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Totally controllable yet virtually automatic bean to cup coffee maker
on 1 February 2015
Update: After owning this just under a year from new the steam button has cracked. We do have a lot of coffee and always use the milk frother for this though. I noticed a few people mention this so here is the part number to search for one (at time of writing I just bought one off ebay to keep in the cupboard drawer for if it happens again and it cost me £5.37 incl postage) Delonghi part number 5513222441
This 15 bar pressure coffee machine has loads of reasons for owning it.
Some are not unique to it but it is probably the lowest priced one that has so many good points.
15 bar pressure means coffee is rich with good crema (creamy top) which you won't get with cafetiere coffee or regular coffee makers with filters or lower pressure.
High pressure milk frother and heater gives professional quality lattes.
Large water tank means loads more coffee with less maintenance. Large grounds receiver likewise.no need to empty out the grounds holder after each coffee make as it is automatic and just needs emptying when you can be bothered or are told to by the light. When it is time to do a descale, I always use the delonghi descaler as it is not worth the risk in my opinion in mucking about with this as if you buy the bulk size of these to save on the postage it is not a lot compared to the cost of replacing the machine or having it out of action.
Dual fill or single fill with tall or short cup height adjustment.
Bean to cup means you choose the coffee you want and have it fresh ground. There is the option for filter coffee to cup if you are stuck and cannot find beans anywhere but it is tedious as only can add one cup worth coffee to the machine a time but as this machine is bean to cup why would you want to use ground anyway. Good to know it has this as back up anyway.
Good adjustment potential. You can alter fineness of grind, and amount of coffee per cup, AND amount water.
I love the usability of this machine. I am in total control of the coffee making yet it does most of the work for me.