The DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker
( Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania )
When I finally decided to buy an espresso maker of my own after enjoying the frothy cups made by my sister's older DeLonghi machine over at her place, I chose to stick with the well known name and searched for a model with the features I knew I'd use most.
I've owned the DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker for close to a year now and with regular cleanings once per month, it performs as it did the day I brought it home from the store. I love the fact that I can have a hot cup ready in just a few minutes and that it has two separate thermostats for controlling both the steam and water pressure.
Thanks to the great performance of the swivel jet frother, making cappuccinos and lattes are a breeze, and the 35 ounce water tank easily removes for cleaning and filling without getting water or milk all over the counter top. And perhaps best of all, the espresso never has that horrible burnt taste and each cup is as rich tasting as the first.
So far, the only complaints I have about the machine are the length of the steam wand, a bit too short in my opinion when making cappuccinos, and the built-in tamper could be better, which was easily remedied with a simple metal one purchased separately.
Also, the space between the cup and the output nozzle are a little tight, but these small inconveniences are easily overlooked with the tasty variety of beverages it brews along with the way it looks sitting on my counter with its stainless steel accents and elegant appearance.
The DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker offers all of the features I need for making rich tasting cappuccinos, espresso, and lattes right at home, hassle-free and all for an affordable price.Editor's note
DeLonghi EC155 is one of the very few pump espresso machines that you can get for under $100. It has a stainless steel boiler and good and relatively quiet pump.
The machine comes with two portafilters - one for using the ESE espresso pods and the second one for using ground coffee. Now this is a pressurized portafilter which means that you can pull good quality shots with nice crema relatively easily. This is great for folks who do not want to spend too much time exploring how to make the "perfect shot" of espresso. It is not very fussy about the way the coffee is ground and in general makes life easy for a beginner.
All in all, DeLonghi EC155 is a very good machine for its price. Most common complaints are the awkward position of the steam wand and low clearance between the spout and the drip tray. To know exactly what to expect from it, do read the through the user reviews.
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