Waking up to a perfectly brewed shot of espresso is pure bliss. Jump-starting the day with a jolt of caffeine is the way millions of people across the world make it into work every day. And the De’Longhi EC220b Espresso Machine provides 15 bars of pressure that will help you brew a shot of espresso that would even impress an Italian barista.
Consuming massive amounts of espresso during our De’Longhi EC220b espresso machine review, we found our lives would never be the same without the EC220b. And we also found a few quirks we wish we could change, too.
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- 30-60 second warm up
- 15 bar pressure
- Three-in-one filter
- Steam and water temperature control
- There are no written instructions
De’Longhi included no written instructions. It’s a bit odd, but not much of a concern. There are picture instructions, which aren’t too helpful to be perfectly honest. People have said you can download a manual – but that’s too much work for me.
De’Longhi EC220b Espresso Machine Review
Quick and easy to get started, your first course of action is to fill up the water reservoir. This tank can hold 35 ounces of water, and it’s recommended that you use filtered water for the purest espresso taste possible.
Once filled up, fill the three-in-one filter with espresso and change the temperature knob to your liking.
A dual thermostat offers temperature controls for both steam and water, so you can pick the desired temperature for your single or double shot. I want to note that even on the highest temperature, the espresso is not scorching hot – a good thing.
Two shots can be dispensed at one time – perfect for couples – and the boiler is stainless steel with a self-priming system. When turning on the unit, you’ll need to allow 30 – 60 seconds of heat-up time before you can begin brewing.
There is also a steam wand for froth, and a manual cappuccino system, too.
When the delicious crema settles on top of your espresso, you’ll be blown away at the rich flavor. This is a low-priced espresso machine that can compete with models in the $1,000 range. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a $4,000 Jura model, but for the price, it makes one heck of an espresso.
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A tamper is included, too, so that you can tamp your coffee, but many people recommend a separate model so that they can do it over the sink and avoid any grinds that may make it into the coffee.
I found that by the time I fill the coffee filter, the machine is ready to go.
Delicious and flavor-filled espresso followed by a quick and easy cleanup process allows the De’Longhi EC220b to be one of the best, most affordable espresso machines on the market.
With a steam nozzle, 3-in-1- filter and 15 bar pressure, this is an espresso machine that users will enjoy for years without having to replace.
And if you’re making a cup for someone else, you can quickly place two cups under the dispenser and fill both at one time – that’s efficiency at its finest.