De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK

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De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK
De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK

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Lowest Price $84.95 November 29, 2023
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De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK Description

Perfectly Brewing Every Cup

The De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine Latte & Cappuccino Maker is designed for the ultimate espresso experience. It comes with sleek stainless steel construction and a powerful 15 bar pump to provide every cup with the essential crema for premium taste. The Stilosa espresso machine also has an ergonomically designed filter holder that locking in ground coffee for an effortless brewing process. It also has a simple-to-use steam knob that will dispense rich, creamy foam in moments. The machine also features an energy-saving function that turns the machine off after thirty minutes of inactivity. With all these features, the Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine Latte & Cappuccino Maker is the perfect companion for an espresso lover.

Brew&Froth Technology

The brewer features a revolutionary Brew&Froth Technology that is designed to provide the ultimate level of control—from manual brewing using the traditional lever system, to adjust coffee aroma based on your favorite blend, to a separate steam knob for thick, creamy foam. The Stilosa espresso machine allows you to experience endless layers of flavor, as well as texture and aroma in every cup.

Engineered for Precise Espresso

The machine is equipped with a powerful 15 bar pump to deliver an intense espresso experience. The pump works with the included durable filter holder to ensure that the most essential pressure is applied to the ground coffee. The easy-to-use filter holder also locks in ground coffee for a reliable, mess-free espresso every time.

Design for Ease of Use

The De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine Latte & Cappuccino Maker features an ergonomic design with a comfortable handle and a warning indicator light to make operation enjoyable and hassle-free. The machine also has an ergonomically designed filter holder and a removable drip tray for easy cleaning.

Features & Benefits

• Sleek stainless steel construction
• 15 bar pump for intense espresso
• Ergonomic filter holder for effortless brewing
• Steam knob to easily create thick foam
• Energy-saving function to reduce power consumption
• Brew&Froth Technology to adjust coffee aroma
• Warning indicator light
• Ergonomic handle
• Removable drip tray for easy cleanup

De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK Specification

Brand

De'Longhi

Color

Black and Stainless

Product Dimensions

8.07"D x 13.5"W x 11.22"H

Special Feature

Milk Frother

Coffee Maker Type

Espresso Machine

Filter Type

Reusable

Style

Espresso Machine

Specific Uses For Product

Espresso

Included Components

33.8 fl.oz water tank, De’Longhi Stilosa Espresso Machine, Accessories Included: Portafilter, Measuring Scoop/Tamper, single & double pod filter

Operation Mode

Manual

Voltage

120

Model Name

Stilosa

Number of Items

1

Human Interface Input

Buttons

Unit Count

1.0 Count

Item Weight

9.48 pounds

Manufacturer

De'Longhi

Item model number

EC260BK

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer

No

Date First Available

July 2, 2020

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De’Longhi Stilosa Manual Espresso Machine EC260BK Reviews (8)

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  1. Alejo

    Soy fanático al café, esta máquina es muy buena para iniciar y ahorrar en cafés de la sirenita.

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  2. El búho 🦉

    Cumplió con mis expectativas

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  3. Benjamin Burlinson

    My roommates and I all chipped in to buy this machine and I knew the very basics of how to do anything with it. I volunteered at a coffee shop for a weekend and that’s where my experience ends. All that to say, when I got this machine I was confused and a little defeated. I read all the reviews and found some helpful info, but I wanted to write a review for all the other people who feel like they have no idea what they are doing.

    HELPFUL TIPS:
    1. This machine doesn’t come with a metal pitcher to froth milk or expresso glasses, the metal pitcher is probably worth buying; however, I just use a 12oz yeti and it works great. Also shot glasses aren’t needed if you figure out right amount of time for expresso, but they would probably be nice to have too. (Also heads up, the shot of expresso is not automatic, it will keep going until you switch the knob to the left)

    2. for me, 27 seconds from the time you switch the expresso machine from on to the coffee image is perfect amount of time for two shots of expresso. (Anywhere from 25-30 seconds is probably fine)

    3. Heat up your milk in the microwave for like 30- 45 seconds before you froth it, otherwise milk will be lukewarm

    4. I don’t know if it’s just me, but it took me a while to figure out that in order to froth the milk you have to turn the machine all the way to the left on the front knob and wit for it to say ready before you turn the switch on the knob on the side

    5. I have been using some old coffee grounds, not thinking it would make that much of a difference, but I think fresh coffee really would taste a lot better.

    With lattes costing as much as $8 in some restaurants, this machine is definitely worth the investment. Give yourself some grace and time to figure it out and to perfect your latte skills!

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  4. Benjamin Burlinson

    * I only rate exceptional products 5 stars.
    * This espresso machine meets my exceptional standard.
    * Price/function ratio is unbeatable.
    * Good for everyone except those brewing commercial amounts of coffee.

    Due to the length of this review and the sake of brevity, I will label each section for easy reference.

    SUMMARY

    Will this machine brew a cafe quality coffee drink right out of the box? Yes, but with major caveats.

    WHY I BOUGHT THIS MACHINE

    Money. Plain and simple. I wanted an espresso machine that wasn’t $500+. I just don’t have the money. I set out to buy what I thought was the very cheapest functional espresso machine to find out if it would in fact produce an espresso that was worth it. The Stilosa is it. You can’t go cheaper, once you do that, the machines offered don’t work at all, I mean, at all. They don’t have consistent pressures, temperatures and flow rates. So please, don’t waste your money on the $59.00 versions. At the time of posting, I bought the Stilosa at $99.00 on sale.

    INTRODUCTION

    When I purchased this, I knew nothing about espresso. I just wanted a good coffee drink without spending, what is now, $7.00 a cup. Since then, I have learned everything about espresso and have almost a 100 hours of study and practice in. Through lots of trial and error, I have taught myself the intricacies of espresso brewing, and believe me, it is far more intricate than you think! I also found out that many of the terms are vague and far from universal. With that said, most of what I will write aligns with as much of a community standard as one exists.

    CAVEAT #1

    The truth is simple. This machine will brew a cafe quality drink right out of the box because “most” cafes have horrible drinks. I have discovered that brewing espresso is a fine balance between science and art. The major chains actually have very expensive machines and they still brew disgusting coffee. I have read so many reviews, and the one thing that is consistent throughout all of them is this; purists (the French and Italians), and anyone who has had a good espresso, won’t even go to the major chains. This is why. Lemon juice is disgusting! But pair it with sugar and you have probably one of the most popular drinks on the planet, lemonade. Likewise, most of us hate extra dark chocolate, because it is really bitter, but blend it with milk, and surprise, you have one of the most popular deserts, milk chocolate! Sugar balances sour, and dairy balances bitterness. What this means is this. You could run sand through the Stilosa, and if you blend it with enough sugar and milk, it is difficult to differentiate between it and major chain’s coffees. It isn’t until you start drinking espresso straight that you notice how horrific most of it is. To test this, just go in and ask for a double shot, chances are it will be bitter or sour. If you don’t know, espresso is actually very balanced and often velvety and sweet on its own. So, will the Stilosa brew a really good espresso right out of the box with no other tools? No, but…… neither will a $5,000.00 machine. Which leads me to caveat #2.

    CAVEAT #2

    It doesn’t matter what machine you buy, none of them will take bad coffee and make it good. Again, I wanted to buy a machine as cheap as possible, with no accessories, and see if I could get a good espresso. Sorry, if you are on a budget, it’s not gonna happen. No matter what your budget is, you have to have a grinder. As soon as you are forced into buying pre-ground coffee roasted 10 weeks ago, you will only get what those products are able to deliver, regardless of the price of your espresso machine. My suspicion is, this is why major brands have such bad coffee. In the pursuit of supply chain uniformity, they lose freshness. Crema is a function of the release of CO2, once ground, these gases are escaping. It is simple science. Even with the best vacuum packaging, pre-ground coffee will lose its ability to create crema in a couple days (if not less). Combine that with stale beans and there is nothing you can do to make good coffee. Imagine trying to make a great sandwich with expired stale bread and cheese. Ingredients matter. You have to have a grinder. I didn’t want one, but I was forced to buy one, otherwise my espresso machine was just going to sit there, unused. This is of course if you don’t want to dump a bunch of sugar and milk in. I spent $50 on an Enzoo conical burr grinder, and it works great. You may say, “what about just grinding your beans at the grocery store?”. tried that, several times, it doesn’t work. First of all, those machines are all out of spec because nobody every maintains them. Second, every coffee is different and “dial in” needs to happen for each brand and roast of coffee. Third, you will buy a 8 or 10 oz bag of coffee and grind it all at once but you’ll never use it all at once. The next morning, your coffee is already starting to go stale.

    The good news is this. If you have a $1000.00 espresso machine, you still need a grinder. So at least you can buy the Stilosa and have an overall lower financial commitment.

    CAVEAT #3

    It is impossible to get a fantastic espresso without adding some tools to the Stilosa. This is not so bad considering the price point of the Stilosa, because, once again, you will have to buy all that anyway regardless of the machine you purchase. This is only the case if you buy an espresso machine and not a bean to cup machine of course. If you don’t want to mask your espresso with sugar and milk, you will need the following things without exception;

    Grinder = $50-$75
    Kitchen Scale = $15-$35

    Not necessary but very helpful and time saving;

    WDT = $10-$30
    Dosing Funnel = $10-$35
    Tamping Tool = $10-$65
    Espresso shot glasses Varies
    Puck Polishers Blah blah
    Non-pressure Portafilter $$$$ pricey
    And the list goes on.

    This is where espresso making turns into more of a hobby than just wanting a good cup. The accessories that come with the Stilosa will work, they don’t work great, but they will work. What you trade in money, you lose in time. You can still get a really good cup of coffee (this is only if you have a grinder and a scale) from the Stilosa with its accessories, but you will work for it. The last 5% of quality is always the hardest, and that’s where the upgrades come. If you want, budget a few things. Namely a bottomless, naked, Portafilter, with a non-pressurized filter basket. The Stilosa comes with a Portafilter and 2 pressurized filter baskets (7 gram + 14 gram). ~ Side Note Below ~

    ~ The Stilosa has a very unique and interesting pressurized filter basket. More often, to maintain pressure, a pressurized filter basket will only have one hole in the bottom. The Stilosa actually has a spring driven piston that really works very well. This is an industry upgrade and I think more and more economy machines will come with this feature. You can also “hack” the filter basket if you wanted. You can remove the spring piston assembly, place the screen back in the basket, and have a non-pressurized basket. I would NOT recommend this as it probably voids your warranty. ~

    CAVEAT #4

    The price to function ratio of the Stilosa is incredible. But that is a ratio. More expensive machines give you things that this just won’t. You will not be able to watch or change; temperature profiles or pressure profiles, and it doesn’t have a PID (proportional–integral–derivative controller), and frankly a bunch of other things you probably have never heard of. But the Stilosa has fantastic features for the price point. It has a very flat and consistent pressure profile, its group head is heated, as is the top of the machine (for heating your cup), and the steaming wand is amazing. It is also a nice size and fits very well on my counter without being overbearing. Unless you are making 100+ cups a day, you really don’t need all that other stuff. Of course, those things are nice if you have found yourself turning espresso into a hobby, but as we all know, hobbies get kind of expensive. My only substantial complaint about the Stilosa is this, there is no way to grab and hold it as you install and remove the Portafilter. I am strong enough that this isn’t a problem, but for others out there, this may be a bit of a challenge.

    SUMMARY

    Five stars all day long. This is the single best entry machine you can buy. It is backed by a major espresso machine manufacturer and they hit the mark. It will consistently produce a “better than cafe” espresso, it will just make you work for it. Paired with a good grinder, you will be able to play with all your ratios and pull Ristrettos, Espressos, and Lungos without issue. It heats fast (a little over a minute on cold mornings), has a really nice upgraded spring piston pressurized filter basket. Consistently makes “better than cafe” micro foam for latte art (with practice). You can easily upgrade the Portafilter to a bottomless one without issue. No automatic timing, which is what you want for proper pulls (time is a measure, not a variable). It is advertised that it has an auto shut off……. I haven’t see that yet. I just turn mine off after use. I also fill it with filtered, bottled water, it’s so much easier than removing the tank and filling it. Considering I have less than $200.00 in the whole setup, I couldn’t be happier. With good coffee, a good dial in, and lots of practice, you will be able to make a really good cup of coffee, better than the major chains. I would buy again in a heartbeat.

    THE “CATCH”

    This will take you to a whole new level, but you are going to earn it. Lots of frustrating moments, but ultimately very rewarding. If you just want a fast cup of coffee, don’t buy this. Go buy a pod machine like Nespresso, LOR, or Lavazza. Remember, these aren’t espresso machines, and just because they call it that, doesn’t make it true. But with that said, their coffees are moderately good. For about the same total investment, you can get milk “frothers” and a pod machine that will make your drink in 20 seconds. Dump enough sugar and milk in and you won’t know the difference. But they will never dial into the perfect, pure, crema topped, 1-2 ratio, pressure pulled, espresso. And once you have had that, you’ll never go back.

    Some helpful info:

    51mm 2 ear Portafilter with a 7 gram and 14 gram filter basket.
    ~ most machines are 54mm or 58mm with 18 gram baskets. As a small side note, 7 grams was the original Italian single espresso, and can be very difficult to brew correctly. But less coffee means you can have more of it throughout the day!

    Steaming wand with Pannello attachment.
    Heated top for cup warming.
    Heated grouphead.
    33+ oz water tank.

    ~ Update

    I stand by everything I have said. However, I decided to upgrade to a bottomless naked portafilter and that has changed everything. The dial in on a new coffee is so much easier and the crema and flavor of the coffee is so much easier to manipulate!

    The other big thing I have discovered is the perfect coffee. Do yourself a favor and go get Tony’s Upland blend. Brew it to a 2.7 ratio at roughly 27 seconds. Oh…. My….. Gosh…..! You’re welcome.

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  5. Lara

    So I read some bad reviews and was reluctant to choose this machine but my 3rd Bella steam machine died, and had to get something new. I chose a used one because of the savings. It arrived on time, and had all its parts except it was missing one rubber foot on the bottom. No worries, I just removed the other one, so now it has two rubber feet in the back and none in the front. Makes it easier to slide on the counter but still has some grip. Ok so I made my first shot using the two shot basket, and no bueno. Weak, weak sauce. I took the larger capacity basket from my Bella and put it in the portafilter, and tried again. This time, a little less crema, but wow the double shot is amazing. I also used my old carafe to measure the double shot so I knew when to stop brewing. Now the steamer. You have to take off the big metal piece, and then zip tie the rubber piece so it’s secure. Run the steamer a bit to get the excess water out or it will mess up the milk. Once I had done that, wow, the milk steamed up beautifully in no time flat. Yes, this is a cheaper machine but with a couple modifications you can pull shots like a pro!!! I definitely suggest getting a non pressurized, larger capacity portafilter basket otherwise your shots will be weak. As for pump quality and heat, this machine does just fine and will save you money in the long run.

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  6. Heather Wade

    Me gustó mucho, cumple perfecto con lo que dice la descripción. Es un aparato pequeño, totalmente manual, pero con gran potencia real (15 milibares) con lo que se obtiene un espresso perfecto y la espuma para el capuchino se obtiene caliente y perfecta hasta para hacer figuras.
    Es una cafetera básica con un lindo diseño, buenos materiales.
    Sólo hay que ensayar un poco para el capuchino perfecto, y tener la taza especial para espumar, porque al principio directo en la taza pequeña salía toda la leche por la fuerza del espumador.
    Antes teníamos una cafetera similar, más grande marca Breville y esta De longi funciona por mucho , mejor que la otra marca que además es el doble de cara.
    Sí la recomiendo para quienes no requieren una cafetera automática y disfrutan el proceso manual de preparar su café al gusto.

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  7. Carlos

    Buscaba algo que no utilizara cápsulas de plástico y en ese sentido está bien hay que tomar un poco de práctica con el espumador la presión de 15 bares era de las mejores y eso junto con la marca me parecieron una buena opción , hay que de descargar un poco de vapor en cada uso del espumador para que salgo un poco de agua como lo dice en las instrucciones, el espumador de vapor es aparentemente mejor opción que los de otras marcas de recipiente cerrado y una simple jarrita es suficiente y es más fácil de lavar

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  8. Margarita M.

    El café que se prepara es muy muy rico, y es fácil de usar una vez que lees el manual, si es muy importante leerlo antes de usarla por primera vez, pero si requiere paciencia, la limpieza después de usarla es sencilla.

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