De'Longhi Autentica, Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machine, Cappuccino and Espresso Maker, ETAM 29.510.B, 1.3 liters, Black
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By the time it has rinsed you can maybe get two large cups and the next cup quits half way through with a FILL TANK message. If you're using a bean-to-cup machine (with a built-in grinder), simply run the descaling program (see the user manual of your appliance for more details).
This De’Longhi coffee machine also comes with a water softener filter, a water hardness test kit and a descaler (the machine will tell you when to descale).When half of the cup is filled with water, turn the machine off and give some time for the cleaning tablet to do its magic. A bonus surprise I’ve found since having the De’Longhi coffee machine is that my vintage tea cups, that just aren’t big enough for a good thirst quenching cup of tea, make the perfect coffee cup for a doppio+ and … extra win!
Remove the water tank, rinse it under running water, fill it with clean water up to the MAX level, and reposition it. The ESAM4200 was pretty bad in that it always wanted filling/emptying/cleaning/descaling and just getting a cup of coffee without having to do something seemed rare - with this machine it's worse because of the smaller water tank and smaller waste bin. Removable milk carafe with integrated dial to select the frohed milk setting to be served directly to your cup.At first it’s great good strong flavour then becomes weak and let’s not even talk about the pre ground option. Thoroughly clean the coffee ground container and make sure there are no obstacles or residues that could block the passage of beans. It isn’t a small piece of kit, so make sure you’ve got enough space on the kitchen counter before purchasing and take time to get the grind just right for you.
There is a ‘milk menu’ button which opens up access to a range of milkier coffee drinks such as Caffelatte, flat white, Latte Macchiato and hot milk on it’s own.There were some helpful setup instructions in the box and it didn't take long to get it ready for use. Make sure to replace the water filter every 2 months or whenever you're prompted to do so by the coffee machine. I find it hard to angle the scoop to pour the coffee in because the lid flips backwards instead of forwards so I tend to use a teaspoon to add the coffee instead. I have to say that after running a couple of brews through the machine and discarding them (as advised in the instructions) the first one I produced for drinking was perfectly acceptable using the 'Standard' setting from the menu system. Intuitive soft touch control panel with two text lines display in 16 languages for a clear and simple use.