Other features include a special patented drip tray that allows you to use ground coffee or self enclosed pods. The EC702 is self-priming so you do not need to wait for the unit to start up. Instead you can start brewing right away. Dual thermostats keep allow you to keep the water temperature at a different setting than the steam setting for the steamer used to make froth milk. The removable reservoir is 44 ounces so you can brew several cups of espresso before you will need to refill it. However when it is time to refill you will probably spill less by being able to take the reservoir directly to a sink or pitcher since it cleanly detaches from the entire machine. This is a feature many other espresso machines do not have.
15 bars of pressure
The DeLonghi EC702 features 15 bar pump pressure making it extra powerful. Usual pump driven espresso machines are not able to generate enough pressure (as measued in "bars" to achieve foamy crema on top of espresso. Espresso is a better way to make coffee because it extracts more of the oil from the coffee by using steam instead of merely dripping hot water through the coffee grounds. Steam is naturally hotter thus producing a richer coffee. 15 bars of pressure is equivalent to 15 atmospheres of pressure so this is quite a lot of pressure and enough to produce fine espresso in the convenience of an at-home machine.
The stainless steel housing is commercial grade which means it of a standard and construction that would pass health inspection. Health inspectors require all stainless steel appliances to be used to prepare food for public consumption because stainless steel is easier to sanitize than other materials such as plastic.
- 1100 watts producing 15 bars of pump pressure for perfect "true" cafe style espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos.
- Adjustable frother to mix steak with milk
- 44 ounce removable reservoir
- Commercial quality stainless steel
- Removable drip tray
- Dual thermostats for water and steam temperature
- Self-priming to eliminate start up time
- Cup warming tray
- Patented dual use filter for ground coffee or E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) Filters and pods
Jim Dodge is a contributing author for KitchenBlossom™.
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