Delonghi Dedica EC685M Coffee Machine Review.

In the summer I’m definitely a morning person, but the 6am starts in the winter when it’s baltic and pitch black outside just don’t get easier do they? 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’m a bit of a coffee snob. With that in mind I decided it was time to start making amazing coffee at home, and to do that I’ve been using the Delonghi Dedica EC685M Coffee Machine. It’s kinda pricey compared to your average at home coffee so I thought I would do a full review and share my thoughts…

I was a barista during my final year at uni (sadly I never mastered latte art), so 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 just over a month now, it’s definitely a luxury and takes more effort than simply pouring hot water over instant coffee – but it’s worth it!

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. 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 a thousand percent worth it. 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.

 

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Key features

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 always buy freshly ground coffee because it definitely makes for a better end result, plus the environmental impact of the pods isn’t great which is another reason we wanted a machine that took ground coffee. 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 really is small and compact.

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 my new 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.

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12 responses to “Delonghi Dedica EC685M Coffee Machine Review.”

  1. Lucy Cole says:

    My boyfriend loves a good coffee so we'll definitely need one of these when we move in together!!Lucy | http://www.lucy-cole.co.uk

  2. Molly says:

    I really want to get into making proper coffee at home so this sounds great! Up until recently I was solely a tea-drinker, but now seem to be so much more into coffee – need to get one of these coffee machines!m0llylouise.com

  3. Kirsten says:

    Wow I love that you mentioned the fact that you actually were a barista! Honestly it is a dream of mine to learn Latte Art and open a coffeeshop. Even though we just bought a Nespresso Machine, I will keep this post for later, because maybe there will be a time when I really wanna spoil myself. The best thing about coffee is not only the taste and smell, it is the process of making it, which is really calming and soothing for my soul.How can a person talk so much about coffee, is that just me?Best wishes from Germany, Kirstenhttps://www.justcoffeegirl.blogspot.de

  4. ирина каменская says:

    Imagine yesterday went to some online casino copacetic play casino games online and decided to ponastalgirovat. so many pleasant memories when you again see this slot machine mmm cool

  5. Gemma Louise says:

    Honestly Jodie I am so glad you mentioned this on your insta stories, I knew I could rely on your recommendation with you loving coffee so much! I absolutely love mine and also use it every single day, it makes the nicest cappuccinos ever and makes me so much more productive on a morning having such a lovely coffee to start the day! I didn’t know you could use coffee pods or make tea with it either so that’s useful info! Xx

  6. Lisa Autumn says:

    OMG I need this!x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  7. Danielle Alexa says:

    Now this is the kind of post that appeals to me!Danielle xxhttp://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

  8. Anna says:

    Wow this is the most stylish coffee maker I’ve ever seen! We have a de’longhi and they really are the best aren’t they!

    Anna x
    http://www.Madeupstyle.com

  9. I don’t even drink coffee but I love the sound of this and the cappuccino you’ve made looks delicious! I love it when you find something like this that just slips into your routine nicely, but adds that little something extra to your morning/day!xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

  10. Franzi says:

    oh wow now I want this machine! Nothing better than a good cup of coffee at home.
    Xx
    http://franzireith.com

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