DéLonghi is launching two new automatic coffee makers and I went to the Australia Square event in Sydney today to test them out. Long-time readers would have an idea of the features already present in the DéLonghi range but the two new PrimaDonna machines really seem to be bringing the consumer devices closer to the flavour and experience of a barista-made coffee, hence the #Baristalesscafe hashtag.
This year, the design of the automatic machines from DéLonghi seems to be taking a contemporary twist. The full colour touch screens of both the ECAM65075MS and ECAM65055MS (the former features a bigger screen and a dedicated chocolate function with carafe for real hot chocolate, click the models for more details) modernise the entire look but also make it very easy to navigate the wide variety of drinks (sixteen in total) and customisation settings. It guides you through the processes easily no matter whether it’s choosing the strength of your coffee or cleaning the nozzles. And if you aren’t close to the machine, you can use the Android or iOS application to control the PrimaDonna too.
The drinks available are: espresso, coffee, doppio+, long, macchiato, cappuccino, cappuccino+, cappuccino mix, latte macchiato, caffe latte, hot milk, flat white and tea/infusions. I was impressed by the cups I sampled and depending on your preference or type of coffee, you can have the milk or the coffee poured first. The customisations of each part of the process are easy to change so if you aren’t happy, it’s just a few taps. The consistency of the crema was spot on (and once again customisable).
So whatever your bean of preference, pour them in and let the machine handle the rest.