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De'Longhi Scultura Traditional Barista Pump Espresso Machine, Coffee and Cappuccino Maker, ECZ351BK, 1.4 liters, Black

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Encountering a filter holder that doesn’t fit well into your coffee machine is a common issue, not limited to Delonghi machines. This issue can occur due to various factors that may contribute to the problem. Let’s explore some potential causes and solutions: Switching the steam mode off doesn’t vent the hot water, so you’ll need to use the tap to get rid of the steam before making another shot of espresso, otherwise, you’ll end up with burnt and bitter coffee. You can also use the steam wand for hot water, simply by pressing the dispense water button to engage the pump and using the tap to send out the water. It certainly doesn’t come with a lot of the features of some of the other machines but you do of course have to pay for them. There are only 3 buttons and one of those is an on/off button so you really only need to use two buttons to get a decent cup of coffee. It doesn’t really get any simpler than that so maximum score for ease of use Quality of coffee 10/10

If you need to descale your Delonghi coffee maker, the good news is that it won’t take long to complete the process, although if you are already experienced, you will do it almost by heart. The steps are similar whether it’s a manual Delonghi express or an automatic, but we’ve summarised them here just in case: If you want freshly ground coffee for this machine (which we highly recommend), you will have to buy a separate grinder.

Clean the coffee spouts: Coffee residue can accumulate in the spouts, obstructing the flow of coffee. Regularly clean and maintain this component. While it has a smooth, rich aroma and was flavoursome enough with fresh beans, it isn’t as full-bodied as espresso made by the espresso machines on our 10 Best Espresso Machine list. It is, of course, a matter of personal taste but we feel as though Delonghi could have done a bit better with this model from a design perspective. Obstruction in the group head: Sometimes, an obstruction within the group head, the part of the machine that connects to the portafilter, can impede proper insertion. Carefully inspect and clean the group head to remove any obstructions.

Unlike bean-to-cup machines, there aren’t any fiddly grind settings to try and figure out on espresso machines, but they do require more upkeep as there are a lot of different parts that need to be cleaned regularly. What are the differences between espresso machines, bean-to-cup machines and pod machines? But this machine isn’t for everyone – here are some of the cons to consider before coughing up the cash. Our De’Longhi Scultura Review found the machine was better for beginner at-home coffee makers. Inconsistent Espresso If you’re making coffee for a fair few people, the Scultura might be the better option. A decent tank size – 1.4 L to the Dedica’s 1 L – means you won’t have to refill too often. Different Milk Frothing Abilities I’ve descaled my Delonghi coffee machine, but I keep getting the orange light. Pablo Barrantes The yellow light on Delonghi coffee machinesIt’s all about the beans! The 15 bar pump will deliver the goods but it won’t taste very good if you don’t use good quality coffee. If your machine draws milk from an external container, inspect both ends of the milk frothing sleeve to ensure it’s correctly connected. The portafilter which holds the coffee comes with 3 different inserts. One for a double shot, one for a single and another really shallow one which at first glance looks like it is not good for anything as you would get hardly any ground coffee in there. Many Delonghi coffee machines include an orange light as a light indicator, which is nothing more than a decalcification warning. Lubrication: Apply grease to moving internal components such as the brewing group or the auger in superautomatic coffee machines. This can help reduce friction-related noise.

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