DeLonghi Dedica EC680 Review|The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly!

DeLonghi Dedica Espresso Machine Review

To Begin With...

The DeLonghi Dedica EC680 is probably the strongest contender for you if you have not before made any espresso and are looking to get your toes wet making espresso at home, without breaking the bank. There will be somewhat of a learning curve for a beginner, but much less of one than most of the other machines out there.

On the other hand, if you are already a seasoned espresso brewer who knows the basics, or more, about making espresso, we would definitely recommend against this machine as a top consideration for you unless you are simply looking for a simple machine that will give you a quick, easy brew when you want one.

If you are tired of paying upwards of $5 or $6 per day for a cup of espresso at your local Starbucks, this would be a great alternative.

Although this DeLonghi does make great espresso, if you have some experience messing with things such as machine settings and different grinds of coffee, you will probably want a machine that has more options available for variations in setting these types of things. The Dedica brews basic, although delicious espresso while at the same time minimizing the need to know a lot about different settings involved with advanced espresso making. 

Some Clean-Up After Use Is Needed

You will need to be prepared for some clean-up after brewing. If you want something more super-auto and self-contained, which will prevent the need for as much clean-up, then consider a machine other than the Dedica.

Cup Warmer Works, Although Not Instantaneously

Although the Dedica does boast a cup warmer on the top of the machine that does actually warm cups, there is a wait time before warming of cups begins until the boiler has heated, so cup warming is not instantaneous at the time you place cups on top.

Milk Frothing Does Take Some Practice

As with virtually any espresso machine, whether it be commercial or for home use, some practice by the user is needed to correctly froth milk to that glorious creamy texture that espresso aficionados expect. For specifics regarding the correct technique for frothing milk, here is a great resource.

You May Want to Consider Some Separate Accessories

The Dedica does come complete with all needed components (other than the coffee) to brew espresso, and although it does have the capability to use pre-made coffee “pods,” it is highly recommended that you consider purchasing a good burr grinder, and possibly even a puck remover (used to remove the “puck” of grounds from the portafilter after brewing) if you are considering using ground coffee rather than pods.

Additionally, although there is a very low-quality plastic “tamper” included on the end of the coffee grounds measuring spoon that comes with the machine, although you would be best to consider investing in a more high quality tamper. (A tamper “tamps” [compresses] the grounds in the machine just prior to brewing.) A good-quality tamper is very important in brewing espresso.

We also want to bring up one other accessory you might want to consider if you are considering this machine…a separate frother. Although many people who have used the frothing wand on this machine have been completely happy with it, there are others who felt the wand was not long enough to sufficiently foam milk. 

Brews One or Two Cups At a Time

This machine gives you the choice of brewing either one or two cups of espresso at a time, the choice is yours. So, if you have a morning espresso “buddy” you like to drink espresso with, rest assured that both cups will be served to each of you at the same temperature.

Quick Heat-Up Time

If it’s quick heating time you want in an espresso machine, this DeLonghi has a very quick heat-up time of 40 seconds because of the thermoblock technology it uses for heating the water.

Thermoblock technology replaces the need to heat up the entire “boiler” (container) of water, and instead draws the water out of the container into a coil, where the water is heated. Heating the water in a thin coil allows for much faster heating times.

Ease of Use

Very Easy

Price

Very Affordable

Clean-Up

Some Clean-Up Needed

Very Affordable

Additionally, if you have been looking around and comparing prices, and then letting loose some heavy gasps and/or groans when you have seen the prices of most of the machines available, you will also be relieved to learn that the DeLonghi Dedica is, by far, one of the most affordable home espresso makers you will be able to find.

Incredibly Small Size Fits on Virtually Any Countertop

If you are one of the many people who has put off buying a home espresso machine because of the large size of most of them out there, consider the DeLonghi Dedica. Measuring in at just 15.8 inches deep x 15.8 inches wide x 15.0 inches tall, it basically fits on any countertop, as well as under standard above-counter cupboards.

Our 3 Favorite Things About The DeLonghi Dedica...

Very Easy to Use

The DeLonghi Dedica EC680 is an excellent machine to consider if you are looking for a beginner machine and have never made espresso before, but want to learn how to make traditional espresso beverages in the comfort of your own home.

It does brew excellent espresso while at the same time requiring the home barista to not have to know about the different variations required of more advanced machines, such as the grind of the coffee, optimum temperature, and other variations that need to be addressed with more complicated machines.

Very Affordable

Additionally, if you have been looking around and comparing prices, and then letting loose some heavy gasps and/or groans when you have seen the prices of most of the machines available, you will also be relieved to learn that the DeLonghi Dedica is, by far, one of the most affordable home espresso makers you will be able to find.

Incredibly Small Size Fits on Virtually Any Countertop

If you are one of the many people who has put off buying a home espresso machine because of the large size of most of them out there, consider the DeLonghi Dedica. Measuring in at just 15.8 inches deep x 15.8 inches wide x 15.0 inches tall, it basically fits on any countertop, as well as under standard above-counter cupboards.

Other Things You Should Know About

Single Brew Amount

The machine only holds enough grounds for a 2-ounce shot. If you are someone who wants your single shots to be 3 or 4 ounces, you will need to do your first brew, refill the portafilter (coffee ground holder), and run a second brew to add to the first.

Information Regarding Machine Noise Level

The DeLonghi Dedica is, like most home espresso machines, somewhat noisy, so if it is your plan to arise and start brewing in the early morning hours, particularly on weekends or other days off when others are still snoozing, then do be aware that there is some noise involved during the operation of this machine.

Power Cord Specifics

The power cord on this machine is 3 feet long. This should be sufficient for most people, although if you are needing a longer cord to reach your power source, just be aware that the one on this machine is only 3 feet and you would need to utilize an extension cord or possibly a power strip.

Additionally, unlike most kitchen appliances, the plug at the end of the cord for this machine is a 2-prong rather than a 3-prong cord. If you prefer a machine that has a plug with 3 prongs, this may not be the machine for you.

Slow Descaling (Cleaning) Time

One thing you will need to be able to “deal with” when it comes to this machine is the very slow process when you are cleaning the interior parts of it.

Descaling is performed exactly as it is with vinegar and water in a normal drip coffee machine, by running a cleaning (descaling) product through the inside of the EC680, which takes an estimated 10 to 15 minutes. You then need to run another round with plain water to remove the descaling product.

Automatic Sleep Mode

For safety, the Dedica EC680 has an automatic sleep mode that programs the machine to shut off after 9 minutes of operation. Someone wanting to make many beverages in a row may find this cumbersome, as the button to bring the machine out of “sleep” will need to be pushed every 9 minutes.

However, the sleep mode time can be adjusted, and instructions are provided with the included manual.

We would like to add, however, that if you plan on brewing many cups of espresso at a time, you would probably be best served by choosing a higher capacity machine than the DeLonghi Dedica.

The Need to "Seat" the Water Tank Correctly

The Dedica EC680 has had problems with people getting it ready to brew and it then making the appropriate noises that sound like it is brewing, with nothing coming out. Another associated problem is the appearance that the machine leaks when the brewing process is started.

Both of these problems are related to the user not “seating” the water container correctly into the machine. This problem is solved by simply making sure all points of contact are correctly seated and well-sealed. Normally, pressing down firmly on the water tank does the trick.

See the DeLonghi Dedica in Action...

The Good Versus The Bad and Downright Ugly

What We Like

  • The price...very affordable
  • Very easy to use, even for beginners
  • Brews great tasting espresso
  • Attractive stainless-steel construction
  • Compact...easily fits on most counters
  • Great for beginners just starting out
  • Steamer wand makes quality froth
  • Quick shut-off time for safety
  • Uses ground coffee or pods...your choice
  • Brews either 1 or 2 cups at a time
  • Fast water heat-up time of about 40 seconds
  • Consistently good shots can be had with this machine, with practice

What We Don’t Like

  • Requires a small learning curve
  • The included tamper is of low quality
  • Fast shut-off time is sometimes too fast
  • Beginners will need to learn how to "froth" milk correctly
  • Single brews are 2 oz. maximum
  • The machine is somewhat noisy
  • Power cord is only 3 feet in length
  • Slow descaling (cleaning) time

Our Conclusion...

In summary, the DeLonghi Dedica is an excellent choice for someone who wants to make espresso at home affordably, particularly for beginners wanting to dip their toes into the world of espresso making who don’t want to be required to have knowledge about getting the perfect grind, the optimum water temperature, and other settings that need to be learned with more advanced machines.

Although it will require a small learning curve and there will be some required clean-up after brewing, it is, all in all, a great machine for a beginning home barista to consider.

This machine will, with some practice, allow you to draw consistently good shots every time you use it, and its fast heat-up time of 40 seconds means you won’t be waiting around for long.

However, if you are already an espresso aficionado who knows the basics, and beyond, of making espresso, whether it be at a business or in your home, you likely have already developed specific tastes and preferences that you want to include. Because there are not a lot of available options for changing settings on this machine, you likely will want to consider a more advanced machine that will allow you to program your preferences.

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine

DeLonghi Nespresso Latissima Plus Review

The DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System EN520 gives pretty much anyone the ability to create many different espresso beverages at home with just the touch of a button. This machine, classified as an automatic espresso machine,  presents itself with a variety of features for fast, easy beverages including cappuccinos, lattes, hot/warm milk, and more. With today’s incredibly convenient Nespresso capsules and the machine’s one-touch auto cappuccino system, this very easy-to-use home espresso maker can even make your preferred beverage right in a cup or glass. Another great feature of this machine is the self-cleaning functions. The Lattissima Plus also comes with a fully-stocked welcome kit, including Nespresso coffee capsules. The 9.76-pound unit measures a compact 12.59 by 6.69 by 10.23 inches (L x W x H).

Product Description

 

The DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus espresso machine for home is one of the top-rated espresso makers available for 2015.

Top features include lighted panel controls that provide for very simple creation of your favorite espresso beverages, including three milk frothing selections and two coffee selections.

This machine also features incredible ease of use due to compatibility with Nespresso capsules.

FEATURES

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Is this machine in the Super-Automatic, Automatic, or Semi-Automatic class?

This machine is in the super-automatic class of home espresso machines, which means it is fully automated with no grinding, dosing or tamping required of the home barista.

Is this machine programmable?

Yes – programmable options include three different settings for milk frothing, two settings for coffee preference, automatic shut-off feature, and a “clean” button for very simple clean-up.

Another great programmable feature of this machine is the ability to program your preferences into the machine.

Is this machine easy to use?

Yes – this one, as well as most super-automatics, is incredibly simple to use.  In addition, because it utilizes pods rather than beans or grounds, clean-up is made very simple.

What types of beverages does this machine make?

DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso MachineThis machine makes all types of espresso beverages such as those you can find at your local coffee shop, including lattes, cappuccinos, and Americanos, just to name a few.

Also has a setting for hot milk, for hot chocolate lovers.

What is the cup height allowance of this machine?

This espresso maker allows for using a cup from 3-1/2 to 6 inches tall.

Does this machine use pods/capsules or ground coffee?

This machine uses only Nespresso capsules. There are a TON of different flavors that Nespresso offers for its capsules, so variety definitely will not be a problem.

Does this machine have a built-in coffee bean grinder?

No, this machine does not have a built-in grinder, nor is there any need for a separate grinder, as this machine uses only capsules. If it is a machine with a built-in grinder you are considering, a good choice would be the Krups Espresseria Bean to Cup espresso machine.

What is the bean hopper size in this machine?

Not applicable. This machine uses only capsules; thus, there is no need for a bean hopper.

Does this particular machine have an LCD display?

No – this machine does not have an LCD display. If it is a machine with an LCD display you are considering, check out the Philips Saeco Intelia.

What is the frothing capability of this machine?

Many customers who have bought and used this machine have come back to report that the frothing capability of this machine is outstanding.

In addition, there is an adjustable setting on this machine that allows for setting the froth level to your preference.

What is the brew time length of this machine?

After being switched on, the Lattissima Plus is heated and ready to brew in approximately 40 seconds.

How many cups at a time can be made with this machine?

This machine allows for only brewing one serving at a time. The water reservoir that comes with this machine allows for approximately three beverages before needing a refill.

Does it have a cup warmer?

No, this machine does not have a cup warmer. If you are considering the purchase of a home espresso machine but want one that has a cup warmer, a great consideration would be the Breville Oracle.

What colors is  this machine available in?

This machine is available only in a black/silver combo.

What type of housing (outside casing) does this machine have?

This machine has heat-safe plastic casing on the outside.

What type of water heating system does this machine have?

This particular machine features a Thermoblock heating element, which allows for very rapid heating of water.

Does this machine have dual boilers?

No, this machine does not have dual boilers. It instead has an aluminum boiler that is lined with stainless streel.

Is this machine noisy?

Customers who have used this machine report that this one is not as noisy as some others.

What is the bar pump pressure information regarding this machine?

This machine provides 19 bars of pump pressure.

What is the water tank size on this machine?

This one has a 30-ounce water reservoir, which will allow you to brew approximately three beverages before needing to refill it.

Is the water tank easy to access?

The water reservoir is located on the back of the machine and is removable.

Is clean-up easy for this machine?

The “clean” button featured with this machine makes clean-up very easy. In addition, all milk container parts are safely able to be washed in a dishwasher. In addition, the removable drip tray makes for easy clean-up in this area. One customer who wrote a review advised that clean-up takes about 6 minutes.

What is the weight of this machine?

This machine is very lightweight at just 9 pounds.

What are the dimensions (measurements) of this machine?

This machine measures 12.5 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches.

Shipping and Warranty Info.

This machine has a 1-year warranty.

What is the wattage of this machine?

The pump in this machine operates with 1,200 watts.

Customer Reviews – Pros & Cons – DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine

Here are some of the pros and cons that are actual reports from customers who have purchased and used this espresso machine.

 Pros

  • Customers who have purchased and used this machine have reported that it works quite well, provides excellent quality espresso, and froths milk very nicely.
  • Very compact design, requiring very little counter top “real estate” to fit in.
  • Overall, most customers were very happy with the Nespresso Lattissima – thus the 4.3 out of 5 stars rating among a whopping 436 customer reviews.

Cons

  • Many customers have reported that this machine does not heat up their lattes as lot as they would like, although others have reported they were completely happy with the temperature of their lattes. Our suggestion regarding this would be that if you prefer absolutely steaming hot lattes, this might not be the right machine for you.
  • Buying the Nespresso coffee capsules was reported as being rather expensive; however, when you compare it to the cost of that $5 daily beverage, the cost is still very much less than that.
  • One customer reported that “wider” cups would not fit under the spout.
  • The auto-clean feature requires the user to push the “clean” button in and hold it for a few minutes, or clog-up occurs.

DeLonghi ESAM 3300 Review

If you have been searching for a super-automatic home espresso machine that basically does all the work for you, including grinding whole coffee beans internally as part of the brewing process, then this DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica would be a definite one for you to keep in mind.

Additionally, if you are looking for a machine that gives you a wide variety of choices in the types of espresso beverages you can make, this DeLonghi machine would be great to consider, as it has the capacity to brew up not only espresso, but also cappuccinos, lattes, “regular” coffee, and more.

 

Even you are brand-new to making espresso, this high-end super-automatic espresso maker successfully takes you through the brewing process from beginning to end.

This espresso and cappuccino maker is a good choice not only for beginner home baristas, but also those who have used other espresso machines before.

Other top features of this machine include very easy-to-use panel controls, a cup warmer, and a removable drip tray for easy clean-up.

Watch the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica in Action!

The DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica...

What We Like

  • Super-auto...does the work for you, including grinding whole coffee beans as part of the brewing process.
  • Able to use ground coffee if desired.
  • Makes a variety of coffee and espresso beverages including espresso, cappuccino, latte, Americanos, and normal coffee.
  • Easy-to-use front panel controls.
  • Removable drip tray...easy clean-up.
  • Removable boiler...also makes for easy clean-up.
  • Water tank is easy to access from the front of the machine.
  • No need to manually grind whole beans or tamp coffee grounds.
  • Brews fantastic tasting espresso.
  • Very attractive countertop appliance.
  • Cup warmer warms the cups for extra heat retention.
  • 8 different grind settings from coarse to very fine.

What We Don’t Like

  • More costly than many other machines.
  • Oily dark-roast beans don't work well...a medium roast blend is recommended.
  • Maximum cup height of only 4.5 inches.
  • Plastic exterior rather than stainless steel.
  • Somewhat noisy bean grinder.
  • Not the lightest weight espresso maker at 27 pounds.

FEATURES

Super-Automatic

This machine is in the Super-Automatic class of home espresso machines.

Programmability

Programmable features include a start time setting, a 3-hour automatic shut-off feature, rinsing and decalcification programming, water hardness programming, and the choice of brewing one or two cups at a time.

Ease of use

This super-automatic home espresso machine is reported as being very easy to use.

Because the dual boiler is removable, there are no hard-to-reach areas, and cleaning of the machine is much easier than many other machines.

Variability of Beverages That Can Be Made

This one makes lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, regular coffee, and more.

Cup Height Clearance Information

This machine allows for cup height clearance of 4.5 inches. If it is a tall travel mug you plan on using for the road, you would need to transfer the brewed espresso/coffee beverage from a smaller cup to your travel mug.

Coffee Information

This machine uses either coffee beans or ground coffee. It does not have the capability to use pods or capsules. Note that dark, oily whole beans are not recommended with this machine, as they will cause build-up of oil on the burr grinder. A medium roast, which is less oily, is instead recommended. If you prefer dark-roast beans for your coffee, this would not be a good choice for you.

Grinding Capacity

This super-automatic home espresso maker has a built-in stainless-steel conical burr grinder with 13 different grind settings, allowing for very fine or very coarse, depending on preference.

The burr grinder in this machine has been noted by customers who have purchased and used this machine to be very quiet in comparison to many other machines.

Bean Hopper

The bean hopper for this espresso machine holds 8.8 ounces of whole coffee beans (approximately one-half pound).

Frothing Capability

The built-in milk frother that comes with this machine mixes steam with milk for a luscious and rich crema with every cup made.

Also provides the added ability to make latte art, if this is something you like to do or want to learn.

Brew Time

Because this machine has a dual boiler, not much time is spent waiting for the water to reheat between beverages.

Brewing Capacity

Brews up one or two cups at a time.

Cup Warmer Information

This machine does have a cup warmer, for those times when you need to make more than two at a time. It is located on top of the machine.

Available Machine Colors

This machine is available in silver only. The housing (exterior) of the machine is plastic that resembles stainless steel, although the conical burr grinder and the dual filter are constructed of stainless steel.

Water Heating System Info.

This espresso maker features a stainless-steel dual boiler system that is removable, for much easier cleaning than some of its counterparts, where harmful chemicals must be used for a thorough cleaning.

Boiler Information

The dual boiler system is stainless steel. It is also removable, for easier clean-up.

Noise Level

This machine falls into the “medium” level of the amount of noise generated during the grinding process. It is somewhat noisier than some, and less noisy than some.

Bar-Pump Pressure

This espresso maker has 15 bars of pump pressure.

Water Tank Size and Accessibility

The water reservoir on this machine holds 60 ounces of water…one of the larger water tanks available with non-plumbed-in espresso machines.

The water tank is easily accessed from the front of the machine.

Machine Dimensions

Outside dimensions are 17 inches x 13 inches x 18 inches.

Warranty Info.

This machine comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Our Conclusions...the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica

All in all, the DeLonghi Magnifica is a great machine to consider if you are wanting to get your hands on a super-automatic machine that basically does it all for you, including grinding whole espresso beans as part of the brewing process.

If you prefer espresso beans that are dark roasted over less oily medium roasted beans, do keep in mind that you will be performing more clean-up of the internal burr grinder due to build-up of espresso bean oil on the grinding mechanism.

If it is a variety of different espresso beverages you are wanting to make, the DeLonghi ESAM3300 would be a great choice, as it has the capability of making not only straight espressos, but also beverages including cappuccinos, Americanos, lattes, “normal” coffee, and the other popular espresso drinks available at your local espresso shop.

Although this machine is not the most compact counter top machine available, it also is not the largest one, and is considered to be in the medium range as far as size is concerned.