Product Type: DeLonghi coffee machines
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Delonghi Icona is espressingly good
DeLonghi Icona Espresso Maker
Member Name: costas1
DeLonghi Icona Espresso Maker
Advantages: makes a really good quality espresso
Disadvantages: requires cleaning and de scaling
Having tried a number of different ground coffee products you can certainly taste the difference between each bag of coffee when making an espresso using this espresso machine.
The design of this product is quite good without being too fancy. It is a functional, easy to use and simple to maintain machine. The main body of the machine is red and is not too bright. It is a product that is easy on the eye, and has a stainless steel top and a tray at the bottom. There is a milk frother attachment that can be used to make the milk used on top of capuccino drinks and there is a water container at the back of the machine.
It takes about a minute for the water to warm up and about 10 seconds after pressing the OK button for the ground coffee to be made. From my own experience the coffee warmth is just above lukewarm and not excessively hot.
The spout that you put the ground coffee beans in has to be cleaned after each use. The filter of the coffee also has to be wiped clean to remove the ground coffee residue left. Also regarding the cleaning the tray occasionally has to be wiped if you spill the coffee. I also noticed the tray at the bottom of the machine also has to be emptied from time to time, but overall minimal cleaning is required when owning and using this machine. The spout is easy to clean and I have tipped the coffee residue into a pot so I can recycle the coffee into my garden soil. To clean it simply requires putting the spout against the water tap and drying it with a clean cloth.
When making the coffee the machine is quite loud but does not slip, however the noise made by the machine when used does often makes my espresso cup move ever so slightly. To be honest, this is not a problem or a major product issue it just requires placing the cup in line of the 2 dripping parts where the coffee liquid flows from.
15 bars of pressure noise would be enough to wake up other people in the house in the morning if using this too early, before they wake up. Although really I do not find the noise from the machine to be really loud. It takes about one minute for the water to get warm and then around10-20 seconds for the machine to make an espresso.
I have found that there are slight disadvantages using this machine because to make a cappuccino drink you have to make 2 shots of espresso and this can take extra effort. Also when the espresso is being made, the power button has to be turned off to stop the coffee flowing.
The manual is not really required other than that I had to clean the coffee machine and parts before I started using it. I also have had no maintenance required in the 2 months since buying and using it so far. I could have bought an extended warranty for around £30 for 2 additional years, although I can see this coffee machine lasting a fair while.
Regarding the value for money perspective there are far more expensive coffee machines that would make a cup of espresso or other types of coffee much quicker than this machine, but the price would be much higher. I feel that within the past 2 months of using this machine, I have saved on the need to go out so regularly to coffee shops and have managed to experience a range of quality ground coffee products in this time.
More importantly from my experience, the coffee I have tried so far tastes good and has made this purchase well worth the money. All of a sudden, I have also avoided instant coffee which I feel is inferior, if not sub standard. Within a few minutes I am able to make myself a good tasting espresso, and if I wanted to make myself a Americano or double espresso it would take me a bit longer. Overall I would say that this machine does not take that much time to make a good espresso. It is safe to say that the coffee produced by this machine is very good indeed. Since buying this machine I have saved myself a lot of money and have enjoyed many good quality espressos.
As mentioned before this product is recommended by the Which magazine, and I too recommend this coffee machine highly. I really think highly of this espresso machine.
Summary: a good quality espresso machine
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