The DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine combines the control of a semi-automatic with the freedom of a superautomatic, all in one compact, stainless-steel machine. Unlike other entry-level espresso machines, the EC860 incorporates an automatic cappuccino system that froths your milk and pulls your shots right into your cup. Then when you're ready to upgrade to creating your own frothy drinks, the EC860's interchangeable traditional steam wand will make you feel like you're a home barista.
Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine
Automatic Cappuccino System: Giving you the ability to make your favorite caffeinated drinks at a push of a button, the built-in milk carafe will steam, froth and pour your milk right into your cup, with no need for your to lift another finger.
Traditional Steam Wand: You'll be able to practice your barista skills with the built-in steam wand that also produces hot water for tea and Americanos.
Programmable Menu: Choose your choice of programming three coffee temperatures to your preference.
E.S.E Pod Friendly: The EC860's portafilter is both ground- and pod-friendly. Feel free to use your favorite pods for an easy and quick clean up.
Filtered Water Reservoir: The 35-ounce water reservoir is removable and has a built in water filter that'll produce clean, crisp, odorless water for ideal shots.
Stainless-Steel Casing - Unlike its plastic predecessors, the EC860 has been upgraded to a sturdy stainless-steel casing.
Compact - With a small footprint, you can fit this machine just about anywhere no matter what size your kitchen may be.
Hybrid - Steam milk with the steam wand or with the milk carafe.
How Does it Compare?
The stainless-steel casing makes this model much sturdier than its previous plastic iterations.
Tips and Tricks
When using the automatic frother, run the clean cycle first to get hotter milk.
Best Answer:Between the EC860 and the Infuser, we tend to like the build quality of the Breville just a bit better, and have also found the Infuser to produce better micro foam. It is not the case that a boiler unit will always last longer or shorter than a thermoblock or thermocoil machine, so I can't make that guarantee, unfortunately. Since I am not very fond of the automatic froth this DeLonghi produces and I really like the features of the Breville Infuser, the Breville would be my pick! Hope this helps!
Sue: The above question Terri K said use a 49mm tamper then below she said use a 52mm tamper. Which is correct???? I need a tamper because the one supplied with the machine is worthless cheap plastic. Thanks
Sorry for the confusion and thanks for catching that! I tried a few more 52mm tampers and while one fit, others did not fit well, so I may have a mismarked tamper in my showroom! A 49mm tamper would allow you to tamp furthest into the basket, while a 50 or 51mm tamper will not reach the base of the basket, but can certainly still be used successfully. I hope this clarifies, and again, I am sorry for the confusion!
If you like a full scoop of coffee then the 49mm tamper does not work. You need a larger one. I always add a tad more coffee (then recommended) because I feel the basket if filled as directed does not give you a real hearty cup of espresso. I regret buying the 49mm tamper.
Hi, I just got this machine and still testing it out. With my last machine (Via Venezia), I used 3 tbl spoons of espresso to pull a double shot. However, according to the instructions for this machine, it says to use only 14 grams, which isn't close to 3 tbl spoons. Also, I'm not getting near the crema as I did before with the same coffee and grind setting. Does this machine simply need less grounds to pull a double shot, or do I just need to keep testing until I get that "great" shot?
Best Answer:hi Bill, i have had this machine for just over 3 months now and I Love IT! as for the amount of coffee, i am pretty bad about measuring every shot. i just scoop my pre-ground Lavazza espresso coffee (black can) into the double basket til it is full of loose coffee and then tamp it so it leaves about a 2 cm like depth between the rim of the basket and the coffee. i'm guessing the actual amount is between 2 and 2 and 1/2 tablespoons of ground coffee. doing this i get a very nice even layer of crema almost every time. tho i have also heard that every machine is diff and if you are grinding your own coffee, what was perfect for your last machine may not get you the same results in this one... i hope this has helped some, but in the end i think it will be like you said, a matter of you testing and adjusting it here or there til you get it right where you want it to be.
I'm not sure I'm the best person to address your concerns. This is just my third espresso machine, the last one being a $500 Breville. The primary reason for moving to this one was the automatic frother and the additional automation (timed pour). With a 5-month old son, every minute is precious and saving time on frothing was a big deal. I've been quite happy with the machine thus far.
I use about 1.75 of the included scoops. It fills the double shot container about 80%. I get a reasonable amount of crema, but I could certainly imagine having more. I think you could try using less coffee and press very lightly or more coffee and press very hard.
I know this isn't too helpful, but I figured you'd appreciate getting some response over none.
Actually, just realized the scoop I am using actually has 1.5Tblsp/7g on it. So there's my answer for that. I started putting a little less than 2 full scoops...maybe I should reduce it more or change the grind setting. The espresso seems to drip rather than flow, although I know it shouldn't be too fast. Might have to set the temperature to high as well, as it doesn't seem to be hot enough on medium. I just don't want it too hot and ruin the shots.
Hello, please help! I can't seem to get anything out of this coffee machine... I've had the tiniest amount of water that have come out the spout but nothing has come out from the coffee filters. Please help? . Jack
Best Answer:Make sure the basket is not plugged up. Stick a small needle in the whole to clean it out. Also, don't tamp too hard. I've noticed on a hard tamp hardly any coffee comes out and it tastes super bitter. Tamp lightly to even the grounds. hope it helps
I have had this machine just over 2 months. When I turn it on from stand by mode the power indicator (top left LED) flashes red now. The machine seams to be functioning properly. When it is in stand by mode the LED is steady red as it should be. Any ideas?
Yes, I know what it is! I actually returned the first of these machines that I bought because of this exact problem. I had spoken to a Delonghi rep and everything and nobody could tell me what it was: It's the warning light telling you to run the cleaning cycle! There are instructions on how to run the cleaning cycle in either the owner's manual or the Setup Guide. You hold down the hot water button I believe and it triggers the cleaning cycle. You'll need to buy the cleaning solution. The cleaning cycle is supposed to be run every 1-2 months, depending on use. The new "eco-friendly" cleaning solution they have smells awful, you may want to run the cleaning cycle a second time without it afterwards. I've owned the machine for just under 2 years and had no problems with it. Enjoy!
Thank you for responding. I thought it might be that. The instructions state that the red blinking icon flashes in the "stand by mode". Mine only flashes when it is on. Wasn't sure if it may have been a different warning.
Thanks again, Happy Father's Day if it applies. B. Crawford.
I believe it means that it is time to descale your machine (instructions are in the manual)... Seattle coffee gear sells a DeLonghi brand one for this machine or I have gotten a different brand from bed bath and beyond before. If you don't have either near you, I'm sure you can find it online.
Brian: check page 9 of your of the manual, lower left. By your query, it sounds like its in a setting mode. Either adjust a setting or close the loop of being in a setting mode. Inadvertently pressing the stand by and another button can put it into a setting mode. cheers!
I had this happen to me recently and it means it's time for a good descaling. Once I did that the blinking went away and I myself noticed a difference in the espresso I was getting. This machine is SO much smarter than me!
I have a delonghi EC860 2 weeks old. The power light keeps flashing red after i set it to go but it still makes my lattes. It also says it can not steam for more then 3 minutes at a time in the manual. I have not been able to steam for more then a minute. I wonder if i got a dud and should bring back to store for an exchange?
Best Answer:I think the light flashing red is normal during a brewing cycle. When I click the one cup or two cup espresso the little red light blinks until the cycle stops then it goes solid red again. I have not had to steam anything for more than a minute so I am not sure if it can or can be programmed to steam for 3 minutes. I think that is an error in the print but I will research myself. The boiler is a decent size but still small, steaming for a solid 3 minutes is a long time and I don't think it can handle that. - I hope this helps.
I can solve the mystery of the blinking light. It goes off when the machine needs to be cleaned, the directions for the buttons to push to start the self-cleaning program are in the user manual. I'm not entirely sure exactly what is transpiring with the steam wand, could you provide more details of what you are doing, what you would like to happen and what actually is taking place? It's a great machine, especially for the price.
Thank you for your advice. I will try the self cleaning. Regarding the other issue it is not such a big deal as i found a work around. The steam does not operate long enough to froth my 260 ml pitcher of milk. However this is not a big issue as i just wait for it to reheat (about 10 seconds) then I press button and it finishes frothing milk to the 160 degrees :-) Yes it is a nice machine.
Best Answer:Wow, this is a very searchable question. But, strength to weight ratio, ability to form, non-corrosive even if scratched, doesn't chip like a painted machine, easy to maintain, aesthetics-if you like the look. compared to other metals, this does the job it needs to do with as a coffee machine. Not too many cast-iron espresso machines around. dh
I just bought the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine and I am having trouble with it to even do anything. The water light keeps blinking. I have plugged in it correctly and the filter is inserted and I have water in it. The water valve is working just fine. I just can't seem to have anything pour out! I am very frustrated already. I was hoping that this was going to be an easy machine to enjoy every morning. Can anybody tell me what I might be doing wrong?
Best Answer:Check to make sure the filter is correctly inserted, all the way into its socket. Also make sure the water compartment itself is properly inserted: take it out and reinsert it firmly. I've had this problem but juggling the filter and water container usually helps. If not, try turning off the machine and then back on.
I believe its the water filter. I've had this problem once or twice when putting in a new water filter. See if it works without the filter in. If so, try soaking the filter in water and putting it in the next day.
Other than this, I love the machine. Very handy having an auto milk frother and a great price!
Best Answer:No this does not make regular coffee. It is a pressurized system that must have the appropriate bean grind size and density for it to function correctly. It does make very good americanos though!
Best Answer:The DeLonghi EC860 uses a 52mm portafilter basket, but baskets are portafilter and machine specific, and so if you are looking to buy extra parts to modify, then you will need to be sure that they are compatible with the EC860.
Best Answer:Yes, grinding your beans fresh right before brewing with your own grinder will yield better shots with any semi automatic machine like this DeLonghi EC860. The Breville Smart Grinder would pair nicely with this machine, but it can clog a bit more easily, especially if you use an oily bean. Another alternative that you could look at would be the Baratza Virtuoso grinder, which is a bit easier to repair than the Smart Grinder. We don't offer Gaggia, and so I am not familiar with the MDF. I have included a link below for the Baratza Virtuoso so you can check this guy out as well. Let us know if you have any other questions!
Two questions related to clearance.. what is the height of the unit? And does the water reservoir remove from the top or from the front/side of the machine? I want this unit to fit beneath my upper cabinets (with 14.5" clearance) and not to have to move the machine to fill the water reservoir.
A shopper on Jan 7, 2014
Best Answer:The DeLonghi EC860 is 12 inches high, and the water tank removes and fills from the front left of the unit and not the top, so it should slide in place for you fine!
I am new to all this so is this a good machine for beginnersor can anyone recommend something else?
A shopper on Jan 5, 2014
Best Answer:Yes, this DeLonghi EC860 is a good machine that is easy to use for beginners. I would also recommend checking out the Saeco Aroma or Via Venezia for two additional machines that are easy to use, but built a bit more solidly than this DeLonghi, and the Breville Infuser for a machine that is easy to use but has a traditional steam wand for frothing.
Best Answer:This DeLonghi EC860 makes espresso but not drip coffee, however you can make a shot or two of espresso and add them to some hot water for an Americano. This will be the closest option to something like a cup of regular coffee. Hope this helps!
Someone else has asked this - but no answer so far....i fiddled around with the programmable coffee/milk amounts and have decided that the machines defaults were better !!!! silly me. BUT - i can't find any info regarding restoring the machine's default settings - have emailed NZ delonghi, but no answer as yet.... anyone out there able to help??
How do I get frothed milk only from the ec860 using the carafe?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2013
Best Answer:I've found on page 11(eleven) of the manual, you can interrupt the foaming/coffee combination by pressing either "frothing" button once to start; then press again to stop the coffee process. Thus giving you just foam, no coffee. try it a few times, you'll find it does work for just foam.
Best Answer:There is not a bottomless we offer for this DeLonghi EC860, unfortunately, and keep in mind that finding a similar sized portafilter will not guarantee a fit. Since portafilters are brand and machine specific, even having the same size will not mean they are compatible, as the edge of the portafilter and the tabs need to be the correct dimensions for your machine.
Best Answer:In this DeLonghi EC860, the milk is not heated in the carafe, and is instead pulled up a tube where it is frothed and then dispensed in to your cup. For this reason, it is just fine to put the milk container back into your refrigerator with the remaining milk in it to use for your next drink, as milk in the container will still be cold.
Clean the brew gasket daily with a cleaning brush.
Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
Videos Featuring the DeLonghi EC860 Espresso Machine
I love, loooove, LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!!Review by jenny
i have had this machine for about 4 years now. i use it eveeery single day and i just LOVE it!!.. as much now or maybe even more than the day i got it... for me it is the perfect medium. it does just enough in the automatic department, yet is still really simple to use!!... no feeling like you need to work at NASA to be able to get your coffee every morning!! just have to choose single or double espresso or cappuccino.
this machine works just as great today, as on day one!! it warms up in the time it takes you to brush your teeth and produces wonderful and even temperature espresso and frothed milk every time!! the light tells you when its time to descale (easy button!!) and its super simple to clean the few areas that need it regularly.
some may say it seems like a heavy machine, but i actually like that it feels like you are getting a sturdy, well made machine and not a cheap plastic one trying to look expensive... the price definitely was a little hard for me at first, mostly because i had never spent even close to $500 on any kitchen appliance let alone a "coffee machine".... but i will tell you that after using it and loving it for a couple weeks, i was over it and the machine was TOTALLY worth it to me!!
bottom line is this is an all around AWESOME machine that delivers great coffee and is easy to learn and use on a daily basis!!! (Posted on 4/30/2016)
would marry it if I couldReview by Sarah W
I have had this machine for over a year now and boy, am I in love!
I have 5 am wake up calls so I prep my espresso before I go to bed and turn it on first thing while making breakfast. I am spoiled rotten with this machine. I honestly couldn't tell you the last time I frothed my own milk. My main problem was finding coffee mugs that would fit under the machine but I have a pretty decent collection of wide coffee cups now that hold an American sized amount of espresso/milk. I was a bad latte buyer before this machine and would spend about $750 a year on buying drinks. I have saved a ridiculous amount of money since buying this machine.
I have talked a couple friends into buying themselves one too and they are all in love as well. The videos and the picture set up manual making set up a breeze. (Posted on 11/4/2014)
WOW WHAT A MACHINE!!Review by David
I have owed 3other machines but this one is awesome!
The set up was a breeze with the water filter and steam wand attached. It purged beautifully .
Then I ran 2tanks of water through it and 1 more through the milk frothier to take out the new plastic taste and smell.
I have a very good grinder and dialed in my first espresso lungo so
I could program the button using the doubleshot basket.
And voila it made a great shot the very first time. I couldn't be happier with the capuchino and latte feature as this also works perfectly and the cleaning cycle is amazing.
I did a lot of research on this machine and am enjoying the fruits of my labor.
If you don't want the fuss of a portifiter then buy a super automatic but I like a little more control over the grind and tamping for best results.
Thank you delonghi and thanks to Seattle coffee Gear for their exquisite videos. (Posted on 3/14/2014)
Excellent value propositionReview by Bill
Watch the videos and read the instructions. Set-up was easy. The milk dispenser is fantastic. Great cappuccino. The stainless steel feels like high-end quality. (Posted on 2/23/2014)
Great machine butReview by Rick
The turn on process does take some time to warm up almost ten min.In the early morning hours, like 3am you just dont have that kind of time.I wish it had programmable warm up, that would make this machine perfect. (Posted on 2/22/2014)
Great upgrade from TassimoReview by Jim in FLA
My wife had been using the Tassimo to make lattes every morning for a few years. After the company had problems with their espresso pods early in 2012 we figured they wouldn't be around much longer, so we started looking at other machines to get a good, easy latte or cappuccino. We thought about the Nescafe Nespresso but the pods were very pricey and the amount of coffee you got didn't seem like much. Keurig does not offer frothed milk so that was out. The new Starbucks pod machine seemed fairly good but again, expensive pods and not much yield. So, this machine seemed to fit the bill for us in the semi-automatic category. I bought it for my wife for Christmas, so we've been using it for 9 months now. It works very well. I adjusted the temp to the maximum to get hotter coffee and I use the trick noted on SCG to use the clean cycle on the milk frother first to get the warmest milk. I bought my wife a Baratza Encore grinder as well so we grind our own beans, usually Starbucks Espresso but we have tried others as well. This machine has had no problem with wet pucks as noted in the SCG video in my experience. I'm very pleased with what I got for the money, especially considering SCG had 15% off for Christmas when I bought it. The only small complaint I have is when I fill the water container, it drips slightly from the quick connect as I walk from the sink to the machine to replace the container. Very minor and I'm sure if I took the time to contact Delonghi they would send a replacement part. I haven't had to descale the machine yet so the filter must be working. Hoping for many more years of enjoyment! (Posted on 9/19/2013)
Not reliable - worked well for a too short of a periodReview by Mass resident
I have an EC860 and Its been problematic. The milk container wasn't connecting correctly to the main unit - thus very little milk. It took Delinghi months to replace it as they didn't have any parts in stock. Finally got a new Milk container 2 months ago ...now there is a water leak in the main casing - making it dangerous to even plug in. Ironically the year warranty has expired just in time for this new issue. Not a happy customer. Don't buy this. (Posted on 5/30/2013)
Great Almost Automatic Machine for the priceReview by Noise Drop
Great Almost Automatic Machine for the price. It makes decent shots of espresso and the auto-milk is nice. I think for the price point it is a great machine. I do wish it came with non pressurized baskets and that the frother was a little better....but $500 what do you expect. (Posted on 1/6/2013)
HappyReview by Kathy
This is the first product review I've ever written. I just can't let this machine go without a customer review.
I had shopped for an espresso/latte machine for about a year, and I've probably watched most of the Seattle coffee reviews (thank you Gail and Cat!). I had resigned myself to a Jura super automatic, but knew I wanted more hands on opportunities . This Semi was exactly what I was looking for. The ability to relive my coffee girl days (barista was always a bit too fancy of a term for me) and the option to be more automated at 0400 when I'm just too tired and time pressed to get everything just right.
I am incredibly pleased, and find myself excited to get out of bed in the AM for latte time! It makes a great latte, and the video review is dead on. I was prepared for the machine to set my foam consistency as it auto injects the air. I'm quite happy with the temperature, which seems to be a common complaint when looking at the more automated machines.
The only difficulty I had was in setting the machine up. It took an hour for me to finally get the water filter flushed properly so that it could work. I'm sure this can be attributed to lack of experience, but I had almost started boxing up the unit for return. However, i was certain it was difficulty with the water filter, and Inevitably it got enough water through it to work properly.
Minus that one hiccup, it's been exactly what I wanted . Great look, quality and price. The bottom tray slides out so that a large mug or medium travel cup can be accommodated. I was surprised at the cup clearance, and love not having to use a shot glass to transfer my espresso.
5 stars for me. Gail got it right."It's a winner". (Posted on 12/1/2012)
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