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15 bar espresso machine with a front loading coffee maker
Removable 40 oz. water reservoir for easy filling
24 hour programmable timer
Gold tone filter included
For espresso and drip coffee lovers alike, the De’Longhi Combination Steam Espresso/Drip Coffee Machine, BCO430, offers the best of both worlds. This all-in-one machine prepares coffee, cappuccino, espresso and even lattes or hot chocolate to perfection using an innovative preparation system with simple steps for the at-home user. This new machine can brew two drinks at once, with a full cappuccino system on one side and a drip coffee machine on the other. The espresso is steam prepared, which means hot water is pushed through the coffee beans. This preparation delivers quality flavor every time. For drip coffee, it also features a frontal loading system, which allows you to load water and coffee from the front of the machine without having to move it from under the cabinet. The 24-hour programmable timer allows you to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you want it. Experience the convenience and quality of this multitasking machine.
|Product Dimensions||14.5 x 11 x 12.8 inches|
|Item Weight||14.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||16.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|California residents||Click here for Proposition 65 warning|
|Item model number||BCO430|
138 customer reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank||
#10,651 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
|Date first available at Amazon.com||August 4, 2016|
November 24, 2017
Here are some things to consider:
1. This machine is built with forgiveness of your grind settings and tamping, as are all machines that utilize a pressure basket, which helps you achieve the correct pressure via the basket instead of with the grind/tamp of the coffee.
2. Unlike a true boiler system, you have to preheat this machine prior to brewing. This is done by turning on the machine with the power button on the side, allowing the machine to heat up, the running a brew cycle without coffee until the light goes off. Once that happens, turn off the brew cycle and wait for the light to come back on. One tip, install the brew basket without grounds during this heat up cycle to make sure the whole system is at optimal temperature for brewing.
3. Froth your milk first, then brew your espresso. Countless hours of watching videos and reviews on espresso machines has taught me this. Reason for this step is that once brewed, the coffee starts to degrade and cool quickly after brewing. The milk will hold up and remain hot during the short process of brewing the espresso, which will give you a much smoother and warmer cup. After frothing, repeat the process of flushing the heater by turning on the brew process and then turning on the wand, which will running the remaining heated water out of the wand and not through the brew basket.
And last tip, if you want more of a micro foam rather than the large bubbled foam (latte foam instead of cappuccino foam), remove the pannarello wand and keep the tip of the frothing wand just Bellow the surface of the milk (you should hear the air being sucked in by the steam pressure) and make sure the milk is swirling rapidly. Once you have the foam density you desire, submerge the tip to continue heating the milk until the cup is hot to the touch.
This all was learned from doing the research before making a purchase. This is not the machine I had my heart set on, but it doesn’t have the $600 price tag either. For under $200, this machine will make a good cappuccino and latte, as long as you follow the instructions. I really like having the ability to make a brewed pot at the same time for those that don’t like the fancier coffee drinks, as the heating elements are independent from each other. I REALLY like the carafe and the set up of the drip side, minus the included filter. I have never cared for mesh filters. The wide spout pours perfectly as long as you don’t try to fill a cup in an instant and just pour steadily. Honestly one of the best carafes I have used.
The reason for the 4 stars is simple. This machine was purchased for our camper, and we have a much nicer and higher end Delonghi espresso machine at home, and the quality of the brew basket on this machine is not near as good. There is nothing holding the brew basket in, our other machine has bars in the basket housing that holds it in with pressure. Also, this basket uses too much plastic in my opinion that your brew will flow across. The other design on our home unit is all metal.
All in all, for a combo unit, this is a DECENT machine that will produce a good latte or cappuccino if operated properly, and a decent pot of drip coffee for the other half that prefer that. If you want to start down the expensive path of brewing espresso, this will get you heading in the right direction. But please, do your homework. There are many variables (grind, coffee type, etc.) that will affect the quality of your brew.
The 1-4 cups feature that strengthens the coffee and makes it more aromatic REALLY WORKS. My wife says she hasn’t had better coffee, and she’s even had it black (which she never does) ((We use the Lavazza Caffe Espresso ground coffee if anyone’s interested)). On the espresso side, it works and makes great espresso with nice crema and is very easy to load in two shots. Despite what people say, the instructions really are straightforward if you just READ THEM. I use the steaming spout as well and it works as planned if you just follow the instructions. I’ve since made some very delicious cappuccino’s/lattes and everything is quite easy and quick to use. Now I’ve only had for a couple days, and I can’t speak for the durability part. Everything works as expected so far, and I’m worried based on other reviews about the fragility of the pieces. But if anything happens to break I’ll have to come back and update my review.
TL;DR – if you want to feel like you have barista skills but really don’t and want to make delicious fancy drinks, 5 stars.
– if you want the capability of making drip coffee that tastes better than normal and espresso at the same time, 5 stars.
– if you’re already a pro barista and want to complain that it doesn’t “meet up to standards,” probably 1 stars.
UPDATE: Have had it almost 4 months. NOTHING has broken, NO leaks, and everything works exactly as when we got it. Still making coffee that I like better than Starbucks and several other local coffee shops.