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De'Longhi ECP3630 15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, Stainless Steel (ECP3630)
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- 15 bar professional pressure assures quality results every time
- Second tier drip tray to accommodate larger cups
- Removable 37 ounce water tank
- Self priming operation for minimum start up preparation
- Full stainless steel housing
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De'longhi Pump Espresso And Cappuccino Machine Ecp3630
15 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
Discover the barista brewing inside you. See how easy it is to make authentic espresso and cappuccino at home.
Now you can make authentic espressos, lattes and cappuccinos to suit your taste, in the comfort of your kitchen. Discover how easily you can brew exceptional espresso beverages anytime, with De’Longhi quality products.
Brew Like A Pro
Whatever your preference single or double espresso, cappuccino or latte the machine brews authentic barista-quality beverages just like you enjoy at your favorite coffeehouse.
Your Foam, Your Way
Create a rich, creamy froth of evenly textured drinks by simply selecting “cappuccino” or “hot milk” and the frother will adjust the level of foam on its own.
Every Cup Personified
15-bar professional pressure assures quality results every time, and adjustable controls enable you to make modifications for your personal taste preferences.
One Shot Or Two
The three-in-one filter holder, included with the unit, has a holder for one espresso shot, a holder for two shots, and one for an easy-serve espresso pod whatever your preference.
The Rapid Cappuccino System maintains the optimal temperature so you can brew cup after cup instantly.
Adjusts To Cup Size
If you’d prefer a larger size beverage, no problem. The bottom tray of the unit is easy to adjust or remove to fit taller cups.
The water tank is simple to remove, refill and reattach, and the water level is easily visible to eliminate the guesswork.
With a sleek profile, compact design and narrow footprint, it fits beautifully on a kitchen countertop without taking up too much space.
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|Cappuccino System||Advanced Manual Frother||Advanced Manual Frother||Advanced Manual Frother|
|Removable Water Tank||35 oz||37 oz||37 oz|
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|Three-in-one Filter Holder||✓||✓||✓|
|Heating Element||Thermoblock||Stainless Steel Boiler||Stainless Steel Boiler|
|Finish||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Black with Stainless Accents|
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Whatever your preference, single or double espresso, cappuccinos, or lattes, the De'Longhi ECP3630 15 Bar Pump Espresso Machine ensures barista quality results at home so you can enjoy your favorite coffee house beverages at home. The advanced cappuccino system with hot milk or cappuccino selector, mixes and steams milk to a rich, creamy froth for evenly textured drinks. Other features include a double layer drip tray, removable water tank, and fill stainless steel housing.
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When I purchased this machine it was about $200, and it looks like the price has dropped since then, but I will say that for someone on a budget, this was a really great purchase that gets you very close to what you would produce from a high-end machine if you learn to use it to practice. It took me a little bit of time to figure out exactly how to get my espresso the way I enjoyed it, but when I finally did I used it every single day for probably more than six months. It does not take very long to prepare when you turn on the machine so the water is hot and ready to go within a minute or two. It does come with a plastic tab and I do recommend getting some accessories to go with it so you get as close to high-quality espresso as possible. Through trial and error you will find how hard to pack the coffee, because if it is too compact you will not be able to run the steam through it as the pressure is not strong enough. It will come out dripping instead of flowing and when it comes out that slow it tends to be extremely bitter and usually ended up down the drain. Eventually you will find the Best way to pack the coffee, how much time to run the machine, and how to properly clean it. If at first you are not enjoying the product you were making I highly recommend continuing to practice until you find what suits your needs.
When you turn on the machine after preheating, you flip the switch to make the espresso. It does not have an automatic off switch, meaning you can pull the coffee as long as you want depending on your preference. I discovered that the best way for me to make what I want was by using a particular size cop and when I reached the top of the cup that typically was the strength of espresso I wanted. It is a little difficult to clean, but it does have a function to run water through it to clean it and flush out remaining espresso grounds.
I use this every single morning for probably at least six months. I made everything from quad shot Americanos to hot and iced mochas and lattes. The machine comes with two different kinds of cups to insert into the portafilter. I believe one is a 2 cup deep and the other is one cup. I always used the deeper cup so I could make strong espresso. One fun little tidbit about this machine is when you open the lid where the water reservoir is, there is a place to store the cup that you are not using. Removing the water reservoir and feeling it is completely simple. Occasionally if you do not press it into the machine well enough it will not seal and you will not be able to pull the water through, just make note of that when putting the water reservoir back in.
One of the biggest pitfalls of this machine is the steam wand. It is very short, you can adjust length of wand to be made either for hot milk or cappuccinos. My big complaint about this is that it is a very small one. I had to buy the tiniest stainless steel frothing pitcher, because the steaming wand was so short you could not even reach the bottom otherwise. This resulted in your steamed milk exploding all over. In addition, there is a rubber seal inside the steaming wand and at some point mine just started to completely shoot off because the steam coming out was stronger than the seal so essentially, the steamy one was useless to me. Additionally, the steaming wand seemed to have trouble producing steam versus shooting out scalding hot water. It seems like you had to run it for quite a while before you would get steam only. This was the only part of the machine that I found to be too cheap to use. It was by no means a dealbreaker for me because I found that heating and frothing milk with a separate appliance was actually better quality milk anyway. If I could purchase a machine just like this and skip the steaming wanted to save money I would much prefer that. Next, is the temp that comes with the product. It is cheap plastic, and serves virtually no purpose. It is very cheap to just buy one here on Amazon. In the six months or so that I can use my machine every single day I never had to do a deep cleaning. However, I packed it up and moved across the country with it and when I attempted to use it one day it came out terrible. I'm hoping that although it was not used for quite a few months that it still has the ability to work by breaking it in again. If it doesn't, I still feel as though I got my moneys worth because of how much I did use it when it was working fine before I moved.
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this machine, keeping in mind that it is on the lower end of price but it produces relatively high quality espresso for being $200.
-Trial and error at the beginning is the best way to find your preference in strength and taste of espresso.
-Part Of trial and error is figuring out how much coffee to put in and how hard to Tamp it.
-If you remove the water reservoir to refill, make sure you press it back in very hard or it may not seal and you will not be able to suck up the water.
-When pulling a shot, it does not turn off automatically. You need to watch it, and a few seconds before you decide the quantity of espresso is enough, you then turn it off, because it will drip for a few seconds longer.
-For consistent espresso I recommend using a cup that you can use as a measuring tool so you know when to turn it off.
-In my opinion, the steaming wand is useless, and you are better off getting a separate appliance if you are going to make cappuccinos, lattes, etc.
-I did not do regular maintenance on cleaning and things turned out OK, but that could be why it does not work very well now that I have not used it in a few months. I'm eventually going to figure out if the espresso machine is completely useless after being retired or if there is a way to break it back in.
-It can stand up to every day use, for how long I'm not sure, but for me it was 6+ months.
-When you attach the Portafilter, take note that it has gone in correctly or it wilL not thread appropriately and it will make a huge mess, dripping out the sides.
-When you thread the Portafilter on to the machine, eventually the handle can become loose from all the tightening and loosening. If the handle were to break I'm sure there are replacements that are easy to get.
-It is relatively compact and I was very impressed with how little space it did take up on the counter.
-If you want to do this "right" you will probably want to purchase other appliances to have the best experience possible.
-If after months without use it no longer is functional, I will probably replace it with a second one similar or identical to this, because as far as I am concerned, I used it very heavily for a long time, which is worth $200.
As many people will say, it does not make sense to buy a machine like this without investing in the accessories that really allow you to enjoy your espresso the way you should be able to. I'll put the recommended accessories below here:
-Metal tamp (cheap on Amazon)
-Small cup for your espresso. I like using one that is about the size of a small tea cup that you would use with sake or jasmine tea because it is the perfect size to gauge when I am finished making my shot.
-Burr Grinder (I have Baratza Virtuoso for $229). This is obviously not necessary, but there is a reason why it is so expensive. It makes incredible ground coffee to your liking that you can adjust from extremely fine for espresso to extremely course for a French press. It was a big investment.
-Automatic electric milk frother and warmer ( can run you about $30-$40 on Amazon)
-Somethung to use to make boiling water. I prefer an electric kettle with various temperature settings because if you can't tell, I'm a pretty big enthusiast. But you can just boil water on the stove. I don't recommend running water through the espresso machine because I think it will come out tasting like old coffee grounds after you make your shot. I have a Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp appliance that was $85 but if he eats various temperatures for different kinds of tea and French press, and addition to boiling. It also has a keep warm function. I love it.
-Espresso knock box for getting rid of used coffee grounds, but that is by no means necessary, you can also just use the trashcan but you might lose the little cup inside if you hit too hard (they are not very expensive, maybe $15, it may not be worth the space it takes up)
-Torani syrups if you prefer flavored lattes. I buy the vanilla syrup because I use it not just in lattes but in making my own homemade whipped cream. It is especially delicious when making iced lattes.
- when I made hot mochas I would use Penzey's Hot Chocolate Powder. I found it to be much more delicious than any kind of liquid syrup for chocolate, and really made incredible mochas, if not just hot chocolate alone
-I decided to buy something to make homemade whipped cream, and an aluminum 1 pint whipped cream dispenser ran me about $40, but mind you, you need to purchase nitrous inserts. It seems like a lot, but when you love homemade whipped cream enough it truly is worth it. Sidenote, good organic heavy whipping cream with a splash of the vanilla syrup mentioned above is an excellent way to get thick delicious whipped cream. However, for whatever reason, you need to use all of that whip cream within a few days or it does turn sour fast. If you can't use it fast then I recommend getting a half pint dispenser.
-Nitrous inserts are pretty cheap, inserts are pretty cheap, about $8 for a 10 pack. Each dispenser is good for 1 pint of whip cream.
-Although I was really bad with maintenance, you will probably want to get a cleaning kit to remove hard water buildup etc. over time.
Yes, that is a lot. Yes, the coffee grinder cost more than the espresso machine, yes those are a lot of accessories if you want to go espresso crazy. However, if you can maintain it you can have incredibly delicious drinks and stay out of coffee shops for a very long time. if you use it every single day like I did and pull anywhere from 2 to 6 shots a day that would have amounted to probably $4-$8 a day, if not more, and the best part is that I can always refill the whipped cream after I drink it off the top.
This is a really great way to invest in being an at-home barista who not only takes interest in the art of making these drinks but also is looking to avoid expensive coffee shops. I hope this helps!
Over the past 10 years or so, ever since my boss (an Italian from Rome) introduced me to the world of non-drip coffee, I've really enjoyed espresso and cappuccino. When I can, I enjoy a nice Starbucks and I've been lucky enough to do some traveling and experience the original Starbucks, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Tully's and overseas Costa Coffee and Caffe Nero (who looks to have landed in Boston) as well as whatever local shops I can find. My favorite coffee drinks are espresso, cappuccino and something called a "Doppio con Panna" which is a double-shot of espresso with whipped cream on top (if you haven't had this order it at Starbucks -- it is so good). At home, for a while I owned a very nice looking entry-level Breville espresso maker (an earlier version of the Breville 800ESXL that never quite lived up to its promise and eventually just died. I long lusted after something like a Gaggia but I could never justify spending so much money on a machine. Eventually, I just gave up on the whole idea of coffee drinks at home. 10 years later I can say that the world of entry-level home espresso machine has changed for the good.
The biggest problems with the Breville were it took forever to heat up, made a really soupy puck and mess out of the espresso and was really finicky with the grind and couldn't push through a pod, never did a great job of getting a nice foam with the steamer wand and it was super noisy. The results were just so-so and I found myself not using it as much as I had wanted. There was definitely not after-the-kids-went-to-bed drinks allowed with all the noise. The De'Longhi is just the opposite. The first time I turned it on, it heated up in about two minutes. I was expecting more like five. I didn't have any espresso coffee around so (and I now this is absolutely sacrilege but I was desperate) I took a scoop of Folger's "Half Caff", tamped it and ran it. I was shocked to see a nice dark espresso with a decent crema forming in the cup. I was even more shocked with the taste. It was actually really good! It wasn't the "right" roast or grind but it came out really nice. Yes, I know, Folger's, really? But I didn't want to wait to play with my new toy!
The machine comes fully assembled and almost ready to go. It's nice and compact and doesn't take up much counter space. The appearance is very nice even though there's a mix of metal and metal-colored plastic. I am not sure what the "full stainless steel housing" refers to but it's definitely plastic and metal mixed. It's fully in-line with this price point though and it's very nice looking overall. It comes with just about everything you need: a portafilter (the thing with the handle that holds the coffee), three filter baskets (single shot; double shot and E.S.E. Pod) and a scooper/tamper combination tool. Unfortunately, while there is a place to store the baskets in the machine there is no good place to store the scooper and the portafilter. The top flips open to reveal the water container and a place to hold the other filter baskets. The water container lifts out to make it easy to fill. There isn't a charcoal filter like you'll find with some coffee makers so you'll need to use good cold pre-filtered water. There was a strong plastic "new" smell to the water container so I took it out, rinsed it with cold water and as suggested by the Getting Started guide, ran half a container of water through the espresso and steamer sides of the machine.
Getting going with the De'Longhi was really easy. Brewing is a matter of first turning the dial to "On" while it heats up. During that time, I filled the basket using the included scooper (one scoop for a double-shot) and tamped with the other side and then inserted the portafilter into the machine. Once the green light came on, I turned the dial to the right. This starts the brewing process. At first I wondered if it was working because it was so quiet but soon enough, the espresso was flowing. That was a nice suprise. By the way, you need a pretty short glass here -- you won't fit your coffee mug under it. Once I had enough espresso to my liking I then turned it back to the left through on, off and to the steamer side and made sure the top of the wand was slid down to the "cappuccino" mark. While waiting for the green light to come back on, I put some milk (you'll have to play with the amount here) in the steel pitcher and holding it at and angle in my left hand, inserted the steamer tip just below the surface. With my right hand I turned the dial on the side of the machine down and let it start foaming. Again, even during this process the machine was relatively quiet, at least compared to what you'd hear at a coffee shop. However, don't expect micro-foam here. This is not an $8000 machine. But, what you do end up with is very good. I let it go until the bottom of the pitcher gets too hot to hold comfortably for more than a second. You don't want to go too long and scorch the milk. I then poured the hot water out of my mug, dropped in my espresso hot and then poured what's left of the milk over the shot and then scooped the foam on to the top. Voila, my first De'Longhi cappuccino. Cleaning the portafilter is easy. You just knock it on the side of the trash can or compost bin. I was happy to see a pretty dry puck and not a soupy mess like the aforementioned machine. Supposedly, a dry puck is a sign of a good espresso shot. The steam wand tip can be taken off and rinsed with hot water. It's very easy to clean. Overall, the resulting cappuccino was so much better than I expected and I was so delighted not only by the drink itself but how easy the whole experience was.
I also tried the De'Longhi with some Lavazza Gran Crema Espresso Pods to very good result. These are great if you don't want to deal with the grinding, tamping and all that. They still need to be tamped but all the grind is self-contained in a little paper envelope you can easily throw out when done. I think they can even be composted. At a quarter or so a piece, a cup is still so much less than what you'd pay at a shop. They do make it too easy though to have 4-5 cappuccinos a day so be careful. I might need to order some decaf pods.
Obviously, I am very delighted with this machine. After my first entry-level machine experience, I wasn't expecting much at all. At the price point, the ease-of-use and the results far exceed my expectation. The machine heats up quickly, is quiet during brewing and makes very good espresso and cappuccino drinks. It has the power to push through pods. It also looks nice on our counter. I've already been talking this one up to friends. I am really looking forward to making my own doppio con panna, pumpkin eggnog lattes (when the season rolls around and Hood puts out their Pumpkin Spice Eggnog) and especially a nice after-dinner decaf espresso.
Just a few words about making espressos and cappuccinos from my own experience...
At first, one of these semi-automatic machines can seem intimidating. If you Google "how to make espresso", there's a huge deal made out of every aspect of making the "perfect cup" of espresso. If you had an $8000 machine and maybe it was your job or you're Italian and your national pride is on the line, sure. But, honestly, you don't have to make "the perfect" cup. You just need to make a cup you can enjoy.
A good espresso starts with the coffee. It doesn't absolutely have to be the darkest roast. It's up to your taste. But, good beans do make good espresso. Heck, I made a decent cup with Folgers (again, I was desperate)! It's best to avoid oily beans so as not to clog things up. A regular blade grinder isn't going to cut it so a burr grinder with an espresso setting is the best bet. If you don't want to drop that kind of money on a nice Capresso burr grinder, just have your coffee shop grind it for you and tell them it's for espresso.
All these sites make a huge deal over getting the tamp exactly right like they're expecting you to have a torque wrench attached to the tamper or something. I just push down gently with a little twist until there's no more give. That seems to work just fine. How long to run a shot? The goal is 30 seconds to get 1.5oz. But, it's ok if it's not right at 30 seconds. You'll have to play with it to find what works best for you grind, your tamp and your machine. Play with it and do what tastes good for you.
A good hint I found is to keep your espresso glass and your mug warm. This machine is advertised to have a cup warmer on top but that's a great way to smash your glasses and mugs when you bump them trying to make drinks. I just fill them with hot water and let the water sit in them until they're ready to be used.
Foaming the milk isn't really that hard. You just insert the tip right below the surface of the milk and as the foam rises you keep moving the cup up (get yourself a nice metal foaming cup -- don't try to do it in the coffee mug) while holding it at an angle to try to get a whirlpool motion going. If the bubbles are too big your wand is too high above the milk so put it more down into the cup. I find holding it around 45 degrees works. How much foam and how much milk in a drink is about your taste not the official definition of the drink, if you can even find agreement on what the ratios of foam to milk should even be.
The bottom line is don't be intimidated and don't be afraid to fool around and experiment. Play with it and find what works for your taste. No pressure! Enjoy it!
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