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You’ve decided you want a single-serve coffee maker, but you’re torn between two systems: Nespresso or Dolce Gusto? Which of these coffee makers should you buy?

In this post, we’ll highlight the features of each system to help you understand which of them is the right choice for you personally.

Nespresso Espresso Maker:

Nespresso Citiz C111 Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Plus Milk Frother

  • Nespresso has two lines of  machines: Nespresso OriginalLine and Nespresso VertuoLine.
  • Nespresso OriginalLine makes espresso drinks: Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Macchiato and pretty much any specialty coffee drink. Only Nespresso OriginalLine capsules and Nespresso compatible brands work with these machines. OriginalLine machines are: Inissia, Pixie, CitiZ, Lattissima and Prodigio.
  • Nespresso VertuoLine is designed to brew espresso as well as coffee. So you can make espresso and espresso-based drinks as well as coffee. Only VertuoLine capsules are compatible with these machines, and they are different to OriginalLine capsules. Machines in this line are VertuoLine, Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.

Using Nespresso Capsules To Make Your Coffee Drink:

De'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine

  • Using a Nespresso machine is as easy as pushing a button. Simply insert  your capsule and push the button to brew your selected size.
  • Nespresso Capsules only contain pure coffee ground in them. No powdered milk, sugar or flavors.
  • If you want to create a milk-based drink like a Cappuccino, you can use a milk frother to heat and froth the milk. You can use your favorite kind of milk.
  • Depending on the Nespresso model you choose, some are bundled with a Nespresso Aeroccino and some have a built-in frother. Or you can always buy your own frother.
  • Nespresso’s capsules are made of aluminum and are recyclable.
  • Whether you choose an OrignalLine or VertuoLine machine, there’s a range of capsules to choose from (intensity and blends).
  • For OriginalLine machines, there are capsules from other brands. There are also some aftermarket refillable pods available so you can brew your own coffee ground.
  • Each Nespresso sleeve includes 10 capsules.


What Drinks To Make Using Nespresso:

Nespresso Cappuccino Set

  • You can make pretty much any type of coffee drink, including cappuccino, latte, macchiato, flavored lattes (you’ll have to buy the syrup separately). Nespresso does NOT make hot chocolate or tea drinks. So, it’s strictly coffee.
  • You can also make cold coffee drinks by creating cold froth, which is an option in Aeroccino and some other electric frothers. However, Nespresso only brews hot coffee.

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Dolce Gusto Coffee System:

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  • Dolce Gusto has a range of coffee systems. For the most part, they all work the same way. The differences between them are in the size, capacity and design, but all make the same drinks.
  • These machines use Nescafe Dolce Gusto capsules exclusively.
  • You can make a variety of coffee drinks using a Dolce Gusto machine, that includes coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte, flavored coffee drinks. You can also make hot chocolate and tea drinks, as well as iced drinks.



Making Your Favorite Drinks Using Dolce Gusto Capsules:

Dolce Gusto Pods

  • If you’re making coffee or espresso (no-milk drink), then all you have to do is insert your capsule in its place, adjust water volume and hit the brew button.
  • For milk based drinks, Dolce Gusto capsule packs include two type of capsules: one is the coffee capsule and the second is the milk capsule. To brew your drink, you’ll have to brew your coffee capsule first, remove it, then brew the milk capsule.
  • None of Dolce Gusto’s machines include a milk frother. Of course, you have the choice to buy a frother from any brand, but for the most part, Dolce Gusto’s coffee drinks are made with the included powdered milk capsules.
  • Amount of capsules in each box range from 8 to 16 depending on the drink.

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Which System Is Best To Buy?

First thing to note is, we won’t comment on the taste here, as taste is a very subjective thing.

What we can comment on is freshness of the coffee. Let’s take making a Cappuccino as an example:

  • When making a Cappuccino using Nespresso, you’ll use an espresso capsule with your choice of fresh milk that you froth right before you drink.
  • Making a Cappuccino using Dolce Gusto, you’ll be using an espresso capsule and a milk capsule. This powdered milk capsule effects the taste of the drink. The milk capsule can also include sugar and artificial or natural flavors in it, if that’s something that might be of interest to you, check the ingredients before buying.

Second thing to note is, ease of use:

  • When using a Nespresso, there’s less steps to making a drink. You brew a shot of espresso or coffee with a touch of a button. Capsules are automatically ejected into a used capsule drawer, so it’s mess-free too.
  • With Dolce Gusto, there are more steps to making a drink. If you’re making black coffee or espresso, it’s a straight forward process. But if you’re making a specialty coffee drink, it’s a multiple step process:
    • Insert the milk capsule, adjust the bars to dispense the required amount of water then brew. Manually remove the capsule.
    • Insert the coffee capsule, adjust the bars, then brew.
    • There’s no drawer to collect used capsules, although some Dolce Gusto models include a bin for used capsule, but you still have to take out the capsule out of the machine manually.

Conclusion:

We prefer Nespresso over Dolce Gusto for its ease of use, mess-free process and the freshness of its coffee. The capsules for Nespresso are slightly more expensive, but you certainly get what you pay for.

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What Is a Cappuccino?

Cappuccino

A Cappuccino is a popular coffee drink that is made up of espresso, milk and foam. A traditional Cappuccino is made of 1/3 Espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.

To make a Cappuccino as authentic as an Italian one, the milk has to be steamed. But using an electric foamer makes good foam and makes a great alternative to make a Cappuccino at home.

Does a Cappuccino Have Caffeine In It?

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Yes, it does. Cappuccino has a shot of espresso in it, and a shot of 2 oz espresso has about 80 ml of caffeine in it.

What Is The Difference Between a Cappuccino and a Latte?

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When it comes to coffee drinks, the main difference is the amount of milk and how it compares to the amount of milk and foam in it.

  • In a Cappuccino, you have 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk and 1/3 foam.
  • In a Latte, has a shot of espresso, milk and only a little bit of foam on top. The amount of milk here is more than the espresso and foam.

Wet vs. Dry vs. Bone-Dry Cappuccino, What’s The Difference?

As general rule, when it a coffee drink is referred to as ‘wet’ then it probably has a more of a creamier texture than a ‘dry’ drink, which will most likely have less milk.

  • In a traditional Cappuccino, you have equal parts of espresso, milk and foam.
  • A wet Cappuccino has less foam and more steamed milk.
  • A dry Cappuccino is the opposite, it has less steamed milk and more foam.
  • a bone-dry Cappuccino is espresso with foam only, no steamed milk.

Is a Bone Dry Cappuccino The Same as an Espresso Macchiato?

No it’s not. While a Dry Cappuccino has espresso and foam only, an Espresso Macchiato has espresso and a dollop of lightly foamed milk, similar of the foam of a latte.

 

Now we’ve explained all kinds of possible Cappuccino drinks, the question is, how can you make all these delicious coffee drinks at home?

How To Make a Cappuccino at Home:

Can I Make a Cappuccino Without a Machine?

This is the most common question we get. Is it possible to make a Cappuccino without a machine? Because the base of every Cappuccino is espresso, and it’s impossible to have espresso without a machine, then you need an espresso machine for making Cappuccino and other coffee drinks.

What’s The Best Way To Make a Cappuccino at Home?

We’ve already established the fact that to make an authentic cup of Cappuccino you’d need an espresso machine. Luckily, espresso machines are available for every budget, so you shouldn’t be worried about breaking the bank for a cup of Cappuccino at home.

When it comes to espresso machines, you have two choice:

  • An automatic single-serve espresso machine
  • A traditional style, manual or semi-automatic espresso machine.

A single-serve espresso machine is the easiest option to use. It uses pre-measured coffee pods and makes your desired drink with a touch of a button, so there’s no work on your part.

A manual or semi-automatic espresso machine is what you’d see at a coffee shop, but on a smaller scale for the home user. It uses ground coffee and you have to manually brew your shot and froth your milk.

Here are our favorite machines to make a Cappuccino at home:

Nespresso Inissia:

Nespresso Inissia Red Bundle

The most affordable and compact Nespresso machine. The Inissia is a very popular choice right now. The machine uses Nespresso capsules to brew a single serve of an Espresso or Lungo automatically. The bundled Aeroccino milk frother heats and froths milk automatically, either for a Cappuccino (with more froth) or Latte (less froth and creamier texture). It can also make cold froth for iced drinks, all with a touch of a button.

Click here to learn everything about the Inissia Espresso Maker.

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DeLonghi Dedica:

DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Dedica is a very slim semi-automatic espresso maker. You can create your shot manually (manual start and stop of the shot) or automatically as the machine is pre-set to the perfect dose. The steam wand allows you to manually heat and froth your milk. The Dedica makes an excellent choice for a beginner user.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica.

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Mr Coffee Cafe Barista:

Mr. Coffee Café Barista Premium Espresso:Cappuccino System, ECMP1000

This espresso maker by Mr. Coffee combines the best of both worlds. It has the classic protafilter and uses coffee ground, but it also has automatic brewing and milk frothing. It has a dedicated button for each coffee drink, a detachable milk reservoir and it includes all accessories for you to get started right away: portafilter with both single and double shot filters, coffee measuring scoop and a tamper.

Click here to learn more about the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista

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We’ve mentioned both the DeLonghi Dedica EC680 and Gaggia Classic as two great choices for a beginner’s first espresso maker. We know that many will disagree with us on this, these two espresso makers are not the cheapest and not the easiest to use. So on what basis did we decide to recommend them for a beginner?

Perfecting a shot of espresso isn’t an easy task, it takes some practice until you get the ratio and timing right. The DeLonghi Dedica and Gaggia Classic will help you develop your skills, you get to really control your espresso shots manually or automatically. They’re not the type of espresso makers that you’ll use for a few months and then outgrow, these models will last you a long time before the need to upgrade. And that’s why we recommend them as your first machines!

But the question now is, which one of them should you choose? Let’s start by listing their features:

Features of the DeLonghi Dedica EC680M:

DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

  • Very slim design, takes about 6″ of counterspace.
  • Sleek stainless steel housing.
  • 15 bar pump pressure.
  • Quick 40 seconds start up time.
  • Cappuccino frothing system.
  • Automatic stop flow.
  • Pre-set espresso measurement, all can be re-set to your taste.
  • Can be used with manual options too.
  • Water reservoir capacity: 1 liter.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of the Gaggia Classic:

Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine

  • espresso maker with 17 1/2 bars pressure pump.
  • 72 oz water reservoir capacity (about 2 liters).
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • Brass portafilter and grouphead to help stabilize temperature.
  • Only manual brewing.
  • Frothing wand doubles as a hot water dispenser.

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia Classic, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between the DeLonghi Dedica EC680M vs. Gaggia Classic?

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TitleDe'Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso MachineGaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel
FeatureSleek 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
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
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Pressure power:

  • The Dedica has a 15 bar pump pressure which is standard for most espresso makers.
  • The Gaggia Classic has a 17 1/2 bar pump pressure.

Reservoir capacity:

  • The Dedica has a 1 liter water tank capacity.
  • The Gaggia Classic has a 2 liter capacity.

Size:

  • The Dedica is quite compact with only 6-inches in width.
  • The Gaggia is about 8 inches wide.

Usage:

  • The Dedica has both automatic and manual options. It’s overall easier to use than the Gaggia Classic.
  • The Gaggia Classic is only manually operated. Using the switch buttons, you’ll have to manually start and stop the shot. This is harder to do, but it’s good practice.

Which One To Choose?

  • If you’re looking for a fool-proof way to create delicious coffee drinks, you’ll love using the DeLonghi Dedica. Its preset and programmability give you room to quickly make your drink, and if you’re ever in the mood for an espresso brewing lesson, you can use the manual settings.
  • On the other hand, if you’re serious about your espresso brewing skills, you’ll want the Gaggia Classic for sure. It’s a commercial grade machine designed with the home user in mind, and it is able to produce a better shot due to its temperature stability.

Watch How They Work:

DeLonghi Dedica:

Brewing a shot of espresso using Gaggia Classic:

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The DeLonghi ESAM 3300 and Gaggia Brera are two super automatic espresso makers that are on the same level of quality and performance, which makes them quite comparable to each other. In this post, we’ll be looking at the difference between each of these espresso makers, the slight feature difference that could make either of this machines a better choice for you.

Features of the DeLonghi ESAM 3300:

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso:Coffee Machine

  • Super automatic espresso maker: machine will automatically grind beans and adjust settings to your required drink.
  • Built in conical burr grinder with 7 ounce bean hopper.
  • Bypass for using pre-ground coffee.
  • Pre-set and programmable brewing options.
  • Brew 1 cup or 2 cups at a time.
  • Features DeLonghi’s patented ‘Cappuccino System’ that creates the perfect froth easily.
  • Adjustable grind settings: choose from fine to coarse.
  • Adjustable flavor settings (strong or weak) and water volume.
  • Dual boiler system allows you to brew coffee and froth milk with no wait time.
  • Push-button controls.
  • Power: 1,150 watts

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi ESAM 3300, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Features of the Gaggia Brera:

Gaggia Brera Superautomatic Espresso Machine

  • Super automatic espresso maker.
  • Built-in ceramic grinder with 250g bean hopper (about 8.8 oz).
  • Bypass for using pre-ground coffee.
  • Pre-set and programmable settings.
  • Push button controls with LCD display.
  • Pre-infusion feature ensures coffee ground is evenly wet before brewing, to bring out the best flavor in coffee.
  • Milk frother with stainless steel wand.
  • Brew 1 or 2 cups at a time.
  • Automatic cleaning and descaling program.
  • Full stainless steel body.

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia Brera, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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What Is The Difference Between The DeLonghi ESAM3300 and Gaggia Brera?

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TitleGaggia Brera Superautomatic Espresso Machine, BlackDeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
FeatureMavea Water Filter - four stages of filtration to remove impurities and reduce scale build up
Low energy consumption - standby mode activates after one hour of idle time
Programmed to notify users when care is required
Pre-infusion feature ensure maximum flavor and aroma extraction
Patented "Cappuccino System" frother that mixes steam and milk to create a rich, creamy froth
Easy-to-use rotary and push button control panel with programmable menu settings
Grinds beans instantly with the patented, compact and easy-to-clean "Direct-to-Brew" system
No waiting between preparing espresso and cappuccino with the double boiler system
Professional-quality, conical low-pitch burr grinder with adjustable grind fineness
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Grinder:

  • Both espresso makers have conical burr grinders, however, the Brera features ceramic grinder while the ESAM has a steel one. The ceramic is a better option has it never rusts, and it doesn’t burn the coffee bean as it grinds it, to it keeps most of the coffee flavor.

Frothing Wand:

  • On the ESAM 3300, the frothing wand is made of plastic. On the Brera, the frothing wand is stainless steel, which makes it more durable and has better transfer or heat.

Control Panel:

  • On the ESAM 3300, you can set and reprogram your machine using the push buttons and dials on the front panel. The Gaggia Brera using the same buttons, but in addition, it has a digital display that makes the process easier by showing you icons of what you’re selecting.

Which One Is Best To Buy?

Obviously, both espresso makers are excellent at what they do and have a range of great features for making your favorite coffee drinks with a push of a button. However, we do favor the Gaggia Brera for these reasons:

  • The ceramic grinder and pre-infusion setting should result in better tasting coffee.
  • The stainless steel frothing wand is more durable. It also doubles as a hot water dispenser.
  • The LCD display should make the process of programming your machine much easier.

Click here to learn more about the Gaggia Brera, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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Cappuccino

Is Cappuccino your favorite coffee drink? Are you looking to purchase an espresso maker mainly for making delicious frothy Cappuccinos? While all espresso makers can make Cappuccinos, some makers make the task easier than others, especially for beginners.

In this post, we’ll highlight the best espresso makers for creating the perfect cup of Cappuccino.

Best Automatic Espresso Makers for Cappuccino:

These are push-button espresso makers that make all sorts of coffee drinks, including Cappuccino:

Nespresso D121-US-BK-NE1 Citiz Espresso Maker with Aeroccino Milk Frother

The Nespresso CitiZ is the perfect Nespresso for creating your favorite coffee drinks, Cappuccino or Lattes. Simply insert a coffee capsule, push a button and watch your coffee brew. With the built-in milk frother, you’ll be able to make hot or cold milk froth for your Cappuccino in about a minute.

Click here to read our review and learn more about Nespresso CitiZ.

De'Longhi America EN750MB Nespresso Lattissima Pro Machine

The DeLonghi Lattissima Pro takes automation to another more advanced level. Also powered by Nespresso, simply insert a capsule, choose your drink from the menu on the LCD display and hit brew, the machine will do everything for you.

Click here to learn more about the Lattissima Pro.

Keurig Rivo 500 Cappuccino & Latte System

This automatic espresso and cappuccino maker comes from Keurig and is powered by Lavazza, the famous Italian coffee brand. The machine uses espresso pods made by Lavazza, and with a touch of a button, you can choose from Cappuccino, Latte, Machiatto or Espresso and let the machine do the rest.

Click here to learn more about Keurig Rivo Coffee system.

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Mr. Coffee BVMC-ECMP1000 Café Barista Espresso Maker

If you’re not a fan of using espresso capsules, the Mr. Coffee Cafe Barista gives you the automation of the previous machines with the ability to use ground coffee. Using the buttons on the control panel, choose your preferred drink and you’re set!

Click here to learn more about Mr Coffee Cafe Barista.

Manual Espresso Makers For Cappuccino:

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

The DeLonghi EC702 is a classic espresso maker perfect for making your daily dose of Cappuccino. It’s a manual machine made with the home user in mind, so it’s not complicated to operate. The milk frother is simply to use and creates the perfect froth.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi EC702.

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DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

The Dedica, also by DeLonghi, is a semi-automatic espresso maker. It features automatic flow stop, so you’ll get the perfect measure of espresso for your cappuccino, you can also reprogram it to your taste. The frothing wand is stainless steel, which gives you a better froth and it’s easier to clean. It is also worth mentioning that this is the slimmest espresso maker you can find, taking only 6″ of countertop.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica.

Super-Automatic Espresso Maker:

Super automatic espresso machine are very high-end. Yes, they’re as expensive as you’d imagine, but they’re expensive for a reason. They feature built-in grinders, frothers and pretty much everything you need to get the freshest and most aromatic cup of coffee with a push of a button. Here’s an example:

DeLonghi ESAM6700 Gran Dama Avant Touch-Screen Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

The DeLonghi Gran Dama Avant features a built-in conical burr grinder, detachable milk frother, touch buttons and a backlit LCD display. Everything on the machine is programmable and customizable. Choose your coffee strength, cup size, the amount of milk, the type of grind and the machine will memorize your options and saves them. It is also one of very few espresso maker that are able to make drip coffee.

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Gran Dama Avant.

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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:

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TitleDe'Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso MachineDeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless
FeatureSleek 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.

De'Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso Machine

Click here to learn more about the DeLonghi Dedica, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

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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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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:

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FeatureStainless-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
TitleBreville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso MakerDeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker with Espresso Tamper, Frothing Pitcher, Two 3 oz Ceramic Tiara Espresso Cups and Saucers, and Handheld Milk Frother
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Design:

  • 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.

Features:

  • 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.

Included Accessories:

  • 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.

Breville ESP8XL Cafe Roma Stainless Espresso Maker

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

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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.

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DeLonghi Dedica Pump Espresso Machine

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.

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EC680M-detai espresso-cup

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.

EC680M-cappuccino-system

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.

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See the DeLonghi EC680 Dedica in action:

note: the video is in French, but anyone should be able to see exactly what to expect from the machine thanks to the detailed review:

  • You’ll see that the machine is able to extract espresso with a nice crema on top.
  • Quick start up and quick steam prep. time.
  • The frother creates a lovely froth of milk with ease.

Make sure to add the cool double-walled glass you see in the video, available by Bodum or DeLonghi, to your purchase!

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Both the Cuisinart EM-100 and the DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Makers are part of our best espresso machines for budgets under $200. Since these two are the most popular choices, we thought we’d compare them to each other to help you further with your decision.

Cuisinart vs. DeLonghi Espresso Makers, What Is The Difference?

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FeaturePatented 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
Espresso maker with 15 bars of pressure for perfect coffee drinks
Brews 1 to 2 cups from either ground espresso or pods
53-ounce removable reservoir; porta-filter holder; cup-warming plate
Steam nozzle; frothing cup; removable drip tray; tamping tool included
Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
TitleDeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, StainlessCuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel
Height11.61 inch12.56 inch
Weight0 pound1 pound
Width9.06 inch10.94 inch
Length11.02 inch8.19 inch
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These two machines are quite close when it comes to features and quality. Both are decent beginner’s espresso machines and are priced reasonably for someone with a budget under $200.

The Similarities:

  • 15-bar pump pressure.
  • Includes different filters to use ground coffee or E.S.E pods.
  • Built-in steam wand for milk frothing.
  • Both are made in the USA

As you can see, the basic features are identical. So what’s the difference between them?

  • Water reservoir: The Cuisinart has a larger 53 ounce water tank, vs. a 44-ounce water tank on the DeLonghi EC702.
  • Power: DeLonghi EC702: 1100 Watts    Cuisinart EM100: 1000 watts
  • Included Accessories: The Cuisinart includes everything you need to get started; a tamping tool and  frothing jug as well as different filter sizes for single, double or pod coffee. The DeLonghi only includes the filters, but it does have a built-in tamper.

Which Should I Buy? The Cuisinart EM-100 or the DeLonghi EC702?

As far as we can see, both machines are pretty identical in how they work. The Cuisinart is slightly less expensive and includes more accessories, giving you more value for your money.

Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker

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DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker

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We’ve covered many superautomatic espresso machines that range between the price of just under a $1000 to over $2000. The machines we’re covering today are even more high-end, more extravagant and cost even more!  Many people wonder, are super-automatic espresso machines really worth it? And what makes an espresso machine worth such a price tag?

Why Can a Superautomatic Espresso Machine Cost Over $3000?

If you’re wondering if paying $3000 or more on an espresso machine is an overkill or not, the answer can be either yes or no. If you’re ready to pay that much for an espresso machine, make sure they include at least a few of these features:

  • Customizable profiles: make sure the machine can set and save customization options for different individuals.
  • Fully customizable coffee strength, coffee grind, milk foam… etc.
  • A COLOR LCD display screen to customize and program your machine.
  • Individual buttons for each coffee drinks (Coffee, espresso, Latte, Macchiato, Cappuccino…)
  • Automatic cleaning options.

These options set low-cot super-automatic espresso machines from high-end espresso machines. But are they worth it? It’s always good to keep in mind that these machines can last a lifetime, they’re just built that way. They also save you a LOT on coffee expenses. So if you can put up the initial investment, this can be a luxury that will pay for itself overtime.

Best Top of the Line, High-End Superautomatic Espresso Machines:

Philips Saeco RI9946/47 Xelsis Digital ID Automatic Espresso Machine:

Philips Saeco RI9946_47 Xelsis Digital ID Automatic Espresso Machine

  • Saves up to 6 individual profiles.
  • Uses finger print technology to store and ID all settings for individual users.
  • Each profile can save up to 9 customized drinks: customize strength, temperature, length and milk foam density.
  • Superautomatic espresso machine with wide color display.
  • Fully programmable settings and coffee drinks.
  • Detachable milk carafe.
  • Automatic milk frothing dispenses froth right into the cup.

Click here to learn more about this Philips Saeco Xelsis with Fingerprint ID, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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DeLonghi PrimaDonna Exclusive ESAM 6900M:

Delonghi Prima Donna Exclusive

  • DeLonghi’s newest masterpiece with fully programmable functions and hot chocolate function.
  • Individual one-touch options for coffee drinks like Cappuccino, Latte, Coffee, Espresso, Macchiato and Hot Milk.
  • Large wide color screen for easy machine control.
  • Saves up to 6 individual profiles.
  • Long coffee options replicates drip coffee.
  • Makes authentic Italian hot chocolate with a touch of a button.
  • Ability to adjust everything from grind, coffee strength, and even milk foam density.

Click here to learn more about the PrimaDonna Exclusive, read the customer reviews and buy it.

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See how it works: (Video is not in English but it demonstrates how the machine works well)

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