DScottK Senior Member Joined: 5 Dec 2008 Posts: 19 Location: Towson, MD Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Wed May 1, 2013, 7:48pm Subject: DeLonghi Pump Espresso Maker - Keep it or get rid of it?
Several years ago, I purchased this Click Here (www.woot.com) on woot.com. I wasn't really impressed with it then and it has been collecting dust for some time. My coffee knowledge has substantially grown since then and I've been inspired by reading a little bit of Mark's postings about his $150 Krups espresso machine and pulling some decent shots for what you get. I've tried looking up this machine in the reviews section, but can't find this specific model. I'm preparing to give it a go with this machine again and thankfully my coffee knowledge is decades ahead of what it use to be. I was just wondering if anyone has experience with this model or if I should just sell it and stick with my Chemex? Not much money for that kind of purchase right now. I'm assuming it is a single boiler even though Woot doesn't specifically provide much useful information. Also here is my grinder http://www.amazon.com/Capresso-560-01-Infinity-Grinder-Black/dp/B0000AR7SY/ref=sr_1_1?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1367462330&sr=1-1&keywords=capresso+black+infinity. Yeah, it is not the Baratza that I'm hoping to purchase next, but it is paid for and does the job for my Chemex and Aeropress.
I wouldn't really be impressed with it either. One of the issues with these cheap machines is that it doesn't matter what you do with it, you'll never get anything impressive out of it. So, a lot of people usually end up doing exactly what you do. IMHO, I think it is a bit of a waste of money.
if I should just sell it and stick with my Chemex?
I have a better idea. Sell it for whatever you can get for it and use the money to buy a Moka pot. Your Capresso is good enough to grind coffee for a Moka Pot.. I would start there. I highly recommend Bialetti Moka pots. Look up both the Bialetti Brikka and Moka .. Then decide which one. If you like to drink mostly milk drinks, see if you can find a Mukka Express. I've never seen a Bialetti Moka pot sell for more than $80.. So, your investment certainly would be less than that.
Garbage In, Garbage Out, for every step of the process. From Beans to grinder, grounds to machine, coffee to cup.
CMIN Senior Member Joined: 14 Jun 2012 Posts: 1,375 Location: South FL Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Crossland CC1 Grinder: Baratza Preciso
Posted Thu May 2, 2013, 7:19am Subject: Re: DeLonghi Pump Espresso Maker - Keep it or get rid of it?
I have a Bar32 I started with, and de-pressurized as well. Mehhhh, shots are nowhere even close to my CC1 using the Preciso on both. It was fine for a starter machine and even with the pressurized PF was better than anything you'd get at Charbucks lol.
The Bar42 at work is to make singles and the Bar32 home one for doubles and I like the results, crema and taste.
Freshly ground coffee seems important. Roast date seem less important, I use freshly roasted Bridgehead (Ottawa, Canada roaster) at work and months old italian stuff at home, both work fine.
uhhh for espresso roast date is very important, can't pull good tasting shots with stale beans even ground fresh or correctly timed shots for that matter unless you like doubles as gushers. But taste very, heck there are people who prefer Charbucks beans ground at home vs fresh roasted beans lol.
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