De'Longhi Bar 14 Café Treviso espresso cappuccino maker £39.99 @ amazon - HotUKDeals
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Was looking for a budget espresso/cappuccino machine from a decent brand and came across this:
Pumped espresso/cappuccino maker with 15 bar pump pressure
For use with ground coffee and ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods
Built-in swivel steam pipe for frothing milk
Filter storage compartment, built-in tamper and removable drip tray
Simple 3-button operation
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#1
Nice one. Been after a coffee machine for ages, but didn't want to pay too much.
Got just what I need, pods for decaf coffee, and steamer for kids hot chocolates and Lattee's.
#2
I'm also mainly after the steamer for frothing Hot chocolates and Latte's
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ive got one of these and they are a decent espresso machine. only one problem if you are using shop bought ground espresso coffee then you will never achieve a crema, all you get is a horrible tasing thick black liquid. to get round this you need to buy the pressurised porta filter from Delonghi. with this you get a decent tasting espresso with a thick crema but its not a true crema its produced by the pressurised filter but it does taste better.

the only other solution is to buy a decent grinder and grind you own beans as needed. by doing this you will get great tasting espresso with a good crema without the pressurised porta filter but the grinder cost a fortune. the thing is if we were all into grinding beans as needed we wouldnt be buying a cheap £39.99 espresso machine so if you are going to use pre ground coffee or ESE pods then best bet is to go on the Delonghi website and buy the pressurised porta filter/s or you will waste more coffee than you actually drink.
#4
joffa81
ive got one of these and they are a decent espresso machine. only one problem if you are using shop bought ground espresso coffee then you will never achieve a crema, all you get is a horrible tasing thick black liquid. to get round this you need to buy the pressurised porta filter from Delonghi. with this you get a decent tasting espresso with a thick crema but its not a true crema its produced by the pressurised filter but it does taste better.the only other solution is to buy a decent grinder and grind you own beans as needed. by doing this you will get great tasting espresso with a good crema without the pressurised porta filter but the grinder cost a fortune. the thing is if we were all into grinding beans as needed we wouldnt be buying a cheap £39.99 espresso machine so if you are going to use pre ground coffee or ESE pods then best bet is to go on the Delonghi website and buy the pressurised porta filter/s or you will waste more coffee than you actually drink.

Thanks for the info
#5
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#6
Been looking for one thank you OP ordered...rep on the way
#7
Can you make proper mugs (rather than tiny cups) of cappucino with this?
#8
joffa81
if we were all into grinding beans as needed we wouldnt be buying a cheap £39.99 espresso machine


Normally I would agree (it's fair enough for an impulse buy for someone who's just dipping their toe into the water, or logical when you're doing things on a budget) but it doesn't have to be as simple as that. I'll elaborate.

Good-quality fresh coffee is important to me and I would not expect everyone to have that as their top priority. However, if you do take freshness and quality seriously and you decide to invest in a cheap to mid-range set-up (a budget of £160 in the example I'm about to give), you'd be much better off buying a £40 espresso machine (well, this one anyway - I can't say all of them would be this good) and a £120 burr grinder than vice versa.

Many cheap grinders won't achieve a fine enough grind for good espresso either. I bought a cheap Krups one (£40) in my early days and it just wasn't good enough. I wasted a hell of a lot of coffee because of it (as I had done in my even earlier days using pre-ground coffee from supermarkets - yuk... even the pre-ground Lavazza or Illy didn't cut it).

I have one of these DeLonghi espresso machines. We use it in work and it produces very good espresso when used with coffee beans ground daily for use in it. (This is not as good as grinding on demand, I know, but it's a trade-off between freshness and the practicality of taking proper coffee into work to be able to pull an exceptional shot as needed.)

I and two colleagues bought this machine a couple of years ago for £60 and it is still going strong. Despite daily use it has required no maintenance whatsoever (unlike my fussy Gaggia which won't tolerate errant grinds, slightly hard water, blah blah... much as I love it too).

My point is that anyone who is serious about making espressos or americanos (I haven't tried the steam wand but I'd wager that it's a weak point) should buy a cheap espresso maker like this and a good grinder that may cost substantially more but will provide infinitely better results (in terms of taste, crema and freshness) than pre-ground coffee.

My Isomac burr grinder cost £120 when I bought it three years ago and at the time I wondered whether I was mad to spend so much. However, when it comes to grinders you get what you pay for. It's still going strong and is used several times a day for a fairly large amount of espresso and filter grind. I've definitely got £120-worth of value out of it because it has reduced my coffee wastage substantially (no watery sludge and no pre-ground coffee losing its freshness and taste by the minute!) and saved me lots of money on proper espressos that I had once thought I could only get from cafes.
#9
I've had one of these for a while. I don't use it much. The milk steamer is really weedy. The espresso is OK, but rather inconsistent. At work, I use one of these Russell Hobbs 13401 machines which is about as good/bad as this one. I used to use an espresso machine which was £25 from Woolworths which was really excellent, but it died after 6 years of daily use.

Personally, if I was going to spend £40 on coffee making stuff, I would get a burr grinder. At work, I've been using one of these Krups grinders (£37.94 including delivery). It sometimes needs to be given a tap on the work surface if it either gets stuck, or if the beans don't drop into the grinder, but the grind is good, and its easy to adjust for either espresso (fine) or a cafetiere (coarse).
#10
I respectfully disagree with two of your points:

1. "The espresso is OK, but rather inconsistent." (I achieve consistently better results from this machine than from my Gaggia but then again, I am working with premium beans ground exactly right using a grinder that costs more than three times as much as the Krups.)

2. Your assertion that the Krups achieves satisfactory espresso grind. That particular model was the one I used to have before I realised that to achieve good enough results I needed a better grinder. It was perfectly OK for filter grind, though.

However, I welcome your point of view and I'm glad that your experience with the Krups has been good enough for you. I am sure that it will be satisfactory for others too - it just wasn't for me. Nice to have a variety of opinion on here though.
#11
i've had one of these for over a year , bought 2nd hand of ebay. i find it makes very good cappuccinos using decent expresso coffee (personal taste - lavazza) and i would thoroughly recommend buying one and if mine did die i'd buy another without hesitation.
#12
what about using instant coffee to make cappuccinos? Would that work? I'm not too into espresso's.
#13
medic1
what about using instant coffee to make cappuccinos? Would that work? I'm not too into espresso's.


No. A cappuccino is espresso plus equal parts steamed and frothed milk.

You can certainly use the steam wand on this machine to froth milk which you could then add to instant coffee but what you end up with won't be a cappuccino. If you enjoy it then do it. (Same goes for drinking meths!)
#14
I found the discussion about grinders to be very interesting. Would anyone here go so far as to say that this coffee maker isn't worth buying if you aren't planning on buying a top of the range grinder to accompany it? I used to think that when you bought a coffee machine, that was it - the only thing you needed to buy was coffee beans to use with the machine.

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