Coffee lovers who are interested in buying a coffee machine for the first time will have a blast with the De’Longhi EC115 coffee maker. This is a great entry-level machine because of many things, and it’s been highly demanded in the past few years.
This coffee maker is very easy to operate, not hard to maintain, and makes decent coffee. It has some nice features and it is a very compact coffee machine. On top of that, it is also very affordable, so you’ll enter the realm of coffee makers without the machine ripping off your wallet. With all this said, let us introduce you to the EC115 by De’Longhi.
- Works with ground coffee and pods
- Panarello milk frother
- Steam dial
- Two thermostats
- Advanced Cappuccino System
- Three-in-one filter holder
- Stainless steel boiler
- 15 bar pump pressure
- Passive cup warmer
- 35oz water tank
Great for beginners
Easy to use
Easy to clean
You can’t use taller cups on this machine
Froth can be watery at times
Small and simple to use
The De’Longhi EC115 coffee maker was designed to be simple and easy to use which makes it appealing for many beginners. Even though the machine is made of plastic, it still resembles the stainless steel Dedica EC680M. Like the EC680M, the EC155 is very small in size and a great coffee maker for a crowded kitchen counter. It also has a nice look, the chassis being all black with the exception of the control panel which is gray.
Almost all of the controls and elements of the machine are accessible from its front side. This includes the control dial, the stainless steel drip tray, the portafilter holder, the coffee tamper, and the Panarello milk frother. The steam dial is, however, located on the top of the machine. Furthermore, to access the water filter, you’ll need to open the top at the back of the machine.
We already mentioned the features of the De’Longhi EC115 while talking about the design of this entry-level machine.
This machine has a simple control dial. The dial turns the machine on or off, and it commands it to steam milk or brew coffee. With the help of this dial, you can also get hot water running through the milk frother when you need to clean it or heat up your cup before the machine pours the espresso in it.
This machine was designed to brew one or two shots of espresso per brewing cycle. To brew your coffee, put some ground coffee or an easy-serve espresso pod in one of the pressurized filter baskets, tamp it with the fixated tamper on the machine, and attach the portafilter to the portafilter holder. Then, set the control dial to the brew function and wait for your coffee to get extracted.
The De’Longhi EC115 has two thermostats that allow you to steam or froth your milk while the machine brews your coffee. This is great, because you can make your coffee faster and have it taste better as well. The Panarello milk frother will froth your milk very well most of the time, but you might experience a watery froth sometimes. However, this doesn’t happen often, and, well, this is an entry-level machine after all, so it deserves some forgiveness (if you are a ‘good froth person’ before everything else, we invite you to check the De’Longhi ECAM22110Sb).
You won’t be able to use taller cups on the De’Longhi EC115 coffee maker since the spout system is not adjustable. However, the machine has a passive cup warmer, so you’ll be able to heat up your cups before making your coffee.
The coffee that you’ll get from the De’Longhi EC115 will taste pretty good. You might have to deal with the foam being not thick enough at times, but for the most part, this machine will not let you down. The consistency of the espressi is nice, and the pressurized filter baskets make sure you never get soupy coffee.
Now, this coffee maker will not let you make customizations to your coffee drinks. The flexibility in creation of the drinks goes down to you deciding how much coffee and milk you want in your drink. However, the machine will do well in all that it can do, so you can expect nice coffee flavor and good aroma.
I just recently bought the machine and tried to clean it by rinsing it, as the user’s manual suggests. However, the water doesn’t get out of the tubes. What could be the problem?
This is probably happening because your water tank is not sitting in place correctly. Remove the tank and put it back in a few times and see if there are bubbles forming when you put it back in. After you’ve carefully done this for a couple of times, try rinsing your machine again and see what happens.
Why do I keep getting bitter lattes? Sometimes my coffee tastes burnt too.
What kind of coffee are you using? Are you using an espresso coffee or some other kind of coffee? You should use espresso coffee on this machine. Also, mind the coffee brands since some taste more bitter than others.
Regularly cleaning your machine also makes a big difference when it comes to the taste of the coffee. You should descale the brewing system from time to time with a descaling tablet. Also, you should rinse the system before and after the machine makes coffee for you. Furthermore, clean your filter basket well and clean the steaming nozzle occasionally as well.
My De’Longhi EC155 shakes when I make coffee on it. Is this normal or should I be worried?
This machine is not a high-end machine, so, yes, it does vibrate while making coffee. You could try putting a paper towel underneath your cup so your cup doesn’t slide. Also, you can try placing the machine on a folded kitchen towel to make it quieter.
What are some alternatives to the De’Longhi EC115?
If the fact that the EC115 doesn’t come with a grinder is a deal-breaker for you, you could check out the EspressoWorks 7 Pc All-In-One espresso machine and cappuccino maker. This machine comes with a grinder and its water tank is accessible from the side and has a greater capacity than the one on the EC115. Furthermore, its steam wand is detachable, which makes its cleaning easier.
You can also check our short review of the 10 Pc version of this machine on our list of best espresso machines under $300.
Another coffee maker from De’Longhi which you might find to be a better alternative than the EC115 is the De’Longhi ECP3120 15 Bar espresso machine. This machine has an advanced cappuccino system, works with taller cups, looks very nice, and it’s very compact.
For an entry-level coffee maker, the De’Longhi EC115 looks good, has good features, and performs well. If you think that you’ve found what you were looking for with this coffee machine, you should consider buying it. However, if you don’t think that this is the coffee maker you’d need, you can check out the alternative coffee makers that we’ve mentioned in our review or the other coffee makers by De’Longhi on our site.