DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM 3500

by Chris

The DeLonghi ESAM 3500 Magnifica espresso machine is on the expensive side – price tag of $1,150 excluding shipping fees when ordering online – but it soon proves to be worth every cent. Getting a calculator to help out in the computations, I realized that it will pay for itself in approximately 4 months considering my $5 to $10-a-day espresso habit in a neighborhood cafe. Think also of savings in time for traveling and lining up as well as gas money.

Since I have had this espresso maker for a year now, I can say that I have recouped my investment at least 3 times over. Add in the convenience of making your own coffee anytime I want and it is definitely an essential part of my daily routine.

What do I like about this magnificent espresso machine? I can mention many features including:

• Stylish Appearance – The espresso maker looks stylish, not to mention expensive, with its sleek lines, smoked silver color and subtle hi-tech touches. It definitely looks good on my kitchen countertop.

• Useful Features – Of course, any coffee and espresso maker should be ultimately judged by the quantity and quality of its features. The DeLonghi ESAM 3500 Magnifica does not disappoint.

I must say that the 15-bar pump pressure and the 5 coffee strength settings are the most useful features in my book. Every last ounce of goodness is extracted from the coffee beans without being bitter on the palate and the resulting coffee can be customized according to my caffeine mood for the day – or the hour, if you are a coffee addict like yours truly. The coffee strengths range from extra-mild to extra-strong.

Yet another thing I like about the DeLonghi ESAM 3500 Magnifica is the 3 customizable cup sizes, namely, ristretto, espresso and large. Let’s face it. There are some days when only a large cup of coffee will do to get you to the rest of the day. That and I often have to entertain friends at home so the 3 cup sizes are excellent for catering to their individual tastes.

Other features I like are the double boiler, the cup warming plate and the milk frother.

What did I dislike about the DeLonghi ESAM 3500 Magnifica? Well, it has to be the high price tag but, as I previously mentioned, the money is well worth it.

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