Indulge in authentic Italian coffee at home with these two new espresso machines, La Specialista Arte and Magnifica Evo, from Italian specialist De’Longhi.
The former is a barista-grade offering for enthusiasts, the other a stylish alternative for the rest of us. So how do they compare?
An entry-level companion to La Specialista Prestigio and La Specialista Maestro, the Arte is a premium performer designed to bring the cafè experience home.
De’Longhi recently appointed Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt as brand ambassador.
The Luxe Review had an early hands on with the Arte, and can confirm it’s equally as handsome, and barely 30cm wide. It sports De’Longhi’s signature pressure gauge, and a compact stainless steel form factor. The feature set is comprehensive too.
An Active Temperature Control offers the choice of three temperatures, 92, 94 and 96 degrees, (pro tip: choose the lowest to mitigate any potential bitterness in your beans), while Mess Free Dosing and Tamping tools ensure consistent results time and again.
It features an eight setting Grinder, for a consistent single or double dose and grind size every time, and comes with Espresso, Americano and Hot Water presets.
Pro-style embellishments include a MyLatte Art Steam Wand, with stainless steel milk jug, and two unpressurised filter baskets. A single basket holds up to 12 grams of coffee, while a double dose holds up to 20 grams.
La Specialista Arte sells for £549. For a limited period, buyers can bag a free Home Barista Collection worth £75, which includes coffee beans, syrups, and stencils.
La Specialista Arte is a handsome model, and sports De’Longhi’s signature pressure gauge…
If instant gratification is more your style, the new Magnifica Evo range comprises two bean to cup models, the Magnifica Evo Coffee and Magnifica Evo Milk.
Aimed at coffee lovers looking for a one touch experience, the Magnifica Evo is all about personalised ease of use. A colour display control panel offers a customised selection of recipes, four on the Magnifica Evo Coffee and seven on the Magnifica Evo Milk. You can choose hot, medium, or low temperature beverages, with a strong, medium, or mild aroma.
The Magnifica Evo Coffee comes with a traditional milk frother, while the Magnifica Evo Milk offers a 220ml LatteCrema System carafe for automatic milk preparation. A trio of smart sensors assess the positioning of the carafe and milk quantity needed for each recipe. The carafe auto-cleans at the press of a button, while a MyLatte function allows further customisation.
The Magnifica Evo Coffee, and Magnifica Evo Milk, sell for £399 and £549 respectively, and are available to order here.
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