Product Type: DeLonghi coffee machines
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Stylish and makes the perfect cup of coffee every time
DeLonghi ESAM4200 Magnifica Bean to Cup
Member Name: carlz2001uk
DeLonghi ESAM4200 Magnifica Bean to Cup
Advantages: 7 grinder settings, adjustable steam, 15 barr pressure
We were feeling rather flush and perhaps also celebrating the promotion and so opted for a coffee maker that would have made my eyes water at the price on any other day. Let me get it out of the way and tell you we paid £349 for it, however (!) it honestly produces the best coffee I have ever tasted in my life! Obviously you have to get the bean selection right as well but the gadgets on this machine alongside the sublime coffee it produces means I have to 100% recommend the machine.
De'Longhi is known for its high end Italian products and this is exactly what this product is. It feels like it is a quality product, is innovative and most importantly in our gadgety kitchen, it is stylish. This machine works effortlessly to function as a bean-to-cup machine by delivering coffee straight from freshly ground beans into your cup. The Magnifica is adaptable to your needs and can be used as an integral bean grinder by selecting 'espresso', the professional conical burr grinder expertly grinds the beans to exactly how you like it with a choice of 7 settings. Even our stand alone coffee grinder we had before we bought this machine only had 2 settings, ground or not!
The machine works at the professional 15 bar pressure to push the hot water through the coffee and into your cup. The process is quick but the machine really comes into its own here when making an espresso as it produces a creamy layer that sits on the top of the drink, known as 'crema' and shows the quality of a good espresso by thickness which is perfect here. There is an option to use ground coffee by make a change in the selection on the control panel, but this is something we rarely use as if you spend the money on a machine like this, you really have to grind the beans just before making the coffee to get the maximum taste and flavour.
Although a lot of coffee machines have a frothing tool, the one with this machine is excellent and seems to do it to perfection. Cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and caffe lattes can all be made with this machine using the frothing arm. We have found that semi skimmed milk works best as it is just the right consistency compared to thick whole milk or watery skimmed. The selection of the steam can be adjusted electronically for the right steam pressure and I always feel like I'm in a coffee shop every time I hear the steam start to come out and froth the milk. The double boiler system on the machine means that one is used exclusively for espresso and the other exclusively for steam so both heats up almost instantly and is ready to go at the touch of a button. The electronic thermostat shows accurate temperature and can be controlled to make the perfect cup of coffee every time. There is also an auto shut off to the machine after 2 hours, which is handy if you forget to turn it off, which I have done a few times. The machine can get slightly noisy when in use but our previous Delonghi coffee machine did the same. I'm not sure if this a Delonghi thing.
An automatic feature of the machine will tell you when it's time to descale the machine, and as a descaler comes with the product and it's an automatic function, it couldn't be easier. The only down side of this is that you can't make a coffee for the 30 minutes it takes to descale! An auto programme allows that according to the local water hardness, the machine can decalcify accordingly. Other functions include telling you when to fill the 1.8 litre water tank and when the grounds container needs emptying. Other features include a cup warmer and removable drip tray.
One thing I have to say with this machine is that you really have to read the instruction guide. While I usually ignore 99% of instruction manuals, you really do need to invest half an hour in flicking though this. The kit is just too expensive and has too many little gadgets that you would be mad not to do this. I would also suggest that you use caution with the grind setting and do change this when you change beans as it is picky with different beans.
Although I realise that the capsule machines are much cheaper to buy, the capsules are on the hefty size price wise and I often find that this is for mediocre coffee. Although this machine is a hit to the bank balance, it will prove to be more economical in the long run (for medium to heavy coffee drinkers!) as beans can be picked up relatively cheaply and with a much higher quality and taste.
Each machine is given its own barcode and can be used to track its history which runs alongside the 2 year manufacturers guarantee. Each product is tested and makes a cup of coffee before it is released (and obviously cleaned) to be sold.
Stylistically I don't think this machine can be beaten, it's smooth silver finish will suit any kitchen, and it looks almost iconic in our kitchen.
Despite it's hefty price tag, I can only recommend this machine, it's beautiful, makes an amazing cup of coffee and has many settings allowing cups to be adapted to the user.
Summary: 5 stars
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