DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Review

by Kayla
(Denver, CO)

Here is my review of DeLonghi Magnifica espresso machine (model ESAM3300). I have always believed that good quality comes with a price and it is a price I am willing to pay for obvious reasons. There's just no financial sense in buying a cheap coffee and espresso maker that will break down in a few weeks, thus, requiring a replacement. It's waste of time, effort and money!

With that in mind, I chose to purchase a relatively expensive coffee and espresso maker - the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica. Just how expensive is it? Think an average of $800 in online sites although there are DeLonghi espresso makers with higher price tags; I chose the ESAM3300 because it is a balance between providing full-sized features and a more affordable price. It's been a joy to own for the past year now.

There are many things that I like about the ESAM3300 of which the following are the best:

  • Stylish Design - Let's face it. We all want our home appliances to be stylish since these are reflections of our tastes. Well, the ESAM3300 is definitely a sleek, stylish and modern coffeemaker.
  • Delicious Coffee Done the Right Way - Well, of course, it's always a matter of personal preferences but I prefer my coffee prepared in the traditional manner. No coffee pods as their tastes seem to be lacking that special oomph. Only excellent coffee beans will do for the ESAM3300.

There's no need to grind the coffee beans in a separate grinder since the unit already has a built-in burr grinder. With its direct-to-brew system, I just place the coffee beans into the appropriate container, push a few buttons and coffee will be ready in a few minutes. Yes, I also have the benefit of adjusting the fineness of the coffee beans, thus, varying the strength for each cup of brew.

To make making and serving coffee so much more enjoyable, I also love the coffeemaker's double boiler, milk frother and steaming wand - because my housemates like cappuccino - and the cup warming plate. Add the programmable cup sizes, the large water tank and the built-in tamper and I can make coffee all day, if necessary.

The only thing I dislike about the ESAM3300 is the noise level of the grinder. It can be annoying but just a little especially when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed. But the coffee perks me up soon after so everything's forgiven.


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