The De’Longhi Prima Donna is a modern bean-to-cup machine that creates espresso, latte, and cappuccino in a single-touch. It is equipped with a patented one-push milk carafe and frothing system, as well as a built-in coffee grinder that accommodates both coffee beans and ground coffee for those days you run out of beans, or want readily-available decaf instead.

Like other top-rated bean-to-cup coffee machines, the Prima Donna can store your preferred coffee settings (such as electronic temperature control) thanks to its very useful memory function. Plus with the adjustable coffee dispenser, making short or long coffees won’t be a problem.

De’Longhi Prima Donna Features

The highlight of the De’Longhi Prima Donna is the patented fully automatic cappuccino, latte macchiato, caffe latte system, wherein you just press your preferred drink, place a cup under the nozzle and the machine will do all the work for you, including frothing the milk based on your preferences.

Built-in Burr Grinder

Since the Prima Donna is a bean-to-cup coffee machine, it is equipped with an integrated burr grinder that has seven adjustable coarseness settings. Each serving extracts freshly ground coffee straight off the grinder, which you can set to dispense anywhere from 7 to 11 grams.

Memory Function

The De’Longhi Prima Donna ESAM6620 can be programmed to “remember” your favorite drinks, along with settings for each. You can control the amount of coffee, water, and milk, depending on how strong or weak you want your coffee to be. To choose the stored drinks, you only need to press “My coffee” and select the drink you like.

Easy to Clean Parts

The water tank, coffee bean/ground container and brewing unit can all be removed and cleaned easily. While the brewing unit has an automatic self-ringing mechanism, cleaning it manually extends the life of your De’Longhi Prima Donna. It is, after all, the heart of the machine that pre-brews, warms up, doses, tamps, and extracts coffee.

One or two cups

The PrimaDonna ESAM6620 caters to one-cup and two-cup servings by pressing the relevant button on the front panel. This lets black-coffee lovers to quickly get their fix with the perfect balance of water and coffee ground in every brew. The adjustable coffee dispenser also makes it easier to create bigger, full-sized milk-based drinks or smaller espresso shots.

De’Longhi Prima Donna Specifications and Technical details

Out of the box, the De’Longhi Prima Donna includes the brewing unit, hot water attachment, stainless steel drip tray, milk container, waste coffee tray, descaler, plastic spoon for coffee grounds, UK-fitted plug and a product manual.

Inside the machine, De’Longhi Prima Donna operates with a professional 15-bar pump and dual boiler with Thermoblock technology. Like most De’Longhi bean-to-cup machines, this technology runs by only heating up enough water for each serving to provide consistently controlled water temperature for each drink. Since it reduces brewing and warm-up time significantly, you won’t have to worry about power consumption. The PrimaDonna ESAM6620 will also automatically switch itself off after a pre-set amount of time has elapsed.

The water tank can accommodate up to 1.8 litres of water, while the milk carafe can hold a litre of milk. There’s also a hot water option as well, if you feel like drinking tea or an Americano.

De’Longhi Prima Donna comes with a 2-year warranty.

Editorial Reviews

Telegraph.co.uk

5 STARS
  • DeLonghi ESAM6620 Prima Donna Bean-to-Cup espresso coffee machine £1,195 This makes better coffee than most restaurants. – Chef Mark Hix

Aquaspresso.co.za

4 STARS
  • “The coffee machine makes great tasting espresso drinks and we like that it’s modular in a way. If something goes awry with the process, you have the ability to recover by simply changing a component and then of course, it’s also very easy to clean. The stainless steel construction looks great in any living room to show your friends or in the office to flaunt it for your customers.”

Debenhams.com

4 STARS
  • “The Prima Donna looks stunning; produces amazing coffee (cappuccino, latte, macchiato, long or short/espresso) within 5 minutes of switching it on (it’s worth mentioning that the froth on a macchiato is so thick that you need a spoon and there is beautiful crema on a short coffee”

User Reviews

  • J. Jewkes – (5/5) “It’s expensive for a coffee machine but the coffee it makes is nicer than the filter and pod machines and definately cheaper by the cup than pods if you don’t take the initial outlay into account. And at the moment I still have some tinkering to do to get it perfect but it’s simple to do and I love this machine……….though I’m a little hyper tonight from too much caffeine…….”

  • Mr. Anthony J. Hardwell – (5/5) “I have used a number of coffee makers in the past and I am still getting used to this my first bean to cup machine. So far I have been impressed with the quality of the machine and the coffee which it produces.”

  • Dirk den-Hartog – (5/5) “I have used this machine for about 6 months and have found it excellent in every way. It makes excellent cappuccinos and cafe lattes for my guests and if has made a fewl hundred americanos for me. Fully programmable and temperature adjustable. I cannot recommend this product highly enough for use, results and price.”

  • Paul Bowie – (5/5) “This was purchased as a gift for which I am very grateful but it uses a huge amount of coffee beans! it is well made and works efficiently but would benefit from more logical controls.”

  • Elaine Wilson – (5/5) “Bought for hubby’s christmas and we are delighted with it! Will save fortune on costa coffees and is more than worth the cost- recommend you buy one now!!”

  • Steve Wilkins – (5/5) “This is a really, really good machine. Looks good, coffee’s great and every use is a little bit of theatre. Fabulous!”

  • MrsB – (5/5) “Easy to use, easy to clean (but you must keep it clean), makes everybody in our household happy especially husband who sets the start time for 4 am! Very high quality bean to cup machine.”

  • Dean Remmington – (5/5) “Wedding presents aren’t the easiest of things to purchase. However, this product fitted the bill exactly. Entertaining or just a one off coffee, this machine does it all.”

  • Travel Bug – (4/5) “Purchased this machine 2 months ago. Very happy with it. Took a little while to get the coffee strength settings correct to keep my liking, but once set, perfect every time. Milk frother is the only downfall. Cannot get a creamy frothed latte have improved I by my trailing differ brands of skimmed milk but still not over 100%. Using the machine daily. Very happy.”

  • David J. Mallett (5/5) “As a user (coffee maker) problem, the user will need to thoroughly and weekly clean the milk canister nozzle. Ours has become blocked with congealed milk within the elbow of the nozzle. The blocked nozzle if difficult to clean given access to the inside of the elbow as it is very restricted. We now use CLR: 1 part CLR and 10 parts water and soak the elbow enabling the congealed milk to break down and exit the nozzle.

  • Madmaz20fire – (5/5) “My hubby spent a heap of money on this machine without my knowledge. Wow best thing he ever did. Had the machine now for 6/7/8 years and it hasn’t missed a beat. Daily use – Great, Fundraiser for Biggest morning tea – Great, Christmas and Easter gatherings – Great. Love it, love it.”

  • Shannon – (5/5) “I had the magnifica 7 years ago, loved it and used it daily for 5 years. Wanted to upgrade and got this one. Love it also. Never had any trouble with it and 2 years later it is still going strong. Maybe the negatives got a bad batch. I have never had to get mine looked at for any reason. Regular cleaning keeps the milk at a good temp. I will admit it wouldn’t hurt for the coffee and milk to be a bit hotter.”

  • Wilsact – (5/5) “What an awesome machine. I tried various machines, and researched carefully before going with this unit. It simply make brilliant coffee, and is faultless in operation. The build quality and coffee justify’s the high purchase price. After many months of use it has proved to be very reliable, and continues to make brilliant coffee daily. This is the best it gets at home, and will make you feel disappointed in coffee that you drank in coffee shops! Highly recommended to everyone, one stylish, high quality machine.”

  • Raibert – (5/5) “Worth the money at the end of the day and makes a darn good cup of coffee. Froths the milk better than some cafe bought coffee. Looks great in the kitchen and the stainless steel finish makes it stand out.”

  • John – (9/10) “Simple to use and maintain in every way and makes perfect espresso every time!”

  • Val – (9/10) “Sturdy construction and makes great coffee”

  • Gilly – (10/10) “Very easy to learn and use.”

  • Zai – (5/10) “Once managed to find the right settings, through adjusting the coffee grinder, quantity, water heat etc. for each coffee type, you get a good tast, as long you find the right coffee! Don’t need to heat or fluff milk manually, as of the full automatic option.”

  • James – (8/10) “Awesome coffee”

Pros

  • Frothing is effortless and consistent
  • Impressive auto-cleaning functions
  • Large water and milk tank
  • Compact and quality build

Cons

  • Drip tray and grounds container fills up quickly
  • Does not warn about low water vs. bean quantity before brewing

Conclusion

The De’Longhi Prima Donna ESAM6620 does have its misgivings, such as the no-warning for low water level, which can be quite an annoying error when you’re in the middle of brewing. But like most De’Longhi bean-to-cup machines, the Prima Donna is built with high standards, energy-efficient parts and a solid build. Plus, it makes mean espresso shots and one-push milk-infused drinks.