Top positive review
Good value for money
1 June 2018
I previously had the De’longhi Iconia espresso maker which was a great machine and had been going for many years but the seal on the milk steamer had gone so that bit was no longer useable. I also got fed up of getting coffee grains everywhere, and emptying the used grinds also became a messy business, especially before my first coffee of the day! It was time for an upgrade to a bean to cup machine.
I chose this particular model mostly because of the ease of cleaning, and that it was not too expensive. Two months on, I have to say am happy with my purchase.
We have about 3 or 4 espresso shots every day and a 250g bag of beans lasts about a week. My husband can now make his own coffee which is also a great bonus!
I really like the dials on the front which allow you to adjust the amount of coffee dispensed (from a ristretto to an americano) and the strength of the coffee. I must admit I’ve not tried adding pre-ground coffee into it yet but I like that you can have the choice.
Cleaning the machine is a doddle and it has a flush function which runs hot water through the filter which I use after every coffee to keep it clean.
The warning lights on the machine itself are really good but there isn’t a warning to tell you to put more beans in the hopper which would be useful.
The milk steamer is also not as good as the Iconia’s and there is a knocking sound in the machine when the steam valve is open, even when dispensing hot water. It also takes a very long time to go back to the hot water/espresso mode after using the steam mode.
Overall, this machine is great value for money, but if you’re after something that’ll steam your milk to perfection, I would pay more money for a more sophisticated model.