If you’re buying a coffee maker for the first time, you could kick it out with the De’Longhi ECP3630. This coffee machine makes decent coffee, and its features will make you dip your toes into the waters of the coffee makers.
The ECP3630 by De’Longhi is very compact, works well, and is very easy to use. Therefore, it can be a great entry-level machine to use. This coffee maker also comes at a great price, so you’ll save some money and get to drink good coffee every day.
- Removable water tank with a capacity of 37 ounces
- Bottom of the tray can be removed for accommodation of cups from 3.5 to 5 inches tall
- Two thermostats
- Froths milk
- Three-in-one filter holder
- Rapid Cappuccino System
- Self-priming technology
- Cup warmer
- Stainless steel housing
You can brew your coffee and froth milk at the same time
Works with ground coffee or ESE pods
The steam wand is a bit short
A great coffee maker for your household
The De’Longhi ECP363 is a coffee maker that could bring more joy for you as a coffee lover. This machine has a nice-looking housing that is somewhat similar to the one of the De’Longhi EC702. It might not be the best-looking coffee machine available on the market, but it still looks pretty nice.
However, one very important thing about the ECP3630 is that its design makes the machine very compact. This machine weighs only 9.8 pounds and measures 9.6 x 7.2 x 11.9 inches. Therefore, you can easily move the machine when you need to, and, since it’s relatively small in size, you can easily find a place for it in your house.
The De’Longhi ECP3630 is not that great for families who enjoy drinking a lot of coffee or frequently host guests. This is because the coffee maker has a water tank with a capacity of 37 ounces, which makes the machine suitable for smaller families. We suggest you check out the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica if in need of an espresso machine with a larger reservoir.
Furthermore, the ECP3630 is able to keep an optimal temperature for a long time, and this feature allows you to prepare multiple coffees without having to wait for the machine to heat up. The coffee maker does this with the help of its Rapid Cappuccino System. The ECP3630 has two separate thermostats, which make sure that you can froth your milk and brew your coffee independently. This can help you get better coffee drinks since it optimizes both the frothing and the brewing temperature.
Another good feature that the ECP3630 offers you is the self-priming technology. This technology makes sure that the coffee maker can start working fast once turned on. Of course, that means that you can get your coffee in no time. Furthermore, the De’Longhi ECP3630 has a warming tray that acts as a cup warmer, so warming up your cups will be fast and easy.
The De’Longhi ECP3630 comes with a set of filter baskets that you can use when brewing your coffee. There’s the single shot basket, the double shot one, and the filter basket for an easy-serve-espresso pod. Therefore, on the De’Longhi ECP3630 you can make one or two cups of coffee at the same time. Furthermore, coffee pods are a quicker and cleaner way to get a cup of coffee, which is great if you want to save on time or clean the filter baskets faster.
What you need to do to get this coffee maker to brew you some coffee is turn the dial on the front of the machine to ‘On.’ In the meanwhile, put one of the filter baskets in the portafilter, put ground coffee in the filter baskets, and then tamp the coffee with the tamper that comes with the machine. Some people dislike the sent tamper and decide to buy a metal tamper instead. You will have to figure out whether the tamper works for you on your own, but we deem it to be good enough.
As we already mentioned, you can also use an easy-serve-espresso pod to make your coffee. To do this, place the pod inside the special filter box for espresso pods. Then, place the basket inside the portafilter.
Once you’ve tamped your coffee or placed the easy-serve-espresso pod in the filter basket, you should wait for the ‘Ready’ light on the front of the machine to light up. When this happens, put the portafilter in the filter holder, and turn the dial to the little coffee icon to brew your coffee.
What about steaming and frothing the milk?
If you’re having a coffee drink with milk or milk foam, turn the middle dial to the steam icon on the left-hand side of the machine so that the machine can reach a proper steaming temperature. Then, get a container to steam or froth your milk in and pour some milk in it. Don’t forget to purge the steam wand by turning the steam dial on the right-hand side of the ECP3630. Then, place your container with the milk underneath the wand, turn the steam dial, and steam or froth your milk.
Some people dislike the length of the steam wand on the De’Longhi ECP3630. We thought it had a nice length, and more importantly, we think it does froth milk decently.
Nice taste of the coffee
On the De’Longhi ECP3630, you can make espresso, cappuccino, cafe latte, and other drinks of your preference. This coffee maker is semi-automatic and lets you choose the amount of your milk and froth it the way you want it, so you do get some personalization of your drinks. Needless to say, you can also choose the coffee you prefer and enjoy in its taste.
The coffee drinks made by this machine are of good quality. If you want to taste coffee that tastes sort of like the coffee made by professional baristas, you could buy the De’Longhi ECP3630. However, don’t expect too much from this machine. The espresso will be not as creamy as the espresso made by a high-end coffee machine, and the milk foam might sometimes be watery. Nevertheless, you will get decent coffee with some of the characteristics of the coffee made in a good café.
Tip: Avoid grinding your coffee or using pre-ground coffee that is very finely ground. The filter baskets of the De’Longhi ECP3630 are pressurized, and using a grind that’s too fine can keep the water inside the filter basket, preventing it from flowing through the coffee.
FAQ about the De’Longhi ECP3630
Will I be able to get silky crema for latte with the De’Longhi ECP3630?
Yes, it is. We recommend you use the ‘Hot Milk’ option for this.
Why is it so hard to turn the portafilter in the filter holder from the side to the center?
You’re probably overfilling the coffee baskets with coffee. Try using less coffee next time.
Is the brewing system of the De’Longhi ECP3630 made of plastic?
No, the brewing pipes are made of metal.
Will I need to buy a coffee grinder with this machine as well?
What are some alternatives to the De’Longhi ECP3630?
If you dislike the De’Longhi ECP3630, you could do some research on the De’Longhi ECO310BK and see if it meets your needs. This coffee maker has a milk frother, uses separate boilers for the steam and the brewing water, and works with both ground coffee or coffee pods.
You might also prefer the De’Longhi ECP3420 instead of the ECP3630. The ECP3420 has a convenient filter storage, has double-wall filters for better crema, and is very affordable.
Ultimately, the De’Longhi ECP3630 is a nice coffee maker to break the ice with. With this machine, you’ll get good-quality coffee that is easy to make, you’ll get convenience, and you’ll also save some money. If those are the things you’re looking for in a coffee machine, the ECP3630 could be the right coffee maker for you.