DeLonghi EC5 Steam-Driven
4-Cup Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
I got my DeLonghi EC5 Espresso and Cappuccino Maker a few months ago. I have used a semi automatic “big” machine in our church’s latte stand weekly so I was hoping to find something similar at a reasonable price. I really like this one so far.
It is pretty simple to use and although it is not as easy to work with as one that is hooked up to a water line and always ready to go, this machine works pretty well for home use. It makes a good shot of espresso and that really is the key to the whole operation. As with any machine, you have to use it a few times to really get the operation to go smoothly and to get the espresso shot to turn out how you want it. I have heard that some people never really get it and it is too much trouble.
I think it is fairly simple - but practice does make perfect. Also, I guess that working in a latte stand - even a church latte stand - has made the transition pretty easy. That took me awhile to learn too!
The DeLonghi machine does a good job with the shot and it has the ability to steam the milk to a nice hot temperature. I have a friend who likes it 185° and she says this is pretty good - not quite as hot as she likes it, but I have been afraid it would scorch. Maybe next time, I will throw caution to the wind and just heat it all the way up and see what happens. I think this machine can do it! I am able to get a very fine foam with the steaming wand, if I am patient... dependsd if I am trying to impress someone or just enjoying it myself.
I really like the set up and the clean up is fairly easy. All in all it is a very good bargain at $45 and makes a great cup of my favorite hot beverage!