Delonghi Magnifica ESAM3300 Review
DeLonghi Magnifica is one of the finest looking espresso machines on the market. It is a bit pricey, but it can definitely deliver a very rich and aromatic shot of espresso. Highly recommended for people with a higher budget.
- Compact & high performance
- Dialed controls
- Built-in burr grinder
- Double thermoblock
- Noisy grinder
Specs & Features
|Product Weight (lbs.)||24|
|Boiler Material||Stainless Steel-lined Aluminum|
|Reservoir Size||60 oz|
|Milk Syste||Panarello Wand|
Delonghi Magnifica has proven time and time again to be a firm favorite. It looks good, is solidly built and delivers consistent results at the touch of a button. It’s not the newest kid on the block, but it scores a lot of points for reliability and ease of use.
The ESAM3300 model is a super-automatic espresso machine that has developed a sterling reputation for making espresso at an affordable price point. The machine is solid and can help take the grind, quite literally, out of making good coffee.
Just make sure that it has beans and water and let it do its thing.
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One thing that delights users of the Magnifica is that it is functional with features that really make your life easier. The machine grinds the perfect amount of beans for the cup of coffee without you needing to tamp them down or mess around with them.
The Delonghi ESAM3300 makes use of a twin-boiler system so that you can brew the coffee and steam milk seamlessly. It uses 15-bar pressure to ensure that every ounce of flavor is maximized.
This, along with the self-cleaning feature shows that the manufacturers put a lot of thought into the design here.
This is a good-looking option, with an easy-to-clean stainless-steel coating and clean lines. It is relatively compact so will look good in most kitchens, regardless of their size.
The coffee grinder is integrated into the system making it a real leave and go system – as long as you make sure that the beans are topped up, that the water is full and that the grinds are emptied regularly, this system can basically run itself.
The grinder holds 7 ounces of coffee beans, and you can adjust the setting on the dial so that you can choose how coarse or fine the beans are ground. This is something that you can tinker with when you get your Delonghi home.
If you like, you can opt to use ready-ground coffee as well. If this is more your speed, just load it up into the container next to the bean hopper. You will need to use a single scoop for a standard espresso and a double scoop for a double.
Where this comes in handy is if you want to try out a new brand of coffee – buy a small packet instead of shelling out for a big one and see if you like it first.
The reservoir for the water can take up to 60 ounces, so you do need to monitor the water level before making coffee. It’s not ideal to run the system if there is not enough water so this is a slight drawback for this option.
However, the size of the reservoir does help to keep the system more compact.
You do have the option to change the amount of water used during brewing, so you are able to customize your coffee to a certain extent. If you prefer an espresso that is not as strong, add more water. If you want really strong coffee, use less water.
The steam wand will rotate 180 degrees so that you are able to hold the pitcher comfortably and still get the milk properly steamed.
The spout can also be adjusted in height so that you can use either a standard cup or a bigger mug. This is a feature that is pretty unique.
It does also have a tray for warming cups and an easily removable drip tray as well.
Something that makes this fairly unique is that it has an inbuilt decalcification cycle. Unlike other models that you need to take to a service center, this can be done in half an hour at home.
Ease of Use
You get a DVD when you buy this machine. You do need to watch it make sure that you know exactly how everything works. The system is simple enough but it is not all that intuitive.
Once you understand where everything goes, you are all set. It is a simple operation – make sure there are beans or ground powder and enough water, get the milk ready and then choose the right setting. The machine will do the rest for you.
Users do recommend flushing the machine and rinsing out the brewer section at least once a day in hot water so that there is no stale coffee left over to contaminate the next batch.
Some users also suggest using filtered water if you live in a hard water area to reduce limescale buildup.
Some people said that they had problems with the grinder getting clogged if the beans were not fresh enough so do keep that in mind.
Adjusting the settings is simple enough to do, and so you can play around until you get it to the perfect setting for you.
Some users have said that the espresso tastes just like it would in a great coffee shop in Italy. The overall consensus is that the taste is delicious and that the machine produces consistent results.
If you have people over and need to make a good few espressos, this won’t let you down – it cycles through easily and quickly and produces good crema every time.
Overall, this has a high rating. It delivers on the promise of consistently making perfect espresso. On the downside, it does make a fair amount of noise when cycling through and, if you are in the States, it is tougher to have it repaired or serviced.
That said, the craftsmanship is excellent and there should not be any problems with it as long as you use it according to the instructions. The reliability of these machines is high, and they will last you well.
Overall, these work out to be excellent value for money and could very well replace expensive trips to your local Starbucks. You will recoup the expense of the machine very quickly and have fun experimenting with a whole new coffee experience.
Anthony is a professional barista in the city of Chicago. He has written for many online publications on various topics related to coffee.