After too many coffee shop trips over the years, I decided it was time to finally have good coffee from home. It’s a big investment, and there’s so many different machines you could choose from, so I thought I would share my thoughts and do a full review of the Delonghi Dedica machine.
I knew when it came to a coffee machine at home I wanted to use freshly ground coffee, have the ability to steam milk and create an amazing latte or espresso. The Delonghi Dedica EC685M* ticked all the boxes for me, so it was an easy win, plus it’s just over £200 and so many machines are closer to the £500 mark. I’m rewriting this post after having the machine for two years, so with me having two coffees per day, I’m guessing the machine has been used nearly 1500 times so far…
Is the Delonghi Dedica worth the money?
It sits some where in the middle of the price range, not crazy expensive, but still a considered purchase. This is the first proper coffee machine I’ve bought for myself so I don’t really have anything to compare it too. I was a barista during my final year at uni (sadly I never mastered latte art), but I would say this machine really is comparable to the types used in premium coffee shops. Especially because you can use freshly ground coffee (if you buy the grinder separate), or you can buy coffee already ground like I do.
Is It Easy To Use?
The instructions that come with the machine are particularly useful. When setting this up and trying to master it I took to google for help to make sure everything was set up correctly. The whole process took me about 20 minutes. You really don’t have to be a pro to use this. I got the hang of using the machine after a few attempts. After a few uses it takes me no more than 5 minutes (including prep and cleaning the appliance afterwards) to make two cappuccinos.
Before getting a coffee machine I worried that the time difference between this and instant coffee would mean I didn’t want to use it in the morning, that’s just not been the case. I use this every single day without fail. The extra effort for a good coffee is worth it for me. The machine has a heat up time of 40 seconds which is one of the main reasons it’s such a quick process from start to finish.
Key features Of The Delonghi Dedica
One of the best things about this machine is that you can literally make every hot drink. I usually just stick to a flat white/ cappuccino but you can even make tea or hot chocolate. You can also use both coffee pods or ground coffee. We’ve never used pods and I would say ground coffee is better, but the option is there. We don’t have a particularly big kitchen so we had to consider the size of the machine, this is only 15cm wide so it doesn’t take up too much counter space.
The steamer at the side of the machine has a feature so you can switch between hot milk and cappuccino, the cappuccino dial makes the milk perfectly frothy while the hot milk feature makes silky smooth milk perfect for a flat white. We bought this small milk jug and it’s perfect to make one, although slightly too small if you’re making two drinks.
So, as you can see from the glowing review I do really love and rate this machine. However, there’s a few things to note if you’re interested in buying. The first thing for me is the steamer function, it’s quite hard to explain but basically if you don’t go on to steam the milk straight after the coffee has come out, the machine resets itself then it can take a while for the steamer to work. It’s a small thing, but can be quite annoying.
You also have to descale the machine, which isn’t too much faff but it does take around 20 minutes to do the full descale.
Tips for the perfect coffee at home
Through trail and error I’ve noticed there are a couple of things you can do to get an even better coffee at home. Something small that makes a massive difference is to warm up your cup before you add the coffee. You can do this by leaving the cup at the top of the machine, but for even better results I fill the cup to the brim with hot water, then empty it just before I add the coffee. This makes the coffee stay warmer for longer and in general it just tastes better.
Another thing I’ve started doing is storing the ground coffee in an air tight container. As soon as the coffee is ground from the bean it starts to lose its flavour and change, so it’s definitely worth having a dedicated place for your coffee. I would also say buy freshly ground so you get that amazing flavour from your coffee too. When it comes to the milk I’ve found it’s best to use a small milk jug with the machine so it’s easier to steam.
As you can tell, I’m pretty smitten with the Delonghi EC685M coffee machine and definitely think it’s worth the investment if you are a coffee lover. I love having a little station set up and I like that I’m able to try different types of coffee and make an experience out of it every single day. If you like the look of the machine or end up purchasing, I’ve created a full IGTV video on how to use the machine if you want a full tutorial, search “jodie.melissa” on instagram.
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