A few people have asked some questions about the EC155 tamper size, replacement frothing wands, etc. I’ll keep updating this page with answers to common questions.
The EC155 uses a 52mm tamper (about 2 inches), and some guys over at coffeegeek have had success with the RSVP Terry’s Tamper, which weighs in at a mere $7. Note that this tamper is 50mm rather than 52mm, so it won’t fit the basket perfectly. If you’re looking for something a bit nicer, check out Coffee Compliments’ aluminum tamper ($17). They also offer all of their other tampers in the 52mm size, although they are all upwards of $17.
I’ve been looking around for a suitable replacement tip and/or wand for the EC155, and I’ve stumbled on a decent solution (thanks to people in this thread). Head over to your local hardware store or Home Depot and purchase a M6 x 1.0 acorn nut (stainless steel). Drill a 1/16″ hole in the tip, I drilled from the inside of the nut using a drill press and some 3-in-one. After drilling the hole, get a larger bit and drill from the other side to remove burrs. Be sure to wash thoroughly before use! The tip seems to work quite well, although I think a smaller hole could improve performance.
Feel free to leave a comment if you’ve found a tip or wand that fits. For more information, check out this thread on coffeegeek.
I’ve found that a 12oz pitcher seems to work best size-wise with the EC155. The 12oz pitcher is also short enough to allow milk frothing with an acorn nut tip, without a steam wand extension. This pitcher (~$14) is similar to the one I use. There are also cheaper options, but it’s nice to have a sturdy pitcher with a spout.
I’ve been unable to find much information about usable baskets for the EC155, but some people have had luck with some of the baskets listed below.
- Delonghi 606348 [amazon] – Fits, but results aren’t great (see androidmert’s comment)
- Delonghi 607706 [ereplacementparts] – Fits, but is quite large
- Krups MS-090716 [hard to find] – Fits
I made the following measurements with digital calipers, so they should be fairly accurate:
- Portafilter inner diameter: 54.6mm at top, narrows to 51.2mm at bottom
- Stock double basket
- Outer diameter: 54.0mm at widest point, narrowing to 49.0mm
- Inner diameter: 52.8mm
Since the EC155 has very little clearance under the portafilter, you can’t pull shots into a mug (unless you remove the drip tray, which is quite awkward). These double-walled thermo-glasses work very well, but any vessel shorter than the 2″ will work just fine.