De’Longhi BAR32 Retro 15 BAR Pump Espresso and Cappuccino Maker

Enjoy delicious espresso made your way with De’Longhi’s Retro pump espresso and cappuccino maker. Stylish and functional, you can choose to brew ground espresso or E.S.E pods with the unique patented dual filter holder. The choice is yours, making your espresso truly made to order. You can enjoy espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats. If you prefer cappuccino you’ll enjoy using the easy-to-use swivel jet frother, which makes perfect drinks every time. Other highlights include self-priming operation to eliminate pesky start-up preparation, removable water tank and drip tray and a durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler to ensure many years of delicious espresso.

BAR32 Pump Espresso Maker from DeLonghi

Prepare creamy froth with ease

BAR32 Pump Espresso Maker from DeLonghi

Simple to clean thanks to a removable 35-ounce water tank

Achieve authentic Italian espresso flavor with the DeLonghi BAR32 Pump Espresso Maker. Use convenient pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder, making espresso preparation simple and fast. Always brew espresso or cappuccino at the perfect temperature with two separate thermostats, which allow for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately. Easily prepare latte and cappuccino with the built-in swivel jet frother. A stainless steel boiler and 15-bar pump create perfect espresso time after time.

BAR32 Pump Espresso Maker from DeLonghi

Authentic Italian espresso, fast

Swivel Jet Frother

Easily prepare latte and cappuccino with the swivel jet frother. Create a rich, creamy froth for perfect drinks every time.

Patented Dual Function Filter Holder

With the BAR32’s dual function filter holder, you can use ground coffee as normal, or convenient coffee pods for faster preparation. It makes espresso and cappuccino preparation quick and easy.

Self-Priming Operation

Eliminate annoying start-up preparation with the BAR32’s self-priming operation. Get to your coffee faster, with less waiting around for the element and boiler to reach the correct temperature.

Easy to Clean

The BAR32 is simple to clean with a removable 35-ounce water tank with indicator light, and a removable drip tray. It’s easy to disassemble, clean, and reassemble to get back to making drinks quickly.

Technical Specifications

  • Input Power: 1100 watts
  • Boiler: Stainless Steel
  • Pump Pressure: 15-bar
  • Cup Warmer: Yes
  • Dimensions: 8.74″ x 10.63″ x 12.6″

Product Features

  • Espresso preparation is simple and fast; use convenient pods or ground coffee with the patented dual function filter holder
  • Easily prepare latte and cappuccino with the swivel jet frother, for perfect drinks every time
  • Eliminate annoying start-up preparation with the self-priming operation
  • Two separate thermostats allow for water and steam pressure to be controlled separately result in the perfect temperature every time
  • Enjoy delicious espresso for years to come with the durable, high-quality stainless steel boiler and 15 bar pump pressure

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  1. Kevin T. Quinn 29/11/2012 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Great Performance for the Price Edit 2/24/2012: I wrote this review several years ago. The machine broke down after a year or so, and I put off replacing it. However, I’ve wanted to start making espresso again and so, remembering how much I liked this one, I picked up another one.It’s pretty much just how I remember it, and the instructions I wrote below still work. There are a couple of things I’ve noticed, though. First, the maker no longer comes with sample E.S.E pods. That was disappointing. Also, the bottom of the filter handle (where the coffee comes out of) is plastic – if you use a hand-held tamper, make sure you don’t press too hard and damage the pour spouts.Also, I’ve moved from the Midwest to the East Coast, and it’s still nice to have good espresso and capuccino in your own house.Otherwise, it’s still a sold four-star machine.Original review:Despairing of ever finding decent espresso in the Midwest, I finally broke down and decided to get a home espresso machine. I had worked as a barrista, and had sipped espresso in Italy, so I had some idea of how it should taste.Being relatively poor, I wanted a machine that would deliver a decent espresso, at a decent price. Though I was willing to consider a system with proprietary coffee pods (K-cups, Tassimo, etc), it would have to be cheap enough that I wouldn’t mind shelling out the extra bucks for the coffee itself. And I also wanted to make sure that it was pump-driven, not steam-driven.After checking reviews and looking around, I finally settled on the DeLonghi BAR32. It’s a pump-driven maker, not steam driven, so it’s not scorching the grounds as it brews. And it comes with a single and a double espresso filter.The DeLonghi uses either ground espresso, or E.S.E. espresso pods. The E.S.E. pods are not proprietary – any company can make them. The DeLonghi comes with a package of 18 Illy pods (retail – $12). The pods are convenient, but still expensive.I’ve had the espresso maker for several days, and I’m happy with it so far. With the pods, it pulls a good single espresso with a satisfactory crema. Sugar floats on top of the crema for about 2-3 seconds, and it has a nice golden color. The espresso tastes very smooth.Pulling a good single espresso, either with the pods or loose coffee, is pretty easy. Use the pods as a good judge of how tightly to pack the grounds in the filter. Use a level, loosely packed scoop of coffee for a single shot.Pulling a good double, on the other hand, still eludes me. The best I’ve come up with is to use 2 scoops, 3/4 full and loosely packed, and pressed looser than for a single. Even then, it still dribbles out slowly, with a less-than-satisfactory (though present) crema.The steam wand works very well. I’ve made several excellent cappuccinos and lattes with it. It’s a little cramped to use, so I pull mine to the edge of the counter so that I can get a good mug under it. I steam straight into the mug of milk, and then add the espresso. Make sure to blow some steam through it to clear out condensation before putting it in your milk. Start with the steam wand nearly submerged in the milk, and then slowly pull it out (lower the mug) until you hear a gentle “sipping” sound. That means that it’s frothing. If you see noticeable bubbles on top of the milk, that means you’ve pulled it out too far – dip it back in slowly and you should be able to whip the bubbles into froth. Once the froth is just below the level you want it, submerge the wand back into the milk to finish heating it. Listen again – once the milk starts to sound “hollow,” it’s nearly hot enough. Let it go for a few more seconds, then shut off the steam, and remove the mug. The wand will drip a bit, so put it over the drip tray or an empty mug.Making espresso is fairly easy. Turn the machine to “Heat” to start heating the water and priming the pump. Make sure the filter holder is screwed into the machine. Once the “Hot” light comes on, run an espresso cycle without coffee into the cup you’ll use – pulling espresso into a cold cup will ruin the flavor. Fill the cup half-way with hot water, and turn the machine back to “Heat.” Empty and quickly dry the espresso cup. Put the E.S.E. pod or ground espresso into the filter (tamp down the loose espresso) and twist it into the machine. Turn the machine on, and wait until you’ve got your cup of espresso. A single espresso should be 30-40ml, or 1-1.5oz. I used a measuring cup to see what that looked like in my demitasse cups.Looking back over what I’ve written, I suppose I do make it look a little complicated. And it is a little bit more complicated that popping the K-cup into the machine, and hitting “Go.” But it really is pretty easy, and less than 5 minutes pass between “You know, I could go for a cappuccino,” and “Man, that’s a tasty cappuccino.”…

  2. Gian Luca Diana 29/11/2012 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    It works great after over a year I have purchased this machine from Amazon on June 2006, that’s 16 months ago and I have been using this coffee maker every day, usually 2 to 3 times a day. A few words about me, I grew up in Italy, lived there for over 20 years and I still go visit my country for at least a month every year so I should know about coffee, right? DeLonghi is considered a good brand in Italy, I’m not sure about customer service in the U.S. since I never had to contact them; my aunt in Italy has an identical machine with no complaints. I’m not sure about the complaints I read here. Some people say it takes too long to heat up the water… I usually turn it on 15 minutes before making the espresso and the water gets really hot, if you think that’s too long then you’ve never used an espresso machine before, it’s very average as a matter of fact. Sorry, but that’s not the machine’s fault, it’s the way it is with all machines. Coffee shops machines need one hour sometimes longer to heat up. Others have complained about the steamer leaking a bit… NO KIDDING! It’s called vapor condensation, if you think that’s a machine issue I recommend going back to school and taking Physics 101. Not usually a big deal for me, just keep the steamer over the tray and the problem is solved… it’s only a drop or two anyway.Some have written about the coffee not being very strong, true it could be stronger but if you make the right dose it’s ok. I get my coffee in Italy and, you want to trust me on this, if you’re not using good ground coffee to start with you’re not going to get a good espresso. Forget that Starbucks junk, this machine makes a much better espresso if you use it right with the right coffee.I’m not saying it’s perfect, but for this price it gets really good, hard to find better. Forgive me for my somewhat sarcastic remarks, but I have the feeling that most of the people who complained about this machine have issues related to “Operator’s Error” and not the machine itself.One note though about the frother (I’ve seen better construction), remove the plastic part and it works much better.I used both Illy pods and ground coffee and I like both. Illy is considered a high quality coffee.For the past 16 months it has worked great for me and I’m sure it will again tomorrow morning. Remember not to let the water reservoir go dry or you will burn the pump, again “Operator’s Error” not machine’s.To the guy who grinds his own beans not espresso fine… Operator’s Error! Espresso machines need espresso ground coffee not larger grains. I still have to find a grinder in the US that can make fine espresso ground without costing an arm and a leg. One more thing: make sure you use bottled water (I use spring water) because tap water contains more limestone and can ruin the pump in the long run.By the way, all the customers images are mine (as of today October 8th 2007), glad to see so many people enjoyed them.Update: October 24thOver 2 years, and still working great! :) I used it about twice a day.

  3. kidnugget 29/11/2012 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    Great little machine I’ve been a coffee snob for several years have several brewing machines scattered throughout my kitchen. Since I got this machine xmas morning, all the others brewing systems have become obsolete.It produces plenty of steam in a jiff, and the removable water tank is very handy (especially for use with my water filter). While I scoffed at the thought of using the ESE pre-packed espresso pods, it came with a tin of them, so I tried them out since all local coffee houses were closed (and I had no beans!). The ESEs make a pass-able cup of espresso–not the darkest roast, but the convenience of a pod is handy. I have some Major Dikason’s blend from Peets which I made regular espresso and Americanos out of. Delicious, thick, creamy.This machine is a steal at this price. I’ve had to get the hang of packing my grounds in the handle, however. If I pack too tightly, the cream only comes out as a trickle. I suppose that’s the case with most home machines, however. Also, it has a built in tamper on the frame of the machine, and I consider that to be a bit of a mess and kind of sketchy. Go buy a tamper sperately.This is a great little machine. For any price under $200 it’s a steal.

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