Thanks for taking your time to read our reviews of the De’longhi Specialista Prestigio bean to cup coffee machine. This is not a cheap option but it truly does offer a very indulgent coffee experience, that you can tailor to your personal taste.
It pretty much allows you to get the most out of your coffee beans and all the way through to experimenting with latte art creations. It can make two espressos at the same time and can also be used to simply boil hot water to make tea or other hot drinks. It is a stainless steel machine with black accent background.
This is a stainless steel machine and measures 38x37x44.5 cms and weighs 13.5 Kg and is classed as a 19 bar pressure machine.
It has a 2 litre water tank which is large when compared to many other bean to cup machines. It also means you will not have to be constantly filling it up.
The maximum cup height is 12 cms
How Buyers Rate the De’Longhi Specialista?
- Overall 200+ online buyers have given this machine an 86% buyer satisfaction
- 68% of these same buyers have given this grinder a full 5 star review
- To date 10% of all buyers have given this a poor review.
It is pretty clear from the summary information above, that this machine is very well liked from the 200+ buyers who have taken the time to leave a review. It gets good reviews but the higher price point lowers the overall rating.
What Online Buyers Say about the De’longhi Specialista?
Overall, as we can see, the satisfaction rating is good. We have now summarised what those same buyers had to actually say about this bean to cup machine, after they had bought and used it.
We have done that by setting it out in a table of Pros and Cons.
Our Opinion: - If you have never used a bean to cup coffee machine there is a learning curve to go through. This Specialista Prestigio is no different and it will take 2-3 weeks to understand and try out the features on this machine. When you do, then you can start to truly customise the quality and the strength of your espresso. This machine is really all about hand crafting your coffee experience.
The Important Features
It has an automatic cappuccino milk system.
The 2 litre water tank is removable and it also has a water level indicator. It also has a removable drip tray.
It has a dual thermoblock heating system which is extremely efficient, and it also has an automatic shut off for safety purposes.
It has 3 filters, a cup holder and is compatible with ESE pods.
This machine uses what is classed as a sensor grinding technology. The grinding element of this ensures that you always get a highly consistent coffee bean grind. Essentially the grinder uses two sensors and then has a range of grinding settings.
The first time you use the appliance, you should use the
factory setting (medium grinding). If you are not satisfied with the result, adjust the level to your personal taste and the type of coffee by setting a finer or coarser grinding level.
For the correct quantity of coffee, the ideal level of pressed coffee
is marked inside the filters. If the quantity is above or below the level indicated, the result may not be satisfactory.
The next time you use the coffee mill, you can adjust the grinding
level using the dial. It is normal to have to grind the coffee a number of times before finding the correct adjustment for the right amount of coffee.
Smart Tamping Station
On this machine, once the grinding is completed, you can tamp directly into the filter holder by the simple push of a lever. The good news is that the tamping automatically stops once the exact pressure is delivered.
Once again this delivers highly consistent quality of coffee.
Active Temperature Control
The temperature of the water is critically important when brewing coffee, and maintaining that temperature is really important. This system ensures that the right amount of heat for brewing is always there.
You can pick between flat for hot milk or foam for milk frothing on the steam wand selector. You can manually create microfoam for the full coffee shop experience.
Our Verdict on the De’longhi Specialista Prestigio
This is one of the latest barista style bean to cup machines and a great choice for anyone who loves their coffee and likes it to be consistent.
You do need to rinse the machine through with water and then make 4-5 cups of coffee before the machine is ready to make your coffee on a regular basis.
Don't buy this one unless you have the patience to learn about the machine and do a little experimentation
86% buyer satisfaction based on 200+ online buyers
The purpose of this machine is to get to a stage where you can get the same taste as you would get in a good coffee shop. This is often referred to as the Barista experience. That does take time and this machine will get you there.
It has all the right technology to take the beans, grind them perfectly and then produce the espresso, the key ingredient of almost every coffee drink. The machine also allows you to customise the espresso to your exact needs. Once perfected you can then add that selection to the "My Menu." That means it is always there and ready to set anytime you want to repeat that.
That will deliver you coffee specific to your own taste.
A Little About the De'Longhi Brand
This is one of the best known brands when it comes to buying coffee machines. This is an Italian brand and they have been making coffee makers and machines since 1974.
Their vision is to be recognised as the global market leader in coffee, comfort and selected kitchen and home care.
They are known for their high quality design, and also for making high quality products.