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De'Longhi EC330S Pump Espresso Maker, 15 Bar @ Amazon was £129.99 now £64.99

£64.99 @ Amazon
found this on Amazon seems to have pretty good revues Stainless Steel Pump Driven Espresso Machine Can operate with Either Ground Coffee or Coffee Pods 15 Bar Pressure Stainless… Read More
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7y, 3m agoFound 7 years, 3 months ago
found this on Amazon
seems to have pretty good revues

Stainless Steel Pump Driven Espresso Machine
Can operate with Either Ground Coffee or Coffee Pods
15 Bar Pressure
Stainless Steel Boiler for Longer Life
Self Priming System
Cappuccino System
Easy To Use
Cup Warmer
Crema Filter Holder
Adjustable Steam Emission.
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/418cjPLQ3SL._SS400_.jpg
#3
Not a bad price that.... love my Gaggia although the on/off switch is starting to play up (which I think is a common problem with them), when mine packs in I would defo consider one of these at that price !
#4
Bought this at ~£85 a couple of months ago. Great machine, especially at this price.
Makes excellent espresso and froths milk very well - just make sure to follow the instructions (always pre-run about two shots of water before putting in coffee to warm everything up, tamp the coffee well and keep the seal clean, run the steam wand for a bit before use to eject water and so on...)

The negative reviews on amazon are mostly people who don't know how to use the machine or who were unlucky enough to get one from a faulty batch (some machines leaked apparently). Which.co.uk had a series of reviews of espresso makers done by an expert from Whittard of Chelsea and this got an excellent writeup.
#5


Correct me if I'm wrong - but the link you gave appears to be based upon just 5 reviews - not enough to base a reasoned decision upon really is it?

Amazon on the other hand have 61 reviews - a much more balanced view I think.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/DeLonghi-EC330S-Pump-Espresso-Maker/dp/B000C3MLJS/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=kitchen&qid=1266665238&sr=8-1

We've had this machine for 8 days now, and in our opinion it makes wonderful espresso and cappuccino . The crema is to die for - my husband says its a good sign when your sugar just sits on top as it's so thick - he also says it's the best coffee outside of Italy. My cappuccino strands proud of the cup as the froth is so tall.

At this price it is bargain:thumbsup:
#6
To be fair, they do cheat on the crema - there is a fancy little nozzle at the end of the coffee holders that does the heavy lifting. This is the case with just about all the reasonably priced espresso makers and does not detract from the quality of the coffee in the least, but it is cheating slightly.

I always take negative reviews with just a pinch of salt - a person who gets a faulty machine is much more likely to post a scathing write-up on every review site they can find, while someone who is perfectly happy usually won't bother. Of course a large number of negative reviews is a bad sign, but in this case it really seems either people didn't know what they were doing or got a faulty product and rather than exchanging it decided to complain on the internet.
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Looks hot to me, wanted this machine about a year back but wasn't willing to pay the £150 ish price tag then. Very tempted
#8
I also have this machine, cost me about a fiver more than this deal. Great coffee maker, especially for espresso, the crema is to die for. A Which? best buy, certainly a better indicator than a handful of disgruntled owners who might know better than the clear instructions that come with it. FWIW, recommended by me, H&R applied OP!
#9
This machine does not come with any accessories in the box, so you'll need to buy a milk jug, milk thermometer, shot glasses and/or espresso cups.

I've lifted a section of one reveiw from Amazon - see below - check the "Starbucks bonus" in particular :thumbsup:

If you want to make a Cappuccino or Latté you will need to invest in a stainless steel Milk Frothing Jug and a Milk Thermometer. Don't waste time going to Debenhams or House of Fraser or BHS or any other 'fancy' department store. They don't sell them! You can find these items online but if like me you can't wait a week for delivery go your nearest STARBUCKS and they should have them in stock. The milk jug will cost you £9.75, the thermometer £3.95 and if you want to be really authentic and ensure that your espresso is the right strength a couple of 1fl.oz shot glasses will cost you £3.90. They even have a line on them so that you can guarantee the strength. In my opinion the jug and thermometer are essential if you don't want to constantly scald your mouth with your Cappuccino / Latté.

THE STARBUCKS BONUS: For every single item of "brewing" equipment you buy at Starbucks they also give you a FREE packet of coffee AND they will grind it for you too so you don't need to invest (if you don't want to) in a Burr Grinder to produce your own espresso. I bought the three items above and now have plenty of coffee to last a while.

BTW, I think this is a good deal, so heat from me !
#10
CannedChaos;7898027
To be fair, they do cheat on the crema - there is a fancy little nozzle at the end of the coffee holders that does the heavy lifting


????

I have another model DeLonghi, and mine produces plenty of crema without ANY fancy nozzle whatsoever. Other models of DeLonghi machines I have seen have a very similar design head, although I haven't seen this particular one.

It's the pressure with the right grind & correct tamping that does the trick.

Not saying it is as good as a more expensive machine, especially as less complex ones requite a good bit more skill when using them, but if you stick with it and acquire the knack, they produce surprisingly good coffee, at low price.
#11
nihcaj
????

I have another model DeLonghi, and mine produces plenty of crema without ANY fancy nozzle whatsoever. Other models of DeLonghi machines I have seen have a very similar design head, although I haven't seen this particular one.


There is a "crema enhancer" nozzle in the portafiter basket that will put a nice layer of crema even on the most badly pulled cup of espresso. The EC-710 and bar14 machines are two others that have them that I know of. It means that you get a nice crema even if the grind is bad, beans are stale and if the pressure is not quite up to scratch. Does not detract from the fact that you can make an excellent espresso with this machine if you know what you're doing.
#12
CannedChaos;7899988
The EC-710 and bar14 machines are two others that have them that I know of. It means that you get a nice crema even if the grind is bad,


I HAVE the Bar14 (aka Treviso) (over many years, I am on to my 2nd one of them, although it's getting worn out now it's OLD; I had another DeLonghi model which wasn't very good, and too BIG; and a Morphy Richards which like all Morphy Richards junk was totally duff and went back!) and it has nothing there, just a slight "trough" which has two holes about 3 or 4mm diameter allowing it to fill 2 cups (which I never do!).

No fancy nozzle at all.
#13
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9993/screenshot20100221at132.png

This is what the coffee basket looks like on the EC330 - the cylinder at the bottom which screws off - this is the bundle of evil known as a crema enhancer. It pressurises the coffee basket while brewing (which would normally be achieved by using well ground, well tamped coffee), causing crema to form even when it normally wouldn't.

The BAR14 might have a different design - I saw people complaining about it having an enhancer in a coffee forum, so I may be wrong on that one.
#14
CannedChaos;7906225
http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/9993/screenshot20100221at132.png

This is what the coffee basket looks like on the EC330 - the cylinder at the bottom which screws off - this is the bundle of evil known as a crema enhancer. It pressurises the coffee basket while brewing (which would normally be achieved by using well ground, well tamped coffee), causing crema to form even when it normally wouldn't.

The BAR14 might have a different design - I saw people complaining about it having an enhancer in a coffee forum, so I may be wrong on that one.


Nothing like mine then.

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