DeLonghi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker: Bring home the robust flavors of espresso and cappuccino brewed at your favorite café, thanks to a self-priming, 15-bar pump and 2 thermostats for versatile brewing. The stainless steel boiler offers durability.
Great Little Manual Machine
Posted by: KeninMA from: on
We have had this for about a month. We were looking for a compact espresso maker / milk frother because we had limited counter top space.
The controls are simple: For steam turn the dial to the left and wait until the green light comes on, then open the steam / water valve on the right to let the steam out. For espresso or hot water, turn the dial one click to the right and wait for the green light. For espresso, then turn it one click more to the right to start the pump. For hot water, open the steam / water valve on the right then turn the dial one click more to the right to start the pump.
You adjust the draw amount by how long you keep the pump on. There is a nice creama head on the espresso and it tastes as good as the beans you use :).
We found that the frother tends to make bigger bubbles than some other machines we've had, but that can be minimized by stopping steaming a bit earlier.
The different inserts are a nice idea, but we always use the double insert. It wants to pop out as you are knocking the grounds out so you need to be careful.
The plastic scoop / tamper is OK, but also a pain to fill the double insert, so buy yourself a nice tamper and scoop. Our previous machines were fully automatic so we had no experience filling and tamping. The first few days we got grounds everywhere and tended to overtamp (very slow draw) or undertamp (quick draw). But now we have learned to deposit the double scoop of grounds into the holder. and hold the scoop upside down while we knock the holder a bit to spread the grounds out. That leaves the grounds ready for tamping with nothing spilled, and we tamp it "just enough", but everyone will need to develop their own technique if this is their first machine..
Rather than removing and reinserting the water tank, we fill it from a pitcher.
Bottom line: This i a great value for a small machine.
16 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Aces from: on
Bought this as an upgrade and not disappointed. Built very strong and makes good espresso. Delonghi is the way to go
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great when you understand what it is
Posted by: David from: on
There is something absolutely magical about a quality cup of coffee! For the last few years, I have been fervent in my quest to always obtain that perfect cup. I roast and grind my own beans. I have tried most every single method of coffee preparation. I have done most everything short of traveling the world to source beans directly from coffee plantations! Though my daily coffee is generally brewed as a pour-over, I often enjoy a good americano or latte. Thus, this De'Longhi machine has been a welcome guest on my counter for the past couple of weeks. If you are considering this espresso maker, know that it is not everyone. Here are some thoughts to consider:
Portafilter and Basket
The unit has a self-pressurized system. A normal professional espresso machine has to have a very fine grind and a near perfectly even tamp in order to obtain a decent shot. This machine is different in that it has only one little whole in the bottom of the porta-filter basket. This causes the machine to have adequate pressure for a great shot even with a larger grind and a light tamp. So, you can still have a strong enough espresso even if if your inexpensive grinder does not grind fine enough for a more expensive machine. Or if you are using a bag of pre-ground coffee that it is not necessarily an espresso grind, you can still get a decent shot. It really is pretty amazing and works surprisingly well with good crema.
The machine takes less than a minute to heat the water for a double shot. I really expected it take longer for such an inexpensive machine. I can turn the machine on and it will be ready to pull by the time I grind, fill and tamp. It does have a little bit of a hard time maintaining a consistent temperature during multiple pulls. This also shows when you switch the dial for steaming milk. Expect to wait another minute after pulling a shot before you can froth the milk. All of this is adequate however and better than expected actually for an inexpensive unit unit with just one boiler.
The machine has an understated yet elegant look to it. The medium size fits perfectly on our counter. The stainless steal accents give a quality look and feel. This is not a machine that you will want to hide when not in use.
There are a few negatives to the machine. For example, no matter how hard I tweaked my method, the steam wand would not give me a tight enough foam sufficient for latte art. Another negative is that there are important parts that are plastic where steal would be preferred (see photo of the portafilter). Finally, the cup tray is uselessly lukewarm until the machine has been on for over ten minutes. I definitely recommend you preheat your utensils with hot water rather than waiting for the tray to heat.
In the end, I understand why this machine has received some mixed reviews. Yet, many of the features that experienced baristas have found hindering are exactly what makes the machine simple enough for use by most anyone. Personally, I love it because it is so easy to use yet the results are professional-like.
After a couple of weeks and dozens of shots with the De'Longhi, I have concluded that the illusive magical cup of perfect coffee is not only possible with this machine but it comes quite easily. Of course, with any method of preparation, just be sure you
begin with freshly roasted coffee beans and a quality grind.
Note: This product has been put at my disposal for no compensation and in order to share my honest and unbiased opinion. Once I have completed my testing it will be returned to the manufacturer.
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Excellent for apartments!
Posted by: NYCGIRL from: on
I got this for my boyfriend for the holidays. We go out for cappuccino in the neighborhood every Saturday morning, but not anymore! This machine gives restaurant quality taste & great creme. Make sure to use about a #5 coffee grind and practice makes perfect!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Good machine for the price
Posted by: CJopp from: Realistic Land on
My wife and I first purchased a cheaper Mr. Coffee espresso machine to try one out. It was a deal of the day and the frother broke after one use. I returned that and got this one. This one is much better quality than the Mr. Coffee one, which should be expected as its $90 more. It's nice that this has a refillable tank, the previous one held water for 1 brew. So far I have no complaints. Not sure how the one user posted a negative review that they got a lemon, that happens. And then someone wanted $1000 quality espresso.
If you are looking for an entry level machine to use for an espresso here and there, this is a good starting point.
6 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great for beginner!
Posted by: Stephanie from: on
Looking for a easy to use first espresso machine, and I love it.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
I would recommend
Posted by: RBelleville from: on
I had the opportunity to try out this espresso maker for a few weeks. I am a daily coffee drinker so trying out an espresso was difficult getting used to the smaller portions.
The set up was quick and easy. The instructions clearly explained how to set up and how to use the machine. There are 3 different size cups that easily switch out depending on the quantity you are looking to make. The water tank hold plenty of water, basically a weeks worth so you don't have to fill daily.
The frother was an awesome feature on this machine and is extremely easy to use. The only downside is after you are finished it does drip on the counter.
Espressos come out tasting great and our restaurant quality.
The one negative, reason why I rated a 4 and not a 5, is the "handle" (part where the coffee goes) is pretty hard to lock into to place. You have to use a lot of force. Maybe its operator error but could be easier to attach.
Overall I'm very pleased with the product and would recommend it.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Big flavor in a small package!
Posted by: Carlin833 from: on
I love this little DeLonghi Espresso Machine! It's a great espresso machine for anyone looking to start making their own espresso at home. It's compact and doesn't take up much space at all. I was slightly skeptical that the performance wouldn't be quality because the unit has a plastic housing, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's very straight forward and simple to use, it took me a few tries to get the exact strength but that's a personal preference and the brand of beans used plays a huge role in flavor. I love the simplicity. You can drop in espresso packets or use grounds which is great if you are in a rush. It has a large trough for water so you can make more than cup before refilling. It takes a few minutes to heat up, but not any longer than waiting on a cup of coffee from a drip machine! It's easy to clean, easy to use and the espresso tastes fantastic, sorry Starbucks!. I give it 4 stars for now mostly because I'm interested in longevity, if it keeps humming along like it is now, It will be my deciding factor to make me come back and change my review to 5 stars! Great little machine!
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Frothing stem too short.
Posted by: elizabpope from: on
I was a little disappointed. The frothing stem isn't really long enough to froth more than 1/4 cup at a time, because you have to put it in such a shallow frothing cup in order for the wand to reach. In order to get a decent size drink, I have to steam milk several times.
2 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Good espresso machine
Posted by: SspongerR from: miami on
I have this Espresso maker for about 5 months and so far so good. I like this machine, however I would recommend the Delonghi EC155 which is $50 cheaper and is very similar to this one. Save the extra bucks!!