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More than just value for money,
This review is from: De'Longhi Icona ECO310.BK Pump Espresso Machine, Onyx Black (Kitchen & Home)Having deliberated over which coffee machine to purchase, my wife finally added the voice of reason and we opted for Icona at roughly £130 instead of some of its siblings at closer to a £1000.
The machine fits very neatly against a wall and below our cupboards and is not out of place amongst other small kitchen appliances. It's relatively light so bringing it forward to to get to the water tank for topping up is not a problem. We have 4-6 coffees a day and the tank needs refilling only every few days, anyway.
OPERATION couldn't be simpler. There are three buttong and espresso takes 5 minutes for the first one (with cold machine) and 1 minute for subsequent ones). Instruction manual could be reduced to:
1. Switch on;
2. Choose single or double coffee holder and screw in the handle;
3. Wait for 2-4 minutes for the first-time-in-the-morning use, only about one minute for further ones, certainly not 15 minutes as suggested;
4. Press button when green light is on.
5. Press button again when green light is off.
And, to add milk froth for cappuccino (extra 1 minute):
6. Press another button (for steam)
7. Wait green until light is on.
8. Froth milk.
TASTE: Simply excellent. Crema is always perfect and my double espressos and wife's double cappuccinos are always thick and rich. We are currently on our fifth brand of coffee and are for the first time properly noticing the huge differences in taste. The Illy that comes with the machine is still the favourite, but as it's a bit more expensive than most others - we're still not committing.
FURTHER NOTES: Get yourself a metal milk froth container and possibly a thermometer. It will add £10 to the total, which is paid off with your first ten coffees, but will reduce spillage and ensure foam is at the right temperature. The coffee nozzles are a little bit too low and suit slightly shorter cappuccino cups. No problem at all with espresso cups.
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2011 20:48:35 GMT
C. Lavell says:
Him Loved your review and hope you are still happy with your machine!! I received a gift of this machine for xmas from my kids, as they know l am a coffee freak!! Can l just ask for the milk frother - l push the frother button - which comes on red - does this turn green? and then l can froth the milk or do l wait for the coffee button to turn green before frothing the milk?
I have to agree the Illy coffee is the best so far. but still trying others!!
In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jan 2011 19:20:43 GMT
With regards to your comment the frother button doesn't go green it just turns red when its ready..having said that I have had this machine for a couple of weeks now and still cant get my milk to froth, most of the time ends up looking like washing up liquid!
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Feb 2011 15:27:39 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Feb 2011 15:28:08 GMT
You have wait for the "steam" light (the bottom button) to turn to from red to green. It's green when it's ready. If you try to froth milk whilst the light is red, the water will not be hot enough to create steam. This is probably why you can't get the milk to froth.
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