Delonghi ESAM 2600 — a good combination of “price / features”
Optimal set of functions at an affordable price
An important plus of the model is extremely simple mechanical control. The strength and volume are regulated by conventional rotary switches, and with multi-stage positioning. This allows you to fine-tune the settings to suit your taste.
The minimum serving volume is 30 ml — this will turn out to be a ristretto. Maximum — 200 ml. This is strictly speaking not an American, but a big lungo. Americano is made by adding hot water from a steam tap to a shot of espresso, which is combined with a panarello nozzle for frothing milk.
A manual cappuccinatore creates quite dense and tender milk foam, but this requires your participation, this is not an automatic machine. The described model is suitable for preparing a drink from both whole and already ground grains.
The “krutilka” of the fortress allows you to measure from 7 to 14 grams of ground coffee per serving. The machine uses the brand’s standard, compact, fully removable brewing unit with the function of pre-wetting the coffee tablet. It is accessed from the front after opening the front service door to the left. It is necessary to get it for washing under running water (it is recommended to do it every couple of weeks) and for lubricating the mechanism.
An important clarification. There is no mention of lubrication in the instructions. Moreover, consultants in stores give out as one plus machines in front of competitors from Philips Saeko that lubrication is optional. However, it is better not to neglect lubrication. Do it at least once for 700–800 cups, or once every six months. You can use any food grade silicone for lubrication — ask your local radio store. The default choice is OKS 1110 grease.
Supply of ground beans directly to the brewing unit
The advantage of the Delonghi Caffe Corso ESAM 2600 coffee machine is the unique Tubeless preparation system, thanks to which freshly ground beans directly enter the brewing unit, which favorably affects the taste of the finished drink. It is also worth noting the proprietary solution, when the exit from the thermoblock is combined with the entrance to the brewing device. This gives minimal loss of water temperature. It is because of this that all Delonghi coffee machines give out the final drink a couple of degrees hotter than competitors. ESAM 2600 is no exception.
Classic ESAM chassis features include: a 15 bar pump, a 1350 W flow-through thermal block, a steel burr coffee grinder with 13 grind options. All these components are used on a mass of brand analogues and have been tested for years, the reliability is beyond doubt.
The water tank is designed for 1.8 liters of liquid, the bean bin — for 200 grams, the waste coffee container — for 14 servings. These are typical indicators for a home coffee machine. Yes, there is a passive cup warmer at the top. It works from the heat of the thermoblock, and therefore, it is extremely weak. When choosing any coffee machine, passive heating can be safely neglected. Active is another matter, but this option is offered, as a rule, only in the premium class.Of the shortcomings, or rather nuances, one can note a decent noise level and impressive dimensions, but the low price allows you to safely turn a blind eye to this. Nevertheless, I advise you to soberly imagine the physical dimensions of the device, or better, look at it live, since it is widely distributed on sale everywhere. They do not take money for inspection, as they say. But it’s worth buying carefully, at the manufacturer’s recommended price of 670$, the real cost, for which it’s quite easy to find this unit, is about 400$. Sometimes there is a model name in the form De Longhi ESAM2600 Magnificakeep in mind, it’s the same thing.
The best choice of the economical buyer
Summarizing, I can say that in terms of price / quality ratio, this machine is one of the best on the market. Reliable, unpretentious, with a full range of settings and extremely convenient, intuitive controls. I strongly recommend to discerning buyers.
PS This coffee machine has a number of “clones”, read about them in a separate review.
PPS Confused about making cappuccino by hand? Evaluate the full range of options in a special material. By the way, maximum simplicity and speed, including when brewing cappuccino, are achieved in capsule coffee machines.
Main technical characteristics of the Delonghi ESAM 2600 coffee machine:
|Full instructions:||Download in format pdf|
|Device type:||Grain machine|
|Width x Depth x Height:||28 x 40 x 36 cm|
|Used coffee:||Grains, ground|
|Coffee grinder:||Millstone, steel, 13 degrees|
|Brewing group:||One, removable, pre-wet|
|Heater:||Thermoblock, 1350 W|
|Max pressure:||15 bar|
|Water tank:||1.8 l front access|
|Compartment for coffee:||200 g|
|Waste compartment:||14 servings, front access|
|Cappuccinatore:||Manual — panarello|
|Maximum Cup Height:||105 mm|
|Control Features:||Multi-stage adjustment of the strength (7–14 g of coffee), multi-stage adjustment of the volume of the drink (30–200 ml), temperature adjustment (4 levels)|
|Other features:||Passive cup warmer|