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5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish & Compact, 12 Oct 2011
This review is from: Delonghi EN520.BL Nespresso Lattissima Plus Coffee Maker, Blue (Kitchen & Home)
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I have never owned a coffee making machine before so I was a little unsure as to what to expect from the Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Coffee Maker. My first surprise was the size of the fully assembled machine, its footprint on the worktop is not much more than that of the average cordless kettle. Height wise it fits comfortably under my wall units with the total height being only 14" with the lever for inserting coffee capsules fully lifted. The next pleasant surprise was the noise levels, I'd imagined it might sound like one of those machines they use in commercial coffee bars, it is actually comparable to an electric kettle boiling - maybe even a bit less noisy than that.

Use of the machine is very easy with a well written instruction book that contains clearly labelled diagrams and easily understood instructions. Once set-up you can programme the machine to pour the correct amount of water for your cup or mug and you can do likewise for the amount of frothy milk that you want to add. The machine is by default set to turn itself off after 9 minutes of inactivity, this can be reprogrammed and there is an automatic scale alert. Cleaning is easily achieved using warm soapy water on the various parts that can be removed from the machine - none are dishwasher safe!

The coffee comes in special capsules which unfortunately can only be bought online exclusively from the Nespresso Club (which is free to join). These capsules average out at about 30p each but you can only buy them in packets of 10 (called sleeves) with a minimum order of 5 sleeves - 50 capsules. Shipping costs start at £3.95 (orders over 20 sleeves) or £4.95 (orders under 20 sleeves) for standard 48hr delivery. There is an assortment of 16 different flavoured capsules supplied with the machine so plenty of opportunity to taste and decide which ones you like or dislike.

Overall I found this machine to be excellent at making hot drinks with very little effort, noise or mess. It is extremely compact and very stylish and is made by a well respected company, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good cup of coffee.
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Initial post: 5 Nov 2011 12:15:44 GMT
Bruce says:
I liked the coffee so much that I just bought another 50 capsules and while 30p is a really good price - I do agree that 4.95 for postage seems high. But they do go overboard on packaging and mine came within a day of ordering and with a free book that explains how all the coffees are made and how they do things in a sustainable and fairtrade manner - which compensated somewhat..?

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2011 18:12:17 GMT
Yes, the quality of the product, the methods of production and the pleasure in drinking some excellent flavoured coffee does seem to make it all worthwhile. Since I wrote the review my daughter sampled the coffee and has had people round for coffee mornings on a few occasions, as yet there has not been one negative comment made about it. It's certainly a huge step up in quality from the instant coffee I was drinking.

Posted on 2 Dec 2011 11:58:11 GMT
Last edited by the author on 6 Dec 2011 12:58:57 GMT
I've just bought 250 capsules for £75, which includes a free introductory capsule dispenser (which looks really nice on the side), free recycling bags and free delivery. That is equivalent to roughly 30 cups of coffee from Starbucks or Costa Coffee at an average price of £2.50/cup. You're still left with 220 capsules which is equivalent to £2.5 x 220 = £550, taking into consideration the price of the machine and the price of the capsules (I paid £225machine + £75capsules + roughly £50milk = £350). Now to buy 250 cups worth of coffee from starbucks at an average price of £2.50 = £625. £625 - £350 = a saving of £275 in less than a year (250 days) if you have a coffee every day, if there's two of you then 125 days. So the machine pays for itself and some in just a third of a year.

PS. After a weeks use, I may have underestimated the amount of milk used when making Lattes!! :P

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2011 17:13:24 GMT
Excellent value for money and as I said before - excellent coffee, it makes you wonder why you ever drank instant doesn't it.
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