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Delonghi Espresso Machines - Others - Owen O'Neill's Review
Posted: February 19, 2002, 12:01pm
review rating: 6.3
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Delonghi Espresso Machines - Others
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Pete Thompson 8.00
Steve Dankert 6.83
Daniel Marsalone 6.66
Paul Smith 6.50
F Scofield 6.33

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.8
Product Reviewed: Caffe Veneta
Manufacturer: Delonghi Quality: 4
Average Price: Varies Usability: 7
Price Paid: $75.00 Cost vs. Value 8
Where Bought: USA - retail store Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 1 year Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: Professional Would Buy Again: Maybe
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia Baby Millenium
Bottom Line: Great starter machine for those not sure if they really want to dive in - also a good gift for the casual user.
Positive Product Points

Small size, draws a half decent shot, very inexpensive for a pump machine.

Negative Product Points

Frothing milk is tricky to accomplish.

Detailed Commentary

This was my first machine (just graduated to a Gaggia Baby). I bought it based on reliability recommendations from folks in the local discount appliance store (people I know and trust). They indicated that they'd never seen a DeLonghi come back defective. The built in tamper is flimsy but likely to be adequate for an entry level machine. It is a trifle fussy on grind - don't go too fine or you'll cut off flow completely. It could brew a trifle hotter but I can actually get a small bit of crema with fresh beans and a good grind. Trick in frothing is to expell the water buildup and then wait 20-25 seconds before beginning frothing (allows a bit of extra pressure to build up). Seems to froth well only with a small deep pitcher (I use the 20 oz that has black handle extending from side) and only froths about 8-10 oz max.   This was a great starter machine, has performed well for 8 months and has now been moved to my second apartment (where I live for only 8-9 days per month). I'm still learning on the Gaggia but can comfortably recommend this DeLonghi as a great buy at $80 or less. I've tried the cheap steam operated machines (e.g. Krups) and find this to be far superior and much easier to use.

Buying Experience

Easy to obtain and no subsequent hassles.

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