to make sure this fits.
Pump driven and 15 bars
Automatically self primes
Use pods or ground coffee with the convenient patented filter holder
Craft cappuccinos or lattes with the patented easy to use frothier
44 oz. and 1.3 litter removable water tank.Never install the appliance in environments where the temperature may reach 0Â°C (32Â°F) or lower (the
appliance may be damaged if the water freeze
Utilize De’Longhi’s call center for customized help setting up and maintaining your machine at 1-800-322-3848
Enjoy delicious espresso made your way with De’Longhi’s pump espresso and cappuccino maker. You can choose to brew ground espresso or E.S.E pods with the unique patented dual filter holder. The Sempre Crema Filter, used with two measures of ground coffee, enhances the brewing process to produce a perfect crema. The E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) Filter, used with pods or one measure of ground coffee, makes espresso preparation simple and convenient. Either way the choice is yours, making your espresso truly made to order. You can enjoy espresso or cappuccino without worry with two separate thermostats that control water and steam pressure, so you can make both espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature. If you prefer cappuccino you’ll enjoy using the easy-to-use patented cappuccino frother, which includes a special chamber that mixes steam and milk to create a rich creamy froth achieving perfect drinks every time. Other highlights include self-priming operation to eliminate pesky start-up preparation, a unique no-drip design, so you don’t have to deal with messy cleanup and a durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler to ensure many years of delicious espresso.
|Product Dimensions||11 x 9.1 x 11.6 inches|
|Item Weight||13.45 pounds|
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|Item model number||EC702|
1,461 customer reviews
3.5 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank||
#4,212 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
|Date first available at Amazon.com||October 2, 2001|
I won’t go through the reasons I didn’t buy other machines and it is possible that many I chose not to buy would have been perfectly good. What I will tell you is that thus far, about 3 months and 100+ espressos later, I am extremely happy with my DeLonghi EC702. The bottom line is that it produces a perfect crema with a rich taste. The steaming wand, though not perfectly designed, works well and I can make excellent Lattes. I feel it is important to add that like any machine, it takes some practice to produce the perfect espresso. There are so many human variables that come into play – how long to let the pump run, proper warm-up time, type of coffee, the grind, how much you compact/tamp the coffee, etc. – that no two people will get the same results. However, the performance of this machine has been flawless. I have not experienced any leaks or problems. I have followed the instructions carefully from the first use, kept it properly cleaned and it has rewarded me with a great cup every day.
Some other positives:
– Very good clearance between the bottom of the filter holder and the base. I have a nice size cappuccino mug (in addition to standard espresso cups) and it fits perfectly. Apparently this is a problem with some other machines.
– Two size filters – one for single shot and one for double shot espressos.
– Filters also use the ESE pod system if you’re into that. I don’t use pods.
– Large, easily removable and cleanable water holder.
– It looks great. All silver, mostly metal. Doesn’t have any of that cheap looking black plastic.
– Warming tray on top really works. I store my cups and filters on top and they are nice and warm after about 15 minutes, which is the recommended warm-up time. And BTW – this is not a problem. I get up, walk in the kitchen, turn it on. By the time I come back into the kitchen after getting the kids going, it is ready. Those people who complain because they have to wait a few minutes need to re-evaluate their addiction to coffee.
– Great price point. Under $200.
– Yes, it is somewhat noisy for the 15 seconds it produces the coffee – but it is a pump machine, which you must have. My kids running around in the morning make far more noise than the machine.
– Your first 5-6 cups will taste like battery acid. I was warned of this from an experienced friend. All new machines must be broken in to eliminate that metallic taste. So when you get it, after following the directions and running water through it a few times, then make several throw-away cups of coffee as well. I used a less expensive coffee for this instead of wasting my good stuff. Allowing the coffee flavor to permeate the filters will properly prep the machine.
– You must clean it at proper intervals. The machine even comes with a bottle of descaler.
– Buy an external tamper. It will make it much easier on you, help you be consistent in your tamping and will keep the machine cleaner. I bought the $8 Terry’s Tamper on Amazon and it is the perfect size for the DeLonghi filter. Don’t waste your money on expensive tampers.
– Make sure you use the proper very fine grinds meant for espresso machines. I took one bag of beans to a grinder at Trader Joe’s and set it to the finest grind, which I thought was great. However, I later bought a can of Illy pre-ground for espresso (a fabulous coffee by-the-way) and learned that my public grinding was nowhere near as fine. So my espressos improved even further using a better grind.
So there it is. I actually purchased mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond as a 20% off coupon brought the price down to equal the generally better Amazon prices, but also allowed me an easy, walk-in no questions asked return policy if I wasn’t happy.
I hope this helps people. I felt I owed a review as thanks to all those whose reviews I leaned on. My final thought is that once you get hooked on making your own espressos, even with a good machine like the DeLonghi, you do start to see the value in the really expensive machines that are fully automatic and even grind the beans like my friends $700 gizmo. But for the regular guy who doesn’t mind a little manual labor and doesn’t have $700 to drop, I highly recommend this machine.
Starting with the espresso part, the pump is still strong. It’s a little leaky after this many years of barely any maintenance, but only leaks a few drops after you pull a shot. The quality of shot is still good. It’s hard to tell if it’s the quality of the espresso or if the machine is really this phenomenal. The water tank is pretty well sized. It holds enough to ignore it for several days.
The steamer is pretty good on power. Mine has never leaked unless I forgot to completely turn the nozzle to the off setting. Otherwise it may leak a little until you turn it off.
My only complaint is that the top heater is slow to heat up, probably for the better, but if you want a warm mug, it really needs to stay on top of the machine for a little while. Mine doubles as a warmer for my butter holder so that my butter for toast is soft. Dually effective, I can’t complain.
As to reading reviews of it stopping working after 6 months or a little longer, I’m suspecting it has a lot to do with not deliming the machine. Harder waters will lime the machine faster. I use Durgol which is a fairly cheap delimer I buy here on Amazon. When the shots start only coming out as a drip by drip, that means the machine needs to be delimed badly. It needs to be delimed once it slows down on pouring speed so the lime buildup isn’t going to cause more damage to the machine.
As I said, my machine is 5 years strong. I’m looking for an upgrade only because I think I might want a few more bells and whistles, but with some proper care, I don’t suspect my machine will be quitting any time soon, so there’s no rush. I would recommend this to any espresso lover that isn’t going to shell out $500+ for a machine.