Summary – Do I recommend it?
The DeLonghi Magnifica S – ECAM 21.110.B is a small, entry-level automatic espresso machine. With a long name.
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Small, sturdy and easy to clean
This machine leaves out some extras, giving it a slightly slim profile. It also doesn’t have a display but when I compare it to similar models that do have displays, not having a display doesn’t seem to me to be a huge drawback.
You won’t find any major stainless steel components on this machine but that’s also true for all super automatic espresso machines in this price range.
That way, I can make an espresso that comes very close to the kind you’d get from a machine with a portafilter.
The stainless-steel burr grinder actually has 13 settings, which really is quite a lot for an super automatic espresso machine, although the two finest settings don’t work; using them either clogs up the machine, or the espresso barely drips out. That’s the biggest drawback of this machine.
However, since I was still able to make a good espresso, I can indeed recommend this automatic espresso machine for anyone who wants to spend less than $700, and who is willing to go without a display. If you’re interested in this compact automatic espresso machine, you can buy it on Amazon:
Advantages of the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
- Very compact.
- A nice, high, adjustable spout for larger mugs.
- Quieter than the ESAM 3000 B.
- Easy to clean.
- Many possible settings.
Disadvantages of the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
- The grinder becomes clogged when using very fine settings.
- The cup tray isn’t heated.
- No display.
- No stainless steel.
Unfortunately videos below are only available in German.
Table of Contents
- Summary AdvantagesDisadvantages
- Buying the DeLonghi Buying a used modelModels and Differences
- Technical Specifications Operating InstructionsSpout HeightGrinderWater FilterCoffee Grounds TrayPumpMilk FrotherUnheated Cup TrayCompartment for Ground Coffee
- Setting Up
- What’s In The Box How to UseFor A Good EspressoCoffee Is WateryNumber of Espressos
- Cleaning Cleaning the Brewing UnitCleaning the Steam WandWater Filter and DecalcificationWater Tank Cleaning Program
- Brewing Unit Is Stuck Something Is Leaking
Buying the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
The DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B is one of the least expensive super automatic espresso machines on the market. Nevertheless, it’s worth doing a price comparison before buying. You can check the current amazon.com price here.
The advantage of buying online from a retailer like Amazon is that it’s easy to return things, and in Germany we even have a legally guaranteed return period of 14 days. Retail stores usually aren’t obligated to take back anything at all, even if you still have the product in its original packaging and you bought it just a few hours before.
Buying a used model of the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.
There’s no consistent price on eBay for a used DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B. However, I’d emphatically discourage you from buying a used automatic espresso machine, especially one in this relatively inexpensive price category.
When you buy a used espresso machine, you can never be sure what kinds of mold or gunk you’ll find hiding under the casing. What’s more, if you’re buying one of these machines in the US, a new model often costs just a bit more than a used model. So I’d definitely get a new model if you’re able to.
DeLonghi Models and Differences
The DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B has a “silver brother,” the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.SB. The SB is basically an identical cappuccino maker, although it has a metallic, silver color. But all the other technical specifications and possible settings are identical. You can check the current price for the silver model on amazon.com.
Another automatic espresso machine that’s in the same category as the one tested here is the DeLonghi ESAM 3000.B. However, this espresso machine is significantly larger and louder than the ECAM 22.110.B. Otherwise, both machines are quite similar.
|Name||Magnifica S ECAM 21.110.B|
|Dimensions (W*D*H)||Approx. 16 in x 9.5 in x 14 in (43.0 cm x 23.8 cm x 35.1 cm)|
|Capacity, in W||1450|
|Max pump pressure||15 Bar|
|Extra compartment for ground coffee||✓|
|Tray to store cups||✓ But not heated|
|Grinder||Stainless steel burr grinder|
|Removable brewing unit||✓|
|Removable water tank||✓|
|Weight||Almost 20 pounds (9 kg)|
You can download a PDF of the instructions for the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B here, directly from the DeLonghi website. The descriptions in the manual are important because the different beverage buttons and settings aren’t necessarily very intuitive, and a glance at the manual will help you understand them. Because this cappuccino maker doesn’t have a display, using it isn’t necessarily foolproof, but on the whole it’s still quite easy to learn.
The Spout Height
The ECAM 22.110.B has a flexible-height spout that can be set to different levels. At the maximum height, a mug around 5 inches (13 cm) tall can fit under the unit. That’s high enough to fit even tall latte macchiato glasses, with a bit of space to spare.
The minimum height is a bit lower than 3.5 inches (9 cm). Still, that height worked well even with my very short shot glasses, as you’ll see later in this article.
The DeLonghi Grinder on the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
This super automatic espresso machine has a built-in stainless steel burr grinder. When in use, it’s noticeably quieter than the grinder on the ESAM 3000 B Magnifica, from the same manufacturer.
The grinder has 13 grind settings, although the two finest settings are basically unusable. When using them, either the grinder becomes clogged, or only a small amount of espresso manages to drip out of the spout. So apparently neither the pump nor the grinder can handle the finest settings.
The Water Filter - DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
This automatic espresso machine gives you the possibility of installing a water filter, which can be mounted in the water tank. A water filter in an automatic espresso machine works based on the same principle as a classic Britta water filter. The filter reduces the hardness of the water to Level 1 (see below). That means that there’s less calcium in the water, which leaves less sediment deposited in the machine.
Water hardness is currently divided into the following ranges:
|Level||Degree of Hardness||Millimoles of Calcium Carbonate per Liter||German Hardness (dH) Degrees||How Often Should I Decalcify?|
|1||Soft||Fewer than 1.5||Fewer than 8.4 °dH||Rarely|
|2||Medium||1.5 to 2.5||8.4 to 14 °dH||Occasionally|
|3||Hard||More than 2.5||More than 14 °dH||Often|
The hardness of the water that you use will determine how long the filter lasts. The harder the water, the quicker the filter will become saturated. You can test the hardness of your water with the included testing strip, or you can check with your water company. If you already have soft water, you can probably do without a filter. You can also filter your water with a normal Britta filter before using it in the machine. In any case, it’s definitely important to account for the hardness of the water that you use in the espresso machine, because the hardness will determine how often you need to decalcify the machine.
However, cheaper packs of filters are also available on Amazon.
The Coffee Grounds Tray – DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
The whole tray unit is fully removable from the front of the machine. It sits above the catch tray for water and coffee grounds.
As you can see, both catch trays are relatively small. The red dot is a floating gauge that shows how full the tray is, so you can know when to empty it. As is the case with so many latte machines, the bottoms of your favorite ceramic mugs will quickly scratch the stainless steel cover of the drip tray. But at least it adds character. Cleaning is quick and easy. I’d recommend cleaning all the parts by rinsing them out with running water.
Doing so will wear down the plastic parts over time.
The Pump - DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
The maximum pump pressure is listed as 15 bar. When using the finest grinder settings, the pump can only manage to push single drops of water through the brewing unit.
The ESAM 3000 automatic espresso machine also got stuck when similar settings were used. Additionally, the DeLonghi ECAM 23.420.SB had exactly the same problem since that machine used the same parts. Despite all that, though, it was still possible to make a respectable espresso. You just have to be sure to avoid using the finest grinder settings.
The Milk Frother - DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
The steam wand is very simple. Whereas the steam wand on the somewhat more expensive DeLonghi ECAM 23.420.SB gives you two possible foam settings, the wand on the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B has only one basic setting.
Still, that didn’t concern me, as I only use the basic setting for both machines. I’ve found that the only possible downside to a simple wand is that it doesn’t necessarily look as nice.
With a bit of practice, you can make fine, uniform foam. If you’ve already done it a few times, you can also work on improving your latte art.
Expensive machines like the Siemens EQ 6 have a “cappuccinatore” (an automatic frother) setting. This is often called a “One Touch” Frothing System, or something similar. When using these, you just need to pour in the milk, and the rest is automatic. With the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B, though, you’ll have to depend on your own two hands to do the work.
Unheated Cup Tray
The cup tray is nice and shiny but unfortunately it’s not heated. Because of that, however, the tray on this small machine does offer a lot of space, relatively speaking.
Extra Compartment for Ground Coffee
The ECAM 22.110.B also has an additional compartment for pre-ground coffee. That compartment has direct contact with the brewing unit, though, which means that water from steam can quickly accumulate there. When combined with powder from coffee, that can quickly lead to mold. It’s therefore important to always keep this compartment clean.
Of course, it’s best to use freshly ground coffee, and this automatic espresso machine can also do that. Still, perhaps now and then someone might want to drink decaffeinated coffee. In that case, you could use this compartment.
A measuring spoon is included with the machine. Despite the warning on the lid, you can actually try using about 1.5 scoops of ground coffee for an espresso.
Setting Up the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
Even without a display, it’s quick and painless to set up and use the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B. Foaming the milk doesn’t require any wizardry, and the buttons are straightforward. Still, some of the settings aren’t that great, and you’ll need to adjust them.
You can easily do that after a quick glance at the manual or my article, though, and it’s not a problem. If you refer to my article, pay particular attention to the section “For a Good Espresso.”
What’s In The Box
- A water filter
- The instruction manual
- DeLonghi EcoDecalk
I think it’s great that a water filter is included because the larger but mostly identical ECAM 23.420.SB doesn’t include a water filter. I don’t really count the included plastic measuring spoon, though, since I swapped it out for a different one right away.
How to Use the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
When using the machine, it’s always important to remember that the finest grinder settings don’t work correctly. Either the machine doesn’t recognize that there are coffee beans, which means it won’t grind them, or the espresso doesn’t flow correctly, and only drips slowly out of the machine. Both of these are signs that the pump is too weak to work with the finest grinder settings.
At least if we’re talking about the machines in the tested price ranges. The ESAM 3000 B Magnifica couldn’t handle the finest settings when making an espresso, but the more expensive ECAM 23.420.SB also had the exact same problem. These machines all include the same components for their pumps, grinders and brewing units.
For A Good Espresso
The Yirga Santos blend from Coffee Circle is a great organic espresso for all automatic espresso machines, although it’s currently only available in Germany. It’s a blend of 75% Arabica and 25% Robusta beans, with great crema and aromas of chocolate and roasted nuts. This fresh espresso is shipped shortly after roasting. It tastes good pure, but you can also add milk to make an excellent cappuccino or latte macchiato. This espresso is low in acidity and very palatable. You can find my complete review of Yirga Santos here.
Using the default settings will give you 40 ml (about 1.4 oz) of espresso.
I actually don’t understand this default setting, since every good coffee bar will serve an espresso between 20 and 25 ml (around .8 oz). And the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B can actually do that too. But the good thing about this automatic espresso machine is that you can select the exact amount of espresso you want, which lets you avoid ending up with watery or bitter coffee.
The first thing you should do is to put the grinder on the finest setting that you can. Unfortunately, the machine doesn’t work correctly with the finest settings, so I eventually determined that “3” was the finest setting that I could use without any problems. With the lower settings, either the espresso wouldn’t flow correctly or the grinder wouldn’t pull in the espresso beans.
This shows an espresso with the finest setting I could use, but the amounts still need to be adjusted.
This is what the result looked like. I was pleased with it. The flow time was a bit short, though. I could have adjusted that by using a finer grind setting, but that wouldn’t have worked because of the reasons I’ve already mentioned.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a Perfect Espresso with the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
- Set the grinder to the finest setting that works. For me, that level was “3.”
- Turn the knob clockwise to the strongest coffee amount setting.
- Hold down the brew button with the cup on it. The grinder will begin to grind the espresso. Hold the button until the light flashes, then let it go.
- The espresso will now begin flowing out of the spout. Until you get the hang of using the machine, you might want to use a shot glass to measure the amount of coffee coming out, or even use a scale to weigh it. Either way, once 20 ml–nearly half of a 2-ounce shot glass–of espresso has come out, press the button again.
- You now have an espresso that’s worthy of its name.
It took me a few attempts before I got the amounts right, so don’t give up if it doesn’t work out on the first try.
The Coffee Is Watery - Troubleshooting
Is your espresso weak and watery? Or is the crema too milky, while the espresso tastes both watery and bitter at the same time? Here are a few ideas about how to deal with these problems when using the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B.
- The espresso is ground too coarsely. When this happens, the puck of coffee offers too little resistance and the water flows through it too quickly. Try to set the grinder to a finer setting.
- The espresso may be too old. You can find tips for making a proper espresso in my espresso reviews. If you don’t put good stuff into the top of the machine, then you can’t expect anything good to come out below.
- The water level is set too high. That makes the espresso over-extracted. See the instructions for making a good espresso.
“Reading” the Number of Espressos You’ve Made
I wish there were an easy way to “read” the number of espressos you’ve made with this machine, even though it doesn’t have a display to tell you that information. I even found some instructions about how to do so but none of them worked for me. It was definitely easier to see how many espressos I’d made when using the ESAM 3000 B Magnifica.
Knowing how many times you’ve used the machine is useful because you can learn about your level of coffee addiction, and the warranty can even be tied to the number of uses. The warranty is often good for 2 years, or for between 5,000 and 6,000 uses.
Cleaning the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B
Anyone who wants their automatic espresso machine to last a long time needs to clean it thoroughly, and it’s especially important to clean it frequently. When I say “frequently,” I mean every day that you use it, ideally.
The combination of high humidity and used coffee grounds make the brewing unit an ideal place for fungus to grow. I know a company in Berlin that even plants mushrooms in coffee grounds–don’t worry, though, it’s all legal! Mushrooms are tasty, but surely nobody wants mold or any kinds of fungus to grow inside their DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B!
Cleaning the Brewing Unit
That’s because a removable brewing unit is more hygienic, and it’s also good because it can be easily replaced if it’s defective. You can even buy a replacement brewing unit for the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B.
Removing the brewing unit is as simple as can be. There’s a tab behind the water tank.
Simply pull on the tab to open it. Careful, though: before removing the brewing unit, you must completely shut off the espresso machine. Otherwise, the brewing unit won’t be in standby position, and will remain clamped in, making it impossible to remove. Be sure to turn off the machine using the on/off button on the front!
The rest is simple. Just press the two red tabs together and then simply pull out the brewing unit.
Now you’ll have the brewing unit in your hands.
If you have enough time to do so, you can also let the brewing unit air-dry outside of the machine. You can also use that time to leave the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B opened up, letting it air out. I especially recommend doing this before going on vacation. Moisture trapped inside an automatic espresso machine can quickly turn it into a greenhouse.
It’s certainly no fun to come back from your vacation only to find that all kinds of things have sprung to life inside your DeLonghi ECAM.
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When you froth milk, a little bit of milk will remain inside the steam wand. This can be hard to remove, and can form a coating inside of the wand. You should definitely prevent this from happening. It affects the taste of the milk, it’s unhygienic and the wand won’t work as well. Eventually, the wand can become completely clogged, blocking the flow of steam.
Careful when doing this, though, as the steam can burn you. Be sure to use the steam to blow the milk residue out of the wand before wiping it. It only takes a few seconds and will spare you from the unpleasant consequences of not cleaning the wand.
The Water Filter and Decalcification
Many people incorrectly assume that if you use a water filter, you don’t need to decalcify the machine. That’s incorrect, though.
It’s therefore important to account for water hardness when using the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B. It will determine how often you need to change the water filter. And if you’ve decided not to use a filter, that’ll determine how often you need to run the decalcifying program.
The Water Tank and the Coffee Grounds Tray
It’s very simple to remove both of these parts from the front of the machine. They’re both surprisingly small, but I actually think that’s an advantage, because it means they need to be emptied and cleaned regularly. I don’t even want to think of how rarely I’d empty my trash can if it never got full.
Please don’t put these parts in the dishwasher—the plastic parts will wear down over time. Although you can hand-wash the drip tray and the coffee grounds tray with a sponge and dish soap, I’d be more careful with the water tank. That needs a thorough washing with clean water, as well as time to dry out. After all, you don’t want coffee that tastes like soap. Nobody wants their crema to be made of soapsuds.
The Cleaning Program
I quite frequently come across comments from people who get annoyed by automatic cleaning programs. But don’t be annoyed: programs are your friends. And this is one you definitely shouldn’t skip.
Even if you rinse out the brewing unit every day, it doesn’t mean that it’s completely clean inside. That’s why you need the cleaning program. It’s best to use this somewhat frequently–you’ll be rewarded with better-tasting espresso and your DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B will be rewarded with a longer life.
The Brewing Unit Is Stuck - Troubleshooting
You open up the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B to remove the brewing unit. But apparently it’s stuck and won’t move. Please don’t reach for the crowbar! There’s a simple solution that doesn’t require any force or risk damaging the machine. If this happens, it’s likely just because you turned the machine off with the main switch.
If the brewing unit gets stuck, it’s usually because the ECAM 22.110.B wasn’t turned off with the right switch and therefore didn’t shut down correctly.
The DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B has an on/off switch in the front, as well as a main switch in the back. The main switch immediately turns off the power to the machine. The disadvantage of using it is that it doesn’t give the brewing unit the time to go into standby mode, and the brewing unit is only removable when in standby.
If the Brewing Unit Becomes Stuck:
- Close the side compartment.
- Turn off the power with the main switch.
- Using the front on/off switch, turn on the machine, then turn it off again.
- Wait until the machine stops making noise; now the brewing unit is in the correct position.
- Turn off the main switch.
- The brewing unit may now be removed.
Something Is Leaking – Troubleshooting
All the seals on automatic espresso machines and coffee machines start to wear down over time. They gradually start to deteriorate, which can lead to leaky spots. You can notice this if you suddenly find water in the machine in a place where it shouldn’t be. For example, maybe the espresso is dripping from the wrong place, or the grounds are suddenly much damper than before. If so, you should replace the seals as soon as possible to avoid more problems with the ECAM 22.110.B.
Summary: DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B Review
The DeLonghi ECAM 22.110.B is a small automatic espresso machine that doesn’t take up much space. It’s one of the cheapest super automatic espresso machines to come out lately.
Small, sturdy and easy to clean
Its direct competitor is the ESAM 3000 B Magnifica, a DeLonghi old-timer that’s in the same price category. Based on my experience, if I had to decide between these two super automatic espresso machines, I’d choose the ECAM 22.110.B. It wins in a head-to-head comparison. In particular, it’s much quieter and noticeably smaller.
That may seem obvious at first, but I’ve also tested many considerably more expensive automatic espresso machines that don’t let you do that.
It doesn’t have a display, but I didn’t really miss one. You also can’t get milk foam with the push of a button. You’ll have to consider how important that is to you, though, since automatic espresso machines with a built-in cappuccinatore milk frothing system are significantly more expensive.
This biggest shortcoming of the DeLonghi ECAM 22.110 is likely the fact that its finest grinder settings are unusable.
If you think that this super automatic espresso machine is the right one for your kitchen.