DeLonghi ESAM3300 Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

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The DeLonghi ESAM3300 is not a machine for the casual espresso drinker. It is for the serious, uncompromising coffee connoisseur who demands nothing but the richest flavor and smoothest, most delicious crema. If that sounds like you, the ESAM3300 won’t disappoint.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Features

DeLonghi ESAM3300 MagnificaThe ESAM3300 features a patented Delonghi boiler, compact for better distribution of heat. The double boiler, made from stainless steel of course, is removable to allow proper and easier cleaning of the machine, so crucial to keeping these machines running optimally.

The product features a beans-to-brew system, which grinds the beans right before making the brew, ensuring absolute freshness and flavor. The Instant Reheat function keeps the machine ready for action regardless of the time lapse between cups.

All controls are at the front of the machine, and both the water tank and bean container are removable, so you can operate the machine without moving it around. Conveniently, the height of the coffee spigots can be adjusted to accommodate anything from a standard espresso cup to a tall coffee mug. This is always a problem on entry level models without this ability, so we just love this feature on the Delonghi ESAM3300.

The cappuccino system can rotate 180 degrees to accommodate any size milk container, another area that’s a problem on more basic models. There’s a cup tray for keeping cups warm, as well as a customizable grinder to help you grind beans just the way you want them.

Overall, the ESAM3300 provides features that eliminate all the cons and concerns of cheaper, more basic machines. Truly a unit for the professional.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Performance

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Control PanelFirst of all, for such a fully featured machine, this model is extremely easy to use. The dials are intuitive and won’t take long for even a novice to get to grips with. The fact that you can play around with the grind and brew strength will certainly please those who don’t want to leave the quality of their beverage completely up to a machine.

The machine produced some of the most delicious espresso we have ever tasted. The steaming wand works ok, but this is one feature on espresso machines that the manufacturers just can’t seem to get perfectly right. It’s a little short and we felt it could have done with full rotation instead of just side to side.

The built-in grinder works very well, if a bit noisy, but that’s to be expected. We found the cup warmer slightly inadequate, which is a little disappointing.

Cleaning and Maintenance
All parts that need to be cleaned regularly can be removed without too much fuss from the machine, making the Delonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica easy to maintain.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Verdict

Overall, this is a wonderful coffee/espresso machine. It is expensive, but will give you many years of excellent service if you maintain it properly, which is fairly easy thanks to key parts being removable. It produces superior quality coffee, espresso and cappucinos. The less than perfect steam wand and cup warmer are the only disappointments on an otherwise great appliance.