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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scoopy2scoops;5186657

couple of the reviews seem mention the coffee not being hot enough even … 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?



Only reason coffee may not be hot enough is because it is poured into cold cup. The machine has a cup warmer built in. It's the 'instant' brigade that will be complaining.
and the machine even handles that as u can set it to turn on say 15 mins b4 u wake up - I leave the mug on the warmer when I got to bed.

I can then wake up move cup press button and 30 secs later enjoy nice hot coffee :P
I agree about the comments about cold coffee - heat the cup. I give my cup a wee blast of hot water before I start. and I always heat the milk before I make the coffee , it takes longer to heat the milk than to produce coffee so the coffee has longer to cool down (if you see what I mean).
Lombear;5190033

and the machine even handles that as u can set it to turn on say 15 mins … and the machine even handles that as u can set it to turn on say 15 mins b4 u wake up - I leave the mug on the warmer when I got to bed.I can then wake up move cup press button and 30 secs later enjoy nice hot coffee :P



How's the steaming wand on these machines? Can you steam the milk manually if you want to or is it just an automated process?
nomad01;5191063

How's the steaming wand on these machines? Can you steam the milk … How's the steaming wand on these machines? Can you steam the milk manually if you want to or is it just an automated process?



You put milk in the jug provided, attach it to the the machine and it produces cappuccino etc. as required. Milk jug can then be removed and stored in fridge.
termite;5192609

You put milk in the jug provided, attach it to the the machine and it … You put milk in the jug provided, attach it to the the machine and it produces cappuccino etc. as required. Milk jug can then be removed and stored in fridge.



So the machine does it all for you... that'll be the deal breaker for me then. :-(
Lombear;5190033

and the machine even handles that as u can set it to turn on say 15 mins … and the machine even handles that as u can set it to turn on say 15 mins b4 u wake up - I leave the mug on the warmer when I got to bed.I can then wake up move cup press button and 30 secs later enjoy nice hot coffee :P



Lombear, sidetracking slightly, have you considered descaling? I would appreciate any pointers to a cheap source of the Durgol product that Delonghi recommend.
nomad01;5192638

So the machine does it all for you... that'll be the deal breaker for me … So the machine does it all for you... that'll be the deal breaker for me then. :-(



So you would buy a quick easy way to produce perfect coffee, but only if it made you dick about at the milk stage?
termite;5192782
So you would buy a quick easy way to produce perfect coffee, but only if it made you dick about at the milk stage?


Dick about?

You can get good coffee from an automated machine but I've never had really well frothed milk. Simple as that.

Automated frothing is great for when you're feeling lazy or if you're in a rush and I'd use it for that but if you're a coffee lover that appreciates *good* cappuccinos and lattes as well as your straight espressos, you won't want to have the option of frothing the milk "properly" taken away from you.

I didn't say I wanted it to MAKE me "dick about" at the milk stage but it's nice to have the option.
nomad01;5192874
Dick about?

You can get good coffee from an automated machine but I've never had really well frothed milk. Simple as that.

Automated frothing is great for when you're feeling lazy or if you're in a rush and I'd use it for that but if you're a coffee lover that appreciates *good* cappuccinos and lattes as well as your straight espressos, you won't want to have the option of frothing the milk "properly" taken away from you.

I didn't say I wanted it to MAKE me "dick about" at the milk stage but it's nice to have the option.


This machine makes great frothed milk.
You'd probably be better off looking for a machine that allows more dicking about. Good luck.
termite;5193027

This machine makes great frothed milk.You'd probably be better off … This machine makes great frothed milk.You'd probably be better off looking for a machine that allows more dicking about. Good luck.



So why the attitude?

Seriously, why?
I have had two beans to cup machines over the last 5 years, they are brill, and I would not have coffee any other way now. I always avoid instant at friends and choose tea...

This is a bargain, as the one I use at the moment is also a older de'longhi which is great.
Chiptivo;5215458

I have had two beans to cup machines over the last 5 years, they are … I have had two beans to cup machines over the last 5 years, they are brill, and I would not have coffee any other way now. I always avoid instant at friends and choose tea...This is a bargain, as the one I use at the moment is also a older de'longhi which is great.



]Is it this one?
There was also a great £100 cashback just for joining Nespresso, even though the machine didn't use the stuff.
termite;5218478

]Is it this one?There was also a great £100 cashback just for joining … ]Is it this one?There was also a great £100 cashback just for joining Nespresso, even though the machine didn't use the stuff.




Yep, Thats the one I have. And it has been great. Brought from a ebay seller with a EU plug, was a bargain at the time (Couple of years ago). I did have a gaggia, but without the frothier. Ebayed that one and got good money for it, even after 3 years of use.
Don't know why people dissing the post just because it's too expensive for them.

I wanted a high-end coffee machine like this (or Gaggia Plat. Swing-up) for ages but recently my OH got made redundant so thought better not spend the money, just in case. Otherwise I would buy one of this without hesitation. High street coffee is almost £3/4 a pop for me (Medium soya latte, extra shot, caramel syrup) and with the two of us, it's a tenner drink-in, easily. and paaallllease don't even compare instant coffee with freshly grounded coffee beans, say Blue Mountain...it's like comparing salmon eggs and caviar. In fact, even just OK quality beans produce better coffee than instants.

Don't get me wrong, I still think it's a lot of money but for what it is, personally, I think it's worth it.

People in here should learn not to say anything if they have nothing good to say, sometimes.

Oh BTW, whoever asked the OP for proof of purchase, what? are you 12?
Chiptivo;5221883

Yep, Thats the one I have. And it has been great. Brought from a ebay … Yep, Thats the one I have. And it has been great. Brought from a ebay seller with a EU plug, was a bargain at the time (Couple of years ago). I did have a gaggia, but without the frothier. Ebayed that one and got good money for it, even after 3 years of use.



What do you use to descale yours?
termite;5225158

What do you use to descale yours?




I did get some proper bottles from the internet, but just standard Argos de scaler for coffee machines.irons works fine. The descaler water that I catch in the tub, I reuse in the kettle, it gets all the scales off the inside.
I'm considering buying this but I'm a complete novice when it comes to these Automatic coffee makers. Is this easy to use?

I found the manual online and it mentions that it produces a 30 - 120ml shot(s) of espresso, do you then add hot water to it to make up a full mug. The amount of options in the manual seems a bit daunting, grind levels etc. How do you make a perfect coffee with this, is there a setting which allows you to make a full mug or would that be too much caffene?

Can anyone share their knowledge on how to make a perfect cup of brew with this?
Time to kick yourself. Now only available from a Marketplace seller for £725.
Well not really it's still £449.99 at paysan
scoopy2scoops;5287469

Well not really it's still £449.99 at paysan



Wow, that's a great price. Should be a hot deal.
scoopy2scoops;5266523

I'm considering buying this but I'm a complete novice when it comes to … I'm considering buying this but I'm a complete novice when it comes to these Automatic coffee makers. Is this easy to use?I found the manual online and it mentions that it produces a 30 - 120ml shot(s) of espresso, do you then add hot water to it to make up a full mug. The amount of options in the manual seems a bit daunting, grind levels etc. How do you make a perfect coffee with this, is there a setting which allows you to make a full mug or would that be too much caffene?Can anyone share their knowledge on how to make a perfect cup of brew with this?


Easy peasy my good friend!

basically grind/amount/strength/milk frothiness etc are all easy to vary just by selecting on the menu or via a few buttons - muck around with it untiol u get the right settings - repeat until you havnt slept for a week/have run out of beans then get some rest

Only thing that lets this down is the cup warmer takes a long time to get to a decent temp so either make sure the machione wakes up 30-40 mins before u do (via timer) or run some hot water into the mug before making the coffee - I am soooo happy with this machine - I'm a busy chap who would like to spend a long time making coffee - this does almost as good a job and in 1/10 the time
FYI Peeps its back in stock now
Lombear;5325172

FYI Peeps its back in stock now



and out of stock at Paysan.
I bought one in the end. I think it's bang on the money at about £450-£471

The coffee is fantastic, as good as any high street cafe I've tried. It's quick and very low maintenance, a quick two minute empty of the drip/grounds tray with every use then rinse of the water and milk containers once a week should do the trick. Once a month you need to give the infuser a 15 minute rinse in hot water.

The length, strength and froth level is very customisable. The ability to use both beans and preground coffee is really handy. I think the real value in this is the automatic milk frother, it's excellent at producing really frothy creamy cappucino.

The wife and visitors to the house all love it, it had a real wow factor when you ask people if they'd like a coffee.
£699 now.
scoopy2scoops;5337113

It's quick and very low maintenance, a quick two minute empty of the … It's quick and very low maintenance, a quick two minute empty of the drip/grounds tray with every use.



Every use?????

I leave mine, the machine tells me to empty the grounds tray when it is full, about 20 coffees I think...?
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