De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200 Review

De'Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200 15-Bar Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, Silver

De’Longhi Magnifica ESAM4200 15-Bar Bean to Cup Espresso/Cappuccino Maker, Silver.

The Magnifica ESAM4200.S is a must for any budding barista taking their first step into domestic bean-to-cup machines. You can make Espresso and Americano at the touch of a button, using the traditional milk frother make the perfect lungo, latte, cappuccino or any other milky drink. It produces 15 bar restaurant and coffee house standard coffee in the comfort of your own home, and in the simplest way.

All aspects of a typical professional pump espresso machine (like the ones you see in your high street coffee bar), such as grinders, filter holders and steam pipes, are found working inside the Magnifica. De’Longhi has simply redesigned, compacted and hidden them inside the machine. Magnifica expertly performs all of these functions at the touch of one button. The traditional milk frother allows you to impress your guests by manually frothing the milk whilst making them the perfect cappuccino or latte.

  • Stylish bean-to-cup espresso/cappuccino machine with professional 15-bar pump pressure
  • Suitable for fresh coffee beans, ground coffee
  • Traditional stainless steel milk frothing arm and built-in burr grinder
  • Advanced dual boiler system, removable brewing unit and drip tray, active cup warmer and adjustable height dispenser
  • Bean-to-cup quality with simple 1-touch operation

Traditional Milk Frother

Café Latte, Cappuccinos and Latte Macchiatos can be made using the traditional milk frother to froth the milk. Using any cold milk, you can adjust the steam pressure and manually steam the milk in a barista-style fashion to create the prefect froth.

The electronic steam and coffee thermostat ensures accurate adjustable steam control. The Magnifica can be set to adjustable quantities of coffee and water which help create that perfect, individually tailored cup of coffee every time.

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.

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.

Thermoblock

Thermoblock is an advanced type of boiler found in all De’Longhi bean to cup coffee machines. It only heats enough water for your coffee serving. Achieving a stable and accurately controlled water temperature that 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 also more energy efficient than traditional boilers. The Coffee temperature can be tailored further in the menu settings.

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.

Personalising Coffee Functions

Two rotary dials on the machine allow you to tailor your favourite coffee by the amount of water and coffee strength (amount of coffee ground).

Automatic Shut Off

The Magnifica 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.

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 1.8 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.

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 Magnifica, you will be invited to join The De’Longhi Coffee Club to access a world of coffee inspiration.

My Comments

The De’Longhi Magnifica is a wonderful machine, and in the right hands this will produce excellent bean-to-cup coffee. I recommend in reading the manual to get the best from this machine. I would also state that using the best quality coffee shall make your cups ten times better.

TIP: pre-warming your cups with boiling water before making coffee will make a significant difference in quality.

Be aware that during the grinding process bean-to-cup machines are noisy and this one is fairly loud but that’s a non issue with this machine as the quality of the coffee is very good indeed. The added bonus of a separate compartment for pre-ground is great if you would like a decaf coffee.

Always de-scale the machine on a regular basis, it will make a difference and you’ll benefit, with proper and correct care of this machine you’ll be getting years of excellent coffee.


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