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Delonghi Dedica Review

So what does it take to make the perfect brew? The perfect espresso, latte or cappuccino? Do you need to be a World class barista? The answer is no thanks to the emergence of coffee makers and espresso makers you can enjoy barista quality coffee from the comfort of your home. One of the leaders in automatic espresso machines is Delonghi who have been making coffee machines since 1902.

The Delonghi dedica range features three machines:

  • Delonghi ec680 – Pump Espresso
  • Dedica KG 521 – Burr Coffee Grinder
  • Dedica Cappuccino EC 860 – Espresso Maker

Delonghi ec680 review

The De’Longhi Dedica EC680 Pump espresso machine is a sleek, compact and stylish espresso machine available in three colors and at just 6 inches wide is a perfect addition to any size kitchen. Customize your coffee so you make the perfect espresso every time.

Compact design

For many who don’t have the luxury of ample counter space, the Dedica EC680 is a perfect addition to any size kitchen counter. The espresso machine measures in at only 5.9 inches in width which is considerably less than the Mr. Coffee ECMP50 (13.7 inches) and the popular De’Longhi EC155 (11 inches).

Color variety

The Delonghi EC680 is available in three colors. So whether you are looking for something traditional or modern the EC680 is certain to fit into any kitchen.

  • Stainless Steel
  • Black
  • Red

Built-in cup warmer and Thermoblock Technology

Unlike other espresso machines on the market, with the EC680 there is no waiting around for your morning cappuccino or your afternoon espresso. Thanks to the Thermo block technology water is heated up to the ideal brewing temperature in only 40 seconds.

If there’s one thing that can ruin a good coffee it’s is a cold glass. However thanks to the built-in cup warmer you can ensure a steady temperature is maintained when pouring the espresso so you get a perfect espresso with every cup.

Features and Specifications

  • At only 6 inches the compact design allows the EC680 to fit on almost any counter surface
  • Enjoy your espresso in record time thanks to it’s Thermo block technology.
  • Get the same Barista quality at home with the EC680’s clever cappuccino frothing system
  • Customize your drinks to either a single or double shot of espresso with the automatic flow stop.
  • Customer support available from De’Longhi to help with setting up and maintaining your machine.

Pros

  • Slim and attractive design
  • Produces great espressos thanks to the professional 15 bar pressure
  • Fast brew time
  • Easy to clean
  • Descale alarm helps you keep making quality espressos

Cons

  • More expensive than other espresso machines. However what you get is quality espresso every time which more than makes up for its price.
  • Experimenting is needed to master making Barista quality cappuccino froth.
  • No water hardness test kit

Conclusion

For anyone looking for a sleek, stylish and slim espresso machine that produces barista quality espressos than look no further. The Delonghi ec680 is a perfect addition to any kitchen surface thanks to its slim 5.9-inch design and choice of three colors. There’s no waiting around either thanks to Thermo block technology which can heat water up to the ideal brewing temperature in only 40 seconds. Although this machine is on the expensive side compared to other machines the quality of coffee produced and the ease of use of the machine makes it well worth the money.

Dedica KG 521 review

DeLonghi KG521 Review

Customize your grind with the KG 521. This burr grinder features an LCD display and 18 grind settings for drip coffee/pour over, French press and espresso coffee. Customize like a Barista so you get the perfect grind of coffee every time.

Tailor make your grind

The Dedica KG 521 features an impressive 18 grind settings for drip coffee/pour over French press and espresso. What’s more the grinder allows you to tailor the strength of your grind with its three strength grind settings; light, normal or strong.

Easy to use LCD display

Strength preference, grind settings and a number of cups can easily be seen on the LCD display allowing you to customize your grind easily and at the touch of a button.

Tough Burr Grinder

Using a durable Burr Grinder you can expect the KG 521 to last for years to come. Making this grinder an excellent investment for great coffee grinds.

Features and Specifications

  • Durable burr grinder
  • LCD display
  • 18 grind settings
  • Choice of light, normal or strong strength
  • Grind up to 14 cups at once
  • 12-oz bean hopper capacity
  • Easy clean removable upper burr

Pros

  • Easy to use LCD display
  • Can make up to 14 cups at once
  • Customize grind strength and settings easily
  • 18 grind settings

Cons

  • Expensive compared to other grinders. However, with good care a burr grinder should last 5 years and what you get is an easy to use and highly customizable grinder.

Conclusion

What your getting with the Dedica KG 521 are a high quality and well-made burr coffee grinder. What makes the KG 521 stand out from the crowd is its many customizable grind settings and strength settings. If taken care of this grinder should last you for over 5 years, which makes this coffee grinder a very good purchase for its price.

De’Longhi EC860 Review

De'Longhi EC860 Review

Enjoy traditional Italian barista-quality espresso, cappuccinos or lattes with the EC860. Featuring dual Thermo block technology, electric cup warmer and the ability to use easily serving espresso pods so you can enjoy coffee from some of the best coffee brands in the world.  

Electric Cup Warmer

Keep your drinks at the perfect temperature thanks to the EC860 built in electric cup warmer.

Flow Stop

Just like the EC680 the EC860 comes with a built-in flow stop. This allows you to programme each coffee and the machine will stop brewing at the right point so you can make the perfect espresso or cappuccino every time.

Use Easy Serving Espresso Pods

With the EC860 you can use ground coffee or a choice of hundreds of espresso pods. So you can enjoy coffee from some world leaders in coffee such as Illy and Lavazza.

Features and Specifications

  • Cup warmer ensures you enjoy your coffee at the optimal temperature
  • 3-in-1 filter holder
  • Manual milk frother
  • Energy saving mode
  • Removable cup stand and drip tray

Pros

  • Heats quickly from standby
  • Stylish design
  • Great tasting espresso
  • Milk frother works well

Cons

  • Not suitable for cups over 4 inches
  • A little bulky
  • A little overpriced

Conclusion

The EC860 is a stylish machine which delivers good quality coffee. With a full range of features including being able to use espresso pods and a cup warmer it’s a good all round machine. The machine is slightly overpriced and the issue of cup size is something that needs to be considered.