If you’re trying to decide if the Delonghi Espresso EC155 will actually provide anything of value for its exceptionally low price, then you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to discuss its features, and afterwards you’ll be shown where to get the best deals.
The Delonghi is a 15 bar pump-driven machine
The Delonghi Espresso EC155 is a 15 bar pump-driven machine. What does that mean? A “bar” is a scientific term loosely meaning the pressure of the atmosphere at sea level. When hot water is pumped through the ground espresso at high pressure, it produces stronger espresso with a crema or head that is considered the hallmark of quality espresso. So quite simply, a 15 bar pump-driven espresso machine drives the hot water through the espresso at roughly 15 times normal air pressure. This is considered fairly high pressure and it produces a robust espresso with an excellent crema. Ordinary, non-pump espresso machines, for example, use steam which produces only 2 – 3 bars of pressure and will not produce the kind of espresso that has a crema.
The Delonghi can use ordinary ground espresso or E.S.E. pods
The Delonghi Espresso EC155 also has a dual function filter. This kind of filter will accommodate both regular ground espresso, and also E.S.E. pods. For those of you who are not familiar with E.S.E. pods, they are “Easy Serve Espresso” pods which contain the ground espresso in a special bag. This is important because it eliminates the necessity of tamping down on the espresso grounds in a regular filter cup and then cleaning out the espresso grounds by hand after the brewing is done. The proper tamping down of espresso can be something of an acquired skill and if your barista skills are meager, you may find it annoying (on the other hand, some of you may think it’s fun). The point is that you can do it either way on the Delonghi Espresso EC155.