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A pint-sized espresso maker that tries hard to satisfy at homeFor $100 the DeLonghi EC155 Pump Espresso serves up tasty cafe specialties from the kitchen. But its quality is erratic enough to put off aficionados.
[MUSIC] Who says you have to drop a ton of cash to make delicious espresso style drinks at home. For just $100 the Delonghi EC155 Pump Espresso has the ability to whip up tasty espresso based coffee beverages complete with a froth of yummy steamed milk. The machine is compact, has both a steaming wand and a portafilter, which can make single or double shots of espresso. There's a removable water tank, too, that's easy to pull out and fill at the sink or on a counter top. The DeLonghi's big knobs and dials are a breeze to grip and operate as well. While the EC155 can pull a decent shot of espresso Espresso. Doing so isn't easy. Unless you prime it right before, its water temperature tends to drop while it's brewing. The De'Longhi also lacks the oomph to fully extract all the flavor from lightly roasted beans. It also gets gummed up with very finely ground coffee which Requires more pressure than this tiny gadget can muster. I'm Brian Bennett for CNET appliances. Be sure to check out my full review of this espresso machine, as well as other coffee makers at CNET.com.