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Nickfrogger
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Posted Sun Mar 13, 2011, 11:36am
Subject: DeLonghi EC155 (and EC152CD, EC310, etc.) Modification Guide & Ideas
 

This topic will hopefully help those of us with DeLonghis to pull better espressos. Feel free to post any EC155/BAR/152/310/etc. mods here.

 
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Nickfrogger
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Posted Sun Mar 13, 2011, 11:43am
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

The first and most important mod it seems would be the unpressurized basket and open portafilter.
I have tried the DeLonghi 607706 two cup basket. It fits in the portafilter handle, but holds too much ground coffee.
I just ordered the Krups MS-090716 basket after finding this video Click Here (www.youtube.com)
Also I ordered DeLonghi 606348 two cup basket based on the CoffeeGeek review.

The DeLonghi parts site is located here: http://www.delonghi-accessories.com/index.php?cPath=59

(Edit: Link now broken...)

 
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Posted Tue May 17, 2011, 4:48pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

i've herd that some la pavoni baskets work (the millennium series)

if you want a quick fix just take out the plastic part under the metal filter (the one with the holes in it) and reinstall it in the rubber gasket.
note: when you nock out the puck the filter will fall out with it, so a nockbox is useful.

From experience i wouldn't recommend using a filter from the krups steam powered espresso machines because the holes are to big and some grinds come through. It makes nice crema but makes shot have a strong bitter bite.

for better micro foam i drilled a 1/16" hole in a stainless steel acorn nut (measurements for nut size can be found at protofusion.org)
though when i switch back to the plastic froth aider for kicks the steam power seemed stronger so maybe cutting the aider maybe better

RSVP terry's tamper is a good tamper size (52mm on one end 58mm on the other)

random tip:

if you machine is dripping water when left on to heat up, try descaling boiler and steam wand. i use dergol swiss

in the end it seems with low end machines you get better consistency when used as manufacture intended
when using froth aider milk steams fast, steaming is done by the time the "ok" light goes off or just after
when using pressurizing piece in filter extraction doesn't start blonding till 30 sec and shot isnt as bitter (temp surfing helps ;) )
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Posted Fri Jul 29, 2011, 10:30pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

Thanks for the post, jaybelknap. I'm curious about those la pavoni baskets...
By the way, my espresso style has drastically changed in the past five months, as I now have a grinder :)
I'll have to post a new video soon.

 
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Nickfrogger
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Posted Sat Sep 3, 2011, 12:26pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

So, since a few more Ec155 users have joined the forums, I've decided to update this topic a bit. First of all, here is my most recent video, though a poor shot:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvZU64QcelQ

Here are some pics of my portafilter/baskets and steam tips:
Steam Tip
Chopped Portafilter
Compared to Stock ("Stock" is also unpressurized)

Cheers,
~Nick

 
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Posted Tue Sep 6, 2011, 3:22pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

Hey Nick,

Thanks for your reply in the other thread, thought it would be better to continue discussions here though!

After watching many videos on the fitting of gaggia style pannarello wand's I've come to the conclusion that it MUST fit the EC155 (I hope). So I've bought one along with a 'Terry's Tamper'. I'll post results here when it arrives :)

I've just been watching your video, could you provide a brief guide on where you bought your spare PF / new basket (is it this one? Click Here (www.thegourmetdepotco.com) )and how you made it 'naked'? Also, are you in the UK or US and if you are UK how much did the PF / basket set you back?

Cheers, Rob
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Posted Tue Sep 6, 2011, 4:49pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

That sounds great, let us know how it works! I've recently begun making latté's for my college room mates, so a nice steam wand would be good to have. Plus, I've always wanted to make art... Can't imagine why though ;)

I did buy the Krups basket, but after using it a few times stopped using it. Due to its drastic funneling (or whatever you call it) everything around the edge of the puck gets over-extracted, and even a .5 oz ristretto tasted lungo.

I said:

I have tried the DeLonghi 607706 two cup basket. It fits in the portafilter handle, but holds too much ground coffee.

But I was wrong. Originally when I started this topic I thought the puck should expand to the grouphead (I thought that was the purpose of pre-infusion) but discovered that is not the case (in fact, that is bad because the water will puch a hole in the coffee bed). My favourite basket (and the one I'd recommend) is #607706, for double shots (I've been using 18g grounds pulling about 1.75oz in 28 seconds). The one-cup #606348 works nicely for singles, but I rarely make single shots.

The portafilter is just a replacement part from DeLonghi's website (#5045-1757-1714-3 for Europe or 7313271179 for USA). To make it naked, I cut the bottom plastic part of the handle in half where it meets the circular part. I had to file down the screw socket to get my basket to fit as well. My other one is bottomless as well, but I left the screw so I can put the bottom back on to make two singles. If you want, I can take some pictures to help explain.

I'm in the U.S., so I got them from DeLonghi's terrible supply site http://www.delonghi-accessories.com/index.php?cPath=59
Edit: DeLonghi no longer runs this domain. I'll post the new domain when I find it.

This appears to be the UK site:
http://www.4delonghi.co.uk/cgi-bin/home.pl
The basket costs £4.49 and the filter handle costs £7.49 there.

Nice choice on the Terry's tamper. It works fantastically, especially if you can't justify spending more on the tamper then the machine :D

Hope this helps, and let us know how the steaming wand works for you!

Cheers,
~Nick

Edit: I am no longer sure about the product numbers, I believe  607706 is what I use but I could be wrong. Just a warning... Sorry!

 
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Posted Fri Sep 9, 2011, 11:13am
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

An interesting article about EC155 pressure measurements:
Click Here (benkrasnow.blogspot.com)

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 8:16pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

If you want to depressurize EC155's filter, I just got a new 2 cup filter from Krups XP2070 Click Here (www.krupsonlinestore.com)
It fits perfectly.

 
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Posted Thu Sep 22, 2011, 8:23pm
Subject: Re: DeLonghi EC155 Modification Guide & Ideas
 

ahavriluk Said:

If you want to depressurize EC155's filter, I just got a new 2 cup filter from Krups XP2070 Click Here (www.krupsonlinestore.com)
It fits perfectly.

Posted September 22, 2011 link

Krups MS-620354 2 Cup Filter

For models numbered:
XP2010 XP2070 XP4000 XP4030 XP4050

I have the XP4000 and XP4030.  These models (as well as the XP2070) use the same portafilter and filter basket.  These filter baskets have a double bottom and are
pressurized too.

Krups #0907163 Espresso Maker Filter Cup (2 Cup) is non pressurized and fits the Krups portafilter for these models.

Click Here (www.nelsonappliance.com)

 
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