This three-in-one machine brews drip coffee, foams and steams milk, and brews espresso. The DeLonghi Caffe Nero offers everything you’ve come to expect out of an espresso machine, as well as a drip coffee maker, so you’re sure to please all the caffeine addicts in the house. Use the steam wand to foam and steam milk, or you can also dispense hot water from it. Since the coffee maker and espresso maker use separate water reservoirs and heating elements, you can brew coffee and make espresso simultaneously. The drip coffee maker is even programmable, so you can wake up in the morning to a full pot of fresh coffee. For anyone who loves coffee – whether it’s brewed in small batches under high pressure (for espresso), or brewed in larger quantities with hot water (for drip coffee) – the DeLonghi Caffe Nero combination machine is sure to please both your palate and your wallet.
Features and Benefits: Coffee
Easy to Use Controls
The silver control panel stands out from the Caffe Nero’s black housing. It consists of a knob, labeled “espresso/cappuccino,” and a digital screen on the right labeled “coffee.” The knob, which also has an icon reading “Easy Serve Espresso E.S.E.” has four positions: steam, off, espresso, and hot water, each with an icon. The steam function and espresso function each have a red indicator light – there’s also a green indicator light labeled “OK” to the right of the espresso’s red indicator light.
Clockwise from the top, buttons for drip coffee on/off, auto programming, minute set, hour set, and 1-5 cup option surrounds the digital screen. All of the buttons are labeled with an icon or words, and except for the minute set and hour set buttons, all have red indicator lights.
Before brewing espresso, it’s important to pre-heat the machine by turning the knob to the espresso function, waiting for the “OK” light to illuminate, and turning the knob to the hot water/espresso position to let water run though the machine. Add either grounds or pods to the portafilter using the appropriate filter basket (double shot filter basket, or single/pod filter basket) and tamp down using the built-in tamper. Insert the portafilter into the group head and turn the knob to the espresso/hot water position. When you have your desired amount, return the knob to the espresso position to stop the flow of espresso.
Brewing Drip Coffee
To brew drip coffee, open the filter holder and add your filter and ground coffee – Delonghi included a measuring scoop so you’ll be certain you’re adding the right amount. Close the filter holder and place the carafe on the warming plate beneath. Adjust the Accuflavor knob to your preferences and press the drip coffee on/off button directly above the digital clock. The on indicator light on the drip coffee button illuminates, and your coffee begins brewing. To turn the machine off, press the drip coffee on/off button again.
24-Hour Digital Programmable Timer
You can set the machine up to 24 hours in advance to automatically begin brewing drip coffee. Press the “auto” button until 0:00 flashes on the digital clock, then set your desired time using the hour and minute buttons. After about five seconds, the display will stop flashing. Press the auto button again, and the auto indicator light illuminates, showing that the auto-start time is now set.
Patented Dual-Function Filter Holder for Pods or Grounds
This espresso filter holder has two separate attachments – one for ground coffee, and one for pods. The Sempre Crema Filter, used with grounds, provides the proper pressure to enhance the crema on top of each shot. The E.S.E. pod filter basket is fitted specifically for brewing pods, so you can have espresso without having to measure, grind, and tamp beans.
Flavor Savor Brewing System with Accuflavor Knob
The Flavor Savor brewing system is an innovative system that increases drip coffee infusion time to improve extraction and result in a rich, full-bodied brew. You can adjust the strength of your drip coffee using the Accuflavor knob located on top of the machine above the carafe. Turn this knob to the right for a milder drink, or to the left for a stronger drink.
Drink Interrupt and 1-5 Cup Option
“Drink Interrupt” allows you to remove the coffee carafe and pour a cup before the full pot of drip coffee is brewed. The 1-5 cup option adjusts the coffee heating element, so your coffee is always heated to the ideal temperature depending on the number of cups you’re brewing. If you’re brewing less than six cups, press the 1-5 cups coffee button located to the left of the digital clock. The 1-5 cups button will light up, and you can now begin brewing your coffee.
15 Bar Stainless Steel Espresso Boiler
The high-quality stainless steel boiler provides more than enough pressure to pull a great shot of espresso. Stainless steel is known for its durability and heat retaining properties, and the boiler is self-priming to make your favorite beverage quickly and effortlessly.
Drip Coffee Maker Design
The coffee carafe’s anti-drip design translates into easy pouring with no messy cleanup after every brew. The carafe rests on a non-stick warming plate, which keeps coffee hot after brewing is complete. To clean the warming plate, simply wipe down with a damp cloth.
Features and Benefits: Frothing & Hot Water
Cappuccino System Frother
To make a cappuccino, latte, or café au lait (strong drip coffee with steamed milk), use the Cappuccino System Frother to foam and steam milk. Turn the knob on the left side of the control panel to the steam position – the steam indicator light comes on. Wait until the OK light illuminates, which indicates that the boiler is at the proper temperature, and open the steam knob on top of the machine to release steam. Close the steam knob to stop the flow of steam, and move the knob to the “off” position.
The steam wand also dispenses hot water for an americano, tea, or hot cocoa. Rotate the knob on the left side of the control panel to the espresso/hot water setting, and once the OK light illuminates, open the steam knob on top of the machine to dispense hot water. To stop the flow of water, close the steam knob and turn the left knob to the off position.
Features and Benefits: Cleaning, Maintenance, and Other
Dual Removable Water Tanks
You can lift up the panel on the top of the machine to reveal two removable water tanks. The left reservoir stores about 42 oz of water for espresso, and the right holds about 50 oz for drip coffee. An included filter eliminates the taste of chlorine from tap water, so your coffee always tastes fresh.
Once every 300 coffees …
Delonghi recommends descaling the espresso machine and drip coffee unit about once every 300 coffees to prevent lime scale buildup, and the instruction manual includes detailed instructions on how to complete the descaling process. The espresso boiler should also be cleaned using a damp cloth and a brush – the instruction manual details the necessary steps. Finally, Delonghi includes instructions for a deep cleaning processes that involves cleaning the filter holder, frother, gasket, and other parts.
Removable Spill Tray
This tray catches any drips and spills. The filter holder cup, filters, drip tray, and water tank should be cleaned regularly. The drip coffee carafe can be cleaned by hand with soap and hot water.
The Delonghi Caffe Nero comes with a water filter, permanent drip coffee filter, espresso tamper, double shot filter basket, portafilter, single shot/pod filter basket, measuring spoon, detailed instruction manual, and 1-year warranty.
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