Hi there. Since the subject of depressurizing portafilters for many espresso machines is all over the internet with varying degrees of detail, I made a video showing how to do this in a non-destructive, reversible way for the De’Longhi EC-155 Enjoy
The La Pavoni basket mentioned in the video is this one which is currently out of stock as of 4/25/2014 at both Seattle Coffee Gear and Orphan Espresso. So, good luck finding that if you want it.
Getting the De’longhi machine off the counter top so the steam wand is more accessible is a necessity. I got lucky and found this Keurig rolling K-cup storage drawer thing at Target.
Keurig rolling k-cup storage drawer
This thing is just the right height, and as you can see, the storage drawer is perfect to hold the portafilter, shot glasses, etc.
OK, so maybe I’m just a geek. Maybe I’m just in a phase. Maybe I’ve truly developed a coffee addiction. But, now I can’t stop looking at espresso videos and machine reviews. Do I really need a La Marzocco machine at home? No…but that doesn’t stop me from constantly looking at this thing. Yes, $7000 is obscene for a coffee machine at home. But, look at it! I guess what separates me from a true addict is the self control to NOT buy this.
My little De’Longhi EC-155 has been holding string for a month now. I even took it to work the other day and made drinks for my team. But, that’s when I was really left thinking, “man…I wish I had something with more volume and power.” Of course, I really have zero need for this. All my co-workers were very happy and complimentary of the quality of the drinks I produced. But, still…look at that La Marzocco!
I also find myself drooling over espresso porn like this:
Is there such thing as a health addiction? I think psychologists say yes. So, I’m gonna hold on to that while I go browse pictures of espresso machines.
Here’s a double espresso pull from my De’Longhi EC-155.
I just found this info-graphic on different coffee styles around the world. Enjoy.
So, what exactly am I doing here? Well, after many trips to Europe (Italy specifically), I realized that Starbucks really is not good. Peet’s is o.k., and so many other places are just plain not worth the money. So, I decided to get good at making the drinks I like specifically to save money. With that goal in mind, I had to choose equipment that was not outrageously expensive but capable of doing the job. I’m here to share my experiences.