Product Type: DeLonghi Philips Saeco
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A rare quality coffee machine, that's affordable to us normal folk!
DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Member Name: thedomino
DeLonghi EC152 Pump Coffee Machine
Advantages: great coffee, great value, quick and easy
Disadvantages: steam arm doesn't give much room for a large mug
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.
Summary: The quality of a £300 machine in a budget brand name model.
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