De’Longhi Espresso Machines
The De’Longhi family founded its firm as a small industrial part manufacturing workshop 1902 but did not incorporate until 1950. While it started out as a manufacturer of portable heaters and air conditioners, it later expanded to small domestic appliances. It now specializes in coffee makers and small ovens. In 2001, the company acquired Kenwood, expanding its culinary appliances section. It furthered these inroads into small kitchen appliances with its 2013 rights acquisition of Braun household products. That means that when you buy a De’Longhi espresso machine today, you really obtain a De’Longhi-Kenwood-Braun machine.
“Our vision is to turn people’s everyday into something special. Our aim is to make each person’s life a little simpler by providing innovative solutions to their domestic needs for a happier and more fulfilled life.” – the De’Longhi vision and values
The De’Longhi brand offers a set of innovative espresso machines with distinctive style and high-quality performance. They produce a huge line so they can continue to appeal to various cultures and those in numerous living environments. You can find their espresso machines in both homes and restaurants. The brand makes automatic espresso/cappuccino machines, manual espresso, Nespresso and all-in-one espresso machines in a large variety of finishes and materials with a color palette to complement any décor.
Automatic Espresso/Cappuccino Machines
The De’Longhi automatic espresso/cappuccino machines let you easily make a delicious cup of espresso, cappuccino, latte or macchiato without your needing to know the ins and outs of fine espresso crafting. As long as the water well remains full on an automatic, you can make coffee to your heart’s content. These automatic machines feature a compact design that fits on nearly any counter. These high-end machines range in cost from about $750 to just under $3,000.
For those who want the simplicity of making amazing coffee at home whether espresso or cappuccino or another drink, try these basic high-end espresso machines.
The Magnifica ESAM3300 cappuccino automatic espresso machine lets you brew espresso or cappuccino with the push of a button. This simple to operate coffee maker typically retails for about $750, but it has gone on sale previously for about $500. If you want a simple to use automatic, choose this Magnifica for barista brew at your fingertips.
The Dinamica ECAM35020B automatic coffee and espresso machine also brews iced coffee and Truebrew over ice. Its solid black finish compliments most interiors. Retailing at just under $900, this model from the Dinamica line provides a variety of coffees with all the work done by the machine.
Another option in the same line, the Dinamica ECAM35020SB automatic coffee and espresso machine also brews iced coffee and Truebrew over ice. More than its stainless-steel finish sets it apart. It also comes with a built-in premium frother. The latter feature lets you craft espresso café quality coffees including cappuccinos and other frothed milk drinks. It retails for just under $1,000, so if you want to avoid spending that much, watch the sales. It does a lot though and means you will only need this one machine since you will not need a separate milk frother or a standalone machine for making iced drinks.
Try the Magnifica ECAM 22110SB cappuccino automatic espresso machine to make café quality drinks at the push of a button. With an automatic, you do nothing and the machine does all the work. This compact espresso maker works great in even the smallest spaces. It also retails for just under $1,000.
More Than $1,000
If you do not mind spending more, you can acquire an espresso machine with a multitude of features that essentially lets you make any drink in your home kitchen that you could purchase at an espresso café.
The ECAM 23.260.SB Magnifica S cappuccino automatic espresso machine adds a few features that every serious coffee connoisseur needs. It provides a double shot feature so you can make a tall drink. It not only doubles the amount of coffee but the milk, too, so the drink turns out perfect. The SB Magnifica also integrates a 13-setting stainless-steel burr grinder so you can turn whole beans into any grind of coffee you like. The second chamber on this unit houses pre-ground coffee. Be prepared to spend about $1,200 on this machine.
The Magnifica S ECAM23270S smart cappuccino maker enables you to brew two cups of espresso, coffee or milk-based beverages simultaneously with only the touch of a button. The automatic LatteCrema System foams the milk and the memory system on the espresso machines lets you customize both aroma and quantity. Push a soft touch button and brew our choice of espresso, cappuccino, latte or macchiato. This espresso maker features a compact, sleek design that fits on any countertop and creates a small footprint. Despite its many features, it retails for just over $1,400.
Its sister machine, the ECAM 23.460.S Magnifica automatic espresso maker costs only about $100 more than the smart machine. What do you get for the $1,500? In addition to the features of the above smart machine, you also get an integrated milk container that has an auto-clean function. You can remove the milk container so you can store it in the refrigerator and never waste milk. The milk container produces steamed and frothed milk.
If you want to never set foot in another espresso café, purchase the Digital S automatic espresso machine and cappuccino maker. Its internal digital computer lets you choose your favorite drinks, customized to how you like them and remembers them for you so you only need to push a button to get your favorite macchiato, flat white and milk. A digitized menu offers up every possible drink the machine can make, so you can choose and make it with a button push. It retails at about $1,600.
The brand offers two machines at just under $2,000 – the Eletta Cappuccino ECAM 45.760.B and the Perfecta ESAM 5600.S automatic. These machines offer similar features and retail for the exact same price. Both feature two-line digital displays and include built-in milk containers. They differ in that the ECAM comes with the LatteCrema system while the 5600.S comes with the Automatic Cappuccino System. Both have all the essential features of the ECAM Magnifica with their ramped-up milk systems as an added bonus.
Finally, there is the PrimaDonna S De Luxe ECAM 28.465.M, the top of the line of the brand’s automatic coffee, espresso and cappuccino makers. The PrimaDonna can make any coffee with a button push. It includes the LatteCrema system that handles all types of frothing, steam and crema for perfect barista-quality drinks every time. Its onboard computer lets you program your favorite coffee drinks customized to your tastes including the temperature, strength, even the milk-to-espresso ratio. The machine remembers it for you, so you set it once and thereafter, when you push a button, you get your coffee, espresso, cappuccino, macchiato or milk-based drink your way. It provides a compact design to fit in any kitchen. You will spend just under $3,000 for this machine.
Each set of De’Longhi espresso machines offers its own benefits or drawbacks. You choose the machine that would work best for you. For example, if you love espresso and rarely make cappuccino, a machine with a removable milk container probably is not a requirement for you. You might want a larger water well though or the ability to grind your own beans for a truly fresh cup.
The Magnifica line offers customizable espresso brewing. It provides a sleek, elegant design that makes both espresso and cappuccino. You can program it to remember how strong you like your espresso and which is your favorite beverage. Once you program it, it remembers everything for you and when you push a button, the espresso maker does all the work.
Choose a machine from the Eletta series to obtain an automatic espresso machine with brewing consistency. You set the temperature for your ideal espresso and that is what you get. Like a professional machine used in an espresso café, it offers 15 bars of pressure, letting you play barista for your friends without knowing what you are doing. You can grind fresh beans or use pre-ground coffee.
Really impress your friends with the PrimaDonna. Who knew you could make the perfect macchiato? Do you say your buddy’s K-cup machine mystifies you? No problem. This machine lets you fill the water carafe, fill the milk container and push a button. Whether you desire a cappuccino, latte, espresso, macchiato or some esoteric milk-based beverage, the PrimaDonna series does it for you. It even automatically steams or froths the milk for you. You get perfect cream on an espresso and thick foam on your cappuccino.
Your choice of De’Longhi depends on whether you want to make every drink available at your local Starbucks or just a bean-to-cup espresso to start your day. Regardless of the machine series, the brand designs coffee makers that you can clean easily because they all use front-accessible components. Each has a removable water tank plus those with milk frothers all have a removable milk container. Every machine provides a removable drip tray, too. Some machines include an indicator to let you know when it needs cleaning or descaling. That lets you avoid the nasty limescale that can build up and ruin your coffee. Whatever De’Longhi you choose, you will get one of the best made at home machines available.