A Review: De’Longhi Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine.

I was working on my content calendar for the blog a few weeks ago and I realized I’ve never talked about my espresso machine here!

I’m not sure how it’s possible, other than perhaps it’s such an integral part of my life now that I don’t even think of it as conversation-worthy — ha!

But, I asked for an espresso machine for Christmas last year. I have never wanted a machine bad enough to get one for myself, but working from home and the pandemic lockdown made me re-evaluate so much about my home.

Why I wanted an espresso machine

I realized I could make so many different drinks other than coffee with an espresso machine!

Plus, I politely asked for not much “stuff” this year. For a few years, I’ve focused on asking for consumable items like snacks, coffee, skincare, etc.

I wanted a few token items instead of lots of small things — I think all of us learned a little something about how much “stuff” we have during the pandemic lockdown.

So, I asked for an espresso machine. But, I usually try and provide examples of what I would like (creating a Christmas list is a big deal around here).

What I was looking for in an espresso machine

When I started looking up espresso machines, I was really overwhelmed by how many options there were AND the price range! There were machines from $75-$1500, and I couldn’t believe it!

Of course, the price mostly depended on the features and the brand. At the time, I knew nothing about espresso or espresso machines. But, I had some criteria in mind:

  • It had to have a built-in milk steamer
  • It didn’t need a bean grinder (I have a separate one)
  • It needed to be small enough for my kitchen counter (no bigger than my coffee maker)
  • Preferred if it came in a bright color or white

There was also the option of an espresso pod, such as a Nespresso. I’d had Nespresso in the past and it was delicious, but purchasing the pods seemed limiting and how would I recycle the empty pods?

I wasn’t eliminating that option, but I kept my questions about it in mind.

Once I really started looking using my list, it was pretty easy to narrow things down. I didn’t want the machine to be too pricy, but the smaller machines I was looking at were in my price range.

The espresso machine I chose

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I narrowed it down to two machines, and my mom bought me the De’Longhi ECP3220 15 Bar Espresso and Cappuccino Machine.

Here are the features:

  • Filter options for single shots, double shots and easy serving espresso pods (eco-friendly, cloth pods)
  • Brew 1 or 2 shots at the same time
  • The swivel jet frothier warms and steams milk for creamy drinks
  • Always brew espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats
  • Durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler
  • Extract the most authentic flavor with the 15 bar brewing system
  • Easy to clean with removable water tank (37-ounce) with indicator light and removable drip tray
  • Easy-to-use turn dial control for all functions

It had really great reviews (trust me, I scoured the reviews!) and was at an affordable price. Bonus: it comes in white!

One of the first cappuccinos I made at home!

I believe you have to purchase the little metal pitcher for the milk separately. I was gifted that along with my machine and a bottle of the cleaner.

I will note that the machine does make noise — it’s louder than a regular coffee maker. However, I don’t think it’s too loud. I can’t compare it to other machines since this is my first.

Now that I’ve had an espresso machine for 6 months…

I love this espresso machine!

The size is perfect (I did pay attention to the measurements when I was looking) so it fits right next to my coffee maker.

I have used it (on average) once per week since I got it. At first, the instructions were a little intimidating, but after just a few uses, I got the hang of it.

Before getting the machine, I assumed I would only use it for making lattes and cappuccinos. But, I actually like just plain espresso, and it’s a really nice thing to be able to offer guests.

Over the course of the six months I’ve had the machine, I went from making the same drink to trying several different things.

Early days of making cappuccinos! Don’t judge me not measuring 🙂

I also never measured my espresso at first (!), and just used regular coffee mugs. But, I’ve since started using a measuring cup to get exactly two shots, and bought demitasse cups at a thrift shop!

I have been keeping my eye out for official espresso shot glasses.

I also have found that buying (and trying) espresso is an entirely new hobby. I like looking around town for different beans, and I always check local shops when I travel to see what I can bring home.

One of the espressos I tried from Whole Foods.

The other thing I didn’t think about when shopping for a machine is how easy the cleanup is. This machine doesn’t make much of a mess — I usually just wipe it down right after using it.

I wash everything every few uses to keep it looking nice and clean, and because so many of the parts are detachable, you can toss them in the dishwasher.

How I make a cappuccino at home

If I’m not drinking plain ole espresso, I usually make a cappuccino:

  • Brew two shots of espresso (I like Dallmayr Espresso Monaco)
  • Pour approximately 1/3 c oat milk* into carafe
  • Add a teaspoon of vanilla into oat milk
  • Steam milk until very frothy
  • Add a splash of hot milk to espresso
  • Spoon milk froth over espresso
  • Sprinkle ground cinnamon over froth

*You can use any milk you like! Full-fat milk is best for a frothy cappuccino, but since I am plant-based, I tried all sorts of nut milks and did some research. Oat milk is the best non-dairy option!

As you can probably tell by now, I have really enjoyed having my espresso machine! I’m looking forward to trying even more types of beans and drinks. Espresso martini, anyone?

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