DeLonghi has always been a maker of really great at-home espresso machines, many we’ve already features and you can see here. But there’s something distinctly different about the EC680 Dedica, and that is the slim, sleek and polished design.
The Dedica is only 6 inches wide, making it a perfect choice for someone who is short on counter space. Its stainless steel construction gives it a durable tough exterior. But it’s not all about looks, the beautiful design is backed up with many fantastic features:
- 15 bar pressure pump.
- Thermoblock heating system takes only 40 seconds to heat up.
- Automatic stop flow.
- Cappuccino system allows you to create barista like foam for cappuccinos and lattes.
- Control panel has 3 illuminated buttons.
- Can be used with ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
- Self-priming feature keeps the machine always ready to use.
- Hot water dispenser.
On top of the machine is a cup warmer where you’ll be able to keep your espresso cups and the machine will keep it warm and ready to use. At the back is a clear water tank that can be easily monitored for water level. The drip tray is removable for easy cleaning.
The milk frother is what you would expect from DeLonghi, their Cappuccino System is included in many of their machines. It swivels, mixes steam, air and milk to produce a creamy foam for a delicious cup of Cappuccino or Latte. Included with the machines all filters required for a single or double shot preparation. There’s also a filter for E.S.E pods, which are great if you’re looking for a quick shot without having to measure your coffee.
Are There Any Downsides To The DeLonghi Dedica Espresso Machine?
One thing that might be annoying to some people is that the maximum cup height the machine can accommodate is 3″. So if you’re someone who likes their coffee in a large mug, you’ll have to brew your shots separately then pour them into the mug, however, you’ll be able to froth the milk directly in the mug.
We know you love your Nespresso machine and its capsules, but what if we tell you that there’s a way to get top quality espresso and lungo capsules for your Nespresso machine and save 30% on its expenses? You sure will love it even more!
We just came across a new line of Nespresso compatible capsules that will make you rather happy for its deliciousness as well as for the extra cash you’ll be saving. Gourmesso is Europe’s leader for Nespresso compatible coffee capsules offering Nespresso fans the coffee they love at the most reasonable price of only $0.45 per capsule, which as our research has shown, is currently the cheapest price in the market.
The Gourmesso Espresso and Lungo Capsules:
The great thing about Gourmesso is their great variety of available capsules. You can choose from 9 Espresso blends, varying from 3 to 10 in intensity. Giving every taste something to choose from. There are also 2 Lungo blends and then there’s the flavored coffee: Chocolate, Vanilla, Caramel and Hazelnut.
Each box contains 10 capsules, which is pretty standard for all Nespresso capsules, either the official ones or the non-official ones. Each Gourmesso box will cost you only $4.49. And if this price makes you question the quality, you can hop over to their Amazon page and read the customer reviews (but don’t buy it from Amazon just yet! Read on…)
Compatibility: Is Gourmesso Compatible With All Nespresso Machines?
Yes! It’s compatible with all Nespresso machines that use the standard Nespresso capsules. So it is NOT compatible with the new VertuoLine, but works with everything else, including Nespresso powered DeLonghi machines like the Lattissima and Lattissima Pro.
Where Can I Buy Gourmesso Nespresso Compatible Capsules?
Like we’ve mentioned, the Gourmesso capsules are available on Amazon.com, but here’s why you should be buying them directly from Gourmesso’s website instead:
- As soon as you sign up, you’ll be part of Gourmesso’s Rewards system which earns you points on your capsule purchase.
- You’ll be able to use and apply those points for future purchases.
- You can earn more points by referring your friends and on your birthday (FREE coffee!)
- You get FREE shipping on orders over $50. Other shipping options start at only $5.
Ready to save on your capsule spending and even get rewarded for it? Click here to visit Gourmesso’s website!
Breville’s Dual Boiler espresso machines are the higher end of it’s home use espresso machines that allow you to create delicious espresso drinks quickly and easily, in a semi-automatic operation that gives you freedom to customize your drink as you like. So far, there are three models in this line: The BES900XL, BES920XL and BES980XL which we’ll be comparing in this post.
What Is a Dual Espresso Machine?
Just like its name suggest, it’s a machine that has two boilers working simultaneously so it allows you to extract espresso and steam milk at the same time, without any wait time.
Let’s start with the features of each machine:
The Breville BES900XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine:
- Dual stainless steel boilers.
- OPV (Over Pressure Valve) regulates extraction pressure.
- Electronic PID temperature control which gives you precise water temperature and maintains thermal stability.
- Pre-set and re-programmable shot volume and temperature.
- Pressure gauge, LED screen displays brew temperature, shot timer or clock.
- Built-in 58 mm tamper, hot water dispenser, swivel stainless steel frothing wand.
- Front water tank window for easy monitoring.
- 2.5L water tank capacity.
- Wattage: 1700
The Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine:
The BES920XL is identical to the BES900XL as its an upgraded version of it. It has all the features mentioned above plus a few extra features:
- Descale feature for quick and easy at home machine cleaning and maintenance.
- Adjustable steam boiler temperature control: this allows for better milk texturing and steaming.
- Shot duration control: you can control the exact time of the shot extraction by dialing in the time.
- Razor Dose trimming tool: this patented accessory trims your coffee dose to perfect precision for the best espresso shot extraction.
The BES920XL is not a lot higher in price than the BES900XL, and it’s certainly worth the price difference.
Breville BES980XL the Oracle Dual Boiler Espresso Machine:
Now this model is on an entirely different level from the two previous models. It’s quite superior and packed with new amazing features:
- The world’s first automatic manual espresso machine: the best of both worlds, it allows you to manually customize your drinks then automates the process.
- Hands-free automatic grinding thanks to the integrated conical burr grinder and built-in cradle.
- Automatic milk texturing textures milk to your selected temperature and settings.
- One touch Americano features: automatically extracts two shots of espresso and adds hot water through the hot water dispenser, right into the cup without any action required from you.
- Dual stainless steel boilers with patented triple heating system.
- OPV: Over Pressure Vavle limits the maximum extraction pressure to prevent creating bitter shots.
- Automatic on/off options to pre-heat machine at set time or shut it off.
- Wattage: 1800
- Dedicated hot water dispenser for Americanos and cup pre-heating.
- Programmable shot temperature from 190°-205°F. Can be displayed in Celsius too.
- LED display screen.
- Swivel milk frothing steam.
- Descale feature
- Steam pressure control
What Is The Difference Between The BES900XL vs. BES980XL?
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The Oracle espresso machine is far more powerful than the Dual Boiler BES900XL. Its automatic function are absolutely new to the world of manual espresso makers, making it the first Automatic Manual espresso maker in the WORLD. However, those amazing features come with the high tag price. The price difference between the Oracle and Dual Boiler is around a $1000, so you’ve got to have a good budget for such a high-end machine.
Should I Go With the Breville BES900XL or BES920XL?
talk about more similar and a fair comparison…. which of the original Dual Boiler machines should you buy? The obvious choice is the BES920XL, since it has a number of great added features. I think the extra $100 is totally worth it.
Are There Any Other Breville Espresso Machines I Should Consider?
Absolutely! Breville makes excellent espresso machines and makes sure to consider people with different needs and budgets…
If you’ve got a budget under $1000 and can’t afford the machines above. We HIGHLY recommend the Barista Express which has been quite popular on our site. We have two details posts regarding this machine that you can check out:
- Breville BES870XL Barista Express vs. the Gaggia Classic
- The Breville Barista Express BES870XL vs. The Breville BES840XL Infuser
In this post, we’ll be looking at two super-automatic espresso machines by Saeco, one of Italy’s leading espresso machines manufactures. The machines we’ll be reviewing are the Saeco Xelsis SS and the Saeco Exprelia.
First, let’s have a look at the features of each machine individually:
Saeco Xelsis SS Automatic Espresso Machine:
- Super-automatic espresso machine with built-in grinder and detachable external milk tank.
- One touch operation. LCD color display.
- Create and save up to 6 profiles for personalization and custom drink memorization for different people.
- 5 pre-set drinks, all can be reprogrammed and saved to personal profile.
- Easily adjust the taste and volume of your coffee with a knob turn.
- The detachable milk tank automatically froths and pours milk to glass. Left over milk can be saved in fridge easily.
- Classic froth wand also available.
- Pre-ground bypass for using coffee other than the coffee you have in the bean hopper (regular vs decaf for example).
- 54 oz water tank with filter.
- 12 oz bean hopper capacity
- automatic cleaning and descaling.
Saeco HD8856/47 Exprelia Super Automatic Espresso Machine:
- Fully automatic espresso machine with built-in grinder and automatic milk frother.
- LCD display for easily selection and customization.
- 4 pre-set coffee buttons, all reprogrammable.
- Adjust the intensity of your coffee easily using knob control.
- Detachable milk tank for automatic frothing.
- Automatic cleaning and descaling.
- 10 oz bean hopper capacity
Saeco Xelsis SS vs. Exprelia, What Is The Difference and Which Is Best?
- Both are super-auto with built-in ceramic conical burr grinders that Saeco are known for.
- Both use the same milk frothing system known as Cappuccinatore, which is an integrated, detachable milk tank that automatically froths and pours the milk directly into your cup.
- Both have the same water tank capacity 54 oz and a bypass doser for using pre-ground coffee.
The difference is:
- The Saeco Xelsis is a more advanced machines with the ability to save 6 profiles with their own custom drink settings.
- The color display on the Xelsis is easier to use for drink customization.
- The controls on the Xelsis are all touch buttons, while the Exprelia has actual buttons.
- The Xelsis has a slightly larger bean hopper capacity (12 oz vs 10 oz for the Exprelia).
- The Xelsis has more pre-set drink buttons for Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, Caffe Latte, Lungo and Espresso, as well as a custom drink button. The Exprelia has 4 pre-set buttons.
Which One Should You Buy?
Of course the Xelsis has more high-end features, but it also comes with a higher price tag, it is actually nearly double the price of the Exprelia. Overall, both machines are excellent and have been highly rated, but it’s up to you and your budget to decide if the extra features of the Xelsis are worth the extra money.
When I first stumbled across the SAECO Pure super-automatic espresso machine, the SAECO Minuto immediately came to mind, thinking they were the same machine but under different names. Upon further investigation, turns out, they’re not the same. So in this post, we will be discussing the difference between these two machines.
SAECO Pure vs. Minuto:
Both machines have similar basic features like:
- Push-button bean to cup operation.
- Classic wand milk frother/ hot water dispenser.
- All options are reprogrammable.
- 5 grind settings from fine to coarse.
- Automatic grinding and descaling.
- Adjustable coffee spout to fit different cup sizes.
How Are They Different?
- The Saeco Minuto is actually more advanced than the Pure;
- The Minuto has a ceramic grinder that preserves as much oils and flavor as possible without burning the beans, where the Pure has a metal grinder.
- The Minuto’s pressure can be adjusted to low so it brews a regular cup of coffee and adjusted back to 15 bar for espresso brewing. The Pure does NOT have this feature and can only make espresso and espresso based drinks.
- The Minuto has an LED screen and memorization features so it can save different drink settings at the same time. The Pure does not have any display.
Which One Should You Buy? The Saeco Minto Focus or Pure?
By now it’s obvious the Saeco Minuto Focus offers more features that the Pure, but you have to decide for yourself if they’re features you need or not. One of the Minuto’s most notable features is its dual pressure feature that allows you to brew coffee as well as espresso, a feature that many super-automatics lack.
Another factor that will affect your decision is budget. The Minuto is more expensive than the Pure, around $300 more, so that’s another thing to consider.
You can visit our post about the SAECO Minuto Focus to learn more about it by clicking here.
We’ve covered many great electric milk frothers in previews posts, like here. We’ve just noticed a new milk frother by Sherwood that we thought we’d add to the list..
Features of the Sherwood SMF-1000R Automatic Electric Milk Frother and Warmer:
- Electric automatic milk frother and warmer.
- Prepares hot and cold milk froth with a touch of a button.
- Includes one disc that works at different speeds to create different froth volumes at your request.
- Removable stick and non-stick surface for easy cleaning.
- Auto shut-off
- 250ml capacity
- Available in 4 color combinations.
With a simple push of a button, the frother can either heat or froth the milk for a creamy latte or a foamy cappuccino. You can also choose from hot or cold froth. Unlike other frothers, the Sherwood frother does not include different whisks that you need to switch for different froth types, it includes only whisk but works at different speeds to deliver the same result.
How It’s Used:
- Inside the frother, you’ll find indicators of how much milk you should pour in (min and max capacity).
- Press the button once to froth hot milk
- Press the button twice to heat milk.
- Hold the button until it illuminates Blue to prepare cold froth.
Sherwood vs. Secura Milk Frother, Which Is Best to Buy?
Overall, the Sherwood makes an excellent milk frother, but in comparison, the Secura is a much better choice for different reasons:
- For the same capacity of 250ml, you can save around $30.
- It’s fully stainless steel, making it more durable and easier to clean on the outside.
- Vacuum insulation keeps the temperature of the milk.
The Secura does come with two whisks instead of one. It’s also available in 500ml capacity.
We’ve often mentioned that we’re not fans of refillable Nespresso pods for many reasons, one being that they often harm the machine and decrease its life span and might even break the needle that punctures the espresso capsules. But if you still prefer to use or at least want the option to try your own coffee from any other brand and brew it with your Nespesso machine, we’ve got a great solution for you.
Capsul’in Capsules Fillable Nespresso Coffee Compatible Pods/Capsules:
Capsul’in fillable capsules are perfect to use with any Nespresso machine. But why do we recommend these over stainless steel refillable pods? Here’s why:
- These are fillable and not RE-fillable, so they’re disposable just like the official Nespresso capsules.
- Made of recycled FDA approved and PBA-free material. It does not harm the needle in your machine.
- You can use this for coffee or tea.
How To Use the Capsul’in Fillable Nespresso Capsules:
- Fill the capsule with your favorite coffee.
- Seal the capsule with the included foil.
You’re all set to use! Make sure the coffee you’re using is an Espresso grind (fine grind) otherwise it won’t work.
The Capsul’in fillable capsules can be a great solution to use your own coffee, but preparing your own pods before each use can be a bit of a hassle and can take away from the Nespresso experience.
In this post, we’ll be comparing the Rancilio Silvia vs the Gaggia Classic, two superior espresso machines that make a great upgrade for an intermediate to an advanced user.
Features and Design:
Both of these machines are made of commercial grade material with the home user in mind. So when buying either of them, you’ll be getting really high quality. These are NOT automatic machines, so you’ll need to know what you’re doing in order to produce a good shot of espresso, that’s why we’re recommending this for at least an intermediate user.
There are a few differences that set these machines apart, starting with the price range. The Rancilio Silvia is over $500 and is almost double the price of the Gaggia Classic. Is there a reason for this? let’s look at the features to find out:
Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine:
- Stainless steel housing with ergonormic porta filter handle same as Rancilio’s commercial machines.
- Commercial grade group head offers heat stability and great extraction quality.
- Single boiler that has the largest volume capacity for a home espresso machine.
- 15 bar pump pressure.
- 67 oz water reservoir.
- Stainless steel steam wand for milk frothing.
- Knob for steaming control.
- Includes: coffee scoop, tamper, single and double shot filter baskets.
Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine:
- Stainless steel housing.
- 17 1/2 bar pump pressure.
- 72-ounce water reservoir.
- brass portafilter and group head for heat stability.
- Plastic milk frother. Also works as a hot water dispenser.
- Includes: single and double shot filter baskets, coffee scoop and tamper.
What Is The Difference Between the Rancilio Silvia vs Gaggia Classic:
Image Title Rancilio HSD-SILVIA Silvia Espresso Machine Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel Feature Ergonomic porta filter handle same as the proven design of Rancilio commercial machines
Commercial grade group head for superb heat stability and extraction quality
Articulating steam wand offers complete range of motion and professional steaming knob precisely controls steaming pressure
Classic linear design fits most decors
Optional pod and capsule adaptor kit available
Coffee/espresso machine with 72-ounce removable water reservoir
Stainless-steel housing; brass portafilters and grouphead for temperature stability
17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler; hot-water dispenser; frothing wand
Single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop included
Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches
Height 13.3 inch 12 inch Weight 30.8 pound 20 pound Width 11.4 inch 13 inch Length 9.2 inch 25 inch Rating Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
- The Gaggia Classic has a larger water reservoir than the Rancilio Silvia.
- The Gaggia Classic has a smaller boiler than the Silvia. Although the Silvia takes longer to heat up, it can deliver more shots without having to pause, making it perfect for larger families or for entertaining.
- The Silvia can only use ground coffee. The Gaggia Classic can use both ground coffee or e.s.e pods.
Overall, the Rancilio Silvia is more powerful with the largest boiler for its category. The Gaggia Classic is perfect for making a single or double shot at a time, it might get tricky if you’re entertaining a large number of people for example, as it will need some ‘rest time’ between every few shots.
To deliver excellent coffee, both machines will require a high quality grinder to prepare the coffee ground right before brewing. See our of the top rated conical burr grinders for some recommendations.
On the above, we have the Sytnia HD8838/47 and below it is the RI9837/05. They look quite identical, but is there really a difference between them?
Apart from the slight difference in the knob of which the machine is controlled, the really difference is in the milk frothing method:
- The HD8838/47 features an integrated automatic milk frother that froths and pours milk into your cup automatically.
- The RI9837/05 has a classic steam frothing wand and you’ll have to froth the milk yourself.
Any other differences? No.
So, which to buy? Simply pick your choice of milk frothing method!
For detailed reviews on the machines, visit these links:
Most, if not all, espresso machines come with an integrated steam wand that you can use to froth milk for a delicious cup of cappuccino or latte. But some people find this feature to a hassle and prefer a quicker way to froth milk. If you happened to be one of them, you’ll definitely prefer the use of an automatic milk frother instead of a steam wand. What’s the difference between them?
- With a steam wand, you’ll have to hold the milk pitcher and wait for your milk to steam and froth. You may or may not get it right, and it can take a bit of practice.
- With an integrated automatic milk frother, all you have to do is fill a milk tank and push a button and all the frothing will be done for you.
We’ve featured many espresso makers that feature automatic milk frothers, and they’re available at a wide range of features and budgets. Here’s a look at the best ones:
Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker:
This is a fantastic entry-level espresso and cappuccino maker for a budget under $200. The Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista prepares everything with a push of a button; it features a classic portafilter that you can use with your choice of coffee ground or E.S.E coffee pods (Not to be confused with Coffee Capsules). The integrated milk tank pours the frothy milk right into your mug, and it’s detachable so you can easily store any left-over milk in the fridge. See a review of the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista here.
Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine with Built-in Aeroccino Milk Frother:
One of the most popular Nespresso machines, the CitiZ features a built-in milk frother that can prepare hot or cold froth in under a minute. The frother sits on the same base as the machine and uses the same power source, but it does not pour milk automatically into the cup,you’ll pour the milk in yourself. But frothing is done with a simple push of a button and is fully automatic.
The CitiZ uses Nespresso espresso capsules only. It prepares Espresso and Lungo, and you can reprogram all the automatic features in the machine to your preference. Click here to read our review of the CitiZ.
Saeco Syntia Espresso Machine with Built-in Grinder and Integrated Milk Frother:
This is a super-automatic espresso machine for someone with a large budget and looking for a high-end machine. The Saeco Syntia features a built-in conical burr grinder that grinds coffee on demand, giving you a cup of coffee with beans that has been ground right before brewing. It also features an integrated milk tank that automatically froths milk for cappuccinos and lattes and it pours right into the cup. The Syntia packs a lot of advanced features that you can read about by clicking here.