De’Longhi Dedica Bean-to-Cup Review

 

One of the most compact espresso machines by De’longhi now on the market

Available in black, silver and red

image of the Dedica coffee espresso machine by De'Longhi - model EC685

This is a versatile machine that suits every kitchen. It is important to note that the espresso bean-to-cup by Dedica doesn’t include a built-in bean grinder, so you may wonder, why is it included in our top reviews?

Well, we have included this machine in our top reviews because it is a great machine for people on a budget and that is partially down to the fact that it doesn’t include a grinder. You are free to buy a coffee grinder of your choice (and they can be found relatively cheap), or if you already have a bean grinder then that’s a bonus!

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Overview of the espresso machine by De’longhi

 

The size of this machine is one of its top-quality assets. Why? Well it can fit practically anywhere.

You don’t necessarily need a big bulky coffee machine to get good coffee, the Dedica delivers great results at an affordable price! It is available in three different colours, making it even more adaptable for your kitchen.

This is the ideal machine for coffee lovers that have a smaller kitchen, students who live in shared accommodation, or those of you who simply don’t fancy having a large machine taking up too much space.

Pros and cons of the Dedica

If you are wanting to get a quick review of this slim, easy-to-use coffee machine, then here we have listed the pros and cons of the Dedica.

Pros

  • This is one of the slimmest bean-to-cup machines on the market. It is suitable for every kitchen.
  • Adjustable milk frother – so you can make barista style drinks.
  • Adjustable drip tray to fit both tall and short mugs.
  • Range of colors to suit every kitchen.

Cons

  • Doesn’t include a coffee grinder. However, you can buy the matching De’Longhi grinder (or one of your choice). Or you can use ESE pods.
  • It is possible to overheat the machine when using for prolonged periods of time. If this happens, you must wait untill it has readjusted before using again (which can take several seconds).

If you still want more information, to find out exactly how you would use this machine and even the potential cost of running it, then read on…

Breakdown of the Dedica and its functions

 

The Dedica, by De’Longhi, offers flexibility and ease over your daily coffee making. This is a practical machine that allows you to make single and double espressos (you can even make two drinks at a time).

You can also use the steam wand for heating up milk to top off your coffees.

This machine doesn’t include a built-in grinder like others. However, this gives you the option to buy a coffee grinder of your choice. You could get a small grinder that can be stored away and taken out when needed. Or there is the professional Dedica grinder that matches this machine.

If you don’t want an external De’Longhi bean-to-cup grinder, you can use E.S.E (Easy Serving Espresso) pods for added simplicity.

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To give you more of a virtual demonstration of this machine, below we have labelled each key feature of the machine and described what they do:

Labled image of the espresso coffee machine by De'Longhi

A.     At the top of this machine there are 3 buttons: one cup, two cups and a steam button. These buttons have multiple uses and are required to carry out the initial set-up of the machine (the instruction manual can guide you through that process step-by-step).

 

When in use, the buttons will light up as necessary to show when the machine is in operation and which functions are ready to use. The lights will also flash accordingly to demonstrate what functions are in use (machine heating up etc.). A breakdown of these settings and explanation of the lights can be found in the user manual.

 

B.      The dial on the right-hand side of this machine is used to dispense either hot water or steam depending on what you require. You can use the hot water function to heat up cups before making your coffee, or for making a quick tea/americano. The steam function is used for heating up and creating frothy milk for cappuccinos and other coffees of your choice.

 

C.      This is where the group handle is placed for coffee extraction. One of the great things about this machine is that, even though it is compact in size, it is still capable of creating two espressos.

 

D.     This is the steam wand for the machine which allows the user to heat up and add texture to milk in order to create a range of different coffee shop drinks.

You may notice that this steam wand is wider than the ones seen on traditional coffee house machines. This feature is what aids you in creating consistently good foam for your drinks. It doesn’t give you as much control over the milk as a professional steamer would, but it does allow you to consistently produce premium textured milk for your drinks.

 

E.      This is the drip tray. Place your cup/mug here and any coffee spillages will go into the drip tray to avoid mess and make cleaning easier. The drip tray can be adjusted to two heights to suit both tall and small mugs. The maximum cup height is 12cm.

How much is it going to cost to buy and then maintain this machine?

 

The price of maintenance for this machine will vary depending on your preference to what kind of coffee flavour and quality you are looking for, as well as what you can afford.

The initial price of this machine is around £180-£229.

The positive of this machine not having a built-in coffee grinder is that it means you can choose to buy one that suits your needs and budget. The Dedica espresso machine has a matching professional grinder which has a range of settings that can be adjusted to your preference.

However, there are many other grinders out there that also work well and vary in size, performance and price.

 

So, what have we learnt?

 

This review has taught us that the De’Longhi Dedica espresso coffee machine would make a great addition (and easily fit) to any kitchen. It is compact, affordable and offers a range of features that allow you to tailor it to your preferences.

It is a quality bean-to-cup machine that offers the basic functions needed to make standard coffee shop drinks.

If you are someone who would like more freedom over what you can do with your coffees in terms of latte art and creating a range of specialised espresso drinks, then this may not be the machine for you.

However, if you are looking for a bean-to-cup machine that is slim, attractive and can create a decent cup of coffee then click here for the price.