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DeLonghi ESAM3500.N Magnifica Digital Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

I received this espresso machine as a graduation gift two years ago and although it was a rather expensive investment, it is still working like it is brand new. Not to mention the money it has saved me over the years as it is far less expensive than purchasing a beverage at a coffee shop. It was purchased from a corporate Starbucks coffee shop.

The machine steams milk and dispenses espresso fairly quickly, making it easy to make a drink before leaving the house, without having to wait for brewed coffee. It also makes espresso last a long time, for espresso beans are often expensive. Although the efficiency and speed are exceptional, the milk steamer is quite loud, making it difficult to prepare a drink early in the morning, as others may still be sleeping.

I have managed to quiet it down by aerating the milk, but it takes a lot of practice and a lot of repeated aerating. It also takes a few espresso shots to heat up, meaning the first couple will be of luke warm temperature, meaning if the user is only desiring one or two espresso shots, they will be of an undesirable temperature. Overall, I would rate the machine a 4/5.

Although there are a few glitches (temperature of shots and volume of steam wand), altogether it works great, is efficient, and has lasted a long period of time. I have never had to do any extensive upkeep on it and I love being able to make my own drinks at home everyday.

- it works great
- it's efficient
- it has lasted a long period of time

- temperature of shots
- volume of steam wand

4 out of 5

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