I’m an espresso lover and this machine is great for that. The controls are easy, it’s pretty straightforward to make a good coffee. As someone already mentioned, the ‘two espressos’ button is quite strange, don’t use that: it only grinds once, so it’s not exactly two coffees pods. But, as the other reviewer also said: it’s quite easy to press again the single espresso button after the first one finishes, so that’s not a problem. The espresso tastes excellent. Other cons are: it automatically turns off after 3 hours on idle. I could not find a way to turn off that ‘automatic turnoff feature’. It would not be an issue if the heating/turn-off process wasn’t so messy. It automatically heats and ‘clean’ the hoses, probably, but it need to pour a big quantity of water every time it turns off and turn on.
Great machine ,just playing at the moment,until i get the taste i want.
I have bought 2 of these, and we use them at work (each has around 10-20 users). Makes a good cup of coffee, easy to use milk frother, easy to clean. It’s crucial to descale it regularly, or the heater block will clog (although it’s replaceable). Water filters can be quite expensive but they’re optional. We’ve had this a for a couple of years, and it’s still going strong. As with any bean-to-cup machine, the first cup of coffee of the day can be a little stale, so if you only have one cup a day, either discard the first one, or get a separate grinder.
This is the best coffee machine i have ever owned. The coffee tastes delicious. I love this machine and it does the majority of things it self.
- Brilliant. I have bought 2 of these
- this machine makes a great coffee. Good sounds too
- Perfect Machine.
De’Longhi Fully Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine ECAM22.320.SB
- Cappuccino system: it combines steam, air and milk producing a rich creamy froth for a great cappuccino
- The machine can be used with either fresh coffee beans or with ground coffee
- Sophistacated icon control panel to prepare your specific coffee drink
- New silent integrated grinder with 13 adjustable settings
- You can prepare two cups of coffee from one brewing unit
320sb is one of those are rare purchases in that it really does do ‘what it says on the tin’, namely make coffee as good as the best high street coffee shops (i consider costa’s coffee to be the best available from a chain). It has been a very satisfying buy all round. Any caveats i may have had have been so small that it would not be fair to give less than 5 stars: after all, nothing is perfect.For example, i did spend quite a while when i first had the machine trying to follow the instruction on how to remove the steamer head for cleaning, but i think it’s more my over literal mind. I feel it should say ‘grip the steam head tightly and move to the left to remove’, not just ‘move steam head to the left to remove’. Yes, i know, it’s probably just meone of the complaints from a reviewer was about the need to empty the drip tray every day because of the flushing sequences when powering up and down. This can be avoided very simply by using a container (a small jug or spare espresso cup under the spouts) to catch these and emptying them each time. I only empty the drip tray when emptying the grounds tray. Similarly, the complaint about the auto turn off is puzzling.
Very happy with this purchase. I almost bought it when the price was £550 ; glad i paused because a few days later i noticed that that the price had fallen to £399 so i jumped in at that price. The machine replaces my old gaggia which had served me well (with daily use) for 15 years. This new machine is easy to set up, easy to use, and easy to clean. It accepts beans as well as ground coffee – although why anyone would use pre-ground coffee i don’t know. The water temperature can be selected (i like very hot) and the coffee strength selected from mild to very strong. The steam wand works well and offers the option to froth milk as well as heat it. For home use at a mid range price its hard to beat this machine.
Had this machine now for nearly a month and have to say i’m very impressed. I am a big latte fan and making one with this machine is a breeze. The milk frother is excellent making very hot milk and it is easy to adjust the nozzle depending on how much froth you require. Also very easy to clean and maintain i couldn’t be happier.
It’s the best thing i ever did. What a complicated technology yet so simple to use. No more costa we have our own costa at home.
A superb coffee maker, with great design and convenience improvements over the earlier model we had. It’s worth taking a little time learning to get the best out of it. Here are the results of a great deal of experimentation, using the same beans as an outstanding local coffee bar and attempting to get the closest match to what comes of their professional machines. A single shot from a professional espresso machine typically contains about 10g of ground coffee, and a double shot 18-20g – anything up to double the amount that a home machine will take. The water temperature, pressure and circulation are also much more even, so no home machine will ever quite match what you get in a good coffee house. This machine has a lot of scope for adjusting the settings, but offers 4 basic progammes: 1 short coffee (a small espresso shot, approx. 6-7g of ground coffee) 1 long coffee (as above, but with more water: ‘café allongé’) 2 simultaneous short coffees as above (total approx. 2 long coffees as above: a smallish ‘americano’. There is a 5th programme: a separate ‘long coffee’ function, which cycles automatically through two double shots to produce a reasonable sized americano. Purists will tend to avoid this, however, as it passes a lot of water very slowly through the grounds to extract the maximum from them, and in the process it brings out the coarser flavour notes that a skilled barista tries to leave behind.
Bought this for my son for his birthday, he says its the best birthday present ever.
Had a very impressive gaggia before. Unfortunately it had a fault. And italians sold it to another company. Only problem is when needed parts for this. Contacting de’longhi is a nightmare. Iv been waiting a month for a retured phone call , not came yet . When you eventually get hold of a direct number. Also feel finishing a bit cheap. Not of quality of price payed.
I have had this machine for 6 years and it has done 3450 coffees (latte mainly) and all trouble free. The coffee is consistently good. You do of course have to tweak the grind setting, use freshly roasted beans and keep the machine maintained. All the maintenance is simple and the on screen display works you through it. The frother can be a little tricky and not as consistent as the espresso. However, practice and a few after frothing techniques (remove a little foam if necessary and then swirl around the jug), usually does the trick. I even bought this machine for my mum because it was so good. I used to have a gaggia classic, which gave good coffee. However, this gives just as good coffee and is much less fuss. I bought this on offer at half price and it was a steal at £300.
An excellent coffee machine. My only gripe so far is that it doesn’t tell me when the beans have run out, and then i panic i’m doing the grinder motor harm before i tell it to stop. It seems to have sensors for everything else though. I also have to remember not to turn it off at the mains plug before it has shutdown and rinsed properly, otherwise it gets confused on the next power up and doesn’t rinse the first time. My fault of course, just a habit of using the old machine. Makes excellent coffee, a big step up from my previous de’longhi portafilter type coffee machine. Two longs programmed to fill my mug to the brim means coffee nirvana from now on.
I bought this as a replacement for a standard 15 bar ground/pod machine and what a revelation. Very easy to set up and use and doesn’t take up much kitchen space. The downside of this is that water reservoir is quite small and would be irritating if you drank long coffees all the time. Very fast start-up and makes excellent coffee with a rich, creamy crema (if that’s not tautology)highly recommended.
Bought one of these and used for 10 months so far. Expensive for a very occasional coffee drinker, but the end product is actually one of the best cups of coffee i have ever tasted, so no regrets. On the downside, coffee perfection aside, it is not extremely well made – perhaps an example of italian style over practicality. For example, the drip tray arrangement is extremely flimsy, and you need to be fairly gentle putting it back in after cleaning (there are several projecting pieces of flimsy plastic that operate sensors, one broke off leaving the machine worthless until fixed by a local repair shop). Aside from that minor criticism, i will never go back to my previously loved tassimo.
I don’t know how i managed without this for all the years, man this makes some really nice coffee :0).
I’ve had this machine for over a year and it has never let me down. It produces fantastic coffee. I’ve followed all instructions regarding cleaning, descaling and changing the water filter with ease.
Best spot purchase in a long time. Sunday morning lie-ins now consist of a newspaper and a cappuccino for me and a long black americano for hubby and in the winter, when its blowing a gale out and the rain is thundering down its spent in front of our wood burning stove. The coffee is as fresh and hot as our favourite coffeehouse and just as smooth and lovely as their coffee. We use it for coffee before work, then to make one to take to work and then in the evenings so it gets hammered. Spend a little bit of time adjusting the settings to your taste such as water temperature, coffee strength etc and i always buy the best organic coffee beans i can buy – it makes a huge difference. I also use the hot water only function to make cups of tea and i use the boiling water for cooking such as gravy. I no longer have a kettle as this machine does it all. I’d highly recommend buying this machine, bin your kettle and enjoy lazy coffee moments. We have had ours for a year with no faults or issues and it really does get a hammering.
The coffee is pretty good (of course a lot of this has to do with what beans you choose to buy) but the machine has to do a rinse routine when you first turn it on and again when it turns off. That takes a while to do which is frustrating in the mornings when you just want coffee. No way to override it either. Water tank is so small considering how large the machine itself is and with all the self rinsing it likes to do,i am constantly having to refill the tank, approx after ever 3 mugs of coffee. Water filter replacements aren’t cheap and has to be done pretty often. I like the milk steamer feature which works very well so that’s a plus. For the price of the machine it’s not as fantastic as i expected.
Now that i’ve worked out all the controls and combinations, this machine makes a great coffee. I’m having to restrain myself from drinking too many cups.
Best purchase i’ve done in a long time, my wife and i love the luxury of a freshly made coffee.
I bought this for my brother for christmas as he loved my machine so much. You will never make an instant coffee again. I chose this machine for its ‘long’ function which makes that all important long americano style coffee in the morning. And because the i like to froth my own milk and the frothing arm on this machine is really quite good. This machine ships from italy, so you will need a uk plug adapter. As i have been using these machines for over two years, here are some tips for getting the most from your machine. *filter your water to prolong the life of the machine and to improve the taste. Also empty your water tank daily and replace with fresh water (you wouldn’t drink a glass a water if it had been out all night)*keep a cup under the spout to catch the drips and waste water when the machine rinses itself when switching on and off. *only put enough beans in the hopper to last the day, keep the rest in a vacuum container, or if you don’t have one of these, squeeze as much air out of the bag and wrap with a rubber band. (do not put in the fridge, this is a damp area).