Fully automatic bean to cup espresso machines have always been a great option that deliver convenience and high quality. However, at some point, they were limited to making espresso drinks only.
DeLonghi’s Dinamica does not limit you to espresso drinks only. In fact, it can make drip-style coffee as well as iced coffee, all with a push of a button.
Features of DeLonghi Dinamica Fully Automatic Coffee and Espresso Machine:
- Bean to cup coffee maker with built-in steel conical burr grinder and push button recipes.
- Italian 15 bar pump with fast 40 seconds heat up time.
- TrueBrew process for delivering smooth iced coffee that’s not watered down.
- Coffee brewed using low pressure to produce drip-style long coffee.
- Choose from 5 coffee strength and 13 grind settings.
- Integrated adjustable milk frother allows you to adjust the foam level.
- Simple to clean machine with removable brew unit and dishwasher safe drip tray.
- Bean container capacity: 10.6 oz
- Water reservoir capacity: 60 oz.
What Is TrueBrew Process and What Does It Do?
TrueBrew is what sets this machine from other fully automatic models. TrueBrew makes your iced coffee strong enough that it doesn’t take watered down once the ice starts melting.
What it does is it grinds a higher dosage of coffee, it pre-infuses the coffee for a longer time so you get a more concentrated cup, it brews a longer shot of espresso and it does it at a lower temperature.
DeLonghi Dinamica vs. Magnifica, What’s The Difference?
Magnifica is one of DeLonghi’s most popular lines of automatic espresso machines. It’s hard to compare it to Dinamica as the Magnifica line has a lot of machines that vary greatly in features and price.
But I tried finding the most comparable Magnifica to the Dinamica, in price range at least, and the Magnifica Smart seems to be it. So here’s how they compare:
The biggest difference between these two machine are:
The Magnifica Smart does not have TrueBrew over-ice setting. Does that mean you can’t make iced coffee using it? No, of course not. You can make your iced coffee using any machine. The difference would be that you’ll have to balance a good shot that would still taste good even when your ice starts melting. And since the Magnifica does not have TrueBrew to use lower temperature for brewing over ice, your ice will probably start melting quicker if you choose to brew over ice using a regular brewing option.
If you drink a lot of iced coffee, I highly recommend you go for the Dinamica instead of Magnifica.
The second difference is the frother style. This model of Magnifica uses a built-in milk frothing dispenser, which means the machine will automatically froth and dispense the right amount of milk for your selected recipe. And since the machine does that, you’ll find a recipe button for milk based drinks like Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato. On the other hand, the Dinamica has a steam wand, so you’ll be frothing the milk manually.
Last Updated: February 2020
If you’ve been looking for a mid-range semi automatic espresso machine for home use, you’ve done right by considering La Specialista by DeLonghi. This machine comes as a direct competitor to the beloved Barista Express by Breville, and is the first of its kind by DeLonghi, a brand that usually excelled in making smaller Espresso machines (like the Dedica) or super automatic espresso machines.
In this post, you’ll read about the features of the DeLonghi La Specialista, how it compares to the Breville Barista Express as well as the more compact choice Dedica espresso machine.
Features of La Specialista Espresso Machine:
- Built-in coffee grinder with adjustable settings and smart sensor to deliver consistent grind and optimal dose every time.
- Built-in smart tamping station: just as your beans have been filled in the portafilter, pull a lever down for the built in tamper to tamp your coffee perfectly and evenly.
- Active temperature control helps keep your machine’s temperature optimal and stable for espresso extraction and steaming.
- Incredibly fast one second start up time.
- Dual heating system, so you don’t have to wait between coffee extraction and milk frothing.
- Pannarello steam wand style allows you to create professional textured milk for cappuccino or latte without any work on your part. Simply adjust the steam wand to the type of texture you want to create.
- Built-in hot water dispenser for Americanos or tea.
- Pre-set buttons for espresso, americano or coffee. You also have a ‘My’ button to program your own recipe.
- Rinse button rinses the group head and portafilter to heat it or clean it.
- Gauge allows you to see what temperature your machine is operating on and when it has reached optimal temperature.
- 2 liter water reservoir capacity.
- 250gr hopper capacity.
- Includes: 2 filter baskets, dual-wall single and dual-wall double baskets.
- Also includes a stainless steel frothing jug.
Video Review of DeLonghi La Specialista:
DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Express, How Are They Different?
As I already mentioned, the DeLonghi La Specialista comes as a direct competitor of the popular Barista Express. As the time I write this post, the DeLonghi La Specialista is higher in price than the Barista Express, so there’s a price difference to start with. But performance and features wise, which machine do you choose?
Now, both machines have quite similar features:
Built-in grinder, hot water on demand, temperature gauge, button controls, hands-free grinding directly into portafilter.
So at this point, it would be easier to see what differences these two machines have:
Grind Settings: the Barista Express has 18 grind settings giving you a variety of options when it comes to grinding different coffee beans and how it can turn out. The La Specialista only goes from 1 to 6 in grind settings, so it’s less options when it comes to coffee ground.
Included Filter Baskets: the La Specialista comes with two filter baskets, a single shot dual wall basket and a double shot dual basket. The Barista Express includes four baskets in total, a single and double shot baskets, single and dual walled. Dual wall baskets are usually a better choice for someone who is still not advanced in dosing and extracting espresso, as it controls pressure better.
Steaming Wands: DeLonghi has been known for its Cappuccino system on their espresso machines for a long time. They use pannarello wands that require no work on your part to get the right texture either for cappuccino or latte. You simply have to set a selector and let it do the work. This is a great choice for a beginner or anyone who is not keen on practicing the art of milk texturing. On the other hand, the Barista Express has a more traditional frothing wand, which will require some practice to get the milk to the right texture, so it’s not as straight forward as a pannarello wand, but it is a better choice for someone who wants to learn the professional way of texturing milk.
Built-in Tamper: The DeLonghi La Specialista has a smart tamper. The built-in tamper, smartly located inside the same head where the portafilter goes to collect the coffee grind from the grinder, requires one single pull of a level (located on the side of the machine) to tamp the coffee perfectly. You don’t have to worry about any mess or any uneven tamping, this built-in tamper does it just right, every single time! The Barista Express has a tamper that is magnetically attached to the machine, but tamping is done manually. And just like milk texturing, tamping is an acquired skill.
Pre-sets: La Specialista has three pre set drinks, espresso, coffee and americano. Upon selecting coffee or Americano, hot water is added to your espresso shot (in different volumes according to recipe). Water pours in automatically and you don’t have to even move your mug, as the hot water nozzle is conveniently located right by the portafilter. On the Barista Express, the hot water nozzle is slightly behind the portafilter, so you do have to relocate your mug slightly and you have to manually start the hot water.
Dimensions: La Specialista is slightly larger than the Barista Express. One noticeable difference is the height of the bean hopper on the La Specialista vs. the hopper on the Barista Express. This might be a problem for someone who is limited on space or cabinet height, so do check the dimensions and compare them to your available space.
Should You Buy the DeLonghi La Specialista or Breville Barista Express?
As you can see, there’s really not much difference in these two machines. However, one wins over the other in terms on advancement:
If you want the manual experience, but do not want to work on learning skills like milk texturing, playing with coffee grind or tamping, the La Specialista would make a better choice. Having less grind settings is not necessarily a bad thing, not everyone wants to get experimental with grind fineness. So, initially, you’ll need to try out from a limited number of settings to get your shot right, then you’ll be good to go. The automatic tamping is great, too. You don’t have to worry about an uneven tamp, which leads to a bad shot, or the mess that comes along with tamping. Last but not least, the Pannarello wand makes milk texturing such a breeze.
On the other hand, the Barista Express gives you more room to experiment and practice. If you’re new to semi automatic machines, you’ll most likely need to make a few shots before you get it right. Same goes for tamping and milk texturing. Since it’s somewhat manual, you’ll have to practice until you get things right. So if you feel like you want to acquire some barista skills, and don’t mind the practice and experimenting part of it, you’ll certainly enjoy using the Barista Express.
You can learn more about the Barista Express on the following links:
Comparing DeLonghi La Specialista to Other Breville Machines:
Although the Barista Express is the most comparable to the La Specialista, we see a lot of questions about comparing it to other machines by Breville. So here are some more comparisons…
DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Touch:
Now you’ve learned the difference between La Specialista and Barista Express, you can now learn about how it compared to the upgraded version of the barista express, which is the Barista Touch. You can read about the difference between the Barista Express vs. Barista Touch here. But let’s compare it to the La Specialista…
The Barista Touch has a lot of features that the La Specialista lacks that makes it easier for a beginner to make an excellent cup at first try. It has a lot of automated settings that make it a breeze, but it also has many overrides to make you customize your drinks.
The Touch Screen:
This nice touch screen gives you access to so many options to customize your drinks. But to start, you’ll find a lot of preset recipes: espresso, latte, cappuccino, flat white and more. Click on the image of your preferred drink, and choose to either brew to current recipe or customize your own. Things you can customize are: coffee strength, milk temperature and texture as well as volumes.
La Specialista does have three presets: espresso, coffee and americano.
Save your Customization:
The Barista Touch also allows you to save up to 8 customized recipes and name them so you don’t have to play with the settings each time you brew.
Automatic milk temperature and texturing:
The Breville Touch has a great steam wand that does the work for you. It allows you to adjust the milk temperature and texture to suit your taste. You can expect professional micro-foam quality that you can use to create beautiful latte art.
La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Pro:
- New intuitive interface lets you be the barista at home
- brbrMake café-quality beverages right at home with the Breville Barista Pro
- Its new intuitive LCD interface guides you through every step so you can easily make all your favorite coffee and espresso drinks at home in no time
- It only takes three seconds to heat up, and quickly transitions to steam milk so you can create flavorful micro-foam milk for impressive latte art
- The integrated conical burr grinder lets you adjust grind size and dose with precision, and the included porta-filter provides maximum flavor doses
Breville Barista Pro falls somewhere between the Barista Express and Barista Touch. Unlike the Barista Express, the Pro version has a screen that displays information and guides you through every step. However, the screen isn’t as sophisticated as the Breville Barista Touch’s.
The Breville Barista Pro does not have pre-sets and can’t save customized recipes. Also, it doesn’t have automatic milk heating and texturing. So it’s up to par with the La Specialista.
How do they compare, though?
The biggest difference here is the LCD display. This display shows you the progress of the grinding, extraction and all other precise information in animations. This helps you understand exactly what’s happening during the brewing process and makes it easier to take notes for your next brew.
Other than that, the La Specialista excels in features like the automatic tamping, the pre-set drinks and the Pannarello steam wand which makes a better choice for a beginner.
La Specialista vs. Breville Oracle:
- Automatically grinds, doses & tamps the required amount of Coffee for mess Free, barista Quality Espresso
- Programmable hands Free milk texturing with automatic purge; Water tank Capacity : 84 ounce;Voltage: 110 to 120 Volts
- Dual stainless steel boilers & dual Italian pumps with PID; Boilers can be descaled by user; Power:1800 Watts; Not compatible with capsules
- One Touch Americano delivers Water directly into the cup after extraction; 3 preset & 6 customizable settings
- Programmable shot temperature from 190 Degree 205 Degree; Displays in either Degree Fahrenheit or Degree C; over Pressure Valve: This commercial feature limits the 15 bar Italian pump pressure throughout the extraction, preventing bitter flavours in the shot; Bean Hopper Capacity:1/2 pounds
The Breville Oracle in on another level compared to all previously mentioned machines. However, surprisingly, the La Specialista has two features in common with the Oracle:
First is the automatic tamping, the other is the long black or coffee preset.
So kudos to DeLonghi for including great features in the La Specialista for a relatively affordable price.
Other than that, the Oracle features:
- Automatic milk texturing and temperature settings.
- Dual boilers, so you can extract and steam at the same time.
- LCD display.
- 58mm portafilter.
- Triple heat system with a dedicated steam boiler and dedicated espresso boiler and a heated group head.
If you’d like more detailed information on the Breville Oracle, click here.
We have already featured DeLonghi’s Dedica espresso maker on our site before. This espresso maker has been a favorite of ours, especially as a choice for beginners, since it packs a lot of great features without any of the complications.
DeLonghi has released an upgraded version of the Dedica, named the Dedica Deluxe EC685M. It looks identical to the Dedica, but it’s more expensive. So is there any new features that are worth the extra bucks? And if you already have a Dedica machine, is it worth it to upgrade?
Features of DeLonghi Dedica Deluxe EC685:
- 15-bar pressure espresso machine.
- Automatic flow stop, choose from a single or double shot, and the machine will dispense the exact right amount.
- Adjustable steam frother allows you to adjust the foam and steam level to create different milk styles for your desired coffee drink.
- Double removable drip tray allows you to accommodate different and taller cup sizes by removing the tray.
- Stainless steel housing.
- 35 oz removable water reservoir
- Very sleek and narrow design makes the machine very convenient to keep in any counter space.
- Available in variety of colors.
What Is The Difference Between DeLonghi Dedica and Dedica Deluxe?
There are two main differences that have been upgraded in the Dedica Deluxe:
The steam wand now has a switch that allows you to adjust the level of foam. You can also just heat the milk without foaming. This is a great option to have more control over your milk texture, even if you’re new to steaming milk.
The machine can now accommodate taller cup sizes, such as latte cups. This is thanks to the double drip tray, so you can remove two trays instead of one.
Should You Buy The Dedica Deluxe?
- If this is going to be your first Dedica, then it is certainly worth your consideration. Do keep in mind that it is more expensive than the Dedica model, which lacks the two upgrades mentioned above. If those upgrades are not important to you, then you’ll be just as happy with the Dedica EC680M.
- If you already own the Dedica EC680M, should you upgrade to the newer model? If your machine is still working and in great shape, we really don’t see the need for the upgrade. Your Dedica still has the best features of the machine, and you’re still getting the same drink quality, so it wouldn’t be worth it to upgrade.
Best DeLonghi Accessories To Buy With Your Espresso Machine:
DeLonghi Dedica Conical Burr Grinder:
We all know the perfect cup of coffee starts with the perfect grind. And Dedica Conical Burr Grinder was designed to make it as easy as possible for you to get the right grind for your cup of coffee. The Dedica grinder has 18 variable grind settings for different brew methods: espresso, drip coffee, pour over or french press, so it’s not just for your espresso needs. An LCD display makes it easy to adjust your settings and get the grind you need. And you have the option to grind right into a portafilter or the included jar.
Design wise, the grinder matches the Dedica espresso machine perfectly, so they’ll look beautiful setting on your counter top.
DeLonghi Frothing Pitcher:
One of the downsides of the Dedica machine is that it does not include a frothing pitcher. So it would be a good idea to purchase one with your machine. We recommend DeLonghi’s brushed stainless steel jug with 14 oz capacity, although, of course, any jug of your choice will do.
DeLonghi Double Walled Cups:
Coffee looks a lot better and enticing in double walled glasses and the floating effect they give your drink. Not only that, but double walled glasses hold the temperature of your drink, whether hot or cold, for a longer time. DeLonghi offers these beautiful glasses in many sizes for each coffee drink. Pictured above are the tall glasses for Lattes, sold in a set of 2.
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 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:
- 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:
- 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.
Learn More About Nespresso Machines:
- Nespresso Evoluo vs. Vertuoline comparison.
- Nespresso OriginalLine Inissia vs. Pixie vs. CitiZ
- Difference Between Evoluo and Evoluo Deluxe.
- Where to Buy Nespresso Capsules.
Watch How Nespresso Machines Work:
Demo of the Nespresso Lattissima Pro:
Review of Nespresso Inissia:
Dolce Gusto Coffee System:
- 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:
- 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.
Learn More about Dolce Gusto:
Watch How Dolce Gusto Works:
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.
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. With Nespresso, you also can control what ingredients go into your coffee, which makes a better choice for someone who is calorie or sugar conscious.
What Is a 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?
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?
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:
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.
Watch How It Works:
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.
Watch How It Works:
Mr Coffee Cafe Barista:
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.
Watch How It Works:
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:
- 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.
Features of the Gaggia Classic:
- 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.
What Is The Difference Between the DeLonghi Dedica EC680M vs. Gaggia Classic?
- 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.
- The Dedica has a 1 liter water tank capacity.
- The Gaggia Classic has a 2 liter capacity.
- The Dedica is quite compact with only 6-inches in width.
- The Gaggia is about 8 inches wide.
- 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:
Brewing a shot of espresso using Gaggia Classic:
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:
- 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
Features of the Gaggia Brera:
- 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.
What Is The Difference Between The DeLonghi ESAM3300 and Gaggia Brera?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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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!
Manual Espresso Makers For Cappuccino:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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:
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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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:
- Both the DeLonghi EC702 and Breville Cafe Roma feature stainless steel and plastic exteriors, but the Cafe Roma does have more stainless steel than the EC702.
- 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 nearly the same capacity in water reservoirs and they do operate the same way. Check the prices on each machine and find the best one for your budget.