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on 5 January 2018
Loved it! Arrived promptly and nicely packed. This machine has an awesome vintage style, almost all of it made of stainless steel which is a bonus. Ergonomic, economic with auto off feature, water boiler heats up the water in seconds, the steam is powerful and the steam knob does a very good job adjusting the pressure, and makes a delicious cafe. The Icona leather ''vintage icona'' big tag hanging on the machine is adorable. Having said that, i read a lot of comments about ''cafe is watering'' or ''too thick'' or ''water is leaking through the steam whilst brewing'' etc.

Just improve your barista skills guys! Read the instructions and download the ''De' Longhi coffee expert'' application free of charge. You ll find some awesome tips how to use this machine and make an excellent cafe. You need to experiment a little bit because not all espresso machines produce fine cafe by using them in the same way. I personally found the right balance with this machine by grinding the cafe between 2-3 size medium to fine but NOT thin (my previous machine would not make a nice cafe with size any other than 3 medium). About taping it, I prefer my cafe with a nice crema so i tap it a little bit stronger than suggested. Besides, a good espresso comes out of the machine in ''slow'' speed without a struggle. That means you grid the cafe at correct size and tap it as it should be. If cafe runs from the filter like a ''quick tab water'' (cafe is too thick) or ''painfully slow'' (cafe is too thin) better throw it and try again.

About water leak through the steam when brewing or vise-versa, yes it does leak a bit but is normal for powerful cafe machines to do that and when the steam pressure is high. This is only GOOD NEWS. Is not an issue if the amount is small. 5 stars all the way so far and if anything changes, I ll update the review. Its a cafe insult to rate it lower than 5! :)
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on 10 February 2018
Had to return this due to its lack of sufficient water pressure. I'm sure I was just unlucky, with receiving a malfunctioning machine, but I expected to get a 15bar espresso maker, but what I got, was an espresso maker, that wasn't able to make 1 shot of espresso in under 5 minutes. I used beans with a grind that only needed 9bars, but it still wasn't capable.
Everything else about it was just fine. Beautiful design and easy to use.
I wasn't a big fan of the steamer though. It was too non-adjustable for my taste.De'Longhi Icona Vintage Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine ECOV311.BG
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on 12 February 2018
Worked very well for the first 2 month and then the steamer start loosing power, now pressure is very low cant even make an espresso. I think I need to make a call to maintenance. At the time of the review I had for 2.5 month and made around 3 coffee per week.

4 weeks later;
Delonghi returned the coffee machine back to me saying there is nothing wrong with it, even tho it is basically useless as it has lost so much power and can no longer push hot water through coffee. Send it back to them again but again they returned and said its fine, I guess as long as it produces any amount of steam they call it workable condition and hence are not interested to really fix it.

I now have to throw it away, but will never ever purchase any Delonghi products, Reliability and aftercare is terrible.
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on 10 January 2018
This is an excellent machine and a very good replacement for my old defunct Gaggia. It makes a good expresso and the milk steamer/frother is effective and quick to use. It is aesthetically pleasing - which means the colour fits in with the kitchen decor. The one drawback is the auto-off function. So far as I can work out this is an EU energy saving requirement. The machine turns itself off after about seven or eight minutes which means that the coffee holder and cups are not kept warm unless the user remembers to keep turning the machine on again! But for this point I would have scored it five stars. Nonetheless the machine is recommended.
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on 7 September 2017
Bought this machine for my husband, it makes absolutely delicious coffee. It looks great and easy to use. Only downside it's a bit noisy but that doesn't matter as the coffee it produces is as good as any I've had in a coffee house. Would recommend.
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on 13 December 2017
Rating is based on performance during three weeks of use for making espresso only. I bought this as a replacement for my Gaggia Classic after almost 10 years excellent espresso. The DeLonghi espresso so far has been every bit as good. So far I'm delighted.
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on 5 December 2017
Incredible... I'm a coffee addict, and I had some bad experience with the coffee machines as I'm looking back, but not with this one. This coffee machine makes a really tasty, foamy espresso, and with the stream arm I can make latte, cappuccino, like the big coffee brands one. And it's also looks good in the kitchen!!!
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on 27 November 2017
Very nice, makes really good espressos. Haven't tested the steamer. Has a built-in tamper which I do not prefer - it tends to get coffee granules everywhere. Nice feel to the machine, sort of coffee/cream coloured and classically styled.
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on 4 January 2018
Excellent home coffee machine.
Initially a bit noisy as the pump primes, but after that it is fine.

The only draw back to this machine is that the height between the tray and the handle is quite small.
I have to remove the bottom tray to be able to fit my mug underneath the coffee dispenser. You could get around it by using a shot glass to dispense a coffee shot and then pour it into your mug though (but I can't be bothered).

Water reservoir is large, which is great and the milk frothier works well.
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on 5 July 2018
Great looking coffee machine but the first one that was delivered was faulty. The green OK light wasnt coming on. Dealt with a lovely lady called Marian over email who was very efficient and easy to deal with. She organised pick up of the faulty machine and a new one was delivered within the week.
New one works a treat,I don't find it noisy atal. Coffee is lovely and kids love the super fast milk frothing for hot chocolates. No complaints
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