Today October 1st is "Coffee Day". The International Coffee Organization (ICO) says that the new year of coffee will start on this day, and it has been established as "International Coffee Day" from this year.
If you like coffee, you want to enjoy the best cup on such a day. I was able to borrow a fully automatic espresso machine from Delonghi this time, wondering if such a wish of the editorial department arrived!
I borrowed the "Delonghi Magnifica S Capuccino Compact Fully Automatic Espresso Machine" (ECAM23460S). It is a flagship model equipped with an "automatic cappuccino function" in addition to grinding and extracting beans for each cup. The market price is about 150,000 yen, which is a high-class machine that is hard to reach for ordinary people. I would like to review the usability of coffee, such as the taste, operation method, and sound, as to how much it is.
◆ Let's brew coffee
Immediately after placing the machine in the empty space of the editorial department, the staff who quickly sensed the high-class aura flocked to the street TV state of the Showa era.
When you are familiar with the scenery of the office, fill the tank with water, turn on the power, and cleaning will start automatically. After setting the coffee beans, operate the panel and select your favorite menu. Menus etc. are displayed in Japanese on the LCD screen, so press the desired number of buttons to start extraction.
As soon as the beans are ground, the area is wrapped in a nice aroma of coffee, and soon the espresso is poured into the cup. The neck of the fully automatic coffee machine is its operating noise, but it's more subdued and less jarring than I expected, so I could use it in the office without any problems (see video). At home, you shouldn't have to worry about a couple quarrel unless you put it on the bedside in your bedroom.
The sound of grinding beans (* Please note that there is a sound)
The espresso, which has the mellow aroma and taste of beans condensed tightly, has the perfect quality that you can find in an Italian restaurant. If I can drink this at home, I feel that even the author who is not good at morning can get up a little early.
By the way, there are various menus such as espresso, long coffee, cafe macchiato, and cappuccino. You can freely adjust the amount of beans to be extracted, the amount of extraction, the concentration, and the temperature for each cup, so it feels like you have created a cafe where you can listen to all your selfishness.
◆ Milk magician
What impressed me most was the automatic cappuccino function equipped with the original technology "Latte Crema System". You can make cappuccino and latte by automatically warming and whipping milk with the touch of a "cappuccino" button.
Milk warmed to the optimum temperature has a surprisingly sweet taste, and the smooth foam does not collapse over time. I'm just impressed with the deliciousness of the barista. The Bodum glass I got from my friend's wedding is also the brightest ever.
By the way, it is also a point that the excess milk can be stored in the refrigerator together with the container.
◆ What kind of maintenance do you care about?
For daily maintenance, just pull out the tray and scrap holder and wash. The milk nozzle can also be easily cleaned by adjusting the knob to "CLEAN" after use.
The extraction unit also needs to be cleaned about once a month, but it can be attached and detached with a single touch, so no difficult operations are required.
◆ All the staff are captivated by the machine!
By the way, the life of the editorial department has changed completely since the arrival of this coffee machine. First, the president provided a large amount of coffee beans, and tableware such as espresso cups began to gather one after another.
When you come to work in the morning, each person extracts it into a tumbler and goes to the desk. Somehow, everyone looks like a foreign-affiliated IT company who works for presentations every day.
By the way, the external size is W238 x D430 x H350 mm. It's a lot more compact than a commercial machine, but it can be difficult to secure this much space in a Japanese kitchen. You can put it anywhere as long as you have an outlet, but after all it is around the kitchen that is easy to use.
However, this is the true value of "House Cafe". If you like coffee, it might be worth it instead of a microwave or rice cooker. If it's difficult at home, it may be ant to ask at the office.