Espresso Making Process
In this section, you will learn how to make espresso, cappuccino and how to froth milk. So let’s not waste any time and dive right into it.
At first you should know that the machine needs to preheat and you have two options to do that.
The first one is to simply turn the espresso maker on and wait about 15-30 minutes. That’s how long it takes for the machine to preheat.
Alternatively, you can preheat it more rapidly by following a couple steps that are described very well in the manual. The advantage of the quick preheat is not only to enjoy your cappuccino much faster it also preheats your cup when you reach the step to deliver some hot water into a cup.
A disadvantage could be, that you may have a less hot and aromatic espresso.
All right, let’s make some espresso.
Now that you have preheated your machine, it’s time to fill the filter with some ground coffee. Make sure to tamper it thoroughly to get the best espresso experience possible.
If your crema is too dark you tamped too much.
Is the flow of the espresso too fast and the crema is little to not existent the grounds are not compressed tight enough -> use more muscles!
Check that the OK light is on, then attach the filter holder and turn the selection knob to the furthest right position.
No crema? Tamp harder!
Too dark crema? Now you tamped too hard.
Your First Espresso
Easy And Quick Espresso With E.S.E. Pods
Thanks to the patented dual function filter holder from De’Longhi you can use E.S.E pods for a more convenient way to make a cup of espresso.
E.S.E or Easy Serving Espresso is a standard that is accepted by many pod producers and makes it easier for you to create a quick espresso without the need of tamping or measuring.
Regular coffee pods are larger than E.S.E. pods so you can’t use them in machines that support E.S.E pods.
Getting a cup of espresso with a pod is quick and easy. Just insert a pod in the filter, attach it and turn the selection knob to the furthest right position. Done!
Since you know already how to make an espresso we focus now on the milk and how to froth it to create a creamy cappuccino.
Watch the video below how the guy makes art with the De’Longhi EC155 and milk froth. Are these two hearts? Beautiful!
At first switch the knob to the furthest left side to the cloud icon to preheat the steam boiler. In the meantime prepare a large enough frothing pitcher and fill it up with some cold skim milk.
The OK light should be on by now so let’s start with the frothing process.
Dunk the swivel jet frother in the milk for about a quarter inch and release the steam by turning the steam knob. When the milk starts increasing in volume dunk the frother completely in the milk until it reached the perfect creamy texture.
Carefully pour the froth into the espresso and your cappuccino is ready to serve.