DeLonghi Dedica EC680 Review
The EC680 is a compact and powerful semi-automatic espresso machine by DeLonghi. Even though it does not offer the functionalities of barista-like super-automatic machines, it still makes a very decent shot of espresso. it is also reasonably priced and will not end up taking too much counter-space due to its clever design.
- Small size fits in anywhere
- Can use grounds or pods
- Heats up fast
- Sleek design
- Easy to use
- Scoop included
- No built-in grinder
- No tamper included
Specs & Features
|Pressure:||15 bar pressure|
|Reservoir Size:||37 oz|
|Boiler material:||Stainless steele|
|Boiler output:||1100 watt|
I bet coffee is the reason you get up in the morning. That first brew that has the power to kick-start your day. For such an important cup of coffee, it’s wise to invest in the right machine. And the 15 bar pump Delonghi EC680 Dedica range is ideal.
Of course, you want an easy, effortless coffee making process. So, let’s have a look at all the specs on the EC680 determine if it’s the right espresso machine for you.
You’ll be surprised how well this small machine performs. If you want a quality shot of espresso, but you don’t want—or don’t have the space for—those huge espresso machines, this is an excellent compromise.
The EC680 has the capacity to deliver rich, aromatic and frothy espressos, lattes and cappuccinos. The DeLonghi patented cappuccino system produces thick and delicious foam in less than a minute. All you have to do is learn how to mix the correct amounts of water and milk.
Of course, espresso is about the taste, right. You should not consider any espresso maker if you’re not sure it will brew a divine cup of coffee each and every time.
Your coffee quality is guaranteed:
- You can use either grounds or pods. We all have preferences, right. This makes it easy to deliver coffee the way your guests love it.
- Your coffee’s taste is intensified by the 15 bar professional power that pushes water through the grounds.
Of course, we can’t ignore the milk factor.
This DeLonghi features a frothing system. It’s supposed to mix air, milk, and water for the perfect coffee crema. Unfortunately, this is not the best part of the machine. It can produce froth, but perhaps not the quality you’ll find at your local coffee bar.
I especially took note of this machine because of its design. Its exterior is so sleek and simple that it will improve any room’s aesthetics without taking attention away from your kitchen décor.
It’s long and narrow, so you can squeeze it in between other appliances. All useful features are located on the top and at the front panel of the machine, making it easy to reach them.
Note that the water reservoir is located at the back, so you may need to move the unit to take it out. The EC680 is fairly lightweight at 9.3lb. This makes it easy to move around but can also cause it to tip over easily if you’re not careful.
Like most DeLonghi machines, this one is also made of sturdy stainless steel. Even though I have not tested the machine for years, this material should prevent simple wear and tears.
DeLonghi attempted to add as many features into this small unit as possible. Thanks to this, you can enjoy functionalities that are usually only available on larger semi-automatic machines. Here are some of these features:
- Space-optimized: The cup warmer is on the top of the machine. It can take two cups.
- Fast warm-up: Your machine is ready for use in as much as 40 seconds because it’s a self-priming system.
- Different drinks: The functions can be adjusted to create quality cappuccinos. You can also adjust the frothing nozzle to only deposit water, so you can make tea or other beverages.
- Energy saving: It helps save energy by switching to standby mode if not used for a certain period. It requires 1300W input power.
- Pressure: It can deliver 15 bar professional pressure (even though you do not need more than 9 in order to achieve a perfect shot of espresso).
- Safe heating: Thanks to a Thermoblock boiler your coffee won’t ever be scorched. The machine automatically prevents overheating.
- Espresso Options: The unit includes single and double pressurized baskets. The buttons are used to pick single or double shots, according to your preferences.
- Customize: Manual pulls are also possible to customize your next cup of coffee according to your preferences.
- You have the option to add a water filter to the unit.
- EC680 Dedica offers a tamper and scoop combination tool.
Ease of Use
You only have to pay attention to three little buttons. That is divine simplicity in my books.
The unit is easy to use, even for novice coffee makers.
I also appreciate its fast heating time. It allows me to make a cup of coffee even when I’m in a hurry. The machine goes into standby mode automatically, so you don’t have to be concerned about accidentally leaving it on. It will take care of itself.
You simply switch it on, place grounds or pods in place and then press the buttons to pick between a single or double espresso. Even cappuccinos are easy to make. The frothing nozzle automatically mixes water, air and mild so you can enjoy a frothy cup.
As previously noted, the frothing system can be improved upon. Perhaps you’ll get it right with some practice. But if you’re not too picky about this part, anyone can operate the machine.
Cleaning kitchen appliances are usually time-consuming and complicated. Luckily most of Dedica’s maintenance is easy.
Yes, you need to descale this machine, but you don’t have to wait for bad after tastes to signal you. One button on top of the machine is dedicated to glow orange when it’s time to remove scale.
The method is easy:
- Pour water and descaling liquid into the water compartment.
- Place a container underneath the spouts.
- Let the machine heat up.
- Periodically switch the machine on and off.
- The liquid will run through the system and deposit the scale in the container.
- Run two containers’ worth of water through the machine to ensure all descaling liquid is removed.
The only frustrating part is that you need to stand by the machine and switch it on and off the whole time.
Other maintenance tasks are also easy because the drip tray can be removed and the exterior is smooth to wipe down.
The best part of this machine is that it takes care of features on its own. Standby mode and warning you when to descale takes the effort out of owning an espresso machine. I can simply enjoy my coffee which is all I want to focus on early in the morning. It’s not fancy, but it is practical and it delivers quality espresso. Isn’t that all your daily needs?
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.