Excellent full automatic machine worth every cent.
Positive Product Points
-Adjustability -Ease of use -Cappuccino frother is actually good -Looks smart -Build quality
Negative Product Points
-One of the rubber o-rings broke on the steam arm after a few days. However, I contacted delonghi via email and next business day 4 new ones arrived. It was just a matter of slipping one of the new rings on. Perfect since.
- The Magnifica EAM3400 allows you to adjust the grind size for perfect, consistent flow and flavour. Other full-automatic machines have the same feature but it is not as useful ie. you cannot make the grind size small enough and the espresso comes shooting out leaving under-exposed rubbish in your cup. - Ease of use. Customising the amount of water and other settings was very easily achieved via the LCD display menu. - Cappuccino frother. Normally this is the first thing I would rip off and throw away due to their annoyingly giganto-bubble results. However, If you do submerge the steam arm a few centimetres bellow the surface of the milk it just creates perfect micro-bubble froth. So I left it on and get perfect results every time. - Quality of espresso. Brilliant every time! Factory settings need to be adjusted to suit but after a couple of trials it was customised and pouring like any manual machine I have ever used. Obviously would not match the quality of a professional manual pour (as probably no auto would) but is consistently almost there. - Auto turn-on. Every morning at 6.30 my machine greets me ready to go at the push of a button. It powers on at a user-set time, heats up the water to a user-set temp (low, medium or hot) and primes/cleans the insides by running a dose of hot water through it. - I set the grinder to the finest setting to achieve an ideal pour (about 30ml in 20 seconds). This is for a standard strength short coffee. If I want to make a stronger strength (by choosing the strong or extra-strong flavour option) the grind size needs to be set higher so the water can get through the greater amount of ground beans.
I enjoy the experience (and challenge) of creating perfect esspressos with a manual machine very much. However, for an everyday machine to pump out really good espresso and be able to froth good milk with that cappuccino attachment on, you would be very happy with the 3400.
Purchased the machine from an electrical retail store called Retravision in Australia. They are a huge chain here and have great customer service. As mentioned above, De'longhi were very pleasant and quick to respond to my email.