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Delonghi Steam Espresso - All - Matt Kiessling's Review
Posted: January 16, 2002, 5:53am
review rating: 7.0
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Digital Bean 7.00
Matt Kiessling 7.00
David Rawlings 5.00
John LaBella 5.00
Louis Gaudry 4.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 4.0
Product Reviewed: Trieste
Manufacturer: Delonghi Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 6
Price Paid: $140.00 Cost vs. Value 2
Where Bought: John Lewis, UK Aesthetics 4
Owned for: 3 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I live coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: Can make passable coffee, but over-priced and flimsy.
Positive Product Points

All-in-one machine. Makes filter, espresso and cappucino. Filter coffee is the best part of the machine.

Negative Product Points

Flimsy construction, difficult to clean, badly designed and tricky to take apart.

Detailed Commentary

This is definitely a "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" machine. The drip coffee is probably the best feature of the machine as the water heating element is fairly powerful. The espresso part is a typical "steam toy", although with a burr grinder, you can get it to produce some nice coffee, but nothing like the sort you'd get from a pump/lever machine.
The "Instant Froth Dispenser" is very difficult to clean, with sour milk smells lingering for some time after use. The lever used to switch between espresso and cappucine is flimsy. It broke after about 6 months and is now replaced with an old bakelite doorknob. The water reservoir for drip coffee is a little too narrow, and can be awkward to fill without spilling water down the back of the machine.

Buying Experience

Bought from local department store.

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