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DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Member Name: chrisheels
DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Advantages: reasonably priced, good build, functional
Disadvantages: no milk container
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.
Summary: Great coffee
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