DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless

  • Pump driven and 15 bars
  • Automatically self primes
  • Use pods or ground coffee with the convenient patented filter holder
  • Craft cappuccinos or lattes with the patented easy to use frothier
  • 44 oz. and 1.3 litter removable water tank
  • Utilize De’Longhi’s call center for customized help setting up and maintaining your machine at 1-800-322-3848

DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar-Pump Espresso Maker, Stainless Reviews

Excellent Machine and Value (By Viewfinder)

After purchasing and returning a cheap Mr. Coffee steam espresso machine that produced nothing close to a real espresso, I decided to get serious about finding a solid “entry-level” espresso machine. I did an exhaustive (ie: ridiculous) amount of research, reading reviews at a myriad of sites, comparing prices, talking to friends who consider themselves “espresso experts”, etc. What I found first is that you will never find 100% agreement on a given machine. Second, you have to establish your price range. It does seem that with espresso machines, the more you’re willing to pay, the more you get, either in features, design, longevity or performance. For me, despite my friend raving about his newest $700 “it does everything except read the paper to you” machine, as a first time home machine buyer, I wanted to limit my first expenditure. So I set a max budget at $250 and learned about every possible option.

I won’t go through the reasons I didn’t buy other machines and it is possible that many I chose not to buy would have been perfectly good. What I will tell you is that thus far, about 3 months and 100+ espressos later, I am extremely happy with my DeLonghi EC702. The bottom line is that it produces a perfect crema with a rich taste. The steaming wand, though not perfectly designed, works well and I can make excellent Lattes. I feel it is important to add that like any machine, it takes some practice to produce the perfect espresso. There are so many human variables that come into play – how long to let the pump run, proper warm-up time, type of coffee, the grind, how much you compact/tamp the coffee, etc. – that no two people will get the same results. However, the performance of this machine has been flawless. I have not experienced any leaks or problems.
I have followed the instructions carefully from the first use, kept it properly cleaned and it has rewarded me with a great cup every day.

Some other positives:

– Very good clearance between the bottom of the filter holder and the base. I have a nice size cappuccino mug (in addition to standard espresso cups) and it fits perfectly. Apparently this is a problem with some other machines.

– Two size filters – one for single shot and one for double shot espressos.

– Filters also use the ESE pod system if you’re into that. I don’t use pods.

– Large, easily removable and cleanable water holder.

– It looks great. All silver, mostly metal. Doesn’t have any of that cheap looking black plastic.

– Warming tray on top really works. I store my cups and filters on top and they are nice and warm after about 15 minutes, which is the recommended warm-up time. And BTW – this is not a problem. I get up, walk in the kitchen, turn it on. By the time I come back into the kitchen after getting the kids going, it is ready. Those people who complain because they have to wait a few minutes need to re-evaluate their addiction to coffee.

– Great price point. Under $200.

Some notes:

– Yes, it is somewhat noisy for the 15 seconds it produces the coffee – but it is a pump machine, which you must have. My kids running around in the morning make far more noise than the machine.

– Your first 5-6 cups will taste like battery acid. I was warned of this from an experienced friend. All new machines must be broken in to eliminate that metallic taste. So when you get it, after following the directions and running water through it a few times, then make several throw-away cups of coffee as well. I used a less expensive coffee for this instead of wasting my good stuff. Allowing the coffee flavor to permeate the filters will properly prep the machine.

– You must clean it at proper intervals. The machine even comes with a bottle of descaler.

– Buy an external tamper. It will make it much easier on you, help you be consistent in your tamping and will keep the machine cleaner. I bought the $8 Terry’s Tamper on Amazon and it is the perfect size for the DeLonghi filter. Don’t waste your money on expensive tampers.

– Make sure you use the proper very fine grinds meant for espresso machines. I took one bag of beans to a grinder at Trader Joe’s and set it to the finest grind, which I thought was great. However, I later bought a can of Illy pre-ground for espresso (a fabulous coffee by-the-way) and learned that my public grinding was nowhere near as fine. So my espressos improved even further using a better grind.

So there it is. I actually purchased mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond as a 20% off coupon brought the price down to equal the generally better Amazon prices, but also allowed me an easy, walk-in no questions asked return policy if I wasn’t happy.

I hope this helps people. I felt I owed a review as thanks to all those whose reviews I leaned on. My final thought is that once you get hooked on making your own espressos, even with a good machine like the DeLonghi, you do start to see the value in the really expensive machines that are fully automatic and even grind the beans like my friends $700 gizmo. But for the regular guy who doesn’t mind a little manual labor and doesn’t have $700 to drop, I highly recommend this machine.

Best espresso maker out of my last 4!!!! (By T. Pajak)

I have been making espresso at home for 30 years and have gone through 3 machines prior to purchasing the DeLonghi. The first was purchased in Rome in 1978 when home-brewed espresso in the US was a rarity. That machine lasted 10 years before the pump blew out and looking back it just made ‘acceptable’ coffee. I next purchased a Krups (from Amazon) and ran that one to death in 10 more years. It was a fine machine but not surprisingly, it did wear out. A good value for the price and I got a lot of service from it. Then I got a Braun which was totally serviceable for yet another 10 years….do these things all last 10 years? I guess so. When it was time to purchase another espresso maker, I chose the DeLonghi EC702. What a nice surprise! It heats up really quickly, and despite the owner’s manual that says let it warm up for 15 minutes before you brew the first cup, I find you can get a perfect cup after only about 3 minutes of warm-up. Then, hit the ‘milk steamer’ button and in just one more minute it’s hot enough to do the milk for a great cappuccino. The steamer nozzle is the first I’ve seen that can be EASILY dismantled (two small pieces to pull off) and rinsed. Former models had to be scrubbed with a scouring pad occasionally to scape off the residue left on the nozzle. This DeLonghi setup is far better and the steamer nozzle is always clean and ready for your next cappuccino. The drip tray (plastic with a metal grid) pulls off for easy cleaning too. Being a coffee-hound, I use the double-filter basket to make a single cup, although the photo shows two demitasse cups being filled side-by-side. Really, I’d recommend this machine without reservation.
It’s good-looking, easily cleanable, warms up super fast, quickly steams the milk to a lovely froth, and filling the water reservoir is a snap because it pulls out like a small drawer so you can squirt more water in from the sink’s dish sprayer without needing to remove the entire reservoir from the machine (at least that’s how I do it). A full reservoir makes about 4 good-sized cappuccinos with frothed milk before needing refilling. All in all, a GREAT machine at a GREAT price. Buy it!

Great machine for the price point! (By RichM)

I purchased this item 2 months ago and have been using it daily ever since. Previous posters were correct on the steamer wand (it IS a bit restrictive, I suggest purchasing one of the smaller frothing pitchers rather than a big one). Also, it *DOES* put out a lot of water through the steaming/frothing wand when you first turn it on, but you can get around that (more on that later).

It DOES produce a FABULOUS Espresso shot, Cappucino, Latte’s, it tastes MUCH better than Starbucks to me and it only took me two attempts to get my technique down to where it’s NOT a problem.

1. Loading coffee. I use half and half Lavazza in the can with the mark on it that has the Espresso picture and half any local bean ground to a #3 setting in the store – my preference is for Blue Jamaican. Put the local ground half in FIRST, then put the Lavazza in on top of that.

2. Tamping. This is NOT a “press as hard as you can” thing. I use the double size grind basket, and a full scoop looks just SLIGHTLY rounded ABOVE the top edge BEFORE I tamp it, using a light “tapping” force like I’d knock on a door lightly. Tamp it LEVEL with the top of the basket, then use your finger to wipe around the EDGE of the basket top to get rid of the grinds that are on the edges where it will seal. Keeping the seal clear of grinds will prevent leaking.

3. Turning on the machine for warmup: I put it on STEAM first. This is important. Don’t open the steam knob yet, just let it warm up and give you the green light in the STEAM setting. Put a towel under the steamer wand. Once the light is green, open the steam valve and watch the water come out of the wand for 5-10 seconds until it’s all STEAM.
This will purge the tube of water AND give you a nice warm steam rag to clean the wand AFTER you’re done. When it’s STEAM coming out, turn the valve back off and switch the machine to Espresso and wait for the light to go green again.

4. Brew Espresso as directed. It will LOOK like it’s foamy coming out. Once it SETTLES in the cups for a few seconds, you will see it is mostly espresso with a nice layer of Crema on top (assuming you have the glass tumblers that are available on Amazon pretty cheaply – worth it!) Don’t worry that you have to manually turn it on and off, this takes about 30 seconds, just sit there and watch it, not a big deal.

5. Switch back to steam mode, wait for green light again. Put milk pitcher under frothing wand, froth your milk, then make your Lattte / Cappucino as desired. Hint: If you like a hot Latte like I do with a creamier taste, I microwave the milk first for a minute. This gets the milk up to temperature to where, by the time it’s frothed LIGHTLY, with a minimum of water/steam added into the milk, it’s hot.

All of the above takes me about 5-7 minutes.

All in all, I’m HIGHLY satisfied with this machine and would DEFINITELY recommend it. Heck, I bought one for my dad for Father’s Day. 🙂