For those of you who are interested in buying a high quality pod based espresso machine, I thought i’d take the time to review one of the best on the market and point out its pros and cons. The DeLonghi EN670 Nespresso Lattissima Single Serve Espresso Maker is the only pod based system that the famous DeLonghi have made and they have teamed up with Nespresso who manufacture the pods.
What is the Delonghi Nespresso Lattissima EN670 and how does it work?
It is a pod based, automatic espresso maker for the home. However it can also whip up lattes too. It is designed in Italy much like all DeLonghi products, however it is actually manufactured in China.
You can purchase the pods from a range of online retailers including Amazon and they come in a range of varieties, 13 at the moment and this may expand in the future.
Working the machine is simple! All you do is place the pod of choice in the top of the machine, snap the lid closed and wait for the red light to stop flashing, which will indicate the water is heated. If all you fancy is an espresso then all you need to do is press the start button when the light turns solid. The espresso will then start to brew and will shortly emerge in your cup. If you’re making latte for example then there is an extra stage. There is another button to start the milk frother, which you press, allow the frothed milk to appear then after that begin the espresso cycle.
There are a few more things to the whole process, which i shall now point out below:
Nespresso Delonghi Lattissima EN670 – Build Quality
The quality of the build is actually one of the best things about the DeLonghi EN670. It is actually very small, sitting at a petite 13.5 x 8 x 10 with a weight of 19 pounds, which makes the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima very heavy for its small size.
It is made from high quality plastic, the buttons and everything else feel very good and there is nothing really that gives you worry about the build.
It has a double boiler, one for the water and one for the milk. This is an advantage it has over some larger and more expensive Italian espresso machines. Many other machines get round this problem by having a milk frother unit which is completely detached from the espresso machine. This is sort of what has happened with the DeLonghi EN670, except the second boiler slides on and off the machine on the left hand side.
Nespresso DeLonghi Lattissima EN670 – Drink Quality
The main thing that it comes down to in the end is the quality of the drinks it makes. I myself only drink espresso and i have found the quality to be excellent, definitely comparable to other automatic espresso machines which cost a lot more than this one. There has been complaints by some reviewers that the lattes can be a bit hit and miss, especially when it comes to the drink temperature. If you read my guide on this site about making perfect espresso at home then you’ll know that one of the things i recommend is preheating the cup first by tipping in some boiled water for about 30 seconds before you start the brewing process. You should do this if you find the temperature of either your espressos or lattes to be a little colder than what you’d prefer.
Be prepared for the loud noise when the machine starts to brew the espresso, this however is an acceptable pitch when compared to other automatic machines which mainly always tend to be loud.
If you have an awkward sized cup then you may get some milk splash if you’re making lattes. The milk nozzle is pointed at a fixed angle which you can’t change, so you need to be aware of that.
You can override the factory settings simply by pressing the buttons, this is really easy to do and there are instructions in the manual that show you how to do this.
To ensure you have quality drinks from the machine every time you use it, then if you are using the frother then make sure you clean it out after ever single use. This is very easy to do, all you do is press one of the buttons which will shoot steam through it to clean the pipes. Make sure you have a cup in place to catch this hot water. You can also shoot steam through it prior to making your drinks in order to give the tubes a little pre-warming, this will ensure your drink is that little bit hotter.
Nespresso Pods For The DeLonghi Lattissima EN670
The pods are available in many online retailers such as Amazon. If you order in bulk then you can cut down on your overall delivery costs. You may however be able to get free delivery if you order from Amazon. I will tell you now that you get a stack of 13 pods with the machine, one of each variant so you can sample them all and decide which you like the best.
The price of an individual pod breaks down to 51 cents which compares favorably to the 77 cents for the Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine! If you think of the price of the machine as an investment, you’ll soon make back your money at 51 cents per drink on what you’ll save going to Starbucks. Yes, while automatic espresso machines are quick, easy and trouble free, the price per drink does tend to amount to more than the semi-automatic or manual espresso machines where you have to grind your own beans and pull levers to work the espresso.
What are others saying about the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima EN670?
The machine has received an average of 3.5 stars on Amazon by people who have used the machine. Personally I feel the rating is a little low and people have been unfair due to the price of pods which are acceptable compared to other machines. It has also been marked down by people complaining about the temperature of the drinks. If you follow the advice above then this won’t matter to you. As an alternative to this machine, there is the Gaggia for Illy Espresso Machine, which i linked to above. The Gaggia is cheaper, however the pods are more expensive.
But it’s too expensive for me!
Yeah, I know it! The Delonghi EN670 is indeed a great coffee machine, but coming along with it high-end features is a high price. If your budget is limited, you can consider some more affordable models. These alternatives are certainly not as good as Delonghi EN670, but I bet they’re still worth every penny!