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Delonghi Kmix Espresso Maker Review - Need To Know Information
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Delonghi Kmix Espresso Maker Review   -   Need To Know Information

Few mid-range home espresso machines have garnered as much attention as the DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker over the past year. It is part of DeLonghi's new line of kitchen products, and its visual appeal make it a nice accent piece for any contemporary kitchen.

But is this home espresso machine right for you?

The purpose of this DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker review is to provide prospective buyers with some introductory information on this machine. Its goal is to show you how this machine works so you so you can determine whether this machine will be appropriate for your needs.

What Kind Of Machine Is The DeLonghi Kmix?

The DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker is a "semi-automatic espresso machine". This means that most of the technical aspects of the espresso making process are automated, leaving us with just a limited amount of control over how the espresso shots turn out.

Basically, this control boils down to how long you brew the espresso shots, and how well you froth the milk. Now for people who are just casual home baristas, this is perfect, as you can get great results while devoting only a limited amount of effort / time learning how to use the machine.

In terms of capabilities, the DeLonghi Kmix is a pump-driven espresso machine that generates 15 bars of pressure. Without getting too technical, pump-driven machines are usually the best machines because they use a mechanized motor to force water through the coffee.

Most of the cheap machines on the market (e.g. under $200) are steam-driven, which makes them incapable of generating a full bodied shot of espresso. The only espresso machine under $200 worth buying which is not steam driven is the Cuisinart EM-100, but it is still not quite good as the DeLonghi Kmix.

In terms of pressure, this machine delivers more than enough. You really only need 10 bars of pressure to produce a descent shot of espresso, so 15 bars goes above-and-beyond what you need.

The Espresso Making Process

Making espresso on the DeLonghi Kmix espresso machine is super easy. DeLonghi has provided a dual-purpose scoop, which doubles both as a coffee scoop and a tamper. You just put a small dose of coffee into the filter, apply some pressure with the tamper, insert it into the machine, and then press a button. Right away the machine gets to work generating a shot of espresso.

I should also point out in this DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker review that this machine takes pods as well, so for some of you this will be a huge selling point.

The frothing unit is equally easy to use since it includes a froth aid. If you're a pro-barista then you will absolutely hate this thing because it gets in the way of producing "real microfoam". But for most consumers, the frothing aid is a must, and allows them to produce a descent foam with little knowledge about using a steam wand.

Conclusion: The Well-Informed Consumer

This DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker review has highlighted how this machine works so you can get the feel for whether this machine will be right for you. As you have probably noticed, this machine is incredibly easy to use and is capable of generating pretty good specialty beverages. The learning curve is very small, and there is no need to learn any technical espresso making information.

Just get your espresso (or pods) and your milk, and your pretty much ready to go.

However, this DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker review has only scratched the surface on this machine's capabilities. I would highly recommend a brief perusal of other DeLonghi Kmix espresso maker reviews to get a feel for what others think of this machine. Often reading about others' experience with an espresso machine can be highly informative when making your own purchasing decision.


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