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If I wanted iced latte, I'd have bought an ice maker
on 3 October 2013
I did a lot of research and read a lot of reviews before buying this machine. Although several reviews commented on the temperature of the coffee, there were enough that said it was hot enough.
I've had my machine for a week now. I've adjusted the settings and customised it to produce coffee how I want it, but I can't, under any circumstances, make a latte that is anything more than luke warm, with the milk at the bottom of the cup completely stone cold.
I have set the auto on function to turn the machine on 45 minutes before I come down in the morning. I use the rinse cycle to heat it up further. I leave the cups on the cup warmer and run the hot water through them before making my latte, but still it is barely warm enough to drink and is cold in 5 minutes. This morning, I dug out my cooking thermometer and took the temperature as the latte was pouring. The milk came out at 48C and the coffee around 60C. Overall, the drink was less than 55C.
I've emailed Delonghi, but have yet to receive a response. I'll give it another 2 days until the weekend, but if I don't manage to make a cup of coffee that is warm enough to last though breakfast, I'll be returning this and looking for something else. I'm glad I haven't got rid of my old machine yet.
I've had a reply from Delonghi. The machines are designed to make coffee in the Italian style, so at 40-45C, with no option to heat the milk to anything above that. As this effectively means barely above body temperature, there's no way my coffee is going to be warm enough for the "rest of the world's" coffee habits.
I am arranging to return this and am now looking for another machine that will make a latte that will sit for 3 minutes before turning stone cold.