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De’Longhi is a recognised heavy hitter in the bean to cup coffee machine market. Their machines, from entry level through to their most expensive, are consistently featured in best buy and recommended lists.
The De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 is no exception to this rule. An entry-level bean to cup coffee machine, the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 scores an outstanding 4.5-star rating on Amazon and other retail sites and boasts quality at a price that few of its comparable rivals match.
Reviews of the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 bean to cup coffee machine rave about its ease of use, right from the get-go. The set-up is a simple process, with users reporting that from opening the box, they were enjoying their favourite brew in less than thirty minutes.
With two simple dials, setting your preferred strength and length (volume of coffee) is easy and straightforward. As an entry-level machine, the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 offers just seven grind options compared to the thirteen offered by De’Longhi’s more expensive bean to cup coffee machines, but it’s perfectly adequate for all but the fussiest coffee drinkers.
The De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 has two dispensers, making brewing multiple cups or large mugs of coffee a speedier experience. For either of these options, simply press the double option button on the front of the machine. The dispenser nozzle height is adjustable, allowing for all but the most oversized of mugs. The 1.8-litre water container is slightly smaller than some of the other De’Longhi machines, but that’s still enough to produce multiple cups, while the hopper holds a full 200g of coffee beans. The manual milk frother is easy to use and makes well-textured milk that’s ideal for cappuccinos and lattes.
Cleaning is an essential part of keeping your bean to cup coffee machine in good order and extending its life expectancy, but it can be a fiddly, long-winded process with some bean to cup machines. Again, even though this is an entry-level machine, the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 features automated decalcification and rinse functions that take around just fifteen minutes to run. For internal cleaning, the removable brewing unit and drip tray make it easy to reach parts that are often difficult to get to.
There’s little to find fault with when it comes to ease of use with the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800. What criticisms there are, are pretty minor. The milk frother isn’t particularly powerful, and producing enough textured milk for anything milkier than a cappuccino amount of milk is rather time-consuming. The machine has is no water softener option, so it can get fuzzed up quite quickly in hard water areas, meaning it needs cleaning more often.
The bean hopper isn’t removable, so if you like to change up your beans on a regular basis, you need to make sure not to add too many at a time and, while it takes ground coffee, the machine doesn’t cope with it particularly well, and can become clogged up fairly easily.
The De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 bean to cup coffee machine offers little in way of bells and whistles, which isn’t surprising given its price tag.
There are just two dials for coffee lovers to create their preferred cup, and these control strength and volume.
As these dials are manual, they can be left set-up ready for the next cup. The milk frother means that users can produce a wide range of milky coffees manually.
Although it’s an entry-level machine, De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 users can expect the same high quality as they would in De’Longhi’s more expensive bean to cup machines.
The integrated coffee grinder features a high-quality burr mechanism for a consistent grind each time, whatever your preferred texture. However, while De’Longhi calls it a ‘silent’ grinder, grinding beans is never a quiet process, and some users have described the grinder as noisy.
Water pressure and temperature are two key components in producing the perfect cuppa. Despite its price, the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 boasts the same professional standard 15 bar water pump as De’Longhi’s higher level bean to cup machines. The water is heated using De’Longhi’s patented thermoblock system that guarantees the ideal temperature for every cup. The thermoblock system enables the instant reheat function, meaning that there’s no hanging around when you’re ready for your caffeine hit.
In terms of style, the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 looks sleek and streamlined in black and silver. It’s also compact in size, making it suitable for all kitchen sizes. As with all Delonghi bean to cup machines, it has a two-year warranty as standard.
For those looking for a good quality, entry-level machine that’s easy to use and produces a good cup of coffee, then the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 is the perfect solution.
Simple to use straight from the box, it produces a decent espresso that can be tailored to your personal taste with two simple dials, and a manual milk frother for a wide range of coffees.
Although the De’Longhi Caffe Corso ESAM2800 is basic, you can still expect the same high quality as you would from a more expensive De’Longhi bean to cup coffee machine.
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