Customer Review

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4.0 out of 5 stars A great little machine, October 24, 2010
I have owned the Delonghi Cafe Retro for three weeks.

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I read more negative reviews than positive which initially dissuaded me from purchasing, but then I got one as a gift. I can conclude now that people are being overly critical of this machine.

My likes: 1) it makes a fine espresso, very creamy, lacking that burned rubber taste common to other home espresso machines (e.g., Krups, Mr. Coffee) I have tried, 2) It makes about four double shots without refilling the reservoir, so for me it is of sufficient size, 3) it heats up quickly, and is actually pretty quiet, 4) It looks awesome!, and 5) the operation is simple, I love the old-school toggle switches and the thermostat.

People have complained the tamper and frother are plastic. True, but they are fully functional. It doesn't bother me, these can be replaced inexpensively. The machine is solid where it needs to be, and while some parts are plastic such as the drippings tray, if these were all coated metal the price of the machine would be considerably higher.

I also read complaints that it is leaky but this is not the case with mine. It will give a couple of drips from the basket when the tank is set for steam, not a big deal.

The only reason I didn't give 5 stars, is that I haven't owned it long enough to evaluate its longevity.

I also contend that you wouldn't want a machine that holds too much water- a key to good espresso is having fresh, not stale water. Making espresso is work compared to brewing a gallon of filter coffee. You can't expect a machine to pump out a gallon of espresso. The whole point of espresso is to make small precious batches of delicious coffee, and it takes a little knowhow and work.

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N. Wiman
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