Honestly, before diving into this review, I have to say there’s nothing better than being able to make yourself an amazing coffee at home.
After too many coffee shop trips over the years I’ve definitely spoilt myself. The instant stuff just ain’t cutting it no more, and I hate to say I’ve become a bit of a coffee snob. With that in mind I decided it was time to start making amazing coffee at home, and my machine of choice is the Delonghi Dedica EC685M Coffee 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 De’Longhi EC 685.M* ticks all the boxes. We’ve had the machine for nearly two years now, it’s definitely a luxury and takes more effort than simply pouring hot water over instant coffee – but it’s worth it!
Is it worth the money?
It sits some where in the middle of the price range, not eye wateringly 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.
Ease of use
I don’t think the instructions that come with the machine are particularly useful, in the end 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, now 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, but 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 to 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.
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! You can 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
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, you can’t steam more than a jug full at one time and will have to wait if you have a large jug, we bought this small milk jug and it’s perfect.
As you can tell, I’m pretty smitten with the Delonghi EC685M gadget 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.
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