degreasing: System lock ...
  • Page 45: Language

    Settings Language Clock Format Available options are: You can select the language (and coun‐ try variant of that language) for all dis‐ – 24-hour display ( 24 h play text. – 12-hour display ( 12 h Tip: If you select the wrong language by mistake, you can find the "Lan‐...
  • Page 46 Settings Selecting a timer Turn off after Available options are: timer function is only Turn off after available in Timer 1. – Timer 1: Turn on at Turn off at Turn off after If none of the keys have been pressed –...
  • Page 47: Eco Mode

    Settings To activate and deactivate the timer Eco mode For the time display, you have selected Eco mode is an energy-saving mode. Night dimming The steam system does not heat up un‐ If the timer for has been acti‐ Turn on at til a coffee drink or steam for hot milk / vated, the symbol ...
  • Page 48: Lighting

    Settings Lighting Info (displaying information) You have the following options: Under the menu option, you can Info choose to display the number of pre‐ – You can set the brightness when the pared portions for each type of drink. machine is switched on. You can also see whether more than –...
  • Page 49: Locking The Coffee System (System Lock )

    Settings Locking the coffee system Water hardness (System lock ) See "Before using for the first time" for information about water hardness. You can lock the coffee system to pre‐ vent it being used without your knowl‐ Display brightness edge, by children, for example. Change the display brightness using Activating and deactivating the sys‐...
  • Page 50: Factory Default Setting

    - the factory de‐ tic use. fault settings. The coffee system can be presented in The number of drinks and the appliance Miele Showrooms of retail stores with status (No. of drinks until ...) cannot be function. The Showroom program reset.
  • Page 51: Cleaning And Care

    Front of the machine (especially immediately after desca‐ ling) Once a month Lubricate the cap on the main dispenser connector Coffee bean container When prompted Milk pipework (with the original Miele cleaning agent for milk pipework) Brew unit (degrease with the cleaning tablets) Descaling the machine...
  • Page 52: Clean By Hand Or In Dishwasher

    Cleaning and care Clean by hand or in dishwash‐  Danger of burning and scalding on hot components or by hot liquids. Always allow the coffee system to The following must be cleaned by hand cool down before cleaning it. only: Caution: Water in the drip tray can –...
  • Page 53 Cleaning and care All external surfaces are susceptible to scratching. Scratches on glass surfaces could even cause a break‐ age. Contact with unsuitable clean‐ ing agents can discolor the external surfaces. Wipe up any spillages or splashes of descaling agent immedi‐ ately.
  • Page 54: Drip Tray

    Cleaning and care Drip tray  Burn hazard! If the rinsing process has just finish‐ ed, wait a few minutes before remov‐ ing the drip tray as the water used for rinsing will run out of the coffee dispensers. Clean the drip tray every day to pre‐ vent unpleasant odors and mildew.
  • Page 55: Drip Tray Cover

    Cleaning and care Drip tray cover Water tank  Remove the drip tray cover. Change the water every day to prevent a build-up of bacteria.  The drip tray cover can be cleaned in the dishwasher or by hand using Make sure that the valve, the under‐...
  • Page 56: Waste Unit

    Cleaning and care Waste unit Main dispenser After a certain period of time a reminder Clean all parts of the main dispenser to empty the waste unit will appear in except for the stainless steel cover in the display. The waste unit must be the dishwasher at least once a week.
  • Page 57 Cleaning and care  Hold the dispenser at the sides and pull it forwards to release it. Tip: Place the dispenser upright in the top basket of the dishwasher. Lay the adapters and dispenser nozzles in the cutlery tray.  Turn upper connecting piece  and pull it upwards to remove it.
  • Page 58: Maintenance Of The Milk Valve

    Cleaning and care Maintenance of the milk valve The milk valve should be cleaned once a week to ensure good quality milk froth.  Tap .  With the arrow key , select Mainte- . Then tap OK. nance  Select and tap OK.
  • Page 59: Milk Flask With Lid

    Cleaning and care Milk flask with lid Taking apart the milk flask lid and cleaning it with the cleaning brush Soiling can lead to machine malfunc‐ Milk fat can deposit in the milk flask lid. tions. When this happens, milk will spray It is important to keep the neck and when milk froth is made.
  • Page 60: Bean Container

    Cleaning and care Bean container  Pull the bean container out of the ap‐ pliance and pull the lid toward the back and off.  Clean the bean container and its lid by hand using warm water and liquid dish soap. Dry both components. ...
  • Page 61: Interior And Machine Front

    Cleaning and care Interior and machine front Main dispenser connector  First take out all removable parts and The part which connects the brew unit then clean the interior and the ma‐ and the main dispenser is located on chine front with a mild solution of hot the inside of the machine front.
  • Page 62: Brew Unit

    Cleaning and care Brew unit If you cannot remove the brew unit or can only do so with difficulty, the brew Remove the brew unit and wash by unit is not in the correct position (See hand "Frequently asked questions"). Clean the brew unit by hand only us‐...
  • Page 63: Care Programs

    Cleaning and care Care programs The following maintenance programs are available: – Rinsing the coffee system – Rinsing the milk pipework – Cleaning the milk pipework – Degreasing the brew unit – Descaling the machine  Press the button on the end of the Perform the respective maintenance handle of the brew unit ...
  • Page 64: Rinsing The Coffee System

    Cleaning and care Rinsing the coffee system Rinsing the milk pipework You can rinse the coffee system pipe‐ Milk residue can clog up the milk pipe‐ work manually. work. If you have made a drink with milk, the coffee system will rinse the After a coffee has been dispensed, the milk pipework automatically after a few machine is rinsed before it turns off.
  • Page 65: Cleaning The Milk Pipework

    Cleaning and care Cleaning the milk pipework Perform "Clean milk pipework" The milk pipework must be cleaned ap‐ The cleaning process cannot be can‐ proximately once a week. celled once it has started. The proc‐ The coffee system will remind you to do ess has to be completed through to this.
  • Page 66 Cleaning and care Making a cleaning solution If prompted to do so on the display: We recommend using the Miele milk pi‐  Remove the water tank and rinse it pework cleaning agent for cleaning the carefully with clean water. Make sure milk pipework.
  • Page 67: Degreasing The Brew Unit

    Miele coffee systems and prevent subsequent damage. Miele cleaning tablets can be ordered from a Miele dealer or from the Miele website. The "Degrease brew unit" maintenance program lasts about 11 minutes.  Remove the coffee chute cover and open the lid of the coffee chute.
  • Page 68: Descaling The Machine

    Descaling the machine The coffee system prompts you when it Important! When descaling the ma‐ needs to be descaled. "No. of portions chine, cover delicate surfaces and until appliance needs descaling: No. of natural flooring to prevent damage uses until appliance needs descaling: 50 from splashes of descaling solution.
  • Page 69  Tap OK. The process will start. Miele descaling tablets are available to order from a Miele dealer or Miele's on‐  Follow the instructions in the display. line store. When Fill the water container with descaling agent and lukewarm water up to the desca- ap‐...
  • Page 70 Descaling the machine You will need two descaling tablets. Performing a descale  Replace the water tank in the coffee system and close the front.  Follow the instructions given in the display. When Rinse the water container and fill with fresh tap water up to the descaling symbol appears in the display: ...
  • Page 71 Descaling the machine Descaling when not prompted by a message  Tap .  Select and tap OK. Maintenance  Select Descale the appliance The descaling process cannot be can‐ celled once you have tapped "OK." The process has to be completed through to the end.
  • Page 72: Frequently Asked Questions

    Fault messages must be confirmed with OK, otherwise the message can reap‐ pear in the display even though the problem has been remedied. To address the fault, follow the instructions on the display. If the fault message appears in the display again, contact Miele. Problem Possible cause and solution F1, F2, F3, F4, There is an internal fault.
  • Page 73 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution F73 or The brew unit cannot be positioned correctly, or it is dirty and the coffee cannot be processed. Check the brew unit  Check whether you can remove the brew unit (see "Cleaning and care - Brew unit").
  • Page 74 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution There is too much ground coffee in the coffee chute. Too much ground coffee If more than one level scoop of ground coffee is add‐ ed to the coffee chute, the brew unit cannot process the coffee.
  • Page 75: Unusual Performance Of The Coffee System

     Insert the plug into the electrical outlet. The fuse has tripped because the coffee system, volt‐ age or another appliance is defective.  Reinsert the plug..  Contact a qualified electrician or Miele Service for assistance. The lighting remains off The lighting has been turned off.
  • Page 76 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution The coffee system does The system lock feature has been activated. not switch itself on, al‐  You need to deactivate the system lock (see "Set‐ though the timer setting tings - System lock"). has been acti‐...
  • Page 77 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution The machine door will The containers are not pushed all the way in. not close.  Check the containers. The door hinges are not correctly aligned.  Adjust the door hinges (see "Installation - Adjust‐ ing the door hinges").
  • Page 78 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution During rinsing, no or The main dispenser is not correctly mounted. considerably less rins‐  Make sure the main dispenser has been assem‐ ing water than usual bled as described (see "Cleaning and care – Main comes out of the main dispenser").
  • Page 79: Unsatisfactory Results

     Fill the coffee bean container with fresh beans. There may be stones in among the coffee beans.  Turn the coffee system off immediately. Contact Miele. The coffee flows too The grind level is too coarse. quickly into the cup.
  • Page 80 Frequently Asked Questions Problem Possible cause and solution The coffee trickles too The grind level is too fine. slowly into the cup.  Set the grinder to a coarser setting (see "Setting the coffee grinder"). The crema on the cof‐ The grinder setting is not correct.
  • Page 81: Problems When Preparing Milk

    Frequently Asked Questions Problems when preparing milk Problem Possible cause and solution The milk sprays during The milk temperature is too high. Good milk froth can dispensing and hissing only be achieved when cold milk (below 50°F/10°C) is noises can be heard. used.
  • Page 82: Exchanging The Elbow Connector

    Frequently Asked Questions Exchanging the elbow connec‐ If you can prepare only hot milk instead of milk froth, check the following first: – Is the milk in the milk flask cold (< 50°F / 10°C)? – Have the main dispenser and milk flask lid been cleaned carefully? –...
  • Page 83 Frequently Asked Questions  Push the tubes back into the elbow connector and replace this in the ma‐ chine. Make sure that the land on the elbow connector is pointing down‐ wards.  Re-insert the air intake tube into the opening .
  • Page 84: Technical Service

    Miele’s Service department, Ex‐ tended Service Contracts offered by other providers for Miele products will not be recognized by Miele. Our goal is to prevent unauthorized (and untrained) service personnel from working on your Miele products, possibly doing further damage to them, you and/or your home.
  • Page 85: Saving Energy

    Saving energy If the settings of the following functions are altered from the factory default, en‐ ergy consumption will increase: – Eco mode – Lighting – Time display – Timer...
  • Page 86: Packaging Material / Disposal Of Old Machine

    Packaging material / Disposal of old machine Disposal of packaging material Disposal of your old appliance The cardboard box and packing materi‐ Old electrical and electronic appliances als protect the appliance during ship‐ often still contain valuable materials. ping. They have been designed to be However, they also contain harmful biodegradable and recyclable.
  • Page 87: Electrical Connection

    All to your power supply, please consult a electrical work should be performed by licensed electrician or contact Miele’s a qualified electrician in strict accord‐ Technical Service Department. See ance with national and local safety reg‐...
  • Page 88: Installation

    Installation Installation and combination options The appliance is designed to be built into a tall unit.
  • Page 89 Installation It can also be combined with other Miele built-in appliances. If the coffee system is to be built in above another appliance, there must be a full-width, closed shelf between them.
  • Page 90: Ventilation

    Installation Ventilation – A ventilation gap of at least 1 5/8" (40 mm) depth must be provided be‐ Condensation water can damage the hind the appliance for air to circulate. coffee system or surrounding cabi‐ – The ventilation cross-sections in the nets.
  • Page 91: Installing The Coffee System

     Push the coffee system all the way  If there is not a seal at the front of the into the building-in niche. building-in niche, adhere the Miele sealing strips from the back (see pic‐  Make sure the coffee system is cen‐...
  • Page 92: Adjusting The Door Hinges

    Installation The appliance comes with four M5 Adjusting the door hinges socket screws to help you align and se‐ If the machine door becomes difficult to cure it in the building-in niche. open or close after installation, you can adjust the hinges to realign it (TX 20): ...
  • Page 95 Technical Service. U.S.A. Canada Miele, Inc. Importer Miele Limited National Headquarters 9 Independence Way Headquarters and Miele Centre Princeton, NJ 08540 161 Four Valley Drive Phone: 800-843-7231 Vaughan, ON L4K 4V8 609-419-9898 609-419-4298...
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