While their semi-automatic machines are fairly standard performers in the budget-value market, their design has always left a bit to be desired — featuring a lot of plastics and lower end casing materials. DeLonghi’s new kMix series of appliances (ranging from toasters to blenders to coffee makers to espresso machines — and more) have a fun, minimalist design in a variety of bright colors and polished metal.
Watch Gail test out their 15 BAR pump espresso machine, going over features and functionality and giving it a test drive. Performance-wise, it is similar to their other models, just in significantly cuter packaging.
If you dig the convenience of a capsule espresso machine but are looking for a little one touch madness, this Delonghi – Nespresso hybrid may be the choice for you. Watch Gail break down its features, functionality and performance — making a few drinks and testing temperature.
You know that we are game to try almost anything — that’s how we ended up in this racket, after all! So when DeLonghi let us know that they had joined forces with Nescafe to try their hand at developing a capsule espresso machine, we rolled up our sleeves and got down to business. Not only does this machine make the java, it will also whip up your milk for you from good ol’, tried-and-true powdered milk. This machine almost brings us back to our halcyon days of pulling shot after shot of chicken noodle soup from the Lavazza Blu. Ah, youth.
Watch Gail try this baby on for size by testing out an Americano and a hot chocolate. Very interesting … but we’re not sold quite yet.
In a sea of one-touch superautomatics, only the strong will survive! And the short — of course, we are biased since we are members of the goblin class. But if there’s one thing people don’t love about these highly functional robotic cappuccino machines, it’s that they often take up more counter space than a small child (which probably shouldn’t be let loose on the counter, but we don’t judge). So all the kids have come to the table with their version of a diminutive one-touch that gives you automated milk frothing and espresso shots at the touch of a button.
The newest contender is DeLonghi’s Magnifica S Cappucino. Watch Gail go through features, functionality and make one-touch drinks, including measuring the temp on the autofroth.
When is it time to say when? We’re often asked where the portafilter should be in respect to the machine — at a 90 degree angle? 45 degree? A little over to the right? Every machine will be a little bit different and the key is to make sure that it feels snug. Additionally, you’ll find that you’ll move it further as the gasket ages.
Watch as Gail demonstrates the position on several of our demo machines of varying style and age.
Practicality is king with this budget-minded superautomatic from DeLonghi. Pretty sure the Caffe Venezia isn’t going to win any pretty design awards, but if you want a superauto for less than $600, its definitely worth considering. Gail takes us through its features and demonstrates whipping up a latte.
For the budget-conscious still looking to make a lovely latte at home, these lower end single boiler espresso machines from DeLonghi will give you the basic tools you need to get the job done. They’re not going to win any awards in the looks or longevity department, but if your pocketbook is leaner than your need for coffee, these will work in a pinch. Gail reviews both models in these videos, going over their features and demonstrating their functionality.
Roughly 80% of the machines that come into our repair center are having issues due to lack of regular maintenance, but keeping your machine tip-top also means your coffee will taste better as well. We know this and we hope you know this, but who really knows this (from a biased, albeit rather caring perspective) is coffee gear cleaning company Urnex, who manufacturers some of the best loved cleaning solutions on the market.
To promote their love of sparkly clean machines — and also make it easy for you to know exactly what to do to keep your machine in excellent shape — they have introduced the 1, 2, Brew Kit for Drip Coffee Makers that features the following accoutrement:
Dezcal Espresso Machine Descaler
Cleancaf Cleaning Detergent
One Sample Pack of Grindz Burr Grinder Cleaner
1lb bag of Velton’s Coffee Beans — your choice of Treehouse, Twilight or Decaf blends
Coffee Scoop with bag clip
We’re including this kit with our drip coffee makers now as a free item, but it’s also available for individual sale — great for yourself or a gift for someone else. And while this is specifically designed for drip coffee makers, we are working with them to develop one for espresso machines that will be released early next year…so stay tuned.