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I remember when I was first looking for an espresso machine; I'd come into a serious bit of cash and I needed something that was both practical and finished the look of the kitchen at home. A hundred and eighty pound was a bit of a steep price for me, even with the cash I had, but after being recommended it by a friend of mine I decided to at least give it a try. I took it home and was very eager to "play" with my new "toy", so I immediately got to work.
In under a minute I was faced with a steaming, frothy cup of coffee which tasted better than I could have possibly imagined. First came the coffee and hot water - purified and filtered - and then milk that had been pre-frothed (is that even a word?) in the espresso maker itself. Quite interesting to watch, I must say.
It's a quiet little doodad built with quality and speed in mind - both of which it excels at. The sleek, modern design definitely complemented the look of my kitchen - it looks more homely than ever, and I've even had a few people asking me where they would be able to buy of these espresso machines.
As I said above, the price is a little steep considering that this is just an espresso maker, but what it costs in money it more than makes up for in terms of the end product.
There are separate coffee and steam boilers in the machine and they both make the whole process a lot faster than the average, own-brand coffee makers you could find in high street stores.
And if you make a cup an espresso but forget about it, you can always put the cup in a handy warmer to get it back to a lovely temperature.
Cleaning isn't too much of issue, either; all it takes is a wet wipe and the nozzle and surrounding area are cleaned in a flash. Actually stopping it from becoming dirty, however, is nigh on impossible; when the coffee and milk comes out, it's more of a spray than a steady trickle that some other espresso machines have.
With regards to using the machine, it couldn't be simpler; there are only three buttons - one of which controls whether the water boiler produces steam or is prepared for use in an espresso. The other two control the speed at which the prepared espresso comes out.
The size of the espresso maker can be quite deceiving; it looks like it could only hold one cup at a time, when in actuality it can hold two full sized cappucino cups or two espresso cups.
If you're looking for a high quality espresso maker and money is not an object, you would be wise to choose the DeLonghi ECO310. It is very simple to use, makes delicious coffee and has a design that seems to fit almost anywhere; why, even my sister's kitchen (which is red) made the espresso maker look right at home!
Inspired by 1950's glamour of Italy the Icona range from De'Longhi brings style to any kitchen / The Pump Espresso Machine in Onyx Black is a premium and stylish Espresso and Cappuccino maker with a high gloss finger-resistant finish / The simple 3 button operating system makes it simple and easy to use allowing you to enjoy true Barista style Coffee / The two-in-one professional filter holder holds either ground coffee or Easy Serving Espresso (ESE) pods for added convenience / The stainless steel manual milk frother with variable emission mixes air and milk to produce a rich creamy froth.The Icona ECO310 can accommodate two full-sized Cappuccino cups or two Espresso cups / Additional features include a built-in tamper and an incorporated crema device for the perfect crema cup warmer and removable stainless steel drip tray / Short name: DeLonghi 310.OB