DeLonghi Espresso Maker: Make a smooth, frothy cappuccino or a robust espresso in your kitchen with this espresso maker, which accepts ground coffee and pods to suit your favorite blend. Separate thermostats for water and steam help make it easy to prepare the beverage to your liking.
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Great Little Manual Machine
Posted by: KeninMA from: on
We have had this for about a month. We were looking for a compact espresso maker / milk frother because we had limited counter top space.
The controls are simple: For steam turn the dial to the left and wait until the green light comes on, then open the steam / water valve on the right to let the steam out. For espresso or hot water, turn the dial one click to the right and wait for the green light. For espresso, then turn it one click more to the right to start the pump. For hot water, open the steam / water valve on the right then turn the dial one click more to the right to start the pump.
You adjust the draw amount by how long you keep the pump on. There is a nice creama head on the espresso and it tastes as good as the beans you use :).
We found that the frother tends to make bigger bubbles than some other machines we've had, but that can be minimized by stopping steaming a bit earlier.
The different inserts are a nice idea, but we always use the double insert. It wants to pop out as you are knocking the grounds out so you need to be careful.
The plastic scoop / tamper is OK, but also a pain to fill the double insert, so buy yourself a nice tamper and scoop. Our previous machines were fully automatic so we had no experience filling and tamping. The first few days we got grounds everywhere and tended to overtamp (very slow draw) or undertamp (quick draw). But now we have learned to deposit the double scoop of grounds into the holder. and hold the scoop upside down while we knock the holder a bit to spread the grounds out. That leaves the grounds ready for tamping with nothing spilled, and we tamp it "just enough", but everyone will need to develop their own technique if this is their first machine..
Rather than removing and reinserting the water tank, we fill it from a pitcher.
Bottom line: This i a great value for a small machine.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Aces from: on
Bought this as an upgrade and not disappointed. Built very strong and makes good espresso. Delonghi is the way to go
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great when you understand what it is
Posted by: David from: on
There is something absolutely magical about a quality cup of coffee! For the last few years, I have been fervent in my quest to always obtain that perfect cup. I roast and grind my own beans. I have tried most every single method of coffee preparation. I have done most everything short of traveling the world to source beans directly from coffee plantations! Though my daily coffee is generally brewed as a pour-over, I often enjoy a good americano or latte. Thus, this De'Longhi machine has been a welcome guest on my counter for the past couple of weeks. If you are considering this espresso maker, know that it is not everyone. Here are some thoughts to consider:
Portafilter and Basket
The unit has a self-pressurized system. A normal professional espresso machine has to have a very fine grind and a near perfectly even tamp in order to obtain a decent shot. This machine is different in that it has only one little whole in the bottom of the porta-filter basket. This causes the machine to have adequate pressure for a great shot even with a larger grind and a light tamp. So, you can still have a strong enough espresso even if if your inexpensive grinder does not grind fine enough for a more expensive machine. Or if you are using a bag of pre-ground coffee that it is not necessarily an espresso grind, you can still get a decent shot. It really is pretty amazing and works surprisingly well with good crema.
The machine takes less than a minute to heat the water for a double shot. I really expected it take longer for such an inexpensive machine. I can turn the machine on and it will be ready to pull by the time I grind, fill and tamp. It does have a little bit of a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature during multiple pulls. This also shows when you switch the dial for steaming milk. Expect to wait another minute after pulling a shot before you can froth the milk. All of this is adequate however and better than expected actually for an inexpensive unit unit with just one boiler.
The machine has an understated yet elegant look to it. The medium size fits perfectly on our counter. The stainless steal accents give a quality look and feel. This is not a machine that you will want to hide when not in use.
There are a few negatives to the machine. For example, no matter how hard I tweaked my method, the steam wand would not give me a tight enough foam sufficient for latte art. Another negative is that there are important parts that are plastic where steal would be preferred (see photo of the portafilter). Finally, the cup tray is uselessly lukewarm until the machine has been on for over ten minutes. I definitely recommend you preheat your utensils with hot water rather than waiting for the tray to heat.
In the end, I understand why this machine has received some mixed reviews. Yet, many of the features that experienced baristas have found hindering are exactly what makes the machine simple enough for use by most anyone. Personally, I love it because it is so easy to use yet the results are professional-like.
After a couple of weeks and dozens of shots with the De'Longhi, I have concluded that the illusive magical cup of perfect coffee is not only possible with this machine but it comes quite easily. Of course, with any method of preparation, just be sure you
begin with freshly roasted coffee beans and a quality grind.
Note: This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good machine for the price
Posted by: CJopp from: Realistic Land on
My wife and I first purchased a cheaper Mr. Coffee espresso machine to try one out. It was a deal of the day and the frother broke after one use. I returned that and got this one. This one is much better quality than the Mr. Coffee one, which should be expected as its $90 more. It's nice that this has a refillable tank, the previous one held water for 1 brew. So far I have no complaints. Not sure how the one user posted a negative review that they got a lemon, that happens. And then someone wanted $1000 quality espresso.
If you are looking for an entry level machine to use for an espresso here and there, this is a good starting point.
6 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Excellent for apartments!
Posted by: NYCGIRL from: on
I got this for my boyfriend for the holidays. We go out for cappuccino in the neighborhood every Saturday morning, but not anymore! This machine gives restaurant quality taste & great creme. Make sure to use about a #5 coffee grind and practice makes perfect!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great for beginner!
Posted by: Stephanie from: on
Looking for a easy to use first espresso machine, and I love it.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Great for home use
Posted by: Strve from: on
I got this unit after researching quite a few machines. Thus far I am very happy with the quality. Very easy to use and with coffee shop results. I did pair it with a baratza grinder which I learned, and have experienced, is key. Works great and looks great on the counter.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Good for a learner
Posted by: Dakapica from: on
I bought this wanting a strong bold taste of Expresso
It's not as strong as I prefer but fun to make and perfect as an alternative for a one cup of coffee
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Ron1 from: on
Does not take too long to have a great cup of espresso. Easy to use and efficient.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Great machine for the price
Posted by: Lindlebabe from: on
I've had this machine for a little over a year and I can honestly say it's one of the best investments I have made. I save so much money on coffee and this machine does an excellent job at making the perfect espresso. That being said- it all depends on knowing how to use the machine properly to get that perfect cup. First, buy whole bean coffee and grind it yourself using a coffee grinder. Get one that allows you to grind the beans up "fine" I got a little mr. coffee grinder for $25 bucks and it has a fine, med, and coarse setting.
Pre ground coffee is too coarse of a grind and if your grinder doesn't have a fine setting- you risk having a very watered down espresso. So just something to keep in mind.
Secondly- In regard to the steam wand on this machine. It has a "hot milk" setting and a "Cappuccino" setting. If you just steam the milk on cappuccino your going to wind up with nothing but foam. I recommend steaming it on "hot milk" the majority of the time and then switching it to cappuccino setting for the last 20 seconds or so in order to give yourself a nice milk froth on top. You can obviously play around with these setting to see what I mean.
Lastly- Get yourself a cheap little thermometer to go into the milk when steaming it. The perfect temp is between 155-165 degrees. Any hotter and your gonna burn yourself when you take a sip.
-Never put the parts in the dishwasher
- Make sure the water tank has enough water
** some times the water tank becomes loose from the vibrations and it seems like the machine isn't working. You just have to open the back and make sure its pressed down **