DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM22110SB Review
The DeLonghi Magnifica is one of the company’s superautomatic offerings that really put a thumbs up on size and style. If you have always thought of getting your very own Espresso machine but worried by the fact that it might not fit your relatively small countertop space, then worry no more.
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We see this unit being a godsend for coffee fans who want a capable Espresso machine but don’t have enough space to accommodate it. Also, being a super-automatic means this machine will appeal to novices and intermediate Espresso and Coffee lovers who really don’t want to put in much work in making their drinks but rather just want to have something easy to use while still producing stellar results.
Looks and Feel
One glance at the DeLonghi Magnifica and you are definitely going to be impressed with how much Delonghi was able to cram into this small size. To think that you are looking at a super automatic that can grind, froth and brew for you in just a couple of clicks in such a compact frame is amazing indeed — kudos to Delonghi for being able to engineer wonderful Espresso-making technology in such limited space.
A silver coating dominates much of this machine’s body and its side panels are adorned with a matte black shade. The upper middle part of the machine houses the control panel — a control knob sits on the middle while six buttons occupy the space around it.
A digital display sits atop of the knob and this will show the user the current setting as well as machine status.
One of the key aspects that a good super automatic should have is a friendly user interface. There is no point in getting a superautomatic if you will still be taking up too much time just figuring out what to do and still end up doing much work.
The selector dial conveniently lets you choose between the following selection: single shot of espresso, a double, one long coffee, and two long coffees. You also use it to change the strength of your coffee. Good add-ons include temperature programmability and auto-shut off, instant reheat and cup counter to tell you how much you have brewed.
It ain’t Espresso without the froth, so a good Frothing wand is needed to create rich and creamy foam that will go perfectly with your brews. A patented manual steam wand has been integrated in this unit and a special frothing attachment is included in the package to make those thick, velvety micro foam — almost no skill required.
Stainless Steel-Lined ThermoBlock System
Compared to traditional boilers, a Thermoblock heating system offers quick warm up and an always-ready hot water supply. It all starts once you turn on the machine — the Thermoblock system cycles water thru the main heating element while still keeping water usage up to a minimum. The stainless steel make-up of this system also helps by preventing the water from acquiring a metallic taste. All it takes is just a single press of the button and your Delonghi will be ready to brew anytime.
A Quiet and Efficient Conical Burr Grinder
One often overlooked aspect when it comes to grinders is its noise output. Sure, it might not be at the top of your “to-have” checklist but it sure is nice to use a machine without your eardrums having to endure quite a beating.
The hardened steel conical burrs operate in low speed not only to ensure even grinding, but reduce noise as well. At 8.8 ounce max and up to 13 different fineness settings for various Espresso styles, this conical burr grinder does its job well. Extras include an air-tight rubber seal and UV-tinted lid to make sure your beans stay fresh.
Direct-To Brew System
The patented Delonghi Direct-To Brew System is present in this device. How it works: the conical burr grinder releases the freshly ground coffee into the brew group which can brew 2 drinks at a time. You can easily remove the brew group by removing the panel on the right side and clean it by simply rinsing it under warm water. One interesting note, since the machine is so compact, the distance it travels is shortened, thus the heat is retained which of course is perfect for that hot cup of cofffee.
Pre-Ground Coffee Bypass Doser
In the event that you run out of coffee beans or would just rather have a quick decaf brew, the bypass doser integrated on the machine will let you use pre-ground coffee (easily available from stores).
DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM22110SB PROS
- Full-feature Superautomtic in a compact frame
- Professional-Quality Burr Grinder
- Built-in water filtration system
- Patented Cappuccino System Frother
- Energy Efficient
DeLonghi Magnifica ECAM22110SB CONS
- Not ground-flavored coffee/flavored beans friendly as oils tend to clog grinders
Delonghi is crystal-clear with what they wanted on the DeLonghi Magnifica: An ultra-compact machine that is full-featured and space-saving — perfect for small apartments or condominiums which don’t have much available kitchen real estate to accomodate conventional models. A rich feature set and plenty of nice extras make the DeLonghi Magnifica an excellent buy.
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