Product Type: Dualit coffee machines
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A dream come true!
Dualit 84202 Espressivo
Member Name: Starrynight24
Dualit 84202 Espressivo
Advantages: Excellent coffee, range of functions, great looks and reliability
Disadvantages: Can be noisy
My husband and I are both coffee enthusiasts, although I'd say he's fussier than I am(!). He'd hankered after a coffee machine for a long time, but I'd felt our kitchen was just too tiny to sacrifice the work surface space. Cometh the extension, cometh the coffee machine!
After wanting a coffee machine for ages, we'd had plenty of time to do our research. We were pleased that they had started to come down in price and felt that the dualit espressivo was an affordable option. Also important to me was the look of the thing, I didn't want an ugly beast of a machine glowering at me from the corner of the kitchen, however well it made coffee. I liked the simple style and gentle cream colour of the espressivo. Another important factor in the decision was that the espressivo can use your choice of ground coffee, or coffee bags ("pods") if your prefer to avoid the messiness of grounds.
So, what's the coffee like? It's really, really good! Espressos or black coffees come out with a lovely thick crema, cappuccinos and hot chocolate are also delicious. It's important to make sure the water tank is filled above the minimum level, as if the water is too low the coffee has a slightly scorched taste. However, I expect that accidentally running the coffee maker with insufficient water is bad for it anyway, so maybe it's useful to have a reminder not to do it! If you do forget to check that there's enough water the machine runs very noisily, so that acts as another reminder to quickly top up.
Of course, a major factor in what comes out is what you put in. We really like the freedom to experiment with different varieies of coffee. There are three choices of filter: one cup loose grounds, two cup loose grounds (or one double espresso) or coffee pod. The machine comes with a handy portion scoop that also acts as a tamper.
We find the machine very easy to use. Flick on and allow a few seconds to warm up, run a little hot water through the empty filter, fill the filter with your choice of grounds and run the water through for a delicious cup of coffee. You run the coffee straight through to the cup or cups - standard mugs are fine but extra tall ones won't fit. There is an option to warm cups on the top plate first. The frothy milk function is easy to use too, just warm up, steam the milk (this takes a couple of minutes), wipe the nozzle and shoot a bit more steam through to flush it out. The whole process takes no longer than it would to watch someone do it for you in a coffee shop. Having said that, I don't often bother with frothy milk unless I have a friend over, I usually just zap half a cup of milk in the microwave then add the coffee on top.
We have really hammered this machine, it's worked hard and is still going strong more than two years on. It's got "stuck" occasionally, but it's been a simple matter of clearing out old coffee bits to get it running smoothly again. It still looks great, too. There is a little wear to the paintwork around the base plate, but nothing noticeable. It has saved us a fortune in cafe coffee (although we still go to coffee shops sometimes!), and the coffee it makes tastes great.
Summary: One of the best buys we've made.
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