==HOT DRINKS...FILL ME UP PLEASE!==
I am an avid lover of hot drinks, whether it's a simple coffee, a cappuccino or a fancy latte; I certainly love the warm refreshing taste of them all. So it was not long before I decided to go and buy myself an espresso maker, I however first looked around for the one that was well priced and had good reviews. I decided to purchase the De'Longhi Bar 14 Café Treviso machine for these reasons exactly; it was very cheaply priced and had some good reviews to top it off.
This machine usually goes for around £55, however I managed to get mine for around £40 as it was in sale, so as you can imagine I was very happy with the bargain!
The most noticeable thing that I liked about this machine was its nice compact size, which means it fits nicely onto my kitchen worktop without taking up unnecessary room. The design is fairly simple but attractive, it has a silver panel at the front with the brand name clearly visible on the front, the main colour of the machine is black; and seems to be the most common colour for espresso machines. All the buttons are very accessible, and the compartments are all located in well thought out areas. The tray only allow small mugs to be fitted into the holder, which is a bit of bummer; but for me personally this is not a big issue.
==PUT TO THE TEST==
One thing I love about this machine is that it can make simple lattes look and (nearly) taste like the famous Starbucks. It has a special foaming element which is great, it's a device that in my opinion is a really great added advantage, and it makes Starbuck style coffees etc without having to spend the ridiculous prices. The negative side of this is that I can take sometime to master how to make the foaming element and also the noise while making the foam is quite loud, however with time the noise will be something you get use to.
The machine manages to boil water very quickly, usually taking around one minute to make a cup of coffee. I found this a great advantage, as it meant I didn't have to wait ages in the mornings when rushing to get to work. The steps are very simple and straightforward, first fill the water compartment up with water, connect the two tubes to the back of the machine and then put the lid on. Third step is to switch the machine on so that the machine can boil the water, and then add and tamp the coffee into the small vessel, attach the coffee cup and finally you have a nice hot cup of coffee from a press of a button.
Now for the other downer, the machine can be quite messy to use. I often found clumps of coffee granules on the worktop near the machine which means some of the coffee can get wasted. The machine can leak a little after emptying the coffee into a cup, once the cup is removed I found that the dispenser can still continue dripping; leaving a mess. However, as long as you are aware of this, it basically means having a cloth at hand to be ready to dry up any excess after each use, and to wash the tray every few days.
Overall I would say this is a great addition to my kitchen worktop, it makes great warm and tasty coffees, lattes and cappuccinos and is very inexpensive. It does have its negatives such as only allowing small mugs to fit into the holder and it can be messy, but personally for me the positives definitely outweigh the negatives, and for the price you can't really fault this machine too much.
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I bought myself a coffee machine for my own xmas present, I love good coffee and was fed up paying coffee shops for a substandard tasting drink.
The machine was around £50 from amazon, as it is not the latest model. It has a 14 bar pressure which for just making one cup for me is more than enough.
To use you put the coffee in the filter, then squish the grounds down using the piece of plastic circle that hangs down from the machine. Holding the handle you then slot it easily in the machine. You slide it round and turn on the machine using the first switch. Then choose the water setting when the light comes on to show you that the water is hot enough.
When it has had water going through the filter and the coffee into your cup, then turn the setting over to the milk frother. When the light is on for that and it is hissing then turn nob on the top so that the steam comes through. I bought myself a little silver jug and the milk gets thicker and frothy to go on top of your coffee.
It all depends on the quality of the grounds you are using but I just have a cheap brand that I bought at costco. The machine works well and is quick enough so that I can have a cup in the morning. It gets very hot quickly. the milk frother is strong and makes tasty smooth milk. There is a removable drip tray that is easy to wipe clean every day. It has a little tank at the back that holds the water.
On the milk frother there is a plastic end that is removable and can be washed by hand.
I think for the price it does what you expect, its not super electronic and doesnt have nice lumious lights, but it doesnt leak and it makes good coffee. It also came with 2 different sized filters so if I want to make 2 cups at once I can.
It is not large and takes up a small amount of space on my work surface. I keep a cloth underneath the milk frother so that after its been used it doesnt leak everywhere. It has a nice silver and black design, and matches a lot of my other appliances.
If you like coffee and dont want to spend hundreds of pounds on a fancy machine, then this one does a great job. Even untrained coffee lovers can make their own Italian tasting coffee!
this coffee machine looks really good on your kitchen top. I have it in blue but it comes in a range of colours. I also have the kettle and toaster to match.
the coffee machine has a water tank on the back and you have to leave the water to heat for a while before you can use the machine. You can use the espresso maker before the water is hot enough to use the steam maker, but the water heats up quite fast so this isn't a problem.
i have found that there isn't enough room under the nozzle for me to fit most of my mugs. I have to either use a small cup and pour the coffee into a larger mug, or take out the drip-tray so my mugs will fit. although this is a bit annoying, I do find it easier than having a bigger, more expensive machine that takes up too much room.
the steam nozzle on the coffee machine is at a rather awkward angle. although it produces a strong blast of very hot, fine steam, it can be a bit tricky to froth milk, because you can't get the angle right. also, as before, there isn't enough underneath for a large container, so I sometimes have to make two batches of milk if I need to make more than one cup of coffee.
this machine is really easy to clean, everything that gets dirty can be taken out and is easily cleaned by running it under hot water, apart from the steam nozzle, which cleans itself if you just let it blast steam a few times without any milk under it.
This is a fantastically priced machine which brings affordable espressos to a wide range of people. It is relatively simple to use, but operator skill is required. it is also very easy to clean. However, this isn't a machine designed for tall mugs - the flatter rounded ones will easily fit under the spout. It can be a bit noisy whilst the pump is in operation - but this is only for 20-30 seconds. And finally, there have been some complaints that this can be a messy machine, but I do think that some if not all of this can be corrected with greater operator skill.
This may be the machine that you want if you if you want to begin to develop your espresso skills and have great coffee as well this may just be the machine you have been looking for. Unfortunately this will not be the one for you if you want to get great coffee iwth just a simple push of a button.
At a price of around £50 (depending on offers and where you buy it) this machine is fairly good value for money. The coffee produced is of good quality (although bear in mind the old computer saying - garbage in garbage out - buy good coffee like Illy or Lavazza and you will get a better end product). You can also froth milk with this machine, however it can be awkward to use if you are trying to froth milk in a large mug, you may need to pull the machine to the edge of the work top to give you more room.
Remember when making coffee the more pressure you put on the grounds when you use the tamper the better your coffee will be.
You can dispense either two singles or a double espresso - there is room to hold either on the tray as you can see from the photo.
The disadvantages of this machine are that it can be quite messy to use - grounds tend to get scattered, milk will drip from the frother, and any drips after taking your coffee will gather in the bottom of the machine which do tend to leak out somewhat causing a coffee scum around and under the machine. I found the best way to get round this was to put kitchen towel under the machine and replace it every week or so.
Make sure you clean this machine regularly - the milk frother should be wiped down after every use otherwise it becomes covered with hardened milk very quickly, and the drip tray if not emptied and washed every few days will get very mouldy - this is very unpleasant!
Overall, if you are looking for a reasonable coffee machine that doesn't cost too much you can't really go wrong with this model - it lasted a good length of time and the coffee was always of a fairly high quality. If you are looking for a high quality machine with less mess and less fuss then I would highly recommend the Nespresso Delonghi Latissima (which I have also reviewed) - however note that these cost a lot more and have a higher ongoing cost with capsules being fairly pricey.
I have just recently aquired a De'Longhi Bar 14 Café Treviso from online at Amazon for £47.99 I think this is a reasonable price to have paid as when they were new on the market they cost over £70 so there has been a drop in price which is good for me who loves expresso coffee.
I'm a real coffee person and don't function properly in the morning without at least three cups of coffee, so progressing my coffeee addiction to expresso was the next thing to do as you only need the one or two cups to get you going and full of energy to get to work.
The De'Longhi Bar 14 Café Treviso makes two small expresso coffee cups at a time and this is made byhot water being pumped at high pressure through real coffee grains to bring out the full flavour of the ground beans.
It has a part at the front where the coffee grains go which is like a huge spoon, the coffee goes in this and it fits under the top of the cups sliding the compartment into place by turning it until it wont go no more.
Then the water goes in the back of the machine, then you turn on the machine. It needs to warm up before use so it's sometimes not so handy in the mornings if you get up late.
It has a milk frother if you like nice and creamy frothy coffee but this takes a bit of getting used to before you get the froth nice and thick.
It's nice and compact so doesn't take up a lot up space and is a stylish black and silver colour to fit nicely in the kitchen.
It is easy to clean and not too messy as the used coffee is still in the holder where it sits so can be emptied and washed easily.
Although its nice and compact and does make nice expresso coffee you can't put the mugs or usual sized coffee cups under as they won't fit. I had to go out and buy the right sized cups for this machine but I didn't mind as it does make lovely coffee.
I like java and this is great for me int he mornings the strong coffee gets me up for work and buzzing around getting things done.
One the whole is been a good buy it does make really good coffee and it's easy to understand the manual that comes with it.
If you like coffee then this is a good option on a coffee machine at a reasonable price.
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The Cafe Treviso has been in the kitchen for a while now and over that time its had some very interesting things to share. Its compact design means it will fit nicely atop your kitchen surface and not take up alot of space. When I bought mine it was knocking around the £55 range, but after some quick searching around online, I found now you can pick it up for around £35, which is quite a good price considering there haven't been any stand out coffee maker/espresso machine advancements since this first came on the market.
That being said, in time I have found that its problems begin to outweigh its benefits, progressing to the point where I only use it on a rare occasion. More of a luxury than your port-of-call for every cuppa, this machine is worth purchasing if you like coffee in a variety of ways (lattes and cappuccinos are a nice boost every once in a while) and on a regular basis.
To the point
For a coffee maker, the Treviso is really quick, heating water in no time. Never have I had to wait impatiently for a coffee - and when you never seem to be operating at a slow pace (probably due to the excessive coffee), the benefits of this are huge!
In a few easy steps you can have your piping hot coffee reading to get you going in the morning:
1. Fill up the water tank to the top
2. Attach the two tubes onto the back and place the lid on the top
3. Heat up the water by turning the machine on
4.. Put the coffee into the holder
5. Tamp the coffee (don't be too forceful here)
6. Clip on the coffee holder
6. Press the first (top) button which filters the hot water though the coffee and wait until the cup is full
7. Voila! A (small) cup of coffee!
I have to say, lattes are great. And the Treviso comes with a very handy milk steaming 'foamer'. Every once in a while you want to go all 'Starbucks' with your coffee and this device can help. That being said, initially it would probably be quicker to head off to Starbucks, order, and bring it back home - as this device takes a while to get the hang of using, taking up valuable minutes to attacth. And you'll probably want to be out of the house when its on as well, because it isn't half loud! After a while you get used to it, both assembling and sound wise, and the 'foamer' definitley becomes a plus.
Quick on the surface, but behind the scenes...
Over time you'll begin to realise this thing will eat up your time, overriding its initial windfall in speedy coffee making. You have to clean the thing after every use, and the gasket begins to leak after a lot of use. And when this happens, cleaning becomes part and parcel of the Treviso, as the gasket is fixed in such a way that it cannot be removed, cleaned or replaced without taking it to a specialist (there's one in Reading I found).
What a mug...
I am for not realising regular size mugs do not fit underneath this thing. I have about a dozen coffee mugs, and only one fits for Treviso coffee.
So you end up paying for the compact size of the machine. This can be quite annoying when two people want coffee! But then again, there's always Tea.
The first few cups from this machine are not great. They all had a bitter taste to them. This could just be the 'breaking in' period or due to the way I was tamping the coffee in the begininng. But in time the machine (or my skills) work itself out and the coffee begins to taste pretty good (especially my lattes!)
Could have been a coffee contender, but this time this machine falls short.
De'Longhi Café Treviso - espresso maker
I bought this coffee maker about two maybe three weeks ago from Argos for £59.99 and I have not used one of these before as I have just had the small filter coffee things and I am very glad that I bought it!
The first time I used it the coffee was a bit bitter and luke warm but with using it a bit more this didn't become a long lasting problem. It is easy to use as all you have to do is:
1. Fill up the water tank in the back to the maximum with water
2. Put the two tubes into the back and put the lid on
3. Switch the machine on to start heating up the water
4.. Put the pre ground coffee into the holder and then tamp it (But if you tamp it too lightly then it will be mild and if you tamp the pre ground coffee too much then the coffee will be bitter)
5. Clip the coffee holder into place with the handle and make sure it is firm
6. Press the first button which filters the hot water though the pre ground coffee and wait until the espresso cups or small mug is filled with the desired amount of coffee and then switch the first button off (Not the power)
It is easy to use when you get used to it and it also has a milk steamer which is good for making cappuccinos and to make the milk 'foamy'. The milk steamer is also easy to use but it is really quite loud and it takes a bit of getting used to before it works well. You also need a small but wide container so that the nozzle is actually in the milk.
*It is easy to use once you get used to it
*It is small and compact
*Looks nice and simple
*Includes its own small tamper
*The water tank and drip tray are both removable
*Easy to clean after use
*Water does not take long to heat up
*Also includes a milk steamer 'foamer' thing for lattes and cappuccinos
*Quite loud with the filtering and the milk steamer
*Does need cleaning after every use
*The machine does not allow a normal size mug to fit under it - only espresso cups and small mugs can fit under mine
*Can get a little bit messy
A really good coffee machine that is great for small kitchens as it is light and compact and the water heats up quickly. Makes great espresso shots. Only £59.99 from Argos! A great buy!
Thank you for reading my review
The idea of drinking instant coffee eventually got too much for me and I got a perculator, which I always ended up making enough for 4 cups and only drinking 1. I eventually convinced my parents to get me an espresso machine (great things parents arnt they!) in the hope of using less coffee.
The De'Longhi Cafe Treviso soon turned up in my ownership and I rapidly set about making a cup (after running if through with water a few times).
The machine is a remarkably compact device capable of boiling up in around 1 minute and making 2 espresso cups at a time (or one industrial sized bucket), another minute or so will get you steam to prepare milk with, I recommend (as do most) that you use semi-skimmed milk as skimmed doesn't seem to froth at all.
In the box you get the machine its self, a handle / thing, two strainers (one for single cups, one for two) and a 1L resevoir. The machine feels substantially put together, weighty and like it will take a few knocks. The main criticism other than the small resevoir (I would rather the small machine than a big resevoir causing the machine to be bigger) is that when the strainer / handle are attached, none of my mugs will fit under it and as such I end up making the milk in the mug I intend on using, and the coffee in another smaller cup then poured into the mug. For a few centimetres worth of extra height it seems like an oversight. Although you can get around this by removing the drip tray and sitting the mug in the recess below.
If you need great coffee fast and at a good price you cant go far wrong.
These machines retail for between £50 and £60 depending on where you go. Although I did not buy mine myself it's great value. Especially considering how expensive the cartridge style machines are.
Very cheap for the quality of hot beverages that this machine prepares. Just stick it under the pooring funnel press the selected beverage you would like and watch it get to work. Very easy to assemble and instructions could be read by a small child. the pictures on the instructions make it very simple how to use the machine without reading a word. It does state however that this hot beverage making machine costs only £48.79 which is a bargain as mine costed me £60.00 from comet. It also is a space saver as this machine is great for storage as it is quite small and would fit simply next to your microwave oven or even on a sturdy window cill. It first started off on my bedside table so i could wake up next to a nice cup of coffee or a nice foamy cappuccino. Hope you decide to buy this hot drinks machine as it will take the stress of waiting for your kettle to boil, adding milk etc off of your feet
Oh yes, make that THREE appliances that have crapped out on us in recent months, having had very little real use - our Party Gear iPod dock, our Rexel Shredder and now our Morphy Richards Espresso machine that promised so much with its prestigious build quality and yet lasted three years of merely one-or-twice a week domestic use.
With hindsight, the perceived build-quality appears to have been 'all fur coat and no knickers'.
I can't bring myself to scroll back through my opinions to find out how much it cost, but it was over a ton, of that I'm sure. I'd only upset myself anyway.
It'll come as no surprise that I've decided to buy something cheaper, covered with an extended warranty this time. Hence it was that I recently found myself in Comet paying £70 for a DeLonghi Treviso, but before you all start checking and finding out that it should have cost £52, it did, before they tacked on the 3-year warranty.
SO WHAT IS IT?
The Treviso is a two-cup espresso machine. That is to say it can make two cups of coffee at a time, and in our household, that's plenty, most of the time. Espresso machines pump high pressure (14 bars in this case - about 206 psi) hot water through a filter, squeezing out the flavour of the coffee contained therein, hence the coffee is 'expressed' through the filter with all the speed of ....errrr.....an express train. Compared to a coffee percolator, where the hot water goes round and round picking up extra flavour on each pass, an espresso coffee is more like a Rombout literally pumped up 'on steroids' as Jezza Clarkson is wont to say. Hence, its resulting flavour from a single pass tends more towards that of filter compared when compared to anything a 'perky copulator' can manage.
An additional feature on most espresso machines is the steam lance, used for frothing milk later to be dispensed onto the coffee, creating Cappucino from black coffee, and the Treviso is amongst these ranks. A lot of reviewers are unimpressed by this feature, but although the instructions say to use half-skimmed milk, we use fully skimmed and it's fine.
The Treviso doesn't get bad reviews per se, but that's maybe in the category of 'damned with faint praise'. As far as I'm concerned, by hook or by crook we're going to get three year's service from it for less than I paid over the last three years!
THE ACID TEST
Does it make good coffee? Yes it does. We stick to an Illy brand of ground coffee designed for espresso machines as we find it neither too insipid* nor burnt tasting.
(* Yes, what is it about drowning sufficient edible vegetable matter in water that seems to make coffee-making such a hit and miss affair, even in restaurants where they ought to know better?).
To make coffee in most espresso machines, except those that take a proprietary 'cassette', you pack a kind of ladle with coffee. The ladle then 'bayonets' into place with about a quarter turn of its handle so that it now sits over where the cup(s) will be - the attachment needs to be secure as there'll be 200-odd pounds of pressure behind it any time soon.
This machine has a choice of two sizes of liner for the ladle to allow for one or two cup operation. There's a tamper fitted to the underside to get the coffee nicely squeezed down.
A litre of water goes in at the back. This would be one of my major beefs, as this leaves you forever filling the thing unlike the outgoing incumbent on our work top. If you have a filter jug which removes some of the crud from local tap water, it may be better to use water from this as espresso machines can fur up like anything that boils water. It's just that they're trickier to descale, as you can only see half of what goes on.
You are advised to turn it on 30 minutes in advance. Not only does the water need heating but the whole plumbing system benefits from a thorough warming, as does heating a tea pot.
Then you have a choice of two rocker switches to operate. One shoots steam through a lance to 'froth up' a milk jug for cappuccinos and the like. This is doomed not to get much use in our house, as we like it tall, strong and black. Hell we don't even put sugar in it! It's a man's life in the Nibbles household, even for me.
The other rocker switch sets the espresso pump into action, and boy does it first make you jump? The pump is quite noisy so thanks goodness that it's all over in a minute of so.
For such a dynamic noise, the brown dribble that oozes from two nozzles underneath seems an inadequate climax (ooh-er missus), but by golly, it tastes good. To get two cups, you place one smaller one under each nozzle. To get one gutbucket of a mug, you place your favourite "World's Best Mum/Dad/Teacher/Tax Inspector" mug in there to straddle both. To be fair, this is something that this machine does better - it accepts the bog-standard mug without having to decant from something less tall, which is something the previous machine wouldn't do. I think we even had to buy some new cups to fit.
There are three main areas needing regular maintenance. One is to empty the used coffee grounds into the bin without letting go of the liner from the ladle. The ladle's handle has a natty little flip-up catch to hold onto this whilst you hover perilously over the kitchen bin.
Secondly, there's a drip tray, just like in pubs, which needs to be emptied out, the frequency of which is proportional to how clumsy you are.
Thirdly, there's a periodical need to descale it using something suitable for plastic kettles.
That's about it really. A proficient coffee maker that now (dammit) seems to be reduced to forty quid as soon as I'd parted with my fifty-three. At that price, I definitely buy the 3-year warranty just to make them fix it or give you a new one.
DeLonghi / Coffee maker / Swivel pipe mixes , air and milk to produce a rich creamy froth for perfect cappuccino / Removable water tank / Separate coffee and thermostats / Filter storage department / Easy to use 3 button operation / Built in tamper