De'Longhi Prima Donna ESAM6600 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine
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- Bean-to-cup espresso/cappucino/latte maker with patented AutoCappuccino System
- For use with coffee beans or ground coffee
- Memory function stores your favourite coffee settings while adjustable coffee dispenser allows for varying cup sizes
- Adjustable burr grinder, removable stainless steel drip tray, electronic temperature control and cup warmer
- One-touch operation with easy-to-use digital touch-screen display
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Top Customer Reviews
Until I got this machine I'd never been able to re-create for myself the sort of coffee one gets in a coffee shop; didn't matter what type I tried (filter, cafetiere, steam expresso) nor which beans I bought, it never quite got there.
But this machine delivers. A wonderful range of choice of strength or type and what comes out is fresh and tasty. Really tasty.
And it's easy to use too. A wide range of setup choices and good a range of "defaults" each of which is also programmable (how much espresso, how much milk, how much froth). Work out which you like best and set the quantities which just fill your favourite cup and from then on it's just a case of put the cup in place and press a button. And if you want a change just change the settings and have a bit more milk, a slightly finer grind, a slightly stronger flavour - whatever.
I got one for my office (it sits beside my desk on top of a two-drawer filing cabinet - soooo convenient; fill the water tank in the morning, fill the milk holder, check the beans and then a fresh coffee whenever I hit the button) and within a week my wife insisted we get one for home too.
Visitors will love it - no more just "black or white?" choice - you can offer them anything they'd be able to order in a coffeeshop.
Drawbacks? Well none really; it's a tad noisy while it grinds and creates your cupful but not too annoying. It's not small but I find it doesn't intrude, either in the office or in the kitchen.
Unexpected bonuses? The frothy milk really is frothy and stays frothed (the machines where you have to use a steam nozzle to froth your milk somehow never seem to maintain frothiness).Read more ›
So wanting more i upgraded to a cheap and cheerful (under £30) espresso machine. it was great, good coffee - but.... It was a bit of a faff to do, and clean. Then it broke after about a week.... but it did enough to prove i really wanted nice coffee........
Then i saw the Prima Donna... what a beauty, relatively small and it does everything.... full programmable to your cups and strength, it cleans itself, it even turns itself on in the morning to heat up the tank and your cups. I'm sure you can probably program it to do your ironing and pick up your shopping if only i could find the function.
This thing is amazing and worth the money for what it does..... it comes down to how you justify it.... I figure you spend more on a sofa and a TV... and neither of those help get me up in the morning...
You can spend half the money on a REALLY nice manual one... but you'll never use it as you have to faf about with grinding and cleaning...
but then i am lazy.....
With this machine, you simply pour the coffee beans in one end, press a button and a perfect cup of fresh expresso coffee emerges within seconds with a perfect (and delicious) "crema" every time. It is highly adjustable, so for example, you can select "long" or "short" expresso, and you can easily vary the strength(6 options) just by pressing a single button.
If you take milk in your coffee, the jug system is ingenious and simple to use, again using a single button. It effortlessly produces that wonderful, creamy, thick foam that you normally only see in commercial outlets. Moreover, it does this within seconds for cup after cup, eliminating that tiresome fuss experienced with lesser machines. The result tastes like a professionally-made cappuccino or latte.
More prosaically, it tells you (on the small electronic screen) when to empty the coffee grounds or fill the tank (both very simple procedures). It also rinses itself when you switch it off. It looks good too: it is a quality item, well made with very high specification chrome and plastics. It is not too big: it has plainly been designed to sit comfortably on a domestic kitchen work surface and it does so very happily, without looking disporoportionate.
In short, while this machine is obviously expensive, it produces commercial quality coffee with a fantasic crema and/or foam at the touch of a button, consistently, and without fuss. If you love expresso coffee, it is well worth the money.
Just one niggle, the nozzle that you slide the milk jug onto, needs lubricating LIGHTLY with SILICONE GREASE (Available from a SCUBA Diving Store), this makes the jug "glide on" instead of pushing the whole machine around the worktop as you attempt to push the jug into place.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I purchased this machine for my wife who loves coffee. I find the coffee is not as good as we enjoyed from our cheaper pod machine. Read morePublished 9 months ago by missile
Had this 5 years now. Use it daily. Superb build quality and never broken down. Where is that wood to touch.Published 20 months ago by Skynet5
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
I feel compelled to review as I did lots of research beforehand and found the reviews on Amazon to be amongst the most helpful. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2011 by Michael Champion
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 0000
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 Kindle Customer
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