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5.0 out of 5 stars Great espresso, incredible price!, April 23, 2007
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This review is from: De'Longhi EC155 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker (Kitchen)
I love espresso, and this little baby makes a great cup. Here are a few points that might be useful for you to know:

Good points:
*It doesn't take up too much room on the counter and looks nice with it's silver metal accents.
*The water reservoir is a good size, you can make about 8-10 shots before you need to refill it, which is very easy to do, and there is a clear section behind the basket which shows the water level.
*Fast heat-up time (only about a minute), good frothing wand, no wait time between frothing and brewing (though you do have to wait a little between brewing and frothing).

Be warned:
*Frothing wand is only 3 1/4 inches from the counter top. Not a big deal, I just went and bought a frothing cup that is about that height.
*Distance from grounds basket to tray is only 2 1/2 inches, I usually use a small espresso cup.
*Built-in tamper sucks, buy a good metal one.
*You don't end up with a nice dry puck, the grounds basket is a watery soup after your espresso is made, so I dump it down the disposal.
*You will end up drinking more espresso than you mean to, it's that good!

Seriously, I chose this machine after a lot of online researching, and decided on this one based on its outstanding reviews and great price. What led me to it were the reviews of another DeLonghi, the EC140B, which is an older and less attractive model, but had reviews from people who had owned theirs for 6 and 10 years! I'm hoping that this one will have the same longevity.

-----> UPDATE: I've now had this machine for 8 months and it started running very slow. I'd been using only distilled water, so I knew it wasn't a calcification issue, so I looked into it and it turns out machines like this one (no backflushing) need to be cleaned every month or so to remove built up grounds that work their way inside the machine. So I ran some cleaner through it and all this nasty brownish liquid came out, and now it runs great again! So remember people, take good care of your things and they will take good care of you. A lesson I am still learning...
- and to answer a question commented on this review, my tamper is 2 inches in diameter.
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Initial post: Jun 20, 2007 11:05:37 PM PDT
C. Mayer says:
What size tamper did you purchase?

Posted on Dec 23, 2007 7:03:24 AM PST
H.H. says:
J.,
What cleaner do you use to clean the machine once a month, and how ?

Posted on Feb 3, 2008 6:40:11 AM PST
J. Ashton says:
thanks for sharing all of the great info... very helpful

Posted on May 29, 2009 3:59:14 PM PDT
Wait, I really don't understnad how the cleaner processes works? Do I put the cleaner in the watertanka nd the run the coffeemachine? What type of cleaner? Does pinesole or jetdry or dishsoap like Palmolive work? or is it special cleaner? Thank you so very much for your great comment! It is expecially helpful!

Posted on Jul 21, 2009 2:45:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 21, 2009 2:50:57 AM PDT
Dennis Lim says:
you can actually just use 4 parts of distilled vinegar to 15-20 parts of water and run this thru your machine and let the solution run thru it. After that, just run normal water 3-4 times to rinse. DON'T use household detergents. This will corrode the inner parts of the machine. There are many espresso cleaners available if you want to use those.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009 8:11:34 AM PDT
Andrew Webb says:
What type of cleaner do you run through it?

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 3:24:36 PM PDT
What size frothing cup fits this machine? is frothing and a brew cup the same? they look similar.

Posted on Dec 12, 2009 6:50:14 AM PST
My two of these both ran out at about the same time as yours, 8 or 9 months. Like you I cleaned them, and that made them work better -- but only for a little while. How is your machine holding up now?

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 7:47:45 AM PST
A. Dimova says:
thanks for posting the info. I bought this machine because of great reviews. Thanks for the tip about cleaning it!

Posted on Dec 26, 2009 5:33:37 PM PST
R. Perry says:
Oh, thanks for sharing how you cleaned.. I had a machine that would not pump well either. Your post drove me to attempt to clean again. Remove the screw from the screen where the water comes out and the back side of the screen was very clogged. However, I also needed to unscrew the the water jet too... just cleaning did not work. Unscrew the jet/screw, and catch the jet/screw, spring, and rubber plug. CAUTION, DO NOT DO THIS UNDER HOT WATER PRESSURE! REMOVE SLOWLY AND LET PRESSURE EASE! Make sure the parts are clean and just reassemble. After I did this the machine worked like new when it come to pumping the espresso!
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