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Delonghi La Specialista Maestro Semi-automatic espresso machine - 1399.36 (1259 Warehouse Deals)

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Aug 11, 2009
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Toronto

[Amazon.ca] [Black Friday] Delonghi La Specialista Maestro Semi-automatic espresso machine - 1399.36 (1259 Warehouse Deals)

I went down a rabbit hole of researching espresso machines the last few days and finally settled on this one. This is a semi-automatic, you will have to do some work, but very little. Kinda makes you look like a barista but you don't need to know what you're doing. I also got the Philips 5400 superautomatic, as a first impression this one pulls a much better espresso, and I like the little ritual as well. The machine has a beautiful vintage look.

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There is one unit left from the warehouse deals (very good condition which essentially is new in my experience), which makes it an even better deal.

The unit is wide (14 inches) and tall (18 inches). Delonghi provides 3 years warrantly in Canada.

In-depth review here:

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Newbie
Apr 22, 2018
80 posts
61 upvotes
Toronto
Two-in-one: a Specialista AND a Maestro.

Ma va là!

Upvoted for the name of the thinghie.
Deal Addict
May 21, 2004
2848 posts
2035 upvotes
GTA
In my experience, Amazon's rating aren't very accurate. I've had things rated as "Acceptable" (lowest rating) and they are practically brand new and items listed as "Like New" which were in horrible shape. Even had one "Like New" item that came with absolutely nothing other than the object in a cardboard box. All that is to say you're always taking chances but at least Amazon is good about returns.
Sr. Member
Sep 3, 2014
998 posts
1090 upvotes
Maple Ridge, BC
Careful - the Warehouse Deals one is probably the broken one that someone reviewed at the end of October.

So you may be wasting your time buying and returning.
Jr. Member
Sep 17, 2019
105 posts
91 upvotes
i wonder how this compares with the breville oracle, less than half the price for an auto-tamp
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Sr. Member
Aug 11, 2009
802 posts
191 upvotes
Toronto
tomato72 wrote: i wonder how this compares with the breville oracle, less than half the price for an auto-tamp
The Breville has a lot more finer control, especially when it comes to temperature. You can control the milk temperature too. The auto tamp in Breville is a fan-based tamp which evenly distributes the ground before tamping. But I couldn't justify dropping that much money on my first machine. I would rather go with individual grinder and espresso maker in future if I like the ritual. Another shallow thing is I much prefer the retro look of Delonghi. I tried the Breville touchscreen at a store and it's really sluggish, feels like it's one of those old palm phones. I had the same issue with the Philips 5400, although the touchscreen is much better on the Philips.
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