- Compact size yet maintains all the features of our full-size automatic machines
- No waiting between making espresso and frothing milk with the rapid cappuccino system
- Professional quality, stainless steel low pitch conical burr grinder
- Removable 60 ounce water tank. Height adjustable coffee spouts to accommodate different sizes of cups
- Utilize De’Longhi’s specialized call center for help in setting up and maintaining your machine at 866-528-8323 (LatteBest)
Delonghi ECAM22110B Super Automatic Espresso, Latte and Cappuccino Machine, Black Reviews
Excellent with loaded functions (By Ethan)
Size: No larger than my Keurig.
Weight: Again, about the same as a Keurig.
So why not just get a Keurig? Because with the Delonghi, you have any choice of bean that you want and at the press of a button, you can choose between a “long” brew (for coffee) or a “short” brew (for espresso). You can choose one or two shots. You can froth and make cappuccinos, lattes, and more. You can adjust the strength of each shot by using a simple dial on the front. Plus, it has a built in grinder, so if you want to use beans, that’s fine. You can fit at least 8 ounces of beans in the hopper at a time. If you want to use ground coffee, there is a slot on top and with the included measuring spoon, just scoop in your favorite grounds to make your brew.
Delonghi recommends that you don’t use carmelized or burnt beans (for maintenance concerns), so I went to Consumer Reports and found their number one rated blend (Heart Coffee’s Stereo blend and no, I don’t work for them or know anyone there). It’s a darker city roast. The only time I was this pleased with a brew was with a Kopa Lani blend in a vacuum brewer.
There are two little orange plastic pieces that come with your Delonghi. The box is a condensation collector. The other is a water level indicator for the drip tray. I couldn’t find their purpose initially and wondered if they were just filler pieces like a person might find with printer ink. They are needed, don’t throw them away.
At first, I thought there was a delay problem after turning the espresso maker on. Push the button on the back and then the button in the upper left corner of the display. And wait for about 20 seconds. It’s just preparing your water. Don’t be like me and get all button-pushy.
And have an extra cup standing by if you don’t want to use the drip tray. When this is powered up from a cold state, about two ounces of water come out of the nozzles, purging the system with hot water. That’s something you don’t get with Keurig.
PROS: One touch commands. Strength selection. Built in grinder. Frother. Self-cleaning functions.
CONS: The initial burst of water caused me a little concern before realizing it was just a system purge at start up.
I’ve been using it for a few weeks, so no long-term feedback here, but so far I really like this. I had a super-automatic Saeco, so comparing to that one:
1) The Delonghi seems much more intelligently designed overall.
2) Controls are intuitively easy and large enough plus logically positioned
3) Love that you can easily see the water level and it holds a lot of water — I don’t have a problem with the height but note that it is tall when you look at the position of your water source.
4) Bean hopper seems to hold more and/or lets beans flow better than the Saeco
5) The grinder and coffee maker mechanism stays cleaner and leaves less mess. This seems to just be a better designed component.
6) The used-puck holder has more volume and keeps stray been grinds caught as well to keep the innards cleaner with less frequent emptying. Water tray is good, though I always keep a spare cup on it to catch the cleaning outpours.
7) I really like the more finite control over the brew strength.
Now I bought this because I needed another one and wanted a frothing wand on it, so I have nothing to compare that against. However, as a newbee frother I was able to get a good froth on the 3rd or 4th try after looking at some internet articles and videos. So based on that, it seems to me the frother is working quite well and produces a hot output. It also can deliver hot water though I haven’t tried making an Americano or anything. I do use the hot water to help clean it out. Speaking of cleaning, both the external frothing wand and the internal nipple cover are easily removed for rinsing/cleaning. I don’t know if all wands are like that, but it seems to be a good design.
Descaling after 10DAYS, then after 18days!!!!!!! (By Joe Cool)
Coffee is good but the descale light came on after 10 days. We have been making 3 cups a day. Very disappointed. Oh & By the way, Amazon wont ship the descaler to my address in southern california because its considered a hazardous material!!! I GIVE UP!!!
Update: 18 days have passed and now the machine is asking to be descaled AGAIN!!! This is the second time I do this in less than a month. Takes about an hour if you factor in cleanup time. WHAT A HEADACHE!!! Machine is working well other than this constant descaling. My In-laws have a Breville and they don’t descale very often. Something to think about.
Meh… Good espresso but too $$$$$ (By Timothy A. Hogg)
I am going to be returning this in a few days — for the price, I don’t think the quality is there and when you purchase electronics from amazon, good luck after the return date has passed in getting any traction if there are issues and this machine seems like it is going to have issues.
If this machine were in the 200-300 price range, I would be more likely to keep it around, but regular retail on 900 and amazon pricing of $499 doesn’t make this a solid “investment”.
The issues I am seeing is that after a week of use, it already wants to be descaled– that is unacceptable.
If you use fresh roasted espresso beans, they are generally very oily and oil doesn’t equate to solid grinding on this machine. You have to push the beans through the grinder in order to get a pour.
The espresso can be lovely in this machine– the steam wand is fairly powerful, but still lacks the pressure needed to really draw a good cappuccino. Overall, I would take the machine if it were just espresso only and I would purchase that nespresso appliance for solid milk foam– need to price that out and see what works better.