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DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima 680.M Espresso Machine

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When you combine DeLonghi’s innovative automatic milk frothing system and the convenience of Nespresso capsules, the result is the Lattissima EN680.M. The Lattissima has been designed to make brewing delicious shots and creating café-style drinks simple, and with a minimal amount of clean-up when you’re done. Nespresso capsules eliminate the need for grinding, dosing, tamping, and cleaning coffee grounds, while the removable external milk frothing system is easy to place in the refrigerator for storage or in the dishwasher for cleaning.

The DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima 680 also features a powerful 19-bar pump to ensure a great espresso extraction, a passive cup warmer, and programmable brewing buttons for short and long shots, cappuccinos, latte macchiatos, and even hot water for tea. The drip tray and capsule dump box are both removable for simple cleaning, and the 40oz water reservoir can also be removed for filling. You can even push the drip tray back to accommodate glasses underneath the coffee spout.

The Lattissima’s styling matches all of this modern functionality, with stainless steel housing and a die-cast zinc, aluminum, magnesium, and copper alloy front (ZAMAC for short). Plus, it stands just 10.3” tall and 8” wide, making the Lattissima a compact and functional addition to your kitchen counter.


Features and Benefits: Coffee

Nespresso Capsules

What’s the big deal about capsule brewing systems, anyway? The easy answer is that single serving capsules are convenient – with no grinding, measuring, or tamping involved, all you have to do is select your favorite flavor and place the capsule inside the machine. These Nespresso capsules are specially designed so just the right amount of water flows through them during the brew cycle; then, they are automatically ejected into an internal dump box after brewing is completed. Their appeal also lies in the protection capsules provide by sealing the coffee from the harmful effects of moisture, light, and air.


The first thing you’ll notice about the DeLonghi Nespresso Lattissima 680’s design is the coffee spout. Teardrop shaped, even your large cups should fit underneath – and if they don’t, simply remove the drip try for extra room. To the right of the coffee dispenser are illuminated buttons for cappuccino, latte macchiato, short espresso, long espresso, hot water, and standby. Each is labeled with a different symbol for easy identification. To the left of the spout is the hot water dispenser, which can be removed and swapped for an automatic milk system, which produces warm, steamed milk and perfect foam. The main on/off switch is located in the back of the machine. This intuitive design makes using the machine simple.

Brewing Espresso

The hardest part of brewing on the Lattissima is deciding which Nespresso capsule blend you prefer. The gently packed capsules’ colorful design will brighten an otherwise hectic morning. Once you’ve made your decision, open the lever located in the center, on top of the coffee spout, insert the capsule, and close the lever. Press the espresso or lungo (small or large cup) button, and the button blinks as the machine brews espresso directly into your cup. If you prefer a cappuccino or latte, make sure the milk system is inserted, and press the cappuccino or latte button. Milk and espresso are then dispensed into your cup. Once this is complete, lift the same lever again to eject the capsule into the internal container, and close the lever again. You’re all done!

Programming Options

The Nespresso 680 Lattissima comes with pre-programmed volumes for espresso, lungo, and hot water, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay with them! If you want to change the volume of your coffee, insert a capsule and press and hold the button corresponding to the drink you want to adjust. Release the button once the desired volume has been reached. The flow of water will stop and the button will blink 3 times to confirm the new volume has been set. Adjusting the hot water is even easier – just press and hold the hot water button until you have the volume you want. The button will blink 3 times, confirming the new volume. If you change your mind about the new volume, reset the factory settings by pressing the standby button for 5 seconds.

Cup Warming Tray

The Lattissima 680's stainless steel housing is complement by the passive cup warmer on top. Passive cup warmers work by using the residual heat from the boiler to warm the cups. The cup warmer on the 680.M is also a great storage place for your cups. Brewing your espresso into a warm cup preserves its temperature and flavor.

Features and Benefits: Frothing and Hot Water

Making Cappuccino and Latte Macchiato

Knowing how to froth and steam your own milk is undeniably a skill, but not everyone has the time and patience to perfect it. That’s where the patented milk system comes in. The machine recognizes when the milk container rather than the waterspout is inserted, and lights up the cappuccino and latte macchiato buttons as well as the espresso and lungo buttons. Adjust the frother regulator depending on the quantity you want, and the kind of milk you’re using (skim milk produces more froth than whole). Place your cup below the coffee spout, and move the milk spout so it is pointed into the cup. Select either the cappuccino or latte macchiato button, and your preference is dispensed into your waiting cup.

Caring for your Milk System

The automated milk system allows you to press and hold the button labeled “clean” located on the front of the milk system to the left of the spout in order to rinse out the milk. The 25 oz milk container can then be removed and stored in the refrigerator, or cleaned in the dishwasher. The only thing left for you to do now is use a damp cloth to wipe down the connecting tubes where the milk container was inserted.

Hot Water

The Nespresso Lattissima also dispenses hot water – great for tea, americano, instant soup, or hot cocoa. Insert the hot water nozzle in place of the milk container, and the espresso, lungo, and hot water buttons light up. This means it’s time to press the hot water button for up to 13 oz of hot water.

Features & Benefits: Care, Maintenance & Other

Removable Drip Tray and Dump Box

It’s easy to keep your Nespresso Lattissima clean with the removable drip tray and dump box. If you cannot close the lever after you insert your capsule, this means that the dump box is filled with spent capsules, so it’s time to remove and rinse the container. A drip tray level indicator shows when the drip tray needs to be emptied, so just remove the drip tray cover and rinse. You can also remove the drip tray to accommodate larger cups, an added bonus when dispensing hot water for tea.

Removable Water Reservoir

The removable 40 oz water tank is not dishwasher safe, so be sure to empty and rinse by hand – fresh water is important for a great tasting shot of espresso. When the water tank is empty, the milk recipes and coffee buttons will flash for 5 seconds to alert you.


Descaling is necessary if you want to keep your machine operating in peak condition. This process removes the buildup of minerals in your machine’s brewing components, and only takes about 20 minutes. You should descale about once every 3-4 months, though the exact frequency of your descaling will depend on the hardness of your water.


Misc Data
Manufacturer: Nespresso
Model: EN680.M
Dimension - Width (Inches): 8
Dimension - Height (Inches): 10.3
Dimension - Depth (Inches): 13
Weight (lbs): 14.75
Watts: 1200
Volts: 120
Housing Materials: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Material: Plastic
Drip Tray Cover Material: Stainless Steel
Drip Tray Capacity (Oz): 8
Drain Line Adaptable: No
Spent Coffee Capacity (Dregs Drawer): 12-15 Capsules
Power Cord Length (Inches): 24
Cup Height
Adjustable Height: Yes
High (Inches): 6.3
Low (Inches): 3.5
One Touch cappuccino
One Touch Cappuccino Or Milk Carafe: Milk Carafe Only
Adjustable Froth Quality: No
Separate Manual Steam Wand: No
Programmable: No
Temperature Rise of Milk (F): No
Milk Carafe Type: Plastic Attachable
Water Source
Reservoir Or Plumbed: Reservoir
Reservoir Capacity (Oz): 40
Reservoir Material: Plastic
Reservoir Removable: Yes
Water Level Visible: No
Stand Alone Frother
Included Accessories: No
Type Of Controls: Push Button
Display Type: Indicator Lights
Programmable Brewing: Yes
Cup Volume Control: Yes
Low Water Warning: Yes
Brew Group
Material: Plastic
Capsule / Pod Friendly: Capsule
Boiler Data
Number Of Boilers: 1
Brew And Steam Simultaneously: No
Brew Boiler Data
Brew Boiler Type: Thermoblock
Brew Boiler Watts: 1200
Brew boiler Volume (Oz): Low
Brew Boiler Material: Stainless Steel Lined Aluminum
Brew Boiler Heater Location: External
Brew Boiler Auto Fill: Yes
Pump Data
Pump Type: Vibration
Pump Wattage: 1200
Maximum Pressure (Bar): 19
Self Priming Pump: Yes
Initial Heat Up (Seconds): 90
Maintenance Alerts: Yes
Descaler Used: Urnex Cleancaf
Warranty (Years): 1
Country Of Manufacture: Switzerland
NSF Certified: No
Recommended Applications: Home Use
Available Internationally: Yes
Service provided
Repairs By: Nespresso
Contact Number: 888-637-7737


Ken asked:

I would love hot chocolate and hot tea's also.

Answer by mjackson:

Nespresso for right now is all about the espresso. I am sorry but it is a very good machine and product for what it can make.

Helen asked:

I drink Starbucks Venti 16 oz Lattes in a tall cup. Can the Lattissima 680 do this? - double shot expresso with milk to fill 16 oz cup?

Answer by A:


The 680.M can be programmed for different volumes of water/milk for each drink button. You may need to use two capsules of coffee for the best flavor, as they are really designed for 2-8 oz of coffee per capsule. You can set it to extract more water through, but the flavor would get diluted the more water you pull through one capsule.


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