De’Longhi Icona Vintage Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine ECOV311 : Amazing coffee!

Rating is based on performance during three weeks of use for making espresso only. I bought this as a replacement for my gaggia classic after almost 10 years excellent espresso. The delonghi espresso so far has been every bit as good.

Arrived promptly and nicely packed. This machine has an awesome vintage style, almost all of it made of stainless steel which is a bonus. Ergonomic, economic with auto off feature, water boiler heats up the water in seconds, the steam is powerful and the steam knob does a very good job adjusting the pressure, and makes a delicious cafe. The icona leather ”vintage icona” big tag hanging on the machine is adorable. Having said that, i read a lot of comments about ”cafe is watering” or ”too thick” or ”water is leaking through the steam whilst brewing” etc. Just improve your barista skills guys. Read the instructions and download the ”de’ longhi coffee expert” application free of charge. You ll find some awesome tips how to use this machine and make an excellent cafe. You need to experiment a little bit because not all espresso machines produce fine cafe by using them in the same way.

Great espresso maker, i used to own the 310 version which lasted over 7 years. So buying its successor wasn’t brainer. The portafilter is suited to 51mm tamper, the 310 version was 53 mm. So if you like me upgrading from 310 version, be prepared to invest into tamper ( unless you don’t mind to use the plastic build in tamper ). The new pods are deeper so even they are smaller in diameter it fills with more coffee. Love this machine, hope it will last as long as the last one.

Got it for my partner’s birthday last year and we believe it’s great. The coffee and cappuccinos are delicious and it’s super easy to use and clean.

Prior to this i had used a russel hobbs machine for 5 years, which i got at a cheaper price than this. I was expecting the coffee to taste as good, if not better, than my previous machine, which is not the case. Machine looks good (however i wouldn’t have gone for cream in hind sight – i have not taken a star off for this) and heats up reasonably quick, but the end coffee is weak tasting. Having used the same coffee ground in this and previous machines i know the downfall is in this machine and not the coffee ground i am using. The interesting thing is, it seems espresso machine prices have increased since i got my initial machine 5 years ago – breaking the normal trend. With this in mind i would suggest spending a bit more money on getting a better machine.

Basic coffee machine for basic needs.

I use it everyday in the morning.

  • Cafe is Back in the menu!
  • Not as good as expected
  • Multiple issues are light use 18 months after purchase

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If you are looking for a good coffee espresso machine and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, this is just the perfect one, i love the coffee, is so good, the machine is very easy to use and to clean, and the coffee is so creamy, to ben honest i’m really happy, as always deloghi it doesn’t disappoint me.

Only had this a few days, but so far – i love it. Takes a bit of practise to make a really good cup, but so far we’ve made cappuccino, americano and latte’s. My only niggle is that the coffee tamper isn’t great – it’s a bit fiddly to get at, and not easy to tamp the coffee down properly – but this is only a minor thing, and i’m going to order a nice tamper to use separately. The coffee comes out nice and hot, and if you run the steamer for about 60 seconds you get really hot and frothy (if you want it) milk. Certainly for the price, i don’t think you could do any better.

I’m a coffee addict, and i had some bad experience with the coffee machines as i’m looking back, but not with this one. This coffee machine makes a really tasty, foamy espresso, and with the stream arm i can make latte, cappuccino, like the big coffee brands one. And it’s also looks good in the kitchen.

It is a pretty good machine – particularly for the competitive price. I was replacing an almost identical older machine that has lasted well so i hope that this will too. I find the new coffee handle / hopper a bit fiddly compared to the old one but the old one fits the new machine so i just use that. I bought a second hopper for that old machine too – it is a worthwhile purchase as it means that you can knock the coffee out and refill while running off a second cup – very helpful if you are making coffee for several people. Both old and new machines are a bit light – especially when low on water which means that it moves around when installing the handle and lifts up when using the built in tamper. Both of these are minor enough that i bought the similar replacement. Overall i really like it – i drink a lot of coffee and it churns out good coffee, cup after cup.

We bought the set, coffee machine, kettle and toaster and i’ve used the coffee machine 500-1000 times over the last 2 years (it’s hard to say exactly). That’s 5-10 coffees a week not that many. I use my kettle about amount. Both have parts peeling off seemingly at random. The machine is well cared for, the pumps seem fine even in a hard water area with some simple maintenance. That part seems sturdy and reliable. But also the buttons from the day of purchase seem to not be terribly responsive especially for turning off the device. It still makes a decent coffee i can’t complain about the output, but how much longer it will last before it sheds all its skin i’m just not sure.

Very fast shipping and great product.

  • Cafe is Back in the menu!
  • Not as good as expected
  • Multiple issues are light use 18 months after purchase

De’Longhi Icona Vintage Traditional Pump Espresso Coffee Machine ECOV311.BG

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