I remember that there was always some internal struggle going on when I was a poor college student and an avid coffee lover. But when I got this DeLonghi EC155, I never thought that my college days could be any better!
One Amazon reviewer said, “[This] espresso machine rocks if you consider how cheap it is.” I agree with her one hundred percent. This is the espresso machine to get if you want some good coffee without the luxury of going to Starbucks every morning.
Cheap Yet Pump Driven!
DeLonghi EC155 is pump-driven, much to my initial surprise, because cheaper espresso machines are usually steam driven. Only pump driven machines can draw out the true flavor of espresso!
I can’t say how much I owe to this machine for giving me strong shots every night I stayed up to study for exams. Even the rich aroma is enough to keep me awake!
This is a compact machine, measuring only 7.5 x 9.5 x 11.13 inches, just nice for my small apartment in those days. Just note that you have to use small shot glasses for it.
Luckily I didn’t use the frother much at that time, because it is rather low so only a small froth pitcher will fit. And the frothing wand is short for deep frothing too.
The tamping needs a bit of work, and I would have bought a separate tamper if I had the cash back then. But if you’re using pods then it’s ok because there’s no need to tamp.
There is currently a promotion in Amazon.com for DeLonghi EC155, so the price is below $100! Those who are on a tight budget but still want a decent espresso machine, catch the deal now.
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If you have the budget to spare, you might also want to check out my reviews for:
the Best Semi Automatic Espresso Machine – Rancilio Silvia; or
the Best Value Semi Automatic Espresso Machine – Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine.
My recommendations for super automatic espresso machines and coffee grinders can be found in my best espresso machine page.