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DeLonghi Lattissima Pro review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

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Pros

  • Fresh milk foam
  • One-touch drinks
  • Touchscreen for easy use

Cons

  • Pricey for a pod machine
  • Regular cleaning needed for entire milk carafe
  • Restricted to compatible pods

Key Features

  • 19-bar pump pressure; 1.3l water tank; 500ml milk carafe; 1300W; H37.4 x W19.4 x D33.2cm
  • Manufacturer: DeLonghi
  • Review Price: £429.00

DeLonghi Lattissima Pro: At a glance

As a compact pod machine, the Lattissima Pro’s biggest lure is its fresh milk carafe with automatic foaming function – an idea borrowed from the usually bigger and bulkier bean-to-cup models. While other pod machines rely on milk pods or wands to achieve their frothy topping, the Lattissima Pro makes cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and babyccinos (warm milk froth, no coffee) with just one touch of its screen.

Pod-wise, there’s 22 Grand Crus in the Nespresso range, plus limited editions. So while you’re buying into just one pod type, the Lattissima Pro’s six preset drink options – the other three are espresso, lungo, ristretto – offers up a wealth of combinations. Plus, other companies make compatible pods.

You can also personalise your drinks by varying the amount of milk, froth and coffee using the digital display, and the machine will remember the altered amounts – although this can always be returned to factory settings.

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DeLonghi Lattissima Pro: Design and features

There’s real emphasis on quality in the design – from the brushed aluminium finish to the metal drip tray and drop-down espresso cup support, which are reassuringly substantial without being gratuitously heavy. A hot water spout – used during descaling and for making tea – is also thoughtfully concealed in a recess at the side with its own door. This fits in the same place as the milk carafe – both click in and can be removed easily.

Its features have been thoughtfully considered, too. An internal bin for used pods means there’s no need to empty after every drink, while the water tank has a hinged lid that helps to stop spills and splashes between the sink and the machine.

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A short cable (45cm) means you might have trouble positioning it where you want to, but if you’re lucky enough to be able to site it right next to a socket, you can take advantage of the cable store underneath for a neat finish.

At 6.5kg, you probably won’t want to be moving it around frequently, but its small footprint ensures that it takes up minimal space on the worktop. It could be a great swap for an older bean-to-cup machine that hogs all the room.

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DeLonghi Lattissima Pro: What is it like to use?

Thanks to a fast-heating thermoblock that's ready to make coffee in 25 seconds – or 40 for milk drinks – the Lattissima Pro is a good morning companion. The water tank is a generous size compared to the machine’s dimensions and it’s simple to fill.

Making a drink is as easy as switching it on, inserting a pod, closing the lever to hold it in place, and, if applicable, attaching the milk carafe (which needs to be stored in the fridge), before choosing the right button for your drink. The cup platform isn’t restricted by obstacles, so you can use any size of cup, and the milk carafe spout can also be moved and pointed into the cup, so there’s no chance of missing or dripping down the side. A sturdy drop-down support adapts it easily for espresso cups.

The touchscreen menu is pretty intuitive once you’re aware of what the drink symbols mean – the name of the drink pops up on the screen, but only after you’ve selected the button. It’s also simple to scroll through the different settings for descaling and rinsing. However, the machine has to clean the milk spout after every use, which, if you’re making a round of cappuccinos, can be pretty time-consuming. It’s as simple as turning a wheel to emit steam and residue, but it does lengthen the process.

Maintenance-wise, the milk carafe also has to be disassembled and popped in the dishwasher every couple of days, which can be a chore. Plus, if you’re washing it by hand, the small sections are fiddly – it splits into five parts and the carafe will need a brush for a thorough clean.

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DeLonghi Lattissima Pro: How good is the coffee?

A maximum 19 bar of pressure produces a velvety, aromatic crema from the Nespresso Grand Crus pods, which are pierced in several places to allow plenty of water to be forced through. The resulting coffee is excellent and not discernably different from freshly ground beans.

It’s a similar story with the Lattissima Pro’s milk froth, which is of good, firm consistency at maximum strength – it can be tailored to suit by turning the wheel on top of the carafe – and especially impressive on the latte macchiato setting. The volume is less on a standard cappuccino, so milky drinks fans may find themselves boosting it.

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Should I buy the DeLonghi Lattissima Pro coffee machine?

This is a machine for people who love lattes, so if you’re mainly an espresso drinker, it’s probably not worth the extra expense of the milk carafe. It’s worth trying the coffee beforehand, as the Nespresso pods are a little pricier than some systems, at 29-35p each. It also comes with a two-year guarantee.

Verdict

A coffee machine that could easily replace café visits if you usually drink straight cappuccinos or lattes. Definitely worth upgrading to if you already enjoy the Nespresso system.

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Overall Score

9

Tim Sutton

October 22, 2014, 5:44 pm

I'm not trolling, but I don't really understand the appeal of pod coffee machines!

What am I missing? I have a Gaggia, a simple filter coffee machine and a French press,all of which are simple to use and clean, take any ground coffee in existence - meaning I can keep and grind beans freshly - and produce delicious coffee.

Why would I want an expensive to use pod system instead that produces sub standard coffee?

Jmac

October 23, 2014, 2:20 pm

First, you're making a big assumption that the coffee is sub-standard. Nespresso produces excellent quality coffee, in my experience. They also produce some truly dreadful dishwater, so you need to choose carefully from among the available pods. Same could easily be said of your setup - there's plenty of bad coffee available!

I think the main advantage, for which many people (including me) are willing to pay the exorbitant premium attached to pods, is convenience. With no messing around, I can produce consistent espresso from a cold start in under a minute. I don't believe you can match that with a "proper" espresso machine. For my morning caffeine hit, it does the job perfectly.

I'm not an idiot - I recognise the downsides in cost, environmental impact and (let's be honest) quality versus a really well made espresso made from freshly ground, high quality beans in a high end, high pressure espresso machine, but the truth is I'm not going to take the time to let the machine warm up, grind, dose, tamp, pull a shot, clean the portafilter, etc. when I could have an extra 15 minutes in bed. I had a Mazzer grinder and a Gaggia machine, and produced awesome coffee... at the weekend when I made time to use it. Now I have good (not quite as awesome, but very respectable) espresso every single day.

TomNext

October 23, 2014, 3:29 pm

Convenience. It's better than instant coffee and cheaper (and arguably better tasting) than a coffee from a high street chain. Sure, it's more expensive and not as good as freshly ground coffee beans but it's "good enough". £429 for a pod machine is bonkers though.

Tim Sutton

October 23, 2014, 3:35 pm

People do seem to agree with you.

I just don't see how putting a pod into a machine and filling with water is any more convenient than putting two scoops of grounds into a machine and filling with water!

Hamish Campbell

October 23, 2014, 8:28 pm

I'm similar, although could never justify the cost of a 'proper' expresso machine in the first place! But I did love the ritual of my stove top bialleti and I imagine I would the same with a full expresso setup.

But the start up cost and the time are things I don't have (4 young boys), plus I have a wife who has approximately zero interest in any rituals, especially coffee ones.

On the quality front I agree. A consistent good expresso. I've had dreamy coffee from the cafe's which are all about coffee......but I've had a lot worse from a disturbingly large number of cafe's which sport massive professional setups and presumably trained staff, and they will still charge me the equivelent of 3.70 GBP. Of course, this will depend on where you live (both average quality and cost :) ).

J. Hoogendoorn

February 22, 2015, 1:42 pm

Does anyone know where the stick to check the water hardness should be in the box? I can't find it!

Mary

February 4, 2016, 8:12 pm

Background: been a nespresso customer ever since the beginning. have bought a half a dozen machines for myself and more for friends at xmas. like the consistently good coffee and the machines in general. my last machine purchase was for the DeLonghi Lattissimi Pro, which was purchased when they were first released a number of years ago. Since then, I've had it replaced 3 times, the last time being today. Here's the scenario: In the morning I walk over to the machine and turn it on; that's all I do. I then turn and walk over to the kitchen cabinet to remove a coffee cup. During the time it takes me to walk over and do this, the machine begins expressing water out of the nozzle where the coffee would normally come out were there a capsule in the machine and had i pushed the button to make a restretto, expresso or longo. (note: i never leave a used capsule in the chamber so we can dismiss with that as having an effect on the machine.) This problem does not occur every day but it does occur 2-3 times a week. And I'm thinking that it must occur when I'm not in the kitchen because I find the water catch tray almost completely full on occassion. This is the 3rd machine that Nespresso has given me and they say that they have never had this issue brought to their attention by anyone other than myself. Whether that's true, who knows. But Nespresso, in their defense, has always tried to resolve this by sending another machine. This last time I called them about the problem, I first called DeLonghi hoping to speak with someone in their tech department to see if they had ever heard of this problem but they told me that Nespresso had to handle the problem. Has anyone had this problem? I'd love to know so I can give your name to Nespresso so they don't think that I'm completely bonkers.

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