Not long ago, we’ve featured the De’Longhi Dedica espresso machine. It is certainly an excellent machine with a beautiful design, but how does it compare to the classic and most popular DeLonghi EC702? This is what we’ll find out in this post!
DeLonghi EC702 vs. EC680 Dedica:
|Title||De'Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine||DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless|
|Feature||Sleek Design provides outstanding espresso while only taking up 6 Inch of space|
Thermo block technology allows the machine to heat up to the ideal temperature in a quick 40 seconds
Cappuccino Frothing system provides Barista quality foam
Automatic Flow Stop
Stainless Steel Construction
|Patented dual-function filter holder|
Sempre Crema filter; E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) filter
Patented cappuccino system frother
44-ounce (1.3-liter) removable water tank
Anti-drip design; On/off switch with indicator light
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To be fully clear, we need to point out that the Dedica is actually a more expensive model than the EC702. But the good news is, both are still under $300 so it might be worth the price jump to you, so read on…
- When it comes to pressure, both the EC702 and Dedica offer 15 bars of pressure. Providing a nice and full espresso extract.
- Both machines can use ground coffee or e.s.e pods and can extract a single or double shot at the same time.
The difference lies in the design:
- The Dedica has a solid full stainless steel body construction, it is also very slim in design, almost half as wide as the EC702.
- The EC702 has a mixture of plastic and stainless steel body, plastic being more than the stainless steel. It has a classic espresso machine design.
- The steaming wand on the Dedica is also stainless steel and performs much better than the plastic wand on the EC702
- The portafilter head on the Dedica is fully stainless steel, where on the EC702, the part where the coffee comes out is plastic.
Should I Buy the DeLonghi Dedica or EC702?
If it’s within your budget, you’re better off going for the Dedica as it will last longer, therefor giving you more bang for your buck. The durable construction, and the slim and sleek design are absolutely worth it. However, if you’re on a tight budget, you can go for the EC702 and get decent results.
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We’ve already compared a few Saeco super-automatic espresso machines like the Pure vs. Minuto and the Intelia vs. Syntia. Today we’ll be adding a third comparison that looks at the Intelia vs. Minuto.
Saeco Intelia vs. Minuto, What Is The Difference?
Image Title SAECO HD8753/87 Philips Intellia Cappuccino Fully Automatic Espresso Machine SAECO HD8775/48 Philips Minuto Focus Fully Automatic Espresso Machine Feature One touch cappuccino
Integrated automatic milk function with Easy Refill, milk carafe included
Adjustable coffee strength and temperature, Ceramic grinders for Aroma preserving
Automatic cleaning and de-scaling
Pre-brewing function for flavor enhancing
Saeco's new dual pressure lever makes both espresso and coffee
New patented automatic milk frother for one touch froth
No more burnt coffee thanks to our 100% ceramic grinders, Fully automatic rinsing and de-scaling
Memo function thanks to an intuitive display interface
Adjustable grinder to play with the coffee richness, One click removable brewing group
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- Both the Intelia and Minuto feature built in ceramic burr grinder that all Saeco machine use. They both also feature a bypass doser that allows you to use pre-ground coffee without using the grinder.
- You can adjust the grind settings as you like.
- You can control the coffee strength and re-program all settings using the LCD screen available on both machines.
- You can also save any special customizations to your drinks
Here’s where you’ll find the difference:
- The Minuto is a Dual pressure espresso machine which allows it to brew a long cup of coffee, too. For brewing espresso, it will use 15 bars of pressure, for coffee, it will only use 3 to 5 bars, which means you get a long cup of coffee with just a little bit of crema, very similar to a cup of drip coffee.
- Lever on the brewing head is used to choose between espresso or coffee brewing.
- Options on the Minuto include: Espresso, Medium coffee, large coffee. You can also use the milk frother for steam or hot water, which you can choose from a button.
- The brewing head on the Minuto is not adjustable in height, which might cause a bit of splashing when brewing into a short cup.
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As for the Saeco Intelia:
- It has an integrated milk frother that the Minuto lacks. You can create milk based drinks with a touch of a button.
- The milk tank is fully detachable so you can easily refill it and save any left over milk in the fridge.
- It has pre-programmed button for Cappuccino and another for ‘Special’ drinks, which means Lattes or Macchiatos, it will allow you to adjust the milk to espresso ratio.
- The Intelia does NOT make coffee like the Mintuo as it works with 15 bars of pressure only.
- The brewing head on the Intelia is adjustable in height.
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Which One Should You Buy, The Saeco Intelia or Minuto?
The choice shouldn’t very hard here:
- If you want both coffee and espresso – the Minuto is for you.
- However, if you drink more milk based espresso drinks, you’ll love how easy and quick the Intelia is in preparing those. For coffee, you’ll have to have a separate coffee maker or alternatively, you can make Americano (double espresso + water).
Pumpkin Spice Latte is a popular seasonal drink from Starbucks that they usually start serving at the start of Fall. Delicious as it may be, many fans of the coffee drink don’t realize that they actually can make their Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, and it can turn out to be even BETTER than Starbucks’. Making your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home will save you a lot of Dollars as well as calories as you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your drink. And the best part is, you’ll be able to do it any time of the year whenever you crave it!
Since Pumpkin Spice Latte is authentically made with an espresso, you will need an espresso machine to make it. However, if you don’t own an espresso machine, there are some other ways to get the same flavor using coffee. Read on…
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Latte With an Espresso or Nespresso Machine:
If you’ve owned an espresso machine for a while (traditional or single-serve like Nespresso) you probably know how to make a latte by now. If you don’t, it’s basically a shot of espresso with steamed milk. Now it’s only the matter of adding the right ingredients to turn your latte into Pumpkin Spice Latte. And there are a few ways to do it:
Using Pumpkin Pie Spice:
What you’ll need is:
- 1/2 teaspoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 2 teaspoons of honey
– Mix the pumpkin pie spice with the honey until fully blended.
– Prepare a shot of Espresso.
– Pour the espresso shot with the honey/spice mix into a cup and mix them together. Add the steamed milk.
– Optional: Top the drink with whipped cream and caramel.
This method has the least artificial flavoring and less calories than other method (not counting the whipped cream and caramel that you might add).
Using a Pumpkin Spice Syrup:
This will only require you to get a bottle of Pumpkin Spice coffee syrup, we highly recommend Amoretti’s Pumpkin Pie Syrup for its high reviews from many customers. What you’ll do is:
– Add one pump of Pumpkin Spice Syrup to your latte glass.
– Prepare latte as usual: pour in the hot steamed milk and shot of espresso.
– Top with Whipped cream and sauce if desired.
Using Pumpkin Spice Sauce:
If you’d prefer to use a sauce instead, what you’ll need to do is:
– Steam your milk for the latte.
– Mix in the sauce with the steamed milk.
– Then add a shot of espresso.
Mixing the sauce with the milk ensures you get the best flavor.
Still Don’t Have an Espresso Machine? Here Are a Few Suggestions:
- Best Nespresso Machines for Cappuccinos and Lattes.
- Best Espresso Machines for Latte and Cappuccinos.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Latte With a Keurig K-Cup Brewer:
If you have a Keurig K-Cup brewer at home, you have a few options to create your Pumpkin Spice coffee:
You can buy Pumpkin Spice flavored Coffee and Cappuccino, which are all already flavored and ready for you to enjoy…
This is a single-serve of Pumpkin Spice flavored Cappuccino by Grove Square. The K-Cup already contains everything you need, you’ll simply hit the brew button on it and enjoy.
This K-Cup by Green Mountain is Pumpkin Spice Coffee (as in brewed black coffee). You can simply add milk to it and you’ll get something very close to a PSL.
How To Make Pumpkin Spice Latte Without An Espresso Machine:
If you don’t own an espresso machine, you’re left with the option of making Pumpkin Spice Cafe Au Lait (coffee with milk). It doesn’t taste exactly like a PSL, but it’s just as delicious. This method will only require you to have a regular coffee maker, as well as any of the ingredients we listed at the beginning of the post.
- Prepare your cup of coffee.
- Heat your milk and lightly whisk it using a handled frother.
- Mix in your Pumpkin Spice flavor using any of the methods we mentioned: using pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin spice syrup or pumpkin spice sauce.
Here are a few recipes you can follow that use actual Pumpkin in it:
The Breville Die-Cast 800ESXL might look like the BES840XL Infuser, also by Breville, but many features differentiate them from each other. In this post, we’ll be looking at these feature differences to help you decide which espresso maker is the best choice for you.
Breville 800ESXL vs. BES840XL – The Difference:
|Title||Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine||Breville BES840XL the Infuser Espresso Machine|
|Feature||Espresso machine with ThermoBlock heating system and 15-bar Triple Prime pump|
Durable stainless-steel housing; selector dial for espresso, steam, or hot water
4-1/2-inch cup clearance; swivel steam wand with frother; 75-ounce removable water tank
Filters, tamping tool, cleaning tool, and stainless-steel frothing pitcher included
Measures 12 by 10 by 12-1/2 inches; 1-year warranty
15 Bar Italian Pump
75 Fl.oz (2.2L) removable front-fill water tank
Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
The Triple Prime Pump releases 3 bursts of hot water to moisten the ground coffee resulting in greater build-up to extract the fullest flavor
Thermoblock Heating System
|Pre-infusion function applies low water pressure at the start of the extraction to gently expand grinds for an even extraction|
1600w thermocoil heating system with integrated stainless steel water coil accurately controls water temperature
Auto purge function automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
15 bar Italian pump provides complete volumetric control - preset, manual over-ride or re-programmable volumes
Accessories: single & dual wall filter baskets, coffee scoop, stainless steel jug, cleaning disc & tablets, cleaning tool, water filter with holder.
|Height||13 inch||13.25 inch|
|Weight||26 pound||17 pound|
|Width||16 inch||12.5 inch|
|Length||15 inch||10.25 inch|
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Both machines have the following features:
- 15 bar Italian pump
- Auto-purge function which automatically adjusts temperature for espresso extraction and steaming to avoid burning of espresso or milk.
- Pre-infusion function to apply low water pressure at the start of espresso extraction to expand the beans for an even extraction.
The Breville BES840XL has more advanced features that the 800ESXL lacks:
- Boiler: The Infuser BES840XL uses a 1600w thermocoil heating system that runs water through heated coil for better temperature control, on demand. The 800ESXL has a Thermoblock boiler.
- The BES840XL has a Volumetric control feature that allows you to control the shot volume manually. It also has reprogrammable pre-sets. It also has a dedicated hot water dispenser.
- Controls: The BES840XL has illuminated button controls while the 800ESXL uses a dial knob.
- The BES840XL features a built-in tamper. The 800ESXL includes a standard tamper (not built-in).
- Dry Puck feature: The BES840XL has this feature which removes excess water from ground coffee for easy disposal.
- The BES840XL also features an Espresso Pressure Gauge which shows you if the espresso is being over or under extracted with a glace.
- Water tank capacity: the BES840XL has a smaller 61 oz water tank vs 75 oz for the 800ESXL, which also has a outside window for monitoring water level.
Which Is Best To Buy? The Breville Infuser BES840XL or 800ESXL?
Compared to the 800ESXL, the BES840XL Infuser is an advanced espresso maker for anyone looking for semi-automatic options. You get some automatic pre-sets and have the ability to re-program them, and you also get to manually set the volume of your shots. Overall, it is a better machine than the 800ESXL, however, if your budget doesn’t allow you to upgrade to The Infuser, you’ll be as happy with the 800ESXL, if you’re okay with letting go of some features.
Why Buy Double Wall Glasses?
Whether you want them for your coffee drinks or for hot drink, there’s more to double wall glasses than the cool factor they have:
- The insulated glasses keep the temperature of your drink for a longer time.
- And since the inside wall is not exposed to outside temperature, this prevents condensation.
- Then there’s the cool sense of seeing your drink float!
Are Double Wall Glasses Dishwasher and Microwave Safe?
Although you’ll have to check the label on your choice of brand, most double-wall glasses are both dishwasher and microwave safe.
Best Rated Double Wall Glasses:
Note that these glasses are also available in different sizes for Cappuccino or Espresso (2.5 oz, 8 0z, 12 oz, 15 oz and 20 oz). Just click on the glass you like and choose your size from the purchase page.
Ozeri Serafino Double Wall Insulated Beverage and Coffee Glasses, 12-Ounce – Available in a set of 2 or 4.
Lovers of true authentic Italian espresso will appreciate the beauty of an espresso maker such as the La Pavoni. A true traditional masterpiece, this machine is as manual as they get, and it’s only right for someone who has the patience in learning the process of how to use it. If you’re here, you’ve probably made the decision of buying a La Pavoni but not sure which one to get. In this post, we’ll be comparing two of La Pavoni’s Lever espresso makers, the Europiccola and Stradivari.
What Is The Difference Between La Pavoni Europiccola and Stradivari:
Image Title La Pavoni EPC-8 Europiccola 8-Cup Lever Style Espresso Machine, Chrome La Pavoni ESC-8 Stradavari 8-Cup Espresso Machine, Chrome Feature Ideal for making coffee specialty drinks at home
Sturdy all-steel construction under heavy chrome plating
Comes with tamper, screen, screen holder, measuring ladle, and cappuccino attachment
Also includes instructional video for getting started
Measures 11 by 7 by 12 inches; 1-year warranty
Lever-model espresso machine makes up to 8 2-ounce cups of espresso
20-ounce nickel-plated brass boiler; internal thermostat; dual frothing systems
Design inspiration drawn from world-famous violin-maker Antonio Stradavari
Recessed power switch; reset safety fuse
Measures 16-1/4 by 4-1/2 by 12 inches; 1-year warranty
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- 20 ounce water tank.
- Nickle-plated solid brass boiler.
- Can make one or two shots of espresso at the same time.
- Milk frothing steam wand.
- Solid Chrome design
What Is The Difference Between Them?
There is no clear difference between the two machines other than the design and how they look. Features and functionality of the machines are the same.
La Pavoni Europiccola EPC8 vs. EPBB-8: Is There a Difference?
You might have noticed two model names of the La Pavoni Europiccola. There are no difference between the EPC8 vs. EPBB-8 except for the color: the EPBB-8 has a black base while the EPC8 is chrome.
As a popular beginner’s espresso maker, the DeLonghi EC702 is often compared to many espresso machines from other brands. In this post, we’ll be looking at a comparison between it and the Breville Cafe Roma, which we’ve already compared to another espresso maker, the Saeco Poemia. These comparisons should give you enough information to decide between these great entry-level machines with affordable prices.
What Is The Difference Between: DeLonghi EC702 vs. Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma:
Image Feature Stainless-steel espresso machine with 15-bar Thermoblock pump
Dual-wall filter system for excellent crema; froth enhancer; cup-warming plate
Large, easy-fill 1-2/7-quart water tank; external water window indicates when tank is low
Removable drip tray and grid; stainless-steel espresso cup set and frothing jug included
Measures 9 by 9 by 12 inches; 1-year limited warranty
DeLonghi Pump Espresso Maker
Stainless Steel construction for long lasting durability
Patented cappuccino frother
15 bar pump pressure for most authentic flavor
Quick and easy to use
Title Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker with Espresso Tamper, Frothing Pitcher, Two 3 oz Ceramic Tiara Espresso Cups and Saucers, and Handheld Milk Frother Reviews Read Reviews Read Reviews Link More Info More Info
- Both the DeLonghi EC702 and Breville Cafe Roma feature stainless steel exteriors, but the Cafe Roma does have more stainless steel than the EC702, which has plastic parts mixed in with the stainless steel.
- Size wise, the Breville Cafe Roma is smaller in size at 9 by 9 by 12 inches vs. 11.25″ x 8.19″ x 12.5 for the EC702.
- Control Panel: The Cafe Roma uses a classic dial knob while the DeLonghi EC702 uses push buttons.
- Both machines use 15 bar pump pressure to extract espresso.
- Both have almost the same water tank capacity at around 40 to 44 ounces.
- Both feature enhanced milk frothers for better milk textures.
- The Breville Cafe Roma includes a set of 2 stainless steel espresso cups and a frothing jug.
- The DeLonghi EC702 does not include any extra accessories with it.
Which Is Best To Buy? The Breville Cafe Roma or DeLonghi EC702?
Performance wise, you should expect the same results. Both machines have the same capacity in terms of how they operate. However, we do favor the Breville Cafe Roma for two reasons:
- It’s FULL stainless steel exterior makes it more durable.
- The extra accessories are great and should have you set to make espresso right away. You’ll only need to add a tamper.
We came across this funny video via I Love Coffee. Apparently, there’s a reason why Starbucks spells names wrong… maybe it’s another reason why you’re better off making your own coffee at home?
Bialetti has been a leading brand when it comes to Moka pots. Traditionally, it has made and has been known for their Aluminum Octagon shaped Moka Express Pot, which only works with traditional Gas cook tops. With the introduction of newer cook tops like electric and induction, Bialetti has introduced a new line of Stainless steel moka pots that work with all kind of cook tops, these pots include the Musa, Venus and Kitty Moka Pots.
As a buyer, you must be wondering, is there a difference between these 3 stainless steel stove top moka pots? That’s what we will be uncovering in this post….
Bialetti Musa vs. Venus vs. Kitty: What Is The Difference?
|Title||Bialetti 6956 Musa Stovetop Espresso Coffee Pot, 6-Cup, Stainless Steel||Bialetti 6969 Venus Stovetop Percolator, 6-Cup, Stainless Steel||Bialetti 06812 Kitty Coffee Maker, Stainless Steel, 4-Cup|
|Feature||Makes 6 Espresso Cups = 10 fl. Oz.|
Polished Stainless steel construction
Ready in 4-5 minutes
Fits right on the stovetop
Features a black nylon heat-resistant handle
|Makes 6 Espresso Cups = 10 fl. Oz.|
Stainless steel construction
Ready in 4-5 minutes
Fits right on the stovetop
Features a black nylon heat-resistant handle
|Stainless steel construction|
Heat resistant and ergonomic bakelite handle with extra wide reach
Suitable for use on gas, electric, and ceramic stove tops
|Height||5.6 inch||9 inch||5 inch|
|Weight||907.2 grams||1.15 pound|
|Width||7.8 inch||11.3 inch||5 inch|
|Length||4.4 inch||7.1 inch||6.75 inch|
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What we found in our research was…
- All three models are available in 4 and 6 cup size options.
- All are made of Stainless steel, and work with all stove tops including gas, electric and induction.
- All are dishwasher safe.
- All feature heat-resistant handles with extra wide reach to avoid any accidental touching while the pot is hot.
So, what’s the difference?
There is no real difference between them. All three models work the same way and provide the same quality of coffee. The only difference is in the design and shape of each pot. So when buying, simply choose your favorite shaped pot with full confidence that they all work the exact same way and should provide you with delicious traditional coffee easily, no matter what type of stove top you have.
So you’re guilty of consuming too many Cappuccinos and Lattes? Who can blame you! These rather delicious drinks can be hard to make at home without any Barista expertise, but that’s not the case when you become a proud owner of a Nespresso machine which makes you your favorite coffee drinks with a push of a button.
Nespresso machine is a single-serve espresso maker, which means it makes espresso shots, one shot a time, using their exclusive Nespresso capsules. And since Espresso is the base of every delicious coffee drink out there, you can make all your favorite coffee-house drinks at home whenever you want.
As Nespresso machines are sold as stand-alone machines (only the espresso maker) or with a milk frother bundle, if your aim of having one is to make Cappuccinos and Lattes, then a milk frother is a must. In this case, you have two options:
- Buy a Nespresso machine bundled with Nespresso’s Aeroccino milk frother, or get a milk frother separately.
- Buy a Nespresos machine with a built-in milk frother, which should be more convenient.
Buying a Nespresso Machine with Aeroccino Milk Frother:
Almost all Nespresso machines like Pixie, U or Inissia are all available with an Aeroccino milk frother. This is a cheaper option, when you buy the Aeroccino bundled with the machine you’ll be saving on its price. But what you should consider is that when operating them, you’ll need to separate plugs for each unit as they work separately. Here are some bundles to consider:
Buying a Nespresso Machine with Built-In Frother:
Although this set up is more expensive than the previous, it is a lot more convenient. First, you’ll have both the machine and the frother working at the same time, with only one plug to operate them both. Depending on the model you choose, the milk frother should pour in the frothy milk directly and automatically into your cup, making your drink a truly push-button experience. Here are some options to consider:
The DeLonghi Nespresso EN750MB Lattissima PRO: Top of the line Nespresso system combined with DeLonghi’s patented milk frothing system. The milk frother in this machine is not only built-in but also detachable, so you can store the left over fridge in the milk without anything going to waste. It also features a touch-pad control, 6 pre-set drink options and it’s fully programmable to your taste.
The DeLonghi Nespresso EN680MB Lattissima: Another great team up between Nespresso and DeLonghi with an integrated and detachable milk frother. Fully programmable drink options and quick push-button features. It lacks the display and touchscreen the previously mentioned model has, but it’s a more affordable option that offers the same great coffee quality.
Nespresso CitiZ with Milk Frother: This Nespresso machine has a built-in Aeroccino milk frother that operates with the machine. However, unlike the previous models, it does not pour the milk directly into the cup. You simply pick up the milk frother and pour in the milk into your cup. But everything else is done automatically. It’s a great option for anyone with a budget under $300.
- Comparison Between Nespresso Lattissima Pro vs. Lattissima Plus
- Comparison Between Nespresso CitiZ Models
- Comparison Between Nespresso Machines
- Must-Have Nespresso Accessories
The Best Nespresso Capsules For Cappuccino and Latte:
Here are a few selected Nespresso variety packs made especially for Cappuccino and Latte lovers:
This Latte pack includes 5 varieties that offer a balanced and fine flavors when mixed with milk.
This pack includes a variety of three flavored espresso pods: Caramelito, Ciocattino and Vanilio. You’ll enjoy a cup of nicely flavored coffee using one of these pods.