De’Longhi La Specialista Arte Espresso Machine 

Review

The Maestro of Mocha

A Review of the De’Longhi La Specialista Arte

By: James Butler       Revised by: Mark Cambell  Last updated: Feb 6, 2024

For those who ask, De Longhi espresso maker how to use ? The answer is simple, "effortlessly". De’Longhi has been crafting premium kitchen appliances in Treviso, Italy since 1902, and their passion for coffee and design innovation infuses every detail of the Specialista Arte. Recently, I decided to put the Arte to the test. Over countless cups of espresso, cappuccinos and macchiatos, this mechanical maestro performed nothing short of perfection. 

With its sleek lines, brushed stainless accents and control panel, the De’Longhi La Specialista Arte is engineered to dazzle. An advanced heat exchange boiler system and De’Longhi’s patented cappuccino frother ensure ideal temperature and froth for your ideal coffee cup. But behind the glamour, the Arte is all power and precision. A conical steel burr grinder gives you a professional level of control over the coarseness of the Arte’s integrated bean hopper, which holds a half pound of your preferred coffee beans. Powerful boilers and a 15-bar pump unlock the full flavors of the beans, producing a perfect espresso cup.

De’Longhi La Specialista Arte espresso machine in kitchen

The Arte's pre-infusion cycle gently soaks the coffee puck before applying full pressure, coaxing out the natural oils and compounds in the beans without imparting bitterness. No matter how many shots I pulled, each tasted as fresh and complex as the first. The rapid steam wand transformed milk into a feather-soft froth in seconds, at a perfect temperature for creating latte art and cappuccinos with silky texture.

After over a dozen sessions crafting drinks with the De’Longhi La Specialista Arte, I can conclusively say that this machine deserves a place of honor on the countertop of any gourmand passionate about the craft of espresso. Combining power, precision and personality, the Arte allows you to channel your inner barista artiste. Designed in the country that perfected espresso, this machine last evokes la dolce vita, one perfect cup at a time. Mille grazie, De’Longhi, for this gift of an espresso maker. My quest for coffee bliss has found its creative end!

De’Longhi La Specialista Arte espresso machine control buttons
De’Longhi La Specialista Arte espresso machine

Pros:


Cons: