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it still works perfectly and make great coffee...BUT
10 December 2016
can't believe this is 4 years old... it still works perfectly and make great coffee... the creme is just as thick as day one... HOWEVER I HAVE A MAJOR GRIPE... and this is nothing to do with the quality of the machine or the coffee it makes but more to do with one of the biggest scams these companies do on a regular basis and that's the "cleaning" aspect... or should I say the red flashing button that kicks in after literally a month or so... of course the machine comes with one of those custom plastic De'Longhi sachets and whilst a bit complex the machine cleaning went okay. Hmmm, I thought, I made a point of only using bottled water [admittedly the 17p 2L ones you get from the supermarkets] as I knew the tap water was pretty chalky.
So guess what I did... yep, I just ignored the flashing light after the 2nd time it flashed [about 6 weeks later] and you now... nothing happened... the machine continued [and continues] to make great coffee. Hell those cleaning sachets were not cheap... about £6 quid each if I remember. Now if we divide six quid into a flashing light clean every 6 weeks we hit £208... pretty close to the price of a new machine. It's like the printer ink con IMO.
Admittedly I used supermarket own brand cheap bottled water as I don't have a water softener but this machine obviously doesn't need to be 'sachet. cleaned' as ridiculously frequently as the circuit board tells it to.
All that aside the quality of the coffee is superb... there's something deeply satisfying seeing a gorgeous thick creme every time... 4 years and still going strong... but just ignore that flashing light!