DeLonghi Magnifica ESAM4200 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine
This is a stylish, modern, contemporary designed coffee machine with clean lines which would look good on any worktop surface.
This is not a product that you need to hide away in the corner or put into a cupboard
The colours are a combination of silver matt and black plastic which is pleasing on the eye and tempts you in to fire up the power and make one of your favourite coffee’s
At 37.5cm tall , 28.5cm wide and 36cm deep this is a compact machine that will take up only a small amount of space for such a multifunctional item.
The control panel on the front of the coffee machine is clear, simple, and straightforward.
An on/off button, a button for 1 cup of coffee and a button for 2 cups of coffee.
1 knob to select the strength of your coffee, This will determine the amount of coffee which will be ground and will impact on how strong or how weak the coffee is
1 knob to determine the amount of water delivered to produce the coffee so you can produce anything from a strong espresso to a weak Americano and all the different options in-between.
1 button to descale.
1 knob for activating the steam wand.
There are also a few warning lights such as descale and no water.
Nothing fussy. Just what’s required.
Before you start using this coffee machine be sure to set the water hardness level in the area you live. Full instructions on this process are included with the machine.
The reason you need to set the water hardness level is that this will tell the coffee machine how often to warn you that descaling is required. The harder your water the more often descaling is required.
This is very important in terms of the quality of taste you will get from every cup of coffee. If the limescale content is too high then it will adversely affect the taste of your coffee. If you are going for a bean to cup coffee machine then you do not want to compromise on taste.
This is the kind of thing that you need to pay attention to if you want to replicate a coffee shop experience in your own home at a fraction of the cost.
You don’t need to worry about turning the DeLonghi ESAM4200 off after use as it will automatically turn off after 2 hours of no use. If you are conscious of not wasting electricity then you can change the standby time to as little as 15 minutes.
This machine is also fitted with thermoblok technology which means that the coffee will always be delivered at the exact temperature required to make the perfect cup of coffee. Deviating by as little as 1 degree either way can affect the flavour so you can be assured this will not happen with the DeLonghi ESAM4200.
One of the great things about this coffee machine is that you can create a coffee EXACTLY the way that you like it by simply turning one of two (or both) knobs. Just turn the “quantity of coffee” knob to decide if you want more or less coffee and then turn the “water delivery” knob to determine how much water is pushed through the coffee and into the cup.
It wont take you long to get the settings just right for the perfect cup of coffee.
Then to further enhance things and get it just right you can also change the coarseness of the coffee from very finely ground to course. This comes down to personal preference so have a play around to find what works best for you. The dial to change the coarseness is located in the area where the coffee beans are held.
Once you have had a play around with the settings this is the part where you get to fully understand the meaning of bean to cup.
Turn the machine on and then press one or two cups. That’s it! At the push of just two buttons you have a wonderful cup of coffee tailored to your exact specifications.
Short on time. No problem. In less than 1 minute you will have the caffeine hit required to start your day off perfectly. Maybe 2 minutes if you need to froth yourself some milk.
Either way it is cheaper and faster than going to one of the high street chains.
From a maintenance perspective it couldn’t be simpler.
Just empty the used ground coffee from the container that can easily be accessed by opening the service door on the front of the machine. If you forget, the machine will show you a warning light and then you have to empty it before you can make any more drinks.
The machine will also warn you when descaling is required. Be sure to do this when advised in order to maintain the integrity of the coffee.
In terms of the steam wand, if that gets blocked at any time then simply insert a toothpick into the hole where the steam comes out and that will do the trick.
Once you have worked out the settings that perfectly compliment your palette I would argue that with the DeLonghi ESAM4200 you can create a coffee that is BETTER than any of the leading high street coffee shops and for a fraction of the price
Be sure to buy the best coffee that your budget allows as there is a big difference between the cheap supermarket stuff and freshly roasted beans from a specialist shop. If buying beans from a supermarket check the production date or roasting date not the use by date. Try and get beans that have been roasted in the last 4 weeks for the best flavour.
This is one of the most highly rated coffee machines we have reviewed and for good reason.
Bean to cup coffee machines range in price from a few hundred pounds up to a few thousand pounds
This machine sits at the bottom of that range but you do no compromise on quality in any way.
You could easily spend £500-£800 on a Gaggia coffee machine and it may look a little nicer aesthetically but personally we would rather save the money as you simply do not compromise on the quality of coffee.
This is a proven winner over the last few years and is very highly rated with thousands of happy owners. Overall superb value for money.