Every good home barista knows the size of the machine shouldn't be the deciding factor, the features are what counts! Coming in at just under 7 inches wide and 13 inches tall, the DeLonghi Dedica is dedicated to bringing you fast and tasty espresso when it counts. This fiercely fast machine heats up to its ideal brewing temperature in approximately 40 seconds and heats up to its ideal steaming temperate in about 12 seconds. The Dedica also offers an array of brewing options with its removable brew baskets. Brew with the single shot basket for those lighter espresso days and move up to the double shot basket for those, "I gotta have espresso, and I gotta have lots of it!" kind of days. Want delicious espresso without all of the mess of free-flowing grounds? Brew with the Dedica's E.S.E pod basket and simply toss the used pod for an easy clean-up!
Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi Dedica EC680 Espresso Machine
Programmability - Small doesn't always mean option-less! The Dedica allows you to program the water temperature (low, medium or high) for hotter espresso, adjust the amount of time until the Dedica goes into stand-by mode (9 minutes, 30 minutes or 3 hours) and set your water hardness (soft, medium or hard) for a better tasting brew.
Stainless Steel Panarello - Easily froth and heat milk for a delicious milk based drink, or access hot water for tea, hot cocoa or an Americano.
Versatile Brewing - Brew with your single or double shot basket to savor your favorite pre-ground or ground up whole bean blend, or brew with the handy E.S.E pod basket for a less messier way to brew.
Cup Warmer - Store a few espresso cups on top of the Dedica for a toasty drinking vessel when its time to brew.
Descaling Mode - The Delonghi Dedica will let you know when it's time to descale and has a full descaling mode, so you don't have to manually flush water and descaling solution through the machine.
Fool Proof Brewing - Each brew basket features a handy symbol on the bottom to remind you if it's a single, double or E.S.E basket.
Superbly Slim - A fully functioning espresso machine, that also offers milk frothing capabilities, in a super slim and compact size? Yes, please!
Included Accessories - The Dedica arrives at your doorstep ready to brew with it's pressurized portafilter, three filter baskets (single, double and E.S.E pod compatible) and the all in one scoop/tamper. All you need is your favorite ground coffee or E.S.E pod to begin the brewing magic.
Pressurized Baskets Only - The Dedica only includes pressurized baskets, and non-pressurized baskets are not currently available.
Weightless Machine - Ok, so the Dedica is not weightless, but it does lack the substantial weight that most espresso machines posses to keep it grounded when twisting the portafilter on and off.
How Does it Compare?
The DeLonghi Dedica is a great entry level machine and should also appeal to those that want to brew espresso at home, but aren't concerned with learning all of the technicalities more advanced machines have to offer.
Tips and Tricks
Surfs up, dude! If you like to steam your milk before brewing, don't forget that temperature surfing is an option to quickly lower the boiler's temperature and get the Dedica back down to its ideal brewing range. To begin this nifty trick, place an empty cup under the panarello and turn the steam dial to the steaming position. The Dedica's panarello will begin dispensing a mixture of steam and hot water and will automatically stop once it has reached its ideal brewing range.
I can get essentially no crème with this machine regardless of grind setting on my Baratza Virtuoso. I have tried from about a 10 on the settings up to as fine as it will grind (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.) and have also varied tamp amount and the heat setting on the machine. Videos on the company or seller websites show crème but all I get is a thin layer of creamy bubbles no matter what I try (including different beans). Just wondered if that grinder is the issue or if my machine might have not quite the right something?
A shopper on Jun 25, 2015
Best Answer:Crema has everything to do with the freshness of your bean. It's true that some machines create oxygen via pressure creating a fake crema, but the crema you get has very little to do with your grinder or your machine and everything to do with how fresh your bean is! Try going to a local roaster and getting a bean that was roasted within 2 weeks and see if you notice the difference!
I want to create microfoam for latte art on this machine. But if I remove the original pannarello attachment completely, it is not long enough to reach the bottom of the pitcher. Is there any other way I can do it? By the way, my pitcher is a 400mL one. Thanks.
Please let me know about pressurized vs. non pressurized baskets and why having just the pressurized is somewhat negative aspect ?
A shopper on Dec 9, 2016
Best Answer:It entirely depends on you! Pressurized baskets let you use pre-ground coffee and don't make you perfect your technique (grind, tamp, dose), but your coffee's flavors are definitely muted, and cleanup is a pain. If you think you'll be happy with the convenience (at the cost of a little flavor) then there is nothing wrong with a pressurized-only machine. But if you're someone who likes to experiment or wants room to grow with your machine, something with a non-pressurized option, like the Duo-Temp Pro, may be a better fit.
We have had the DeLonghi Dedica for about six months. When it was new, it worked great. Recently I have had difficulty getting the machine to make sufficient steamed milk. It seems to take forever, makes a very loud noise and the milk never seems to be very frothy. I recently tried descaling the machine, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Could there be something wrong with the machine?
I have recently bought a Dedica here in China. As an espresso newbie I've been reading and watching YouTube videos and often they recommend 18gm of coffee per shot. Trying this out on my Dedica, the double shot filter holder only takes 13gm (using the Delonghi recommendation of 2 scoops). The most I can possibly fit is 16gm after tamping and refilling.
Will I get a better espresso if I make sure the filter basket is absolutely full?
Can I program this machine for amount of sinlge and double shot espresso? Right now when I press single shot, I got a lot of coffee (same like I do for a double). In order to get single shot I need to press button again in order for machine to stop pouring. I am wondering if this can be programmed? I tried looking at manual and following instructions but no success. Please help. Thank you
I like this machine, but I can never get an adequate crema. I buy fresh beans, and never had a problem with my previous espresso maker (cuisinart). I have tried all types of grinds,different coffees, and even exchanged my first dedica,, thinking that it may be faulty.The puck is usually perfect, but the creama is very minimal. Any ideas? Thanks
I had this machine for a couple of years and it has worrked really well. But... I just bought Ascaso iMini grinder, and my DeLonghi will only 'accept' the most coarse grind from the grinder settings. The water does not run through fine grains. Does this sound 'normal'? I am using Brazilian arabica beans. Many thanks!
I really want to like this little unit, but somehow, I just can't. I had an old steam DeLonghi that I bought from Costco in the 90's that I liked better. It's simple to use. Does make nice, frothy milk but the espresso is kinda yuck. The flavor was better in the old cheap job. I can't get decent crema to save my life, and it's a ton of work to get the coffee hot enough. I can't just pull a shot. I have to run one without coffee into my cup to heat the head and filter, heat the milk to almost scalding, then pull my shot. If any of those steps are missed the coffee is luke warm and just gross. I've adjusted the temp to the hottest setting and that just isn't hot enough. I returned my first one and the second does the exact same thing. I use it and I'll keep it, but I wouldn't recommend it (Posted on 10/17/2016)
excellent Review by Big Al
Easy to use clean and set up, makes a great cappuccino (Posted on 9/26/2016)
I like it!Review by MarkL
This is my first espresso machine and I am quite enjoying it. Pretty easy to use, and makes a nice cup. I am making latte's with it and am pretty happy. It comes with an easy to follow instruction card for making most coffee drinks. Pretty easy to clean up. (Posted on 9/11/2016)
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