DeLonghi ESAM3500 Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

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The DeLonghi ESAM3500 may be expensive, but it’s the machine that will make sure you never bother to see the inside of Starbucks again. Only serious coffee drinkers need apply, but if that’s you, you’re in for a treat with this machine.

DeLonghi ESAM3500 Features

DeLonghi ESAM3500 Control PanelAs you’d expect at this price point, the ESAM3500 allows you to adjust the clock, start time, auto shutoff, water hardness and coffee temperature. You can choose from five different coffee strengths, as well as three cup sizes (ristretto, espresso and large) thanks to the height adjustable spouts.

The Delonghi patented Direct-to-Brew system allows beans to be ground instantly, ensuring fresh and tasty coffee or espresso. It features an adequate 15-bar pump.

To ease the pain of making lattes and cappuccinos you get a 25-ounce milk container. Two detachable lids cater for frothed milk and steamed milk respectively. The container has an easy automatic cleaning function and can also be detached for cold storage.

The Delonghi ESAM3500 features a burr grinder, and adjustable grind settings that allows you to get the perfect grind for all types of beans. The instant reheat function keeps the machine ready for action.

If you never know when to clean your espresso machine, the ESAM3500 has a decalcification system with indicator lights that lets you know exactly when it’s time to do so. There’s a cup warmer on top and the unit has a 60 ounce removable water tank with level indicator.

Finally, there’s a removable used coffee container as well as a removable drip tray to make cleaning easy.

Delonghi ESAM3500 Performance
The first thing we have to mention is that this machine makes absolutely delicious coffee and espresso. Fresh and full of flavor, you’ll have to beware of becoming addicted to this machine. The frothing pitcher, usually a problem ridden attachment on so many machines, works extremely well. We love the adjustable spout height and the variable coffee strength settings, which work as expected.

There are a few steps involved in getting going with the machine, but that’s to be expected. Grab the manual, take it slow, make it a journey of discovery and you’ll soon get the hang of it. The fact that the machine tells you when it needs cleaning is brilliant. If there’s one thing that causes a ton of problems for people who own espresso machines, it is not cleaning the unit regularly enough.The ESAM3500 will hold your hand all the way. The unit is very easy to clean as well.

Delonghi ESAM3500 Verdict

If you can afford it, and if you seriously love coffee, espresso, cappuccinos and lattes, the Delonghi ESAM3500 is a fantastic espresso machine. Highly recommended.