My husband is a big coffee drinker so was keen to get himself a little espresso machine. After researching on the internet he came across this machine which seemed to have lots of good reviews for the price. We purchased it from john lewis about a year ago and it has been a great machine ever since.
It's a nice small size so doesn't take up too much space on your work top. The black and silver make it look smart and certainly not cheap. It's easy to use: put the water in, wait for the green light, scoop your coffee into the holder, level it, attach to the machine and turn the switch to allow the water to filter through. You turn it off when you have enough in your cup. There is also a milk steamer which allows you to froth your milk for cappuccinos. This is quite small so can take a few minutes to heat the milk enough to froth it but for the money you pay in the first place this isn't a problem. You have the option to fill two cups at once and a drip tray to collect and spillage.
For anyone looking for a cheaper espresso machine that's not majorly singing and dancing I would certainly recommend this one.
Whilst working in a bar a few years ago I won some gift vouchers, ironically for coffee sales. So the vouchers were destined from the off for my own coffee machine. I'd always fancied being able to whip up a frothy cappuccino from the comfort of home but probably like the rest of you, I didn't think it was possible to find a coffee machine with a steamer for anywhere near as cheap as I found this DeLonghi machine! The fact that it was DeLonghi was an even bigger bonus!
I picked it up for about £55 on a special offer from Argos. Upon seeing the box come down the conveyor belt from the magical heavens of Argos I was surprised at just how small it was! Here are the dimensions so you can check it fits in a nook in your kitchen!
19.5 x 24 x 28.5 cm.
The machine comes with a smart looking filter holder that you fill with your ground coffee using an included measuring spoon to get the right amount. You then use the tamper that's built onto the machine to compact the coffee into the filter holder. Other reviewers have mentioned that the filter holder is quite difficult at times to twist snugly into the machine, this can be because you have heaped too much coffee into the measuring spoon and it simply wont fit then. But I admit at times it can be a bit fiddly, though even professional machines can be fiddly to be honest. You soon get the knack for it.
Once you've got the filter into the machine you have the option to make two espresso's at the same time if you so wish, using dual nozzle action! Alternatively you can just have one for yourself, using the dial to put the desired amount of coffee into your cup. The machine has a clever operating system that heats up only the part of the machine you're using which coupled with a high pressure (15 bar), makes the machine quite fast and you get your coffee nice and quick. The machine makes a lovely crema on the espresso (a sign of a good quality coffee).
Since this model doesn't come with its own milk jug you'll have to either find your own or simpler than that you can just use another mug that you have. The machine has a steam arm that you can turn to make it easier to get your mug underneath it, though if you have a large mug it can be tricky to get it underneath the steamer. I sometimes move the machine to the edge of the worktop and have the steamer hang over the edge so I can get a bigger mug underneath it. It froths milk to perfection! It's extremely fast and gives you the proper coffee shop experience. You simply need to fill the water container inside the machine with cold water, that it quickly turns to hot steam and you vary the depth of the steamer in your mug to make more or less froth.
The machine is very easy to clean and only really requires a wet cloth so long as you clean it immediately after use. Aesthetically the machine looks quite sleek on your worktop and is nice and compact.
Before I had this machine I used to walk past a local coffee shop looking with awe at the hundreds of flavour combinations that they sell, all the way through infusions such as chocolate orange and black forest coffees and now I can experiment with hundreds of flavours and try rare coffees from all over the world, frothing up a storm to make the perfect cappuccino from home.
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.
Coffee is the most important thing to me when I wake up in the morning. Without one nobody would want to talk to me.
I bought this machine after years of instnt coffee use which I now try to avoid at all costs. A fresh coffee from ground coffee is far superior and i have no plans to go back.
I much preferred the idea of this type of machine to the capsule type as I find the capsules very expensive compared to a bag of ground coffee and the capsules usually mean a bit of a journey to get them whereas the corner shop on my road sells bags of pre-ground coffee.
The machine is relativley small in comparison to some I compared it too when selecting it. UIt measures 35cm in height, with a plan of 23cm by 29 cm. As space in my kitchen is pretty limited this fits nicely onto the worksurface. The cord is reasonably long and has allowed me to tuck it behind my microwave in order to hide the unslighlty wires.
The machine is filled up using by opening a hatch on the top and removing a plastic beaker. This is easily removed and slotted back in once filled with up to one litre of water.
The ground coffee is added to the filter part which is twisted onto the poring section of the machine in same way you see it being done in starbucks. It is simple to figure out although the first time I tried I did get some leakage of ground coffee from the sides. The problem seems to have disappeared now.
The cup is placed below the poring spouts and there is an adjustable base to move the height of the pourer allowing differing sized cups to be used. This part of the base acts as a drip tray for catching spillages and is easy to remove and clean.
The switch at the top has four settings. First you turn it to the on position which heats up the the heating element (not the whole tub of water which I believe makes it a more efficient system). Once the light at the top right of the machine turns from orange to green you can move to the operating setting which pushes water through the ground coffee at a pressure of 15bar.
The manufacturer claims that the machine can be used for two cups as it has a split nozzle, however I find it is too weak by the time two cups are filled and prefer to place one cup to catch the liquid from both nozzles. Once the cup is full, the switch is turned back to the off position.
I like my coffee black however a steam nozzle is provided (and hence you can guess the fourth setting on the dial switch). No vessel is provided for warming the milk so any glass or cup can be used. To control the speed of steam into the milk the dial on top of the machine is used which varies the pressure and speeds or slows the frothing.
For a good latte or cappuccino you want to warm the milk, but not make it all into froth (for cappuccinoI think it is ideally 1 part coffee, 1 part warm milk and 1 part froth....for latte more milk than froth...for a flat white mostly milk). The steam nozzle takes a bit of getting used to but I think I am now up to barrister standard when my girlfriend demands a latte. I'm yet to get good at making the patterns on the top, but drawing something stupid in the froth with a straw normally gets a smile.
The drip tray and filter are easy to remove and clean. And the interior of the machine can be cleaned by running the machine without coffee in it. I guess you could also add some detergent to the jug in the machine but would need to rinse it thoroughly afterwards.
This machine isn't the stainless steel monstrosity that you get in a coffee shop, however the filter section an steam nozzle are stainless steel. The body is made from good quality plastic and seems well put together.
Using my dads version by another manufacturer (can't remember the brand) I managed to crack the plastic by tightening the filter too tightly This machine has given me no such problems.
It is sturdy, doesn't move around when in use and looks good.
I bought this on sale in Argos earlier in the year for around £50 which I though was fantastic when you see the price of other expensive makes reaching several hundred pounds. It's currently at argos for £69.99 but can be found on amazon for £55. This makes very good coffee and is definitley a good purchase for a very resonable cost.
First off I would like to say that this machine is an aesthetically pleasing addition to my kitchen. It is much smaller than the majority of coffee machines and less than half the size of my previous one.
However it is lacking in many key assets. It does not come with a milk jug, meaning you have to pay out a few more pounds to froth up milk well. It is also lacking a 'knock box' to empty the used coffee without breaking your bin. Also each coffee must be individually made unless you like extremely weak coffee as the filter arm holds very little coffee for a double shot. I am also not convinced the pressure of the machine is good enough to make excellent espresso, even though I have not bought high quality coffee since owning it.
On the plus side I would say that the milk steamer is much better than on the last two machines I have owned, it is possible to make cappuccino foam without much effort. Also being such a small unit, it is quite easy to clean. In summary I would say that this machine is nice looking, a bit over priced and slightly under equipped..
First off the Technical Details (copied off of Amazon)
15 Bar pump pressure
Traditional milk frother
Professional filter holder and tamper
Removeable 1 Litre water tank
Built to accommodate full-size cappuccino or 2 espresso cups
First of all we bought this coffee maker for our home! We love coffee and this machine is turned on almost all day now! My partner looked into it and looked at other reviews on various sites. This coffee maker is great for people on a budget, it's cheaper than a lot of products like this around and works just as well!
It is easy to use, it doesn't feel or look flimsy, it looks good and doesn't take up a lot of room for what it does. It makes very good fresh coffee and steams milk as well. It also heats up very quickly.
The bad points are that it is quite noisy but only when it starts to make coffee. It is made of plastic and although looks good there are a lot that look better! But what do you expect for the cheaper price.
Overall it is a great coffee maker and a bargain price!
Brought this for my mum and dad as a Christmas present one year as we all love our coffee. It does the job and obviously by putting quality coffee granules in there it makes all the difference from just Nescafé instant! It's great how you can froth the milk up just like you see them do in costa or Starbucks etc through these of the steamer. However all of these separate parts of the machine then have to be cleaned every time you use it, this means we only use it once a week if that because it is too much hassle...and yes cleaning is necessary...dried coffee and milk is not nice. I was hoping for a coffee machine that we could use quickly in the morning but I'm afraid to say its not. However, it was a good price and it does look nice on the kitchen side and you can easily choose which strength of coffee you like and control the measures of it...some coffee machines you cannot do this. In my opinion good for special occasions but too much hassle for a coffee at 5/6am. We have had this product for 2 years now and it is still going strong so that's a bonus.
I love coffee. Absolutely live on the stuff. We have a Gaggia Classic at home, which is a truly superb bit of kit, but I wanted something for the office to stop me spending a small fortune at Starbucks each day.
This machine came out well in reviews of machines under £100 (If I'm not mistaken, it was a Which? recommended model), so I decided to go for it.
It's been a great little addition to the office. It's quiet, it's quick and it makes a decent enough cup of coffee. Good taste, good temperature. Slightly snobbish, perhaps, but I hate these aerators on the bottom of the portafilter which give you a 'fake' crema - this is more like a froth than a proper crema, but all things considered it's still a decent cup. I always use either Illy or Lavazza so I can only speak about these two coffees, but all things considered this is almost up there with the quality of drink I get using the same coffees in my Gaggia.
It's so easy to use and clean, and the steaming wand also works well. The little clip to contain the basket within the portafilter is a great idea, no more fishing around in the bin when you knock too vigorously!
Couple of little gripes - the steam dial on the lid is fairly large and thus makes the 'warming tray' a bit tricky to use, especially if you are a big clumsy oaf like me - it's absolutely fine using the steam, but you don't want to be warming any cups at the same time otherwise you may be looking at broken crockery. Also the steamer is perhaps the thing which lets the machine down most - for a decent sized latte (normal-sized mug, for instance) you tend to need to do this in three goes as the temperature drops quite quickly, so it's 'steam-wait-steam-wait-steam'. Fine for me, as I'm an espresso man, but my office-mate likes his lattes so it can be a *very small* nuisance.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this for the money I've spent on it. Highly recommended.
I've been a more upmarket coffee connoisseur for a while now but going out for what I like to call a 'posh' coffee isn't always viable. So I decided to go for a coffee machine to pump my espresso, froth my milk and help me make the face of Jesus in the milk froth (still not managed it), all in the comfort of my own kitchen.
Looking around there is a widely varied array of coffee machines out there and most will sent you back a pretty penny, an expensive piece of kit if you don't get the intended results. (yes bread maker owners I'm talking to you).
The Delonghi EC152 is probably one of the cheapest coffee makers you'll find on the market at this time. It can be picked up for about £60 online, of course the adage 'you get what you pay for' normally applies to electricals. However I saw quite a few online reviews from users who had pretty good things to say about the machine.
So when I stumbled across the machine on Ebay for £40 I decided to bite the bullet and get brewing. The machine is quite compact, small in footprint and looks quite decent in its design. It won't stand out like a sore thumb in a modern kitchen. Of course for the money you're not going to get a sleek finish, polished parts and all. It's mostly plastic on the outside but hey that's expected.
The machine is pretty simple in concept. A cover on the top opens up to reveal a removable 1-litre water container plus storage your coffee basket. Other than that there's your coffee basket handle, a basket and a measuring scoop for your coffee. To make coffee, you take your ground beans, put an amount in the basket and plug the handle into the machine. This is my only real gripe with the machine, placing the handle in the machine is not plain sailing and you have to pull it very hard to get a good seal with the water plate.
Before of course you have to tamper your coffee, there is a plastic tamper to press down your coffee, it's a bit fiddly and I really recommend getting a tamper you can hold in your hand.
So with that, you let the water heat by twisting a dial, an 'ok' light will show when it's ready, you switch the dial and let the espresso filter into your mug. Now you can leave it at that if you like your coffee strong and low in ml's. I'm a latte fan so frothing milk is the next stage for me. There is a milk frother which swings out, now you don't get a jug which is a bit of a downer so that's another thing you'll have to buy separately. The steamer can be controlled by a knob on the top of the machine. Hey presto, warm frothy milk as a result of steam!
Overall I'm very impressed with the quality of the end result when you consider the cost of the machine. If you've never made coffee at home then you'll probably need a few attempts to get the desired result. It took me six attempts to get it to a standard I was happy with. The main thing to remember is to tamper your coffee firmly.
Despite a couple of minor design flaws, the EC152 is well worth the money and I certainly think it's give some of the more expensive machines a run for their money.
I'm a big caffeine addict and coffee is one of my vices. I really like freshly ground coffee but previously I've settled for instant coffee. When Mr Lools and I moved house almost a year ago and gained a large kitchen with a lot of bench space we decided to invest in a coffee machine. After some browsing we were shocked to find that we could pay up to £300 for a coffee machine so decided to go for a slightly cheaper option and went for the Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine.
***Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine***
The Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine is a 15 bar pump pressure coffee machine which is built to accommodate a full size cappuccino or 2 espresso cups. The machine is black and stainless steel and reasonably compact. It is 29cm high, 24cm long and 19cm wide and 8kg in weight. The coffee machine is 1100 watts and has a traditional milk frother. The machine has a removable 1 litre water tank and a removable drip tray.
The Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine is available from a number of retailers including Argos, Tesco Direct, Amazon, Currys and Comet.
The price of the machine varies however prices average at around £60. We purchased this is September 2010 from Argos for £45 when the product was on offer.
The coffee machine comes with instructions which are advisable to read before using. These are very easy to understand and have a clear explanation of the steps in addition to diagrams.
The coffee machine does look very good and neat and compact on the kitchen bench. The matt black appearance and stainless steel also do not show up finger prints and smears like glossy black appliances do. The size of the machine is very neat width, height and depth wise. I do think because it is a neat cube shape and not as deep as many other coffee machines it would look particularly good in a smaller kitchen. The power cable is about 1.5cm in length therefore you should not be restricted too much as to having the machine located right next to a plug socket.
Using the machine is very simple. You fill the 1 litre water tank with water from the tap; you pace this inside the coffee maker and then put the lid down. You then turn on (by turning the dial right to the first setting) and wait for the water to heat up. During heating up time a green light is shown. I found this took around 90 seconds to wait until the water is at the correct temperature.
The filter where you put your coffee sits under the main section of the machine and clips on and off by clicking the filter into a clipped section then turning the handle to a lock position. There is a scoop which comes with the coffee maker to fill the filter with. This takes two large scoops or three small scoops to fill the filter. You do need to take care when filling the filter as it is quite fiddly and I often found myself spilling coffee on my bench.
After 90 seconds you simply turn the dial on the front of the coffee maker to the furthest right setting (the second point) to pour water through the filter making your coffee then into the cup. At this stage the coffee machine is very quiet and not at all messy as the water does not splash or spit as it leaves the machine. This makes enough coffee for two espressos or one cappuccino. Although if you have very large cappuccino cups this will not be filled fully. I did like that the filter was fully effective and the coffee never had any floating pieces of filter coffee in it like some coffee from machines does.
My main issue with the machine is you may find you need to go out and purchase some new espresso and cappuccino cups as the distance between the filter and the top of the drip tray is quite small. My M&S espresso and cappuccino cups did not fit in this space so we had to go out and buy new shorter ones (luckily we found some cheap ones in Matalan). Initially when we tried to make coffee with the original cups we found the only way to fit them under this section was at an angle which Mr Lools then discovered was dangerous as boiling hot coffee spilt out everywhere. Luckily the removable drip tray was large enough to catch most of this but did require some cleaning after.
To make cappuccinos and use the milk frothing arm you simple move the metal arm out from the side of the machine. This gives coffee a blast of steam to create the frothy milk effect. It is quite noisy but not the loudest noise I have heard from a coffee machine and certainly not to the level you hear in Starbucks or Costa Coffee. The arm of the machine does get hot so you need to take care when you come to use and then allow time to cool down when you clean.
Cleaning the machine is simple enough but the filter has a number of grooves around the rim so you do need to take care that you remove all traces of coffee and dry in these areas fully. The drip tray also has some fiddly areas to dry, although the water tank is very easy to clean and dry. The milk frothing arm is a simple case of wiping over but you do need to do this once it has cooled down so you do not burn yourself. In total it can take over 10 minutes to clean then put the coffee machine back together which isn't the longest of times but to go through 15 minutes of work to make two cups of espresso or one cappuccino does put you off slightly.
Perfecting the taste of the coffee is all about choosing the right brand. Mr Lools and I sampled many of the coffees available from Starbucks and found the Starbucks Columbian Coffee was perfect for our taste and made perfect espressos and cappuccinos without creating too strong or bitter of a taste for our palette.
I did enjoy the coffee I made from this coffee machine but I did feel there was a lot of effort put into making it and then cleaning it. Unlike the coffee maker I have recently bought which has a "pod" system and is very quick and easy to use I feel all the effort I went to make my cup of espresso or cappuccino then having to clean the machine and nozzle actually put me off from making a coffee with the machine. As a (busy) mum of twin toddlers I was often desperate for a cup of fresh coffee but I would find making the coffee with the Delonghi machine such a chore I would find myself reaching for the instant coffee for convenience.
This is not a "bad" coffee maker but it is probably more for someone who has more time (and patience) to make coffee. Mr Lools and I should have maybe read up on coffee makers a little more first to purchase one which was more suited to our needs rather than buying one because of its price. We have given this to my dad who is more of an espresso drinker and we have opted for a slightly more convenient (but more expensive) Krupps pod machine which I find is more versatile and quicker to make a variety of coffees.
The Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine is very easy to use and great for those that want to make two cups of espresso or one cappuccino but if you need to make more than this in one go you may want to opt for a larger machine. For £60 this is excellent value for money and the compact design makes it great for kitchens that do not have a lot of space.
Not a machine for us but not a bad coffee maker.
If you're like me then you'll love a nice cup of coffee, maybe two or three in fact, especially first thing in the morning, and you probably have a preferred brand of instant coffee, mine is Nescafe if you're interested.
I have been drinking my favourite brand for years now, sometimes trying other brands but always coming back to my old faithful due to the fact that I really do love the taste.
But when I was given an espresso at a friends house a while back I was astounded by how delicious this home made beverage actually tastes. So I asked my friend how on earth she had made such a tasty drink which would have put a star bucks to shame.
When I asked her how she'd come to make this delicious tasting espresso, knowing that it certainly wasn't from pouring a packet of powder into a cup and quickly stirring it until your wrist hurts, she proudly exhibited a stylish little black number which was sitting in the corner of her kitchen.
This stylish little black number she was showing me was in fact the Delonghi EC152 Pump Espresso Coffee Machine and it wasn't too long before I had one sat in my kitchen so I could enjoy a perfect coffee every time.
I have now been using the said machine for a while now and feel it is about time I tell you all about it.
Firstly though, the boring bits...
* 15 Bar pump pressure
* 1100 watts
* Traditional milk frother
* Professional filter holder and tamper
* Removeable 1 Litre water tank
* Removable drip tray
* Built to accommodate full-size cappuccino or 2 espresso cups
* Size is approximately 240mm long, 190mm wide and 290mm high,
* 8KG in weight
And now for...
** MY OPINION...
As I said, I love a nice cup of coffee and this remarkable little device quenches my desire for such a thing.
It claims to make the perfect espresso, cappuccinos and café lattes and it certainly does exactly what it claims, or if you just want a strong tasting black coffee then it will do that too.
Not only does it make a coffee/cappuccino/espresso to be proud of it even looks the part, with it's nice looking jet black colouring and silver panels, so it will not look out of place in most modern kitchens.
The filter system, which is easy to remove and replace, is lightweight and the handle is quite comfortable so that when you have to bang the used ground coffee out of the filter you won't lose your grip.
As for the size, well, it's quite petite, for what it is capable of, so even if you've only got a small kitchen, but still want that perfect espresso, this is certainly worth looking at.
It comes with a filter holder and a built in tamper which helps to make that perfect product every time.
With the water tank filled up you can make two good sized Espresso or cappuccinos at a time, with switching to steam a simple matter of a quick adjustment of a small knob.
The manual milk frothing arm, which is situated on the side, swings out and gives your coffee a blast of steam, milk or air to create perfection each time, but do be aware that the metal arm does get very hot and I wouldn't recommend touching it once it is in use, but if you have to use a thick cloth or the like as it will scold bare flesh.
It can be a bit noisy when in action but this is not for long and is tolerable, and due to the fact that it quietens down as the process goes on it is won't put you off using it.
The 15 bar pump pressure gives this machine enough power to create that perfect cappuccinos and espressos every time. And as it takes less than a minute for the water to reach the correct temperature there's no hanging about for you morning coffee, or what ever time of day it is.
Using it is as easy as turning a dial until a green light shows, then turn a bit more to get the coffee to start coming out. Or turning it the other way to make the milk froth. It couldn't be easier could it, although it does come with some simple instructions to aid in your quest for that perfect cappuccino.
I like the ease of cleaning, especially how simple it is to remove everything that needs to be cleaned so there's very little need to be forcing your sponges into nooks and crannies. For example, the drip tray lifts right out so it can be emptied and wiped over, and the same goes for the filter, once you've knocked all the coffee beans out of it, which can make a bit of a thud depending on what you hit.
The only things I found that I felt were worth mentioning towards the negative sides are that the milk frothing arm is a bit of a pain due to the fact that it is a little short, making fitting a larger cups under a bit of a struggle, but a bit of juggling, and a bit of kitchen rearranging, I managed to solve this problem.
And I do tend to be going through a lot of ground coffee using it as it takes two big scoops, but you can only put one scoop in at a time, which leads to your third or fourth friend you're making a coffee for to wait a while before they get it.
So, if you're a coffee addict, like I am, and no amount of counselling will make you want to change, then it is well worth taking a look at this little beauty as it will fix that addiction in a minute.
It sells for around the £70.00 mark, which is quite good value for money considering the cost of some of the others on the market.
Would I buy one...? Yes, well I did didn't I, and I'm certainly glad I did.
As for the coffee beans themselves, well this is trial and error until you find your perfect choice for your pallet, I've tried several types, including shops own brands, the choice is all yours.
I decided to purchase this Delonghi Espresso maker for my dad for his birthday back in June. To be honest, back then I didn't have a clue about what the difference in coffee makers were, but luckily chose the right kind! I've used the machine myself a few times, but I also asked my dad's views because obviously he has used the product more.
I actually purchased the coffee machine based on its aesthetics as well as the fact that it uses ground coffee and not pods. The EC152 is a very sleek and modern looking coffee maker which features a black and silver design. It is both simple and stylish in its shape but is also quite compact for storage. It also looks very nice with our other appliances which is an added bonus. The only downside to the design of the product in my opinion is the filter handle, because it is rather protruding. However, it can be removed for storage so I wouldn't say that it is a deal breaker.
In my opinion the machine functions really well, it's not too complicated to use (after being taught how to use it) and it is by far the best coffee machine that we have owned. Delonghi is associated with a higher standard than a lot of other brands, and I think there is no doubt that they didn't live up to it with this espresso maker. The filter is easy to attach, and remove, and I have also been told that it is easy to clean! Ha ha! The filter also works really well because it catches everything; no longer do you have to worry about getting leaves in your coffee! The machine really does operate quickly, hence the "Express Coffee!". I'd say that it takes no more than 60 seconds to fully heat up, which is a lot better than many coffee machines. Also, the milk frother is another advantage of this machine, it works brilliantly and is easily used for hot chocolate too.
There are however a couple of downsides to the machine which are worth mentioning, the milk frother arm gets extremely hot and can easily cause burns. It's difficult to not touch it as well, but I'd just recommend putting on an oven glove as a preventable or just being very careful! The only other downside is the space between the nozzle and the tray, as I said, I was not sure about the type of coffee machines when I purchased it, so didn't realise that it was made just for espresso cups. However, we fill an espresso cup with strong coffee and then transfer into a mug, so it isn't a problem as my dad prefers it that way.
This coffee machine is well worth the price, especially as the price has now reduced to around £60 on Amazon from £80. I'm sure you can probably get it for a bit less also. I love the design, and it works well, so we are very pleased with it. There are some issues, but we've resolved these and they are definitely not bad enough to make anyone not recommend it. Therefore, I would recommend that you at least consider this EC152 model if you are considering upgrading your coffee maker.
My sister wanted to get me something I'd really enjoy for my recent 21st birthday and after much deliberation I decided I wanted a coffee machine as coffee is one of my first loves. We spent a good long time shopping around for the best one on my birthday budget and it didn't take long to realise that I'd need the machine as well as all the accessories - espresso cups, cappucino cups, jug for frothing & the coffee itself. As a result I settled for the budget DeLonghi EC152 and all those things in my 'present' as it is by some way the cheapest quality espresso maker at the moment.
My personal preference was always for an espresso maker rather than a pod system as I can go anywhere to buy any coffee and it will work well, and I'm not stuck with one brand or one set of prices. So I was destined, really, for this model and am pleased that is the case. It is an intuitive machine for a first-timer and is easy to set up and operate, if a little loud & shaky on the first use as it rinses out the system.
When making coffee, the process is remarkably easy and fast, in fact I'm not convinced it is any slower than making instant coffee with hot water from a kettle. It really is remarkably quick, and all that's needed is a twist of the central knob to one position until the OK light switches on (~30s), then a further twist to another position before the coffee begins to dispense a couple of seconds later. To froth milk, the knob is turned the other way to another position where the water is warmed, and then a second knob on top of the machine is turned once the OK light is on for the frother to start frothing. This also takes no time at all.
The parts are also very easy to clean and a little clip thing on the coffee filter & handle makes it easy to knock out used coffee without also losing the filter in your rubbish bin.
Overall, I am really enjoying going and sourcing high-quality ground coffee, and brewing it at home properly with my now-favourite kitchen gizmo, and can't recommend this machine highly enough to anyone who is fed up of tasteless instant coffee and wants to try something better. It really is an inexpensive but significant step up from Gold Blend.
The DeLonghi EC152 is a high performance 15 bar pressure Pump Espresso Coffee Maker / The Cappuccino System mixes steam air and milk producing a rich creamy froth for great cappuccino.The unit is built to accommodate one full-size Cappuccino mug or two Espresso cups and includes a professional filter holder and tamper / The DeLonghi Self-priming system also means the machine is always ready for use / Additional features include a single selector dial for on/off Espresso and Cappuccino indicator lights 2 separate thermostats to control water and steam temperatures adjustable steam emission removable drip tray. / Short name: DeLonghi EC152