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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.

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

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DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Breville Barista Express, How Are They Different?

TitleDe'Longhi La Specialista Espresso Machine with Sensor Grinder, Dual Heating System, Advanced Latte System & Hot Water Spout for Americano Coffee or Tea, Stainless Steel, EC9335MBreville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine
FeatureFRESHEST COFFEE, EVERY TIME: Integrated grinder with Sensor Grinding Technology delivers consistent grinding and optimal coffee dose
HANDCRAFTED PRECISION: Smart Tamping Station ensures the right pressure for flawless results
1 SECOND QUICK START: Power the machine on and immediately start grinding
ACTIVE TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Provides the best temperature stability for optimal coffee extraction
ADVANCED LATTE SYSTEM: Makes it easy to achieve the perfect milk texture for café quality lattes and cappuccinos
LESS MESS AND WASTE: Proprietary Smart Tamping Station significantly reduces mess and coffee waste
NO WAITING TIME: Between brewing espresso and frothing milk with Dual Heating System
EASY TO CLEAN: Steaming wand Active Rinsing self-cleaning function for Group Head
15 Bar Italian Pump and 1600W Thermo coil heating system
Purge Function: Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
Stainless steel conical burr grinder with 1/2 lb. sealed bean hopper
67 fl.oz (2L) removable water tank with handle
Newer model of the Breville BES860XL Barista Express
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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.

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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.

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

What Is The Difference Between DeLonghi Dedica and Dedica Deluxe?

TitleDe'Longhi EC680 Dedica 15-Bar Pump Espresso MachineDeLonghi America, Inc EC685M Dedica Deluxe espresso, Silver
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
15-bar professional pressure ensures quality results every time, and adjustable controls allow you to make modifications for your personal taste preferences
Whatever your preference - single or double espresso, cappuccino or latte -the machine brews authentic barista-quality beverages just like you enjoy at your favorite coffeehouse
The Premium Adjustable Frother allows you to adjust the foam and steam levels to customize a variety of delicious espresso-based drinks with little to no effort
The machine does the work for you. The Automatic Flow Stop feature dispenses just the right amount of espresso, taking out the guesswork
If you'd prefer a larger-sized beverage, no problem. The double drip tray is easy to adjust or remove to fit taller cups, such as latte glasses
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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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.

Click here to learn more about DeLonghi Double Walled Latte Glasses, read the customer reviews and buy it.


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:


  • 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.


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:

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?

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.


  • 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:

DeLonghi Dedica:

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:

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?

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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  • 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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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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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:

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

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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:

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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  • 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.

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 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.


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.

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

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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.


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.

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

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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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