I bought 1 month ago my very first Espresso machine. I chose affordable option. The De’longhi EC685 is very good and cheap espresso maker for beginners and for all those who does not want to use too much money for coffee maker.
Before I bought EC685 I had been using normal filter-coffee makers. If I am staying home and I just want to have a lot of coffee then I still use the 10 cup-coffee maker. BUT when I want, lets say Espresso, Cappuccino or latte, then I will use my new and wonderful De’longhi.
I like few things about it. It is easy to use. I can foam the milk with the same machine. I can even make hot water for tea with it.
Now to the real stuff.
About the De’Longhi Dedica EC685
EC685 is new version of the EC680. (There is lots and lots of reviews for the EC680 in YouTube.)
The new model however is less noisy and has few more options than the old model did not.
With EC685 you can make 1 or 2 cub of espresso. There is different buttons for both of those. In fact there is only 3 buttons on the front panel.
1 cup, 2 cup and foam. Very simple. Of course there is some special options in the configuration menu. You can decide how hot your coffee is. You can choose the hardness of the water. AND what is most important is the fact that you can choose how much coffee the 1-cup and 2-cup buttons make. This is very good option to have.
There is also 3 different filters. own filter for the 1-cup option, 2-cup option and own filter for the ready-to-use coffee bods. I myself always want to grind the coffee so the third filter is not option for me. I usually only use the 2-cup filter because I make cappuccino and I want as much coffee in it as possible. And now we come to the other good thing. The milk foam. The machine makes it easy. Just choose the foam option. Wait for the machine to stop plinking. Use the foamer for 2 sec without milk, to get rid of the water in the system. Then put the milk under the nozzle and start. Simple as that..
One thing to consider. This machine does not make perfect foam. If you want to make the latte arts – this espresso machine will make it a little difficult. I think the nozzle does not create small enough bubbles. Or I am just very very bad on latte arts. (well it is true. I have done only maybe 30 cups of coffee and I still don’t know how to make the nice pictures with the milk).
I have been very happy using this espresso maker. It is fast and I just love the taste of cappuccino and espresso it makes. Just bare in mind that you might need to try few times to get the perfect cup. Also the machine takes very little space. I have very small kitchen and I would never have space for the full size espresso machine. That is why I only now bought one.
Now to the boring stuff:
Specifications for De’Longhi EC685:
- Weight: 4,2 kg
- Auto Shut-off: Yes
- Dimensions: 148 x 330 x 303
- Max cup height: 12 cm
- Pump pressure: 15 bar
- Removable water reservoir: Yes
- Water tank capacity: 1.1 l
- Body: Stainless steel
- Color options: Black, Metal, Red
Few places to find De’Longhi EC 685:
Amazon UK: Amazon UK – De’Longhi EC 685
Amazon US: Amazon US – De’Longhi EC 685 Red
I will make a video review for this coffee maker also. You can see the YouTube review for De’Longhi Dedica EC 685 from the link below:
(just have to wait first that it will be ready )