Any DeLonghi espresso maker invariably offers good performance by virtue of its great design and the good number of features. But several DeLonghi coffeemakers provide for better performance than others bearing the brand name and this is to be expected. The DeLonghi EC702 15-Bar coffeemaker belongs in this category for reasons mentioned below.
Of course, I am well aware that what may be good where I am concerned may not be so for others. It then becomes necessary to exercise personal judgment in determining whether the DeLonghi EC702 coffeemaker will work for you or not.
Specifications and Features
The choice between coffee made from coffee pods and coffee made from fresh ground beans is a personal choice, as is all things related to coffee. Some may like the wide variety of flavors available with coffee pods from the likes of Senseo, Aloha Island and Nescafe while others like the purity of espresso and other espresso-based drinks made from coffee beans.
It is, indeed, an expensive option to purchase two types of coffeemakers to make everyone happy. Fortunately, the DeLonghi EC702 coffee machine will make the two types of coffee lovers happy.
On one hand, it can be used to make coffee made from ready-made coffee pods purchased from supermarkets and online sites. Just place the coffee pods in the appropriate container, wait for a few seconds and voila! Your flavourful coffee is ready in an instant from an affordable DeLonghi espresso maker.
On the other hand, purists will love that the EC702 can be used with coffee grounds for the shot of coffee heaven each and every day. However, take note that the unit does not come with a built-in grinder. I usually use a separate conical burr grinder at home, or purchase pre-grounded espresso beans, or request the seller to grind the beans to the desired consistency.
Other modern features of the DeLonghi EC702 include a self-priming operation that helps in eliminating the hassles in preparing coffee; a no-drip design for easy clean-up; and a sturdy body and boiler for years and years of use.
Espresso Making Performance
With the two separate thermostats found in almost any modern DeLonghi espresso maker, switching from espresso to cappuccino and then back again should be no problem at all.
The water and steam settings can be controlled separately so that it is possible to make espresso and cappuccino at the same time, all while enjoying these coffee beverages at their perfect temperatures, layers and other qualities. If this sounds like an ode to DeLonghi EC702, then maybe it is.
And speaking of cappuccino, making it is so easy and the result is so tasty that I am not tempted to buy the $5 versions at a neighborhood cafe. How is it made possible? First, the Sempre Crema Filter helps enhance the brewing process that, in turn, produces the perfect crema – frothy and creamy like only a professional barista can achieve.
Second, the EC702 has a patented cappuccino frother. It is so easy to use that even a non-techie like yours truly can use it well on the first try. It includes a special chamber where the steam and milk are combined to make a rich, creamy and delicious crema – just the way all cappuccino lovers like it.
The 15-bar pressure definitely helps in extracting every single drop of goodness from the pod or the beans as well as from the milk.
Take note that this DeLonghi espresso maker is only designed for home use. As such, the water tank holds 44 ounces of water, which is approximately half the capacity of a commercial DeLonghi coffee machine. This is sufficient for at least 5 to 6 cups of espressos and cappuccinos a day. It is easy to know if the water is running low, thanks to the water-level indicator.
Yet another feature that endears the EC702 to the hearts of die-hard coffee lovers is the two filter sizes – one for a single shot and another for a double shot. There are days, after all, when only a double shot espresso will do.
Cleaning this DeLonghi espresso maker is quick and easy. Use the descaler every 2 months and wash the water tank regularly.
In the consumer reviews section of Amazon.com for the DeLonghi EC702 coffeemaker, most reviewers say that this is a good investment. In fact, the majority of the reviews available are overwhelmingly positive.
The espressos, cappuccinos and lattes produced are of great quality, while the crema is the best that you will taste from an at-home DeLonghi espresso maker. The reasons have already been mentioned above.
To date this machine has received more than 800 verified five star ratings on Amazon and averages 3.5 stars overall from a total of 1500 DeLonghi EC702 consumer reviews on Amazon.
In conclusion, the DeLonghi EC702 is a good quality espresso machine for home and a great investment. Of course, proper care and handling is still necessary to ensure that your DeLonghi espresso maker can be used for many years of coffee heaven.