Combination machines offer us the ability to enjoy the taste of a good drip coffee while also having the option to get a cup of espresso here and there. The joy is even greater when these machines come with a manual milk frother like the De’Longhi BCO430. This way we can also enjoy macchiatos, lattes, and, of course, cappuccinos.
The BCO430 by De’Longhi is a compact combination machine that has a 15-bar pump for making espresso and a drip-coffee system for regular coffee. The machine lets you program the time when you want your drink to be made. It, furthermore, uses the Brew Pause technology so that you can have a cup of coffee even if the machine has still not finished brewing.
- Combination espresso and drip coffee machine
- Milk frother
- Carbon filter
- Brew Pause feature
- Programmable switch off time
- Programmable time for making coffee
- Glass drip coffee carafe
- 40-ounce water reservoir
- Front-loading system
- Passive cup warmer
Makes both espresso and drip coffee
Easy to clean
No built-in grinder
Small water tank
We think that the De’Longhi BCO430 looks very nice with its piano black and silver surfaces. The machine also has very nice shapes which give it a bit of a sci-fi touch. Therefore, if we were to judge the BCO430 only by its design, we’d definitely buy it.
Even though the BCO430 is partially a drip coffee maker, we find that its design doesn’t remind us of the design of Keurig, Technivorm, Ninja, or other coffee makers of this kind. That said, being unique in such a vast category of coffee makers could make this machine an easy target for coffee enthusiasts.
What does the Brew Pause feature do?
The Brew Pause feature on the De’Longhi BCO430 is there for people who don’t like waiting for their cup of coffee until the machine has finished brewing it. This feature lets you pause the machine for a while to take the coffee that is brewed and drink it. After you’ve done that, you can command the machine to continue with the brewing process.
Take into account that this is an option you see on many good drip coffee makers.
Is a 40-ounce water reservoir enough for you?
The De’Longhi BCO430 has a 40-ounce water reservoir which might be small for some people. If you live on your own or have a family that doesn’t drink coffee that much, you could probably find good use in this combination machine. The same applies if you really love having a lot of coffee during the day, but don’t mind refilling the tank a bit more often.
However, if you really need a machine with a tank with a bigger capacity, the BCO430 might not be the right machine for you.
Carbon filter for you tank
This machine comes with a carbon filter for its water reservoir. This is great because you won’t need to descale it that often nor will you have to frown at the bitter or distasteful flavor of your coffee. The carbon filter is great for reducing many chemicals like chlorine and minerals which can make your coffee taste bad.
The De’Longhi BCO430 makes it very easy for you to get a cup of coffee because it has a front-loading system. You can put your pre-ground coffee in a special chamber on the front of the machine and add the water required for brewing in a chamber right next to the one for the coffee.
Passive cup warmer
A cup warmer is a highly desirable feature for espresso machines and coffee makers to have because temperature plays a big role in the way your coffee drinks taste. Luckily, the De’Longhi BCO430 does have a passive cup warmer to heat up your cups before it fills them with coffee.
A cup warmer is especially important for milk-based drinks because of the lower temperature at which milk has to be steamed. Since the steaming temperature can’t exceed a certain level so that the milk doesn’t lose its flavor, milk-based drinks are usually colder than a regular espresso.
If the cup you’re using for your coffee drink is also cold or at least not heated enough, you’ll end up with a drink that will be even colder. Therefore, machines that have cup warmers and heat up your coffee cups before they serve you espresso have a better chance of making a better-tasting coffee.
Program the machine to make your coffee anytime
Many people like having a daily routine that also extends to the time in which they drink coffee. If you’re one of these people, you’ll be happy to know that the BCO430 can be programmed to make you your coffee drinks when you want them to be made. Furthermore, you can also program the shut-down time of the machine so that it automatically turns off when you know you won’t be using it.
A glass coffee carafe
The De’Longhi BCO430 comes with a glass coffee carafe for the coffee coming out of the drip-coffee system. This carafe will keep your coffee hot and fresh.
Can the BCO430 froth your milk well enough?
This combination machine has a manual milk frother to create a nice foam for your cappuccino, latte, and macchiato. With the De’Longhi BCO430, your milk foam will always have a decent consistency and a nice taste. If you’re inexperienced with frothing milk, however, you’ll have to put in some effort into learning how to correctly froth your milk to get the perfect results.
This combination machine has a few downsides that could be deal breakers for many people out there.
First of all, it doesn’t have a built-in coffee grinder. This means that you’ll need to purchase pre-ground coffee, a manual grinder, or an electric one like the Capresso Infinity or the Baratza Encore. Even though this is a common downside to many of the cheaper combination machines, we’d love to see a grinder integrated to the BCO430.
Second, the BCO430 has a single boiler, which means that the machine cannot brew and steam at the same time. Some people will dislike this since coffee drinks taste better when there’s no time for the espresso to kind of cool down until the milk is steamed. However, the BCO430 makes a fast transition from brewing to steaming, so there won’t be a big decrease in your espresso’s temperature while you’re frothing.
We already mentioned that the small capacity of the water reservoir is a potential downside of this machine. However, if you don’t mind the size of the tank or if its size meets your needs, this is something that’s no downside for you.
FAQ about the De’Longhi BCO430
How easy is it to clean the De’Longhi BCO430?
It’s pretty easy to clean this combination machine. Since the BC430 uses a carbon filter for the filtration of water, you won’t need to descale the machine that often. However, once you need to descale it, you can do that by using a descaling tablet.
Is this machine easy to use?
Yes, the De’Longhi BCO430 is very easy to use. It has buttons that are easy to understand and you can access all the components of the machine easily. Furthermore, the machine works very fast, so you won’t have to hover around it and waste your precious time while it makes your drinks.
Can I get a replacement pot for my De’Longhi BC430?
Yes, you can.
What are some alternatives to the De’Longhi BCO430?
A great alternative to the De’Longhi BC430 is the Krups 985-42 II Caffe Duomo coffee and espresso machine. This machine has a steam nozzle with a frothing attachment, has two carafes (one for the espresso and another one for the regular coffee), and is very compact.
The BNV250BLK1BUC1 Vertuo coffee and espresso machine by Breville could also make you like it more than the BCO430. This is actually a Nespresso machine manufactured by Breville. The machine works with coffee capsules, has an interesting design, and has an Aeroccino 3 milk frother that makes great milk foam for all the interesting coffee specialties that the machine makes.
The De’Longhi BCO430 is a great combination machine for you if you’re looking for an affordable, easy-to-use machine that can be programmed to make coffee when you want it to. The milk frother is also a great feature on this machine that lets you finish your favorite milk-based drinks your way. Therefore, if you can forgive the downsides of this basic combination machine, you could consider buying it.