Product Review: De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker
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The De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is one of those almost perfect espresso makers with its very handy water tank and great pump-driven performance.
Ease of Use/Performance: 22/25
How much I enjoy 24/25
De’Longhi makes some great kitchen appliances and features some very well made and even simple ones that I have found to be great for kitchen work. The De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is another in the line of great De’Longhi appliances in its simplicity and stylish design that makes great espresso and cappuccino drinks.
The De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Maker is a great espresso maker that uses a pump driven motor to force the heated water through the espresso grounds. The De’Longhi Espresso Maker model DGI BAR32 works very well and features a solidly built stainless steel boiler tank for heating the water.
The espresso maker uses a patented Sempre Prema filter holder and can be used with both regular espresso grounds and ESE pods for great tasting espresso and cappuccino. The frother is another great feature and allows you to both steam and froth milk for your lattes or cappuccino.
The water tank that is removable and has a handy rubber gasket valve for easy replacement holds 35 ounces of water or one liter. Filling the machine with water can be done by pouring water into the tank while it is on the machine or removing the tank and filling it at the sink.
The Pump is Driven Espresso and Maker comes with the machine itself and a handy scoop for filling the filter as well as two filter sizes. The instructions are easy to follow and very clear for making your espresso drinks and even cleaning up your espresso maker afterward.
Using the Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker is as easy as putting water in the tank, putting the filled filter into the filter holder and starting the brewing. Once the water heats up you can turn the knob to the brewing position and the heated water under pressure will flow through the filter holder and brew your espresso.
The cream from the espresso maker makes a nice tasting espresso and is one of the best total brewing processes I have seen from a home espresso maker. The De’Longhi espresso maker does a great job of making your espresso and cappuccino drinks.
Cleaning out the machine is easy and takes just a minute; you simply remove the filter holder, empty the grounds and wash it out. The tray underneath to catch drippings needs to be washed occasionally but not very often. The entire machine is not only easy to use but very simple to clean as well.
Another area that needs some cleaning, after 300 uses by the manual, is the filter that the water goes through after the boiler tank. There is a screw under the area where the filter holder turns on that allows the screen to fall out. This screen is cleaned under hot water with a brush to get any mineral deposits out and is actually pretty easy to clean as well.
Espresso and Cappuccino from the De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Maker taste great and is that perfect blend of ease of use, simplicity of cleaning and great tasting coffee. The crema is nice and for some reason, probably the years of design and manufacturing expertise are really much better than previous models of espresso makers I have seen.
The steam feature and frother works well and is easy to use as well as clean. The frother/steamer attachment unscrews but care should be taken when replacing it, they have not included a good space before the threads so it may be a bit too easy to cross-thread the plastic frother onto the steel tube when screwing it on. This was the only thing I found to be a problem with the De’Longhi espresso maker and one that a little care should be easy to avoid any problems with.
The De’Longhi Espresso maker also allows you to use the machine to heat up water for quick and easy teas, hot chocolates or whatever you need a quick cup of hot water for. Simply turn the function knob to the heat indicator and after the green OK light comes up to move the knob to the espresso/ water position after opening the steam knob. The hot water will come out of the frother steamer tube and fill your cup with hot water.
This easy to use function adds to the various features of the De’Longhi Espresso maker for a great full-featured espresso machine. The De’Longhi Espresso Maker is very handsome and looks good sitting on my counter; I just don’t have the counter space for many things. This is one that will stay out for the time being though, it makes wonderful espresso and it’s easy.
I found almost no reviews of the De’Longhi Espresso maker in the many varied coffees, espresso, and cappuccino websites so could not find out what the “professionals” think. But I did find plenty of positive reviews from average owners that have purchased the espresso maker and were quite happy with their new espresso brewing system.
I really enjoyed reviewing the De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker and making espressos and cappuccinos with it. The espresso maker is easy to use and very convenient; it even has a holder for the filter that is not in use under the cover for the water tank.
I highly recommend the De’Longhi Pump Driven Espresso and Cappuccino Maker for an easy to use and great tasting espresso and cappuccino.