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DeLonghi Essenza Mini bundle EN85RAE review

Capsule type. Priced at $249.

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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of taste (60%), ease of use (20%), milk frothing ability (15%), and coffee temperature consistency over consecutive cups (5%).

Brand satisfaction score (%) View more details.

Brand satisfaction score is based on how satisfied 2724 surveyed members are with their coffee machines from a scale of excellent to terrible (survey conducted in 2019). Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand.

Brand reliability score (%) View more details.

Brand reliability scores are based on responses from more than 2700 coffee machine owners in 2019. We ask whether they have run into a problem with their appliance in the last 12 months. Scores are based on brand, not model. Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand.

Taste test score View more details.

Three experts test the espressos in a 'blind' tasting, checking the colour and thickness of the crema (the tan-coloured foam on the top of an espresso), aroma, flavour, mouth-feel (for example, creaminess or wateriness) and aftertaste.

Ease of use score View more details.

How easy the machines are to use. We try the controls, fill the water tank and the bean hopper, adjust the grinder, make a coffee, and clean inside and out.

Milk frothing score View more details.

We experiment with each machine to find how it best froths milk, looking for fine, pourable froth. We use what the manufacturer recommends (a milk frother, milk-based capsule or coffee capsule extracted over milk).

Coffee temperature consistency score View more details.

We measure the consistency of four consecutive coffees for each machine after warming it up for five minutes.

Measured heat-up time (min:s) View more details.

Not scored, but will affect how quickly you can turn out a cup of coffee.

Time taken to froth 200ml milk (min:s)
Recommended View more details.

We recommend models which score 70% or more overall, so long as they also score well on other crucial factors including taste and milk frothing.

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Tested model
Price View more details.

The manufacturer's recommended retail price. Prices are often flexible, so shop around both online and in bricks-and-mortar stores for options.

$249
Capsule type
Nespresso
Type of heating system View more details.

Thermoblock heats up only a very small quantity of water on demand as it flows through the system. The capacity of the water can be as little as 10mL; the larger ones can heat up to 50mL at a time.

Models with boilers heat a larger amount of water and keep it heated fairly consistently. For example, the Rancilio has a 300mL capacity, which is heated all at once and then maintained at that heat. A dual boiler includes two boilers; one for making coffee and one for steaming, which saves time as you don't have to switch modes.

Heat exchanger models are used a lot in commercial scenarios. They use a single boiler but are designed to produce coffee and steam at the same time. The boiler produces steam, while a pipe running water through the boiler is heated on the fly to the right temperature.

Thermoblock
Water reservoir capacity (L)
0.6
Pump pressure - stated (bar) View more details.

The pressure the pump exerts when pushing hot water through the ground beans; measurement given in 'bar'. Some trial and error with the pressure and grind is required. A high bar does not necessarily mean a superior machine. We optimise the machines before giving them a taste test to give them their best chance.

19
Warranty (yrs)
2
Dimensions (cm, HxWxD)
21 x 11 x 32
Weight (kg)
2.3
Origin
Ukraine
Contents of packaging
Espresso machine, literature and Nespresso capsule tasting gift box
Contact
delonghi.com/en-au
Milk frother supplied View more details.

Many espresso machines contain integrated milk frothers or come with one as part of the package. We list the model we tested (and its RRP) if it doesn't come with a milk frother.

Yes
Standby mode
Yes
Automatic power turn-off
Yes
Removable water reservoir
Yes
Water tank empty reminder
No
Hot water nozzle
Not applicable
Removable drip tray
Yes
Cup warming plate
No
Recycle scheme View more details.

Some capsule manufacturers provide a recycling scheme.

Cord storage
No
Programmable coffee quantity
Yes
Digital display
No
Espresso pressure or milk temperature gauge
No
Adjustable water temperature for coffee making
No
Adjustable steam pump rate
No

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