I bought a new toy recently - a pump-driven semi-automatic espresso machine. I can finally enjoy gourmet espresso any time I like. The DeLonghi EC155 is an excellent budget machine found under RM700 that is pump driven. This espresso is as good or better than anything you'll get in a cafe or our local kopitiam. Feel free to drop in my house for a cup of real Italian espresso. Purchasing an espresso machine makes me a proud owner and I just can't keep my hands and eyes away from it. Now, I don't just indulge in coffee but every minute every second I spend with my espresso maker. Watching the concentrated coffee fluid dripping from the portafilter gives me the pleasure of coffee making and I know that I am the happiest person on earth.
DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Machine
The DeLonghi EC155 is the most affordable pump-driven semi-automatic espresso machine that packs 15 bars of pump pressure, so getting a good extraction is so fuss free.
The espresso machine is housed in durable black and silver plastic.
The 35oz water reservoir is located on the back left side of the machine
The portafilter has an interesting little plastic knob that produces the backpressure, and presumably the emulsification opportunity for the crèma to develop. The whole thing twists apart for easy cleaning.
The tamping disk can grab onto a few grounds every time I tamp, making for a little collection of grounds on the tamp and under it on the counter.
The machine also features a steam wand with an attachment that makes steaming and frothing milk at ease.
Turn the knob and wait for the temperature ready light to illuminate.
The EC155 has a removable drip tray. Cleaning is so easy. Just remove and rinse with warm water.
This is the Sempre Crema Filter which I use to brew my favourite ground coffee beans.
A well-extracted espresso shot
A layer of rich crema on shots.
Pairing a cup of double espresso with my egg tart.