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DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker DES02 Series

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$299.95

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Quick Overview

Perfect for beginning baristas and beyond, the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker is super compact and functional and comes in a variety of colors so you can show your personality. This entry-level espresso machine features a sturdy die-case aluminum exterior with 15 bar pump pressure. Choose between your favorite coffee grounds or pods, then use the swivel jet frother to whip up lattes and cappuccinos — just the thing for that morning pick-me-up.
DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker DES02 Series - Black

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Perfect for beginning baristas and beyond, the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker is super compact and functional and comes in a variety of colors so you can show your personality. This entry-level espresso machine features a sturdy die cast aluminum exterior with 15 bar pump pressure. Choose between your favorite coffee grounds or pods, then use the swivel jet frother to whip up lattes and cappuccinos.

How the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker Works

  • Select your desired filter (use the smaller filter for making one cup of coffee or when using coffee pods) and the larger filter for two cups.
  • Add the coffee using the measuring spoon provided (one level spoon per cup), level the surface then lightly press with the coffee tamper (about 30 pounds of pressure). Wipe off any coffee around the rim.
  • Fit the filter into the brew head and turn it to the right to lock into position.
  • Press the on/off button and wait until the green coffee ready indicator light stops flashing, then press the coffee button.
  • When you reach your desired amount, press the coffee button again and after portafilter cools remove it from the machine and empty out the used coffee.

Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi KMix Espresso Maker

  • Thermo-Gen: Heating system produces perfect temperature for brewing.
  • Sure-Grip: Carafe designed for user comfort and improved grip.
  • E.S.E. Pods: Dual function filter holder for ESE pods or ground coffee.
  • Swivel Jet Frother: Produces ideal froth for cappuccinos or lattes.
Pros
  • Smooth Shots - You'll get nothing but smooth, delicious shots with the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker.
  • Lots of Foam - The swivel jet frother whips your milk into a delightful, foamy frenzy.
  • Compact - No matter what size your kitchen is, the kMix will fit just about anywhere.
  • Pod Friendly - You can use either standard ESE pods or your own ground coffee, we love that pods give you mess-free convenience in the morning. The machine comes with a starter package of Illy pods.
Cons
  • Manufacturer Support - Many users have reported non-existent to severely delayed customer service and support of their machine. Some have been unable to have their kMix fixed in a few months, while others have been unable to get the right replacement part in a timely manner due to backorder issues.
  • Panarello Wand - While the panarello wand is easy to use, intermediate to advanced users may be unimpressed with the microfoam produced.
Ease of Use 5
Ease of Care and Maintenance 5
Overall Value for the Money 5
How Does it Compare?

There are no major upgrades compared to other DeLonghi machines in this price range.

Tips and Tricks

We suggest heating your cups before use to maintain the heat of your extraction and drink.

Manufacturer DeLonghi
Width 6.5 inches
Depth 9.5 inches
Height 12.0 inches
Watts 1500W
Volts 120V
Programmability No
Case Material Plastic
Cup Clearance 2.5 inches
Solenoid Valve No
Steam Wand Type Panarello Only
Cup Warmer No
Available Portafilters Pressurized and Non-Pressurized
Warm Up: Brew Time 2 minutes
Warm Up: Steam Time 30 seconds
Boiler Design Single Boiler
NSF Certified No
Pod Friendly Yes - without adaptation
Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
Pre-Infusion/Aroma No
Material Plastic

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DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker DES02 Series
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A shopper asked: Is this model made in China? Mar 29, 2014
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Teri KStaff: Yes, this DeLonghi kMix is made in China. Mar 29, 2014
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A shopper asked: What size is the tamper? Mar 2, 2014
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Teri KStaff: This DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker uses a 51mm tamper. Mar 3, 2014
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A shopper asked: Does this item make both coffee & espresso? What size tamper do I need? Thank you! Nov 28, 2013
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zachary p: You could make an americano with this machine, basically adding hot boiling water to the shot of espresso but it wont make a standard drip/filter style coffee if that is what you need. Jan 25, 2014
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A shopper asked: the sides of the house are made of plastic or stainless steel?

on this web site says that the sides are plastic

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Apr 30, 2013
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Teri KStaff: The sides of this DeLonghi kMix Espresso Machine are made of plastic. Apr 30, 2013
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LEEOR B asked: Would anyone happen to know the inner diameter of the filters for this kmix machine? I am looking to buy a tamper and needing to know if it's 51mm or 52mm.

If a 52mm can fit , that would be great as I'd want majority, if not all surface area to be covered - unlike the tamper we received with our machine (~50mm).
May 9, 2013
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Mike C asked: What kind of grinder can you get away with with this machine and would you choose the Saeco Via Venezia over the DeLonghi kMix Espresso?
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Mike
Aug 26, 2013
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Teri KStaff: For a machine like this kMix, you can use a lower level grinder and still get good results, so even one of the Capresso grinders for under $100.00. For a slightly finer grind and more consistently sized particles, check out the Baratza grinders. The kMix is not as easily repairable as the Saeco Via Venezia is, and has aluminum components in the portafilter. The Via Venezia can be repaired and we can also offer an extended warranty on this machine. Additionally, the portafilter of the Via Venezia is chrome plated brass as opposed to aluminum in the kMix. Both of these machines will produce very similar shots! Aug 27, 2013
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Mike C: Thanks Teri! You guys have the BEST customer service and the best equipment on the planet (and prices). I'm definitely doing with the Via when I get the money. I love my espresso and I want it to taste good. How is the Bonsai blend by Velton?
Thanks again
Mike Aug 27, 2013
Teri KStaff: Hey Mike,

That's so great to hear! Glad we've been helpful! We really like the Velton's Bonsai and it is a very popular blend for us. It is a nice medium roast with tones of chocolate and a slightly citrus finish. Hope you give it a try and that you like it! Aug 27, 2013

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Warranty Information for the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker

What it Covers:

DeLonghi espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

Length:

- 1 Year (Small espresso machines, capsule machines, coffee makers, grinders and other electronics)

- 2 Years (Superautomatic espresso machines)

Who Supports the Warranty: DeLonghi
Warranty Contact Information: 800-322-3848
Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only).
Can SCG Repair? Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only). Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

Caring for the DeLonghi kMix Espresso Maker

  • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
  • Soap out water tank and drip tray every few days.
  • Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.

Great machine IF you care for it properly

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I purchased this in Dec 2011 for the great aesthetics and its ability to use both the ESE pods and ground coffee (although I quickly moved away from pods). Mine is orange and I keep it in pristine condition as I display it on my counter next to a Rocky grinder. I've been making four or more quad shots a week since I purchased the machine and I'm happy with it overall. For those reviewers that complained about it steaming (and not from the wand), I recommend cleaning it very carefully as coffee grounds get stuck here quite easily. You'll want to even remove the screen from the top part on the machine (this is where the portafilter basket connects and is attached by a small philips screw) as well as break down the portafilter baskets to clean the individual elements. I perform this type of maintenance on it every 2-4 weeks and it's kept me quite happy with great espresso drinks.

(Posted on 11/20/13)

Good quality compact machine, consistent performance.

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I purchased a refurbished Kmix espresso maker last December for $130. This is my third espresso machine, the first being a cheap steamer, the second a Mr. Coffee pump machine.

This Delonghi is finely built; all parts are "solid", the entire exterior is metal and if you tap the side with a knuckle, it's like hitting a metal plate. I went to a little appliance shop that had a few dozen espresso machines, including Gaggia, Saeco, and Rancillo, and the Kmix felt to be higher quality in build than the Gaggias in the price range, on par with Saeco, and perhaps not as fine as Rancillo's cheapest machines (which are still pricier). The bright colored paint is durable, and looks great. My yellow machine has highly polished stainless that can get water spots easily, but a mist with windex and wipe with microfiber cloth shines it well.

I've used the machine to make 10-15 doubles per week for the last 6 months. After each use, I put a glass tray under the head, then clean the head with a toothbrush while letting water pump in to the tray. Then I rotate the portafilter on and off the head while "wiggling" it to half-pressurize and let water "leak" out between the filter and head; this cleans all grounds from the assembly. By doing this, I've never had the issues that other users have reported (re; slow water flow) and the machine has always worked great. Read the directions, keep the head clean by letting the machine pump water while brushing and using the portafilter, and you'll have good luck.

Produces steam quickly, and the steam knob is out of the steam zone, easy to grip, and the wand goes out to the side of the machine; there wasn't much room for cup because the machine is by design quite compact, so I put the machine on a little glass riser and now can put a large frothing cup in place. You can remove the panarello tip and have a straight-steaming tip which allows accurate microfoaming.

I'm young and don't have a larger budget for luxury appliances, so the $130 for a refurb machine was great. I do think it's worth the listed $300, so if you're in the market for a machine in this price range, considering the DeLonghi Kmix. Like most products, if you take care of it, the machine will perform well. As for quality of brew - the machine does its job an produces water at a consistent temperature and pressure. If you do your job with a good grind, the little pressurized filter will make a good shot. Seattle Coffee has non-pressurized filters for the machine if you want to go that route.

Good luck!

(Posted on 7/29/13)

Good coffee, great foam and nice looking!

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Coffee has a great taste and it is not too big. Lot of people seem not to like the steam wand, but i think it works much better than a Jura model i've tried and which costs a lot more. I do have some experience as a barista and I have no problem at all to do foam for a cappuccino or doing a latte with the leaf pattern on top. The only negative point is that you can not put a standard size cup under the machine.

(Posted on 7/19/13)

K-Mix

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Easy set-up, great shots for a little home machine. Too many bubbles in milk when steaming. Micro-foam is a huge mission to accomplish. Great little machine for home coffee.

(Posted on 7/12/13)

Smoke and Burning Smell!!!

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I loved this machine for 18 months - quiet and works well. But now, I hate it because I know it's breaking down. Smoke coming out of the steam nozzle on top of the machine and a distinct smoke smell. This machine cost $399!!! Delonghi customer service person was quick to say "sounds like you've past your one year warranty and there is nothing we can OR WILL do for you!" This made me feel furious.

As I ponder what machine to buy next, one thing I know for sure, it will NOT be a Delonghi - ever again.

I once had a Krups esspresso machine that had a problem after a couple of years... do you know, Krups replaced the entire machine for me! Now, that's customer service and a company that wants repeat business.

DO NOT BUY A KMIX MACHINE!

(Posted on 5/16/13)

love coffee

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last years model is awesome. price was great and the coffee it makes is delicious. spend more on a grinder. that makes all the difference. recommend this machine.

(Posted on 1/1/13)

Decent shots, but the foam lacks.

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Having a good grinder is a must in getting the timing of the shot right. The steam wand only produces big bubbled foam. If you would like to make latte's, then unfortunately this is not the machine for you. I would like to see some future upgrades from Delonghi, such as non pressurized baskets, and different steam tip choices. Doubt it will happen, but wishful thinking. All in all, it's a decent little home machine for the price.

Pros:
Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Easy To Use, Large Water Container

Cons:
No accessory upgrades, Milk only good for capps

(Posted on 5/13/12)

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