De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM5500 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine £471 @ Amazon (RRP £700)
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De'Longhi Perfecta ESAM5500 Bean To Cup Coffee Machine £471 @ Amazon (RRP £700)

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Posted 7th May 2009
I hesitated to post this as, Yes it IS alot of cash for a machine that only makes coffee.

However, imho the bean to cup quality coffee is the holy grail of lazy coffee lovers and Amazon currently have this £700 RRP baby for £471 a 33% saving. Its even cheaper than its baby brother the 5400.

This thing will allow u to tailor ur cup o caffeine juice exactly as required and pretty much with the press of a button = WIN!

Mine arrive tomorrow (cashed in some shares especially :D) I will post on its awesomeness
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mspychala;5180989

£449.98 … £449.98 ]http://www.paysan.co.uk/DeLonghi-Perfecta-ESAM5500-Bean-To-Cup-Coffee-Machine-p-18742.html



have some Rep my good friend... :thumbsup:
n217970;5180965

Not a bad price for a B2C put these still are no where near in the same … Not a bad price for a B2C put these still are no where near in the same league as a macine in a "proper" cafe. I imagine these don't last too long reliabillity wise.



No I agree... used to work in the family business (Coffee Shop) and we had a huge Rancillio monster that allowed for the fanciest/ponciest latte art. How I miss that machine.

However, I'm still in search for the best home compromise. This looks like a really nice convenient machine.
I have this machine - Whittards were closing down last year and I got it half price. I'd kill for the coffee it makes - it is wonderful. Rather have this machine than any other kitchen gadget.....mmmmm:p:p
I have the Delonghi Magnifica and got the Latte atachment too (from the States co's they don't sell it in Europe for some bizarre reason!). These machines are wonderful if you are a coffee lover and I too buy less from coffee house as a result. Heat added, good spot. This machine still appears in Costco every now and then (where I bought it from) for around £399 if anyone is interested.
bargainhunter2008;5151326

Sold in most high streets the item is called spoon to instant coffee.


????

lol, instant coffee is grim compared to proper coffee
RSteve;5151711

Sigh, more cold votes for people who think if it's not some cheap bit of … Sigh, more cold votes for people who think if it's not some cheap bit of tat for a few pence it's not a hot deal. This is an excellent deal - look at the discount!Heat and rep from me - and well done for proving that you put your money where your hot deal is! I think a certain poster owes you an apology.


couldnt agree more
Mada06;5180749

Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of the low. … Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of the low. It's almost a bootsale on here now.Anything of quality is questioned unless you save 7p on a pack of carrots. What a shame.


dont worry, let them buy their £5 coffee machines from Asda and laugh at them on the grim coffee it makes and even more so when the machine explodes after 2 uses
Since I bought an ordinary 15bar expresso machine last year (^^^^^^only the £9 Onn from Asda, my first one but I'm happy with it so far and it hasn't exploded) I've appreciated that there's quite a lot of skill involved in making a good quality coffee; it's not just the particular beans or ground coffee you use, but also the coarseness of the grind, how much to put in the expresso handle and how hard to compress it down. All seem to affect the quality of the resulting crema. And there's a whole learning curve for how to froth the milk - what temperature the milk needs to be at, using a metal chilled jug, whether to use full fat or reduced fat, how to present the surface of the milk to the steam nozzle. And then you can get into latte art.

flickr.com/pho…21/

It's all fascinating, and all just to make a cup of coffee.

In fact, my OH says I tend to spend more time in stores looking at the coffee machines than the plasma tvs these days!

Respect to anyone who spends this much on a coffee machine; I'd love to sample what it can produce.
nomad01;5181277

No I agree... used to work in the family business (Coffee Shop) and we … No I agree... used to work in the family business (Coffee Shop) and we had a huge Rancillio monster that allowed for the fanciest/ponciest latte art. How I miss that machine.However, I'm still in search for the best home compromise. This looks like a really nice convenient machine.


this country is the pits, i worked with an italian who had a £6K coffee machine at home in Italy because as far as he was concerned only the best will do...excessive yes, but you get the point...mind you, should have seen his face when a colleague bought a £5 coffee machine from Tesco's
Great find, although i will be sticking to my Nespresso machines for now (one at home, one in my office) for the sheer convenience. Heat added.
Mada06;5180749

Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of the low. … Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of the low. It's almost a bootsale on here now.Anything of quality is questioned unless you save 7p on a pack of carrots. What a shame.



haha here here!!

Mada06: Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of … Mada06: Another example of how this website is attracting the lowest of the low. It's almost a bootsale on here now.Anything of quality is questioned unless you save 7p on a pack of carrots. What a shame.



Good call!...
Having recently spent a few months in Italy, and coming back to instant coffee, makes you realise that u dont really know what coffee is if you only ever taste instant. I'm Seriously considering parting with £471 now!!
radiohead999;5181637

I have the Delonghi Magnifica and got the Latte atachment too (from the … I have the Delonghi Magnifica and got the Latte atachment too (from the States co's they don't sell it in Europe for some bizarre reason!). These machines are wonderful if you are a coffee lover and I too buy less from coffee house as a result. Heat added, good spot. This machine still appears in Costco every now and then (where I bought it from) for around £399 if anyone is interested.



Hi, can you tell me where you bought the latte attachment from? I'd love one!

Great coffee machine and good price!
t0mW;5182061

Good call!...Having recently spent a few months in Italy, and coming back … Good call!...Having recently spent a few months in Italy, and coming back to instant coffee, makes you realise that u dont really know what coffee is if you only ever taste instant. I'm Seriously considering parting with £471 now!!



if you want coffee like in Italy then you want a Moka stove top or a Gaggia... or both.
mspychala;5180989

£449.98 … £449.98 ]http://www.paysan.co.uk/DeLonghi-Perfecta-ESAM5500-Bean-To-Cup-Coffee-Machine-p-18742.html




Yes. I couldn't believe this had not been mentioned! I found it straight away with a simple model number search on google.
jemimalovespolo;5182100

Hi, can you tell me where you bought the latte attachment from? I'd love … Hi, can you tell me where you bought the latte attachment from? I'd love one! Great coffee machine and good price!



As good as this price?

paysan.co.uk/DeL…tml
nice with propper costa coffe (if your lucky enough to get hold of some )
aberfal;5151205

u didnt buy this if u did we want proof



Why? What difference does it make?.....:roll:
In the next few years I'll be hoping to own one of these! For now, my little Dolce Gusto will do the trick! Hot deal, good post
Would never dream of paying this much for a coffee machine......well maybe if I was rich but I'm not so I'll stick to my trusty kettle for now!

BUT this is the kind of deal that HUKD is about. Not the fact that it costs a lot but the fact that it's a excellent saving on a decent piece of kit.

Like others I'm totally fed up of all the constant half prize pizza "deals" at Tesco's and wot not!

HOT!
HOT!
..No more need be said that isn't already covered
We got a machine like this at work yes its a godsend when its working but it does brake down alot but yeah hot deal
If you've ever tasted a good coffee then you would re-morgage your house to buy a bTOc. (this is not finacial advice!).
Oh yes! Now you've set me off ranting! In my opinion Starbehinds and Costalot coffee do not even register on the drinkable scale. If you havent got a house to remorgage then stick with Tea! or the WI do a fantastic cuppa! :viking:
radiohead999;5181637

I have the Delonghi Magnifica and got the Latte atachment too (from the … I have the Delonghi Magnifica and got the Latte atachment too (from the States co's they don't sell it in Europe for some bizarre reason!). These machines are wonderful if you are a coffee lover and I too buy less from coffee house as a result. Heat added, good spot. This machine still appears in Costco every now and then (where I bought it from) for around £399 if anyone is interested.



Is it the same as this one...
argos.co.uk/web…ker

Looks like a bargain if it is!?

EDIT Just noticed here area a few sellers on the net flogging Magnificas for under £399.
i'm so tempted, but oh so expensive, nice find...
jough;5182150

if you want coffee like in Italy then you want a Moka stove top or a … if you want coffee like in Italy then you want a Moka stove top or a Gaggia... or both.



Had coffee machnines for ages but only just got a Moka pot. Not sure I'm too impressed so far but I need to play a bit more.

Go coffee!!
I've had this machines brother the 5400 for about 6 months.(the only difference is a manual milk frother- and it was £350!!)
It makes producing very good coffee easy - you can set it to use varying amounts of water so you can have anything from an espresso to an Americano and the inbuilt burr grinder can easily be adjusted for coarseness of grind.
One contributor suggested it will take a lot of maintenance - total rubbish. It's very easy to clean and it prompts you when a descale is due - even then the descaling is an automatic function.
I can't recommend these machines highly enough. My highly critical family say my coffee is BETTER than that produced by Nero et al.
nomad01;5181277

No I agree... used to work in the family business (Coffee Shop) and we … No I agree... used to work in the family business (Coffee Shop) and we had a huge Rancillio monster that allowed for the fanciest/ponciest latte art. How I miss that machine.However, I'm still in search for the best home compromise. This looks like a really nice convenient machine.



get a rancillio silvia then? i think it is approx 430 pound

i was considering it, and ended up with gaggia classic + iberital mc2 grinder. I always have the crema without fail!

tesco used to have delonghi 3200, a b2c machine at 320pounds but price increase now

and yes b2c then to fail after a few years of use
We have one of these and it is worth every penny. Fantastic coffee and, as previously stated, buy this instead of Nespresso/pod type thing and you will save money in the long run.
Thanks for all the comments chaps

gratz to mspychala for spotting a better price (I did Google it when originally posting but as this was a few days ago I guess things have changed)

Really good to see the deal being focussed on and not the price - dropped to -100ish shortly after posting

Coffee continues to taste great - only side effect is no sleep since last Friday
This is way over the top for a home but a gorgious piece of kit.
I also have an instant coffee solution for all you guys to be impressed with. You need the following: a kettle, cold water, milk, sugar and . . . you guessed it . . Nescafe's Instant coffee!

Jen quis
If you like decent coffee like me, do a bit more research before splashing the cash.

This is probably not a bad automatic coffee machine (two boilers is neat), but seems to have some quality problems and is a bit "plasticy".

My preference as a bit of a coffee snob is to 1) do a 1/2 day barrista course, then 2) find a source of the best quality beans (Monmouth coffee is very good), 3) invest in a decent grinder, then 4) get a top quality "manual: Italian coffee machine (a scaled down version of the ones you find in the best coffee shop). Much more fun and the best coffee you can get.

Check out this machine: coffeeitalia.co.uk/pro…ASI
Rancilio Sylvia is one of the best coffee machines out there, and this looks like a decent special too!

J
ariecol;5183628

get a rancillio silvia then? i think it is approx 430 poundi was … get a rancillio silvia then? i think it is approx 430 poundi was considering it, and ended up with gaggia classic + iberital mc2 grinder. I always have the crema without fail!tesco used to have delonghi 3200, a b2c machine at 320pounds but price increase nowand yes b2c then to fail after a few years of use



I considered a Sylvia but then got a Gaggia Classic on an impulse buy. I don't think the Rancillio Sylvia is any REAL improvement on the Gaggia. It's still a single boiler so you'll still get pretty wet steam and the various other temperature issues/considerations of a single boiler machine.

Noticed the Delonghi is a dual boiler... sigh.

jjclay;5184931

2) find a source of the best quality beans (Monmouth coffee is very good)



Used to use them but then started to buy in bulk from Drury coffee. Some of their beans are (or were) very good.

jjclay;5184931

Rancilio Sylvia is one of the best coffee machines out there, and this … Rancilio Sylvia is one of the best coffee machines out there, and this looks like a decent special too!



I used to think it was too until I read more reviews. It's not a massive improvement over the Gaggia Classic though. Single boiler machine's just don't come close to one you'll find in a coffee shop. I keep wanting to buy a new espresso machine but I have to resist until I can justify buying a dual boiler machine.

EDIT: Although the NEW Sylvia does look mighty impressive. The RRP is a big price jump though from the old model.
i have a silvia,( i got it about a month before the new one was released, which to be honest i was a little annoyed about as the price difference is only ~ £20 and it looks a lot better and a silvia will hold it's price very well.) i considered a gaggia but the silvia seemed to be the one to go for with the type of machine i was looking for, but she is a little fussy and some temp. surfing is required, but easy to get right once you get the hang of it.

but of course you need a good grinder, i have a mazzer major which is worth around £750 but i managed to get a good deal on ebay. i think a lot of people forget about the grinder. i was all ready for a gaggia and a £40 burr until i started reading homebarista and coffeegeek and found the grinder is probably more important than the machine so if you are deciding between a semi auto and a bean to cup think about the grinder, because then £470 is a good price. (think at least £200 for a gaggia and at least ~£250 for a good enough grinder)

coffee is also very important, im lucky enough to live 10 mins from borough market so i can just walk up to monmouth every week and get my coffee fresh. be careful buying in bulk from drury ect as the dont display a roasted-on date, rather a best before, which is non-sense because 10-14 days (i believe) is generally the life of coffee after it has been roasted before it starts to deteriorate, and with ground you're talking 1hr max.

Lombear, enjoy your machine and get some fresh coffee. you wont regret it!
bargainhunter2008;5151326

Sold in most high streets the item is called spoon to instant coffee.



You're kidding, right?! I suppose you think Tesco Value frozen burgers taste just as good as a nice bit of sirloin from your local butcher, too? :-D
DDTTAA;5185632

i considered a gaggia but the silvia seemed to be the one to go for with … i considered a gaggia but the silvia seemed to be the one to go for with the type of machine i was looking for, but she is a little fussy and some temp. surfing is required, but easy to get right once you get the hang of it.



This is the reason I've resisted buying another coffee machine. Single boiler machines all require temperature surfing which in itself can be "fun" but not when you're just in the mood for a good coffee without excessive fuss. :-(

DDTTAA;5185632

be careful buying in bulk from drury ect as the dont display a roasted-on … be careful buying in bulk from drury ect as the dont display a roasted-on date, rather a best before, which is non-sense because 10-14 days (i believe) is generally the life of coffee after it has been roasted before it starts to deteriorate, and with ground you're talking 1hr max.



Buying in bulk from Drury was the best option for a busy coffee shop unfortunately. We started by buying from Monmouth and occasionally Algerian Coffee Store but we had several shipments sent in paper bags that barely tasted like coffee. Really bad.

The roast we had from Drury was usually excellent though and more importantly, consistent and never stayed around long enough to go stale. General rule of thumb for coffee is green beans:15 months, roasted beans: days and ground: 15 minutes. Not an exact scientific scale as it depends on the roast etc but it's an easy rule of thumb.

Generally I think the best bet is to find a coffee shop near to you and use them to buy the quantities you need and avoid being stuck with stale coffee.

Right... I think I need to start looking for a new coffee machine.
couple of the reviews seem mention the coffee not being hot enough even at it's highest setting, anyone who owns this care to comment?
Hot for me - I use a manual Giotto.

Best beans I've found are Riposo from Brian Wogan in Bristol:

wogancoffee.co.uk/

Keith
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