27 Dec '12, 5am

Coffee geek → Delonghi Bar 32 Espresso Machine, Jim D: Bottom Line: Inexpensive pump-driven espresso mak... #coffee

I see so many negative comments about these inexpensive DeLonghi machines (this BAR32, the EC155, EC270, EC702 etc) that I just had to speak up in favor of a machine I've owned for two years now. My drink of choice with my BAR32 machine is a double espresso. When I first got the machine I was measuring out about 16g of freshly-ground, and finely-ground, coffee, but after the early days it's just scoop, tamp, scoop, tamp. Each scoop seems to be about 7g or 8g consistently. I have a Hario Skerton manual grinder but my Capresso burr grinder set on the lowest setting is what I normally use to feed the BAR32. With a portafilter I find this espresso maker is very forgiving of variation in grind and tamping, and even not-so-fresh beans will still produce a nice crema. I don't want to knock anyone who wants to tell me that this portafilter-forced crema not "real" crema, but it tas...

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