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satishouse
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Posted Tue Oct 16, 2012, 4:20pm
Subject: What is this DeLonghi model?
 

Hello all,

Long term lurker, first time poster :)

I just got given this old machine as a gift by my kind neighbours. I've tried it out, and it produces a very nice espresso shot.

My question is, however, can anyone tell me what the model is of this machine? I've tried looking all over the machine (the sides and back), haven't found any markings.

It's bugging me!

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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 6:58am
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Looks to me like some model before DeLonghi EC702 Espresso Machine...
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 7:16am
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Welcome to CoffeeGeek!

I'm pretty sure it's a DeLonghi BAR-M 390. By what standards did it produce a good shot? Did you use the pressurized portafilter?

 
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 4:41pm
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NobbyR Said:

Welcome to CoffeeGeek!

I'm pretty sure it's a DeLonghi BAR-M 390. By what standards did it produce a good shot? Did you use the pressurized portafilter?

Posted October 17, 2012 link

Wow, this forum really does know everything about coffee! Just googled, and the images look exactly like this machine, and now I have a manual! Thanks so much.

Well, I judged it mainly by the crema, of which it produced lots of, and it was a pleasant shot to drink. Yes, used the portafilter.
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Posted Wed Oct 17, 2012, 10:54pm
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satishouse Said:

..., I judged it mainly by the crema, of which it produced lots of, and it was a pleasant shot to drink ...

Posted October 17, 2012 link

I'm glad I could help, but I'm afraid the crema was probably mainly the result of the pressurized portafilter.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:10am
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Yeah, it for sure is DeLonghi BAR-M 390. Sorry for mystification, but at least I've tried. ;)
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 8:37am
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NobbyR Said:

I'm glad I could help, but I'm afraid the crema was probably mainly the result of the pressurized portafilter.

Posted October 17, 2012 link

Thanks for the info. Pardon my ignorance, I'm only a beginner, but why is this not so desirable?

kafegeek Said:

Yeah, it for sure is DeLonghi BAR-M 390. Sorry for mystification, but at least I've tried. ;)

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Full marks for effort!
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 8:50am
Subject: Re: What is this DeLonghi model?
 

A pressurized portafilter is something that is generally frowned at on this forum, because it rather creates foamed espresso (coffee mixed with air) instead of a real crema (an emulsion of coffee and coffee oils that forms tiny boubles around carbon dioxide released from freshly roasted and ground coffee beans when extracted at around 9 bar and the right temperature). It may look like the real thing, but it certainly doesn't taste like it. The espresso usually lacks body.

A pressurized PF is for people who don't want to be bothered with correct grinding and tamping. You get seemingly good results that are actually a fake.

 
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 12:21pm
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lol. True enough. Although my old old deceased starbucks (cant remember the name of it) i thought made decent coffee. It was better than drip. It absolutely was not espresso by any stretch.
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Posted Thu Oct 18, 2012, 4:07pm
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haha, right I see. Ah well, I guess it's not too bad as a starting machine, I'll work my way up
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