I LOVE those fancy lattes that you can get at "Starbucks", but I hate to pay the prices. What I really like is that froth that comes on top! So I read everything I could about the pros and cons of consumer home machines. I finally found one that met all my criteria. The DeLonghi Pump Espresso Machine is compact, but made with a high quality. I love all the stainless steel and the price is only $199.95. (This unit is no longer manufactured, see note at bottom of the page for an alternate version.)
The DeLonghi Espresso Machine is made of durable high-quality stainless steel. This pump driven machine delivers 15-bar pressure with a patented dual-function filter holder that can accommodate two separate coffee filter attachments.
The patented Sempre Crema Filter produces that perfect crema on the top of every pulled cup. The machine comes with an adaptor to fit pods for those who want espresso fast, simple and convenient. But I prefer to grind my Kona Joe Reserve Trellis Coffee Beans and use the filter holder.
Features of the DeLonghi Espresso Machine
Stainless Steel Boiler
Heavy-Duty Chrome Removable Drip Tray
Two Separate Thermostats for Water & Steam
Automatically Self Primes
Steam Regulator with SureGrip Handle
Manual Control with LED
1.5-liter Removable Water Tank
Pump driven- 15-bar pressure
Weight: 14 pounds
Auto Shut-Off: No
Volts/Watts : 120-volts / 1100-watts
Model # : EC460
The Chez Bettay Method
Turn The Machine ON
1- Turn the DeLonghi Pump Espresso Machine ON.
Check Water Level
2- Check to Make Sure the Water Bottle is FULL to the marker... we use only bottled water in the machine.
Grind Coffee Beans
3- Grind 2 rounded tablespoons of whole bean coffee to a medium grind using the Infinity Capresso Burr Grinder.
4- Fill the filter basket with the ground coffee and tap it down and attach to machine.
5- Place a cup beneath the filter and turn the machine to the cup icon.
6- When the cup is filled to the desired level of creamy espresso, turn the pump off and select the steam icon.
Steam Soy Milk or Creamer
7- Fill a small stainless or ceramic pitcher with about 1/4 cup of Silk Soy Creamer and once the steamer light is green, place the pitcher under the steamer nozzle and keep it submerged in the cream while opening the steam knob on top of the machine. It will take about 35 seconds to heat the cream. A fabulous froth will develop in the cup. When it reaches the top of the pitcher, turn the valve off and remove the pitcher.
Add Steamed Soy Creamer
8- Pour the cream into your espresso and scoop out the froth, take a sip and oooh, la, la!
Clean Frothing Wand
9- Rinse the pitcher out and fill with tap water, place the steam nozzle into it. Turn the steam valve on again to to clean out any cream left inside the steamer nozzle and wipe it clean.
Clean Filter Basket
10- Remove the filter and tap the grounds into a container to take and put in your garden (or throw them into the trash can), rinse the filter and dry.
That's it... a fast easy, inexpensive way to have an espresso or latte! And every cup is fresh and perfect!
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UPDATE: The Delonghi Pump Espresso Maker is no longer manufactured. So I purchased a travel-size DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker that we take with us when traveling. This model has a stainless steel boiler and all the features needed to create a great cappuccino or latte.
15-bar pump-driven espresso machine with durable stainless-steel boiler
2 thermostats for separately controlling water and steam pressure
Self-priming operation; accommodates E.S.E. pods and ground espresso
Adjustable swivel jet frother; removable 35-ounce water tank; "on/off" switch
Measures 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 11-1/8 inches; 1-year warranty
Power output: 1000 watts
Pump or steam: Pump
Maximum pump pressure: 15 bars
Water tank capacity: 4-3/8 cups
Country of manufacture: Italy
Coffeemaker attached: No
Removable water tank: Yes
Built-in grinder: No
Steam wand: Yes
Espresso pod adapter: Yes
Self-priming pump: Yes
Height: 11-1/8 inches
Length: 9-1/2 inches
Depth: 7-1/2 inches
Product: 1-year limited warranty
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