We were given this coffee machine as a Christmas present. We already had a Morphy Richards machine which is different in that it has a coffee jug and can make up to 8 cups of filter coffee at one. This machine differs in that it is an espresso machine.
We usually consider Delonghi to be of an exceptional quality and great design. This machine does look great, very modern and stylish; however it doesn't feel as solid as some other Delonghi appliances.
The machine is relatively simple to use. Firstly the water tank is filled with fresh water. Then the dial should be turned to heat button which turns green when the water is ready. The user must then take the handheld coffee holder (the part that looks like an arm in the product picture) and fill the removable metal pod with either a ground coffee of their choice or a pre-measured coffee pod which some coffee manufacturers have started making.
The arm is then attached to the machine and the dial turned to the cup and drip icon. An espresso cup is placed underneath and a stream of coffee will fill the cup.
Other features worth mentioning include:
* The milk frother arm which will froth and steam a jug of milk to add to the coffee to make a cappuccino.
* It has a fully removable drip tray to catch any drips and spills
* Two espressos can be made at a time by using the larger metal pod and double the amount of coffee. The larger metal pod produces two streams and so two espresso cups can be used at once.
* No coffee filters are required
We have really enjoyed the espressos and cappuccinos made by this device, however there are some issues with it:
* You must use espresso cups. Regular mugs will not fit and the coffee produced is only enough to fill an espresso cup.
* Not great for when guests visit as you are limited to making two at a time
* The milk frother is off-putting to use as it is fiddly to clean.
Overall, I would recommend this product if you are specifically looking for an espresso machine for your own individual use. If you are a person that enjoys entertaining guests, I would advise you buy a regular filter coffee machine with a jug.
This is a great little gadget that offers amazing value for money as an entry level coffee maker. The machine accepts filter coffee (without needing filter papers) and produces espresso that you can continue to dilute to your liking with it's hot water. It comes with a milk steaming function which produces really great cappucino froth. The machine comes with an initial recipe that works perfectly and with a few spoons of sugar, some filter coffee and skimmed milk you're set to produce espresso, late, cappucino or your own concoction!
This machine has a few catches, its fixed base with only a small cap to vend coffee so you will have to spend some time hunting cups that fit under it. It takes 30 minutes to warm up to the point where it can vend 2 steaming hot cups of coffee and there isn't enough room to fit 2 cappuccino cups on the base side-by-side.
All in all I'm happy that I spent my money on this and not a top end model.
Short name: DeLonghi C200