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De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM5500.T Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Machine
- Ultimate bean-to-cup quality espresso/cappuccino machine with professional 15 bar pump pressure
- For use with fresh coffee beans and ground coffee
- Built-in traditional steam pipe with plug-in milk carafe for one-touch milk frothing
- Electronic temperature control, double boiler system, automatic shut-off, active cup warmer and removable drip tray
- Easy one-touch operation with digital control panel, illuminated icon display and integrated professional burr grinder
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|Capacity||1.7 litres||1.8 litres||2 litres||1.2 litres||1.7 litres||1.8 litres|
|Item Dimensions||28.4 x 44 x 38 cm||28.5 x 37.5 x 36 cm||38 x 35 x 37 cm||33 x 45.5 x 42.5 cm||33 x 24.5 x 36.5 cm||32.99 x 24.51 x 36.6 cm|
|Item Weight||15.5 kg||10 kg||10 kg||8.5 kg||7 kg||7.8 kg|
|Material||Plastic||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||—||Plastic|
|Special Feature||Cup_Warmer; Milk_Frother; Integrated_Coffee_Grinder; Water_Filter||Integrated Coffee Grinder;Milk Frother;Programmable;Removable Tank;Thermoblock;cup warmer||Cup Warmer^Integrated Coffee Grinder^Milk Frother^Permanent Filter^Programmable||Integrated Coffee Grinder; Milk Frother; Removable Tank||integrated coffee grinder||—|
|Wattage||1,350 watts||1,450 watts||1,850 watts||1,400 watts||1,450 watts||1,450 watts|
The Perfecta ESAM5500.T is the ultimate bean-to-cup coffee machine for people who are serious about coffee. It features the De'Longhi single-touch system, giving you the ability to make fresh espresso and lungo at professional 15 bar pump pressure at just the touch of a button.
The bean-to-cup system grinds a fresh portion of coffee beans for each cup via the built-in professional-quality burr grinder, with seven adjustable coarseness levels, ensuring the ultimate fresh coffee experience every time. Personal coffee preferences, such as length, strength and temperature, can be tailored to suit every taste. This model includes a De'Longhi patented single-touch milk carafe that plugs into the front of the machine to froth fresh milk for cappuccino and latte, also at the touch of a button. The double boiler system dedicates one boiler exclusively to espresso and the other to steam. In addition, the innovative milk carafe can be steam-cleaned at the touch of a button and removed to store in the fridge, ready for the next coffee.
The Perfecta features an easy-tronic digital control panel with a stylish design, sleek illuminated icon display and rotating control dial. The quantities of water and coffee can be adjusted to ensure an individually tailored cup of coffee, while the electronic temperature control can be used to set your coffee from piping hot to medium temperature. The adjustable height of the coffee dispenser allows the Perfecta to accommodate either full- or espresso-size cups. The machine also has an active cup warmer, as well as automatic shut-off after a pre-set time has elapsed. The Perfecta is easy to clean, with rinse and decalcification auto-programmes that vary to reflect local water hardness and a removable brewing unit and drip tray.
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Enter the De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM5500T - a great machine which continues to please - it is so consistent at making the same quality finished product without the frustrations of other machines. I just love the fact that when I come down in the morning, it is on and ready to deliver a great cup. It is one of the fastest espresso makers when it comes to warming up from cold, and it is so easy to manage and maintain. Full marks to the manufacturer, and a 5 star recommendation from a very delighted user.
After a week, I strongly recomend the Perfecta ESAM5500T to other coffee lovers
However, the steamed milk option, for making cappuccino / latte, rather less satisfactory. While it makes a good, stable, froth, it's far from hot enough, making the resulting drink barely more then tepid. Unlike the coffee temperature, the milk temperature cannot be controlled. The manual suggests that, for a hotter drink, you should preheat the cup and preheat the machine with a rinse of hot water. I took that one step further by flushing the milk unit with a press of the clean button to preheat that, but still the result was far from satisfactory. Even with the coffee temperature set at hot, preheating everything in sight, and starting with milk at 15 degrees rather than the recommended 5, the milk only attained 56 degrees and the final coffee just 61 degrees: nothing like hot enough for my taste. It's not possible to get the machine to produce just steam, so boosting the milk temperature that way's not an option. I went back to the microwave method!
The water capacity is disappointing, but it does just last a day (though that will obviously depend on the number and volume of coffees produced). The milk and bean capacities are slightly better and the drip try and used grounds trays are ample. I didn't use the hot water dispensing facility, except try it. It works, but gave a very low flow rate.
The look and feel of the machine it okay, though the control knob on the front feels disappointingly cheap, clunky and nasty. The two-line front panel display is readable, but could be better. It's hardly state of the art.
On balance, sad to say, the machine's going back tomorrow. It does make reasonable coffee (though not quite as well as the ageing Gaggia Syncrony Compact it was intended to replace) but it's just not hot enough, especially if you like a milky drink ... and, if you don't, why would you pay extra a machine that does that too?
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