If you are looking for an easy and comfortable way to make simple yet delicious barista-style espresso drink, then the De’Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine could be a choice and you don’t need to spend over $300.
Basics of DeLonghi Dedica
The EC680 Delica espresso machine is in smaller size and almost half width of other pump-driven espresso machine, yet still this machine manages to consistently deliver a frothy, rich espresso. Despite smaller size, this machine still owns a good sized cup warmer on the top and water tank at the back.
Though, Delonghi EC680 espresso machine is lack of bells and whistles that other machines owns, it still has full systems and all features you need to encourage you to make brilliant espresso drinks at home instead of spend 10 dollars a day in coffee shops. This coffee machine is not a cheap one, but trust me, it will pay for its worth very soon.
Another point you should know is this machine does not include grinder, otherwise, it will not in this small shape and will take more space of your countertop. For me, I enjoy this space saving design a lot.
Above is just general review of this machine, they are just basics. Follow this review, you will find out more features and info you need to make your final decisions.
What Are The Features?
Space Saving Design
If space is very limited kitchen, you are going to love this mini espresso machine. This is a solid machine with about six inches wide by 13 inches deep and 13 inches tall. If you are having a small family, this machine is great for you. For a crowded family, you had better buy something larger.
Quality Espresso with 15 Bar Pressure
If you have terrible experience with espresso machines under average standard, you will take a brief sigh by seeing this 15 bar pressures espresso machines delivering rich taste espresso drinks capped with plenty of lovely crema. Don’t forget to take good quality beans and you won’t get good espresso upon low quality beans.
One/Two shot Function
One of the great feature of De’Longhi EC680 Dedica coffee maker is programmable function to produce one shot or two shot espresso per use. Pretty time saving and fast, isn’t it? This machine has a simple 3 button design on the top, each button has easy to understand icon. You don’t need to get confused on this function since these three buttons are either steady lighting or flash depending on what you are doing.
Includes Cup Warmer
Another features I enjoy is the espresso maker top has a cup warmer which helps you to keep the heat of your espresso for longer. It can also help to dry up you cups faster before you fill it with fresh espresso drink. The espresso machine top has a raised lip to keep the cups from sliding out.
From now and then, we may rush to work or anything and forget to turn off your espresso machine. But you don’t need to worry for Delonghi EC680R Dedica espresso machine, this machine will protect itself and save power by turning into standby mode after a period of time without using it.
Like everyone machines, this espresso maker come with frothers. However, this one is a bit different from others. Actually, this frother is patented by De’Longhi and adapted special tech to create amazing, fine textured foam that will even allow you to create some latte art if you are willing to. From my experience, frothing is a bit easier with this frother than with others. Besides, I love the easy to clean feature of this frother. Simply put it into a cup water for a moment to get rid of the stickiness from the milk, then wipe it out with a damp clean cloth.
Rear Mounted Water Tank
Filling the tank with water can be a challenged task when the tank is not movable. It is very easy to pour the water all over the countertop. The Delonhi EC680 espresso machine also doesn’t have movable tank but it has a rear mounted water tank, which manage to pour the water without spilling out.
Great Quality Filters
The De’Longhi Dedica Pump espresso machine owns a great quality, compact filter systems which normally appears in more expensive, larger machines. One of the best thing of the filter system is that it contains two baskets, one for single shots and the other for double shots.
Easy to Clean
If you prefer espresso machines that are easy to clean, you will find out this espresso machine is quick to clean up. The steam wand of it can be sticky after long contacting with milk, but you can clean it up easily after you give it a short soak on plain water. The filter can be washed out by clean water after detaching the debris into trash bin. The outside of this machine can be polished with a bit of stainless steel cleaner and a soft cloth. The drip catcher can be disassembled and be cleaned by plain water in some seconds before re-installed to the machine.
How Well De’Longhi Dedica Performs?
Since it is automatic espresso machine, the proceed of brewing is as easy as other automatic espresso makers. At least more convenient than semiautomatic espresso makers such as the Mr. Coffee Pump Espresso and the De’Longhi EC155.
You don’t need to turn the pumps on and off to control the water volume and the coffee maker will take care of it with some pushes of buttons. Hit either the single or double buttons on the top, the DeLonghi Delica will brew a coffee of preset amount. You can also program the machine to control the water amount to fit your unique taste. Testing with Costco House Blend beans, the favor of these drinks is tasty.
With so many great features, the Dedica has its limited too. If you brew grounds that are smaller than the “extra fine” size, the espresso machine will be clogged with no water leaving the portafilter. Though the Delonghi Dedica has more stable temperature control, there are a few times that this machine couldn’t maintain a brewing temperature of 90.5 C( 195 degrees), it can go up to 100C for no reason.
How Good is The Coffee?
Brewing coffee with a pump espresso machine might be the closest thing you can get to having artisan café-style coffee, and that is exactly how it feels with Dedica. The espresso is flavorful with thick crema, an reminiscent fragrance and the naturally sweet notes emphasized. Event if you are not an espresso lover, you can tell the difference this machine brings. Brewing your daily coffee with this espresso maker, you will find a richer taste of espresso.
Can you brew a regular coffee with this espresso machine?
The Delonghi Dedica is not for drip coffee, but you can make something similar by making one or two espresso and adding some hot water to it. This is a great method to make drip coffee taste and it does have amazing tastes.
Does this machine includes a thermometer?
The De’Longhi Dedica espresso machine doesn’t come with a thermometer. But you can get one if you want to make lattes, since their taste is best when the milk is steamed around 150 degrees Fahrenheit. You may also need a stainless steel pitcher at that time.
How much water does the tank hold? Is it BPA free?
The tank capacity is one liter according to the instruction. Besides, it is BPA free and there are no plastic parts coming into.
Does the espresso come out with enough crema?
The quality and amount of crema is depending on the quality of the beans you use. Try to use fresh beans instead of some pre-ground beans, you will get more crema you want. Keep your fresh beans sealed and ground them everything time you use them.
Can I brew espresso and steam milk at the same time?
Nope, this is single serve espresso maker and only brew one kind of drink each time. From my experience, making the shot before steaming and frothing the milk will get the best results.
How long is the warranty?
The Delonghi EC680 Pump espresso machine has two years of warranty offered by De’Longhi.
Pros and Cons
- Quick preparation time. Heating up within 40 seconds.
- Makes great quality espresso with 15 bar pump
- Good sized and attractive designed, the machine occupies only 6 inches
- Durable and compact, covered with stainless steel
- Easy to clean and very user friendly
- A bit expensive
- Not suitable for big family
- Frothing wand is short. Make sure you have small pitcher.
This small espresso machine looks beautiful and makes great espresso. The machine is suit for home use mainly. It delivers tasty espresso as long as you use fresh beans. While this machine doesn’t have a lot of outstanding features, it does have a small footprint and offer you sleek and magnificent coffee/espresso. So if you are first time buyer and enjoy the traditionally brewed coffee, the De’Longhi EC680 Dedica coffee maker can be a great choice for your kitchen