DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3500
When you realize that you are spending more time than you can afford each morning when making coffee, maybe it’s about time to get a super-automatic.
Convenience and ease-of-use are what these machines are known for, and it goes without saying that they make excellent brews.
The DeLonghi 3500 is one good example of such device and today we will give it a spin to see how it fares.
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Looks and Feel
The DeLonghi ESAM3500 shows off a typical modern styling. Steel finish with a subtle touch of dark grey color, the DeLonghi 3500 carries a very professional look and excellent build quality that will definitely add style points to your kitchen counter top.
It is a bit boxy in shape but with smooth edges and corners. A total of ten buttons are displayed on the front which are right below the accompanying monochrome LCD display.
Patented Single Touch System
Easily prepares latte and cappuccino. Simply slide the milk tank onto the front of the machine and press a button.
Easy-to-use Digital Control Panel
With programmable menu settings: adjust start time, auto off, clock, temperature, coffee strength (5 settings) and cup size (3 settings).
Press the clean button on the milk tank and it will automatically perform a rinse cycle.
One Touch Operation with various Programming optionsAs a super automatic, the DeLonghi ESAM3500 takes care of brewing with just a single touch. The default settings are good however its capabilities would only be maximized if you spend a little time configuring and customizing your drinks.
Using the control panel, you can easily adjust the following settings:
- water hardness,
- coffee strength (extra-mild, mild, regular, strong, and extra-strong),
- cup size (ristretto, espresso and American coffee) and more.
- You can even program it to turn off and turn on at specific periods of the day.
Removable Milk Container, Integrated Conical Burr Grinder
The DeLonghi ESAM3500 features a removable automatic latte and cappuccino system that includes a 25-ounce milk reservoir and two detachable lids (one for froth and the other for steam). With this you can easily store leftover milk in the fridge and have it ready to use the next day without the hassle of transferring the milk or cleaning the container. Just slip in on the machine if you are making a latte or cappuccino and it will do the steaming and frothing for you.
The integrated conical burr grinder allows you to adjust the fineness of the grind to your desired settings. No need to purchase a separate grinder, just pop the burr grinder lid open, pour in the beans, press a button and wait for your coffee to brew. It’s that easy.
One important feature of this machine is its instant re-heat function. With this, you can have the machine ready to brew within a few seconds instead of the typical priming-up period which requires more time.
DeLonghi ESAM3500 Pros:
- One Touch operation and plenty of programming options
- Removable Milk Container, Integrated Conical Burr Grinder
- 5 coffee-strength options; 3 buttons for choosing cup size; height-adjustable coffee spouts
- Instant Re-heat function
DeLonghi ESAM3500 Cons:
- A bit pricey
The DeLonghi 3500 delivers what is expected and promises years of excellent brews which DeLonghi is known for. Granted, a super-automatic machine is a bit expensive, but what you get are excellent lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos and more all in just a single touch and within just a few minutes. Some people are willing to pay a premium for these benefits, and for most of them the DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM3500 delivers and more.
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