March 31, 2009

Serviceable and Satisfactory Espresso Maker Good for Daily Use, review DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

Serviceable and Satisfactory Espresso Maker Good for Daily Use
DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

Home espresso machines have usually two non-negotiable functions. One is the making of the espresso, and the other is the production of steam for foaming milk. The DeLonghi Espresso Maker accomplishes both, and sits on a space smaller than my standard coffee brewer.

Working well is the creation of an average espresso. The water heats quickly, and the pressure is enough to generate a sweet crema. The taste compares with most coffeehouse espressos.

Making froth is not as easy as the manufacturer implies. The steam spigot hangs low, meaning only the smallest of mugs can fit. In my case, to also avoid milk splash, I turn it so that the spigot hangs over the counter. Inevitably, a mix of water and milk drips to the floor. Similarly, the spigot drips while heating up.

Cleaning is not hassle-free. The removable tray does as intended. The underlining tray does not. Coffee drips there, and dries, and is difficult to remove.

Single- and double-shot coffee holders are provided, and the used grounds pop out quickly, especially when dry.

I do not own the accessories, like the frothing cup. I use a mug. Also, while I have espresso cups, I prefer to retrieve a double espresso with a tea cup to avoid overflow.

A more expensive machine will have more bells and whistles, but for an economical daily morning appliance, this is a great, functional solution.

Making the perfect espresso may be impossible with the DeLonghi Espresso Maker, but a good one is achievable. For the price, I am satisfied.

--Brockeim

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

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