DeLonghi Lattissima Plus
Lattissima Plus is a user-friendly espresso machine that relies on coffee capsules. It is designed by DeLonghi and it is capable of delivering pretty decent shots of espresso. It is easily programmable and it has a single touch froth dispenser.
- Easy to use
- Great for latte drinks
- One button does all
- Single touch froth dispenser
- Little pricey
- Average tasting espresso
Specs & Features
|Boiler Design:||Twin Thermo Blocks|
|Brew time:||40 seconds|
|Reservoir Size:||30 oz|
The days of missing your daily shot of espressos and lattes are long gone with the unveiling of the high-tech yet easy to use DeLonghi Lattissima Plus. Concisely, it is Nespresso with a pod-based system that incorporates hermetically sealed coffee capsules. This has many advantages over the machines that use grinding beans such as:
- No measuring or grinding required
- Easy cleaning
The coffee pods are inexpensive and available in a variety of decaf and caffeinated roasts. Nespresso is a company specializing in espresso, and you can trust that their Lattissima Plus will give you a really good shot of caffeinated or decaf coffee.
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Design and Features
You will find the following items in the packaging:
- A welcome kit which has a description of the flavors of the sample coffee capsules, information where to get more capsules
- Sample coffee capsules
- Water hardness test slip
- The coffee maker
Lattissima Pro Outlook
The DeLonghi Lattissima weighs a mere 4.5 pounds since it’s made from top grade plastic material. It measures 7.6x13x10.8 inches, and it easily fits on any countertop. Most of the parts are removable and can be washed in a dishwashing machine. This helps keep the machine clean and the coffee fresh.
More importantly, Latisima has an elegant stainless steel design that blends in well with various décor types in the office or at home. The user-friendly and stylish touch screen has six coffee icons; three milk options and three choices of coffee.
This espresso machine has two liquid containers that can be detached from the frame easily. One is for water and the other for milk.
The adjustable arm attached to the milk container allows you to brew the coffee in cups of different sizes. It can accommodate glasses as large as 5.5 inches tall and smaller espresso cups without making a mess.
The water container has a lid at the back of the machine, that also acts as a cover. Best of all is an integrated light that powers on when you switch on the machine and shows you where you need to place the cup. This way there is no need to turn on the lights in the room in order to avoid making a mess. You learn to appreciate this feature if you have a tendency of waking up before the sunrise!
Touch Pad Control
When the machine powers on, the cup icons resemble a runway landing strip. As soon as the icons stop flashing and have a steady on light, Lattissima is ready to brew your coffee.
The Lattissima Plus Espresso Machine differs from other makes under the Nespresso brand in that instead of having buttons; it has a touchscreen control system. This visually alluring operating pad offers seven drink options for you to choose from:
- Hot milk
- Hot water
The touchpad also displays some basic information about the drink you are making. In addition, the screen offers reminders of when you ought to clean the milk container as well as the machine.
The biggest advantage of the touchpad control is that you can customize the machine to your specifications. That is, it gives you the power to make your drinks to your preferences. Unfortunately, the touchpad is so sensitive that you can accidentally start the machine.
The machine heats up in under 30 seconds for an espresso and about 40 seconds for a cappuccino. After the initial cup, you can make an endless number of cups as long as you don’t run out of water and coffee pods!
Cleaning the DeLonghi Lattissima Plus
To date, this is one of the easiest coffee machines to clean mainly due to the use of the coffee capsules. The area behind the cup placement has a slide out drawer that can hold up to nine used coffee capsules. To empty the capsule container, you simply need to remove the milk container first. Once you throw out the used capsules, carefully reattach the drawer and milk container.
Cleaning the Milk Container
Turning the knob at the top of the machine to the clean position will cause hot steam to blow out any accumulated milk in the pipe relay system into the milk container. It is recommended that you undertake this process at the end of the day to avoid milk clots.
If you have any leftover milk in the container, you can detach it and put it in your refrigerator. You can dismantle the container, also called the milk carafe, and clean it by hand or put it in your dishwasher with the rest of your other household or office dishes.
Descaling the Machine
Depending on the hardness of your water, you need to descale the machine at least once every month and more often after using it for a while. No need to worry though, this new generation Nespresso machine is programmed to notify you when it is time to descale. The entire process takes a minimum of ten minutes and the descaling packets are cheaper through the Nespresso store.
Servicing and Warranty
The guys over at Nespresso offer you a two-year warranty on the machine. When you need it serviced, they will ship to your address a loaner machine while yours gets repaired. The servicing options include via phone if you are a member of the Nespresso Club, or take it to your nearest Nespresso boutique.
Despite, these few drawbacks, Lattissima Plus does offer a good overall experience for its price. The espressos have a rich and aromatic coffee flavor, while the cappuccinos and the lattes have a much thicker cream than those made using the earlier Lattissima models.
It is also important to note that you can use various kinds of milk including soy fresh, skim, or low-fat milk if it is to your liking.
It will not compete with the drinks made by a barista using the manual machine, but nothing comes close regarding price and reliability. Be sure to get it from one of the accredited stores to get value for every dollar that you spend on it.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.