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DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, 
Latte and Espresso Machine  Review

Are you looking for all the features of a full-size espresso machine without the large size? The DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine is the perfect solution. It offers the same efficiency of commercial-grade machines yet boasts a compact size that is perfect for smaller countertops. The DeLonghi Compact maintains its super automatic design that allows you to enjoy making your own espressos, cappuccinos and lattes without having to do the manual part of it. The machine doesnít fall short on features either. It has an energy-saving switch, boiler system, five coffee strength settings and four cup-size options.†

DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine Specifications:

Average Price: $999.00
Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.4 x 13.8 inches; 9 pounds
Construction: ABS plastic, stainless steel
Features: Built-in water filtration system, aroma button, cappuccino frother, saves energy, single boiler system, cup warmer, removable drip tray

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Whatís So Great About the DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine ?

Super Automatic: The DeLonghi may be referred to as a compact automatic cappuccino machine, but really it is super automatic. This means that if you donít like the manual process of making espressos, you donít have to with a super automatic machine. Instead, you can add the beans and fill up the water tank, press a button and go. Not only does this save on frustration, but also it saves you from wasting time, money and good espresso beans. With this DeLonghi, youíll love that you can fill up the bean bin and the water tank every so often without having to do any of the pre-measuring, tamping or grinding.†

Compact: One of the highlights to the DeLonghi Compact is that it boasts a small footprint. Many espresso makers with the attached bean grinders take up a lot of space on the countertop, which can be a problem if you donít have any to give. Not the DeLonghi. This machine has a super small footprint that will complement any kitchen setup. The only downside is that you will have to fill the bean bin and water tank more often than with larger machines, but this helps keep the coffee at its freshest anyway. If you want commercial-quality but donít want a commercial-sized machine, youíll love the DeLonghi Compact.†

Easy to Maintain: The DeLonghi Compact was well thought out. Not only does it have a convenient size, but also it is very easy to clean and maintain. Where other machines have attached parts and can only be serviced by the company itself, the DeLonghi leaves room for the user to have control over the product. The brew unit comes out of the machine, avoiding the need for factory service on this part. Youíll also love the fact that the machine auto rinses with the push of a button to help maintain the machine.

Accessible Water Tank: Some machines have a water tank that needs to be lifted out from behind the espresso maker. The DeLonghi on the other hand, has the water tank on the front of the machine. This thoughtful detail is especially perfect for this machine because you will be filling up the water reservoir more often than with larger machines. You can partially slide the water bin out to add the water while itís in place so that you can limit mess and nuisance. And donít worry about having to use distilled water; thanks to the innovative filtration system built into the unit, you can use tap water at your convenience.†

Direct-to-Brew System: The DeLonghi has its patented direct-to-brew system that grinds the coffee beans instantly before brewing. For you, this means that all you have to do is drop in the beans, grind them and they go directly to brewing. This makes for less mess and less cleanup for you while still being able to reap the benefits of using fresh coffee beans. And thanks to five coffee strength settings and four cup sizes, you can have the perfect cup of coffee suited to your taste and preference.†

Whatís Not So Great About the DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine?

Cup Warming Plate: The chrome cup warmer is a nice touch, but unfortunately, it doesnít get very warm. If you drink your coffee directly after brewing, this shouldnít be a problem since the coffee comes out at a nice temperature. But if you like to make your coffee and do a few things around the home while itís brewing, you may be less than satisfied to see that the cup warmer doesnít reach a high temperature. As with other cup warmers that lack in this department, coffee drinkers work around this problem by adding pre-warmed milk or creamer so that it doesnít drive down the temperature of the coffee further.

Sensitive Bean Grinder: Like most bean grinders, the one that is included with the DeLonghi Compact can be sensitive to certain types of coffee beans, namely oily beans found at larger chain stores. Since the bean hopper has a shallow slope, beans with an oily texture can get stuck on their way down. Fortunately, the solution is simple and includes opening up the lid, mixing the grinds and then continuing with the process. Youíll also find the best types of beans to use with practice and experimentation.†

Is the DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine a Great Purchase?

The DeLonghi Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine is the perfect purchase for someone who wants the convenience of a super automatic machine but not the large size of one. Thanks to the smaller footprint, you can conveniently store the espresso maker on your countertop without it looking out of place. The highlight of this machine is its direct-to-brew system that enables you to use your own coffee beans without having to do the tamping and grinding. Thanks to the five coffee strengths and four cup sizes, you can perfect your cup of coffee with little effort.†


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