De’Longhi EC820.B Review

De'Longhi EC820.B Pump Espresso Coffee Machine, Black

A pump machine is the most traditional and well-known way to make espresso, using the filter holder and ground coffee. The De’Longhi EC820.B with professional-level 15 bar pressure offers the ideal introduction to the world of coffee and a hands-on Barista experience in your own home.

The EC820.B Pump-Driven Espresso Maker, in a contemporary black and chrome finish, can make coffee using both ground coffee and ESE (Easy Serving Espresso) pods for added convenience and makes both espresso and cappuccino. The cappuccino system, based on an in-built manual frothing arm, mixes steam, air and milk to heat and create a rich and creamy froth. The self-priming system keeps the EC820.B ready for use at all times.

Easy to use, with just two control dials needed for operation: one for steam/hot water delivery and the second to control coffee delivery. This machine has a front loading 1 Litre water reservoir with a water level indicator and optional water filter for the perfect coffee result and can extend the life of the machine. It also comes equipped with a deep, removable dishwasher safe drip tray.

The EC820.B also features separate thermostats for the coffee and steam, a cup warmer tray, and a coffee measurer with built in tamper.


The De’Longhi EC280 is without doubt a fine coffee machine with some excellent features, the unit produces fine cups of coffee in taste and in strength. So what are the positives of this machine? Are there any negatives? Let’s take a closer look at some features.

Firstly the build quality is very good, the unit is built from stainless steel and glossy plastic. The unit oozes quality and as such would look great in any kitchen. I have always admired De’Longhi machines as I really like the styling of their machines.

To get started you’ll have to do perform a start-up procedure to make sure it’s cleaned and primed ready for use. This is easily done, but the manual and the instructions they provide are in my opinion a little bizarre.

The coffee itself is of high quality with a speedy delivery. The machine has the function to fill two cups at once with the twin nozzle feature. Steaming is also good, with the detachable attachment cleaning is also easier on here than on most machines available. The compartment for water is suitably large and should last a good time with moderate use.

A fine feature on the EC280 is the stop tray which alerts you when it’s full, a handy feature that isn’t seen on enough machines. Cleaning is easy and done so in a matter of seconds.

With many machines the loudness of the pump can be a factor when it comes to buying, it shouldn’t really matter – it’s about the quality of the coffee. However, this machine is a little noisy so it may put some people off, but it shouldn’t.

I have used machines in the past where going from steam to coffee takes a little time, this is due to the single heating element. Higher value machines usually have two heating elements so you won’t have to wait around or get an over-temperature reading. This has just the one so you’ll have to wait for the unit to cool before producing some coffee.

The manual could be a little better and the stream delivery could be quicker but that’s about it. It’s a great little coffee machine that makes really tasty coffee.


  • Make and enjoy perfect espressos, cappuccinos and lattes
  • Thermoblock heating system makes this machine ready to use in just 40 seconds
  • 15 bar professional pressure
  • High gloss finish with chrome detailing
  • Works with ground coffee or ‘ESE’ pods

Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato, and Caffelatte

Cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and caffelattes can be made using the traditional milk frother to froth the milk. Using fresh, cold milk (semi-skimmed or skimmed works best), you can select the correct steam pressure and manually steam the milk in a barista fashion to create the perfect froth.

Rapid Espresso

Ready to use in only 40 seconds thanks to the thermoblock heating system. Thermoblock heating systems are an advanced type of boiler that can accurately control the temperature of the water, giving you that perfect coffee result.  It also saves energy by heating only the water you use.

Energy Saving Function

The standby button and auto-off features permits maximum energy saving to save money and respect the environment (Energy Class A).

Filter Holder

EC820.B allows you to make excellent crema-rich espresso or a smooth cappuccino with the gestures typical of a barista, thanks to the 500 gr professional chromed solid brass filter holder. Designed to be used both with ground coffee or ESE pods, the filter holder is equipped with 3 interchangeable stainless steel filters to prepare one or two coffees at once, when using ground coffee, or to use the ESE pod. The special design of the filters delivers a thick velvety smooth crema to the top of your coffee. The “end-stroke lock” mechanism ensures that the filter holder is perfectly attached to the machine body.

Cup Warmer Tray

So that the cups are always ready for use and coffee enjoyed at the right temperature.

Water Filter

Water tank frontal removal, for the maximum ease of use. Optional water filter, helps to reduce limescale and improve the quality of coffee and the machine performance.

About De’Longhi

De’Longhi has been a high profile Italian brand for more than 100 years, providing high quality, efficient, innovative and stylish domestic products. Instantly recognisable, De’Longhi possesses a unique design quality that, when combined with De’Longhi’s technical expertise, creates products that truly stand alone.

De’Longhi quality and coffee

Quality and reliability remain integral to De’Longhi’s brand values, and all products are subjected to rigorous quality checks. This is particularly true of coffee makers, a key focus of De’Longhi, and the top of the range Bean to Cup machines are still designed, produced and assembled by hand in the Italian production sites, in order to uphold the expected high standards.

De’Longhi Coffee Accessories

De’Longhi has a range of accessories that can be brought separately to compliment this product.

Box Contains

1 x EC820B Coffee maker

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