Polished, modern look
Brews a lot of coffee at once
Simultaneously makes drip coffee and espresso drinks
Long setup and cleanup
Coffee tastes average
We purchased the DeLonghi BCO430 so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
As we’ve entered what seems like the golden age of coffee in the past decade, tastes have broadened, and for some, standard coffee makers simply are no longer enough. Today, home espresso machines have become more prevalent and more reasonable to accommodate taste preferences. But for those who aren’t quite ready to make the leap to a costly espresso machine, a coffee and espresso machine combo may be a good middle ground option. We tested out the DeLonghi BCO430 All-in-One Cappuccino, Espresso, and Coffee Maker, and checked out its design, setup, performance, and cleanup process. Keep reading to see what we thought.
Setup Process: Requires about 45 minutes
The setup process for this coffee and espresso machine combo is long. Though there is a handy quickstart guide, it doesn’t save you the task of cleaning the machine thoroughly first. It refers the user to the instruction manual if using the machine for the first time. Per the instructions, we were required to clean all of the accessories by hand. We also had to clean the internal parts of the machine by brewing two coffee cycles and four cappuccino cycles using just water. In total, this process took about 45 minutes, which was a lot longer than we anticipated.
To make a pot of coffee, we poured water into the tank and added coffee grounds to the permanent filter located on the upper right-hand side. The “On/Off” button begins the brewing process. It can be programmed 24 hours ahead of time.
Making espresso beverages is a bit more involved. First, we added the appropriate size espresso filter into the basket, added our coffee grounds to the filter, and tamped it down using the included presser. Next, we attached the filter basket to the group head located on the left side of the machine and locked it in place. After pressing the “On/Off” button and waiting for the light to come on, we pressed the button with the coffee cup symbol and the espresso began to dispense into the cup.
You must stop the espresso delivery manually by pressing the same coffee cup symbol button again. Otherwise, it will keep extracting espresso. To make cappuccinos and lattes, use the milk frother wand located on the far left-hand side of the machine to steam milk and add to the prepared espresso. There are more details on how to properly steam milk in the instruction manual.
Design: Polished, modern look
The DeLonghi BCO430 has a polished look with sleek stainless steel accents. It will easily fit in with most other modern kitchen appliances. The labeling on the machine is easily readable and self-explanatory. There is also a digital clock on the front control panel that will maintain accuracy if left plugged in.
The espresso maker is on the left side of the unit and includes the group head (where the filter basket attaches), a water tank, milk frother, and a warming tray. The right side of the unit contains a standard coffee maker that can brew up to 10 cups of coffee.
Each side of the unit has its own water tank so the two sides can function separately and simultaneously. We found this to be an interesting aspect of the design in that we were able to make an espresso shot while our drip coffee was brewing. This could be a useful feature if we were entertaining and needed to make a variety of beverages quickly for our guests.
We were able to make an espresso shot while our drip coffee was brewing—a useful feature when entertaining.
Performance: Standard drip coffee and espresso drinks
This DeLonghi All-in-One Cappuccino, Espresso and Coffee Maker makes both espresso drinks such as lattes and cappuccinos as well as drip coffee. Again, both functions can work simultaneously, but this feature wasn’t super useful in our circumstances. We either needed to make one or the other—never both at once.
A button labeled “1-4” and also referred to as the “Aroma” button saturates the coffee grounds differently than when pressing the “On/Off” button. It’s supposed to deliver more flavorful coffee with a better aroma, but we didn’t notice a difference between the two options and found that the drip coffee overall was pretty standard.
The included espresso tamper is made of lightweight plastic, so it’s difficult to pack the grounds tightly together—an important step in making quality espresso. We found this machine’s espresso perfectly acceptable for a newbie getting into espresso drinks, but it wouldn’t be our number one pick for a more advanced coffee connoisseur.
Ease of Cleaning: A bit cumbersome
The group head area and the milk frother wand should be cleaned after every use, and the process is rather involved (see the instruction manual for details). Other parts that require regular cleaning include the water tank, filters, drip, tray, and filter basket. The machine also needs a deep clean after about 300 coffees to clean out the espresso filter and the boiler outlet.
The espresso is perfectly acceptable for a newbie getting into espresso drinks, but it wouldn’t be our number one pick for a more advanced coffee connoisseur.
Price: An expensive option
This DeLonghi retails for around $270, which is rather high for a coffee and espresso machine combo. The average price of these kinds of machines ranges from around $150 to $200, making this one particularly high, especially considering the average coffee and intense setup and cleanup process.
DeLonghi BCO430 vs. Keurig K-Café
The Keurig K-Café Single Serve Coffee, Latte & Cappuccino Maker is another coffee-espresso machine combo we tested that retails for around $200. What’s different about the Keurig is that it uses K-Cup pods to make both coffee and espresso drinks, and it can only make individual cups of coffee. The DeLonghi can make 10 cups of coffee while brewing espresso beverages.
The Keurig overall is a simpler version of the DeLonghi that makes excellent coffee at a lower price. However, you must use K-Cups with the Keurig, which can be pricey and wasteful, whereas the DeLonghi takes grounds and can produce bigger batches. The decision probably comes down to whether or not you regularly host large groups of people, how much time you have to make coffee in the morning, and if you prefer to use pods or grounds.
- Product Name All-in-One Cappuccino, Espresso and Coffee Maker - BCO430
- Product Brand DeLonghi
- Price $279.95
- Weight 6.2 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 11.02 x 14.52 x 12.79 in.
- Model Number BCO430
- Power (Watts) 1,500
- Voltage 115V
- Warranty 1 year, limited
- What's Included Espresso coffee filter basket, one-cup and two-cup espresso coffee filters, coffee measure with tamper, permanent gold-tone filter, jug for drip coffee, water softener filter for espresso coffee water tank, and anti-chlorine filter