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DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
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DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Date: 03/09/12, updated on 03/09/12 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Yummy coffee
Disadvantages: bit fiddly
We quite recently had a brand new kitchen makeover with black glossy cupboards and shiny silver appliances. I wanted to go for that minimilistic look and didnt want things all over my worktops but a must for me was a coffee machine. I had hinted at wanted a caffetiere for years but as my hubby doenst drink hot drinks, he had no idea how different coffee can taste and my hints went unnoticed, or at least unanswered. I vowed when the kitchen was complete, I would treat myself to a coffee machine but not having much funds left I was looking for something around the £50 mark.
I think I paid £55 for this, including delivery which for such a reputable make I think is quite reasonable however you dont get many add-on features like you do with some other machines so you have to buy your own milk jug and templates (for hot choc sprinkles which for me is a must :) )
A bloke at work (a very well paid manager actually) had previously purchased this model - the Delonghi EC152 and as a coffee machine virgin, I have to admit that I trused his judgement and thought if its good enough for the boss man, then its good enough for me so I ordered online via google shopping to ensure I got the best deal around.
I was surprised at how small the machine is, I dont know what I was expecting but it isnt much taller than a normal kettle, however it still is very easy on the eye and certainly adds that modern look to my kitchen.
The majority of the machine is black plastic, probably owing to the reasonable cost but I am much happier with that anyway as we all know what a pain stainless steel can be to clean.
I felt like a fish out of water when I first attempted to use the machine but soon got the hang of it as the manual is pretty good. The top of the machine is removed to expose a tub that holds a max of 1 litre of water, you can either remove the tub or pour the water into the tub. Also stored in the top is your coffee holder, which you pop your ground coffee into.
Next step is to put the 'lever' into place. I can do this now with my eyes shut but have to admit at first found this very fiddly. You have to line the lever up just right and then twist it into place so it is set securely and tightly - This is where the coffee will drip through so it is important that it is in place correctly. When the water is ready you will get an OK sign illuminated so you know youve done it right and can do your milk...
The milk is frothed up by a little knob that you literally stick into your milk. You dont get a milk jug with the machine so I bought a separate one but usually just use the cup that you are going to drink your coffee from - This seems to work best for me, especially when you are only brewing for yourself. To control the level of froth, you simply adjust the level using the spinning knob on the top but I normally just set it between midway and full throttle and leave it there.
The steam is extremely hot and so you have to be very very careful when using, I will not allow my children to use the machine even though they are desperate to as the steam is just way too dangerous.
To clean, you simply wipe over using a damp cloth which is really easy to do, although the milk frothing part needs an extra bit of elbow grease to get clean.
You can also make delicious hot chocolate this way and you can buy these little templates to make shapes, smiley faces etc on the top of your frothy drink and we have also made our own templates using cardboard, kids absolutely love it.
Summary: Great for coffee and hot chocolate
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