De’Longhi Esam5500.B Review

Delonghi Esam5500.B 1.7 Litre 1350 Watt 15 Bar Perfecta Bean to Cup Machine with Patented Automatic Cappuccino System, Black and Silver

The Perfecta ESAM5500.B is such a well-designed machine that it will suit anyone. It is extremely easy for first-time users to make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes at the touch of a button. With the digital display you can see at a glance exactly what you’ve selected and programmed.

The stylish black and silver finish looks stunning in any kitchen. It’s practical too, as it will inform you when it’s time to descale the machine (an automatic function that takes a mere 30 minutes) and it will tell you when the grounds container needs emptying and the water tank needs filling. It will take you through all the steps of making espresso and cappuccino, and much more.

The stylish design and quality build of Perfecta is as you would expect from the high standards of De’Longhi. The De’Longhi Perfecta can enrich all of your senses and give you an enduring and unforgettable coffee experience every day.

  • Automatic bean-to-cup machine to make the perfect real espresso, cappuccino and caffelatte at the touch of a button
  • Patented Automatic cappuccino system for fresh Cappuccinos or Latte’s. Easy to maintain.
  • Personalised coffee settings
  • Can use either beans or ground coffee
  • Auto-rinse and decalcification programmes


Firstly I’d like to say this is a brilliant coffee machine, don’t be put off by the price. The coffee that comes out from this machine is of very high quality and can be compared to what you would expect to receive from many of the high street stores in the UK.

The frothing on this model is great and semi-skimmed milk can be used to achieve great results, so in a way it’s great for people who are watching their diet. If your not, full fat tastes exceptional and is a delight.

With any new coffee machine it’ll take a while to set up and find the setting for how you like your coffee, but it doesn’t take that long and this machine is easy to use. Setting your strength and cup sizes only takes a push of a button.

Cleaning operations are cleverly designed with beans compacted into discs so little mess is created. The machine has a door on the front which the tray can be pulled out and emptied then cleaned with a cloth. It’s self rinsing which happens after every on/off operation, this is to prevent clogging and enables excellent operation.

The carafe is also easy to clean at lot easier than other machines I’ve used in the past. The pipe can be pulled out then rinsed with warm water, no harsh scrubbing is involved but I would recommend regular cleans if you are using the machine on a frequent basis.

This machine is for the coffee drinker who loves a great cup of coffee, a really great cup! It’s beautiful to look at with well designed features, what more could you want in a machine.

Digital Display

The intuitive digital display enables you to effortlessly navigate the controls and tells the user exactly what is happening at all times. It informs you when the coffee grounds container needs emptying, the water tank needs filling, and takes you through all the steps of making your favourite coffee. It even tells you when it’s time to descale the machine.

Milk Carafe

The innovative patented milk carafe plugs straight into the machine. Select the froth density to tailor your coffee and simply press the button on the control panel for latte, cappuccino, or latte macchiato. The machine does the rest for you.

The system has been designed to ensure the milk never goes inside the main body of the machine to maintain utmost hygiene at all times. Pressing the auto-clean button cleans the pipes inside the milk carafe, enabling the carafe to be unplugged and stored in the fridge. When it’s time to change the milk in the carafe, it can be dismantled and all parts can be conveniently popped in the dishwasher.

Integrated Burr Grinder

The integrated professional burr grinder has 7 adjustable coarseness settings. The taste and quality of your coffee depends heavily on how finely the beans have been ground. Choose the finer setting for a stronger taste or a more coarse setting for a weaker tasting coffee. The coffee beans are freshly ground for each serving. The coffee strength is fully programmable, so you can change the amount of coffee it grinds and dispenses from 7g to 11g.


Thermoblock is an advanced type of boiler. Delonghi coffee machines featuring the patented milk carafe are designed with two thermoblocks, allowing the machine to heat the coffee and create steam to froth the milk at the same time. It only heats enough water for your coffee serving. Achieving a stable and accurately controlled water temperature is crucial for brewing the perfect coffee. This reduces warm-up time so that your coffee machine is ready for use in seconds and is more energy efficient than traditional boilers. The Coffee temperature can be tailored further in the menu settings.

Removable Brewing Unit

The brewing unit provides perfect heat distribution. It does all of the priming, pre-brewing, warming up, coffee dosing, coffee tamping and extraction for you. It is automatically rinsed every time you turn the machine on or off. The innovative design means the brewing unit is removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.

One or two cups

Select one or two cups of coffee at the same time just by pressing the relevant button. The number of coffees selected is indicated with a single or double cup on the front panel. This function is available for the black coffee options on the machine and automatically adjusts the amount of coffee ground in a single brewing cycle.

Automatic Shut Off

The Perfecta will automatically switch itself off after a pre-set amount of time has elapsed.

Adjustable Coffee Dispenser

The coffee dispenser can be moved up or down to accommodate either full size latte glasses or espresso cups.

Memory Function

The machine can memorise your favourite coffee. This can be actioned by programming the amount of milk, water and coffee you would like to be used and storing it in the memory. Simply select ‘My coffee’ on the rotary control or the dedicated ‘cappuccino’ button to access this function.

Ergonomic and Easy to Use

Both the water and coffee grounds containers are at the front of the machine, so they can be easily removed for cleaning. The water tank is easy to refill, simply take it to the tap and fill. It will hold up to 1.7 litres of water.

The 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 in seconds. After pressing one button to select ‘espresso’, the bean-to-cup journey starts at the integral coffee bean grinder. An adjustable, professional conical burr grinder will expertly grind the beans to your desired coarseness.

The ground coffee is then packed tightly by the internal brewing unit. Hot water is forced through the coffee up to a professional 15 bar pressure. The espresso is then delivered straight into the cup. The hallmark of a perfect espresso is recognised by the ‘crema’: a creamy, hazelnut-coloured 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.

If you have run out of coffee beans or want/prefer to use pre-ground coffee instead (decaffeinated for example), use the control panel to change the settings and put ground coffee in the ground coffee compartment.

De’Longhi Quality and Coffee

Quality and reliability remain integral to De’Longhi brand values. All products are subjected to rigorous quality checks. The 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.

Coffee Club

When you have purchased your Perfecta Cappucino, you will be invited to join The De’Longhi Coffee Club to access a world of coffee inspiration.

Box Contains

1 x De’Longhi Perfecta Cappuccino ESAM5500.B
1 x Hot water attachment
1 x Milk jug
1 x Stainless steel drip tray
1 x Plastic ground coffee spoon
1 x Waste coffee tray
1 x Descaler
1 x Full product instructions
1 x UK plug

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