The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System – A Review

There are coffee makers, and there is the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System. As one Amazon reviewer succinctly puts it, "This is no toy."

When it comes to coffee, the Italians are the undisputed world champions. Even the names of the most popular coffees are Italian. And just to underline their dominance of the coffee scene, Italy makes the best coffee makers and milk frothers, of which this product is a leading example.

At first sight, it looks inauspicious, being smaller than many cheaper coffee makers, and the shipping weight doesn't do justice to what lies within. There's no conspicuous backlit display either. So what exactly places this product in a class of its own (even compared to other Italian-made machines)?

DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System
Table of Contents
Ease of Use Quality Components
Features & Specs Pros and Cons
Consumer Ratings Summary

The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus - Ease Of Use Taken To The Extreme

The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus is more than just a coffee maker. It's an espresso machine. It has a milk container and so gives you freshly steamed milk froths - something that a machine using capsules or coffee grinds alone can't do.

Choose your capsule from a selection of three milk and two coffee, and place it in the top of the machine. Slide the milk container into place and put a cup under the nozzle. Then just press the button. It really can't get any easier than this. And that's a blessing on an early winter's morning when you're barely awake.

The DeLonghi is programmable, so you can set the froth level, temperature and strength to accord with your preferences. And it remembers them for each time after that.

Even the cleaning up afterward is kept to a minimum. The detachable milk container (which is dishwasher safe) can be placed straight back in the fridge, with just the press of a button to steam clean the nozzle first.

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Quality Components Make For A Long Lasting Product

A common problem with cheaper machines is that, even though they may be excellent at producing good coffee drinks and are easy to use, they often don't last very long before developing a major, perhaps fatal, fault.

The reason for this is usually that, to keep manufacturing costs down, cheap, inferior materials and parts are used - commonly plastic instead of stainless steel.

DeLonghi don't make you put up with that. The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus has a boiler tank and housing that are made of stainless steel. Plastic is used only for trim. The milk carafe and steam wand are made of special BPA-free plastic (which is what you would expect).

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Here's an independent video review of this coffeemaker:

Features and Specifications:

  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 6.6 x 10.2 inches
  • Weight: 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
  • Materials: Stainless Steel with plastic trim
  • Item model number: EN520SL

Pros and Cons

Pros: Real milk froths and leading Italian coffee drinks; coffee ready to drink immediately; fully programmable with memory; easy to clean.

Cons: Doesn't produce boiling hot coffee (but then you'd have to wait for it to cool down before drinking it anyway).

Customer Ratings

Coming in at an average of well over 4 stars out of nearly 730 reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus has a whole legion of fans. Nearly 70 per cent of users have given it a full 5 stars, and it's clear the most popular features are the ability to make the leading Italian coffee drinks with real milk froth thanks to the removable milk container, and the sheer simplicity of use.

As ever, there are some users who have posted negative reviews, and if these trouble you at all then it's wise to read them. Some complain that the coffee isn't hot. This machine, however, brews for immediate consumption, and it's not an issue that hundreds of reviewers have raised, which leads into question the veracity of this claim.

Overall, users of this DeLonghi machine are delighted with their purchase.

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Summary

DeLonghi is a leading Italian manufacturer which also makes a number of coffee makers for other Italian brands including Nespresso. They have pioneered much of the technology of coffee brewing and milk frothing. If anyone knows how to make an espresso machine that produces authentic Italian coffee and milk froths then they do. And if you want to know how to make good coffee using a coffee maker then this machine won't let you down.

The DeLonghi Lattissima Plus Nespresso Capsule System will make your life easier and treat you to superb Italian coffee of every variety. You can purchase this machine with confidence.

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