The best espresso machines of 2015 – Our reviews

Having a machine which produces great coffee is a modern luxury which everyone can enjoy; it doesn’t matter if you’re a casual drinker or a connoisseur – having one around is always handy, whether you just want a warm cup of cappuccino in the morning to go with your breakfast, or having friends come over in the evening for an espresso and a chat. In Italy, coffee is a way of life, and with DeLonghi being a company founded on coffee making, I have no doubts they would provide us with the best coffee machines for this year:

 

De’Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

Best bang for the buck De'Longhi espresso machineThis machine is a solid certainty when it comes to efficiency. It can brew both espressos and cappuccinos regardless of its compact size, and has lots of modern features which make life a lot easier. There is room to make two separate cups of espresso; two completely customizable cups: this is because the machine features a dual function filter holder which allows you to either use ground or ready made pods, and also because it features two different thermostats, one per cup. To make cappuccinos, this machine has a traditional flexible froth outlet which can be moved around to easily create the creamy froth which is vital to any cappuccino.

To make this machine even more appealing, it comes with a mechanism which eliminates the annoying start-up time many machines still depend on. Thanks to the DeLonghi EC155’s self-priming operation, the water boils up much faster, delivering the coffee exactly when you need it. Cleaning is also easier thanks to the various easily removable parts, such as the top water tank and the stainless bottom tray.

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

One of the most overlooked secrets in brewing (and serving) a perfect cup of espresso is the temperature of the cup. The little mug has to be warm before having coffee poured in, or the flavor, aroma and texture could be spoiled – this is why in most coffee bars and shops, the cups are placed above the machine, where the steam of the boiling water heats them up.

DeLonghi Stainless steel espresso machine

 

The DeLonghi EC702 is designed to replicate just that. With its whole inner body built in stainless steel for both the durability and heat conductibility, this machine features a top tray where cups can be placed upside down to reach optimal temperature before brewing. Placed aside with its ability to brew two cups with different thermostats with either pods or ground, and its patented froth maker to prepare personalized cappuccinos – and you’ve got yourself one of the best machines out there. If that didn’t seem like enough features yet, rest assured that its patented “Sempre Crema” filter will always give you the perfect crema with just two measures of ground.

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DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

Delonghi High end espresso machineThe DeLonghi ESAM 3300 Magnifica Semi Automatic is a coffee machine designed for those who enjoy grinding their own coffee beans just before brewing them. It is compact, efficient, and very elegant. While it can be used with ready ground coffee, the beauty of this coffee machine is its integrated grinder which, besides being quite silent, can be adjusted to various degrees, from very fine to a homogenous rough blend. Freshly ground beans always produce the best aroma and taste a coffee can have.

Apart from its spectacular blending power, this machine also has several other features, such as its “instant reheat” option which always keeps the machine ready to use without the need to wait a long time for the water to heat up; adjustable spigot height to allow cups of any size to be used; a cup warming tray to keep the cups warm before each serving; the effective and flexible froth maker for cappuccinos; and a front control panel for ease of use and convenience.

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DeLonghi Silver Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System

Delonghi latissima automatic machineAs the machine name implies, this coffee machine is best appreciated by Latte lovers. By improving the best features of their machines and adding the convenient functionality of the Nespresso Caspsule System, the DeLonghi Silver Lattisima distinguishes itself. Its strongest point is the ease of use: it combines everything into one mechanism, without having to continuously move the glass. All you have to do is simply fill the detachable side compartment with milk, load the capsule, and choose your drink from the intuitive control panel. The amount of froth also depends on you thanks to the adjustable wheel. And you have the ability to save your favorite blend for easy future access.

This machine is a lot more silent than any of its predecessors, making it perfect to use even at night when others in the house are sleeping. It also takes less than a minute to warm up to optimal temperatures, making the waiting game a thing of the past. Cleaning up is also easy because of its easy to remove parts and ability to hold up to 10 empty capsules before needing to be emptied.

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