De'Longhi Prima Donna ESAM6600
From the country that invented and perfected espresso comes a machine of unrivalled versatility. The De'Longhi Prima Donna embodies everything truly Italian about coffee--style, quality and the perfect intensity of flavour--at the touch of a button.
De’Longhi has been a high-profile Italian brand for more than 100 years, providing high-quality, efficient, innovative and stylish domestic products. Instantly recognisable, De’Longhi possesses a unique design quality that, when combined with De’Longhi technical expertise, creates products that truly stand alone.
De’Longhi Quality and coffee
Quality and reliability remain integral to De'Longhi's brand values and all products are subjected to rigorous quality checks. This is particularly true of coffee makers, a key focus; top-of-the-range machines are still designed, produced and assembled by hand in the Italian production sites in order to uphold the expected high standards.
Every single bean-to-cup coffee machine is tested and makes a cup of coffee, before being thoroughly cleaned and released to be sold. Each machine is also given a unique barcode to track its history should anything happen to it. The latest and most premium bean-to-cup machine ‘PrimaDonna’ is so carefully made that it will make up to 30,000 coffees in its lifetime--certainly a quality investment.
PrimaDonna is simply the best domestic bean-to-cup espresso, lungo, latte and cappuccino machine on the market, with ingenious design and patented innovation. It allows consumers to make 15 bar restaurant and coffee bar standard coffee in the comfort of their own homes, and in the simplest way.
All aspects of a typical professional pump espresso machine (like the ones you see in your highstreet coffee bar), such as grinders, filter holders and steam pipes, are found working inside PrimaDonna, De’Longhi has simply redesigned, compacted and hidden them inside the machine. Instead of grappling with filter holders and fiddly cappuccino steam pipes, PrimaDonna expertly performs all of these functions at the touch of one button.
|Bean-to-cup journey |
The function of a bean-to-cup machine is just as the name suggests: literally delivering coffee straight from freshly ground beans into your cup. PrimaDonna does this in seconds, and yet the coffee is as good and as fresh as any you’ll buy in a coffee bar. After pressing one button to select ‘espresso’, the bean-to-cup journey starts at the integral coffee bean grinder. PrimaDonna has an adjustable, professional conical burr grinder to expertly grind the beans to your desired coarseness.
The ground coffee is then packed tightly and the internal brewing unit pushes hot water through the coffee at professional 15 bar pressure. The espresso is then delivered straight into your cup, the whole process taking just seconds. The hallmark of a perfect espresso is recognised by the ‘crema’: a creamy layer that sits on top of the espresso to seal in the temperature and flavour .The thicker the crema, the better the espresso and the quality of the machine that produced it.
|Cappuccino, Latte Macchiato and Caffelatte |
Cappuccinos, latte macchiatos and caffelattes are made just as easily. The innovative patented milk carafe plugs straight into the machine and expertly froths fresh milk for you. This is a real benefit, as many people find conventional cappuccino steam pipes tricky to use, and it takes real practice to get perfect froth using a standard manual pipe and jug. PrimaDonna’s milk carafe does this for you and could not be easier to use. Simply fill with fresh cold milk (semi-skimmed or skimmed works best) and slot the carafe into the front of the machine.
|Next, press either the cappuccino, latte macchiato, or caffelatte button on the control panel. The cold milk is drawn up into the carafe lid via a thick straw, and at the same time hot steam is pumped through the lid from a dedicated boiler inside the PrimaDonna. The hot frothy milk is then immediately dispensed into your cup via a stainless steel tube, and a freshly made espresso is delivered into the cup immediately after. Due to the twin boiler system, there is no waiting for the machine to heat up or cool down to make the milk froth and then the espresso--each function has a dedicated boiler for instant results. |
The milk carafe can also be easily cleaned. Simply press the ‘clean’ button located next to the carafe handle and hot steam is pushed through the lid and stainless steel tube to flush out any milk residue and to sterilise it. The carafe can then be detached from the PrimaDonna and stored in the fridge with any remaining milk inside until you need to use it again.
|A real advantage to the carafe system is that the milk always remains cold--essential to proper milk froth--and milk never goes inside the main body of the PrimaDonna, unlike other competitor models, which will warm the milk and are difficult to clean.|
Style and Design
PrimaDonna is such a well-designed machine that it will suit any type of user. It is extremely easy for first-time users to make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes at the touch of a button, and yet it also has lots of programmable functions for the more serious user, so that strength, temperature and quantity can be easily set. The digital display also makes this feature very simple, and you can see at a glance exactly what you have selected and programmed.
|The display also tells the user exactly what is happening at all times, so it’s virtually impossible to go wrong with this machine. It will inform you when it's time to descale the machine (an automatic function that takes a mere 30 minutes) and it will also tell you when the grounds container needs emptying and when the water tank needs filling, will take you through all the steps of making espresso and cappuccino, and much much more. |
The stylish design and quality build of PrimaDonna is as you would expect from the high standards of De’Longhi. PrimaDonna is a stunning machine made from solid stainless steel, and will be an icon within your kitchen.
Let the De'Longhi Prima Donna enrich all of your senses and give you an intoxicating and unforgettable coffee experience every day.
We like the coffee maker. Maybe it is not the quietest one (quite noisy when it is rinsing the nozzle before and after use and when it grinds the beans) but this is not a problem... Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2013 by Ms M
Always used Gaggia before. And very happy with that brand. However, I chose to switch to a fully automated delonghi machine about 14 months ago....... BIG mistake. Read morePublished on 14 April 2011 by CMMD
Ok, I've been using this machine for a bit over a week now - I should say I bought it on impulse, in Currys, when I saw it had come down from £1,200 to £499. Read morePublished on 6 Jan. 2011 by Ms. N. Jones
I had this machine for six months before it literally exploded due to some kind of power malfunction. I called the De'Longhi hotline and they identified a service provider. Read morePublished on 29 Dec. 2010 by Corey
I purchased this machine in December 2006, because I just wanted something with quality in my life for once - a rare treat. I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2010 by David Clarke
Well I have to say this is the best investment I've made in a long time. It makes perfect cappuccino every time and it's simple to adjust to your ideal of what that should be. Read morePublished on 14 Nov. 2010 by Phil B
My partner bought me this for my birthday. Lovely surprise, but within 24h it was not heating up for espresso. Coffee was lukewarm and so we called the De'Longhi helpline. Read morePublished on 13 Sept. 2010 by MT
6 months on and still going fine. Have not had a cup of Instant coffee since.
Joy to use. Great tasting coffe and has paid for itself by not by buying take-aways. Read more
After reading through all the reviews I decided to go ahead and buy the Prima Donna ESAM6600. I am so pleased that I did! Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2010 by Thistledown