De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine Reviews

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Are you looking to get a coffee machine for yourself and your family? With so many models and brands of coffee makers out in the market today, it can be overwhelming and confusing to know which one will meet your needs. 

If you’re looking for a versatile, affordable, and high-quality machine look no further than De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine. De’Longhi is a trusted name when it comes to coffee makers – their products are one of the most sought after due to its reliability. 

To learn more about the De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine, keep reading. 

Product Specifications

BrandDe’Longhi
Model NumberECP3420
ColorBlack/Stainless Steel
Product Dimensions24.38 x 18.42 x 30.23 cm; 4.9 Kilograms
Power / Wattage1100 watts
Voltage120
MaterialAluminum, Plastic, Copper
Special FeaturesManual
Item Weight4.9 kg

Design and Overall Look

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The De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine has a simple design of one large dial with 4 options to turn to – On, Off, Espresso, and Steam Wand. At 10 x 7 x 12 inches, the stainless steal design is easy to clean and matches well with any kitchen décor. Its compact design makes it easy to fit on any countertop and makes it a great addition to your appliance collection. 

The portafilter splits in two, so you can make one or two espresso shots at once. Below the portafilter sits the drip tray which you can easily take out if you need to accommodate larger cups of coffee. Next to this is the steam wand with the 15-bar pump. Note that this part can get dirty easily, so make sure to take apart the wand after every use and clean it thoroughly with soap and water. 

Additional features include a slim, removable water tank that is very light. You should be able to make several cups of espresso with the 37-ounce tank and at least 3 larger drinks using the steam wand. When placing it back into the machine, you can feel the tank ‘click’ back into place as you put it back into its original position. 

There is sufficient room in the storage compartment to hold the extra portafilter inserts, water tank, and any espresso pods you have. For the true coffee lovers, there are also two separate thermostats that allow you to control your steam pressure and water pressure separately, allowing you to adjust it to your personal preferences. 

User-Friendliness

De’Longhi is loved by many as a coffee maker brand. The machines they make are user-friendly, and the De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is no different. As it is a semi-automatic machine, you don’t have to do much for your final cup. 

The De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine features simple design of one large dial with 4 options to turn to – On, Off, Espresso, and Steam Wand.

Brewing Process

Waking up to start your day is a breeze with the De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine and its pre-heating system. Simply turn the knob to the ‘On’ position and give it about 5 minutes to get to pressure. While you’re waiting for that to heat up, you can grind your coffee beans and prepare your milk to be frothed. Once your machine is ready to go, the brew light will turn green and you can start to pull your perfect espresso shot! 

Here are some tips to help you get that good crema:

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  • Use fresh coffee and an espresso grind
  • When tamping the coffee, make sure not to compact the grinds too tightly so that the water can flow through.
  • Make sure not to overfill the coffee filter. De’Longhi suggests using one measuring scoop per cup. 

The De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is able to use Easy Serve Espresso (ESE) beans, which are similar to small round tea bags but full of espresso grinds instead. They are great for cutting down prep time and clean up. You can purchase these pods directly through the De’Longhi website or you can find them at supermarkets and online retailers. 

Steaming Milk

The steam wand on the De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine works very well and can create textured foam for drinks. However, it can only steam a small amount of milk at a time, so you may want to consider buying a frothing pitcher if you really want to achieve that perfect creamy latte.

The steam wand is easy to manipulate and is long enough, allowing you to get a nice froth. It gives you enough power to customize your own drink. However, if you prefer to do something simple in the morning, this machine offers several fast-quality options, though you may have to skip the milk if you aren’t feeling up to the task. 

Clean Up

Cleaning the De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is quite easy. For daily cleaning, you can simply wipe down the outside of the machine and drip tray, and rinse out the head. 

Make sure that you purge the steam wand both before and after heating your milk. By doing this, you ensure that nothing gets dried up or stuck in that machine. Take apart the steam wand and let the plastic soak in hot water while you thoroughly clean the skinny wand tip. Then, wipe all the parts down and put it back together. 

It is strongly recommended that you perform regular deep cleaning as well. Simply pop out the portafilter, plastic water tank, and drip tray. Then, use soap and water to scrub until clean. To descale the pump, it is recommended that you use the De’Longhi Descaling solution in the tank once every 200 coffees. Let the machine run in the ‘On’ position for about 5 minutes. Then, empty the descaler solution by alternating between the steam wand and espresso functions. 

Make sure that you go through the instruction manual that comes with your De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine. 

De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine Users Reviews

Here’s what people are saying about De’Longhi ECP3420 Bar Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Machine:

“**** UPDATE AFTER 4 YEARS OF USE**** Well it’s May 2020 now, and I purchased this machine back in 2016. It has now been through 2 apartment moves, and STILL works like a dream… but recently it developed an inconsistent leak. I’ve woken up twice now to it having leaked on the countertop overnight. Not too much, and it hasn’t done it every night. But still enough to be worried I’ll someday have to replace it. For $100 or so dollars though, and especially after being used almost every single day for 4 years, this machine has STILL been one of the best and most reliable things I have ever purchased in my life. I still have to get my coffee beans ground at 1 notch more corse than espresso, however I’ve had a trusty coffee/spice grinder that gets a perfect grind every time (and its also cheap and over 8 years old). I’m pretty sure my last move (across 3 states) was the reason it has now started to leak, and I’m sad that I will one day have to part with it… but I’m writing this review because I truly just can’t recommend this product enough. I have not been paid or given anything to write this or any reviews, I just want the amazon world to know it’s a great machine for the price. Happy coffee making, espresso drinkers out there!” – Katie P. 

“I like this machine. I purchased it to make Cuban coffee. It takes a little experimentation with it to work right but once you get zeroed in on the right amount of water, coffee and the right tamp the results are fantastic. I now make the best Cuban coffee. This machine is easy to use and clean. I might even try making espresso and latte’s (which it is really designed to make). The only drawback it has is the portafilter is pressurized and is a little small in capacity making it difficult to make the coffee as strong as would be normal for Cuban coffee. I learned to just reduce how much water and fixed that. If you can catch it on sale like I did it’s great value and will definitely take your coffee game up a couple of notches.” – Austin V. Hearell

“I bought this for my daughter, away at University. She is an ex barista with a certain green and white coffee shop. She relayed to me that it was very good looking (classy) all components fit tight and that it made a good cup of coffee. She likes it and as an ex barista, she must know something about making good a cup of coffee.” – Scott Bateman

“I’m a professional barista and have been looking for a home machine to get me through the day for awhile now. After looking through a lot of different models and reading a bunch of product reviews, I finally settled on this DeLonghi model. Unboxing and set up is super easy. Its basically just a plug in, prime up and pull your shots deal. I feel like if you don’t have any experience with pulling shots then this learning curve may be a little daunting because this little machine does exactly what the larger machines I’ve worked with do: pull manual shots expertly. The heart, body and crema are easily identifiable in each shot and the taste is absolutely perfect. You will have to learn how to time your shots as it does not shut off automatically and in the video, you can see that I pulled long but the shot still tasted perfect from that pull. Quite impressive. The only accessories this machine comes with is the scoop/tamper in 1 tool so you will have to find your own demitasse and steaming pitcher. Clean up is a snap. You can knock the puck right into the garbage or knock box without having to dig the grounds out of the portafilter. The steaming want disassembly is easy, too: just slip off the cover and wipe with a wet paper towel. 100% would recommend to anyone and everyone. I feel as though most negative reviews of this machine are caused by user error so if you’re new to espresso machines, be diligent and do your homework first because this might not be as easy as you might expect without practice.” – Jeneviève

“Makes great coffee with perfect crema. Very easy to use. With that, it is a $120 machine with limitations. In my opinion, the coffee it makes can be as good as a coffee house coffee provided you use fresh roasted, freshly ground beans. Lattes are excellent but micro foam quality can be difficult to achieve. There is a technique as with all steam wands that require practice. For the money you cant beat it. Thats why 5 stars. Price of the machine for the quality of coffee drinks it can make is great for the budget minded. Hint, if you lose the steamer wand adapter, they are available on line for $2. This part is required to steam milk correctly. Lastly, pulling a good shot of espresso is a combination of several variables. Roast date, grind size and freshness of grind, water temperature and tamp. Mess any of these up, and you will make a disappointing cup. FYI.” – Ray D. 
“We owned a DeLonghi machine prior to this, which functioned great for 3 years until it burned down along with our house. It was a $100 machine and along with it we had a really nice Italian burr grinder that normally would have cost $800 or so, that I got a steal of a deal of eBay on. On top of that, we roast our own green organic coffee beans that I get from AromaCraft Coffee (sold here on Amazon). The previous machine made a great tasting espresso, but this machine is even better and really comes close to getting the same type of shots you’ll get in a $1000 machine if you know what you’re doing. I even use the plastic tamper that came with the machine, and a cheap blade grinder. It’s really all in how you pack the portafilter. If you grind really fine, you can’t pack it too tight. Too coursely, and you wont get a nice creamy shot. It’s all about finding the balance between the grind and the tamping, as well as using high quality, freshly roasted beans. This machine will get you the rest of the way and you’ll be drinking shots of espresso better than most coffee shops. I have to say that I’m not thrilled about the steamer. It doesn’t seem to work as well as the previous one we had, and spits out a lot of water, but not really a big deal, since we mostly just take shots straight with a little bit of cream. Have had this for machine for 4 months now with no issues. Will update in the future! Update: Have had for over a year now, and it’s still working flawlessly.” – TC

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