italian espresso coffee machine
italian espresso coffee machine – DeLonghi EC702
The DeLonghi EC702 is a great machine that sits at the top of the DeLonghi line. For the price range of $100-200, it is a strong contender that has a few flaws but creates a good quality espresso for the cost.
As with other machines from DeLonghi, the quality of the espresso does vary by the skill of the barista, but even new espresso machine owners will be able to make a good shot of espresso.
The build quality of this machine is better than some of the machines that are a little less expensive, which adds longevity to the life of the machine. The added benefits of some of the add-ons, such as the steam wand, are great. Some of the other accessories that are included with the machine don’t work as well.
The most important thing about the EC702 is the taste of the espresso that you get out of it. With this machine, along with a lot of the machines that are in this price range, the quality of the espresso varies greatly on your experience with making your own shots.
The reason for this is that it is a pump machine, and it’s not the most automatic type of operation. That extra effort that’s required does make for the taste of the espresso shot better, and after your figure out basics of the operation of the machine you can get the shots made very quickly.
Ease of Use:
The DeLonghi EC702 is a relatively easy machine to use. Unlike some of the other ‘automatic’ pod machines (such as the Nespresso line of machines), there is some knowledge required to make espresso. Fortunately, the manual has a detailed set of instructions that will make it easier to make good espresso after a couple of days of practice.
As with the other DeLonghi models, you can use ground coffee or ESE pods in the machine, which makes it easy to use if you are in a hurry.
If you don’t want to grind you’re own coffee, but also don’t want to use pods, you do have the option to purchase Illy Espresso Grind, which has been shown to be very good in this machine.
The benefit of this coffee is that it’s already ground, which means that you basically can pour it in and go, so it’s a nice middle ground between grinding your own coffee and using ESE pods. If you do want to go with a good brand like Illy, they also offer ESE pods for you to try out and compare to the Espresso grind.
DeLonghi EC702 Steam Wand
The cleaning process is also relatively streamlined. Regardless of whether or not you use ESE pods or ground coffee, cleaning the EC702 on a daily basis involves throwing out used grinds.
On a regular basis (once a month or so), you’ll also want to do a more intensive cleaning of the machine, as detailed in the manual.
The EC702 also comes with a bottle of descaling solution that should be used to clean up water deposits left behind after a fair amount of use.
I usually find that you can get by only descaling your machine every month or two, but depending on how often you use your machine you might want to descale every month on the high end.
At this price point the machines that you buy are slightly higher end than some of the machines that are $50 cheaper. This means that you aren’t dealing with a plastic contraption that ends up breaking after a year or so.
The DeLonghi EC702 is almost entirely metal, with very few plastic parts in the entire machine. The benefit of this is twofold: the first (and more important) major positive of having an entirely metal machine is that it’s very durable.
This is a machine that will last you significantly longer than any machine in the under $100 range. I’ve heard of these machines lasting for 5-8 years, which is significantly longer than cheaper machines. The second major improvement from the higher build quality is that the machine itself is more durable, which makes it harder to push around and break through normal kitchen use.
The price for the EC702 is very reasonable for the amount of build quality that you get. I would recommend this for anyone who is at the point where they want a nice machine but don’t want to venture into the $500-$5,000 espresso machine territory.
It also makes a great second espresso machine for a vacation home or ski house as a temporary replacement for a more expensive machine that you have at home. While it won’t make espresso at the level of the more expensive machine, for the price the machine combines great quality and durability.
The DeLonghi EC702 is a great step-up from the lower DeLonghi models in the add-on’s department. A lot of the problems that some of the lower models have are fixed on the EC702.
The biggest issue that we’ve found on some of the other machines is that the steam wand has a tendency to leak and also is too low to the ground to allow a larger cup to fit under it. With the EC702, you have enough clearance to fit a decent sized cup under there to use to heat up milk.
The tamper on this machine is still poorly made, with plastic construction that doesn’t allow for a great puck of espresso. As a replacement for this tamper, I recommend purchasing the $6.60 Terry’s Tamper off of Amazon. It works significantly better and will drastically increase the quality of the espresso that you make.
The DeLonghi EC702 is a great starter machine or an upgrade from a cheaper, sub $100 machine. The construction of the espresso machine is mostly metal, which adds a lot of quality and durability to the machine itself.
Additionally, the brushed metal look is a lot nicer to look at than a plastic exterior. In terms of the quality of espresso, even people new to making their own espresso shots are able to make passable drinks immediately using ground coffee or ESE pods. After the first couple days, you will learn to make even better espresso through the detailed manual included with DeLonghi machines.
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