The DeLonghi Magnifica XS (also known as ECAM22110SB) occupies less space on the counter while leaving more over head room than most models, but do not be fooled by its compact design. Its convenient selector dial allows you to choose the strength of you coffee, and four buttons are preset for a single shot of espresso, a double, one long coffee, and two long coffees. All four buttons can be reprogrammed to whatever quantity of water you prefer. Additional features include 4 programmable temperature settings, energy-saving auto shut-off, instant reheat, and a counter for the number of cups brewed.
The DeLonghi Magnifica XS offers a patented manual steam wand with a special frothing attachment to create rich, velvety milk foam for cappuccinos without any skill required. Simply immerse the wand into your pitcher or cup of milk and press the steam button. Within moments the DeLonghi Magnifica XS will blast out steam into the milk while the special cappuccino tip blends steam and air properly throughout. We do recommend using a thermometer to prevent overheating your milk.
The DeLonghi Magnifica XS uses a stainless steel-lined thermoblock boiler to provide brewing and steaming power for your coffee drinks with a very fast cycling time. Unlike a traditional boiler, thermoblocks offer rapid warm-up times paired with efficient, on-demand water usage. Turn on the Magnifica XS, and it will be ready to brew in just a few moments. ThermoBlock technology channels the water through the heating element while minimizing the amount of water heated to what the user demands. This process ensures water does not become stale sitting in a boiler for an extended period of time, and the stainless steel lining prevents your fresh water from ever acquiring a metal taste. Want to froth or steam your milk? Simply press the steam button, and in a few moments, the DeLonghi Magnifica XS will say it is ready for you to open the steam valve to make your cappuccinos or lattes. Additionally, the Magnifica XS has a cup warming platform set just above the boiler to help pre-warm your espresso or coffee cups.
DeLonghi engineered the ECAM22110SB's grinder to be easy on the ears. The professional-grade, hardened steel conical burrs rotate at a low speed with minimal noise to produce consistent, fresh, and aromatic espresso and coffee. It is fed by a 8.8 ounce coffee bean hopper and has 13 different fineness adjustments to accommodate a wide variety of coffee roasts. In addition, the bean hopper lid has a rubber seal to keep air out as well as a tinted lid to reduce the degrading effects of UV rays. This will keep your coffee fresher over time.
If you like to experiment with new coffee roasts or have a need for decaf from time to time, the DeLonghi Magnifica XS offers a clever pre-ground option so that you do not have to swap out beans from the grinder. Simply add 1 scoop (scoop included) of freshly ground coffee into the funnel and have a custom brew in seconds. J.L. Hufford highly recommends NOT using ground flavored coffee, or flavored beans for that matter, as the oils tend to clog grinders. Flavored syrup is the way to go.
The ECAM22110SB's 57 ounce water tank is visible from the side but pulls straight out from the front so that you never need to pull out the entire machine just to fill the water tank.
DeLonghi designers know their coffee and have implemented patented grinding technology so that "What you grind is what you brew." The ECAM22110SB's conical burr grinder discharges directly into DeLonghi's variable brew group that can brew up to 2 drinks at once. The removable brew group is easy to clean (just rinse under warm water) to ensure a tasty brew and long life of the Magnifica XS. Additionally, the ultra-compact size of the brew group reduces the distance water must travel and ultimately results in hotter coffee in your cup.
As with any coffee or espresso machine, the DeLonghi Magnifica XS must be properly maintained to ensure long life and excellent taste. Thankfully, DeLonghi engineers made this process a breeze. To clean the brewing system, simply turn the power off on your Magnifica XS and then open the front door. Remove the brew group, rinse under warm water and replace. Descaling of the boiler is also a critically important process, especially if you are not using treated water. The Magnifica XS will alert you when you need to descale based on the water hardness level indicated on the provided test strip. The process is fully automated; when the descale light begins flashing, all you must do is add the solution and press a button.
DeLonghi stands behind every one of their high-quality products and offers top notch warranty service and toll-free telephone support for 2 whole years after purchase. They have a support team dedicated entirely to fully automatic espresso centers, so that you speak with the most knowledgeable professionals on the first try. DeLonghi owners also enjoy the lowest rate of return in the industry because not only is every single machine tested before leaving the factory, but also because DeLonghi randomly pulls units for torture testing to ensure that your DeLonghi Magnifica XS will last for many years past the warranty. If your machine should require service in the first 2 years, DeLonghi's White Glove Service takes care of everything"even shipping to and from your location in the contiguous 48 states! Additionally, all new DeLonghi products are backed by J.L. Hufford's 30 Day Satisfaction Policy. Please note this warranty and guarantee is for household use in the United States only.
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As titled I had a very good experience with JL Hufford to buy an expresso maker. They politely and patiently answered all my neophyte questions. I should also add I was referred to them by another satisfied customer. I called from Canada.