The Delonghi espresso machines are the first to come to mind when you think of home-brewed espresso. Delonghi is a well-known domestic espresso manufacturer. The machines are user-friendly and produce consistent coffee. The Delonghi espresso maker EC155 is an excellent example.
SUMMARY: De’Longhi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker EC155
The Delonghi EC155 espresso maker is a cheap and great espresso machine. The EC155 machine is simple to use and produces consistent coffee. It can also lasts a long time if it is used correctly.
This machine has been in the market for around 15 years and it is still running strong. This is a huge positive. This machine is a sturdy and reliable product. Over the years, the company has worked to resolve any issues or kinks.
This machine is small and reliable, and if properly maintained, it is a great choice for those with limited budgets.
DeLonghi ECC155 can be used with ground coffee, or ESE pods if you prefer convenience.
We have chosen this espresso machine to review as an excellent example of a domestic, entry-level pump-based espresso machine.
Price – Is it worth the price?
The price is probably the most important thing, depending on your priorities. The Delonghi EC155 espresso machine is priced at around $100
This is a pump-based espresso machine. Although steam-based espresso machines are cheaper, the quality of the coffee is not as good. A pump-based machine costs $100, which is pretty good.
It is worth noting the portafilter. The EC155 is a patented dual-function, 3-in-1 portafilter.
The portafilter includes a large double espresso basket as well as a single one depending on what you prefer. A small storage compartment is located next to the water tank. This area can be used for any baskets you don’t use.
If grinding and pulling espresso seems like too much for you, the portafilter can also be used with E.S.E coffee pods. The control knob can be turned to load a pod and then you are good to go.
The last thing to mention about the portafilter is its material. The original portafilter was made from plastic. The Delonghi EC155M espresso maker was introduced a few years ago. The machine’s aluminum parts were replaced with some plastic parts, including the portafilter. Aluminum is sleeker and produces better-tasting coffee. It also lasts longer.
Next, dimensions. The EC155 measures just over 11 inches in length, 7.5 inches wide, 9.5 inch deep, and weighs just under 6 pounds. It is small, which means it can be used in a variety of settings. This Delonghi is extremely compact and takes up very minimal kitchen space.
Boiler and drip tray
The boiler and drip tray are both made from stainless steel. This is particularly impressive for the boiler. This is a very rare feature in a coffeemaker of this quality. This makes the machine safer and lasts longer, which is a huge plus!
The Delonghi espresso machine EC155 includes what is called a panarello Steam Wand. The steam wand has tiny holes at the top that allow more air to enter the milk, creating a foamier and fluffier product. This can be a good thing as it makes it easy to foam milk. However, it can also be a problem if you’re more experienced or more susceptible to thin, latte foam.
Seattle Coffee Gear points out that the Delonghi EC155 espresso maker user manual recommends that the steam wand be placed 5 millimetres under the milk to ensure frothing. You can also immerse the steam wand in water if you get too much foam. The milk will stop foaming once the holes at the top have been covered.
The EC155 includes a 35 ounce water tank, which is a great size for such a small machine. The machine’s top heats up, and can be used as a heating tray for your Espresso cups.
Two thermostats control the espresso temperature and the steering temperature of this Delonghi machine. When the machine is at espresso temperature, the steam wand will be used to heat the water. This is useful for making hot chocolate or tea.
Be Aware of these Qualities
The Delonghi EC155 espresso machine is a pump-based machine. It does not include a 3way (solenoid), valve. This device releases the pressure from the grouphead. It is necessary to release pressure from the group head after making espresso. You should wait for the espresso to cool before you take out the portafilter. You will experience a mini-coffee expulsion. This is messy and unpleasant. Trust me!
This also means that leftover coffee from the portafilter will be watery. This is a normal part of the machine. It does not necessarily mean that you are pulling a poor shot.
A machine that has a 3-way valve is what I own, however it comes at an additional cost. This is a problem if your budget is tight. You just have to follow the procedure.
It is important to insert the water tank into the machine securely. The machine will not work if the tank isn’t correctly inserted. Amazon reviewers often believed the machine was defective, when in fact it was the water tank that was not properly attached.
This machine is only large enough to hold espresso cups and shot glasses due to its size. This information is also included in the Delonghi EC155 manual. It can be frustrating, but there is a simple solution. If you desire a larger coffee, simply pour the shot into smaller cups and then decant into a bigger mug.
The tamper is also difficult to use because it is placed at an awkward angle. The tampers that come with the machine are often not very useful at times. A proper hand tamper is the best option. It doesn’t have to cost a lot but it will save you so much time and hassle.
We find the Delonghi EC155 espresso maker to be a handy machine. We are very pleased with the quality of the coffee and its affordability. The De’Longhi is a more affordable option. The ECP3120 machine is a cheaper alternative, costing only 20 dollars less than the ECC155.
This post was inspired by the article published at Coffee-Brewing-Methods.com, where you can read other coffee brewing tutorials, equipment buying guides, and coffee beans reviews. You can check the original article here: here.