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DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta Espresso Machine

SKU# ESU529A0060

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Regular Price: $2,520.00

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Quick Overview

The name says it all: Perfecta. DeLonghi's ESAM5500 Perfecta Espresso machine lives up to its impressive title by brewing professional-quality perfect shots and creamy drinks, all at the press of a button, (and all all at piping hot temperatures). Featuring the improved heating system, a built-in bypass doser and burr grinder, a large front-accessible water tank and the single-drink steam system that cuts down on the waste of milk, the Perfecta makes your coffee routine anything but routine.
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The name says it all: Perfecta. DeLonghi's ESAM5500 Perfecta Espresso machine lives up to its impressive title by brewing professional quality perfect shots and creamy drinks, all at the press of a button (and all all at piping hot temperatures). Featuring the improved heating system, a built-in bypass doser and burr grinder, a large front accessible water tank and a single drink steam system that cuts down on the waste of milk, the Perfecta makes your coffee routine anything but routine.

Features & Functionality of the DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta

  • Automatic : The 5500's efficient brewing system grinds and brews espresso while the automatic milk frother dispenses creamy, hot milk into your cup. With four programmable coffee drink sizes and three programmable milk drink buttons, you have complete, consistent control of your coffee and milk volume. The self-cleaning milk system takes that unnecessary hassle out of making lattes or cappuccinos.
  • Programmable: Through the LCD display, users can access the detailed programming menu, set coffee and milk volume, adjust temperature, access cleaning cycles and much more. The display leads you through every operation, including brewing, cleaning and programming, and is easily navigable and brightly lit.
  • Push-Button Foam: The Perfecta has mastered automatic beverages with its integrated milk frothing system. The 25 oz. milk container froths or steams and then pours directly into your cup. After your drink, press the "clean" button on the milk container, and the machine automatically flushes the milk system with hot water. Dishwasher safe, the milk container can also be stored in the refrigerator between drinks.
  • Burr Grinder: The Perfecta employs a heavy-duty burr grinder built to last the life of the unit. Inside the 7 oz. bean hopper, you will find an adjustment knob which allows you to fine-tune your grind settings.
  • Hot Water: The 5500 comes complete with the ability to dispense hot water right from the boiler. Simply remove the milk container and snap the hot water spout into place, and you are ready.
  • Bypass Doser: Need it stronger? Maybe it's time to dial it back to decaf? The 5500's bypass doser allows you to bypass the grinder with pre-ground coffee, making it easy to make the shift from one bean to another.
  • Warm It Up: Did you know you lose as much as 15 degrees from your drink when you use a cold cup? Take the edge off of your shot glasses or cups with the cup warming surface.

Included Accessories with the DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta

  • Cleaning Tools: Including a cleaning brush, detergent and lubricant for the brew group
  • Water Hardness Kit: Test the quality of your water and use that info to set your machine to adjust for any impurities
  • Measuring Scoop
  • User Manual
  • Pros
    • Perfecta Programming - Among its many programmable features, this machine can be set to automatically brew your favorite drink.
    • Power Steam - Push-button simplicity makes frothing a snap.
    • Cut the Waste - This machine's most unique feature is that it only heats the milk for the drink you're brewing. This means you can easily put the remaining milk (in the container) back into the refrigerator.
    Cons
    • Loud Grinder - The Perfecta's grinder has a tendency to operate loudly.
    • No Manual Steaming - You can use the automatic frothing container, but there is no standard steam wand with this machine.
    • Plastic - Unlike its steely cousin, the Gran Dama, this machine features a housing with more plastic than sexier stainless steel.
    Model Number ESAM5500
    Manufacturer DeLonghi
    Width 11.25 inches
    Depth 17.0 inches
    Height 15.0 inches
    Product Weight (lbs.) 28.0000
    Watts 1350W
    Volts 120V
    Programmability Yes
    Case Material Plastic
    Reservoir Size 60 oz
    Cup Warmer Yes
    Boiler Design Double Boiler
    Water Sources Reservoir/Internal Tank
    Auto Shut Off Yes
    Auto On Yes
    One-Touch Yes - One-Touch Functionality Only
    Bean Hopper Capacity 250g
    Bypass Doser Yes
    Material Metal and Plastic

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    DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta Espresso Machine
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    lkaplan asked: Does this machine make a "regular" cup of coffee or just caps and espressos? Feb 6, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Yes this DeLonghi ESAM5500 (and really any super automatic machine) can make an americano, which is essentially a shot of espresso with more water pulled through it to dilute it, like a short coffee. Feb 6, 2014
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    A shopper asked: Can you have hot milk for hot chocolate? I can seem to figure it out. Just bought a floor model and there is no user manual. Jan 3, 2014
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    Teri KStaff: Yes, you can froth hot milk only for something like hot chocolate by pressing the cappuccino button twice and the display should read "Milk Frothing?" The user manual can be found on DeLonghi's website, and I have included a link below:

    http://www.delonghi.com/Global/InstructionManuals/GB/GB-5713211411.pdf
    Jan 6, 2014
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    A shopper asked: How does this machine handle very oily coffee roasts?
    The last super auto machine I had (Saeco) couldn't make more than 1 or 2 shots without jamming
    Oct 24, 2013
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    Teri KStaff: We do not recommend using dark roasted oily beans in any superautomatic espresso machine, the DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfect included. Since there isn't any way to get in and clean out the grinder burrs on these machines, the oily beans will lead to clogs and jams very frequently, and can damage the burrs in the long run. Oct 26, 2013
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    Diane asked: Hi, can I get your opinion please about the temperature and consistency of the milk? I like my milk HOT HOT and thick.
    thank yu
    Feb 8, 2014
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    Martin D asked: hi guys!
    looking into buying a one year used ESAM5500 super-auto.
    I am questioning myself about the grinder's quality. how is it made of? i couldnt find an answer anywhere.
    what do do personally thing about this model? reliable? good bang for my buck?
    i have a semi-auto at home that i been using for 4 years now and thought about making the switch.

    thanks a bunch for your time!
    Dec 30, 2012
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    A shopper asked: Can this be used to make 30 - 40 cups daily? Feb 15, 2012
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    Kaylie KStaff: No, the DeLonghi ESAM 5500 Perfecta was not made to handle that kind of capacity. If you are looking to produce that many cups per day, we would recommend looking into the Saeco Royal Coffee Bar: http://www.seattlecoffeegear.com/Saeco-Royal-Coffee-Bar-Office-Plumbable-Espresso-p/scg10486.htm Feb 17, 2012
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    Warranty Information for the DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta

    What it Covers:

    DeLonghi espresso machines, coffee makers and grinders

    Length:

    - 1 Year (Small espresso machines, capsule machines, coffee makers, grinders and other electronics)

    - 2 Years (Superautomatic espresso machines)

    Who Supports the Warranty: DeLonghi
    Warranty Contact Information: 800-322-3848
    Eligible for SCG Extended Warranty? Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only).
    Can SCG Repair? Yes (Superautomatic espresso machines only). Read more about our out-of-warranty repair services.

    Caring for the DeLonghi ESAM5500 Perfecta

    • Descale every two to three months. We recommend using Dezcal.
    • Clean the brew gasket with a cleaning brush daily.
    • Soap out water tank (if applicable) and drip tray every few days.
    • Optional: Perform backflush routine and clean the filter basket each week.

    great machine

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    4.33333333333335
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    Bought this machine because I am a big cappuccino drinker and i don't have time to make cappuccinos in the morning with a manual machine, so a super automatic was the way to go. So far so good and I have yet to have any issues with this machine including temperature which a lot of people mention. Remember this is an ESPRESSO machine and not a filtered coffee machine. All my drinks come out hot, but not burn my mouth and have to wait 10 minutes to cool down hot. Perfect for me to enjoy right away. It's very easy to use and the maintenance is pretty straight forward...has not disappointed me yet.

    (Posted on 1/7/13)

    I Like It

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    Good value because it makes lattes and cappuccinos at home to save me about 4.00 a day. The quality seems great because it has not broke down and I certainly haven't a clue how to do maintenance. It tells me when to add water, add beans, empty the coffee grounds, attach the pitcher, etc. This is the automatic espresso machine for dummies! The price was right because I bought it used on ebay. So far, so good. Yum!

    (Posted on 12/1/12)

    LOVE this machine

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    This machine is amazing. The only problem is that dark roasted somewhat oily beans can't be ground on the finest grind setting, as the spouts will clog while coffee is being delivered.
    CAUTION: If you're unsure of something, check out the instruction manual; otherwise, you'll need to do extra cleaning!!!

    Pros:
    Great Taste, Soooo easy to use, Quick Brewing, Easy To Use

    Cons:
    Small Water Container, Noisy

    (Posted on 5/21/12)

    Best of the bunch - except

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    It makes cappuccino and lattes, yet the interface says cappuccino for either. come on, call it what it is, make it less confusing. great coffee, easy to clean. coffee out of the machine on HOT setting is not drinkable, it is tepid. needs 20 seconds in the microwave.

    Pros:
    Great Taste, Easy To Clean, Quick Brewing, Milk system

    Cons:
    CONFUSING user interface, Coffee Not Hot Enough

    (Posted on 10/29/11)

    STILL not hot!!

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    This was purchased to rplace the 3500 which produced luke warm drinks. At three times the price, Delonghi's 5500 also produces luke warm drinks. My advice some [$] later - buy another brand.

    Pros:
    Easy To Use

    Cons:
    Luke Warm drinks

    (Posted on 3/18/10)

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