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Delonghi Bar 140 - Nadav Caine's Review
Posted: April 27, 2005, 2:32pm
review rating: 6.3
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Delonghi Bar 140
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Arrow The Delonghi Bar 140 has 18 Reviews
Arrow The Delonghi Bar 140 has been rated 7.36 overall by our member reviewers
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Rob Stark 10.00
Jeff Cirelli 8.50
Robert Figueira 8.00
J. H. Long 7.50
W Lista 7.00

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.0
Manufacturer: Delonghi Quality: 4
Average Price: $90.00 Usability: 7
Price Paid: $30.00 Cost vs. Value 5
Where Bought: secondhand Aesthetics 5
Owned for: 2 years Overall 4
Writer's Expertise: I love coffee Would Buy Again: No
Similar Items Owned: Gaggia Baby, Krups Bistro
Bottom Line: Reasonable $50 machine for milk drinks, but, really, get a Gaggia
Positive Product Points

It has a pump and a small boiler.

Negative Product Points

It has no temperature stability.

Detailed Commentary

have used this model on and off for two years. Because it has a pump and an (albeit tiny) boiler, it is head and shoulders above the "steam" and "thermobolock" machines which litter the department store shelves. It can make cappuccinos and lattes that are as good, and often much better, than at Starbucks, if you use a grinder capable of espresso-grind (the cheapest is the Capresso Infinity) and freshly ground beans roasted within the past two weeks (after that you won't get crema).  But if you're looking for something above that standard, move up.

It is lacking in temperature stability, so it would be a mistake to buy this machine for pure espresso, which requires a very carefully controlled c. 200 degree water temperature, plus brass heat-retaining parts, to come out correctly. But if you're only going to make lattes and espressos, and you simply won't dole out for a proper espresso machine like a Gaggia, this machine will serve. Just make sure to "temp surf" (use the steam button to force the machine to raise the brew water temperature, and also steam while the the ready light is "off" so the heating element is still on) to get hotter water and decent steam pressure.

Still, I'd get a Gaggia.

Buying Experience

Fine.  I wouldn't pay more than $50 for this, though.

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