De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica Review

DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine

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Editor’s rating: 4 Star Editor's Rating

Coffee machines seem to get more and more expensive nowadays. Therefore, finding a good one at an affordable price can be the light at the end of the tunnel, especially because lower-priced machines tend to often disappoint us. However, this is not the case of the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica.

Contrary to some machines that take a while to get used to them, this machine is relatively easy to use. Furthermore, the coffee maker has great-capacity bean hopper and water tank and a very versatile grinder. Being a super-automatic machine, the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica is one of those machines that have it all: durability, compactness, and good performance.

Key features:

  • Cappuccino System milk frother
  • Direct-To-Brew System
  • Five programmable products
  • 13-level grinder
  • Two thermoblock systems
  • Manual milk frother
  • 8.8-ounce bean hopper
  • 60-ounce water tank
  • Bypass doser
  • 15-bar pressure pump
  • Energy Saving

Pros

Can make two espresso shots at a time

Programmable water temperature and amount, coffee strength, and cup size

Brew unit is removable

Easy to maintain

De’Longhi encourages customers to ask for support if they need it

Cons

It’s a loud machine

Heat-up time is a bit long

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About the design of the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica

After taking a glance at the ESAM 3300 Magnifica, you’ll realize that looks are not what De’Longhi really cared about when it comes to this machine. It’s not that the machine looks bad, but there is nothing particularly interesting about its appearance that could make you say ‘wow.’

However, this is a compact machine that is made to last and be maintained easily. Therefore, we decided to forgive its average looks and are happy that it will function well for a long time.

Choose the coffee drink you want and program it

The front side of the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica is home to all of the control buttons on this coffee machine. These control buttons let you get a single or a double espresso at the touch of a button. However, you can also program many options to customize the drink like you most enjoy it.

The ESAM 3300 Magnifica lets you program the amount and the temperature of the water. Furthermore, on this machine you can also program the strength of your coffee and the cup size. Of course, with a steam wand attached to the machine, you can also choose whether you want milk or milk foam in your drink or not.

DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine The ESAM 3300 Magnifica allows you to froth manually

If you think that frothing your milk manually is the best way to customize the foam to your preferences, you’ll be glad to know that De’Longhi shared the same opinion with you this time. The ESAM 3300 Magnifica has a manual steam wand which is very easy to use and makes nice foam.

However, don’t forget to clean the wand after using it and to let the water get out of it before using it. By doing this, you’ll make sure that the milk foam will be nicely made and that it will taste nice too.

Nice bean hopper and water tank capacity

It is surprising what a great capacity do the bean hopper and the water tank on the ESAM 3300 Magnifica have. The bean hopper on this machine can be filled with up to 8.8 ounces of coffee beans. On the other hand, the water tank can collect as much as 60 ounces of water.

This design of the hopper and the tank promises many cups of coffee on a daily basis. However, mind that you should not use oily beans on this machine, or you’ll otherwise clog its grinder. Furthermore, be aware that the tank doesn’t support water filters, so you’ll need to either use distilled water or pre-filter your water to avoid frequent descaling and bad coffee taste.

The ESAM 3300 Magnifica also comes with a chute for pre-ground coffee. Therefore, you can rely on this machine when you want to have a cup of decaf coffee.

The grinder and its many levels

The grinder of the ESAM 3300 Magnifica can grind your coffee with 13 different levels of coarseness. This is a feature that not even some of the high-end coffee machines have. However, avoid grinding your coffee with the setting for finest grind because water might not be able to flow through the coffee.

DELONGHI ESAM3300 Super Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine Cleaning the removable brewing unit

The ESAM 3300 Magnifica has a removable brewing unit. This makes the system easier to clean and allows you to clean it more thoroughly. Furthermore, in case the brewing system breaks, you’ll be able to replace it. You can clean the brewing unit by rinsing it under water.

Make sure that you also wipe the steam wand after every usage to remove the traces of milk on it. You can also run some water through it to clean it on the inside.

FAQ about the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Macnifica

Can I make Americano on this machine?

Yes, you can. This machine can make espresso, cappuccino, latte, and Americano.

Which coffee beans are considered oily?

Oily beans are usually darker-roasted. Make sure you use light or medium-roasted beans on this machine to not clog the grinder.

Why is my ESAM 3300 Magnifica leaking water?

This is probably happening because its seals are no longer good. Try replacing the seals.

What are some alternatives to the De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Macnifica?

De'Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Fully Automatic Espresso Machine with Manual Cappuccino System, Silver De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica Fully Automatic Espresso Machine

If there’s something about the ESAM 3300 Magnifica that you dislike, you could check out the De’Longhi ESAM04110S Magnifica and see whether you like it. This machine uses the Rapid Cappuccino System, is easy to clean, offers programmable milk-based coffee drinks and espressi, and looks very good.

DeLonghi ECAM23210B Compact Magnifica S Beverage Center, Black De’Longhi ECAM23210 Compact Magnifica S Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

The De’Longhi ECAM23210 Compact Magnifica S is also a good alternative to the ESAM 3300 Magnifica. This machine is very compact, has a great design, filters the water in the tank, and has a cappuccino frother.

Conclusion

The De’Longhi ESAM 3300 Magnifica coffee machine has very nice features and works very well. Therefore, the fact that many people decide to buy this machine shouldn’t come as a surprise.

However, only you know what kind of coffee machine you’re looking for. If you think that the ESAM 3300 Magnifica can make it easier for you to enjoy your coffee every day, you should consider buying it.

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