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Far from the automatic machines with fully automated grinder, the Delonghi Specialista offers another approach, much more fun. The barista is no longer a vulgar robot, but the owner of the machine!
The Delonghi Specialista coffee machine with grinder is not lacking in originality. While our household appliances tend to simplify our daily lives with fully configured automatic programs, it rather invites us to complicate our lives. Indeed, far from models like the Delonghi PrimaDonna Class ECAM550.75.MS filled to the brim with recipes that a simple touch on a touch screen allows to obtain, it is necessary to tame the Specialista, to test, to adjust this , modify this, to finally manage to make the nectar flow perfectly. Fortunately, all the means are at our disposal and we can count on a pressure of 19 bars, a grain tank with a capacity of 250 grams as well as a tank of
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Ease of use
The Delonghi Specialista is a beautiful object, entirely careened in shiny and matt metal. As is often the case with the manufacturer, the finishes are of high quality and you can feel that the craft is designed to last. Result, it weighs its weight (12 kg all the same) and we will therefore avoid installing it on a shelf, even securely fixed. Anyway, this is not really its place since many manipulations are necessary before you can taste your coffee.
The eye is also irretrievably drawn to the needle dial, located in the middle of the upper facade. This pressure gauge adds a little more charm to the Specialista in the form of a retro touch, which does not lack it. To be a bit fussy, we can find that the prominent grain bin at the top of the device is poorly integrated into the whole.
However, you forget it quickly enough and this location allows you to fill it without any difficulty. Note that it can only contain one kind of coffee, unlike the Delonghi Maestosa EPAM960.75.GLM tank which allows you to enjoy two different vintages.
Good point, the bin is completely removable and we therefore have access to the shredder (metal) without much difficulty; a little extra very appreciable for the maintenance of the machine. Finally, it is at the base of the grain tank that we find the ring that regulates the fineness of the grind (6 levels) and it is one of the points to watch closely when using the Specialista.
For its part, the water tank is located on the back of the machine and can hold 2 liters. We extract it from its housing and replace it easily.
The maintenance of the DeLonghi Specialista is very simple, in particular because of the absence of an extraction unit. Therefore, after preparing a coffee, there is no coffee powder left in the corners of the machine. Potentially, there is therefore no risk of residues becoming moldy due to the heat and ambient humidity. As we saw when opening the Jura Ena Micro 5.
However, we recommend that you wipe the interior of the coffee and hot water dispensing holes with a cloth to remove any residue from the coffee grounds. And if the steam nozzle was used to make a cappuccino, a quick quick cleaning – by simply operating it – is recommended. It is also recommended to hit the machine body; it seems to get dirty a little faster than the other models in our comparison.
The drip tray is only 26 cm long and 16 cm deep. It is one of the smallest among those of the machines in our comparison and it is therefore very easy to empty.
To simplify things a little, we would have liked the rinsing of the water distribution circuit to be automated or, at least, that the Specialista indicates that this step is required. This lack is all the more curious since descaling is requested by the machine and a program is dedicated to this operation.
Let’s finish with cleaning the grinder. We can only welcome DeLonghi’s risk taking on this subject but it is not so easy to proceed with the operation. First, remember to remove all the coffee from the tank. And even when turning the machine over, there is still a grain fragment somewhere, which will prevent the mill from being replaced easily.
The speed of preparation is not the strong point of the Specialista. However, the first espresso is ready to be tasted in 62 seconds; a delay which takes into account the start-up of the device, the heating of the thermoblock, a cleaning of the manual water distribution circuit, the grinding of the grain, the compaction and the distribution of the drink.
Obviously, preparing a second cup requires cleaning the filter, which necessarily requires a little time. Without hurrying, it took us another 60 seconds to get our second cup.
We are far from the performance of the Jura Ena Micro 1 which only needs 80 seconds to run 2 espressos. But the interest of the Specialista does not lie in the velocity.
Freed from all the electronic constraints that sometimes consume energy, the Specialista is ultimately not very greedy in electricity. It only needs 0.043 kWh to make 3 espressos and 3 long coffees: in one month, this represents 9.2 cents. It is one of the most economical machines in our comparison.
When it is on standby, the Specialista consumes 0.7 watts, or an additional cost of 0.07 euro cents, per month always, on the household’s electricity bill.
It is the coffee prepared by the Specialista and not its noise level that will wake up the user. Indeed, it is relatively discreet during the rinsing of the water distribution circuit (52 dB (A)) or the extraction of coffee (51 dB (A)). Only the grinding of the grains is a little noisier since the noise level this time reaches 66 dB (A). It is still very bearable since the operation does not last forever.
Since arriving at the editorial office, the Delonghi Specialista has won us over. The manufacturer has succeeded in making the user a real player in the preparation. Certainly, the Specialista is intended for a niche of amateurs and will not suit those who want their coffee to flow at the touch of a button.
We can also rail against this filter which does not hold in place during the evacuation of the grounds and we would have liked that the basic settings like the temperature of the coffee or the hardness of the water were more easily adjustable. Nevertheless, the charm acts without difficulty and it is with real pleasure that we take the game to. For example, impress our friends after dinner by offering them a homemade cappuccino.
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