Summary: Ages ago on a trip to Europe, my husband fell in love with espresso. We tried a few inexpensive brands of espresso makers over the years, but he was never very impressed. This machine -- at a very good price -- makes fabulous coffee. The earlier brands we purchased relied on steam to brew and this one uses bars of pressure. Actually, it was reading other reviews and researching the difference between steam and pressure brewing that MADE the difference.
Summary: Very nice looking espresso unit but, LARGER than advertised, correct height is 14.5". If you are trying to use under lower clearance cabinets (18") it's not a good fit, especially for using top warmer plate. Outer water reservoir makes it a bit bulky. Better suited for counter areas with extra space. You will see this item listed on amazon and elsewhere using same "default" size info as either 12" high or 11.5" high. That information is WRONG!
Summary: A great espresso maker for the price. The espresso has lots of crema, the milk gets really frothy. Its a pump-driven system and makes a latte that comes pretty close to one made on a coffee house machine.
Summary: After much research, I decided to get the DeLonghi EC460 machine, and am not disappointed. Superb craftsmanship, quick start-up, ease of use, and nice crema made this a winner. I do pre-heat the cups and collection mug in a microwave before filling the mug, just so it will all be warm enough. My mocha is now as good as the $4 ones I use to buy at You-Know-Where. I also recommend buying a Terry's Tamper and a 1-cup pyrex mug to get you going.
Summary: The problem I have faced with pump cappuccino machines is the bad frothing system. I make micro-foam, and I rarely can find a machine that generates the steam pressure necessary. A lot of this has to do with the tip and shroud on the steam wand. A smaller opening generates more pressure. This machine does a great job with or without the shroud. I love that they are stainless steel, not plastic. The one draw back to this machine is the space under the espresso dispenser.
Summary: If you've owned a Delonghi before and been happy with it, you'll like this one too. We go through an espresso machine about every 1-3 years, as my husband is Portuguese and we drink espresso daily. This machine makes good espresso with a very nice thick crema on top. I rather like this machine. It does not take up a lot of counter space.
Excellent espresso machine for your home or office
J. Monty, Amazon
31 July 2010
Summary: My wife-to-be and I wanted to start making our favorite espresso drinks at home since buying them each morning from Starbucks made us feel guilty (spending $8/day on coffee = $240/month or $2,880/year ). So we started looking into getting an espresso machine and a nice burr grinder for our home. Since I had worked as the manager of a trendy coffee shop/Bar/Restaurant when I was in college, I was already a skilled Barista.
Summary: I loved this product but the pump died . The area anywhere near the old overflow coffee / water gets filthy and smelly fast . I got a Bialetti and burr grinder and am happier . It's not espresso but it's simpler , safer , and less stinky . I don't know if the Delonghi would last longer with less use and more maintenance . It's not how I drink coffee . I did get about 500 cups out of it so I broke even .
Summary: I have used only an expresso maker for 15 years, and this one caused more headaches and grief in one week than my old Krups did in all those years. Water poured onto the counter, read and re-read the instructions - and I never did get one cup of coffee out of this machine.