Product Type: DeLonghi coffee machines
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Delonghi EN660 Lattissima
DeLonghi EN660 Lattissima
Member Name: dom_8
DeLonghi EN660 Lattissima
Date: 13/09/10, updated on 13/09/10 (132 review reads)
Advantages: Variety; easy to clean; beautiful coffee
Disadvantages: Pricey; some fiddling with parts to refill (but nothing unexpected or difficult)
For many years I have been a regular coffee drinker. When I wake up in the morning I have one thing on my mind, "Must. Make. Coffee.". I've had countless amounts of coffee makers, from the bog standard to the ridiculously expensive. Most have done the job well, with the exception of a few, but at last I have found my perfect coffee machine. Okay, it does have some flaws, but this machine makes the best coffee out of all the others I have owned- and that's what's important isn't it?
Being a Nespresso coffee maker, it uses Nespresso capsules rather than coffee beans. If you're a regular coffee drinker, you'll know how much of a relief this can be. This machine is so simple: choose the coffee capsule, place it into the machine, then press the button.
You can choose between espresso, cappuccino, latte and lungo, so it offers as many coffee types as most high-end coffee makers. There are 16 varieties of capsules provided by Nespresso, so you will never get bored of the taste of the coffee. I personally prefer the Capriccio, which is an average-strength, rich tasting shot. If you're looking for something stronger (Ristretto), or something weaker (Cosi), then the options are available for you! The capsules cost around 27p from the Nespresso website, so you really cannot complain about the price.
The milk-foam that this machine produces is fantastic. As I've mentioned, I've owned (and worked with) many coffee machines in the past, and this certainly gets the milk right. As with most professional coffee makers, milk foam is used to get the cappuccinos and lattes spot on. It is basically steamed milk, but it tastes fantastic and perfects the texture of the coffee. My personal favourite is the latte, so the milk is important- and it always delivers. The milk is easy to pour into the machine, as you simply put it in a detachable carton that slots onto the side of the machine. This ensures that you can keep the milk fresh, and to top this off you can simply machine wash the container after each time you use it!
On top of the fantastic milk system, this machine also succeeds when it comes to design. At 26cm high, and 20.5cm wide, this sleek-looking coffee machine will look perfectly in place in any kitchen, and in fact add a touch of class to it's surroundings. I own the black and white coloured machine, and it looks beautiful in my kitchen. I always offer people a coffee when they come to my house, and everyone comments on the quality of it.
The machine has a standard drip-trip that is very easy to detach to empty, and a 1.2 litre water reservoir, meaning you only need to fill it up after a few coffees. The machine has a water-level indicator too to make your job even easier. There is a clean button on the machine, which empties and cleans the pipes, so this is especially useful for those not wanting the hassle of disassembling a coffee machine to clean up!
My one issue with the machine would be it's price. This is a top-end, high quality coffee machine, and to be honest does justify the price level. However, it isn't for those just wanting a simple method of making a coffee on a morning. It should be considered a 'luxury' coffee maker, because many wont want to break the bank for the sake of an easy coffee.
Nonetheless, this machine really is fantastic. The wide variety of quality coffees means that you'll get the most out of this maker, and you'll rarely be disappointed with the outcome. There are different strength coffees for those wanting something stronger or weaker, and the milk foam really adds that final touch to a beautiful latte or cappuccino. To top it off, the machine is easily refilled and cleaned, so there is no messing around taking it apart!
Overall, this is a great product that coffee-lovers should seriously consider.
Summary: A fantastic coffee machine that makes a beautiful drink
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