Immediately, the DeLonghi DEDICA stands out from other espresso machines.
Look at how thin it is!
It also has a touch of programmability with these 4 functions::
You can set the machine to brew low, medium, or high temperature shots, but let’s be real. You’re going to choose high.
You can set your water hardness to soft, medium, or hard to get a customized reminder of how frequently you need to descale the machine. That’s nice and all, but just descale every 2-3 months or more frequently if you have hard water.
You can set the auto-off mode to turn off between 9 minutes and 3 hours, depending on how you plan to use the machine.
You can customize your shot size by pressing and holding either shot button, which can either be great (if you want to permanently change the volume) or annoying (if you’d like it to go back to the original volume). I side with it being a great feature.
Those features aside, this is your standard pump espresso machine. It brews single and double shots and is E.S.E. pod compatible, and despite its sleek design there’s a milk frothing attachment on the right side of the machine.
How does the DeLonghi DEDICA perform?
Frankly, it pulls a very good shot. No complaints there. Issues sometimes arise with the frother. Sometimes you can make very thick, hot frothed milk. Sometimes it runs out of steam and doesn’t maintain the proper temperature.
My only other complaint is more me being picky than anything, but I wish the machine had more weight to it. I know it’s designed to be small, but espresso machines should have some heft to them to prevent the unit from moving around as you lock in or remove the portafilter.