I'm not a huge drinker of coffee, but my partner much prefers coffee to tea, so when we spotted this machine in the sales a couple of years ago for £17.99, it seemed to be a bargain, and I was convinced to buy it. I recognised the brand name of Delonghi as being well established and famous name in the coffee machine world, even though I hadn't bought any of their products previously.
=What does it do?=
I was fairly ignorant of the benefits of one of these machines, but the concept is that you can brew a quantity of coffee - this machine is "10 cups" - in one go and the machine keeps it warm so that it can be drunk over the period of time.
The machine is basically three parts:
The main body of the machine comprises a circular base hotplate for the jug to sit on, a housing above the jug for the filter, and running around the upper part at the back is the well to hold the water.
The filter basket is separate, it's made from plastic and mesh so there is no need to use separate filter papers with this machine. It sits into a same-shaped compartment and has a removable thin plastic handle to lift it out with.
Thirdly, the coffee pot itself which is a large glass jug with a plastic handle and small plastic vented lid which is lifted via a hinged thumb pad for easier pouring.
=How does it work?=
Your filter coffee of choice is placed into the filter compartment, the appropriate amount of water is poured into the water well which runs around the back of the machine, switch on using the switch at the front, and the machine heats the water and processes it through the coffee, delivering the brewed coffee into the large jug within minutes.
=How does it look?=
Well sitting here giving my trusty and well-liked coffee machine its appraisal I feel guilty condemning it to words such as bulky and old-fashioned, but in truth there's no getting away from it! The overall dimensions of the machine are 21x26x35cm, and compared to the recent trend for home coffee makers, this machine is certainly not any sort of fashion statement in the world of kitchen gadgetry.
Ultimately, this machine is designed to be able to stock and serve up to 10 cups of coffee at once, so it would be a physical impossibility for it to be much smaller. That said, the shape of the coffee machine if you were to view it from above is that it's narrower at the back, so it sits comfortably and neatly in any corner. The overall appearance of the machine is smart, it has a shiny black finish to the main body and the jug is nice and rounded with a matching shiny black handle. As old fashioned coffee machines go, it's quite fashionable! I could even try to convince myself it's bordering on retro-chic, but I'm not sure I could carry that off!
- Filling the machine with water is straightforward, the jug is marked with lines and numbers to indicate how many cups you require, so it's easy to gauge how much water to put in when filling the well using the jug. There are two clear sections on the sides of the water compartment which also indicate the amount water if you don't want to use the jug. The capacity is "10 cups" but we only drink our coffee from mugs, and this equates to 4 and a half large mugs full.
- The machine gets to work immediately it is switched on, and the whole process for a full well of water only takes only a few minutes, very quick. The machine is also much quieter than I had initially expected. Once the coffee has run through to the jug it is immediately a very hot drink, but the plate keeps the coffee warm for as long as it's switched on. After half an hour or so, the coffee couldn't be described as "hot", this is one complaint we have about the machine. One way we try to improve the situation is to warm the jug beforehand, by filling with hot water to give the coffee a helping hand to holds its heat a bit better. There is a small orange light at the front to remind you that it's switched on, a handy reminder if you happen to let it run low and forget about it. Of course the best thing about the machine's operation is the glorious smell of coffee pervading the house as long as it's on, but particularly for the first half hour ... beautiful!
- This approach to coffee-making is perfect when entertaining because it enables you to make numerous cups of fresh, tasty coffee at once, all to the same brew and also you have a top-up to hand for anyone who wants one. Plus of course it's only a matter of minutes to make a whole new brew too.
- The machine has encouraged us to try all different types of coffees, different flavours and strengths, simply because of the range available in the supermarkets. On top of that you soon learn how much coffee to use to match your preferred strength. We tend to use one generously heaped teaspoon per mug, which gives us our perfect brew.
- Cleaning the filter compartment was a bit of an unpleasant task, firstly knocking all the coffee out and then trying to get it clean after having had strong coffee pressed down and then soaked with boiling water. For this reason we do usually use filter papers with the machine, and whilst I guess the theory would be that less flavour will be getting through, I do prefer just lifting the paper out with the coffee and giving the plastic filter compartment a quick rinse rather than the alternative which would be giving it a long scrubbing! The jug is very easy to wash, the little lid can be removed with care and this leaves a good opening to get your hand in to wash thoroughly each time. Externally, the materials respond brilliantly to a spray cleaner and wipe, coming up nice and shiny each time. By the same token though they are also a bit of a dust-magnet, so if the machine isn't used it needs regular dusting.
For the price paid, this was a real bargain. The machine is well made and reliable. The issue with not keeping the coffee piping hot is a problem, but it's so quick to make fresh, it's easily got around by making smaller brews.
****Coffee Coffee Coffee!****
Before purchasing the coffee machine, I had bought some coffee specially for coffee machines and some paper filters for inside. I popped along to Argos to get the coffee machine for £19.99 in Black. I opened the box to find the main coffee machine and a glass jug. It comes with a filter too which you can actually use without the filters which I now do as the paper ones seem like a waste of money and its more economically friendly not to use them.
I started off by plugging it in and adding the desired amount of coffee into the filter. I needed to add water so I filled the jug up to the 10 cup point which is it's maximum point and poured it into the machine. I found this a handy way of filling the machine instead of using a separate jug. I then pressed the on switch. Voila! How simple does that sound? It took around 5-7 minutes for it to works its magic and my whole house was coffee scented. I felt like I'd just stepped into costa coffee!
****The first taste is always magical****
Now, I've had this machine a little while now, so it's heating temperature isn't as high as it once was. The first time I used it, it was like kettle temperature so I had to wait a few minutes before I could take a sip. I'm glad it's slowed itself down now, purely because I have no patience and can now drink it hot straight away as it's not tonsil burning hot. I first used some Douwe Egberts coffee for my first experience and still often buy it now, but my favourite coffee to buy is Costa coffee. It's a little more expensive but worth every penny!
So the 8 cups situation. I don't use coffee cups as they are just too small for my liking. I use regular mugs which is probably a cup and a half worth of coffee from the jug so bare that in mind when making your coffee. I often will also top up the water with the same coffee in the filter as the first pot is usually quite strong. It's a good wake up coffee.
****Cleaning the filter and jug****
As I no longer use the paper coffee filters, I have to empty the filter and clean it out myself. I just tap the coffee into the bin and swill the filter through before putting it into the washing up bowl. The coffee granules don't actually dissolve so you have to make sure you have swilled all of it out otherwise your washing up water will be grainy. Been there, done that!
To clean the jug is a bit of a task. The lid doesn't come off so you have to put it on the drying rack in an awkward position without snapping the lid off. I struggle to get into the bumps and grooves at the bottom of the jug so I use a sponge to clean around it.
The actual machine doesn't need too much cleaning out. I usually just wipe over the heating pad at the bottom of the machine so get rid of any coffee drops that have been spilt when taking the jug out and putting it in again. I haven't yet needed to de-scale the machine, so can't give any helpful advice on that task.
****How does it work?****
The machine has a heating pad underneath where the jug sits which heats up the pot when it's full. It just keeps it from cooling down if you intend on going back for another cup full. Where you fill up the machine, is the element and this is where the first lot of heating goes on. It heats the water and then sends it through a tube to reach the filter where the water will them sodden the coffee to make the smell and flavours pour into the jug.
I have opened the lid when the machine is doing this and steam just pours out and is very hot so I would strongly recommend not trying this. Turn it off if something has gone wrong because my hand sure paid for that.
It is very quiet and is much better than using the kettle to make your coffee. All you need to do it add your milk and sugar and you can then go back for more! We have even before added the sugar to the pot so we didn't have to keep getting clean spoons out. I would add this after it's filled in case it burned in the bottle of the jug before it filled.
Also a big big top tip!! when pouring the coffee into the jug, lift the lid up with the little lever on the handle using your thumb. Don't pour it with the lid down or your side board gets covered in hot coffee. I forget on the odd occasion when I'm wiggling with eagerness to get the coffee straight into my mouth.
****My experience and final thoughts****
I would definitely recommend this coffee machine to anyone. It's great for guests and just general home use. Ours sits on the sideboard with pride as we get it out most weekends. I don't generally use it in the week as it's just me who is home and I'd feel slightly guilty and greedy if I was guzzling all that coffee to myself. The aroma of a coffee filled home would give away that I'd been using it too.
I get perfect coffee with this machine every time I use it (unless I add too much or too little coffee). It never fails to brighten my weekend with a lovely peculated cup of coffee. I am very happy with the quality of this product and for just £20? well, it sold me on that alone. Delonghi have made a brilliant product and 3 years on, they are still selling it in Argos now. It must be popular. This coffee machine can help me feed the coffee monster me and my partner battle and were glad it's in our lives. We honestly couldn't live without it.
I gave this product 4/5 stars. It lost a star just for the annoying little problems it has with cleaning the jug and also it spilling if you don't lift the lid.
Thanks for reading my review.
With the exitement of moving into my first flat the first thing I wanted to do was buy as many kitchen gadgets as possible with a coffee maker top of my list. Being on a budget, I searched around for a bargain and found one in the shape of this Delonghi machine which I picked up from argos at the reasonable price of £22.99. After a quick dash to the shop for ground coffee and coffee filters, I was eager to get this one going.
This machine comes with its own coffee scoop and in built filter which can be taken out to be cleaned so theres no need for filters but I still use filters just to save on the messy job of cleaning the filter after each use. The side of the machine has a water level which indicates the amount of water needed depending on the amount of cups of coffee you want to make, saving on power and waste. The instructions are easy to follow and also give you helpful tips on how to create the strengh of coffee wanted. Another added bonus is the wonderful coffee aroma it creates in your house. The machine is so simple to use, all you do is add your desired amount of water a few scoops of coffee then click the on button.
The coffee takes around 5-10 minutes to make and you can actually see it working within seconds. The water goes from cold to hot and through the cofee in a matter of moments. The only downfall I have found is you do have to wait for the machine to completly stop to get your coffee. if you take the jug out too early coffee still pours out of the spout and straight on to the plate beneath the jug and burns, although im not too sure if this applies to other machines. But other than that I have had no problems with this machine.
I would certainly recommend this to anyone who is looking for great tasting coffee, with no fuss or frills and for a reasonable price.
I bought this machine more than 2 years ago and it never broke down and still works as new. I use it heavely and for the price I paid I feel very satisfied.
The permanent coffee filter makes you save on filters (obviously) but I find that I get some of the coffee powder at the bottom of my cup more than I do with normal machines. You basically have to decide if that bothers you enough to overlook the savings.
Cleaning is easy as most parts are removable. There are a couple of things I don't like but not sure if it's specific to this machine or I just don't remember: the opening to poor water in seemed a little small and it's hard sometimes not to spell water when filling the machine. It also seems to take a bit long to brew one cup. I think if you are a coffee enthusiast than maybe this machine is not for you but if you just want a fresh cup of coffee in the morning without paying too much this is a good choice.
***Delonghi coffee machine delights***
Our house is very often full. I am a music teacher from home so there are pupils plus pupils' taggers on and carers; I have several teenagers of my own so multiply by 4 or 5 more taggers on; my hubby's business means lots of meetings chez nous.... most of which I am convinced are scheduled purely for coffee and cake; plus friends and family members = lots of passing trade!
I began married life with a small cafetiere, soon upgraded to a posh espresso-type beast, but found that although this provided me with my extra shot with which to start the day, it took too long to reheat between cups to keep up with visiting demand. Enter the Delonghi filter coffee jug...
The coffee maker is fairly bulky and has none of the space age chrome of the coffee shop monsters. However, this also means no polishing! The whole machine is dark brown and fits sleekly into a corner without brashly drawing attention to itself. The jug is attractively rounded and the handle matches the sheer plastic of the main machine. The moulded top is distinctive and the total effect is one of deliberate style. I am pleased to leave it out on the counter top.
The delonghi is easy to operate. The top is hinged to reveal a permanent filter with lifting handle. This sits tightly into a conical shaped dripper which is also easily removed.
Remove the jug by lifting slightly and sliding it out. The side of the jug bears a counting scale to measure how many cups you wish to make. The limit is ten and this is a fair guess for small mugs or teacup sizes. Fill with tap water to the desired amount and then pour into the reservoir beside the filter. The outside of the reservoir also bears a measuring scale.
It is wise to fill the water reservoir before adding the coffee to the filter although I have, on a groggy morning, put coffee in first and spilled some water on top - the finished product was unaffected, but there is no device to stop the water pouring through without the jug so it could be a very messy mistake!
Close the lid, replace the jug onto the warming plate and press the "on" button.
Now wait and watch as the gorgeous smelling nectar drips obligingly and somewhat satisfyingly into the jug below!
The thermostatic warming plate keeps the jug decently hot for as long as the machine is switched on.
Both the filter (coffee grounds holder) and the funnel below are removable and sturdy - very easy to clean. The jug is made of glass and is described as not suitable for the dishwasher - BUT, over time we have forgotten about this and have let it journey through the wash cycle unharmed on several occasions. We do always take off the flip lid to do this and this snaps back on with ease.
A friend of mine advises to be very careful with coffee jug machines that you do not spill coffee into the water chamber as they are almost impossible to get at, but in this instance the filter is wide enough to receive the ground beans without too much risk of this.
The main drawback of this machine is the danger of pouring badly. The spout is narrow - which should be a good thing as it refines the aim. The hindrance is that if the jug is near capacity the liquid falls at great speed towards the spout and can spill out through the lid. This, though can be overcome by resting your thumb on the tab of the flip lid which raises the lid slightly and prevents this. Once one or two cups have been filled this is no longer a problem, but is just worth remembering as you head towards your posh friend who's dropped in for afternoon tea in her best dress!
This coffee machine is stylish and well made.
The handle is sturdy and well moulded for easy grip and it is very easy to use.
The instruction booklet enclosed briefs you clearly and easily.
It is easy to clean.
It does just the one job - so less things to go wrong.
Takes only ten minutes to brew a full jug of coffee.
The wonderful aroma of coffee hangs in the air as the steam puffs merrily through and remains as long as the hotplate simmers.
At only £14.99 from Argos this is an accessible and worthwhile purchase. Mine is now a year old , used every day and is still going strong!
Anyone for a cup?
When my last coffee went kaput, I decided that I could not be without one but I could not spend a lot of money. I went onto Amazon to see what was there and came across this machine which was only £15.99 for a supposed 10 cup machine. However it is also a similar price to this at Argos. The reviews were good so I decided to go for it.
On arrival it was well packaged but slightly bulkier than I expected, it does take up quite a bit of worktop space. The machine essentially comes in two parts, the main machine and a detachable jug where the coffee collects. The filter cup is also removable as is the holder for this section. A small scoop is also provided which is meant to measure the amount of coffee per person that you would use. An instruction booklet is also provided.
You use it as follows:
The jug has markings on both sides of the glass with markings on them to indicate how many cups it will make. These start at 4 and work in intervals of 2 until you get to 10. Simply you fill the jug up as far as you wish and then pour it into a gulley in the top of the machine. This section also has indicators which show how much water has gone in. I have learnt that if you do go over the top line the overflow at the back of the machine will start spurting water out.
The coffee goes into the white filter cup. The instructions do not mention the use of filter papers which is a shame because it makes the machine a lot easier to clean. I have tried it with buying size 4 filter papers and find that these work perfectly. The instruction book recommends using a medium roast coffee.
As the filter cup is quite small I actually think that the one scoop per person and coffee is a bit generous and you may find that you end up using more coffee than you realistically need so I have learnt to do just under a scoop per person.
All you have to do is switch the on off switch on and watch the coffee come through. It takes a full load about 10 minutes to go through the process . By keeping it switched on this activates the hotplate which keeps the coffee warm.
I have been really impressed by this machine for my domestic use. Therefore, when I was given the task at work of buying new equipment for our conference and meeting room department I snapped up two of these as I had a limited budget to work with.
I noticed in particular that the machines are a bit 'new' and 'whiffy' when you take them out of box. I have had to flush it through with water for a few times to try and get rid of this as it is quite offputting to start with.
I have noticed different things about this machine using it for commercial as well as domestic use. Firstly, the lines on the jug refer to the use of cups rather than mugs. Therefore I noticed that the jugs were emptying quicker than I expected to the point that for bulk use I have had to buy two more for the office. I did look at whether just getting bigger quantity filter coffee machines would be better but to be honest when comparing volume to price it was definitely more cost efficient to just buy a couple more.
The jug itself is fine, however you must not fill it too far over the 10 cup mark or it will get a bit leaky when you pour. The lid is very makeshift, it does not fit completely but for the most part you won't have any problems. However, because the actual spout is quite small and may not flow as quickly as some people would like and therefore I have witnessed them slightly flip up the lid and then make a bit of a spillage - of course this is due to human error but it is something to be noted.
The machine itself is very quite easy to clean. The jug is not dishwasher safe but you can remove the lid and it is quite wide so can be cleaned easily in a sink. You are not really meant to use detergent on the filter cup which is another reason why it is much, much easier to use filter papers. Everything else is easily wipeclean, even the hotplate.
In conclusion, this is a really good machine for the price, not perfect certainly but for performance it is difficult to fault.
I purchased this coffee maker second hand a few years ago to take into work. It appealed to me because I liked having something to break the monotony, and the process of preparing the coffee suited me in this respect. The machine is both simple to use and easy on the eye, and being so inexpensive it seemed to fit the bill perfectly.
The ICM 2B measures 15.2 x 15.2 x 7.6 cm. It is fashioned from durable black plastic, and the body of the jug is crafted from thick transparent glass. It is very simple to use, and all you need do is add the coffee grounds to the top of the device, add hot water and allow the coffee to filter through into the jug. The product purports to have a ten-cup capacity, but this claim is optimistic to say the least. Filling the jug to full capacity you could get perhaps six cups of coffee from it.
The beauty of the product, to me, lay in its simplicity. It is equipped with very few features, and I see this as being a case of fewer things to go wrong. The thermostatic warming plate keeps the coffee at a constant temperature without attaining overly high temperatures if your skin comes into contact with it. This occurred several times in my case, and while I once sustained an angry red patch where my thumb touched the rim of the plate, generally the temperature is not high enough to cause any real damage. The device has a Power light, which stays illuminated when the machine is plugged in. This is very useful, as if you keep the machine on all day as I did, it is easy to forget about it when you leave work at the end of the day.
The DeLonhi has a drip-stop mechanism, and it also has a water level window on both sides, so you can control the amount of liquid that enters it at any time. Although the instruction guide provides a basic guide on preparing the perfect coffee, I found I had to tinker around with the amount of grounds I added to the machine to attain a cup to my taste. The machine yields coffee that is smooth and with a reasonable body, but it certainly does not yield coffee with the same richness and full flavour is other coffee machines. In this case I was disappointed by it, but the coffee it provides exceeds the quality and flavour of instant coffee, so I continued using it for the duration of my time at the company. I didn't bother taking it with me when I left, however.
This is a decent coffee maker that is simple to use and durable. It is reasonably stylish in design, and the jug in particular has a lovely dome shape with a subtly textured handle for easy pouring. The non-slip feet prevent it from dislodging its position, and for under £20 you could do a lot worse.
DeLonghi ICM 2B
I'm a big coffee drinker and every morning I start with two cups of coffee before I leave the house. Without coffee I simply don't function as well and become very grumpy so you can imagine it's fun when I have run out of coffee! My coffee machine is the DeLonghi ICM 2B that I have been using for quiet a while now. It's a cheap but effective coffee machine that does exactly which is it made for: making coffee.
The DeLonghi ICM 2B is a black filter coffee maker for around 10 cups and there's nothing really fancy about it. You have the water compartment which is viewable from both sides so you can see how much water you have put in the compartment. At the front you have the thermostatic hot plate where you can put the glass jug on. Also at the front you will find the permanent filter which is washable. I normally use paper filters for making coffee since I always notice that little bit of the coffee powder gets trough in the coffeepot. So just to be sure I use the paper filter. Further on the coffee machine has a turn on/off button and a light where you can see when it's on or not.
There's really nothing fancy about this coffee machine but it works and that's the most important part and it looks quiet stylish. I like the colour black and it suits with my other kitchen appliances. The coffee machine comes with a instruction book but it's not really necessary. It's more about cleaning the machine and what you need to do when facing problems. Since you can put almost every part in the dishwasher (except for main part) it's very easy to clean.
The most important is how's the coffee? Very important because you can't adjust anything on the device, so you decide how strong your coffee is by the amount of coffee you put in the filter. Very simple, but you should have it as well. I like strong coffee and throw a spoon full easily per cup. Everyone has their own way. But it is important that the coffee tastes good. The coffee is nice and hot, so you should leave the coffee just before you drink it. Perfect! Because with my last coffee machine the coffee wasn't that hot.
A simple but very good coffee machine and just the way I like it. The coffee is nice and hot and tastes very good. Cleaning is very easy and using it is no problem. Since the coffee machine comes under 20 pounds, it's definitely a good buy!
Over the years I have had 3 filter coffee machines. We like fresh filtered coffee but I've always thought of cafetieres as too fiddly to wash up so prefer the electric coffee machines. Despite George Clooney's best efforts I have no desire to spend hundreds of pounds on a posh machine and then be tied into a certain brand of coffee so we stick to the simple ones.
My first machine was a DeLonghi which looked just like this one but was presumably an older version as it does not perform exactly the same. After about 3 years of daily use it went to coffee machine heaven and I got a Russell Hobbs that I never liked, so when I accidently dropped and smashed the jug I decided it was time to get a new one and went for this DeLonghi as we'd liked the one we had the first time and this was available for £14.99 in Currys sale (reduced from £19.99) with free delivery.
What you get is a smart looking machine which takes up slightly more space on your worktop than a normal kettle would. To make your fresh coffee you need to follow four steps;
1. Insert your filter and ground coffee. A permanent washable filter comes with the machine, previously we have only used paper filters but being a bit more environmentally conscious these days I am now mainly using the permanent filter and just use paper ones (available in John Lewis and most supermarkets) when I forget or don't get chance to wash it out. The only difference I have found (apart from having to wash up) is that a little coffee ground sediment comes through the permanent one but this certainly doesn't render the coffee undrinkable. You can use pretty much any ground coffee in the machine, compared with pod machines you have free choice over any type of coffee and also the strength in terms of how much you use. A scoop comes with the machine and for me I like one scoop per mug but my partner likes 2 per mug so if we're only making it for ourselves we can do it how we like.
2. Fill with water. I measure the cold water in the jug as it does come with a measuring gauge on the side, this is in cups rather than mugs but you get used to how much you need so know what mark to go to. There is also a clear gauge on each side of the water compartment so you could measure as you were pouring in if you prefer. Or you could measure it in your cup or mug but I would still pour it in from the jug if you don't want water all over the worktop, there is still a little spillage if I am in a rush.
3. Put jug back on hotplate. With my new machine I always make sure the outside of the jug is dry before I put it back on the hotplate to avoid water / coffee scorch marks on the hotplate. They haven't noticeably affected the perfomance on my previous machines but just look bad. With our first DeLonghi and the Russell Hobbs it was a little tricky to get the jug back in just the right place, and if you got it wrong the water wouldn't filter through to the jug and the machine would overflow. Happily on the new model it just slots straight in and we've been using it for months now with no problems at all.
4. Switch the coffee machine on. There is absolutely nothing fancy on this machine, just an on / off switch. The amount of time it takes depends on how much coffee you are making, but one mug can be made in a couple of minutes. The hotplate is on whenever the machine is on and will keep the coffee warm although some evaporation does occur and you get a more brewed coffee, personally I'd like to drink it within an hour of it being brewed. With our previous machines the coffee actually came though slightly colder than we'd like and leaving it on the hotplate for a bit after filtering heated it up, but with this model the coffee comes through hotter anyway.
All in all I think this machine is great. We were happy with our first DeLonghi model although there were a couple of flaws which have now been ironed out. Whether this one will last longer than the first I don't know, but personally as it gets used every single day, normally more than once and only cost me £15 if it lasts 3 years I will consider that good value. On workdays I filter two mugs of coffee to take to work in my flask, and it certainly works out cheaper than trips to the coffee shop!
I would definitely recommend this as an easy to use, no-frills, filter coffee maker.
When my previous filter-coffee-maker failed recently - following more than five years of sterling service, I did what I usually do and bought the second cheapest model listed in the 'Argos' catalogue - which in this case was the De Longhi ICM 2B machine, costing £19.99.
It's quite an attractive piece of kitchen equipment, for something that only cost £20, especially in its current, shiny, just-out-of-the-box state. It's primarily made of tough black shiny plastic, apart from the glass coffee pot, and the flat heating element / base. The thing churns out excellent, super-hot filter coffee and I'm delighted with that: the hot water always tends to cool down while it's filtering down through the ground coffee, doesn't it, so in the past I used to make coffee half an hour in advance of when I actually wanted to drink it, so that it would have time to heat up again on the hot plate. Either low-end coffee machine technology has moved on significantly since I got my last (second-cheapest in the Argos catalogue) filter machine (which was a Kenwood coffee maker, that cost about £17), or this one's got better insulation on it, or something.
The De Longhi model I've got has an integral / permanent coffee filter - a feature I didn't particularly want - which takes the form of a little mesh-covered conical frame with a carrying handle. You can fit a regular filter paper inside this quite easily however (as it has a wedge-shaped, rather than a flattened-out bottom) and that works quite spiffingly. I tried removing the permanent filter and using just a filter paper - and though this worked, I ended up with coffee tainted with a strong, plasticky taste - the same 'new coffee maker aroma' that the machine has been emitting while in use since I got it, which was a bit off-putting. (I have high hopes that the plasticky taint will, eventually dissapate.) Apparently the permanent filter keeps your hot water out of contact with parts of the filter machine that shouldn't heat up too much.
What I'm not wild about as regards the design of this machine is that only a relatively tiny, surprisingly small aperture is provided for you to pour the cold water in through. The space they've given you extends half the way round the top circumference of the coffee maker but is barely an inch and a half wide, which seems a really strange feature. This means it's not possible to pour water into the coffee machine from a cup (as it spills too much) - you have to use a measuring jug and pour quite slowly, which is a very slight pain. Also the little orange light that tells you this coffee machine is minute, and when lit up to indicate that the machine is switched 'on' it doesn't shine very brightly at all; on my old Kenwood coffee machine it had a vivid green-glowing-LED that was impossible not to notice. I've only used the coffee machine twice, but have ended up burning coffee dregs onto the bottom of the glass jug once already, since I thought I'd switched the machine off when I hadn't. (Happily however, once it had cooled down the glass coffee pot was still intact, and washed back to a sparkling newness quite easily.)
DeLonghi ECO Coffee Machine
I was just sitting in my room then at my computer, deciding what should I write a review on next, when I realised that I have already reviewed practically everything I own! But I don't want to miss out on the money I could be making by doing other things. Instead I want to get writing reviews and earning myself some cash.
Since I can't find anything left in my bedroom to review, and there isn't anything exciting in the bathroom, I've had to venture downstairs in search of something exciting and unreviewed, and while I was there it called out to me - no, it literally it seems it called out to me. It was very quiet in there and I could just hear these faint gurgling noises in the corner.
Of course they were coming from our new expresso machine: Delonghi ECO 310 B / BK / W. It is a pump machine
This belongs to my mum and dad. They're both mad coffee drinkers and so it really put a smile on their faces, when on Christmas day they received a joint present which was this expresso machine. They did and do, already own a coffee maker, although I have been told by both of them that this one is by far a much better and faster one, and a lot easier to use. In fact they thought it was easy enough for me to be able to use it, so my mum has been making me make all their coffee ever since they bought it. So, so far I've been forced into making around seven thousand cups of coffee. A day.
Ease of Use
And after making all this coffee I think I'm turning into a bit of a coffee making expert.
Here are just some brief instructions on how to use this machine (although the manual will tell you more if you do buy one). . .
What you do first is add cold water up to the fill line. The amount you add in can only be up to two cup fulls. Then you place the coffee into the brewing basket, then place it over the base. Place the basket screen over the brewing basket, which will press the coffee into place. Pressure will then build up in the base, and as the temperature and pressure builds up, the hot water will then force through the coffee grounds up into the collection chamber.
Then your coffee is ready to be poured into your two cups. Its fairly simple to do and I know these instructions are a bit brief but as I said before this does come with a manual which will tell you everything you need to know. Which brings me to say that the manual that came with this was very helpful and told us most things, everything we really needed to know was in it.
Although its a company I have heard the name of before, DeLonghi isn't one of those brands you know well and know straight away whether you want to buy from it or not. I'm not sure that if we'd gone out to the shops to choose this coffee machine for ourselves that we would have chosen one from this particular company. But thats only because we've never tried any of their products before and don't know whether to trust them or not.
After doing some research on the internet, this is what I've found out about the comapny.
They are apparently the world's leading producer operating in small kitchen and comfort appliances.
They were founded as a small industrial parts-making workshop in 1902 and incorporated in 1950. Historically the company is a major producer of portable heaters and air-conditioners, and has recently expanded to include nearly every category of small domestic appliances needed in the food preparation and cooking, as well as household cleaning and ironing categories. Overall, DeLonghi operates 13 production facilities and 30 international subsidiaries supporting sales to 75 countries worldwide.
(Source: http://www.linkedin.com/companies/de'longhi )
This coffee machine seems to me to be quite durable. As I said we've only had it since Christmas so I'm not really sure how long it's going to last for us but so far nothing has snapped or broken off it. Its working the same as it did the first time I used it and I think if you're careful with this and look after it then it will last a really long time. It seems good quality and it seems unlikely for this to break soon.
If it does break or is damaged, I'll be sure to update this review and include all the details. If there's nothing new here then just expect that its working well for us.
Cleaning and Maintenance
Cleaning this isn't something I've had to do, and its not really something I'd want to
do either. Although my dad does clean it and I've asked him how easy that is to do. He thinks it is easier to clean that other coffee machines he's used.
Since we've had this we haven't had to do anything other than clean it to maintain its coffee making powers. Its so far been a really great machine, well worth trying and maybe even buying.
Price and Availability
You can buy this from the DeLonghi website, most electrical and appliances shops such as Currys. You can also get it from places like Argos. Online it is priced around £130, this being about the cheapest price online you would be able to get it for. As it was a Christmas present to them, my mum and dad didn't buy it themselves so we don't know how much the person bought it for. But we can say that £130 seems like a good deal for this coffee machine.
We recommend this coffee machine. It is easy to use, seems fairly durable, easy to clean and doesn't need much maintenance. It also looks stylish, something I haven't mentioned. You can get this online in a blue, or a black. Ours is black and I think it looks much more stylish and goes well with our other kitchen appliances which are mainly black and silver.
For around the £150 price tag this seems like excellent value for money and we're so happy to have it in our kitchen. It really is a great investment and if you love coffee then this is for you.
DeLonghi ICM 2B coffee maker is a great product, but could be better. For example it has great ideas like a permanent filter which you simply remove and wash and a large pot which stands on a hotplate, well it needs to really if you dont want warm coffee. The more water you add to this the more coffee you need to put in too. Otherwise you end up with ridiculously weak coffee. WE have found that if the coffee is left to 'brew' on the hotplate for a while after filtering you can have a hot coffee, but this takes time (approx 10 mins), we also found to begin with that the coffee pot drips when you are pouring, until my genius wife decided to try pouring with the lid slightly raised. Simply raise the lid with your thumb when pouring and like magic the spills dont occur. This is obviously a design error and the coffee is coming out faster than the spout can handle and i therefore running down the pot. By lifting the lid in effect you are making a larger spout and the problem is solved. Be careful though as there will be a bit of steam coming out of the lid so make sure thumbs are well back. There are no added features for milky coffee this is a basic black coffee device. A good price for a coffee maker, and it is so easy to use. Now all you need to worry about is choosing the right coffee
We love coffee in our household and lots of it! I purchased this coffee maker from argos just before christmas at £19.99 which is an excellent price.
Its quite a sturdy contraption and doesnt take up much space on the kitchen counter, its not too bad on noise levels either when its heating the water and filtering away.
My issue with the coffee maker is the amount of coffee you need to put in and the amount of cups you get back out, we drink mugs of coffee not teeny tea cups full. I found that we get 4 mugs of coffee, also when its done filtering the coffee I find that you need to leave it sit for around 10-15mins on the built in hot plate if you want your coffee hot and not luke warm, if you add milk to it straight away you end up with a cold/luke warm brew.. I want my coffee hot!
The filter in which you put the coffee in is permanent which is great and very sturdy and easily taken out to wash.
The jug itself is abit of a sod to get in and out of the coffee machine when its full, and I often find if its full when youre pouring coffee into cups it dribbles out around the sides no matter how careful you are
For the price its excellent value.
The DeLonghi ICM 2B Filter Coffee Maker is a superb, low-budget buy for any coffee lover. Dispelling the need for a kettle completely, as well as producing delicious filter coffee without the wait that comes with using a Caffetier, the machine is great when in a hurry. However, should you choose to enjoy your drink at a more leisurely pace, the in-built hot plate keeps coffee at drinking temperature for as long as needed- and with a ten cup capacity, this really comes in handy.
Use of the machine is simple: simply add a spoonful of ground coffee for each cup, add the desired amount of water and turn on. The machine does the rest.
Maintaining the coffee maker is equally easy, simply emptying and rinsing the filter and jug after use.
It is worth noting that the coffee maker does not perform any action other than to produce filter coffee, so if you're after a frothy Cappuccino or Latte, then this model probably isn't for you. However, if you are a fan of a strong cup of black coffee, or want something simple, then you've got it.
There is a lot to be said for a good cup of coffee, and it appears that the DeLonghi ICM 2B Filter Coffee maker turns one out every time. Perfect in a hurry or for those times when you want to relax, put your feet up and enjoy a hot drink.
The DeLonghi ICM2B Filter Coffee Machine has a 10 cup capacity and water level window on both sides / The incorporated Permanent Nylon Filter is easy to clean whilst the drip-stop mechanism permits removing the jug anytime while coffee is brewing.Additional features include a thermostatic warming plate on/off switch with pilot light Jug warmer base to keep coffee hot after the brewing and non slip feet. / Short name: DeLonghi ICM 2B