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Delonghi EC 155 - Bob Pasternak's Review
Posted: January 15, 2011, 12:21am
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Delonghi EC 155 Espresso
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Arrow The Delonghi EC 155 has 10 Reviews
Arrow The Delonghi EC 155 has been rated 6.34 overall by our member reviewers
Arrow This product has been in our review database since October 23, 2007.
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These are some of the best-written reviews for this product, as judged by our members.
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Jack Otter 7.66
Dan Healy 6.67
Karen Pederson 6.00
Jill Hampton 4.00
Denis DuBois 2.50

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Ratings and Stats Overall Rating: 5.4
Manufacturer: Delonghi (Made in China) Quality: 3
Average Price: $100.00 Usability: 6
Price Paid: $80.00 Cost vs. Value 6
Where Bought: Amazon Aesthetics 7
Owned for: 1 week Overall 5
Writer's Expertise: I like coffee Would Buy Again: No
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Bottom Line: You can only be happy with this machine if the bad tasting espresso is lost in milk.
Positive Product Points

Low price.
Pretty Crema

Negative Product Points

Espresso is a little watery, simple in flavor, a little bitter.
I think all good tasting espresso has crema, but not all espresso with crema tastes good.
Milk Frothing wand is too short.  It won't reach into the bottom third of a coffee mug to froth milk.

Detailed Commentary

I bought this machine to make espresso only.  I was hoping for espresso equal to that produced by automated machines at Starbucks or Panera Bakery.  I even bought the same beans from Starbucks that they used in their espresso maker.
But no, this machine doesn't come close.  I have a Capresso Infinity Burr grinder, so I tried all grinds from fine to coarse.  This machine
can't handle a really fine grind.  If the grind is too fine no water is comes through at all.  I also tried different tamping pressures.
I tried removing the pressure valve from the pressurized portafilter.  That didn't seem to make much of a difference.
So now my question is, what type of machine do I need to buy to equal Starbucks, or Panera?
Can this machine do it, with a more experienced operator.
Will a Gaggia Classic do it ($400).  Will a Rancilio Silvia do it ($650)?
I believe that the Panera Bakery has a Fanke machine, do I need to buy one of those ($7000 new)?

Buying Experience

I bought from Amazon.  The price was excellent.  I'm sending the machine back for a full refund and free shipping.
No complaints here.

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