We're big fans of espresso machines here, with a built in grinder and more varieties of drinks than are available with a typical coffee machine, they're by far a better choice for home and office use. Not only can you imitate cafe-style drinks using espresso and the steaming wand, but most machines come with a built-in grinder ensuring your coffee stays fresh until you're ready to drink it. By far, freshly ground beans is the biggest difference we've had customers tell us. We'll take a look at the Delonghi Magnifica S 23.210b Espresso Machine from espresso-experts.com and what it has to offer.
It's obvious right off the bat that this is a gorgeous machine that looks at home on any kitchen counter. The compact size is great for saving counterspace - it's very narrow and long instead of wide. The bean hopper holds up to 150 grams of beans and uses a rubber gasket to prevent air from oxidizing the beans while they're held in the hopper. Next to the hopper is a cup warmer, designed to pre-warm your cups or mugs before use to avoid pre-maturely cooling the espresso as it's extracted into your cup, and preserving the flavour.
A 60-oz water tank holds plenty of water for running espresso shots back-to-back as well as using the steaming wand. Keeping the counter clean is simple with the drip-tray placed conveniently below the brewing spout, it can be removed and very easily rinsed. The brew unit is removable and can be washed in the washing machine.
The beautiful display and dial allows the selection of espresso or americanos ranging from 1 ounce to 6 ounces of water volume. A custom setting allows the programming of personal settings, allowing you to alter the amount of water for your espresso. Finally, the dosage is adjustable so that you can enjoy a mild espresso or a very strong espresso.
Delonghi's machines will also track your usage versus cleaning and descaling so that you can monitor the machine's statistics and figure out if more regular cleaning is required, and how far along the expected lifespan you are. Other customizable settings include the water hardness and thermometer adjustments for tweaking your drinks.